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Heat excelling with small lineup

Without Chris Bosh, the Heat have gone small -- and it's working. Up 1-0 on the Raptors, Miami looks to leave Toronto with a big two-game sweep in their Eastern Conference semifinal.

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Quiz: Which NBA team are you?

Four strong cultures in the NBA have endured for at least a decade, writes Kevin Arnovitz: The San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. Find out which one fits you best.

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1hDave McMenamin

Lue calls out Barkley, defends Cavs' 3 pursuit

Cavs coach Tryonn Lue believes there's no "place in our game" for taking an opponent out -- tactics that TNT analyst Charles Barkley proposed after the Hawks fell in a 2-0 series hole Wednesday.

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5hZach Lowe

Lowe: Did Vogel get a fair shake?

Pacers president Larry Bird wants his team to play a certain way, and his coach couldn't deliver. Don't worry, Frank Vogel will be back and better than ever.

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4hTodd McShay

McShay: Way-too-early 2017 NFL mock draft

Todd McShay takes a preliminary stab at predicting the picks for the 2017 NFL draft, which could feature DE Myles Garrett, RB Leonard Fournette and QB Deshaun Watson coming off the board early.

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TBT: The epic pizza throw in Boston (0:54)
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Highlights: Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (2:33)
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#TBT: 17 things you patently missed that time Steph Curry dribbled Chris Paul into the floor (1:30)
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W2W4: Stars vs. Blues, Game 4

The Stars were 'embarassed' by a Game 3 blowout and irked by the Blues' histrionics. Now, they need their goalies and D to step up in an increasingly testy series.

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De La Hoya: Canelo draws in the female fans (2:01)
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7hChris Wright

Shaq celebrates Northampton promotion

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal bellows his way through "We Are The Champions" to celebrate his favourite football team's promotion.

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Rays mascot KO'd by Adrian Gonzalez (0:31)
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Arrieta's stats are ludicrous, and Dallas Braden can't even handle it (2:51)

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Ref reports put NBA in no-win situation
NBA 

The NBA posted its officiating reports for the sake of transparency and accountability. But without opportunity to amend mistakes, the reports are doing more harm than good, J.A. Adande writes. Controversial calls live on

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NBA 

TBT: The epic pizza throw at Fenway
MLB 

On April 16, 2007, the world witnessed a perfect pizza throw from an upset Red Sox fan.

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MLB 

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami Heat forward Joe Johnson warms up before Game 2 tonight against the Toronto Raptors. The Heat, which has already won at least one road game in an NBA-record 18 consecutive playoff series, looks to take a 2-0 lead back to Miami this weekend.

What you missed when Steph dropped CP3
NBA 

Remember when Stephen Curry dribbled Chris Paul into the floor? That wasn't the only thing happening at that moment.

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NBA 

4 first-place teams, all in Chicago
MLB 

Tonight marks the first time in history that four first-place teams are playing in the same city at the same time: Nationals-Cubs and Red Sox-White Sox. (via Elias)

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MLB 

Kiper: Early-impact rookies, Rounds 2-3
NFL 

Which second- and third-rounders could produce immediately? Giants WR Sterling Shepard and Jaguars LB Myles Jack make Mel Kiper's list. Making plays early (Insider)

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NFL 

Bosh's mission: Basketball immortality
NBA 

Tom Haberstroh examines whether Heat forward Chris Bosh will ultimately become a member of the NBA's exclusive top 50 players club. 'It would mean everything to me'

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NBA 

Which NBA team are you?
NBA 

Four strong cultures in the NBA have endured for at least a decade: The Spurs, Heat, Lakers and Rockets. Find out which one fits you best. School of thought

Elias Stein
NBA 

Phil Jackson's out of office message
NBA 

Jackson has tweeted photos from Iowa and Nebraska the last two days. Is the coaching search on hold with the Knicks president out of the office? On a break

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NBA 

Fuchs sends it through the uprights
NFL 

Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs isn't letting his Premier League title get in the way of his dream of being an NFL kicker. Fuchs held a kicking session Thursday at his home with ESPN FC's Alison Bender. Chasing a dream

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NFL 

Even kids are asking Flacco about his knee
NFL 

As Joe Flacco continues to rehab his injured knee, even young fans have started probing the QB about his progress. Kids say the darnedest things

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NFL 

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said his team's disposition could've been more forceful at the start of Game 1. Said it needs to do a better job of staying in front of Heat point guard Goran Dragic.

NBA 

Cavs set records from behind the arc
NBA 

The Cavaliers hit an NBA record 25 3-pointers (18 in the first half) in last night's win over the Hawks, led by J.R. Smith's eight from downtown. Here's a quick look back at some of those threes.

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Teammates turned foes headline UFC event
MMA 

While Andrei Arlovski says he has moved on emotionally from an errant knee landed by teammate Alistair Overeem in 2014, he says he hasn't forgotten it entering Sunday's UFC Fight Night bout. Sparring match gone bad

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MMA 

Time to start thinking fantasy football
NFL 

After a Rankings Summit following the NFL draft, Matthew Berry says beware of a certain Falcons RB in 2016: "Devonta Freeman may be a one-hit wonder." Listen to Fantasy Focus

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NFL 

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

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The Mullet is coming back
NHL 

The Panthers announced today that they agreed to terms with 44-year-old All-Star forward Jaromir Jagr on a one-year contract. The 22-year NHL veteran led the Panthers with 66 points this season.

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NHL 

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Whenever Tiger Woods comes back, he needs to "lower his expectations,'' said Johnny Miller. The two-time major winner said during a conference call for the Players Championship that if he could give Woods advice "when he comes back, he should say I've been working really hard on my golf and it feels good in practice, but I really can't tell what I'm going to do when I tee it up. I hope to just make some cuts and build from there.'' Miller added: "Going that other route sounds heroic, but it's just so much pressure.''

Golf 

Liverpool moves on to Europa League final
UEFA Europa League 

Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana turned around a 1-0 first-leg deficit with a 3-0 victory at Anfield to help Liverpool to its fourth Europa League final.

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UEFA Europa League 

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

We are admittedly reading into things a little bit, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi nor Alex Rodriguez again had an update on how long he would be out. Girardi said the team wants its doctor to review the MRI of A-Rod's hamstring. A Baltimore radiologist has given the Yankees an opinion. Maybe it means little and the Yankees are just being cautious, but if the MRI caused no reason to worry, would the Yankees need to wait another day?

Stephen Piscotty gets on his horse

Check out this incredible play by Stephen Piscotty, who sprints and lays out to catch a foul ball.

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