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20mJohnette Howard

Howard: Nets' Williams isn't the player we thought he was

The Nets desperately need Deron Williams to be the consistently productive point guard they brought him to Brooklyn to be. He just doesn't seem to have it in him.

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14hTim MacMahon

Silver says NBA will talk Hack-a-Shaq solution

NBA commissioner Adam Silver expects the NBA to explore rule changes at upcoming meetings that would address rampant use of Hack-a-Shaq strategy that slows games and hurts entertainment value.

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39mScott Powers

Stalberg earned his way onto playoffs ice

Being sent down to Milwaukee was tough on Viktor Stalberg, but he kept working hard. Now, he's back in the NHL helping the Preds in the playoffs.

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20hMike Sheets

Fantasy baseball daily notes for April 25

Matt Harvey against the Yankees in the Bronx is surprisingly one of the best pitching options for Saturday. Who else should you pick or avoid?

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3hTodd McShay

McShay: Best fits for top DB prospects

Where will the top defensive back prospects in the draft fit best in the NFL? Todd McShay looks at Trae Waynes, Marcus Peters and the rest of the DBs projected to go in the first three rounds.

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28mBuster Olney

Angels could regret Hamilton decision

Unless the L.A. Angels are convinced Josh Hamilton can't be an effective hitter, the decision to trade him makes little sense, writes Buster Olney.

SportsCenter Clips

Seven players disciplined for Royals-White Sox brawl (1:25)

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Mayweather vs. Pacquaio in 150 seconds (2:26)

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2dBrett Okamoto

Preview: Johnson versus Horiguchi

How will the talented but untested Kyoji Horiguchi fare against flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson? Brett Okamoto breaks down the UFC 186 main event.

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Caps have newfound edge

The Capitals have given up the first goal in 4 of 5 games, including all 3 games played at Verizon Center. Would previous incarnations of this team have rallied to get to this point? Longtime broadcast analyst Alan May: "Never. All of these guys are just so much more determined." Burnside: Caps are team D.C. wanted

Rick Carlisle fined $25K for criticizing refs
NBA 

The Mavericks coach was especially upset by a play in the 4th where he said Dwight Howard threw Devin Harris into the Mavs' bench: "The officials got to get that stuff under control, because there's too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place, and that can't happen in Game 4."

NBA 

Danny Green @DGreen_14

Big birthday shoutout to greatest power forward to ever play the game and still doin it...Timmy D

ESPN On Snapchat Discover live
NBA 

Tim Duncan hasn’t aged a bit! To celebrate his 39th birthday on Saturday, check out a then and now of “The Big Fundamental” in today’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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NBA 

Don't quit your day job, Rory
Golf 

Rory McIlroy might be the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, but he just got schooled in an arm-wrestling competition by junior golfer Brad Dalke.

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Tigers winning in their throwbacks
MLB 

In case you were wondering, this is not a Detroit uniform redesign. The Indians and Tigers are honoring the Negro Leagues by wearing throwbacks today, and Victor Martinez's 2-run single has Detroit up 2-0 in the 3rd. Follow live

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MLB 

Islanders down another defenseman

Calvin de Haan won't play in tonight's Game 6, coach Jack Capuano announced today. The Isles, down 3-2 in the series to the Capitals, are already without Travis Hamonic and Lubomir Visnovsky.

Top 2 college baseball teams clash

The top two teams in the country meet at 2 p.m. ET as LSU hosts Texas A&M. LSU SS Alex Bregman is 7th in Keith Law’s list of Top 50 draft prospects, while Tigers ace Alex Lange is just a freshman but could be a top pick in 2017. Live on ESPN & WatchESPN

Courtesy of LSU Athletics, Icon Sportswire

Sport Science: Jose Iglesias' throw to 1B
MLB 

Tigers teammate David Price wanted Sport Science to break down Iglesias' insane throw to first -- so we did. Turns out, Iglesias' margin for error was only 3 degrees, about the width of a quarter.

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Tom VanHaaren @TomVH

I missed this but Michigan State also landed LB Joe Bachie, former WMU commit. This class is on its way to be really good for Spartans

Ben Zobrist placed on DL

Torn cartilage in Zobrist's left knee will force a 15-day DL for one of the A's key offseason acquisitions. The versatile Zobrist was batting .240 through 14 games.

Davis still 'dwelling on' Game 3 loss
NBA 

Anthony Davis and the Pelicans lost a 20-point, 4th-quarter lead to the Warriors in Game 3 and now face elimination in tonight's Game 4. "It's been tough, not just on me -- organization, team, coaches ... But now we know we've got to focus on the game tonight and try to get a win."

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Arkansas spring game: 5 things to watch

Writes ESPN's Sam Khan:

  1. The offense under new OC Dan Enos
  2. Transition up front
  3. The tight ends
  4. Continued defensive progress
  5. New-look linebackers
Watch live at 2pm on SEC Network/WatchESPN

MLB levies suspensions from brawl
MLB 

  • Royals P Yordano Ventura: 7 games
  • Royals P Edinson Volquez: 5 games
  • Royals OF Lorenzo Cain: 2 games
  • Royals P Kelvin Herrera: 2 games
  • White Sox P Chris Sale: 5 games
  • White Sox P Jeff Samardzija: 5 games

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MLB 

Royals, White Sox punished for fight
MLB 

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian on the suspensions handed out today: "Major League Baseball has made it clear that if you're going to get involved in some sort of fight like this that, you are going to pay for it.

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