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LeBron's impressive playoff road record

Winning on the road in the postseason is a daunting task, but LeBron James' teams have made a habit of it the past five seasons, writes Brian Windhorst.

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Lawyers endorse Goodell hearing Brady appeal

Attorneys for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have recommended that Goodell reject the NFLPA's request that he recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.

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Draft fits for Knicks, Lakers, Sixers, Wolves

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

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Smart move for Michael Sam to sign with CFL? (1:34)

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As expected, Goodell to hear Brady's appeal (2:56)

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Ford/Pelton: Best fits for top four picks

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

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Kupchak says next season will be Kobe's last (2:41)

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Looking ahead: Arizona Wildcats

The Wildcats are losing four starters, but a solid recruiting class and plenty of depth should keep them at the top of the Pac-12.

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Cormier brushes aside Rumble

Daniel Cormier gave a succinct opinion on Saturday night's title bout: "I think the world of "Rumble," but Anthony Johnson is not a good enough opponent to beat me."

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Dellavedova takes Irving's place
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With Kyrie Irving out for Game 2 with left knee tendinitis, Matthew Dellavedova will get the start for the Cavs. Dellavedova is averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 assists in 18.8 minutes per game in the postseason, and 65.3 percent of all of his shots have been 3-pointers. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. ET

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Harper homers again

Another game, another Bryce Harper HR. He took Sean O'Sullivan deep to left in the bottom of the 2nd for his 16th of the season, tied with Nelson Cruz for the MLB lead. It's his 11th HR since May 6. Follow live

Top light-heavyweight contenders make weight

No. 1 Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (204.5 lbs) and No. 3 Daniel Cormier (205 lbs) both came under the 205-lb limit for the light-heavyweight title bout. The title was stripped from Jon Jones after repeated substance-abuse incidents.

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Kobe's Laker longevity nearly unrivaled
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If 2015-16 is Kobe Bryant's last season with L.A., it would complete a 20-year stint for the Black Mamba with the Lakers. That would be the longest tenure for a player to have with a franchise in NBA history.

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Weidman: Belfort still cheating

In the post-weigh-in interview, Chris Weidman said he heard Vitor Belfort had a 1200 testosterone score during training camp, then accused Belfort of still cheating and promised to make the challenger pay on Saturday night.

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Blatt: Not 'better or worse' on Irving
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Cavaliers coach David Blatt on Kyrie Irving's knee injury and the decision to sit him for Game 2: "I can't say it's better or worse, I can just tell you that the medical staff made a decision that it was better to hold him out."

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Boston Red Sox @RedSox

Porcello works around a Matt Joyce double for a scoreless 2nd. He's got 2Ks on 20 pitches through 2. X, Nap, and Holt due for #RedSox.

Speedy Gordon gives Marlins lead

Dee Gordon singled to lead off the bottom of the 1st, and stole 2nd and 3rd against Ubaldo Jimenez. Gordon then scored on Giancarlo Stanton's single to left, putting Miami ahead of the Orioloes 1-0 early. Follow live

Encarnacion starts things with a bash

The last time Felix Hernandez faced the Blue Jays, he allowed 8 runs in 4 2/3 innings. Chalk up 1 more already in the first, as Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo HR with 2 outs. Hernandez got out of the inning shortly thereafter, but the Blue Jays lead 1-0. Follow live

Strong start for Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard has looked good so far in his 3rd career start. The young Mets righty struck out the side in the bottom of 1st against the Pirates on 14 pitches. The Mets and Pirates are scoreless in the 2nd. Follow live

Nina Ansaroff clocks in at 120 lbs.

Nina Ansaroff (6-4) came in at 120 lbs for her strawweight bout with Rose Namajunas (116 lbs). Ansaroff has one hour to drop at least 4 more pounds.

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Kyrie Irving ruled out for Game 2 (left knee). Cavs had net efficiency of +6.5 with him on court this season, -2.8 with him off.

Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET

Garrett Richards' last outing at Fenway Park cut his season and Cy Young bid short. Fully recovered and again looking like one of the AL's best arms, Richards is pitching at Boston for the first time since tearing his left patellar tendon Aug. 20. Follow live

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Astros at Tigers, 7:08 p.m. ET

Houston leads its division this late in a season for the first time since May 22, 2004. The Astros are 3-11 at Comerica, but Houston P Collin McHugh (5-1, 4.09 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.39 ERA in his last eight road starts. Follow live

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Lakers ready to 'turn the page'
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Los Angeles might be ready to move on, but would Kobe Bryant consider playing elsewhere? Baxter Holmes can't imagine it: "He can't envision playing with any other team, wearing any other jersey than the purple and gold."

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Irving officially out for Game 2

The Cavaliers have ruled out PG Kyrie Irving for tonight's game against the Hawks. Irving was diagnosed earlier in the day with tendinitis in his left knee. Game 2 tips at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Phillies at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET

With Bryce Harper and the NL's best offense leading the charge, the Nationals look for their pitching staff to follow suit Friday night, opening a 3-game set with the Phillies. Max Scherzer gets the start for Washington. Follow live

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Max Scherzer is worth spending for tonight against the Phillies. Here’s more of Cynthia Frelund’s daily fantasy advice.