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Curry's unlikely dominance leads to MVP honor

Stephen Curry's shooting prowess astounded the NBA all season. But it's his all-around dominance that makes him a worthy league MVP.

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Making roster room: Raiders to cut WR Jones

The Oakland Raiders are planning to release James Jones, who led the team with 73 receptions in 2014, after finding two new starting receivers in April.

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Rose: Confidence 'high' entering Cavs series

As the Bulls get set for a second-round showdown against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose believes his team's confidence is right where it needs to be.

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PFF: 10 most likely first-round NFL draft busts

Not every first-round pick from the 2015 NFL draft is going to turn into a star. Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus identifies the 10 first-rounders most likely to turn into draft busts.

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Curry's plays of the year (2:34)

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Expectations for LeBron without Love, Smith (3:20)

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Milwaukee's best may be yet to come

After exceeding expectations this season, the future looks even brighter for Jason Kidd and the Bucks.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Skip voices his frustrations on Mayweather (0:54)

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A-Rod: From villain to sympathy figure
MLB 

How did the Yankees turn the highest-salaried MLB player in history, fresh off a 162-game PED suspension and a trail of lies, into someone you can generally feel for? Ask Michael Baumann

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MLB 

Antonio Davis: Cavs over Bulls
NBA 

Antonio Davis told SportsCenter that Derrick Rose is the key to the Cavaliers-Bulls series.

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NBA 

Counsell: This is where I thought I'd be

Said Craig Counsell after being named the 19th manager in Brewers history: "I'm not looking to this as a job, this is not a second career. This is my passion of what I want to do."

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MVP Voting results
NBA 

Stephen Curry received 100 of 130 potential 1st-place votes for MVP. James Harden finished 2nd and had 25 first-place votes. LeBron James finished 3rd with the other 5 first-place votes.

  • 4th: Russell Westbrook
  • 5th: Anthony Davis
  • 6th: Chris Paul

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Curry's plays of the year
NBA 

In honor of winning the MVP, SportsCenter looks back at Stephen Curry's most creative passes, dribbles and shots of the year.

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NBA 

Clayton Kershaw aiming for 100th W
MLB 

The reigning NL Cy Young winner, who has a 2.51 career ERA, will be pitching for his 100th win tonight in Milwaukee. Tom Seaver was the last to have an ERA that low (2.33) at the time of his 100th win in 1972. (via Elias)

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MLB 

Craig Counsell pumped to lead 'his' team

The new Brewers managers said: "I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to manage the team that I rooted for, played for and worked for in the front office. In the 10 years that I have been a member of the organization, I have grown to feel a great responsibility to baseball in the city of Milwaukee."

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A Sad morning in Manila
Boxing 

"With Pacquiao’s loss official, the people’s emotional tether to the bout snapped. ... By the time Pacquiao appeared on the screen and told Max Kellerman 'I thought I won the fight,' nearly everyone had left." Grantland's Manila dispatch

Boxing 

Floyd Mayweather comparison: Ichiro?
Boxing 

Colin Cowherd sees similarities between Mayweather and the outfielder: "Mayweather is Ichiro. Risk-averse, only steal a base when I know I'll be safe. Mayweather: only gets close when I know I can score." (via The Herd)

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Boxing 

Rare Rockets sight tonight

The Rockets will make their first Conference Semifinals appearance since 2009. Houston's won only two playoff series in last 18 seasons, and that includes its series this year against Dallas.

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Dwight Howard reacts to Harden not winning MVP: "All of us are pretty upset he didn't win, but our goal is to win the championship."

Redskins' draft gets A- grade

Mel Kiper: "I don't think there was a softer team in the NFL the past season than the Redskins, especially on defense. ... Washington got a lot tougher on both sides of the ball in the first two rounds." More draft grades (Insider)

Gurley has shot to be special
NFL 

Matt Williamson: “[Todd] Gurley has a chance to be the best football player in this entire draft. … I was higher on Gurley's dynasty value prior to his being selected by the Rams, but I was also very glad to see the Rams drafting offensive linemen in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.” Top 10 rookies for dynasty leagues

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NFL 

Deja vu for Blackhawks, Wild

  • Sunday night: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game 2. Blackhawks win 4-1 to take 2-0 series lead in Western Conference semis.
  • A year ago today: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game 2. Blackhawks win 4-1 to take 2-0 series lead in Western Conference semis.

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U.S. Soccer finalizes summer friendly
Soccer 

The USMNT announced that it will face Guatemala in a friendly on July 3 in Nashville. It will be a final tune-up before the Gold Cup, which starts July 7.

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Soccer 

Astros climbing up MLB Power Rankings

The Astros were No. 12 on the Power Rankings last week, but they haven't lost since April 22, propelling them up to No. 3 behind just the Royals and best-in-MLB Cardinals. Is Houston's success sustainable? Full list

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NL Central showdown tonight

The first-place Cardinals have the best record in baseball at 18-6. When they play the Cubs tonight, it'll be the first time since Sept. 20, 2009, that the foes will face off while in first and second in their division this late in the season.

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Happy 26th birthday, Rory McIlroy!
Golf 

The world No. 1 golfer celebrated a day early this year as he claimed his second World Golf Championship title Sunday, his 10th PGA Tour title. In the last 75 years, he's just the 3rd player to win 10 on Tour prior to turning 26. Not bad!

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