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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.

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Reynolds launches grand slam in first
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The Cardinals faced a 5-0 hole when they first came to bat in the bottom of the 1st inning, but Mark Reynolds quickly changed that with one swing to cut into the Cubs' lead (Live on ESPN).

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Dave McMenamin @mcten

Kyrie started the game 1-for-7 from the field. He's 9-for-12 since then. He's up to 29 pts. CHI up 83-79 with 8:57 to go.

Kershaw dealing against Brewers
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Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw has given up just one hit -- a single to Brewers starter Kyle Lohse -- through five innings. The reigning MVP has thrown just 53 pitches, striking out six. Follow live

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Young fan's mind blown by beard
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Seven-year-old cancer patient Niko Greco regularly sends videos to Ducks LW Patrick Maroon. But he almost didn't recognize him with his playoff beard.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Bulls are shooting 55.7% through 3 quarters, their 2nd-highest FG pct through 3 quarters in a game this season (56.7% vs Kings 2/10/15)

Chris Paul out vs. Rockets

Paul will sit due to the hamstring injury he suffered in Game 7 vs. the Spurs. Said coach Doc Rivers on the injury: "I just don't think he's healthy enough to play. I guess in a Game 7 he could play but I don't think the risk is worth it."

Cavs can't close the gap on Bulls

Coach David Blatt is experimenting with lineups big and small, and the Cavaliers have made a couple runs. But each time, Chicago has responded, and the Bulls lead 81-70 headed to the 4th. Derrick Rose has 23 points. Follow live

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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Chris Paul tried to talk his way into lineup tonight, Doc said, "I wasn’t going to listen. It didn’t matter."

Capitals strike first

Jay Beagle skated around the net, flicked a shot toward the left post and it deflected in off Henrik Lundqvist's skate to give Washington a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period. Braden Holtby (14 saves) is still pitching a shutout. Follow live

Andrew Marchand @AndrewMarchand

Yanks score on Jones weak grounder to first. Better first baseman than Encarncion probably makes that play. 1-0, as we go to B7

Martinez turns in rare rocky start

This is only the second time in his career that Carlos Martinez has allowed a run in the first inning of a start (13 starts). The previous time was July 13, 2014. (via ESPN Stats & Info) Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Pau Gasol's veteran experience showing
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To quote ESPNChicago's Nick Friedell, "These are the games the Bulls signed Pau Gasol for." Gasol has 11 points in the 3rd and is carrying the load for Chicago's big men, as Joakim Noah is a shell of his former self tonight. Follow live

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Stars propelling Blackhawks
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It's no surprise that standout players like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith have again sparked a deep playoff run. "They produce and they win," Scott Powers writes. Stars proving worth

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Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Big 1st inning for Chicago! @Cubs bat around & score 5 runs off Carlos Martinez. Travis Wood with a hit & RBI before he takes the mound.

Chicago's work comes from outside-in

The closer you are to the rim, the easier it is to score, right? Not tonight for the Bulls, who are shooting better outside the paint (56.7%) than they are inside the paint (52.9%).

Carlos Martinez off to rocky start

The Cardinals allowed 4 runs in their previous 3 games. They've allowed 5 in the top of the 1st to the Cubs. (via ESPN Stats & Info) Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN