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17mJeff Dickerson

DE McDonald arrested twice in under 72 hours

Police in California arrested former Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald at 5:35 p.m. local time on Wednesday for violating a restraining order, the Santa Clara Police Department said.

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17mCalvin Watkins

Howard picks up 7th tech, faces Game 6 ban

Rockets center Dwight Howard will be suspended for a potential Game 6 on Friday in Houston after picking up his seventh technical of the postseason in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

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Scott Kacsmar

Outsiders: Why Maclin won't save Chiefs

Football Outsiders identifies the top remaining needs for Kansas City, Denver, Oakland and San Diego, including the Chiefs' lack of a vertical passing game.

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12hAdam Rittenberg

SEC West hasn't lost its luster or bluster

Those within the West say it's only getting tougher despite not putting a team in the title game last season for the first time since the 2008 campaign

10hJayson Stark

Stark: First-quarter award winners

Now that all 30 teams have finally played 40 games, it's time to look back at the first quarter of a fun season and hand out a little imaginary hardware.


J.A. Adande @jadande

Harden sits at start of 4Q. (Will this be like Game 6 in LA?) Curry stays in for Warriors

Rockets one quarter from elimination

James Harden now has 11 turnovers in the game, tied for the most in NBA postseason history. That's contributed to some of the Rockets' woes, as they closed the game to 2 points late but gave up an 8-3 run to trail by 6 points after three. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


Bryce, Scherzer lead Nats to series win

Bryce Harper hit his second homer in as many nights to give him 18 total this season, and Max Scherzer (13 Ks, 7 IP) outdueled Jon Lester (10 Ks, 7 IP) to win his fifth straight start. Box score


Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Skiles is frontrunner for Orlando Magic job but, according to ESPN sources, has been interviewed by Pelicans along with Gentry and Van Gundy

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Story going online now: ESPN sources say Scott Skiles has joined Alvin Gentry and Jeff Van Gundy as candidate for New Orleans coaching job

Harden loose with the ball

Draymond Green just stole the ball from James Harden as the Warriors lead by 4 late in the third. For Harden, that was his 10th turnover on the night, one shy of the NBA postseason record. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Attorney: No McDonald restraining order

The attorney for Ray McDonald, Steve Defilippis, told ESPN's Josina Anderson the former Bears DE was not served with a restraining order and said McDonald was told his fiancee would not be at the house: "He goes there to meet the investigator for a legitimate purpose and the police show up and arrest him." Story

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NHL fans in seventh heaven

With the Blackhawks' win, this is just the 2nd time since the creation of the Conference Finals in 1982 that both series in the round will go 7 games. The only other time was in 2000.


Final: Blackhawks 5, Ducks 2

A three goal second period allowed Chicago to force a Game 7 (to be played on Saturday). This is the first time this postseason that the Ducks have been beat in regulation. Box score


Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss

Resting Klay for awhile makes sense, but I'm not for holding him out till the very end. They can close with Andre if Klay fouls out

Warriors cough up lead

After going up by 10 points, the Warriors gave up a 9-0 run to the Rockets to make it a 1-point game early in the third. More troubling: Klay Thompson picked up his 4th and 5th foul in a hurry and is now nailed to the bench. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Rizzo a target at the plate

Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo was hit by a league-leading 13th pitch this season in the 8th inning against the Nats. He was hit by 15 all of last year. The Nats lead 2-0, but the Cubs have runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs and Kris Bryant at the plate. Follow live

J.A. Adande @jadande

Kerr left Thompson in with 4 and got burned. Barbosa coming in now but it's too late.