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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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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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MLB Power Rankings: Week 5

The Cardinals and Astros are the hottest teams in baseball. Which team takes over the top spot in our rankings?

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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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Levy and Melrose: The science of playoff cheating (2:17)

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Astros win 10th straight (0:52)

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Buster Olney: End retaliatory beanball
MLB 

"However MLB got to this place, no matter the tradition, it's stupid that pitchers are throwing fastballs at prone targets and dramatically increasing the risk of injury." Unwrite this unwritten rule

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MLB 

Not again! Panthers pick has name issue
NFL 

RB Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina's 5th-round pick, had to change his nickname when he played with Cam Newton at Auburn, saying it "annoyed" everyone. Well, now he's back playing with Newton and he's hoping he can keep his life-long moniker this time: "I’m going to introduce myself as Cam and we’ll see where it goes from there."

NFL 

Bucs pass on Martin's 5th-year option
NFL 

Tampa Bay will let RB Doug Martin become an unrestricted free agent in 2016. Martin broke out in his rookie season (1,454 yards, 11 touchdowns), but injuries have made the last two seasons less glorious (950 yards, 3 TD combined).

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NFL 

Pelton: 'Hack-A-Shaq' is not basketball
NBA 

The numbers back up the Hack-a-Shaq technique. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said: “If someone has a weakness, you exploit it, so intellectually I don't feel bad about it, but sight-wise it's God-awful." Pelton: How to get rid of it

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NBA 

Greg Garber's beer mile

After reporting on the Beer Mile, the ESPN writer decided to give it a shot. He might not have broken the world record -- or get anywhere close -- but he tried really hard in his suit jacket and gym shorts!

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Buzz on the beer mile

One mile, four beers and one controversial world record. The beer mile has gained popularity and one racer is described as: "our sport's Jesus, but with more miracles."

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Falcons want Julio Jones long-term

"There is no question that our focus in the future will be on Julio Jones and where we are," Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff said. "I don't want to get into specifics about the timing of that, obviously. ... Julio is a very important part of our building and evolving as a championship-type team."

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Ohio State tops way-too-early top 25
College Football 

No surprise there, right? Coach Urban Meyer might not be impressed with his Buckeyes, but ESPN's Mark Schlabach is. But which team slipped in front of the other title game squad? Post-spring top 25

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College Football 

6 things you should know about the MVP
NBA 

According to his sister, Stephen Curry's got odd taste in movies and is a numbers nerd. Sister knows best

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NBA 

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Two interesting MVP connections for Curry: Born in the same city as LeBron & joins Kobe as the only other son of an NBA player to win it

Highlights: Murray wins in 3 sets
Tennis 

Andy Murray won his first clay-court title by beating German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Munich Open final.

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Tennis 

LeBron makes top 5 yet again
NBA 

By finishing 3rd in this year's MVP voting, LeBron James joins Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players with 10 consecutive top-5 finishes in MVP voting.

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NBA 

Jets continue to revamp organization

The Jets fired nine-year Director of Pro Player Personnel Brendan Prophett as well as five college scouts on Monday. This comes after a busy draft, in which New York took USC DE Leonard Williams and Baylor QB Bryce Petty.

Curry already a Warriors legend

Steph Curry is the second Warriors player to ever be named MVP and the first since Wilt Chamberlain in 1960 when the team played in Philadelphia. The last Warrior to even crack the Top 4 in voting was Rick Barry in 1976.

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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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NBA 

Confidence rising for Jaguars?
NFL Draft 

Jacksonville, owners of the third overall pick, found themselves with a B+ in Mel Kiper's Draft Grades. And Vegas is more optimistic on the Jags, as well. They were the biggest risers in Westgate SuperBook's odds, now 100-1 to win it all. More draft grades (Insider)

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NFL Draft 

Playing favorites in the NFL draft
NFL 

"Favorite pick" doesn't necessarily mean "best player" -- and Todd McShay will tell you so as he breaks down his favorite pick for each of the 32 teams. Favorite picks (Insider)

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NFL 

Chargers selling tix despite L.A. threat
NFL 

The looming possibility of San Diego moving to Los Angeles is doing nothing to stop ticket sales. As of Monday, the Chargers are approximately 4,500 season tickets ahead of last's year pace, according to the team.

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NFL 

Today's best Ace to start in DFS?

Kershaw? King Felix? Bumgarner? No. Nope. Negative. Houston's Dallas Keuchel, says Tristan Cockcroft: "He'll cost you roughly 70% of your typical aces working Monday, but give you performance in the same ballpark."

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The Devil in an empty arena
Boxing 

Saturday's fight was devoid of a feel-good moment, punctuated by Floyd Mayweather Sr. trying to convince reporters "my son should be treated better." Grantland's Bryan Curtis asks: Has there ever been a once-in-a-lifetime sporting event that made everyone feel worse than Mayweather-Pacquiao? The scene behind the scenes

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Boxing 

Roenicke merely Brewers' scapegoat

Signing Ryan Braun through 2020? Not Ron Roenicke's fault. No staff ace after Zack Greinke left? Nope. Carlos Gomez's poor health? Not that either. Decline of Aramis Ramirez? Try again. Kahrl: Firing doesn't fix team

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