34mWright Thompson

The greatest hitter who ever lived on

Ted Williams' ambitions shaped his legacy but wrecked his relationships. If his lone surviving child has her wish, the family's cycle of suffering might at last be broken.

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10mChris Broussard

Isiah Thomas back in N.Y. as Liberty president

Isiah Thomas is returning to New York basketball as president of the Liberty, despite a checkered reign with the Knicks that ended ignominiously.

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35mMechelle Voepel

Voepel: WNBA must take stand on domestic violence

It's time for the WNBA and USA Basketball to make a statement on domestic violence: Women are not just victims, and in same-sex cases, we can't be any less diligent in demanding accountability.

Tiger Woods at The Players Championship

Tough times for Tiger Woods (1:10)


SportsCenter clips

Pacquiao could face discipline for hiding injury (2:38)

Challenges for undrafted free agents (1:40)
Bulls take game 1 (1:17)
E:60 Behind the Curtain: Tyler Breeze Extra (9:18)
Keith Law's top 100 MLB draft prospects (1:22)
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1hBuster Olney

How the AL East will shake out

Buster Olney takes a closer look at the unpredictable AL East. He also writes why Craig Counsell is a strong choice as new manager of the Brewers.

Have You Seen?

Farewell to LeBron's trademark headband (1:37)

1mEthan Sherwood Strauss

Curry, Warriors' success all connected

A confluence of good things came together for Golden State this season, and Steph Curry's MVP award is just one reward.

Olbermann: 'I told you so' (6:24)
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1dEamonn Brennan

Looking ahead: Kansas State Wildcats

The Wildcats were tough to figure last season, and with a roster overhaul ongoing, a tough season could be coming.


Skylar Diggins to host new digital show

"40/40 Live" will be shot in Jay Z's club and focus on "the worlds of hip-hop and sports celebrity" while providing "a fresh and unfiltered conversation around sports, fame, music." Jay Z's media company will also produce the show.

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Mariota didn't hear Goodell's 'Marioto'

Marcus Mariota to Nashville radio show 3HL on commish Roger Goodell's error on draft night: “He gave me a call ... He apologized, and I’m like, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about.’ But he was really apologetic and I truly respect that."

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Cauley-Stein's name officially changed
Men's College Basketball 

The former Kentucky star changed his name from Willie Durmond Cauley Jr. to Willie Trill Cauley-Stein. He wanted to include his mother's last name, and he changed his middle name to "Trill" -- his nickname -- since he was already at the district court.

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Men's College Basketball 

Dan Rafael: MayPac rematch still money

"I don't think it has to come close in terms of the financials to what the first fight did to still make it worthwhile for the boxers."


Goalie showdown in Champions League

All-time great goalkeepers Gianluigi Buffon (right) and Iker Casillas have both won World Cups and clashed before in big Euro and Champions League matches. Whoever excels today could decide who advances to the June 6 final.

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Olney: Kershaw as dominant as ever

Dating back to last year's playoffs, Clayton Kershaw is 2-6 in his last eight starts, but Buster Olney doesn't buy the negativity: "If you look at the numbers behind the numbers, they look exactly the same. In fact, maybe even a little better."


The other side of Ted Williams

Death exposes everyone, and it exposed Ted Williams, stripping away what he'd created as a boy on Utah Street, revealing what he'd tried to hide: He came from damaged people, and he left damaged people behind. Cycle of suffering

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Does Brandon Scherff pick affect RG III?

Dan Graziano says the selection of Scherff doesn't mean the Redskins are committed to Robert Griffin III long-term, but adds: "They want to put him in the best possible position to succeed this year."


Ian Begley @IanBegley

Asked Isiah Thomas what he'd tell #Knicks fans who believe he'll have a role w/NYK: "I'm excited to be working for the New York Liberty."

Coach Cal: No more platooning
Men's College Basketball 

From John Calipari's website: "Last season was an absolute outlier. It's just not the way I like to coach. ... I think we wrote the book on platooning this year, but I hope we stick it on the shelf and never have to use it again."

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Men's College Basketball 

Mayweather open to Pacquiao rematch

Floyd Mayweather would be willing to fight Manny Pacquiao again, saying, "I will fight him in a year after his surgery" in a text to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith this morning. Pacquiao needs rotator cuff surgery and will miss the next 9-12 months.

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OTD: Pete Rose collects 3,000th hit

On May 5, 1978, the 37-year-old Rose went 2-for-4 against the Expos, accumulating his 3,000th hit in his 16th season. He'd go on to hit an MLB-record 4,256.

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Champions League: Boring excellence?

Four of the best teams in the world -- maybe ever -- are about to clash. So why is the world's greatest club competition in danger of becoming boring and too predictable? Spread the excellence

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Juve needs 'near perfection' to beat Real

Juventus is unbeaten in its last 12 home matches in UEFA competitions. But manager Massimiliano Allegri says his team will have to play a near "perfect match" against Real Madrid today.


Charges dismissed against McClain

Alabama prosecutors are dismissing charges against Cowboys LB Rolando McClain stemming from his arrest in a park in his hometown in 2013 when he allegedly cursed at officers and pulled away when they tried to arrest him. Story

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ESPN on Snapchat Discover LIVE

Who is the only NBA MVP since 1983-84 to be bounced in the first round of the playoffs? Take your best guess in today's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover, featuring Trivia Tuesday!

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Post-draft power rankings

The Lions fell, the Colts jumped up and the Patriots lost out on the No. 1 spot despite earning more first-place votes. Who beat them? Full rankings

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Tiger: Breakup, dad's memory 'tough'

Woods, due to the 9-year anniversary of Earl Woods' death and his recent breakup with Lindsey Vonn, had a hard week, but says: "Once you're inside the ropes, it's time to tee it up and time to play. ... I get into my little world." Hasn't slept in 3 days

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John Wall to play in tonight's Game 2

The Wizards PG said the swelling in his left hand has gone down. Wall initially thought he broke the wrist after crashing to the floor during Game 1, but got two opinions on the injury. Washington leads Atlanta 1-0 in the series.

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Year 1 of the CFP: 'We got it right'
College Football 

Said College Football Playoff selection committee chair Jeff Long: "Overwhelmingly [we] have gotten the sense from fans and colleagues alike that the committee did a good job." Optimistic about future

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College Football 

The 2015 Undrafted All-Stars

While only 256 players can be drafted, it's sometimes bewildering as to why some athletes' names weren't among the chosen. Grantland looks at some players who deserved better fates. 10 Undrafted All-Stars