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Haberstroh: The NBA's 35-year war over the 3

The NBA's 35-year war against the 3-pointer is ending. Tom Haberstroh traces the long ball's rise from its debut until now, when it's taking over the NBA Finals.

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6hEric Karabell

Gallo's magical debut changes nothing

Eric Karabell examines the debut of Joey Gallo, and writes why fantasy owners should temper long-term expectations. He compares Gallo to Kris Bryant.

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38mMatt Marrone

MLB's all-time best debuts

For some, it's a sign of greatness to come; for others, it remains their finest moment in the sun. Here are a few of the most remarkable debuts in MLB history.

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Schaap: Sepp Blatter is seen as a crook (2:06)
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College football jersey numbers mark time (2:03)
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7mRyan McGee

McGee: Family fuels Pocono's turnaround

Pocono Raceway was written off as a throwback -- a quirky family-owned track whose time had passed. But those same qualities made it stand out among the sport's cookie-cutters, Ryan McGee writes.

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Will Kyrie Irving play in the Finals?

The Cavs' PG watched from the sidelines for the early part of the team's practice. It's still unknown how much Irving (knee tendinitis) will be able to play in the NBA Finals.

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LeBron acts like he's been there before
NBA 

"They're tired of seeing me, Perk. Five years straight." LeBron James appears loose as he prepares for his fifth straight NBA Finals -- all smiles while stretching and chirping to the media.

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NBA 

Oooh, so shiny
NBA 

LeBron James' practice sneakers are out of this world.

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NBA 

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LeBron chirping to the media as he goes through stretching on the court: "Back at it! They're tired of seeing me. Five years straight!"

GM, Vikings happy to have AD in camp

GM Rick Spielman on Adrian Peterson being back with the Vikings: "We're excited to get this kind of resolved and I think everybody's very excited about moving forward with this."

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Where's the ducker?
MLB 

Not everyone is reaching for this home run ball hit over the Green Monster Wednesday. Can you find the ducker?

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MLB 

LeSean McCoy doesn't want to talk Philly
NFL 

The Bills RB said last month that Eagles coach Chip Kelly considered race in roster decisions. McCoy wasn't keen on the topic today: "I have nothing to say about that. I mean, I'm in Buffalo. Everything in Philadelphia is over. I have nothing more to really say about it."

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Milwaukee Brewers @Brewers

INF Hector Gomez was removed from today's game for precautionary reasons. Examined by a physician. Results were negative for a concussion.

Shawn Marion: Curry the best shot ever
NBA 

In Shawn Marion's 15-year career, he's seen a lot of players. And on comparing Steph Curry to past great shooters, he said: "There's no comparison. The way Steph shoots and gets his shots ... ain't nobody ever shot like that."

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Smith: 'We have the best player'
NBA 

J.R. Smith, who joined Cleveland in January, respects the Warriors: "They've had a great year all year long, they have the MVP, but we've got something special here too. We have the best player in the world."

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NBA 

Tiger: I just want to be in contention
Golf 

How is Woods' game going into the Memorial this week? "I feel very good about the changes we've made. We've just implemented a couple of new things. It's still evolving, but it's getting better. It's nice to see."

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Golf 

LeBron James changed the Cavs

Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson on how LeBron changed the team's culture: "Labor Day, he was the first one in the gym, working out. He had a full sweat and we were just walking in. ... That's when we knew it was serious."

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Final: Red Sox 6, Twins 3
MLB 

In just his second career MLB start, Boston rookie Eduardo Rodriguez went 7 innings with 7 K's to get his second win. Dustin Pedroia went 4-for-5 with 2 R, 1 RBI to lead Boston's 13-hit effort. Box score

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LeBron's potentially dubious Finals mark
NBA 

Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird each had winning NBA Finals records. If the Cavs lose these Finals, LeBron James would have as many Finals losses as Jordan, Kobe and Bird combined in 12 fewer appearances.

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Curry's NBA Finals shoes
NBA 

Steph Curry gave everyone a look Wednesday at the shoes he'll wear during the NBA Finals.

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NBA 

On this date in 1992 ...

"Here's Jordan, for 3 ... Yes! Did you see that look? Michael indicating he can't believe it!"

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Experts' picks: NBA Finals
NBA 

Only five of our experts picked Cleveland to win it all, but take heart, Cavs' fans: At least none of them think Golden State will pull off the sweep. See predictions

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Djokovic finally ousts Nadal in Paris
Tennis 

With today's win, Novak Djokovic is that much closer to his first-ever French Open title -- which would cap a Career Slam -- and 9-time champ Rafael Nadal is out of the way.

Tennis 

Barbosa: Jump shooting got us here

Warriors' Leandro Barbosa to ESPN's J.A. Adande on the criticism of Golden State's style: "That style that we did the whole season brought us to this situation at the moment. So we're just going to try and do our best and win the championship."

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Gomez takes nasty tumble into stands

Brewers 3B Hector Gomez left the game after diving into the seats while chasing a foul pop in the sixth inning against the Cardinals. He was examined by team doctors and walked off under his own power. The team hasn't released any word on any possible injuries.