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Brow's playoff debut among all-time best

Tom Haberstroh writes that while Anthony Davis and the Pelicans may be down 3-0, the Brow is posting some of the best numbers we've ever seen from a big man in his maiden playoff voyage.

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13hTim MacMahon

Silver says NBA will talk Hack-a-Shaq solution

NBA commissioner Adam Silver expects the NBA to explore rule changes at upcoming meetings that would address rampant use of Hack-a-Shaq strategy that slows games and hurts entertainment value.

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18hMike Sheets

Fantasy baseball daily notes for April 25

Matt Harvey against the Yankees in the Bronx is surprisingly one of the best pitching options for Saturday. Who else should you pick or avoid?

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31mBuster Olney

Angels could regret Hamilton decision

Unless the LA Angels are convinced Josh Hamilton can't be an effective hitter, the decision to trade him makes little sense, writes Buster Olney.

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Mariners shut out Twins (0:54)

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Mayweather vs. Pacquaio in 150 seconds (2:26)

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Watford eans promotion to EPL
Soccer 

With its win and two other results today, English club Watford has clinched promotion to the Premier League for next season, by finishing in the top two in England's second division. Promotion will be worth over $150M in TV money and other revenue.

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Soccer 

MLB comes down hard on fiery Ventura
MLB 

Yordano Ventura (7 games) was handed the largest punishment for his role in Thursday's brawl with the White Sox. In 4 starts, Ventura has been involved in 3 bench-clearing brawls and twice been ejected.

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MLB 

ESPN On Snapchat Discover live
NBA 

Tim Duncan hasn’t aged a bit! To celebrate his 39th birthday on Saturday, check out a then and now of “The Big Fundamental” in today’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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NBA 

UAB player protests at graduation
College Football 

The UAB football program shut down last December, but that did not stop former player Derek Slaughter from wearing his helmet to graduation.

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College Football 

Chicago White Sox @whitesox

Unless appealed, all suspensions are scheduled to be effective on Sunday, when the Clubs are to continue their series in Chicago.

MLB levies suspensions from brawl
MLB 

  • Royals P Yordano Ventura: 7 games
  • Royals P Edinson Volquez: 5 games
  • Royals OF Lorenzo Cain: 2 games
  • Royals P Kelvin Herrera: 2 games
  • White Sox P Chris Sale: 5 games
  • White Sox P Jeff Samardzija: 5 games

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MLB 

Does Josh Hamilton have anything left?
MLB 

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian on the Angels being close to acquiring Hamilton: "The question is: Is he anywhere close to the great player that he was in 2010, when he had an OPS over a thousand? ... There's a real question whether he's a good player anymore."

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MLB 

Mark Sanchez explains Tim Tebow signing
NFL 

“He’s obviously a great guy, he works hard. And we needed another guy to throw while Sam [Bradford]’s still recovering,” the Eagles QB told CSNPhilly. “So that’s the reason [for the signing], at least as explained to me."

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NFL 

Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

No team has ever come back from 0-3 to win an NBA playoff series (0-110). So, with the #Nets down 0-2, Game 3 is a pretty big game.

How to bet Manchester City-Aston Villa
Soccer 

Manchester City is a free-scoring home side that has averaged over 2 goals per game in 16 home matches this season. ESPN Chalk's Best bets (Insider)

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Soccer 

Mayweather's key to victory
Boxing 

Teddy Atlas explains Floyd Mayweather's signature move on SportsCenter and demonstrates the keys to the fight alongside "Irish" Micky Ward.

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Boxing 

Bruce Jenner: 'I am a woman'
Olympic Sports 

Bruce Jenner told ABC's Diane Sawyer on Friday: "What I'm doing is going to do the world some good. And we're going to change the world. ... I really firmly believe that." Story

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Olympic Sports 

Lowry & Raptors down and almost out
NBA 

Kyle Lowry is playing through back and shin injuries and a cold, which has contributed to his 10-for-42 shooting as the Raptors are down 3-0 vs. Washington. “At the end of the day I’ve still got to go out there and play. That’s why we get paid to play.” Scene from losing locker room

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NBA 

Dave McMenamin @mcten

David Blatt on coaching big playoff games overseas: "I've been hit in the head by a few thrown objects in my day"

Don't quit your day job, Rory
Golf 

Rory McIlroy might be the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, but he just got schooled in an arm-wrestling competition by junior golfer Brad Dalke.

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Golf 

Aldridge taking after Z-Bo
NBA 

Long before they faced each other in this year's playoffs, Zach Randolph paved the way for LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland. Aldridge: "People always called me 'soft,' but Z-Bo never did. In practice, I would go at it. I wasn't strong enough to bang, but I would bang with him as much as I could." A shared history

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NBA 

Melrose remembers Nassau Coliseum
NHL 

With the Islanders trailing the Capitals 3-2, today could be the final game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. ESPN's Barry Melrose tells a story that involves a former Islanders bruiser, a bloody nose and a game misconduct.

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NHL 

OTD: Jordan wins another scoring title
NBA 

On this date 22 years ago, Michael Jordan captured his seventh straight NBA scoring title (32.6 PPG), tying Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record. Jordan also led the league in steals (2.8 SPG) that season.

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NBA 

Turn of events in EPL relegation race
Soccer 

Last-place Burnley had a chance to take the lead but missed a penalty. Then Leicester City benefited at the other end just moments later, taking a 1-0 lead via an own goal. Live EPL table

Soccer 

MLB's golden age of third basemen

There's a new trend in baseball and it involves a more versatile third baseman. Up-and-coming stars with a more varied skill set, like Chicago's Kris Bryant, have made the position deeper and more exciting. Breaking the mold (Insider)

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Best secondary options in NFL draft
NFL 

Does your team desperately need secondary help? If so, CBs Trae Waynes and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, and safeties Byron Jones and Landon Collins should be on your wish list for next week's draft, writes ESPN's Todd McShay. Secondary help (Insider)

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NFL 

How to bet Klitschko-Jennings fight
Boxing 

ESPN Chalk’s Johnny Wilds sees value in tonight's fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Bryant Jennings. Why Jennings is 'Rocky'-like (Insider)

Boxing 

Klitschko looks to defend title
Boxing 

With another successful defense tonight, Wladimir Klitschko would only trail Larry Holmes by 2 for the second-longest streak among heavyweights all-time. Klitschko faces Bryant Jennings tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

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Boxing