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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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Making roster room: Raiders to cut WR Jones

The Oakland Raiders are planning to release James Jones, who led the team with 73 receptions in 2014, after finding two new starting receivers in April.

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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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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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Sunday's MLB Highlights

Astros win 10th straight (0:52)

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Floyd Mayweather comparison: Ichiro?
Boxing 

Colin Cowherd sees similarities between Mayweather and the outfielder: "Mayweather is Ichiro. Risk-averse, only steal a base when I know I'll be safe. Mayweather: only gets close when I know I can score." (via The Herd)

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Boxing 

Rare Rockets sight tonight

The Rockets will make their first Conference Semifinals appearance since 2009. Houston's won only two playoff series in last 18 seasons, and that includes its series this year against Dallas.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Dwight Howard reacts to Harden not winning MVP: "All of us are pretty upset he didn't win, but our goal is to win the championship."

Redskins' draft gets A- grade

Mel Kiper: "I don't think there was a softer team in the NFL the past season than the Redskins, especially on defense. ... Washington got a lot tougher on both sides of the ball in the first two rounds." More draft grades (Insider)

Gurley has shot to be special
NFL 

Matt Williamson: “[Todd] Gurley has a chance to be the best football player in this entire draft. … I was higher on Gurley's dynasty value prior to his being selected by the Rams, but I was also very glad to see the Rams drafting offensive linemen in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.” Top 10 rookies for dynasty leagues

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NFL 

Deja vu for Blackhawks, Wild

  • Sunday night: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game 2. Blackhawks win 4-1 to take 2-0 series lead in Western Conference semis.
  • A year ago today: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game 2. Blackhawks win 4-1 to take 2-0 series lead in Western Conference semis.

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U.S. Soccer finalizes summer friendly
Soccer 

The USMNT announced that it will face Guatemala in a friendly on July 3 in Nashville. It will be a final tune-up before the Gold Cup, which starts July 7.

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Soccer 

Astros climbing up MLB Power Rankings

The Astros were No. 12 on the Power Rankings last week, but they haven't lost since April 22, propelling them up to No. 3 behind just the Royals and best-in-MLB Cardinals. Is Houston's success sustainable? Full list

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NL Central showdown tonight

The first-place Cardinals have the best record in baseball at 18-6. When they play the Cubs tonight, it'll be the first time since Sept. 20, 2009, that the foes will face off while in first and second in their division this late in the season.

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Happy 26th birthday, Rory McIlroy!
Golf 

The world No. 1 golfer celebrated a day early this year as he claimed his second World Golf Championship title Sunday, his 10th PGA Tour title. In the last 75 years, he's just the 3rd player to win 10 on Tour prior to turning 26. Not bad!

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Golf 

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

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."

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

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

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