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Warriors' ascent to top of West is complete

In the stacked Western Conference, Golden State is the only one still standing. The Warriors bounced the Rockets to advance to their first NBA Finals since 1975.

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McIlroy in danger of missing Irish Open cut

Rory McIlroy suffered a nightmare first round at the Irish Open as he shot his highest total since his final-day Masters meltdown in 2011.

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6hJeff Dickerson

DE McDonald arrested twice in under 72 hours

Police in California arrested former Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald at 5:35 p.m. local time Wednesday for violating a restraining order, the Santa Clara Police Department said.

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Scott Kacsmar

Outsiders: Why Maclin won't save Chiefs

Football Outsiders identifies the top remaining needs for Kansas City, Denver, Oakland and San Diego, including the Chiefs' lack of a vertical passing game.

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7hDavid Schoenfield

Wednesday's power rankings

Bryce Harper hit his 18th home run of the season as the Nationals continue to win.

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SEC West hasn't lost its luster or bluster

Those within the West say it's only getting tougher despite not putting a team in the title game last season for the first time since the 2008 campaign

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20hJayson Stark

Stark: First-quarter award winners

Now that all 30 teams have finally played 40 games, it's time to look back at the first quarter of a fun season and hand out a little imaginary hardware.

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Serena Williams forces third set
Tennis 

The No. 1 seed made quick work of the second set, winning 6-3, and she is moving to a third set with Anna-Lena Friedsam. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Tennis 

Wozniacki: I just didn't play well
Tennis 

Caroline Wozniacki on her 6-4, 7-6 (4) loss to Julia Goerges: "I was really trying to do better this time than I've done in the past against her on clay. ... She played well. She played like she had to. And I didn't."

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Tennis 

Warriors favorite to win NBA title
NBA 

Both teams easily dispatched their conference finals opponents, but Golden State has ESPN's BPI (and Vegas') confidence heading into the finals.

NBA 

OTD: Larry Bird wins 3rd straight MVP

On this date in 1986, Larry Legend became just the third player to achieve the feat (Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain). Eleven days later, he would lead the Boston to an NBA championship over Houston.

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Rory shoots 80 in Irish Open start
Golf 

The last time McIlroy shot 80 in an official event was in the final round of the 2011 Masters. He entered that Sunday at Augusta leading the tournament and 12-under par, but after his final round 80 he finished tied for 15th.

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Golf 

HIGHLIGHT: Serena falls in first set
Tennis 

With a wide service return on set point, Serena Williams dropped the first set 7-5 against Anna-Lena Friedsam.

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Tennis 

Anniversary of 50 Cent's awful pitch
MLB 

One year ago, 50 Cent threw out the first pitch at a Mets game. If you don't remember, it was just a bit outside.

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All you need to know: FIFA scandal
Soccer 

The Justice Department's FIFA investigation began with tax-evasion charges against former CONCACAF exec Chuck Blazer. The DOJ followed the money, unraveling the corruption. Investigation's history

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Soccer 

Schiavone, Kuznetsova locked in battle
Tennis 

It's now the third-longest women's singles match in French Open history as Francesca Schiavone breaks Svetlana Kuznetsova -- again -- and it's now 8-all in the third set. Nineteen other matches have come and gone while they play. Who will finally come out on top? Live on WatchESPN

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Tennis 

Grab the popcorn, NHL fans
NHL 

The Blackhawks beat the Ducks Wednesday to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals after the Rangers forced a Game 7 in the East. This will be the 3rd time in NHL history that both series immediately preceding the finals have gone to a Game 7. (via Elias)

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Blackhawks, Ducks set for Game 7
NHL 

Barry Melrose breaks down Game 6 of the Western Conference finals and makes his pick for who will advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

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Matt Holliday sets NL mark
MLB 

The Cards OF reached base safely for the 43rd straight game Wednesday -- the longest streak in the NL since 1914: "Yeah, that's cool. A lot of players have played in the National League. That's pretty good, I guess." Derek Jeter has the MLB record, with 53 in a row, set in 1999.

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MLB 

Howard Bryant @hbryant42

Not exactly upset-alert red yet, but orange for Serena. This one looks like a survive and advance match.

Serena Williams loses first set
Tennis 

The world No. 1, unbeaten this year, lost the set 7-5 to qualifier Anna-Lena Friedsam. Williams lost in the second round of the French Open last year. Follow live on WatchESPN

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Tennis 

UEFA won't boycott FIFA election
Soccer 

The European soccer nations backed down from their threatened boycott hours before today's start of congress. If Sepp Blatter is re-elected Friday though, EFA vice chairman David Gill will reject his seat on the FIFA executive committee.

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Soccer 

Wozniacki laments missed opportunities
Tennis 

Said Caroline Wozniacki of her 2nd-round loss today at the French Open: "I think grass suits my game better. But I had bigger expectations for myself this week, so it's obviously disappointing right now. But, yeah, Wimbledon is the next highlight. It's not too far away. That's what I'm going to train for."

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Tennis 

Bob Harig @BobHarig

Would gladly take 9 pars, 9 bogeys. . . anywhere. But that adds up to disaster for Rory at Irish Open. 80. Didn't see that coming.

Rory McIlroy opens with 80
Golf 

McIlroy had an opening-round 9-over 80 in today's play at the Irish Open. He missed the cut last week at the BMW PGA Championship. Soren Kjeldsen leads the field with a -3 through 17 holes. Leaderboard

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Golf 

Steph trumps Harden -- who's next?

After taking down James Harden, Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol -- all on this season's All-NBA 1st Team -- Stephen Curry will now face LeBron James (the other member of the All-NBA team) and the Cavs in the Finals. Curry will be the first player in NBA history to face each of the other four members of the All-NBA 1st Team in the same postseason.

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Nadal-Almagro Serena-Friedsam Schiavone-Kuznetsova Pliskova-Mitu Goffin-Giradlo Melzer-Kuznetsov Tomic-Kokkinakis All live on @ESPN3 now

Howard Bryant @hbryant42

Serena look hurt to me. She said the elbow was affecting her serve and I don't see a lot of racquet head speed right now.

Serena trailing at French
Tennis 

Serena Williams has 13 unforced errors so far in her second-round match against qualifier Anna-Lena Friedsam and is losing the first set 4-3. Can she pull it together? Watch live on WatchESPN

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