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Rockets upgrade Howard to probable for Game 3

Rockets center Dwight Howard is feeling so much better that he's listed as probable on the injury report for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors.

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Sando: Offseason grades for all NFL teams

Mike Sando hands out offseason grades for all 32 NFL teams with the help of ESPN analysts Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Matt Williamson and Field Yates. The Jets come out on top with an A grade.

Friday's MLB Highlights

Harper smacks 16th homer in win (0:49)

The top five surprising teams (3:24)
Smart move for Michael Sam to sign with CFL? (1:34)
Brewers pitcher banned 8 games for foreign substance on arm (1:11)

Have You Seen?

Incredible one-handed backflip catch (0:34)


SportsCenter clips

Browns petition NFL to opt out of HBO's 'Hard Knocks' (0:58)

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Looking Ahead: Oregon Ducks

A talented recruiting class should help the Oregon Ducks compete in the Pac-12, a league that doesn't appear to have a clear favorite.


James Harden is avoiding Dwight Howard

Harden is passing to Howard only 4.1 times per game this postseason. ESPN's Tom Haberstroh on the disconnect: "Remember that breath-taking lob [from Harden] to Howard in Game 2? Savor it, because it almost never happens."


High-schooler makes incredible catch

2017 CB recruit Marco Wilson of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage makes a one-handed backflip catch ... on the run. Your move, Odell Beckham Jr.


This hazard is more than lateral

Geologists say a giant sinkhole near the driving range of a southwest Missouri golf course is fairly common because of the region's topography -- but that doesn't change the fact that, you know, a giant sinkhole opened up at the golf course! An undiscovered cave?


95th time's a charm?

Pitcher Akihiro Shibata (12) and his teammates celebrate after ending a 94-game losing streak, winning for the first time in five years, during a Tokyo Big 6 Baseball League game. The University of Tokyo, which does not offer athletic scholarships, beat Hosei 6-4 to win its first game since Oct. 2, 2010.


No Gatorade bath for Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich’s Juan Bernat and teammate Claudio Pizarro celebrate the German club’s Bundesliga title in traditional fashion: by throwing huge glasses of beer on each other.


Coco Crisp placed on 15-day DL

The A's OF starts his second DL stint in 2015, this time for a cervical strain. In 13 games, Crisp is 2-for-45 (.044). The good news: Crisp will avoid potentially career-ending surgery and instead rely on rest and rehab.

LeBron: Do Not Disturb

LeBron James nearly ran into a fan courtside before noticing she was pregnant and stopping himself just in time. He had a joking message for the fan, too.


Yanks ask Sabathia to stop the bleeding

CC Sabathia is tasked with ending New York's run of eight losses in nine games -- including four straight -- today against the Rangers at 1:05 p.m. ET. Texas counters with Nick Martinez (3-0, 1.88 ERA).

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Bryce Harper vs. Ken Griffey jr.

He may have a lower batting average, but Harper's offensive output is significantly higher at this point in his career than Griffey's. Harper plays Game No. 400 today at 4:05 p.m. ET.


LeBron among greats with 30-point game

LeBron James scored 30 points in a playoff game for the 74th time in his career on Friday, tying him for 4th on the NBA's all-time list.


New York Rangers @NYRangers

"Whatever happened last night is over. We'll try to carry some momentum...it's a new game, and it starts 0-0 again." - #NYR Rick Nash

Dale Earnhardt Jr. @DaleJr

First practice went good for us. Got a lot of great feedback from our changes and feel like the car has nice speed.

Making too much of Nadal's slump?

Maria Sharapova says it's "disrespectful" to write off Rafael Nadal, while Andy Murray calls it "stupid." Nonetheless, the nine-time French Open champ has a lot to prove. Nadal: 'My feelings are good'

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White Sox to retire Konerko's number

Paul Konerko's No. 14 will be retired today by the team. Said Konerko on Friday: "As a kid, you see stuff at stadiums or you hear about a guy whose number is retired. You don't really think that that's something that's attainable." He's the 11th player to have his number retired by the Sox.

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ESPN on Snapchat Discover Live

The Browns are entering the 2015 season with a fresh look, but where do their new uniforms rank among the best ones in the NFL? Check out the Uni Watch NFL Power Rankings in today's edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Kurkjian offers advice to pitchers

Tim Kurkjian's advice to pitchers who use foreign substances but don't want an 8-game suspension like Will Smith received? "You just have to hide it better."


ESPN Chalk: How to bet the Indy 500

Helio Castroneves, going for his 4th Indy 500 title, is a safer bet than Kurt Busch, who'll be running in his first Indy 500 and also trying to pull off "the double." Who to pick (Insider)

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Cincinnati Reds @Reds

Raisel Iglesias will start for Reds tomorrow instead of Johnny Cueto, who has been bothered by general stiffness since Tue’s start at KC.

Harper's magnificent month of May

Bryce Harper is now slugging exactly 1.000 in May -- he's had 11 HRs this month -- putting him in some incredible company.