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Oreovicz: Rating the Indianapolis 500 starting grid

From the favorites to the field fillers, John Oreovicz sorts out the Indianapolis 500 starting grid by the drivers' chances of winning.

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Lawyers endorse Goodell hearing Brady appeal

Attorneys for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have recommended that Goodell reject the NFLPA's request that he recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.

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Draft fits for Knicks, Lakers, Sixers, Wolves

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

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Smart move for Michael Sam to sign with CFL? (1:34)

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As expected, Goodell to hear Brady's appeal (2:56)

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Ford/Pelton: Best fits for top four picks

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

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Kupchak says next season will be Kobe's last (2:41)

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ESPN Sport Science: Bumgarner's big day (1:11)
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Looking ahead: Arizona Wildcats

The Wildcats are losing four starters, but a solid recruiting class and plenty of depth should keep them at the top of the Pac-12.

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Commish advised to deny NFLPA's request
NFL 

Roger Goodell's attorneys have recommended that Goodell reject the NFLPA's request that he recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. Commissioner could still step aside

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NFL 

A different I-70 series this season
MLB 

When Missouri's MLB teams meet tonight at 8:10 p.m. ET, it won't be a matchup between the Cardinals and the also-rans. The Royals are legitimate: Both teams are meeting while atop their respective divisions for just the second time ever. (Via Elias)

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McCutchen laughs off pay stub leak
MLB 

Today, Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen brushed off a photo of his two-week pay stub being leaked, even joking that the attention is manageable -- as long as he still gets paid.

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MLB 

Cerrone: 'Going with my man Rumble'

UFC lightweight contender Donald Cerrone on why Anthony "Rumble" Johnson wins at UFC 187: "The dude got knocked down years ago, but he went to the 205-pound weight division and found himself. I like Rumble. I've been a fan of his for a long time." 'Cowboy' weighs in

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Hawks try to avoid Harden's cursed fate

Rapper Lil B might not be a household name at the level of Jay Z or Kanye West, but the Bay Area-born man also known as The Based God carries much power in NBA circles with his now-legendary curses. 'Got love' for Atlanta

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Hernandez lawyer: Aaron has no Money
NFL 

Attorney John Fitzpatrick said Thursday that Aaron Hernandez, convicted last month of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. is running out of money because of lawyer fees. Fitzpatrick says Hernandez only received 1 year of his now-terminated $40M Patriots contract. Story

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NFL 

finding feature team a 'hard knock' life
NFL 

With Cleveland out, four teams are rumored to still be in the running for HBO's "Hard Knocks." We assess the entertainment value of the Texans, Bills, Giants and Redskins. Are you not entertained?

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NFL 

Girls tackle football fills up fast

Averages 13 yards a carry. Breaks tackles and ankles. Takes big hits. Of course we're talking about 12-year-old Sam Gordon, who is now a founding member of the Utah Girls Tackle Football league. Yes, tackle football

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Lakers cap situation is wide open

The Lakers have a projected $23M in cap space this summer. If it is indeed Kobe Bryant's last season and with the salary cap projected to spike to $89M in the summer of 2016, the Lakers have just one player on a guaranteed contract for the '16-17 season (Nick Young at $5.4M).

Lakers ready to 'turn the page'
NBA 

Los Angeles might be ready to move on, but would Kobe Bryant consider playing elsewhere? Baxter Holmes can't imagine it: "He can't envision playing with any other team, wearing any other jersey than the purple and gold."

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Texans are 'Hard Knocks' favorites

Houston is a finalist to be on the HBO show, according to ESPN sources and reports. The Bills, who could opt out due to having a new coach, are not interested in appearing on the show, nor are the Redskins (via ESPN's Mike Rodak and John Keim).

SEC doesn't want to cede recruiting edge
College Football 

Coaches have grumbled about outside coaches like Penn State's James Franklin and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh holding football camps as guest coaches in the SEC's recruiting territory. Topics at SEC meetings

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College Football 

SportsCenter Not Top 10
Tennis 

Happy birthday, Novak Djokovic. Your gift? An appearance on this week's worst plays.

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Tennis 

Na takes lead at Colonial
Golf 

Kevin Na birdied three of the first five holes on the back nine at Colonial to take a two-stroke lead over Ian Poulter. Na has yet to finish in the top 5 of any event in 2015. Leaderboard

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Golf 

Update: "A-Rod Juice Box Night!"
MLB 

Port Charlotte, Tampa Bay's Class A affiliate, had intended to give the first 500 fans a free juice box for tonight's game. After the Yankees complained about the promotion, saying they found it "in poor taste," according to the Tampa Bay Times, the team cancelled the promotion. Said the Stone Crabs GM: "We in no way meant any ill intent."

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MLB 

Kobe's final season with Lakers?

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak says he hasn't had discussions with Kobe Bryant about playing with L.A. beyond this season, which is the last on his contract. Bryant will be 37 when the season begins and played just 35 games last season. Kobe's uncertain future

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Notice of allegations is tip of iceberg
Men's College Basketball 

Dana O'Neil writes that if Roy Williams thinks the upcoming season will be an escape from the NCAA cloud hanging over the North Carolina program, he's likely mistaken. This is only the beginning

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Men's College Basketball 

Richards returns to Fenway
MLB 

Garrett Richards tore a tendon in his left knee last August in Boston. As the RHP returns to Boston tonight, he still remembers the sound: "It sounded like a Pillsbury biscuits tube, you know, when you open it and it explodes? ... It was the sound of my knee unraveling. It was gross."

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MLB 

'Hey Messi, can you take our picture?'
Soccer 

Barcelona was training for its final La Liga match today and a fan wanted a picture with his favorite player... so he had Lionel Messi hold the camera while he was joined by Javier Mascherano.

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