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LeBron's impressive playoff road record

Winning on the road in the postseason is a daunting task, but LeBron James' teams have made a habit of it the past five seasons, writes Brian Windhorst.

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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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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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Irving officially out for Game 2

The Cavaliers have ruled out PG Kyrie Irving for tonight's game against the Hawks. Irving underwent an MRI earlier in the day and is reportedly suffering from tendinitis in his left knee. Game 2 tips at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Phillies at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET
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With Bryce Harper and the NL's best offense leading the charge, the Nationals look for their pitching staff to follow suit Friday night, opening a 3-game set with the Phillies. Max Scherzer gets the start for Washington. Follow live

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Max Scherzer is worth spending for tonight against the Phillies. Here’s more of Cynthia Frelund’s daily fantasy advice.

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Coach Bud: "DeMarre is a game-time decision." Media: "But it's almost game time." Coach Bud: "Then it's almost time to make a decision."

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Is Game 2 a must-win for the Hawks? Only 4 teams in NBA playoff history have come back to win a series after losing the 1st 2 games at home.

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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Hernandez originally against 'King' moniker

Said Felix Hernandez: "I wasn't doing anything worthy of being called the King." But after a Cy Young, five All-Star appearances and 131 career wins, Hernandez embraces the moniker. "Now," he says, "I don't mind if they call me King." A solid foundation

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King Felix eyes 7th win in 8 games
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Felix Hernandez takes on the Blue Jays tonight, and though he revels in the King's Court at SafeCo, he feels at home on the road too: "Every time. I think to myself, 'You see all those people with their eyes on you? Now go do your job. Make it happen.'" Setting the tone

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Knicks hope for a little West Coast help

Things didn't exactly go New York's way in the draft lottery. But if the Lakers, who reportedly aren't "locked in" to a big man, don't pick Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns at No. 2 in the draft, is the door open for the Knicks? Sixers could thwart plans

Getting ready for Game 2 with a look back
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Counting the minutes until the Hawks and Cavs tip off in Atlanta? Take an all-access look at the exciting Eastern Conference finals Game 1 and watch J.R. Smith catch fire as the Hawks tried to battle the flames.

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Blackhawks call up van Riemsdyk

Chicago brought defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who is coming off knee and wrist surgeries, to the big club today and coach Joel Quenneville didn't rule him out for the rest of the series against the Ducks.

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Yankees SP Tanaka nearing return

If Masahiro Tanaka's Wednesday rehab start goes well, he could join the team as soon as the first week of June when New York plays Seattle. Tanaka (3.22 ERA in 4 starts) went on the DL on April 29 with a forearm strain.

Hernandez lawyer: Aaron has no Money
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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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The two faces of J.R. Smith

Maybe Smith's suspension was a blessing for the Cavs. Before the discipline, Smith averaged 9.8 points on 36.6 percent shooting. Since, he's pouring in 15.8 points per game and shooting a blistering 51.3 percent -- on 3-pointers, that is. (Via Dave McMenamin)

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Marlins players blow off charity event

Miami had an event to benefit inner-cities baseball programs Thursday night with players scheduled to attend. But after their loss to Arizona earlier in the day -- their 7th straight -- no players showed. Fans complained on social media and team president David Samson said he was disappointed.

What's next for Busch and Driscoll
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Kurt Busch testified that he believed his ex-girlfriend Patty Driscoll made a living killing people with "knives, pistols or poison." Driscoll allegedly told close friends she was a "hit woman" whose job it was to date drug lords. She also grew Armed Forces Foundation from a volunteer group into a multimillion dollar operation. Driscoll's double life

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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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Aces on the mound tonight
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  • Felix Hernandez (6-1, 2.30 ERA) vs. Jays
  • Max Scherzer (4-3, 1.75 ERA) vs. Phillies
  • Jon Lester (4-2, 3.70 ERA) vs. Reds
  • Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.52 ERA) vs. Padres
  • Garrett Richards (3-2, 2.29 ERA) vs. Red Sox

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Baseball is dying... again
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A precipitous decline in youth participation is the latest hit to baseball. ESPN's Dave Schoenfield writes that you "can't ignore that baseball includes a lot of standing around. Maybe it is just too boring for kids today." Where are the kids?

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