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Royal whupping: Djokovic clobbers 'King' Nadal

Top-ranked and top-seeded Novak Djokovic dethroned the "King of Clay" on Wednesday, beating nine-time champion Rafael Nadal.

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How impressive was Joey Gallo's debut? (0:37)
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2hEric Karabell

Gallo's magical debut changes nothing

Eric Karabell examines the debut of Joey Gallo, and writes why fantasy owners should temper long-term expectations. He compares Gallo to Kris Bryant.

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College football jersey numbers mark time (2:03)
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4hDana O'Neil

Looking ahead: Kentucky Wildcats

Replacing eight guys from a team that lost but one game in 39 tries is a rather tall order, but this is Kentucky, and expectations are always high.

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11hDarren Rovell

Pharoah owners strike landmark marketing deal

The owners of American Pharoah agreed to a marketing deal early Wednesday morning that will blanket the horse with logos from the energy drink brand Monster ahead of his run for the Triple Crown.

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How Bucs WR's can impact Winston
NFL 

"Into the ultimate nowhere-to-go-but-up situation, Jameis Winston enters with some unusual weapons at his disposal. For the fourth time in NFL history, a first-round quarterback will play his first starting season with two 1,000-yard receivers from the previous year." Healy: Resurrecting the offense (Insider)

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NFL 

Rafael Nadal: Djokovic was better
Tennis 

“In general, Novak was in control most of the time. He was better than me -- that’s it. It's simple, when an opponent plays better than you, he’s in better shape than you. It happens. Just congratulate him. I was doubtful about myself.”

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Tennis 

No exit for D-Will, Nets

Asked if the Nets would buy out or use the stretch provision on the final two seasons of point guard Deron Williams' contract, GM Billy King responded, "No." Owed $43.3M

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American Pharaoh draws No. 5 post
Horse Racing 

The heavy favorite goes for the Triple Crown on Saturday at the Belmont:

  • 1. Mubtaahij (10-1)
  • 2. Tale of Verve (15-1)
  • 3. Madefromlucky (12-1)
  • 4. Frammento (30-1)
  • 5. American Pharaoh (3-5)
  • 6. Frosted (5-1)
  • 7. Keen Ice (20-1)
  • 8. Materiality (6-1)

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Djoker with historic win over Rafa
Tennis 

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic became just the second player to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros. The first was Robin Soderling -- who congratulated Djoker on Twitter today -- in 2009.

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Tennis 

Robin Söderling @RSoderling

Unbelievable level from Novak. Big congrats! And what an amazing fighting spirit by Rafa, as always...such a role model for all youngsters

Rafa Nadal's French streak finally over

His 39-match win streak at the French Open was the 4th-longest in the Open Era at any Grand Slam, and the longest at Roland Garros. The most consecutive wins at a single Grand Slam event was 41 by Bjorn Borg at Wimbledon.

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ESPN on Snapchat Discover Live
NHL 

Did you know the 2015 Stanley Cup features the regular season's highest scoring team vs. the second-best goals-against average? Preview the Blackhawks and Lightning in today's edition of ESPN on Snapchat Discover.

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NHL 

ESPN reporter takes on James Jones
NBA 

Dave McMenamin has this appreciation of the Cavs' forward, punctuated by a 3-point shooting contest. It doesn't go well. "Don’t worry about it. You tried,” said Jones, whose team has reached the Finals 5 years in a row.

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NBA 

Haberstroh: It's all about the 3-ball
NBA 

Sorry, Phil. Here's why the 3-pointer is the "special sauce" of great NBA offenses.

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NBA 

Djokovic finally gets Rafa in France
Tennis 

This was the seventh time Novak Djokovic played Rafael Nadal at the French Open, but the first time he's come away with the win. He's also the only player to beat Nadal four times at Grand Slams.

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Tennis 

Legs: Can the Cavs corner Curry?
NBA 

"You're talking about the best shooter in the game coming off downscreens." Good luck with that.

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NBA 

Allen Iverson... Notre Dame QB?

It could have happened, Gary Moore, Iverson's longtime manager, told Bleacher Report. "That was our dream. We watched the Fighting Irish on TV every Saturday. ... He was never supposed to be in the NBA. We were focused on the NFL. He should be in Canton as we speak."

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No. 1 Djokovic lives up to his ranking
Tennis 

Novak Djokovic extends his match win streak to 27 with a clinical three-set win over Rafael Nadal, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1.

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Tennis 

Jim Caple @jimcaple

The king is dead. Djokovic beats 9-time French Open champ Nadal in straight sets. Just Rafa's second loss in 72 matches at Roland Garros.

David Lee IG @dlee042

The new jerseys have arrived! One day left before we get started! #GSW #StrengthinNumbers #Finals

Murray takes first two sets
Tennis 

Andy Murray looks well on his way to his first win on clay in five tries vs. No. 7 David Ferrer. Live on WatchESPN

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Tennis 

Legs: How to slow down LeBron

What can the Warriors do? Force him to go right.

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