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Probe: Pats personnel probably deflated balls

The NFL has found that it is probable that New England Patriots employees deliberately deflated balls during the AFC Championship Game in January.

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Clippers' Paul doubtful for Game 2 vs. Rockets

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul is doubtful to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday because of a strained left hamstring.

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Class-action suits pepper Pacquiao, promoters

Class action lawsuits suing Manny Pacquiao and his promoters for failing to disclose his injury to consumers before his fight against Floyd Mayweather are piling up.

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Haberstroh: Introducing 'Iso LeBron'

LeBron is averaging twice as many isos as he did last postseason, and it's hurting him. Tom Haberstroh breaks it down.

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Messi does that thing again where he disappears then reappears other side of three defenders. Curls just wide. Messi Messi says Camp Nou

Wells report: Brady learned psi range in Oct.

Following a win vs. the Jets on Oct. 16, Tom Brady "asked to see a copy of the applicable Playing Rule, learned for the first time that the permissible inflation range was 12.5 to 13.5 psi ... He felt a football that was inflated to 12.5 psi, and decided that should be the target for all future games because he did 'not ever want to get near the upper range again.'" Details

keithlaw @keithlaw

Even before today, Harper ranked in the top 9% of all position players in MLB history by WAR, and he won't turn 23 till October.


Chance! Müller sends a cross to unmarked Lewandowski, but he can't quite get to it.

Barcelona in control early over Bayern

ESPN FC's Austin Lindberg: "The Bavarians not getting nearly enough protection from their midfield. Barcelona overrunning the channels right now. Not sure if that's on Bayern's central midfielders being asked too much of or wide men not putting in a shift." Follow live


Kraft 'disappointed' with Wells report

Said Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in response to the Wells' report finding: "To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship Game, would be a gross understatement." Full statement

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Bryce Harper grounds out in 4th at-bat

After starting the game 3-for-3 with 3 home runs and 4 RBIs, the Nationals OF showed he's human -- he grounded out to second but still drove in a run in the process. The Nats lead the Marlins 7-2 in the seventh.


Kevin Seifert @SeifertESPN

More Polian: NFL will need to take permanent pregame custody of all game balls, as it does already with K-balls. “Rather simple fix."

Neymar ready for Bayern Munich

Barcelona's Neymar is ready for his squad's match with Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals. Follow live


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“This is a serious competitive violation that has to be treated as such by the league.” — Bill Polian on Wells Report, via NFL Insiders.

Home match favors Barca over Bayern

While Barcelona is just 1-5-2 against Bayern Munich in their previous 8 matches, Barca is 5-0-0 at home in the 2014-15 Champions League. On the other side, Bayern is 0-2-1 in its last three Champions road matches.


Recent history favors Bayern Munich

In eight previous matches in UEFA competitions, Bayern owns a 5-1-2 lead over Barcelona. That includes a 7-0 Bayern win on aggregate in the 2013 Champions League semifinals.


Texts hightlighted in Wells report

NFL Nation reporter Dan Graziano says there is a "mountain of circumstantial evidence" regarding Tom Brady's probable involvement with deflating footballs, including text messages between the QB and Patriots' staffers.


Jayson Stark @jaysonst

What a show by Bryce Harper, still only 22. 3rd youngest NL player ever with a 3 HR game. The 2 younger: Eddie Mathews (20) & Mel Ott (21)

Bryce Harper has 3 homers by 6th inning

The Nationals OF has gone up to bat three times so far this game, and he's hit a home run each time (his 6th, 7th, 8th this season). The Nationals are up 5-2 over the Marlins in the sixth behind Harper's 4 RBIs.


Findings from Wells Report

Patriots' officials locker room attendant Jim McNally referred to himself as the "deflator" in text messages to Patriots equipment assistant John Jastremski.

Saturday on Brady's 'probable' involvement

Former NFL center Jeff Saturday on Tom Brady: "Once you cross the line and you get caught, how do you handle it? And that's the part that I'm most disappointed in. Because you'd like to see the guy who's in control, stand up and fall on the sword." (via SportsCenter)


Wells report: Belichick, Kraft clear

The Wells report found no wrongdoing "or knowledge of wrongdoing" by Patriots ownership, head coach Bill Belichick or any other Patriots coach in the matters investigated.

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Andrew Brandt @adbrandt

The Wells Report is out. Caveat: Wells has no authority to discipline, only to investigate and report. NFL then figures out what to do.

Wells Report analysis on Outside the Lines

Andrew Brandt and Adam Schefter join Bob Ley to analyze Wells Report findings. Report concluded "it's more probable than not" that Patriots personnel "participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots games balls after the balls were examined by the referee." Live on ESPN & WatchESPN