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10hBaxter Holmes

Aldridge following in Randolph's footsteps

Long before they faced off against each other in this year's first round, Zach Randolph paved the way at power forward in Portland for LaMarcus Aldridge.

12hTim MacMahon

Silver says NBA will talk Hack-a-Shaq solution

NBA commissioner Adam Silver expects the NBA to explore rule changes at upcoming meetings that would address rampant use of Hack-a-Shaq strategy that slows games and hurts entertainment value.

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17hMike Sheets

Fantasy baseball daily notes for April 25

Matt Harvey against the Yankees in the Bronx is surprisingly one of the best pitching options for Saturday. Who else should you pick or avoid?

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11mBuster Olney

Angels could regret Hamilton decision

Unless the LA Angels are convinced Josh Hamilton can't be an effective hitter, the decision to trade him makes little sense writes Buster Olney.

Friday's MLB highlights

Mariners shut out Twins (0:54)


Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Mayweather vs. Pacquaio in 150 seconds (2:26)


SportsCenter Clips

Fire breaks out on pit road at Richmond (0:51)


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WATCH: Meara's costly mistake (0:24)



Aldridge following in Z-Bo's footsteps

Long before they faced each other in this year's playoffs, Zach Randolph paved the way for LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland. Aldridge: "People always called me 'soft,' but Z-Bo never did. In practice, I would go at it. I wasn't strong enough to bang, but I would bang with him as much as I could." A shared history

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Melrose remembers Nassau Coliseum

With the Islanders trailing the Capitals 3-2, today could be the final game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. ESPN's Barry Melrose tells a story that involves a former Islanders bruiser, a bloody nose and a game misconduct.


OTD: Jordan wins another scoring title

On this date 22 years ago, Michael Jordan captured his seventh straight NBA scoring title (32.6 PPG), tying Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record. Jordan also led the league in steals (2.8 SPG) that season.

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Turn of events in EPL relegation race

Last-place Burnley had a chance to take the lead but missed a penalty. Then Leicester City benefited at the other end just moments later, taking a 1-0 lead via an own goal. Live EPL table


MLB's golden age of third basemen

There's a new trend in baseball and it involves a more versatile third baseman. Up-and-coming stars with a more varied skill set, like Chicago's Kris Bryant, have made the position deeper and more exciting. Breaking the mold (Insider)

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Best secondary options in NFL draft

Does your team desperately need secondary help? If so, CBs Trae Waynes and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, and safeties Byron Jones and Landon Collins should be on your wish list for next week's draft, writes ESPN's Todd McShay. Secondary help (Insider)

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How to bet Klitschko-Jennings fight

ESPN Chalk’s Johnny Wilds sees value in tonight's fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Bryant Jennings. Why Jennings is 'Rocky'-like (Insider)


Klitschko looks to defend title

With another successful defense tonight, Wladimir Klitschko would only trail Larry Holmes by 2 for the second-longest streak among heavyweights all-time. Klitschko faces Bryant Jennings tonight at 10 p.m. ET.


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Rangers are just the third team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to win 4 games in a series scoring 2 or fewer goals in each of them.

Every EPL match tied at half

This goal by Swansea's Nelson Oliveira via a corner kick evened the game vs. Newcastle 1-1. All seven EPL games currently in action are now tied.


Today's spring game action
College Football 

Anxious for some college football before September? Never fear. Some big-name programs are holding their spring games today.

College Football 

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James Harden scored 40 pts (most in playoff game in his career). 1st Rockets player with 40 pts in playoff game since Tracy McGrady in 2008

Trading Hamilton could be mistake

"If Hamilton actually rebounds and goes back to being an effective player for the Rangers ... then the Angels will have doubled-down on their mistake, in failing to find a way to live with him and help him become a good player again." Buster Olney's column (Insider)

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Today's Stanley Cup action

Three teams -- the Caps, Blackhawks and Flames -- can punch their ticket to the second round with wins tonight.

  • Caps vs. Isles, 3 p.m. (Caps up 3-2)
  • Red Wings vs. Lightning, 6 p.m. (Tied 2-2)
  • Preds vs. Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (Hawks up 3-2)
  • Canucks vs. Flames, 9 p.m. (Flames up 3-2)


Teen to call play in Arkansas spring game
College Football 

When 14-year-old Arkansas fan Dallas Walker found out he couldn't play football because of a neurological disorder, he decided he wanted to be a coach. Bret Bielema heard Walker's story and invited the teen to help out the Razorbacks this week. Walker lives out dream

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Rizzo chasing HBP record

Anthony Rizzo has been hit by a pitch 6 times this season, putting him within one of Shin-Soo Choo's April MLB record. “I don’t like getting hit,” Rizzo said recently. “But you get on base. If I get hit again, I get hit.”

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Happy birthday, Tim Duncan!

Despite tying his career playoff low with 4 points Friday night, Tim Duncan should be having a happy 39th birthday today with his Spurs leading the Clippers in the series 2-1.

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Rain ruining Royals-White Sox series

Kansas City and Chicago were slated to play 2 games today, but rain forced the postponement of both. Friday's suspended game -- tied 2-2 after 8 -- will be resumed Sunday at 2:10 p.m. with another to follow. The 4th game of the series will be made up at a later date.


Lack of depth dooms Clippers

ESPNLA's Arash Markazi: "There were many reasons why the Spurs blew out the Clippers 100-73 on Friday to take a 2-1 series lead. The Clippers' lack of depth may not be the one that grabs the headlines, but it's why the Clippers' postseason was always destined to fall short of expectations."

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Helpful NHL tip: Try to win in Game 6

Five teams are currently up 3-2 in their first-round series, including three who play tonight. Historically, 78% of the leading teams have won the series. It's much preferred to finish the series off in six games though -- Game 7 is a virtual coin flip.


Early Tex message sent

Mark Teixeira hit 2 HRs to kick off a high-profile series vs. the Mets Friday night. It was the earliest in the season that any player has had a multi-HR game in the Subway Series. The teams meet again today at 4:05 p.m. ET.

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