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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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Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton

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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Scherzer tosses gem in Nats win
MLB 

Max Scherzer allowed 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 6 over 8 innings in a 2-1 win over the Phillies. Closer Drew Storen allowed 2 hits in the 9th, but stranded both of them as the Nats won their 6th straight. Box score

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Red Sox's Ramirez leaves after HBP

Hanley Ramirez was plunked on the hand during the 4th inning, which forced him to exit later in the game. Boston trails the Angels 11-3 in the 7th. Follow live

The power of Delly
NBA 

Matthew Dellavedova held Jeff Teague and Dennis Schröder scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting when he was guarding them. The Hawks duo scored 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting when guarded by anyone else (via ESPN Stats & Info).

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NBA 

King Felix reigns in Toronto

Felix Hernandez won his MLB-best 7th game of the year as Seattle beat Toronto 4-3. More impressively, by getting his 2,014th career strikeout, Felix passed Catfish Hunter and tied Orel Hershiser on the all-time list. Box score

Stephen A Smith @stephenasmith

This is absolutely crazy for me. 2 former Knocks -- JR Smith in Game 1, Iman Shumpert in Game 2 -- coming to the rescue.....for some1 else!

Rangers get a two-fer in second

New York hasn't played much even-strength hockey in the 2nd period, but with everyone on the ice, the Rangers put together a quick flurry of goals from Chris Kreider and Keith Yandle to take a 3-1 lead on the Lightning. Follow live

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Hawks down 5 at halftime
NBA 

Needing a win to avoid falling down 2-0 in the series, Atlanta trails Cleveland 54-49 at halftime. LeBron James leads all scorers with 17 points for Cleveland. Follow live

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Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

Great pass by LeBron but also great job by Shumpert to slide up out of the corner to give LeBron the clear passing lane

Nope, that's not the White Sox
NCAA 

It's almost College World Series time, so NC State is breaking out their White Sox-inspired throwbacks tonight against Miami in the ACC tournament. Watch live on ESPN3

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Cole takes Syndergaard, Mets to school

Friday's Pirates-Braves game pitted two young power arms in Gerrit Cole and Noah Syndergaard. Cole and Pittsburgh won the matchup 4-1 as he nearly pitched a complete game (10 strikeouts), while the rookie Syndergaard allowed 4 runs. Box score

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MarkJonesESPN @MarkJonesESPN

Paul Millsap is sooo out of sync on offense. 4pts on 2/7fg. And Cavs are not even close to being an elite defensive team.

Ex-Knicks getting it done

Cleveland is getting a boost once again from its New York connection. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have combined for 12 points, helping the Cavs take a 48-40 lead over the Hawks late in the second quarter. Follow live

A-Rod ties Ruth on RBI list
MLB 

Alex Rodriguez's RBI single in the 7th tonight vs. the Rangers was the 1,992nd of his career, tying him with Babe Ruth for 4th place all-time. A-Rod passed Willie Mays on the all-time HR list earlier this season. Follow live

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Lightning get the equalizer
NHL 

It was just a matter of time for Tampa Bay. A faceoff win in the offensive zone set up Steven Stamkos for his 3rd goal in his past 3 games, and the Lightning and Rangers are tied at 1-1 over midway through the 2nd. Follow live

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Shorthanded Rangers keep board clean
NHL 

New York has given the Lightning 2 power play opportunities in the second period, and Tampa Bay has come up empty both times. Henrik Lundqvist is standing on his head, but can he withstand the constant pressure? Follow live

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Fielder hits 2nd HR of game
MLB 

Prince Fielder added a solo shot in the 7th -- after a 3-run blast in the 3rd -- tonight vs. the Yankees to give him his 1st multi-HR game since April 5, 2013. It's just his 4th multi-HR game since moving to the AL. Follow live

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Cavs +8 with small lineups so far, though those have mostly gone against less effective non-starting lineups for the Hawks.

Hawks not going away

The Cavs stretch their lead to 10 early in the second quarter, but the Hawks used an 8-0 run to cut it back down to 2. Cleveland now leads 38-33 midway through the quarter. Follow live

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I-70 series all Kendrys Morales so far

Through 3 innings, the Royals' Morales has 2 HRs and 5 RBIs off Cardinals SP Lance Lynn, effectively stealing the show between the two Missouri teams. Follow live

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Lundqvist keeps coming up big

With the Lightning on a 2nd period power play, Henrik Lundqvist was under a barrage of pucks on net. But several spectacular saves, including a nifty poke check, kept Tampa Bay off the board, and the Rangers lead 1-0 early in the period. Follow live

Angels tally 9-run inning in Boston

This one got ugly very fast as Los Angeles leads 11-3 in the 5th. Sox SP Rick Porcello allowed 7 runs. Coincidentally, the last time L.A. scored 9 runs in an inning (April 20, 2013), Porcello was also pitching. Follow live

Enter The Matrix

Shawn Marion checked in late in the first quarter and is on the floor to begin the second quarter in Game 2. It's his first action since Game 2 of the conference semis. He's played only 12 minutes this postseason entering tonight. Follow live