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Captains will be in Stanley Cup spotlight

With the Stanley Cup on the line, the finals are shaping up to be a clash of the superstar captains, Pierre LeBrun writes.

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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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MLB's all-time best debuts

For some, it's a sign of greatness to come; for others, it remains their finest moment in the sun. Here are a few of the most remarkable debuts in MLB history.

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McGee: Family fuels Pocono's turnaround

Pocono Raceway was written off as a throwback -- a quirky family-owned track whose time had passed. But those same qualities made it stand out among the sport's cookie-cutters, Ryan McGee writes.

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Diamondbacks rally to edge Braves

Arizona spotted Atlanta 6 runs, but David Peralta (2-5, 2 RBIs, R) and the D-backs stormed back with 4 runs off of the Braves' bullpen to win 9-8 and take 2 of 3 in the series. Box score


Tanaka shines in return, Yankees win

On the mound for the first time since heading to the DL on April 29, Masahiro Tanaka struck out 9 and allowed just 3 hits over 7 innings to guide New York to a 3-1 win over the Mariners and a series sweep. Box score


AL Aces in action today

Sonny Gray, Chris Sale and Corey Kluber are all scheduled to start. Among American League pitchers who have logged at least 200 innings over the last three seasons, Gray and Sale rank second and third in ERA. Gray's 1.82 ERA this season ranks second behind Dallas Keuchel's 1.76.

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Penguins owners exploring sale options

Penguins owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux are exploring selling some or all of their NHL franchise, sources confirmed to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. Owners would like to maintain involvement

Puig to start rehab assignment Thursday

OF Yasiel Puig could return next week after rehabbing with Rancho Cucamonga, said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Puig hasn't played with Los Angeles since April 24 because of a hamstring injury.

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How to bet the 2015 NBA Finals

These Finals pit this season's No. 1 team against the top player on the planet, and Erin Rynning expects the team to claim the title: "The Warriors' ball movement will wear down Cleveland defensively, and their nearly 40 percent 3-point shooting will play a deciding factor in the end." Betting guide (Insider)

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Curry's NBA Finals shoes

Steph Curry gave everyone a look Wednesday at the shoes he'll wear during the NBA Finals.

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Strasburg throws for 1st time on DL

Stephen Strasburg, who left his start Friday with neck stiffness after 16 pitches, emerged from the session without discomfort, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. Strasburg didn't last more than 5 innings in any of his last 5 starts.

D'Antoni interviews for Nuggets job

Former coach Mike D'Antoni formally interviewed for the Nuggets job Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports reports. The job is currently held by interim coach Melvin Hunt, whose chances of keeping the job full-time have improved in recent weeks, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.

D-backs fight back from 6-run deficit

Arizona starter Rubby De La Rosa was roughed up, allowing 7 runs in 5 innings to put his team in an early hole. But the D-backs fought all the way back to take the lead over the Braves with a 3-run 7th inning. Follow live

Bettman: Panthers not being relocated

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the Florida Panthers are not being moved or filing for bankruptcy, and that the ownership is heading in the right direction.

LeBron praises Curry, Irving ballhandling

"They are two of the best ball handlers that this league has ever seen," James said today. "Steph's ability to use his handle to get off shots, those step backs and Kyrie's ability to be crafty, use his ability to get into the lane and make shots. When you have a handle like that, you can pretty much get any shot you want."

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ESPN Sport Science: LeBron vs. Curry

All eyes will be focused on LeBron James and Steph Curry in the NBA Finals. They share a common goal, but Curry and the King chart different numbers in similar aspects of their game. Sports Science takes an in-depth look.


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Jared Hughes gets through the Giants in the eighth with some breaking balls and some luck. 2-1, PIT.

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A.J. Pollock doubles, Goldy moves him over, and Yasmany Tomás drives him in. It's a one-run game in the 7th.

As a team, Warriors will guard LeBron

Andrew Bogut on slowing down LeBron James: "Our coaches do a great job scouting him. It's going to be a team effort. It's not just going to be one guy guarding him."

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Why John Buccigross is picking Tampa Bay

At 6-foot-7 big Ben Bishop covers up more net than most goalies, making it smaller for shooters. It's that math that has the SportsCenter anchor picking the Lightning in 7. Nine finals thoughts

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Ex-FIFA official admits to accepting bribes

Chuck Blazer says he took bribes in connection with the awarding of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups. Prosecutors unsealed the transcript of Blazer's 2013 plea deal on Wednesday. South Africa, which hosted the 2010 World Cup, has denied the bribe allegations. Though France hosted the 1998 World Cup, Blazer said the bribe came from Morocco. Testimony key to U.S. case


ESPN reporter takes on James Jones

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.