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Meet Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns

Since he was in ninth grade, Karl-Anthony Towns has been winning people over with his kind and gentle heart and awe-inspiring game.

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Accuser of Alabama's Taylor recants statement

The woman who accused former Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor of assault this past weekend has since recanted her statement to police and was subsequently arrested for giving a false report, according to authorities.

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Hardy probe: NFL gets access to Holder photos

The NFL will get to look at seven photographs that were submitted into evidence from Greg Hardy's domestic violence case as a part of its investigation into whether the former Panthers defensive end violated the league's personal conduct policy.

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Source: Michigan adding ex-Iowa QB Rudock

Michigan will add one more quarterback to its roster for the 2015 season. Fifth-year senior Jake Rudock plans to transfer to the school and play for the Wolverines next fall, according to a source close to the situation.

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ESPN2 & WatchESPN: Serena at Miami Open

With 699 wins and counting, Serena Williams hopes to reach the semifinals of the Miami Open. But first, a meeting with big-serving Sabine Lisicki is at hand.

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Gruden's QB Camp: Jameis Winston (2:04)

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My 2015 fantasy sleepers are ...

Buster Olney lays out 12 players he'd reach for in upcoming fantasy drafts based on things he has seen or heard this spring, plus other MLB notes.

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April Fools' Day: Who is the bigger fool?

Michael Collins and Antonietta Collins make an April Fools' Day revelation. Who is the bigger fool, Tiger Woods for returning to golf too soon or Tiger fans for wanting him back too soon?

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Best bets for Super Bowl 50

Who are the best Super Bowl 50 value bets after free agency? ESPN Chalk's Dave Tuley gives his recommendations, along with two handicappers.

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Romo: I would have taken pay cut for Murray

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo says he was willing to take a cut in pay from his $17 million base salary in 2015 to keep DeMarco Murray, who left to sign with the rival Eagles.

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The Kris Bryant dilemma

Keith Olbermann examines the potential impact of the Cubs keeping star prospect Kris Bryant in the minor leagues to start the 2015 MLB season.

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BBTN 100: Top 25 players

Who is No. 1? We concluded our countdown of the top 100 players in baseball with the top 25 and not surprisingly, Mike Trout leads the way.

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Finnish announcer goes wild

Announcer Jani Säteri couldn't contain his excitement when goalie Kaapo Kähkönen scored an empty-net goal from the opposite end of the ice.

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Ovechkin scores 50th as Capitals calm Canes

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal, reaching that mark for the sixth time and tying a team record with the 472nd of his career, and added an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 Tuesday night.

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Curry turns CP3's ankles into jelly (0:37)

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Tournament Challenge

How's your bracket? Check yours against those of the president, celebs and all your friends. Someone will take home $20,000. Will it be you?

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Geno Auriemma: Men's game a 'joke'

The UConn women's coach said maybe only 10 teams play a game he'd like to watch: "The bottom line is, nobody can score. And they'll tell you that it's because of great defense, great scouting, a lot of team work. Nonsense, nonsense. College men's basketball is so far behind the times it's unbelievable."

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Tony Romo: I'll restructure my contract

The Cowboys QB told Mike & Mike this morning: "I'll probably do the restructure here shortly. As far as the pay cut, I mean, I don't think that's a big deal if they ever come ask me for that." Romo's pre-restructed deal has the highest salary cap hit in the NFL for the 2015 season.

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Bettors high on the Cubbies

Heading into the opening week of baseball season, more money has been bet on the Cubs to win the World Series than any other team at two of Nevada's largest sportsbooks. The Cubs are 6-1 to win the World Series at the MGM. Only the Washington Nationals (5-1) have better odds.

No reason for Nats to be concerned
MLB 

The Nationals' position players are being bit by the injury bug, but Buster Olney said it's no reason to panic, especially with their rotation and the fact that "among their first 39 games this season, they play 3 against teams that had records over .500 last year."

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Tiger's chances of playing Masters

With Tiger Woods playing 18 holes at Augusta on Tuesday, does Bob Harig think he'll play the Masters? "Protocol and courtesy would suggest that some sort of indication will be forthcoming this week. I wouldn't think Tiger wants to get into next week having this hang over the tournament."

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Towns' transformation 'incredible'

Karl-Anthony Towns' high-school coach Bob Hurley: "I didn't think he could go from shooting 3s to being this dominant around the basket. I want to write John Calipari a note to say this is the most amazing transformation I've seen."

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Who is ... Aaron Rodgers?

The Packers QB will be a participant on an edition of Celebrity Jeopardy in May, along with TV personality Kevin O'Leary and retired astronaut Mark Kelly. We guess Rodgers will ace any questions about football, cheese or Olivia Munn.

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Getting back the offensive numbers

The .251 MLB batting average last season was the lowest it's been since 1972. How can we get the offense back? Jim Caple and David Schoenfield have some thoughts, and it all begins with cutting the K's. 10 ways to boost offense

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NIT staying at Madison Square Garden

The National Invitation Tournament will remain in New York City through 2018 after reaching a deal with MSG. "The World's Most Famous Arena" has hosted the tournament since its inception in 1938.

Warriors hoping for rare MVP

If Stephen Curry does win the MVP award this season, he'd be just the second Warrior ever and the first since Wilt Chamberlain in 1960, when the team played in Philadelphia. The last Warrior to even crack the top 4 was Rick Barry in 1976.

Curry's plays go viral

Steph Curry's play this season has earned him MVP talk and he's got the ridiculous highlights to elevate his case. We rounded up five of the Warriors' star's best moves that have some players still nursing broken ankles. Have a look

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Blake Griffin shot 39% in first 2 games vs. Warriors this season; shot 64%, scored 40 pts Tuesday. One difference: Draymond Green DNP Tues

Taylor accuser recants statement

The woman who accused former Alabama lineman Jonathan Taylor of assault has said she fabricated the story, according to police. She has been arrested for giving a false report, but charges against Taylor have not yet been dismissed. Said officer Kip Hart: "We're scratching the surface of what's going on."

Auriemma ignores his critics

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma has heard it all: "'Hey, that guy won 10 national championships. Yeah, but he ain't John Wooden.' So who cares. ... At this point in my life [what my players] think about me is a lot more important."

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Legler's intriguing first-round matchup
NBA 

ESPN's Tim Legler finds a potential Cavaliers-Heat series most compelling: "There's just the element of LeBron playing his old team. That element and that dynamic for that series is going to make that very interesting. ... Would not be surprised at all to see Miami drag it out."

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Gruden's QB camp: Jameis Winston

The QB explains to Jon Gruden how his baseball background helps him on the football field: "Baseball, on that mound, you gotta be relentless. As a quarterback, you have to be relentless. That's how you get guys to follow you."

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Vitale: Kentucky-Duke in title game

Kentucky's depth and defense will be too much for Wisconsin, and Duke's Jahlil Okafor is a matchup nightmare for Michigan State. At least so says ESPN's Dick Vitale. But who does he have winning it all? Dickie V's predictions

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Ian O'Connor profiles Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns once attended funeral services for a 25-year-old St. Joe's graduate he'd never met, who was among six Marines killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2012. Towns honored Reinhard by scoring a career-high 25 points in his next game, and told his coach he had no interest in scoring a 26th. 'An off-the-charts sweetheart'

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Watch: Serena Williams at Miami Open

World No. 1 Serena Williams faces Sabine Lisicki in the Miami Open quarterfinals at 1 p.m. ET. The last time these two met, at 2013 Wimbledon, the German stunned defending champ Williams. Live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN

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First-round upsets in the West?
NBA 

The Rockets may have the higher seed over the Spurs, but ESPN's Tim Legler and Chris Broussard believe it'd be an upset if Houston beat San Antonio.

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Falcons plan to bring refs to practice

Coach Dan Quinn is looking to cut down on defensive penalties by having officials at practice regularly. It's uncommon to have referees in practice during the regular season, but Quinn said, "If we're practicing, we're going to have an official there."

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Nation's top scorer entering draft

Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey, whose 23.1 points per game average led all Div. I players this season, will declare for the NBA draft, sources told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

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Jahlil Okafor key in MSU-Duke

ESPN's Seth Greenberg on how to stop Duke: "Everything you do defensively centers around how you're going to defend Okafor. ... As good as Michigan State's team defense is, I just don't think they have an answer for that." (via Mike & Mike)

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Axford's son in stable condition

Rockies RHP John Axford's 2-year-old son, Jameson, is in stable condition a week after getting bitten twice by a rattlesnake. Doctors have likely saved the foot, though he could still lose a toe or two, Rockies officials said.

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Jets' draft classes disappearing

After former first-round pick Kyle Wilson signed with the Saints today, the Jets have no players remaining from their 2008 to 2010 drafts. Of the 13 players picked in that time period, only one, Matt Slauson, is a full-time starter in the league.