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Harden erupts for 42, gives Rockets control

It was James Harden's turn in the NBA playoff spotlight Friday night, as the Beard set a career playoff high in Houston's Game 3 win.

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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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15hMike 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?

Friday's MLB highlights

Mariners shut out Twins (0:54)

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19hTodd Archer

Romo: 'Going to win a Super Bowl next year'

After receiving the Nancy Lieberman Lifetime Achievement Award in Dallas recently, Tony Romo made a reference to bringing the Cowboys their first Super Bowl since 1995.

SportsCenter Clips

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

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Jose Bautista won't be put on DL

The Blue Jays OF will avoid the DL despite missing three straight games, manager John Gibbons said Friday. Bautista, dealing with a sore shoulder, will probably DH for a game or two before taking his usual position. He's tied for the team lead with 4 HR.

Southampton-Tottenham knotted up
Soccer 

Goals are coming fast and furious in the early Premier League game. Southampton's Graziano Pellé scored his second goal of the match to provide a 2-1 lead over Tottenham, but Nacer Chadli just equalized in the 70th minute. Both teams need a win to keep their slim Champions League hopes alive. Follow live

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Soccer 

Rockets, Mavs shoot the lights out

Friday's high-scoring affair between the Rockets and Mavs saw Dwight Howard tie a Houston playoff record with 26 boards and James Harden (42) and Monta Ellis (34) hit playoff career highs in points.

Angels, Rangers close to Hamilton trade
MLB 

The Rangers are closing in on reacquiring OF Josh Hamilton via trade, according to ESPN and multiple reports. Hamilton, currently on the DL, had a drug and alcohol relapse this offseason and his lack of punishment by MLB angered the Angels. Deal done soon?

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MLB 

All downhill since Hamilton's MVP
MLB 

Josh Hamilton led all of baseball in OPS and won the AL MVP in 2010, but has seen his OPS decline steadily since then, finally bottoming out again in 2014.

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MLB 

Calipari: Never thought we'd lose
Men's College Basketball 

By the time Kentucky reached the Final Four, coach John Calipari thought his team would beat Wisconsin and finish 40-0 -- until they didn't: "You know, it never entered my mind that we were going to lose. ... Even when Wisconsin made that run, I thought we'd figure it out." (via AP)

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Men's College Basketball 

Ray Rice addresses Rutgers players
NFL 

The former Ravens RB attended his alma mater's spring game Friday and spoke to the team at the request of coach Kyle Flood. Rice described his talk to NJ.com: "I gave them the message to go out there and not make the mistakes that I made. If I can help them understand, then I've made an impact."

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NFL 

It's good to be the King
NHL 

Rangers and Mariners fans have seen the careers of their respective Kings -- Henrik Lundqvist in New York and Felix Hernandez in Seattle -- follow a similar trajectory.

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NHL 

Tex sends a message
MLB 

Mark Teixeira hit two home runs to power the Yankees to a 6-1 victory in Friday's "subway series" opener, also snapping the Mets' 11-game winning streak. He's the first player to hit two homers in a Mets-Yankees game (for either team) since Russell Martin on June 10, 2012.

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MLB 

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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College Football 

Bruce Jenner: 'I am a woman'
Olympic Sports 

Bruce Jenner told ABC's Diane Sawyer on Friday: "What I'm doing is going to do the world some good. And we're going to change the world. ... I really firmly believe that." Story

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Olympic Sports 

Heat bothered by NBA clinic in Cuba

Commissioner Adam Silver said it was a mistake not to first consult the Heat regarding the clinic: "[T]hey were miffed. ... Our bad. We made a mistake. ... A rookie error on my part." There's sensitivity involving Cuba in South Florida, which has a large Cuban population.

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Southampton take a 1-0 lead against Tottenham, and it's Pelle on the scoresheet. Calamitous defending allows the Italian to poke home.

Spurs go up 2-1 on Clippers

The Spurs handed the Clippers their worst playoff loss ever Friday. Why was Game 3 important? Under coach Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have won 84% of their playoff series when leading 2-1. The Clippers, meanwhile, have never come back from a 2-1 series deficit in franchise history.

Rangers advance with minimal offense
NHL 

The Rangers are just the 3rd team in NHL history to score 2 or fewer goals in each of their 4 wins of a playoff series. The Maple Leafs did so twice: In the 1999 first round against the Flyers, and the 1945 Stanley Cup finals against the Red Wings.

NHL 

Anthony Rendon plays rehab game

The Nationals 3B has been rehabbing a sprained MCL the past six weeks and started a minor league assignment Friday: "It's been rough staying out of it." Rendon will play 7 innings today and could rejoin the Nats within the week.

Colts owner: Not Super Bowl or bust
NFL 

Chuck Pagano is in the final year of a four-year deal but Jim Irsay gave the coach a vote of confidence Friday, saying there's been contract talks behind the scenes: "We were proud of our [2014] season and I really feel positive about Chuck and what he's done for us."

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NFL 

Leonard, Spurs slam Clippers
NBA 

Newly-crowned Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard showed off his skills on offense in the Spurs' 27-point Game 3 win over the Clippers. He scored a career-high 32 points, none more impressive than this must-see slam.

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NBA 

Harden cooks, Rockets soar

James Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points in the Rockets' Game 3 win over the Mavericks. The teams combined for 258 points, the highest-scoring regulation playoff game in 20 years.

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