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Curry's unlikely dominance leads to MVP honor

Stephen Curry's shooting prowess astounded the NBA all season. But it's his all-around dominance that makes him a worthy league MVP.

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Rose: Confidence 'high' entering Cavs series

As the Bulls get set for a second-round showdown against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose believes his team's confidence is right where it needs to be.

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Curry's plays of the year (2:34)
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MLB Power Rankings

The Cardinals and Astros are the hottest teams in baseball. Which team takes over the top spot in our rankings?

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Skip voices his frustrations on Mayweather (0:54)

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Sunday's MLB Highlights

Astros win 10th straight (0:52)

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SportsCenter Clips

McIlroy wins WGC-Cadillac Match Play (1:56)

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Have You Seen?

Watch: Daredevils fielders fall over each other (0:21)

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Roenicke merely Brewers' scapegoat
MLB 

Signing Ryan Braun through 2020? Not Ron Roenicke's fault. No staff ace after Zack Greinke left? Nope. Carlos Gomez's poor health? Not that either. Decline of Aramis Ramirez? Try again. Kahrl: Firing doesn't fix team

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MLB 

Curry's plays of the year
NBA 

In honor of winning the MVP, SportsCenter looks back at Stephen Curry's most creative passes, dribbles and shots of the year.

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NBA 

If Bulls don't beat Cavs now, then when?
NBA 

ESPN's Nick Friedell: "It's a chance to silence those who question [the Bulls'] consistency and to take advantage of another team's misfortune for a change after years of dealing with emotional setbacks." Bulls-Cavs starts tonight. Now or never

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NBA 

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

In 2011-12, Stephen Curry played just 26 games (started 23) and averaged 28.2 minutes and 14.7 points per game. In 2014-15, he won MVP.

Curry wins MVP with 23.8 PPG
NBA 

Magic Johnson just edged him for the best scoring average by a point guard on a 65-win team. He led the '86-87 Lakers with 23.9 PPG. Magic went on to win the MVP and Finals MVP that season.

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NBA 

Cowboys pass on Claiborne's option
NFL 

Morris Claiborne's fifth-year option was not picked up by Dallas on Sunday. The CB has struggled to stay on the field ever since the Cowboys used the sixth pick of the 2012 NFL draft on him. Claiborne played in parts of four games last year due to a knee injury.

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NFL 

This season's streakiest MLB teams
MLB 

The teams with win streaks of 10 or more were a combined 149-175 last year. Who are they? The Mets, who reeled off 11 straight earlier this season, and the Astros -- winners of 10 straight. Both won five 1-run games during the stretch.

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MLB 

Irvin sounds off on option decision
NFL 

The Seahawks did not pick up LB Bruce Irvin's fifth-year option by Sunday's deadline, and he shared his feelings with a series of expletive tweets. One read: "Worked for everything I got in my life this s*** will b no different! I earns my keeps!"

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NFL 

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Curry beat Harden by 236 votes. Recent MVPs that were closer: '12 LeBron>KD 185 '08 Kobe>CP 216 '07 Dirk>Nash 125 '05Nash>Shaq 34

MVP Voting results
NBA 

Stephen Curry received 100 of 130 potential 1st-place votes for MVP. James Harden finished 2nd and had 25 first-place votes. LeBron James finished 3rd with the other 5 first-place votes.

  • 4th: Russell Westbrook
  • 5th: Anthony Davis
  • 6th: Chris Paul

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NBA 

Potential NFL draft busts
NFL 

It's much too early to declare any of the 2015 NFL draftees a bust. But there were a few picks that raised some eyebrows on draft day. 10 most likely busts

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NFL 

Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

LeBron congratulates Steph Curry on MVP. "Great to see another kid born in Akron win MVP." Both were born in same hospital.

Skip voices Mayweather frustration
Boxing 

Skip Bayless is tired of wearing Floyd Mayweather "garbage," so he takes out his frustrations on the merchandise, all while claiming "TBE" doesn't stand for "The Best Ever" but for "The Biggest Ego."

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Boxing 

Cactus Bowl moving to Chase Field
College Football 

The Cactus Bowl will be held at the home of the Diamondbacks for the next three years, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy. It was previously held at Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium since 2006, but that is undergoing reconstruction.

College Football 

Manny Pacquiao's mind not ready
Boxing 

ESPN's Teddy Atlas: "You have to have a certain kind of mindset to go into that arena. ... They're taking selfies as they're walking in there? There's something wrong with that kind of picture." (via Mike & Mike)

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Boxing 

Mel Kiper: Buffalo missed on QB, Darby
NFL 

On not drafting a QB: "They should have." On taking Ronald Darby with team's first pick (50th overall): "He's a frustrating player because he's in position to make plays but doesn't always do it." (via Mike & Mike) Other grades (Insider)

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NFL 

ChiSox players back Robin Ventura

After an 8-14 start, players are taking the blame instead of placing it on their manager. Said 1B Jose Abreu through an interpreter: "It's our fault because we are the ones who are playing. We are the people who are on the field."

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Greg Garber's beer mile

After reporting on the Beer Mile, the ESPN writer decided to give it a shot. He might not have broken the world record -- or get anywhere close -- but he tried really hard in his suit jacket and gym shorts!

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Buzz on the beer mile

One mile, four beers and one controversial world record. The beer mile has gained popularity and one racer is described as: "our sport's Jesus, but with more miracles."

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Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

FWIW, there are an abundance of argument in Curry's favor beyond GSW's W-L, even though that's the direction this conversation is taking.