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Photos: MLB, NFL stars who shined in both baseball and football

We recall a few of the more memorable baseball players to excel on the gridiron, and some of the more memorable football players to dominate on the diamond since the start of the Super Bowl era.

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Caribbean Series: Live on Deportes/WatchESPN

Cuba and the Dominican Republic square off in an elimination game in the Caribbean Series. Even though both teams are 0-3, the winner will move on to the semifinals.

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Best Thing I Saw/Heard Today: SVP's greatest ever (1:35)
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Simon: Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of starting pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts.

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Sarris: Four pitchers who could become aces

Using Dallas Keuchel's career as a road map, we found several pitchers who enter 2016 with a chance to deliver the type of results that, at first glance, you wouldn't think they were capable of.

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How does Greg Bird's injury affect the Yankees' plans? (2:39)
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Venezuela tops Cuba, on to Caribbean Series semis

Alex Romero, Jose Martinez and Sandy Leon drove in runs to lead Venezuela's Aragua Tigers over Cuba's Ciego de Avila 3-1 Thursday and advance to the Caribbean Series semifinals.

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Olney: Puig, Rendon lead list of 'Linchpin Guys'

Buster Olney picks 14 players -- starting with the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and the Nationals' Anthony Rendon -- whose performances could determine their teams' playoff chances in 2016.

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Bell: Top 5 injury comebacks to watch

Giancarlo Stanton, set to return after suffering a fractured hamate bone in his left hand last season, is among several players who'll be back on the field after dealing with injuries in 2015.

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Sarris: Four pitchers who could become aces

Using Dallas Keuchel's career as a road map, we found several pitchers who enter 2016 with a chance to deliver the type of results that, at first glance, you wouldn't think they were capable of.

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Breaking down the Braves' rebuilding phase (2:56)
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What can be done about tanking?

Buster Olney speaks with agent Scott Boras and other baseball minds about what MLB can do to prevent teams from tanking full seasons in order to win down the road.

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Schoenfield: Top 5 Hall of Fame classes

While Babe Ruth is among five all-time greats who were elected to the Hall's first class in 1936, the greatness doesn't stop there.

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Inside-the-park home run highlights opening day of Caribbean Series (0:37)
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Schoenfield: The Angels are wasting Mike Trout

Hamstrung by giant contracts and a barren farm system, the Los Angeles Angels haven't given superstar Mike Trout much to help him keep the team on pace with the AL West. You have to wonder: Will the Halos squander Trout's prime years?

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Bryce Harper's future: Nationals vs. Yankees

Jim Bowden argues the Nationals will have to make Bryce Harper the highest-paid player ever to keep him from the Yankees. Will he stay or will he go? Eddie Matz and Andrew Marchand debate.

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Britton, Orioles reach 1-year deal

Closer Zach Britton and Baltimore have avoided arbitration and agreed to terms on a $6.75M contract. Britton had a 1.92 ERA with 36 saves on 40 opportunities last year.

Watch: Cuba vs. Dominican Republic

The final game of the round robin in the Caribbean Series features a pair of 0-3 teams in Cuba and the Dominican Republic. There is still plenty at stake, though, as the winner will earn a spot in the semifinals. Live on ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

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Letter from MLB to DraftKings regarding potential termination of marketing relationship, reported by NY Times, was sent three months ago.

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MLB announces that Reds outfielder Juan Duran has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for PEDs.

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Juan Uribe said to be willing to discuss salaries at 2 different scales--one price to be a utility player,or a higher price to be a regular.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

I'm not so sure the Dodgers trade Andre Ethier. Yes, they have outfield depth but Ethier was productive last year and is a much better bet for 2016 than Carl Crawford while providing a hedge against Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig. Scott Van Slyke and Trayce Thompson, meanwhile, are more right-handed platoon bats than everyday players. It's a logjam but the solution may be just to eat Crawford's money.

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The Giants have had discussions with Juan Uribe about a utility role, but the salary ask has been too expensive for them.

Jays to talk extension with Bautista

Jose Bautista wants to play the rest of his career for the Blue Jays, and Toronto plans to begin negotiations about an extension during spring training, sources told ESPN's Jayson Stark. Bautista had led MLB in home runs (227) over the last six seasons.

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Schoenfield: Tanking didn't build Cubs

Sure, Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa were top draft picks. But the Cubs have also been built the old-fashioned way: By spending gobs of money. Astros, too

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