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The Chicago Bulls declined to celebrate after a needed Game 1 victory (Video)

TT5515.jpg<p>To say that the Chicago Bulls take their direction from coach Tom Thibodeau is an understatement. Whether the team is flying high under …

Bulls' Derrick Rose ready for Game 2 despite sustaining stinger

CLEVELAND -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose says he is ready for Game 2 after sustaining a stinger at the end of the Bulls' Game 1 win over …

NBA

Michigan Football: 5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Wolverines' 2015 Season

Jim Harbaugh is the reason for the season at Michigan, so it’s probably unnecessary to tab him as one of the five reasons why Wolverines fans should be optimistic this fall.<p>His presence trumps all.<p>So with that said, this slideshow will feature the other top five reasons to expect something much …

Lou Holtz and ESPN Part Ways: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

"Dr. Lou" has diagnosed his last patient.<p>According to <i>Sports Illustrated</i>'s Richard Deitsch, Lou Holtz will no longer work as an ESPN college football analyst. Both parties reportedly agreed the 78-year-old would step away from his roles on <i>College Football Final</i>, in addition to any guest appearances …

Alabama Football Recruiting Offers of the Week

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After a slower week for offers two weeks ago, Alabama was much more aggressive doling them out last week and laid a lot of groundwork for the 2017 class in the process.<p>With less than a week until the A-Day spring game, the Crimson Tide offered nine targets last week, including …

Oregon Tackle Jake Fisher Has the Athleticism NFL Teams Covet

Finding top-tier players amongst the thousands of quality athletes who play competitive football is an extremely difficult task. One method NFL front offices and talent evaluators use to filter through the clutter to find standouts is athletic testing. Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher firmly …

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Jeremy Lin sidelined for final 3 regular-season games for Lakers

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin will miss his team's final three regular-season games with a sore left knee, Lakers coach …

Basketball

Russell Westbrook's career-high 54 can't avoid OKC loss, potential suspension

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been one of the leading figures of the 2014-15 season, an overwhelming force who has taken on …

Dirk: 'Back where I wanted to be'

LOS ANGELES -- Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are down to one dress rehearsal before the playoffs begin.<p>They are technically two games …

Which way is future pointing for Lakers?

LOS ANGELES -- On the surface, a rookie and veteran faced off, but zoom out, and you had two players auditioning to be the Los Angeles Lakers’ point …

NBA Playoff Picture Update: Creeping towards clarity

<i>With less than one week remaining until the NBA postseason, every night can impact the standings. The NBA Playoff Picture Update keeps you up to date</i> …

Street closures set for NFL draft

The 2015 NFL draft is coming to Chicago from April 30-May 2, and city officials have announced street closures in connection with the event.<p>The draft takes place at Roosevelt University's historic Auditorium Theatre, on Congress Parkway just west of Michigan Avenue, but traffic will be affected as …

College basketball storylines for 2015-16

This offseason could be one of unprecedented change for college basketball. It has been budding for a while now, really. The game’s popularity -- not …

Rose pleased, 'just trying to get better'

MIAMI -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is pleased with the progress he is making after missing almost six weeks because of a meniscectomy, …

Stephen Curry breaks own 3s record

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State guard Stephen Curry broke his own NBA record for 3-pointers in a season in the Warriors' 116-105 win over the …

Steelers' Troy Polamalu is retiring: 'It's all about family'

Iconic Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has decided to retire after a transcendent 12-year playing career, he told the Herald-Standard of …

Auburn's Nick Marshall, Michigan's Devin Gardner to switch positions in NFL

Nick Marshall is known for a two-year career as Auburn's quarterback that included an SEC championship and a trip to the 2014 BCS title game. His …

NFL

Sam Dekker entering draft after boosting stock in NCAA tournament

Wisconsin junior Sam Dekker is leaving for the NBA.<p>"Obviously, it's a tough decision because we've had so much success as a team and we're such good …

NBPA investigating police tactics in Thabo Sefolosha's arrest

ATLANTA -- The events surrounding the arrest and ensuing season-ending injury of Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha in New York on Wednesday have …

James Harden stumps for MVP award: 'I've done enough'

HOUSTON -- Rockets guard James Harden, the NBA's leading scorer, said if it was his choice, he would win the MVP award.<p>He isn't taking anything away …

How Stephen got his defensive groove

To Steve Kerr, it was a no-brainer.<p>The Golden State Warriors' incoming coach knew it helped a team's morale to see the best player doing the dirty …

New-look Colin Kaepernick impresses 49ers TE Vernon Davis

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Vernon Davis took the field for an offseason workout this week and spied what he thought was a new quarterback for the San …

Slider: Guess NBA stars and nicknames

The NBA has some of the coolest nicknames in all of sports. See if you can guess these current players by the illustrations of their made-up monikers …

Basketball

Frank Kaminsky wins Wooden for sweep of top college awards

Wisconsin Badgers star Frank Kaminsky was named the John R. Wooden Award winner Friday as the nation's most outstanding player.<p>The award was …

Sources: Dolphins, Mike Pouncey reach five-year, $52.15M deal

The Miami Dolphins and Pro Bowler Mike Pouncey have agreed to a five-year extension worth $52.15 million, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.<p>…

Nets take a big step toward playoff berth

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets had everything to play for. The Washington Wizards did not.<p>The Nets played everyone. The Wizards played everyone except …