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Shaq takes an incredible tumble on NBA on TNT halftime show

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The former NBA star apparently wasn't badly hurt ... unless you count his ego.

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Blake Griffin starred early, but James Harden took over late, finishing with 32 points and guiding Houston to a comeback victory in Game 2.

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LeBron James attacked from …

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Now the Pressure Is on Roger Goodell. Poor Commissioner.

Perhaps we’ve reached the point where it is officially permissible to feel a quiver of pity for Roger Goodell.

Goodell, the N.F.L. commissioner, came off a season in which he could not figure out precisely whom to suspend and for how long for varieties of grotesque domestic violence. His sport still …

Roger Goodell

Why Doc Rivers is one of the NBA's best playoff coaches

He knows how to use every tool in the shed to stay competitive and win games.

Forty-eight hours after sending the defending champion Spurs home for the playoffs, the Clippers pulled off an even more astonishing victory when they knocked off the Rockets in Houston without Chris Paul. No one gave the …

Doc Rivers

How Blake Griffin and Pau Gasol are dominating the NBA Playoffs

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Being Vegan Makes Me a Better Poker Player

As winner of six World Series of Poker bracelets, two European Poker Tours, and a place in the Poker Hall of Fame, Daniel Negreanu is one of Canada’s most prolific poker players. Known as “Kid Poker” since claiming the World Series of Poker at the age of 23, Negreanu has featured on Millionaire …

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Doc Rivers puts Chris Paul's chances of playing in Game 2 at 50-50

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that he felt Chris Paul has a 50% chance of playing in Game 2 of the team's second-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday at Toyota Center.

"I'd say 50-50," Rivers said. "I just don't really know."

The Clippers played without the …

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Steph Curry's jumper and the 14 other most beautiful things in sports

Stephen Curry won the NBA MVP award on Monday, which was pleasing not only to people who care about efficiency in basketball but also about aesthetics in basketball. Simply: Curry plays the game beautifully. I know discussing beauty in sports is a thing that makes a lot of people (men, especially) …

Clayton Kershaw

Kentucky's John Calipari will give up on platoon system

Basketball, in its ideal form, is a game of sharing, collaborating, a group of players working together as one.

Kentucky's 2014-15 roster was an ideal test case for this. Coach John Calipari's talent supply seemed limitless, but game minutes are not, so sharing and sacrifice for the good of the team …

John Calipari

Schmeelk: Upsets Shaping Up In Round 2 Of NBA Playoffs

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Let’s take an early look at how the second round of the NBA playoffs is playing out:

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The easy excuse …

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Michael Jordan Pacifies Altercation After Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight

A legion of celebrities from around the world flocked to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night for what will certainly go down as one of the most well-chaperoned dances in boxing history.

Aside from occasionally not leaving room for the Holy Spirit, both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny …

Michael Jordan

16 athlete phenoms who are going to take over the world

Some of these phenoms are already on our list of the 50 most dominant athletes alive.

Others, if everything works out, could be in the next few years.

While sports history is of full of examples of athletes that fail to live up to the hype, there are also stars like LeBron James, Tiger Woods, and the …

LPGA Tour

Adam Silver says youth coaches don't want intentional fouling rule change

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said on SiriusXM radio on Sunday that, while he doesn't like intentional fouling aesthetically, he wants to be careful when it comes to making rule changes. Silver made it clear that, despite recent calls for reform on the hack-a-whoever strategy due to its increased …

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Bulls' Derrick Rose scores 25 points before stinger in Game 1 win

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose had a scary moment at the end of Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. The Bulls led 96-90 with 30.6 seconds left, and Rose ran into Cavs big man Tristan Thompson while trying to chase Kyrie Irving around. The screen set by Thompson didn't look …

Derrick Rose

'Boobs' and other suggested mascot names released by North Dakota

Thanks to the University of North Dakota for releasing them all.

The University of North Dakota was forced by the NCAA to drop the name "Fighting Sioux" because it was deemed offensive to Native Americans, so now the school needs a new mascot. In an effort to find the new name, the university …

North Dakota

UNC moves to No. 1 in Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one)

The initial Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one) had Virginia No. 1.

But then Justin Anderson entered the NBA Draft.

So I dropped the Cavaliers and replaced them with Kentucky. But that ranking, as I explained in great detail at the time, was always rooted in the idea the Wildcats would add …

College Sports

Rose, Gasol pace Bulls to 99-92 win over Cavs in Game 1

CLEVELAND (AP) The Chicago Bulls came in oozing with confidence, unafraid of LeBron James and convinced they could keep their playoff momentum rolling.

Derrick Rose made sure they did.

Looking like the league MVP he was before being slowed by knee injuries, Rose scored 25 points, Pau Gasol added 21 …

Pau Gasol

Woman seeking man she kissed at marathon hears from his wife

BOSTON (AP) — A Tennessee woman searching for the stranger she kissed while running the Boston Marathon this year says she finally heard back — from the mystery man's wife.

Barbara Tatge says her daughter had dared her to kiss a random, good-looking man as she ran through the town of Wellesley, …

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Donovan says goodbye, Florida moves on with coaching search

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's search to replace basketball coach Billy Donovan began weeks - really months- ago.

The Gators have been collecting information on potential successors since at least February, probably even sooner.

Although athletic director Jeremy Foley …

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The Chicago Bulls are finally healthy and have talent needed to beat LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers

Michael Wilbon is a featured columnist for ESPN.com and ESPNChicago.com. He is the longtime co-host of "Pardon the Interruption" on ESPN and appears on the "NBA Sunday Countdown" pregame show on ABC, in addition to ESPN. You can follow him on Twitter: @RealMikeWilbon

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Cold Hard Fact for Monday, May 4, 2015

Fact: Stephen Curry and Magic Johnson are the only two point guards to lead a 65-win team in scoring.

Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light.

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High school baseball star loses college scholarship after yelling ‘f*****g n****rs’ at black family

Racial slurs caught on camera and spread on social media cost a high school star baseball player his college scholarship, KGO reports. Video of the …

College & University

Meet the Star of the 'LeBron Jaaaames' Vine

Terrance Jackson wants to clear something up.

Terrance likes Ben McLemore. Ben McLemore plays for the Kings, and Terrance is from Sacramento, and so …

Sports Blogs

Here Are Steph Curry's Best Plays From This Season

Steph Curry is the NBA’s runaway MVP, so today seems like a good day to gawk at some the truly amazing things he did on the court this year. There …

Sports Blogs

Why the San Antonio Spurs aren't going away anytime soon

The San Antonio Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Clippers in a thrilling Game 7 Saturday night that came down to a game-winning shot from Chris Paul.

The Spurs and Clippers were two of the best teams in the NBA this year — unfortunately, somebody had to go out in the first …

San Antonio Spurs

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Stephen Curry got four times as many first-place MVP votes as James Harden

This was not as close as we thought it would be.

Steph Curry will be the NBA MVP for the past season, and according to voting, it wasn’t very close. A lot of people thought James Harden of the Rockets would challenge Curry for the honor, but in the end, Curry ran away with it.

Curry received 100 …

Stephen Curry

LeBron James explains why he stopped wearing a headband

For nearly 12 seasons and more than 1,000 consecutive games, LeBron James was rarely ever seen on the court without a headband. During Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals James’ headband was knocked off, and he proceeded to take over a must-win game, finishing with a triple-double — but he decided to …

Lebron James

NBA Rumors: Latest on Possible Ty Lawson Trade, Blazers Roster Uncertainty, More

There is still more than a month remaining on the 2014-15 NBA calendar, but for the first time since October, more teams are sitting at home than playing the spot. Only eight teams are still alive in their quest for an NBA championship, which can only mean one thing: The rest are out there making …

Ty Lawson

Golden State Warriors Challenging Old, Tired Assumptions About 3-Ball Chucking

OAKLAND—Time to update that old aphorism, “Live By The Three, Die By The Three.”

Let’s be clear: No team is going to win a championship strictly shooting from long range, and no team is going to win a championship with a one-dimensional offense of any kind.

But save your insults, three-point shooting …

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