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Ten ways to boost offense

5hJim Caple and David Schoenfield

Ten ways to boost offense

Offense is on the decline. Can the trend be reversed? Here's how the hitters can strike back.

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Sources: Kings to add Bhullar in historic move

The Sacramento Kings are planning to sign Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract this week, which would establish the 7-foot-5 center as the first player of Indian descent in league history.

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Gruden's QB Camp: Jameis Winston (2:04)

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My 2015 fantasy sleepers are ...

Buster Olney lays out 12 players he'd reach for in upcoming fantasy drafts based on things he has seen or heard this spring, plus other MLB notes.


Best teams headed into regular season

Buster Olney explains why the Padres, Athletics and Pirates look to be among the best teams headed into the regular season after having tremendous spring trainings.


April Fools' Day: Who is the bigger fool?

Michael Collins and Antonietta Collins make an April Fools' Day revelation. Who is the bigger fool, Tiger Woods for returning to golf too soon or Tiger fans for wanting him back too soon?

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30 for 30 Shorts: The Billion Dollar Game (13:57)

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Romo: I would have taken pay cut for Murray

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo says he was willing to take a cut in pay from his $17 million base salary in 2015 to keep DeMarco Murray, who left to sign with the rival Eagles.


Tournament Challenge

How's your bracket? Check yours against those of the president, celebs and all your friends. Someone will take home $20,000. Will it be you?


Rockies stars in midseason form

Troy Tulowitzki has homered twice -- a two-run shot in the 1st and a solo blast in the 3rd -- and Carlos Gonzalez has also gone yard for Colorado in today's game against the Rangers.

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Darius Rucker's mobile apartment

ESPN "SportsCenter" host Lindsay Czarniak takes a tour on musician Darius Rucker's bus, and you might be surprised at what she finds inside.


Shockers working to keep Marshall
Men's College Basketball 

Wichita State is working on an enhanced contract package to keep head coach Gregg Marshall, multiple sources told ESPN's Andy Katz. Marshall met with Alabama officials earlier in the week and is the Crimson Tide's top choice to replace the fired Anthony Grant.

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Men's College Basketball 

Towns' transformation 'incredible'

Karl-Anthony Towns' high-school coach Bob Hurley: "I didn't think he could go from shooting 3s to being this dominant around the basket. I want to write John Calipari a note to say this is the most amazing transformation I've seen."

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Winston a lock for No. 1 ?

Todd McShay on First Draft podcast: "The only way Jameis Winston is not the first pick is if ... information gets gathered from his past that has not yet been found. Or if Jameis does something off the field that makes Tampa Bay reconsider."

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How Ray Rice impacts Greg Hardy decision

Mark Schlereth on NFL Live: "As far as the league is concerned, they are leaving no stone unturned. And I appreciate that they learned from their past transgressions as far as throwing down penalties ... and not doing their due diligence. So to me, this is a step in the right direction."


Curry's plays go viral

Steph Curry's play this season has earned him MVP talk and he's got the ridiculous highlights to elevate his case. We rounded up five of the Warriors' star's best moves that have some players still nursing broken ankles. Have a look

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Geno Auriemma: Men's game a 'joke'

The UConn women's coach said maybe only 10 teams play a game he'd like to watch: "The bottom line is, nobody can score. And they'll tell you that it's because of great defense, great scouting, a lot of team work. Nonsense, nonsense. College men's basketball is so far behind the times it's unbelievable."

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UK in legal battle over 40-0 trademark

Kentucky is two games away from 40-0, but the school is already trying to stop other people from using the mark. Last week, the school sent a cease and desist letter to Louisville lawyer David Son, whose company is selling blue and white 40-0 T-shirts on his website.

Texas looking to get Smart

Texas is focusing on VCU coach Shaka Smart to fill its vacant position, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman and a HornsDigest report. Sources say that Smart has significant interest in the job. In six seasons as the Rams coach, Smart made the NCAA tournament five times.

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Vegas: Nationals team to beat

Despite not winning a postseason series since 1981 -- as the Expos -- the Nationals are the favorites to win the World Series, according to Westgate SuperBook.


Serena: 'Today wasn't my best day'

Serena Williams, after beating Sabine Lisicki in three sets in the Miami Open quarterfinals: "I just told myself, I'm not serving the way I normally serve and hitting the way I normally would hit, so at this point all I can do is just fight and try to give 200% instead of 100%."


Napier out the rest of the season

After undergoing sports hernia surgery today, Heat G Shabazz Napier will miss the rest of the regular season, the team announced today. Napier was averaging 5.1 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game this season.

Walker emerging for Mariners

One reason ESPN's Buster Olney picked Seattle to win the AL this season is the improvement of P Taijuan Walker. "The player to watch Taijuan Walker. He has really opened eyes with his performance."


Gruden plays hardball with Winston

Jameis Winston on how playing baseball and pitching has helped him on the football field: "Situation football can win you a game or lose you a game."


Top sports moments of last 20 years

To coincide with ESPN's website's 20th anniversary, here are the top 20 sports moments from 1995-2015, where baseball accounted for seven of them. Top 2 from MLB

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Murray down, irked

Andy Murray is visibly frustrated as he currently trails Dominic Thiem 5-3 in the first set of their ATP Miami Open quarterfinals match. Live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN

Final Four coaches make joint statement

The four Final Four coaches released a statement criticizing the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, saying “discrimination of any kind should not be tolerated.”

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Olney: Pirates will break through

After two straight NL wild cards, Insider Buster Olney picks the Pirates to win the 2015 World Series: "I love their depth. ... They've now have developed a feeder system and they have young players coming up. It always seems they're prepared."

Job swap for Florida coach & prez

Florida football coach Jim McElwain and university president Kent Fuchs pretended to trade jobs today because of an “obscure contract clause.” The April Fools' gag


Chad Ford's top 10 draft prospects

If the NBA season ended today, the Knicks would have the best chance at the No. 1 overall pick, followed by the Timberwolves, 76ers and Lakers.

Is this the Mariners' year?

Just three years removed from finishing last in the AL West, Seattle is the team to beat in the AL, according to Buster Olney. Said Olney about the Mariners possibly making their first World Series appearance: "They look tremendous this spring training."


To send Kris Bryant down or not?

The service time issue is the obvious (and biggest factor) in the Cubs' decision. However our MLB Insiders make the baseball case for sending him down. Give Bryant time to play LF. What are the Cubs really losing in those 12 days? Spring is small sample size

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