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Meet Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns

Since he was in ninth grade, Karl-Anthony Towns has been winning people over with his kind and gentle heart and awe-inspiring game.

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Accuser of Alabama's Taylor recants statement

The woman who accused former Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor of assault this past weekend has since recanted her statement to police and was subsequently arrested for giving a false report, according to authorities.

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Hardy probe: NFL gets access to Holder photos

The NFL will get to look at seven photographs that were submitted into evidence from Greg Hardy's domestic violence case as a part of its investigation into whether the former Panthers defensive end violated the league's personal conduct policy.

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Sources: Mariota doesn't plan to attend draft

Just as Jameis Winston does not plan to attend next month's NFL draft in Chicago, neither does Marcus Mariota, per league sources. Mariota informed the league he plans to be in Hawaii among his family and the community that helped raise him

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

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1hBuster Olney

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.

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April Fools' Day: Who is the bigger fool?

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

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The Kris Bryant dilemma

Keith Olbermann examines the potential impact of the Cubs keeping star prospect Kris Bryant in the minor leagues to start the 2015 MLB season.

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BBTN 100: Top 25 players

Who is No. 1? We concluded our countdown of the top 100 players in baseball with the top 25 and not surprisingly, Mike Trout leads the way.

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Finnish announcer goes wild

Announcer Jani Säteri couldn't contain his excitement when goalie Kaapo Kähkönen scored an empty-net goal from the opposite end of the ice.

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2hTodd Archer

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.

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Ovechkin scores 50th as Capitals calm Canes

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal, reaching that mark for the sixth time and tying a team record with the 472nd of his career, and added an assist to help the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 Tuesday night.

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Best bets for Super Bowl 50

Who are the best Super Bowl 50 value bets after free agency? ESPN Chalk's Dave Tuley gives his recommendations, along with two handicappers.

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Curry turns CP3's ankles into jelly (0:37)

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Tournament Challenge

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

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First-round upsets in the West?
NBA 

The Rockets may have the higher seed over the Spurs, but ESPN's Tim Legler and Chris Broussard believe it'd be an upset if Houston beat San Antonio.

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Falcons plan to bring refs to practice

Coach Dan Quinn is looking to cut down on defensive penalties by having officials at practice regularly. It's uncommon to have referees in practice during the regular season, but Quinn said, "If we're practicing, we're going to have an official there."

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Nation's top scorer entering draft

Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey, whose 23.1 points per game average led all Div. I players this season, will declare for the NBA draft, sources told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

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Jahlil Okafor key in MSU-Duke

ESPN's Seth Greenberg on how to stop Duke: "Everything you do defensively centers around how you're going to defend Okafor. ... As good as Michigan State's team defense is, I just don't think they have an answer for that." (via Mike & Mike)

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Axford's son in stable condition

Rockies RHP John Axford's 2-year-old son, Jameson, is in stable condition a week after getting bitten twice by a rattlesnake. Doctors have likely saved the foot, though he could still lose a toe or two, Rockies officials said.

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Jets' draft classes disappearing

After former first-round pick Kyle Wilson signed with the Saints today, the Jets have no players remaining from their 2008 to 2010 drafts. Of the 13 players picked in that time period, only one, Matt Slauson, is a full-time starter in the league.

10 more years for Panthers' coach

Northern Iowa agreed to an extension through 2024-25 with coach Ben Jacobson, who is 197-104 in nine seasons at the school. He led the Panthers to a school-record 31 wins this past season.

Patriots got jokes

The Patriots stars are just full of April Fool's Day humor today -- as WR Julian Edelman showed on his Twitter account, saying he's "taking my talents to Fenway." The Red Sox responded: "Ok with us!"

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LeBron a leader in Cleveland
NBA 

Chris Broussard is not fazed by LeBron James calling the Cavs' plays: "Why wouldn't he be calling the plays? ... LeBron James has always called plays."

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Kelly Oubre Jr. jumping to NBA

The 6-foot-7 guard/forward is leaving Kansas after one season to enter the NBA draft. Oubre, ESPN's Chad Ford's No. 11 overall player, averaged 9.3 points and 5 rebounds per game. Ford's big board (Insider)

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Justin Verlander won't start Friday

The Tigers RHP, who's also supposed to start next Wednesday, has a "slight strain" to his triceps. Said manager Brad Ausmus: "It's a little bit of a stretch right now [for him to make that start]. But we won't waive it off yet."

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Hey coach, look behind you!

New George Mason basketball coach Dave Paulsen was introduced at the school today. He comes from Bucknell and told reporters: "I've known since I was 10 years old that I wanted to be a college basketball coach. I love what I do."

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Seth Greenberg: Badgers can beat UK

"Where Wisconsin can win this game is their frontcourt. They've got three guys up front that are as versatile, big, skilled, talented as any. ... We're going to see how the Kentucky front-court guys can guard away from the basket." (via Mike & Mike)

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Jones compares favorably to Cromartie
NFL 

Byron Jones unofficially ran a 4.36 at UConn's pro day, which would have been the 2nd-best by any CB at the 2015 combine. Jones and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are the only players to lead or co-lead all CBs in the broad jump, vertical and 60-yard shuttle at the combine in the last decade.

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New ball leads to more homers

The new flat-seam baseball seems to be increasing home runs in NCAA Division I baseball, as they are up 39 percent. College baseball switched from a raised-seam ball with the hope of putting more offense in the game.

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Parker has best winning percentage

Tony Parker played in his 1,000th career game Tuesday, and nobody in NBA history has enjoyed more team wins through his first 1,000 than Parker, who has 718.

Shane Victorino wins starting OF spot

Despite hitting only .188 this spring, Victorino is the likely Opening Day starter in right, Red Sox coach John Farrell said Tuesday. Victorino beats out Rusney Castillo, who missed two weeks this spring with a strained oblique.

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Remembering the Flint-Stones

Fifteen years ago, four players from Flint, Michigan, helped lead Michigan State to its first national title since Magic Johnson's team in 1979.

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Olney's best fantasy sleepers

Buster Olney has his fantasy sleepers all picked out, and he thinks an outfielder on the South Side of Chicago will be taking a lot of at-bats with the bases filled with White Sox. All the sleepers (Insider)

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Gruden's QB camp: Jameis Winston

The QB explains to Jon Gruden how his baseball background helps him on the football field: "Baseball, on that mound, you gotta be relentless. As a quarterback, you have to be relentless. That's how you get guys to follow you."

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