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Bayern, Barcelona advance to semis

Bayern Munich poured it on early and blew past FC Porto to advance to the Champions League semis. Barcelona advanced as well following a 2-0 win over PSG.

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Royals' Herrera suspended for targeting Lawrie

Royals hard-throwing reliever Kelvin Herrera has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a pitch behind Brett Lawrie's head during Sunday's game against Oakland.

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Haden: We didn't know Gordon couldn't drink

Joe Haden said neither he nor his Browns teammates knew Josh Gordon was not permitted to drink when the receiver joined a group of players a former assistant coach on a Las Vegas trip.

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Ford: 2015 Mock Draft 4.0

Wolves select UK's Towns No. 1 in Chad Ford's projection of 2015 NBA draft


Draft Academy: Winston meets with Jim Harbaugh

On Draft Academy's latest episode, former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston heads to Ann Arbor in the days leading up to the NFL combine to meet with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who helps prepare Winston for the team meetings in Indianapolis.


Celtics-Cavaliers Game 2 preview

ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler believes Boston forward Jared Sullinger must play well for the Celtics to have any chance against the Cavs.

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Hawks' Budenholzer named Coach of the Year

Mike Budenholzer has been named the NBA's Coach of the Year after guiding the Atlanta Hawks to the league's second-best record and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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All-Access: Floyd's house (3:37)

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Pittsburgh fan 'alert' after foul ball strikes head

An injury to a fan hit by a foul ball at PNC Park caused a 23-minute delay in the second inning of a game between the Cubs and Pirates as a woman behind home plate was taken off on a stretcher.

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Winston's odds of being a bust? (6:49)



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LeBron is 19 pts from passing J.West for 7th in all-time playoff scoring & 3 stls from passing R.Horry for 10th in all-time playoff steals

Are Islanders' fans crossing the line?

The intensity on the ice in the Caps-Isles series has transferred to the fans, forcing arena staffers to take extra precautions to prevent future incidents like the reported vandalism from Sunday's Game 4.


LeBron responds to Pat Riley

A day after the Heat president said there are "no more smiling faces with hidden agendas" in the organization, LeBron brushed off the comments: “I don’t care about nonsense. … I lock in right now and I don’t need nothing creeping into my mind for no reason that doesn’t need to be there."


Report: Giants & Cowboys to meet Week 1

The Giants will begin the regular season against the Cowboys in the Sunday night slot, a league source told NJ.com. The Giants have lost four straight against their division rivals, their longest losing streak against them since Dallas beat them in five straight between 1992 and 1994.

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Ortiz plans to appeal one game suspension for bumping ump, says he doesn't recall bumping him

Watch: Bayern's ripping good time

Bayern Munich breezed past Porto in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg, but manager Pep Guardiola's animated instructions from the sideline caused him to rip his pants in the process.


Bayern & Barcelona advance to semis

The pair are now two of the three clubs with at least 9 Champions League semifinal appearances (joined by Real Madrid). They've combined for 20 semifinals and 7 titles in the 23 Champions League seasons.

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Cards' Harris in the house

Mitch Harris, who was called up by the Cardinals today, is at Nationals Park, where he took a few question before preparing to become the first Naval Academy graduate to play in the majors since 1921.



GOAL BAYERN! Xabi Alonso scores on a free-kick! Bayern 6-1 Porto (Aggregate 7-4).

Hamilton's steps to return to Angels

Josh Hamilton, who reported a substance abuse relapse in February, has a tentative plan to rejoin the Angels, but he's no sure bet to play this season.


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Blazers' Nic Batum apologizes for Spanish players remark on card: "I apologize if I hurt some people. I have total respect for Marc Gasol."

Gasol not dwelling on Blazers' message

A laminated card in the Blazers' locker room Sunday included the phrase, "We don't lose to Spanish players." Marc Gasol via The Oregonian: "I have better things to think about than what they're writing on the wall. They've had Spanish players on their team in the past." What else was on the card

Dodgers the best of the best in NL?

The Dodgers, Cardinals and Mets are all NL division leaders on winning streaks of five games or more. But who has been the best since April 12, when the Dodgers and Mets began their streaks? Well, the Dodgers rank in the top 5 in OPS, opponent OPS and ERA in that span.

Klitschko ready for title defense

Boxer Wladimir Klitschko spoke at a news conference in New York today. He is scheduled to defend his heavyweight titles against Bryant Jennings Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Klitschko is undefeated since 2004, a span of 21 fights.


Mike Budenholzer continues Pop Legend

Four of the last 7 NBA Coach of the Year award winners have been either Gregg Popovich or someone from the Popovich coaching tree. Mike Budenholzer served as an assistant coach under Popovich from 1996-2013.

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Former big prospects now in the bigs

With Addison Russell being called up to play 2B, all of the Cubs infielders are 25 or younger. No team has started an entire infield of players 25 or younger this early in the season since the '03 Tigers, who finished 43-119.


Suns' Morris twins charged in assault

Suns forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris are among five men indicted in the alleged assault of a 36-year-old man after an incident on Jan. 24 at a local recreation center. Their first court appearance is scheduled for May 7. Story

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Jimmy Smith: 2nd-richest Raven

The cornerback will reportedly get $21 million guaranteed in his extension. QB Joe Flacco is the only Ravens player with more guaranteed money in his current contract than the reported amount in Smith's.


Mike Budenholzer thanks Gregg Popovich

The Coach of the Year, a longtime assistant of Popovich's, said the Spurs coach prepared him: "And I think that's ultimately what the role of a coach is: To prepare his team, to prepare a player, or to prepare a person for their opportunity. And I just want to thank Pop for preparing me for this opportunity."

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OTD: Bulls finish season 72-10

On April 21, 1996, Michael Jordan and the Bulls beat the Washington Bullets 103-93, finishing the regular season 72-10, the best record in NBA history. The team was no fluke, either -- it went on to beat Seattle in the Finals for its fourth of six titles in eight seasons.

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Ravens need a healthy Jimmy Smith

The CB will reportedly get $21M guaranteed in his four-year extension -- 10th-most among current CB deals. Baltimore allowed an NFL-low 7 passing TDs during the first half of the season but in its first game without Smith (foot injury) in Week 9, it allowed 6.

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Big 12 coaches on conference title game
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In light of the NCAA reportedly moving toward relaxing its conference title game requirements, Jake Trotter polled each of the returning Big 12 coaches on how they feel about a conference title game again. All 9 opinions

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