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2017 NFL Draft: What to expect in Round 1

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Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 6:17 pm
The winner of the Super Bowl in 2018, 2020 or even 2027 could be determined by the decisions of a bunch of executives in Philadelphia on Thursday night. Here is what we know about this year’s NFL draft. Read More
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                                Chicago Bulls guard Isaiah Canaan (0) sticks out his tongue as he taunts Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston today.

Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series

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                                Chicago Bulls guard Isaiah Canaan (0) sticks out his tongue as he taunts Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) during the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston today.
Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley scored 24 points apiece to help the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 108-97 today and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                ESPN has been squeezed by rising fees to broadcast live events at the same time hordes of cord-cutting TV viewers have been canceling their ESPN subscriptions.

ESPN laying off 100 broadcasters, writers

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                                ESPN has been squeezed by rising fees to broadcast live events at the same time hordes of cord-cutting TV viewers have been canceling their ESPN subscriptions.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm
ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future. Read More
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                                Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez turns to look toward his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez as he reacts to his double murder acquittal at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston.

Attorney: Hernandez hinted at suicide weeks before his death

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                                Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez turns to look toward his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez as he reacts to his double murder acquittal at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 5:20 pm
Aaron Hernandez hinted about suicide weeks before he was found hanging by a bedsheet in prison last week, according to a jailhouse friend who once sought to share a cell with the former NFL star. Read More
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                                Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets, looking over a stat sheet on April 21 during the third quarter of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City.

NBA fines Rockets owner $100K for confronting referee

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                                Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets, looking over a stat sheet on April 21 during the third quarter of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm
Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Today’s decision is a reaction to the controversy and bad publicity generated by what seemed like selective penalties. But at its core, it is recognition that top golfers playing on television and subject to exhaustive video review were being held to a higher standard than every other golfer.

Golf’s ruling bodies limit influence of video evidence

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                Today’s decision is a reaction to the controversy and bad publicity generated by what seemed like selective penalties. But at its core, it is recognition that top golfers playing on television and subject to exhaustive video review were being held to a higher standard than every other golfer.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 7:14 pm
The governing bodies that oversee golf’s rule book relied on a dose of common sense today by swiftly and decisively mitigating how much video evidence can influence rules decisions at televised events. Read More
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                                Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Andre Roberson defends during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series today in Houston.

Rockets advance with 105-99 win over Thunder

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                                Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Andre Roberson defends during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series today in Houston.
James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Houston Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. Read More
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                                Dale Earnhardt Jr. paused as he spoke during a news conference today at Hendrick Motorsports in Concord, N.C. Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season, today, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base.

NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after season

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                                Dale Earnhardt Jr. paused as he spoke during a news conference today at Hendrick Motorsports in Concord, N.C. Dale Earnhardt Jr. abruptly announced his retirement at the end of the season, today, a decision that will cost NASCAR its most popular driver as the series scrambles to rebuild its fan base.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 12:33 pm
It’s never easy to be the son of a legend, especially when he is a tough-as-nails hero and the most feared man in his profession. Read More
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                                Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, front, fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, arrived with their daughter Avielle Janelle Hernandez, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and his twin brother Mike, and others for a private service at O’Brien Funeral Home.

Aaron Hernandez’s friends, family turn out for private funeral

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                                Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, front, fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, arrived with their daughter Avielle Janelle Hernandez, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and his twin brother Mike, and others for a private service at O’Brien Funeral Home.

Updated on  April 24, 2017 at 8:23 pm
Aaron Hernandez’s family and friends bid farewell to the former NFL star at a private funeral today, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over to his fiancee by the time he is buried. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answered questions at a news conference in Phoenix on Feb. 21.

Dodgers, Yankees cut projected luxury tax bills

ASSOCIATED PRESS Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answered questions at a news conference in Phoenix on Feb. 21.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills — just as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw near the free-agent market after the 2018 season. Read More
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                                Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, and Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) battle for a loose ball during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City.

Old guys coming up big in NBA playoffs

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                                Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, and Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) battle for a loose ball during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City.
George W. Bush was early in his first term as president. Seattle was years away from losing the SuperSonics. “Arrested Development” hadn’t even started airing yet. Read More
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                                Manny Pacquiao, who has a 59-6-2 record, said he is still in shape and as good as ever.

Pacquiao says Horn fight will show he’s not done yet

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                                Manny Pacquiao, who has a 59-6-2 record, said he is still in shape and as good as ever.

Updated on  April 23, 2017 at 8:31 pm
Manny Pacquiao says his July 2 world title bout with Jeff Horn is his chance to tell the boxing world “I’m not done yet.” Read More
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                                Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight sported a decal of the flags of Italy and the United States on his helmet during the team’s spring game in Ann Arbor, Mich., on April 15.

Michigan’s football team heads to Italy

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                                Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight sported a decal of the flags of Italy and the United States on his helmet during the team’s spring game in Ann Arbor, Mich., on April 15.
Jim Harbaugh presented players on the Michigan football team with an opportunity, putting them a compelling essay away from being close enough to possibly shake the hand of Pope Francis at the Vatican. Read More
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                                Chicago Bulls’ Dwyane Wade (3) and Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier battle for a loose ball during the first quarter of Game 3 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017.

Horford, Thomas lead Celtics over Bulls

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                                Chicago Bulls’ Dwyane Wade (3) and Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier battle for a loose ball during the first quarter of Game 3 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017.
Al Horford had 18 points and eight rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points, and the top-seeded Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls tonight after dropping the first two games of their opening-round series at home. Read More
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                                Retired running back Marshawn Lynch met with the Raiders earlier this month to talk about a possible return but nothing has been finalized.

Raiders want resolution on Marshawn Lynch before draft

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                                Retired running back Marshawn Lynch met with the Raiders earlier this month to talk about a possible return but nothing has been finalized.
Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie would like some resolution before the draft next week on whether running back Marshawn Lynch wants to come out of retirement and be traded to the Raiders. Read More
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                                San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo.

Madison Bumgarner lands on DL after dirt bike accident

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                                San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm
Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner has been put on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career after a dirt bike accident that sent him to a hospital with bruised ribs and a sprained joint in his pitching shoulder. Read More
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                                Massachusetts prison officials said Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital.

Judge orders evidence preserved in Hernandez prison suicide

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                                Massachusetts prison officials said Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital.
A judge today ordered key evidence in the prison suicide of Aaron Hernandez preserved, granting a request from the ex-NFL star’s fiancee so the family can investigate the circumstances of his death. Read More

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