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1hBrian Windhorst

Opponents not respecting LeBron's jumper -- for good reason

LeBron James is struggling to shoot from outside, and opponents know it. He's adjusted by letting Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving share more of the scoring load.

Stephen A.: If Durant leaves OKC, he should sign with Heat (1:56)
Kevin Durant is the NBA's Next Villain (2:15)
Leaf: Seeing Manziel is like looking in a mirror (1:24)
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5hJoe McDonald

Hedman's heady play bolsters Bolts

Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman is controlling play at both ends of the ice while keeping Islanders star John Tavares in check -- and again proving to be a vital part of Tampa Bay's success.

16hMartin Bater | ESPNDeportes.com

Hockey eyes Hispanic fans for growth

In the not-so-distant future, a hockey stick and a puck might be as common a sight in a Hispanic kid's room as a soccer ball or baseball bat.

Henderson and Varejao ejected after tempers flare (1:09)
Drake fired up after Raptors' 3-pointer (0:19)
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1hPat McManamon

Browns rookie OL watched draft at St. Jude's

Cleveland Browns rookie Shon Coleman took his draft-night party to a special place, watching his own selection at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital with the patients.

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D-backs GM: Miller feeling pressure of big trade

Shelby Miller has found it hard to win after a month with the Diamondbacks. GM Dave Stewart believes the righty is putting too much pressure on himself after a big trade brought him to Arizona.

No need for Curry to rush back (1:38)
Young fan crashes Hornets-Heat game (0:19)
Pippen surprises Jordan at halftime (0:21)
Which rookie will have biggest impact? (1:07)
Long-term investment that pays off (1:04)
Mackensie Alexander's field of opportunity: From Florida's orange groves to the NFL (6:58)
Remix: Stephen A. Smith is a 'baaad' man on General Hospital (0:57)


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward is getting the night off in the series opener between the first place Cubs and second place Pirates on Monday. Heyward went 0 for 17 on the just completed home stand. He's healthy but might need the breather. Matt Szczur starts in his place in right field while Kris Bryant is in left. Tommy La Stella gets another start at third base.

What to make of Puig's 1st month of season

Yasiel Puig has shown a renewed dedication to making things right on and off the field with the Dodgers, Doug Padilla writes. Finding balance

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Le Batard: Bosh situation 'super unusual'

Dan Le Batard says Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat are "at a crossroads that promises to get a little messier."


Waters: Kevin Durant is the next NBA Villain

Comedian Reese Waters thinks Durant should embrace the role of the NBA's most popular antihero.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bad news for the Baltimore Orioles: Shortstop J.J. Hardy is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture of his left foot, and is expected to miss about six weeks. The three-time Gold Glover is one of only four major-league shortstops without an error so far this season. The O's are expected to recall utility man Ryan Flaherty from Triple-A Norfolk to fill Hardy's roster spot. Manny Machado will likely slide over to shortstop with Flaherty getting the majority of the action at third base.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Phillies & Cardinals play tonight in St. Louis. Amazingly, the Phillies (15-10) have a better record than the Cardinals (12-13). Last time that happened: The legendary Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Adam Wainwright and his 7.16 ERA take the mound tonight for the Cardinals. One thing to watch: Is he getting any swings and misses? Of 100 qualified starters, Wainwright (91), Michael Wacha (96) and Mike Leake (100) all rank in the bottom 10 in miss rate. Those three have combined for a 5.32 ERA.

Stephen A.: If KD leaves, should go to Heat

Stephen A. Smith believes that if Kevin Durant leaves Oklahoma City and signs with the Heat, then Miami would be a lock to win the Eastern Conference.


Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerr on Curry in Game 2: "He's not playing tomorrow." Kerr jokes he's listed as doubtful to give media something to chew on

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Korver says he doesn't hold a grudge against Matthew Dellavedova, who ended Korver's year in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals last postseason when the Cavs point guard dove for a loose ball and rolled into Korver's ankle. Korver underwent surgery to repair the ankle last offseason. "You can't acknowledge it or it is a thing," Korver said when asked how to guard against reacting if things get chippy with Dellavedova this series. "You just play. I don't think there is any kind of ill will."

No need for Curry to rush back

Brendan Haywood says there's a strong chance the Warriors can beat the Trail Blazers without Stephen Curry, but they can't beat the Thunder or the Spurs without him.


Curry: 'Pretty good' chance of playing Game 3

However, Steph Curry did add that his knee is "still painful."


Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerr says Curry didn't practice today, will shoot around later

Who is the MVP of the playoffs so far?

While the biggest storylines of this NBA postseason have been about injuries, top players are turning in high-level performances. Contenders (Insider)

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens won't confirm whether a decision has been made on safety Matt Elam's fifth-year option, which is probably not a good sign for the 2013 first-round pick. It would be a surprise if Baltimore exercised an option that would pay Elam between $5.5 million and $6 million in 2017.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Doc Rivers believes Paul Pierce has another season in him but the decision is up to him. Pierce said on Friday he's "50-50" on returning.

Kiper's 2016 NFL Draft Grades

With all the picks in the books, Mel Kiper grades all 32 draft classes. Assessments (Insider)


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro golfer Trevor Immelman enjoyed playing nine holes with Panthers coach Ron Rivera in the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am on Monday at Quail Hollow Club. He also had some advice: "Stick to your day job."


Leaf: Seeing Manziel is like looking in a mirror

Former NFL QB Ryan Leaf said of free agent QB Johnny Manziel: "If he were able to ask for help or show any vulnerability in his eyes, I believe, is like giving up or weakness."


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals CB Adam Jones put on his scout's cap before the draft and broke down tape of the top corners. He does it every year for fun. Jones' favorite corner this year was the first-rounder the Bengals picked, William Jackson III. Jones actually liked him over fifth-overall pick Jalen Ramsey: "A lot of plays Ramsey made, he was already beaten. ... I only saw like two plays where (Jackson) was beaten on the deep ball."

Has Curry's value to Warriors diminished?

Mike Greenberg believes that even though Golden State has won in the playoffs without Steph Curry, he is still the engine that makes the team go.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki said that he will opt out of the final season of his contract, a change from his previous statements. "We had one more year on the contract, but I think this is the right thing to do," Nowitzki said on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. "We're going to sit with Mark and Donnie obviously over the next few weeks and figure out how to improve this franchise again. Ever since after the championship, we've been basically a first-round exit. We've been a seven, eight seed. We've only won a few playoff games, and obviously the goal was to compete at the highest level in my last couple of years, so there is some moving to do, some thinking, some putting our heads together the next few weeks heading into free agency, heading into the draft. So this is just one move that hopefully starts a chain reaction for us to get better again, to compete really at a high level. We'll see how it goes."

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

On 710 ESPN Seattle, Seahawks GM John Schneider says C.J. Prosise will take over Fred Jackson's role from last year. That means a third-down back who will be used quite a bit in the passing game.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have picked up the fifth year option on defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. The move was expected for one of the best young players in the NFL. He has become Detroit's best defensive player and was third in the league in sacks last season.