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Lynn already has a World Series ring on his finger, the one he won a decade ago pitching as a rookie for Tony La Russa's St. Louis Cardinals. He's been there, done that. And "that," in recent years, has meant being one of the best pitchers in baseball. White Sox fans are seeing it up close in person these days, and Lynn should be right in the thick of the Cy Young conversation with his best-in-baseball 1.23 ERA.Arizona Diamondbacks Face Coverings

RHP Marcus Stroman fueled the Mets with a do-it-all effort en route to a series-splitting 6-2 win over the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego.

According to, a balk is when “when a pitcher makes an illegal motion on the mound that the umpire deems to be deceitful to the runner(s).” When looking at the video, Alzolay made the slightest of movements prior to winding up, and the home plate umpire felt that it was worthy of a balk. Not much more can be said.Houston Astros Face Coverings

Looking for their fifth straight win, the Giants instead had one of their worst all-around performances of the year, losing 8-1 to the Los Angeles Angels in the second and final game of a quick series at Oracle Park.Chicago White Sox Face Coverings

Perhaps the only thing more huge right now when it comes to the two teams involved in that trade is the hole it left on a Cubs roster that is missing that one, dominant starting pitcher that might make the surging Cubs look like a bona fide NL contender.

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It’s still an awful trade, and Kelenic’s struggles doesn’t justify Brodie Van Wagenen’s bone-headed decision to bring in Robinson Cano. No wonder Van Wagenen is out of a job.

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"I think after the first game I started, coming in pinch-hitting there's always this nervous energy, you have such a short period of time to kind of feel like you can make an impact on the game," Pillar said. "Obviously not playing a while, first at-bat, there's some nervous energy. I think starting the first time, too, the nervous energy was just excitement for me, I was just excited to be back out there and excited to go through a full game again and be one of the guys.Kansas City Royals Face Coverings
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“They have a lot of decisions to make. I’m not [at] the top of the list of those decisions,” he said. “We’ll see later on this summer how the team looks and what they want to do, what the plan is.”

Booker hit all six of his 3-point attempts and went 8 for 9 overall while the Suns took a 36-14 lead after one quarter. The six-year veteran showed none of the shakiness from earlier in the series against the Lakers, shredding the NBA's best defensive team with his silky-smooth jumper and heady penetration.

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Everyone is denied when Lillard gets just six games of playoff basketball to wow the fans.Indiana Pacers

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"We got a lot of dudes that are tough players, man," Porter said. "Like me, I had my moment in the first half and then I cooled off. I don't think I scored [the rest of the game]. Then Jokic obviously took over, but the way Austin and AG had their moments, and Monte, J-Myke -- we just have a lot of dudes that are capable."
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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 47 points are tied for the most in a player's first career series-clinching opportunity. He's tied with Anthony Davis -- who played just five minutes for the Lakers in Game 6 before leaving with his groin injury -- who had 47 in a closeout game against the Trail Blazers in 2018.Detroit Pistons

Caruso’s free agency could come down to factors other than money, with a bigger role possibly available elsewhere. However, he’s valuable to the Lakers and a good fit as a combo guard and two-way player.San Antonio Spurs
In 2019, opposing quarterbacks had a QBR of 41.5 against the Chiefs in the red zone. The Chiefs also had a league-high four interceptions, including one in the end zone by safety Daniel Sorensen in the final seconds that helped the Chiefs preserve a seven-point win over the Chargers.NFL Indianapolis Colts Team Face Coverings

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Sherman and the 49ers reportedly were engaged in "preliminary talks" for him to return, but nothing has materialized yet. With Emmanuel Moseley and Jason Verrett in the fold, the 49ers figure to have their starting cornerback spots locked down.NFL New England Patriots Team Face Coverings

Stevens spent most of last season on the Panthers’ practice squad. He entered the league as a seventh-round draft choice of the Saints in 2020.

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The 49ers picked up the fifth-year option on McGlinchey for the 2022 season, so they clearly believe in him. And McGlinchey has a full offseason to take the necessary steps to tighten up his game and take it to the next level.NFL San Francisco 49ers Team Face Coverings

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The Titans lost two of their top pass-catchers in free agency as wide receiver Corey Davis signed with the New York Jets and tight end Jonnu Smith signed with the New England Patriots.

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"I was very disappointed when I heard it," he said. "If it was like a joke or something, I didn't get it. That was my initial reaction to it. I think it's completely inappropriate.''Texas Rangers Face Coverings

On deck: The Cubs and Giants return to action Saturday at 6:15 p.m. CT. Kohl Stewart (1-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his second start for the Cubs, taking on Giants ace Kevin Gausman (6-0, 1.40 ERA).Detroit Tigers Face Coverings

It didn’t matter for Gurriel Jr., whose arm is no match for even the fastest baserunner, apparently.Houston Astros Face Coverings

Brenly, the former World Series-winning manager who now calls Diamondbacks games for Bally Sports Arizona, made a crack about Stroman's attire during the fourth inning Tuesday.

The Rays’ team average isn’t too much better than the Yanks at .228 (24th), but they’re sixth in MLB with 4.92 runs averaged per game. The Yankees? They’re in 28th with 3.69.

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Tromp took over behind the plate at the same time, as manager Gabe Kapler took the opportunity to save Buster Posey's legs a bit given the score. Tromp grounded out sharply to first in his first at-bat of the year.

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“Our free agent guys worked in camp as hard as anybody I’ve ever seen to get themselves ready to compete,” Scioscia said. “We narrowed the club down. A lot of those guys hung on and they all performed well during this whole series. It was great to see Edwin pitch great tonight. It was great to see David close it out.Baltimore Orioles Face Coverings
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That being said, James and everyone else on the Lakers deserve credit for chipping away at a 29-point deficit in the second half. They easily could have just packed it in. Instead, the Lakers whittled the Suns’ lead to 13 entering the fourth quarter.Minnesota Timberwolves

Now the conversation about legacy shifts to that of 36-year-old Suns point guard Paul, who has come back from a shoulder injury to put his team in position to knock out the defending champions in Game 6, or a Game 7 on Saturday in Phoenix.Indiana Pacers

The Clippers waited all series for their league-leading 3-point shooting to show up, and it came just in time. They buried 20 3-pointers on Sunday, the most 3's made by a team in a Game 7 in playoff history.

The Mavericks are obviously Doncic's franchise. But one of the biggest questions for the Mavs moving forward is how Porzingis fits into the picture.

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James played 41 minutes, and that time on the floor started to take its toll late in the game. The 36-year-old asked to come out of the game midway through the fourth and walked back on defense on several occasions. It’s the type of behavior we’re used to seeing LeBron criticize his own teammates for.Memphis Grizzlies
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Similar to the Clippers, the Portland Trail Blazers also suffered a first-round exit, despite the heroic efforts from Damian Lillard. In addition to Lillard, Normal Powell also showed Portland fans just how special of a player he can be.

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A fan at TD Garden threw a water bottle at Irving as the Nets star was walking off the court following Brooklyn's 141-126 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their first-round NBA playoff series.Detroit Pistons
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the latest on trade rumors surrounding Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. This game is streaming live on the Yahoo Sports mobile app, or on NFL Network

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"So the question that we've been asking is basically how do you start a business or anything without money," Johnson told the group. "Like, how do you build a business or an idea or join a group without the financial means, as is."NFL Philadelphia Eagles Team Face Coverings

He’s once again favored to win the award this year and after making the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven NFL seasons, he’s a good bet to be selected again in 2021, too.

Today, of course, is for backseat driving. Should the Patriots have been willing to extend themselves for Jones the same way Tennessee did. Draft picks and full freight?NFL Indianapolis Colts Team Face Coverings

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Dalton: Hurts’ floor is low given his small track record, but his ceiling is a top-three fantasy QB given his rushing upside. Hurts put up video game type numbers rushing in college (including 1,300 yards and 20 rushing scores his final season), and he was equally as aggressive running when he took over in Philadelphia. The Eagles upgraded their offensive line and drafted DeVonta Smith during the offseason, helping his situation as well. I have Hurts at the top of my second tier of fantasy QBs, right there with Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson and Justin Herbert. I’ll be proactively picking him for sure.
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Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Toi Cook, and I spent 11 seasons as a defensive back in the league, my first seven with New Orleans and two each with San Francisco and Carolina. I grew up in Los Angeles, went to school at Montclair Prep in the San Fernando Valley and Stanford, and relied on my intellect to have as long a professional career as I had. You’ve got to be pretty smart to make it that long as an eighth-round draft pick. Obviously, you’ve also got to be the kind of athlete who can compete at a high level.NFL Green Bay Packers Team Face Coverings

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Although I disagree with the notion that the situation has morphed into a full-blown, red state/blue state issue for the partisans of the green and gold, Murphy’s gratuitous remark regarding a divided fan base seems to be a warning to Rodgers about what will happen if he fails to report for mandatory minicamp or training camp. And the reality continues to be that Rodgers, who has a well-earned reputation for sensitivity, doesn’t want the fans to turn on him — fully or partially.

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But the bigger question has been if that could translate to games in high-pressure situations, and it seemed telling coach Bill Belichick didn't want to see more of him in the final two games last season after the Patriots had been eliminated from the playoffs.

Offseason workouts have begun for all 32 teams across the NFL, and Julio Jones remains a member of the Atlanta Falcons.NFL Cleveland Browns Team Face Coverings

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Sherman and the 49ers reportedly were engaged in "preliminary talks" for him to return, but nothing has materialized yet. With Emmanuel Moseley and Jason Verrett in the fold, the 49ers figure to have their starting cornerback spots locked down.NFL San Francisco 49ers Team Face Coverings

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Even with no offseason program, a reduced training camp and missing four games along the way, Aiyuk had a strong rookie season.Aiyuk threatened Jerry Rice’s franchise record for most receiving yards for a rookie, but an ankle injury late in the season quickly closed that door.NFL Baltimore Ravens Team Face Coverings
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Umpire enforcement, which will now take place more regularly without an initial ask by a manager, is a crucial element to MLB's hopes of policing foreign substances. But other aspects are expected to be involved, including the possibility of suspensions for those caught using.Texas Rangers Face Coverings

Throughout his incredible career with the Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant has recorded countless incredible plays for the team. Of course, he was a massive piece in helping the squad win the World Series back in 2016, but things haven’t stopped there.

By winning and clinching the fifth of the six Olympic berths, the U.S avoided another qualifier June 19-22 in one last tournament that has been moved to Mexico from Taiwan. Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, the second and third place finishers in Florida, have a shot at attaining the final slot there.

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"It sucks," Garcia said. "We all have expectations of ourselves to pitch well, but when the team kind of expects you to pitch well and be one of their guys in the back end of the bullpen, the guy who pitches in these leverage situations, it sucks when you feel like you're letting them down."Houston Astros Face Coverings

What’s been going on with Stephen Strasburg this season? The star hurler has battled a shoulder injury this campaign for the Washington Nationals, which has had a negative impact on his velocity. That shoulder injury landed him on the Injured List earlier this year, as he’s only been able to make four starts.

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This should be a fun tournament slate, as there are many different roster construction strategies that are viable tonight. As always, be mindful that salaries and scoring formats differ across the various fantasy sites, and a home run play on Yahoo may be a below-average MLB DFS pick on DraftKings or FanDuel.Detroit Tigers Face Coverings

“I feel like I had good stuff, but one bad pitch to Manny. I felt like I locked it down a little bit after that. That’s a good lineup, and just knowing I kept it to one run as long as I could felt good, because that’s a good lineup.”Milwaukee Brewers Face Coverings
The NFL though was not impressed enough with his college numbers after a 4.68 40-yard dash time at the combine. Bourne went undrafted, but he kept his spirit strong and battled his way onto San Francisco’s roster. He eventually became a key contributor, especially on third downs with 12 third-down catches that resulted in a first down on 15 targets in 2020.

That’s a better layout than Watson’s cap hit, which would see the majority of his $21.6 million signing bonus pushed into 2022. As it stands, a Watson trade after June 1 would lock $5.4 million onto the 2021 salary cap, with the remaining $16.2 million pushing into 2022. NFL Arizona Cardinals Team Face Coverings

Dalton: I have Goedert as my TE7 and could easily see him having a better fantasy season than Mark Andrews and Kyle Pitts as well. I still expect Zach Ertz and the Eagles to part ways, and Goedert could quickly go from sharing reps at tight end to leading Philadelphia in targets. Jalen Hurts should provide an upgrade for the offense over Carson Wentz, who somehow led the NFL in sacks and picks last year despite playing only 12 games. Goedert is a good athlete about to see a big jump in volume in Year 4, so he’s someone to target at an ugly tight end position.NFL Washington Redskins (Football Team) Team Face Coverings

Fitzgerald has not officially retired yet. Despite more optimistic public comments, it’s safe to say the Arizona Cardinals have moved on after signing A.J. Green and drafting Rondale Moore. Since it’s now June and he has not made an announcement, it’s fair to assume Fitzgerald is open to playing in 2021 if the right landing spot is out there.NFL Atlanta Falcons Team Face Coverings

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What does all this mean for Rodgers and Watson? Well, it doesn’t necessarily grease the wheels for their trade markets, but it creates upside for the Packers and Texans if they ultimately move their quarterbacks. That’s something Green Bay has said it won’t do (despite Rodgers asking for a trade) and the Texans are challenged to do (given that Watson still has a swath of civil litigation over alleged sexual misconduct and a related Houston Police Department investigation underway).NFL Indianapolis Colts Team Face Coverings

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Diggs was slated to make roughly $12.7 million in base salary in 2021; that figure is now down to $990,000. Buffalo, meanwhile, now has $11,084,995 in cap space, per Spotrac.
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Nike officials were not available for comment when contacted by ESPN. Contacted for further comment, Vanessa Bryant was unavailable. She celebrated her daughter Natalia's high school graduation this weekend.Minnesota Timberwolves

A parching decade of postseason drought in the Valley of the Sun drained much of the fun out of this franchise - until this season, when Chris Paul arrived to guide Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and a lively supporting cast to the playoffs.

“Just giving everything I’ve got, and go from there. I put everything in the hands of God. Like I always say, whatever happens, happens. All I can do is control what I can by taking care of my body. Other than that, whatever happens, happens.”Brooklyn Nets

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''These guys over here are battle-tested,'' Booker said after scoring 47 points in the Suns' clinching victory over the Lakers on Thursday night. ''We're not going to celebrate our first series like we won a championship. We know we have a tough opponent in Denver coming up soon.''San Antonio Spurs

The beef Thompson mentioned links back to the 2019 NBA Finals when his Warriors battled Drake’s beloved Raptors. The two sides trash-talked throughout, though Drake came out on top as Kawhi Leonard powered Toronto to the title. Thompson dealt with injuries throughout the series.

With an NBA title still in sight, the 76ers will need their injured franchise center - healthy and ready to roll - in the second round against the Hawks.Cleveland Cavaliers

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He at least knew Wednesday that, starting or not, he’d be defending Bradley Beal. By Game 5, everyone involved with the series expected the Sixers would put one of the NBA’s top perimeter defenders on a polished, prolific offensive player.Memphis Grizzlies

Bontemps: A good game from Julius Randle would be a start. To have any chance of extending this series to a sixth game, the Knicks will need more from the NBA's 2021 Most Improved Player, who has shot 20-for-73 from the field -- including an abysmal 13-for-49 on 2-point shots -- through the first four games.Denver Nuggets

It was the complete opposite for L.A. Phoenix packed the paint and dared Los Angeles to shoot — it worked.

This game was even much of the way, largely staying within 10 points, although Dallas led most of it. Reggie Jackson kept the Clippers in it early with 14 points in the first quarter, but Dallas had its own strong stretch early in the second quarter going +5 in the minutes Doncic was on the bench.Indiana Pacers

"We are all grateful for Terry's contributions and his nine years with the Trail Blazers," said Blazers chair Jody Allen. "I appreciate his steadfast dedication to the players, the game, and the broader Portland community. We wish him the best in his future endeavors."

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It was that crazy. It was that perfect. For once the Clippers were not cursed, they were blessed, playing their best game of the season on their most important day of the season Sunday in a game that was uproariously loud and eminently lovable.Orlando Magic
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Philadelphia managed to work its way back into the game in the fourth quarter thanks in large part to its bench, which was led by Tyrese Maxey (15/1/2/1/1 with two 3-pointers) and George Hill (14/1/2 with three 3-pointers). Both played 22 minutes Monday night, with Maxey doing so after getting just 11 minutes of run in Game 3. Tobias Harris (21/13/5/0/1 with one 3-pointer) had a tough night shooting the ball, as he was just 8-of-24 from the field, so that percentage did fantasy players no favors. Ben Simmons (13/12/3/1) posted a double-double but his struggles from the foul line continue. After going 0-of-9 in the first three games, his 5-of-11 effort Monday night actually qualifies as an improvement. Look for Washington to once again employ the "hack-a-Shaq" strategy in Game 5.

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