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Tim Bontemps: The combination of Chris Paul's health and Deandre Ayton's play. I thought this was a toss-up series to begin with, and Paul's shoulder issue swung the pendulum in L.A.'s favor in Games 2 and 3, while Anthony Davis' groin injury helped swing it back to Phoenix in Game 4. Davis' health will loom over the rest of the series, but if Paul continues to play like he did in Game 4 and Ayton remains an impactful player, the Suns should be favored to close this series out. Even if Davis plays, it's hard to envision him back at 100 percent.Memphis Grizzlies

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On Friday, TNT announced the three-time champion would serve as a guest analyst for the network’s playoff coverage alongside Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny “The Jet” Smith.Denver Nuggets

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''I love everything about D-Book,'' James said. ''We've had numerous conversations in the past. When you want to be legendary in this game, you've got to continue to improve not only your game, but also as a man. All the conversations we've had, I can tell he's soaked them up and is using them to his advantage.''

There would be a couple of possibilities if Ainge were to come to Utah. One is that Lindsey moves on to another franchise to run its organization, and Ainge steps into Lindsey’s role. The other is Ainge takes on more of a Jerry West-style consultant role advising new owner Smith and having a voice in the Jazz front office, but not the final say.

Warriors fans clearly wish Draymond and his Golden State teammates still were playing basketball right now.New Orleans Pelicans
"He's exceeded every expectation we've had of him when he came in here and we had high expectations," general manager John Lynch said. "Fred's a special leader, a special player and a big part of the fabric of this team."NFL New Orleans Saints Team Face Coverings

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Wallace does support the Flyers and Phillies, but he is ride or die with his Chiefs and not The Birds.NFL Tennessee Titans Team Face Coverings

The result was a disastrous 6-10 season that saw the Cowboys forced to play without quarterback Dak Prescott, offensive linemen Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, and many others because of injuries suffered in 2020.

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The 2021 NFL draft has long since come and go, as we’ve now found ourselves at the end of the month of May. But with the dust now settled and each team’s undrafted free agent crop well established just as their draft selections, some outlets are now making the time to explore the value of each team’s class based on pre-draft impressions and opinions, including the undrafted free agent rookies.

Via PointsBet, the Chiefs have the best odds of any team to go undefeated in the NFL’s first-ever 17-game season, at +4000. The Buccaneers have +5000 odds to accomplish that same feat.NFL Los Angeles Chargers Team Face Coverings

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers don't know whether Aaron Rodgers will show up for next week's mandatory minicamp but considering he already has missed enough of the offseason program to forfeit his $500,000 workout bonus, what's another $93,000?NFL Seattle Seahawks Team Face Coverings
The Lakers have the ability to be the most dangerous No. 7 seed of all time. The lowest-seeded team to win an NBA Finals was the Clutch City Houston Rockets from a quarter of a century ago as a No. 6 seed. If Davis can play up to his lofty standard and stay healthy, he will be a big reason the Lakers repeat as NBA champions. He may have an ailing knee, but he has to help carry his team.Minnesota Timberwolves

Cameron Payne stepped up in place of the hobbled leader Chris Paul, scoring 19 points in Game 2, and 15 in Game 3 (with 11 in the fourth quarter).Sacramento Kings

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For good measure, Wendell Carter Jr. fouled Mike Muscala on a 3-point attempt, continuing a season-long trend.

The Clippers pushed their lead to 79-51 with 4:42 left in the third, as they took home-court advantage and all the momentum in this series back with them to Southern California.

Dallas will only go as far as Doncic can take them in this best-of-seven series vs. the Clippers.Phoenix Suns

Giannis Antetokounmpo, like Butler, secured a triple-double with 20 points (on 8-of-18 shooting from the field), 15 assists and 12 rebounds. Center Brook Lopez led the team with 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field).Memphis Grizzlies

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You tired of screaming at your TV set on an umpire’s missed pitch in the strike zone? Have no fear, robo-umps are coming too with an automated strike zone.Baltimore Orioles Face Coverings

There’s an obvious culprit: A 2020 season that saw players ramp up during spring training in February or March, then return home for four months as the COVID-19 pandemic interceded, followed by an abbreviated “summer camp” in July and then a 60-game season.Kansas City Royals Face Coverings

Luis Rojas said that he hopes to get Lugo "in there" tonight at some point and will monitor how long he'll be in there if it comes to that.

The rest of Ross’ now daily injury update was positive. Second baseman Nico Hoerner (strained left hamstring) rode the stationary bike Saturday, which Ross called “a good sign.” Reliever Justin Steele (strained right hamstring) is also improving.Minnesota Twins Face Coverings

With vaccinations being administered across the country and cases of COVID-19 continuing to fall, stadiums are letting more and more folks in. It’s another step in life returning back to normal. What’s better than grabbing a hot dog and a cold beverage at Wrigley Field or Guaranteed Rate Field in June, July or August? It’s truly hard to beat.

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Doolittle: The Rays will top the league with 96 wins. Everyone else has injuries or roster holes to steer around, while Tampa Bay is already humming along with all sorts of replacement parts at the ready if any one cog breaks down.MLB Face Coverings Online Sale

The day before facing the Red Sox for the first time since Cora’s suspension for his involvement in the Astros’ 2017 misdeeds, I asked Boone if he was glad to see Cora back in the game.

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However, it’s still a big blow to the Yanks considering what Kluber was able to accomplish recently. He had the no-hitter in Texas against the Rangers, but this shoulder issue came about in his next start.New York Mets Face Coverings
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He scored 15 runs in the postseason. He made game-saving catch after game-saving catch. He smacked home runs in the first and last of the Dodgers’ wins over the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series.Milwaukee Brewers Face Coverings

Eight-year-old stands at the plate One base hit'll win the game Swings that bat with all his might He's still grinnin' when mom and dad tuck him in that night You only get so many in this life When it feels like everything you do goes right And years from now you can still look back and say That right there ... was a good day

That's right, the full list of players to hit 10 home runs and strike out 50 players incudes Shohei Ohtani (2018) and Shohei Ohtani (2021).

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It took 134 pitches -- a relatively obscene number in the age of pitch counts for a pitcher coming back from a serious shoulder injury.Chicago White Sox Face Coverings

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And while deGrom didn't achieve history on Monday, what he is doing so far this season has been otherworldly.

OK, it’s not technically a sports bar, but in the words of FanSided‘s Editorial Director, “it’s drunk pizza.” We’re tossing it in here as it’s one of our favorite pre- or postgame pitstops. Dimo’s is open late, affordable and has a crazy creative take on ‘za, not to mention it serves cold beer. Essentially, it’s everything you need on game day. Plus, we love the triple-bottom-line ethos that underpins Dimo’s Manifesto. 10/10 would recommend.Los Angeles Angels Face Coverings
The Los Angeles Lakers claimed a 2-1 series lead on Thursday night after defeating the Phoenix Suns in Game 3, with a lead that blossomed to 21 in the fourth quarter.Sacramento Kings

George was whistled for his fourth foul, with 6:32 remaining in the third quarter, which forced him out of the game.Cleveland Cavaliers

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Emotions are always high during the NBA Playoffs, but the tension between the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks is palpable at this stage. We’ve already seen a Knicks fan spit on Trae Young, him taunt them after a game-winner in Game 1, New Yorkers celebrating outside MSG like they’d won the Finals in Game 2 and Hawks fans ruthlessly chanting “overrated” at Julius Randle in Game 3. It’s a series full of swagger and obnoxiousness, to say the least.Memphis Grizzlies

On Friday, Celtics forward Jaylen Brown took his opportunity to address that ongoing conversation. Although he’s only 24 years old, Brown’s perspective that he shared with the media proved to be wise well beyond his years:Indiana Pacers
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"I think he took great pride in not scoring, it was really bizarre," Kerr said. "I mean when we were in Chicago together, he would have games where he would get an offensive board and literally have a layup and he would just throw it back out, I think hoping that we would miss another shot so he could get another one."

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''His mindset is great,'' Lue said. ''I thought he did a great job on Luka getting up the floor, trying to deny him the basketball, pressure him a bit. Nico starting allowed us to do more defensively, switch more.''

The more impressive thing is, they are recognizing things quicker as a unit. In Game 1, it was Harris and Embiid, in Game 2 it was Embiid and Simmons, and in Game 3, it was everybody as all five starters scored in double figures.
“His advice and counsel and presence has been valuable for us in a lot of ways,” Belichick said. “So yeah, I’m extremely glad that he’s here and appreciate the contributions that he gives us on a daily basis.”NFL Atlanta Falcons Team Face Coverings

The window opens, as a practical matter, for a Julio Jones trade on Wednesday, June 2. The biggest questions are the trade compensation the Falcons will receive, and whether and to what extent Atlanta will have to pay any of Jones’ $15.3 million base salary for 2021 in order to get a deal done.

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After spending his first 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions, Stafford was acquired by the Rams in January. The move cost McVay and the Rams two first-round picks and former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff.

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Then Kevin Stefanski was hired as the head coach and Andrew Berry was hired to run the front office. The team then brought in Bill Callahan, considered by many to be the best offensive line coach in the NFL, to help fix the weakness found in front of Baker Mayfield.NFL Tennessee Titans Team Face Coverings

Davis slowed some of the league’s top receivers and made a few big plays in critical situations. He was on the field for 92% of the team’s defensive snaps, logging 64 tackles, 14 passes defensed and three interceptions, all of which were personal bests.

“The only record I have my eyes set on breaking, which would be new this year, would be going 20-0,” Mahomes said, via “It’s not really a record to be broken I guess you would say—19-0 is the record right now—so being able to go 20-0 and being the first one to do that, that would be awesome.”NFL Indianapolis Colts Team Face Coverings
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By the time he got healthy, the team had acquired Markus Golden in a trade and Golden took his spot in the starting lineup.NFL Tennessee Titans Team Face Coverings

“Now, if Fields is just undeniable over the next three to four months in training camp, they’re not going to just sit him just for fun or posterity just to play the veteran. So they’re going to give him the best chance, but they’re OK sitting Fields if Dalton has a good grasp on the job and they feel like they can win with him. So, they believe they’re going to be better regardless. It just depends on whether Fields is ready Week 1.”NFL Detroit Lions Team Face Coverings

Although Wilson is technically a cross-town rival, Jones still wishes him well and believes he has enough talent to succeed at the NFL level.NFL Baltimore Ravens Team Face Coverings

Team jerseys are a staple of fan attire on game day as fans look to represent not just their favorite teams, but their favorite players, too. And given the attention paid to jersey sales (and the volume of said sales), it would appear as though many fans are destined to secure at least one jersey along the way of being a sports fan.

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Moses will be visiting the Bears on Wednesday. If the seven-year NFL veteran out of Virginia ends up signing with Chicago, the Bears will have effectively swapped offensive tackles with the Washington Football Team, as Leno signed with them recently.

Don’t be surprised if Jones is dealt to the Patriots in the next few weeks, as they are the favorite.

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Severino, who suffered his injury during spring training last season, hasn't pitched in a big league game in well over a year. With Corey Kluber out now for a couple months at least, Severino returning ahead of schedule -- he was supposed to be around the summer time -- would be huge for the pinstripes

Philadelphia Phillies standout Rhys Hoskins was mic’d up for Wednesday’s win over the Marlins and fans will absolutely love it. New York Mets Face Coverings

La Russa said Thursday the club will be careful with Eaton, echoing those comments Saturday. The White Sox want to get him as much rest as they can to get him closer to full strength.Pittsburgh Pirates Face Coverings

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The Tigers, now 20-31, trailed 2-1 to the Yankees in extra innings, with Eric Haase standing on third base. There were two outs, and the count was full. Grossman punished a fastball from Justin Wilson to left field, dropped his bat and took in the moment before he jogged around the bases.Los Angeles Angels Face Coverings

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With his improved hip, the torque in Posey’s swing and the missing power has returned.Colorado Rockies Face Coverings

While the Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a disappointing 5-4 loss at the hands of the San Francisco Giants on Sunday afternoon, it wasn’t all bad news for the club. Albert Pujols was able to put a smile on fan’s faces who made their way to the stadium.

The Cubs recalled right-hander Kohl Stewart from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move, and he will start Chicago's game on Monday against the San Diego Padres.
"I think he took great pride in not scoring, it was really bizarre," Kerr said. "I mean when we were in Chicago together, he would have games where he would get an offensive board and literally have a layup and he would just throw it back out, I think hoping that we would miss another shot so he could get another one."

Griffin's manager, Taylor Griffin, told ESPN that his brother had always targeted March in his return from a second arthroscopic knee surgery to fix a torn meniscus, which hampered him in Detroit's run to its first playoff appearance in three years during the 2019 season.Atlanta Hawks

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Russell Westbrook didn't practice the day before Game 3, was listed questionable by the Wizards and was announced as a game-time decision by his head coach. Yet all along, Bradley Beal had no doubt he would play in Game 3 on Saturday night despite the fact he was dealing with a right ankle sprain.Memphis Grizzlies

Lue wanted to see leadership. Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and Paul George 29 behind metronomic consistency on offense, drilling shot after shot to counter the step-back jumpers by Doncic that gave him 44 points and made the crowd, at times, delirious. Lue called his top scorers “phenomenal.”

The Mavs are still up 2-1 in the series and could put the Clippers in a bind with a Game 4 win at home. But in Game 3, when they had a chance to deliver a potentially fatal blow, Porzingis and most of the other role players failed to step up.San Antonio Spurs
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The group of five will not include Ja's mother, Jamie, according to Tee Morant. She will watch the game at the family's home near Memphis. The Grizzlies trail the series 3-1.Detroit Pistons

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Brad Stevens is Boston's new president of basketball operations while Danny Ainge is retiring from the same role, the team announced Wednesday.
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It is always a treat to target against Flexen because he lacks any semblance of strikeout upside. In his last four starts spanning 20.2 innings, he has only nine punchouts. While he has allowed just three home runs and four walks in these games, he pitches to contact, which has still resulted in 1.55 baserunners per inning and a 5.66 ERA. Keep in mind that he was so bad that the Mets outright released him in 2019, which technically was his best year in The Show: 6.59 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP in 13.2 innings. While he did earn his way back to the majors after pitching for the KBO last season, it is hard to think he will be with the team after the All-Star Break.
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Despite a rough week in Houston and an offense that has slumped of late, the Red Sox are probably here to stay. Even Yankees people will privately admit it.New York Mets Face Coverings

"(The Yankees are) going to have an all right-handed lineup today," Hinch said. "They'll have some left-handed bench guys, so I can see our right-handed bullpen being heavily used again today, which leads me to the probable left-handed starter for tomorrow.Pittsburgh Pirates Face Coverings

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger hit a first-inning grand slam against the Cardinals to announce his true return to pre-injury form.

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It didn't quite work out that way. After growing up in Vienna, Virginia, about a half-hour outside of Washington, D.C., Galentine played baseball at Winthrop University as a freshman, transferred to George Mason and then followed his wanderlust to Nashville. One day, while at the apartment of a sound engineer working on a song, Galentine met his roommate, a pretty girl who was homesick and dressed in Cat in the Hat pajamas. He was smitten nonetheless.Detroit Tigers Face Coverings