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BOSTON - APRIL 15: The injured are helped at the scene of the first explosion on Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
  • Adam Silver doesn't love the 1+1 deals signed by LeBron and Durant

    One of the weirdest things about Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors is that he’s not committed to his new club past the 2016-17 season. Durant signed a two-year deal with Golden State that includes a player option on the second season, and no one believes he’ll actually accept it. LeBron James has signed similar deals with the Cleveland Cavaliers in each of the past two offseasons, and he figures to do the same thing in upcoming weeks in advance of getting his own record-shattering contract next summer.

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  • MLB Trade Deadline Digest: Dodgers eyeing blockbuster three-team deal

    The Stew’s Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on Aug. 1. If you missed any of Thursday’s action, we’re here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits. POTENTIAL

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  • Carmelo Anthony predicts Knicks-Bulls on Christmas or opening night

    Carmelo Anthony said the Knicks should have gotten a Christmas game last year. In hindsight, the NBA reportedly agreed. So, Anthony expects New York to get a marquee matchup — against the Bulls — on either Christmas or opening night. Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal: The storylines are overflowing. The Knicks added Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah — two former Bulls — to join Anthony, who strongly considered Chicago in his last free agency. The Bulls answered with a couple big names: Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. They’ll join Jimmy Butler, whose stature is only growing — just like Kristaps Porzingis in New York. Those are plenty of attention-drawing players, and the league will want to capitalize,

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  • Paul Menard to honor Al Unser Jr. with Darlington paint scheme

    Valvoline and Menards, co-primary sponsors on Paul Menard’s No. 27 Chevrolet, revealed their throwback paint scheme on Thursday for the September 4 race at Darlington Raceway. Menard will honor his hero, Al Unser Jr., with a paint scheme that will mimic the one Unser used when he made his Sprint Cup Series debut in the 1993 Daytona 500 for Rick Hendrick. It highlight’s Valvoline’s synthetic oil with black, gray, and orange colors. “I am a lifelong Unser fan, so for me, this paint scheme – and what it represents – means more than most fans might realize,” Menard said in a Valvoline release. “I’m ready to get out there and finish what he started.” After crashing in his qualifying race, Unser made

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  • Amar’e Stoudemire: ‘My heart was in two places – Phoenix and New York. I just went where I was wanted’

    Before signing with the Knicks to retire, Amar’e Stoudemire reportedly wanted to sign with the Suns this year and last. He essentially confirmed both accounts. Stoudemire, via Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic: “The last two years, we made phone calls to Phoenix but I wasn’t getting any positive response,” Stoudemire told azcentral sports on Thursday. “That would’ve been the perfect way to go out. I didn’t want to beg Phoenix. My heart was in two places – Phoenix and New York. I just went where I was wanted.” According to the report, Stoudemire wanted to play for Phoenix next season — not just retire as a Sun. If that’s the case, I see why the team passed. The Suns have 15 players (the regular-season

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  • Fowler, Thomas, Smylie rooming, living it up at PGA

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – It appears SB2K16 is the vacation that never ends. Three months after Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas Smylie Kaufman and Jordan Spieth took the Bahamas vacation heard 'round the golf world, the group remains (almost) inseparable, especially on the road. Their latest adventure comes at the year's final major, where Fowler, Thomas and Kaufman are rooming together and continuing to have the time of their lives.

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  • Cruz is a full-go as Giants practice for the first time

    Giants receiver Victor Cruz is back a lot sooner than anyone expected.

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  • Former gold-medalist gymnast says a subtle move in a routine by Simone Biles proved why she's so 'untouchable'

    19-year-old US gymnast Simone Biles is expected to be one of the breakout stars in Rio in her first Olympics this year. On Thursday, former gold-medal gymnast Shawn Johnson went on "Sports Center" to talk about Biles and her chances in Rio. During the interview, Johnson pointed to a subtle, funny move Biles pulled during her routine in June's P&G Championships as proof that Biles is incredibly gifted. During one of her turns, Biles winked at the sidelines — it was later revealed that she was winking at Johnson. "I was taken back by that wink, because I remember in my floor routines, I didn't even know — I probably couldn't have told you my name in the middle of it, let alone thought to look at

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  • Huge If True: Will Canucks take on Evander Kane?

    Last week in this space, we discussed whether the Vancouver Canucks would be able to trade for a scoring winger. At the time, though, the idea that Evander Kane would be the target was a little farfetched. Kane was arrested late last week for allegedly harassing three women, and potentially choking and pulling the hair of one of them.

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  • The staffer Blake Griffin punched no longer works for the Clippers

    Blake Griffin stands on the court as Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi (left) stands behind the bench during a Feb. 18, 2016, game. Matias Testi, the assistant equipment manager on whose face Blake Griffin broke his right hand back in January, is no longer employed by the Los Angeles Clippers. TMZ had the story first on Wednesday, and it was subsequently confirmed by a number of sources, including ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

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  • Cubs fan will donate to domestic-violence charity for each Aroldis Chapman save

    The acquisition of bazooka-armed reliever Aroldis Chapman wasn’t exactly greeted with glee by Chicago Cubs fans because of the pitcher’s offseason domestic violence incident. While Cubs fans are desperate for their team to finally end its 108-year-old streak without a World Series title, some aren’t desperate enough that they feel comfortable adding a player to the roster who was accused of domestic violence before prosecutors ultimately decided not to file charges. Lifelong Cubs fan Caitlin Swieca decided to do something positive to help herself cope with the disappointment she felt in her beloved team.

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  • Steve Spurrier joins Florida athletics as ambassador and consultant

    Steve Spurrier is headed back to Gainesville. The Head Ball Coach stepped down as South Carolina’s head coach after a rough start last year and now will return to his old stomping grounds, the University of Florida, to serve as an “ambassador and consultant” to the UF athletic department. Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley announced the news Friday morning.

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  • Rosberg doubles up in second Friday practice for German GP

    Nico Rosberg made it two-for-two in practice for the German Grand Prix by topping the timesheets at Hockenheim for Mercedes on Friday afternoon. 2014 winner Rosberg topped the opening practice session on Friday morning at Hockenheim before underpinning Mercedes’ impressive pace by leading FP2, beating teammate Lewis Hamilton once again. Rosberg posted a fastest lap time of 1:15.614 to beat Hamilton by almost four-tenths of a second on the super-soft tire, sending out a firm warning to his title rival ahead of qualifying on Saturday. Hamilton had a scare after coming across Daniel Ricciardo while exiting the pits late on, but escaped unscathed, although not without telling his team and FIA race director Charlie Whiting over the radio that he felt the Red Bull driver had got too close for comfort.

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  • Giants turn a 5-4-3 double play

    Conor Gillaspie handles a Ryan Zimmerman ground ball at third then throws it to Eduardo Nunez who completes the 5-4-3 double play

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  • Mane to Liverpool could be best under-the-radar Premier League signing

    Fans who turned out at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday hoping to see Liverpool parading its stars against Premier League rivals Chelsea in the two sides’ International Champions Cup clash may have been somewhat disappointed. What fans got from Liverpool instead could be a glimpse of the future. For while Chelsea manager Antonio Conte fielded something akin to a Premier League starting XI, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp opted to debut a number of his new signings.

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  • Chobra given run of League of Legends at IEM events, more teams, regions, and matches this season

    In an interview with Yahoo Esports earlier this week, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL Michal “Carmac” Blicharz provided new details about League of Legends in the upcoming Intel Extreme Masters circuit. “It’s definitely going to be a more high value product for the League of Legends fans,” he said. Cho, who has previous experience hosting the broadcasts, is much more likely to “yelling at his TD in the production room” at this season’s shows.

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  • Kings GM Vlade Divac on Rudy Gay: 'He has my number.'

    Rudy Gay eyes his options. Players like Sacramento’s Rudy Gay, who recently revealed that (like the rest of us) he has “no idea” what is going on with the Kings’ personnel plans moving forward. Kings general manager Vlade Divac, however, doesn’t appear to be concerned with Gay’s frustrations.

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  • Latest on Bruce: Mets have interest, Reds scouting prospects

    2:45 pm: The Reds have been scouting Mets C Kevin Plawecki, who is currently playing for Triple-A Las Vegas, according to Kristie Ackert of the Daily News. 2:35 pm: The Mets have reached out to the Reds about trading for OF Jay Bruce, reports Buster Olney of ESPN. The Mariners, Indians, Rangers, Dodgers, and Blue Jays have all reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Bruce this season. However, "Clubs inquire about certain players, but they never want to trade you anything," Reds president Walt Jocketty recently told the Cincinnati Enquirer, when asked about interest in Bruce. "So, what's the point? You wouldn't believe some of the stuff." The Mets nearly acquired Bruce from the Reds in exchange

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  • Doc Rivers: If Paul Pierce retires, Clippers would let him join Celtics first

    Clippers forward Paul Pierce is mulling retirement, which would mean another franchise icon could leave the NBA this summer — Lakers great Kobe Bryant, Spurs great Tim Duncan and Celtics great Pierce. However, unlike Kobe and Duncan, Pierce left his original team. Personally, I don’t think stints with the Nets, Wizards and Clippers do much to diminish Pierce’s Boston bona fides. Everyone will remember him as a Celtic. Fifteen years and a championship in Boston will do that. But just in case you need more reason to tie Pierce to the Celtics, Clippers president/coach and Pierce’s former Boston coach Doc Rivers has a plan. Rivers, as transcribed by Jay King of MassLive: “If Paul decides to retire

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  • Miguel Sano takes frustration out on bat Bo Jackson-style

    Miguel Sano went 1-for-5 and drove in two runs Wednesday night in a loss to the Atlanta Braves. Maybe someday they will make a bobblehead doll in honor of these impressive feats of strength from Sano as they did recently for Jackson, who broke a few bats the same way in his day. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune pointed out Thursday that breaking bats over his knee is not the only thing Sano has in common with Jackson.

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  • Back in Chicago, Dwyane Wade hits stage in Lollapalooza surprise

    Dwyane Wade performs on-stage at the Bud Light Stage Moment at Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Three weeks after agreeing to terms on one of the more stunning deals of the summer, the Chicago Bulls will introduce Dwyane Wade at a Friday afternoon press conference. The All-Star shooting guard got to town a bit early, though — early enough to check out a crosstown interleague baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, and to make a special appearance at the opening of Lollapalooza, the massive music festival held each summer in Chicago’s Grant Park.

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  • Rolando McClain no-show to Cowboys' camp, team offers no details

    Perpetually troubled linebacker Rolando McClain did not show for the team charter from Dallas to Oxnard, Calif., where the team holds training camp, on Thursday, and had not showed as of Friday afternoon. The team placed both McClain and Randy Gregory on the reserve/did not report list, opening up two roster spots. Where the Cowboys knew that Gregory wouldn’t be showing – news came Monday that he was checking into a treatment facility for an unspecified problem – it appears McClain being M.I.A. is a surprise.

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  • Olympic organizers suspect 'isolated' sabotage at village

    Sabotage by unhappy workers may have caused water and gas leaks, blocked toilets and electrical faults that slowed teams from moving into the athletes' village, Rio Olympic organizers said Thursday. ''We are considering isolated cases, but we haven't seen enough to say it was an organized sabotage thing,'' Rio spokesman Mario Andrada said. South America's first games have been plagued by problems, including the Zika virus, severe water pollution, security worries and slow ticket sales.

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  • Dillon, Allmendinger see slight changes in repaved Watkins Glen

    The fresh coat of asphalt at Watkins Glen International has produced plenty of grip but only for the drivers who are willing to keep their foot planted on the floorboard. “There’s a lot of speed out there, and it’s how bad do you want to go get it?” Austin Dillon challenged during an organizational test held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Dillon and AJ Allmendinger were among the drivers for 16 Sprint Cup Series teams getting extra track time at the repaved 2.45-mile road course ahead of the Cheez-It 355 scheduled for August 7. The amount of grip around the course seemed to be what stood out the most to both as Allmendinger also noted how smooth and slick it was.

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  • Major trio produces minor results at the PGA Championship

    Or it can come very, very early, as it did with Dustin Johnson at the PGA Championship, when he double-bogeyed the third hole and kicked off a tailspin that, in one afternoon, undid all the good he’d done in majors all season long. Johnson, along with Stenson and Danny Willett, made up this year’s version of the famed major winners grouping, the trio of calendar-year winners that the PGA Championship traditionally pairs together in the first two rounds.

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