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Celtics push Cavs to the brink as Tatum, defense spark Game 5 rout

Jayson Tatum stole the show and Boston's defense stymied LeBron in the second half. Now the Celtics head back to Cleveland with a chance to end King James' Eastern Conference reign.

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LeBron displays photographic memory ... again

LeBron James perfectly describes his six turnovers after the Cavaliers fall to the Celtics in Game 5.

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Celtics defend home court

The Celtics use great defense and drain 13 3-pointers to take down the Cavs and improve to 10-0 at home in the playoffs.

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Morris, Nance get into heated altercation

Marcus Morris taunts Larry Nance Jr. after a block. Nance shoves Morris as teammates try to separate them. Morris and Nance receive technical fouls.

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Rozier feeds Horford for the alley-oop

After LeBron James misses a layup, Terry Rozier flies downcourt and lobs a pass up to Al Horford, who finishes with a two-handed dunk.

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LeBron foreshadowed Game 5 downfall

LeBron James knew turnovers would be the Cavs undoing and the Celtics took advantage, forcing 15, and putting Cleveland in a 3-2 hole.

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Lue explains Korver's limited minutes

Ty Lue says Kyle Korver didn't play more because the Celtics didn't play Korver's matchup, Semi Ojeleye.

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Brown says Celtics had their best defense of the season

Jaylen Brown explains why the Celtics' defense was a key factor in defeating the Cavaliers in Game 5.

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Tatum says Celtics played with more poise in Game 5

Jayson Tatum explains how the Celtics were able to once again protect home court in Game 5 and what Boston needs to do to win in Cleveland.

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LeBron reflective, energized by 3-2 deficit

Dave McMenamin explains LeBron James' state of mind after the Cavs' Game 5 loss to the Celtics.

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Celtics bounce back at home

Jayson Tatum scores 24 points and the Celtics force 15 turnovers as they regain momentum with a 96-83 win in Game 5.

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Pierce credits Stevens for Celtics' play

Paul Pierce says Brad Stevens has prepared the young Boston players well and says LeBron will step up with his back against the wall.

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Nance's poster attempt fail

Larry Nance Jr. tries to throw down a huge dunk over Aron Baynes, but gets called for a charge.

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Tatum converts steal into layup

Jayson Tatum picks up Kevin Love's bad pass and drives right past LeBron James for a layup.

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Ball movement leads to Smart's 3-pointer

Celtics pass the ball around a couple of times before Marcus Smart pulls up from 3-point land and drains it.

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Ovechkin scores early: Caps advance to Stanley Cup Final

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Ovechkin: 'Been waiting for this moment for a long time'

Alex Ovechkin expresses how it feels to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his career.

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Orpik takes brutal hit

Brooks Orpik is checked hard into the boards by Cedric Paquette and has to be helped off the ice. No penalty is assessed.

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NFL

Here's what the NFL anthem policy actually means

How will "show respect" be defined? Can players raise their fist? Will there be any avenue to protest without discipline? Here's what to expect.

Reid: NFL had a chance to make a statement with new anthem policy -- and it fumbled

The league could have supported its majority black workforce instead of opting for an ambiguous "solution."

Is the NFL's anthem controversy over with new policy?

The SportsNation crew believe that the NFL's changes to its national anthem policy have created other issues for the league.

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What issues surround new anthem rules?

Josina Anderson says NFL player rights are being infringed upon by not being able to express themselves freely.

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NFL anthem policy leaves a lot open to interpretation

Jason Reid joins OTL to weigh in on the NFL's new rules for the national anthem.

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Riddick: 'Owners trying to protect their bottom line'

Louis Riddick says the new anthem policy requiring players to stand or be in the locker room helps owners from alienating fans.

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Justin Verlander is better than he's ever been

At 35, the Astros ace may be on his way to a season for the ages, posting a 1.08 ERA over his first 11 starts.

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Andreoli with impressive dive in debut

In his MLB debut, John Andreoli lays out for a diving grab to rob the Athletics of extra bases.

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Harper snags line drive for diving catch

Bryce Harper extends to make a tremendous catch in right field to end the top of the fifth inning.

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Schwarber throws out Lindor at second

With Francisco Lindor heading to second with the hopes of a double, Kyle Schwarber's throw is spot on for the out.

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Torres blasts homer in third straight game

Gleyber Torres can't be stopped, becoming the youngest Yankee to homer in three straight games, and putting New York up 8-5.

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To be India's best cricketer is to live with the suffocating, infuriating, frightening trappings of fame. But for Virat Kohli, it's seductive all the same.

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To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with a list of 600. Then we ranked them based on a formula that consists of three fame factors.

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    For Chicago White Sox grounds crew member Nevest Coleman, the journey from prison to exoneration is a story of time lost, new beginnings and a murder that remains a mystery.

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    Lionel Messi only seems like the least interesting man in the world. Listen closely and his silence speaks louder than most athletes' shouts.