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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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Facing elimination, LeBron finds comfort in a book

Up against elimination for the second time this postseason, the three-time NBA champion told ESPN about the lessons he has learned from reading "The Alchemist."

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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Permission for optimism: The Caps take on D.C.'s pain

No Washington team has won a title since 1991. With the hockey gods seemingly on their side, can the Capitals end the streak of futility?

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Ovechkin scores early: Caps advance to Stanley Cup Final

Alex Ovechkin scores a minute into Game 7 as the Capitals top the Lightning 4-0 and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1998.

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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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Why the NFL is light-years behind the NBA on social justice front

Why can't the NFL get it right with its anthem policy and clumsy handling of players' rights? The answer has to do with sincerity and trust.

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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.

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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Happy Birthday, Bartolo!

45 things to know about Bartolo Colon on his 45th birthday

He's pitched for 11 teams over 21 seasons, winning 242 games and a Cy Young -- but there's so much more to "Big Sexy" than mere numbers.

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GIF: The evolution of Bartolo Colon

The Rangers pitcher, who turns 45 today, has changed quite a bit since breaking into the big leagues with the Indians in 1997.

Colon's HR is a part of history

In honor of Bartolo Colon's 45th birthday, take a look at the lone home run of his career compared to other monumental long balls in MLB history.

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Wozniacki's unfulfilling rise

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  • When No. 1 Isn't Enough

    Caroline Wozniacki says she's never chased fame, only tennis excellence. But her search for fulfillment? That's been a longer, tougher journey.

Tragic end, new beginning

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  • Grounds For Return

    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.