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Why Steph Curry and Kevin Durant haven't clicked -- yet

It was supposed to be a match made in basketball heaven, but fitting the 2014 Maurice Podoloff Trophy winner next to the two-time reigning MVP hasn't gone as smoothly as the Warriors dreamed.

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Kreider fined $5K for hitting Eakin with helmet

Rangers forward Chris Kreider was fined $5,000 for hitting Stars center Cody Eakin in the head with a helmet. The NHL said that's the maximum penalty under the collective bargaining agreement.

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Wednesday night is a star-studded affair in the NBA (1:34)
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Belichick draws laughs about his excitement for AFC title game (0:19)
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Chandler throws down epic posterizer in win (0:22)
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Stephen A. predicts Melo will be traded by the summer (1:17)
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Kurkjian believes Clemens and Bonds will eventually make HOF (0:48)
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Rider-Siena scuffle leads to invisible handshakes (0:41)
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Kimmel welcomes Rivers, Bosa to Los Angeles (2:05)
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LaVine elevates for a big jam in loss (0:20)
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Wild's Spurgeon scores goal-of-the-year contender in loss (0:23)
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Greeny outraged by Edsall pulling scholarship (2:12)
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Marshawn Lynch does wheelies, dodges bus on bike (0:20)
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The science behind the Greek Freak's skills (2:05)

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Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of NFC and AFC Championship Games (as of 2 p.m. ET Wednesday): Atlanta has been steadily increased to a 4.5-point home favorite despite Green Bay getting most of the public support (offshore books as well as the South Point and William Hill books in Vegas have even gone to -5). The over/under has also risen to 61 points. New England has been bet up to a 6-point home favorite over Pittsburgh (the only Vegas books holding the line at -5.5 are the Wynn and Treasure Island).. The over/under is still mostly 51 in Vegas (the Wynn and Treasure Island are again the lone exceptions at 50.5).

NFL 

ESPN Stats and Information  

Among all retired pitchers in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) to log at least 1,000 career innings, Mariano Rivera (1.00) and Pedro Martínez (1.05) are the only ones with a lower WHIP than Trevor Hoffman (1.06).

MLB 

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Chris Paul underwent surgery on his left thumb Wednesday morning, according to the team. Timetable of six-to-eight weeks remains the same.

NBA 

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Now Warriors say Klay Thompson might play tonight. He just called general manager Bob Myers with an update

ESPN Stats and Information  

Vladimir Guerrero is 1 of 9 players in MLB history with at least 1,000 at-bats, a .315 batting average and a .550 slugging percentage. Of the other 8 players, seven are in the Hall of Fame and the other is Miguel Cabrera.

MLB 

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Klay Thompson will NOT play tonight vs OKC. Personal matter, per Warriors.

Mark Ogden Senior Football Writer 

Plymouth welcome Liverpool to Home Park with a local delicacy. A pasty...!

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Key points of note from Patriots practice: 1) It was held in full pads and in the rain, which means it's a day that the Patriots will focus on the running game and ball security in adverse conditions; 2) Rookie WR Malcolm Mitchell, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, said his plan was to be a full participant for the first time in three weeks; 3) WR Chris Hogan, who described his thigh injury as minor, was present and appeared to be moving well; 4) Every player on the roster was present.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Getting ready for the Los Angeles Chargers kickoff event in Inglewood.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is Ben Roethlisberger's full response to Julian Edelman comment about the Facebook Live incident being 'how that team is run.'

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Kevin Garnett working with 2016 Clippers first round pick Brice Johnson.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Mack talks about the Falcons' offense going into the NFC Championship game.

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn did not talk any specifics about Kyle Shanahan's situation with the 49ers. Said it is San Francisco's thing, not Atlanta's.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan said the one constant in the Packers' banged up secondary is Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. "He's played really well. It's the one thing that jumps out when you watch them play."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan on Aaron Rodgers' red-hot play since the first Falcons-Packers game: "That's been him for a long time."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons C Alex Mack said he doesn't normally do packed press conferences and joked that he was making a point not to turn around and look at the NFC Championship banner. But other than that he said it has been business as usual this week in the practice routine and everyone's mental approach. "It is still just football," Mack said.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Is there a difference in locker-room culture between Steelers and Patriots? "Next question," answers RB LeGarrette Blount.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Plugging Seth Curry into a small starting lineup has helped spark the Mavs' season-best three-game win streak. Curry has averaged 12.3 points in 28.3 minutes per game, shooting 54.2 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from 3-point range. That lineup, featuring Dirk Nowitzki at center with a three-guard look, has lit it up over the last three games. That five has scored 94 points in 37 minutes, shooting 54.7 percent from the floor and a sizzling 62.5 percent from 3-point range.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn on Jared Cook's impact on the Packers: "He's a factor. His length, he's a huge target and they can split him outside like a receiver."

ESPN Stats and Information  

The remaining starting quarterbacks in the playoffs have combined to win seven Super Bowls (Tom Brady - 4, Ben Roethlisberger - 2, Aaron Rodgers - 1), the most on any Championship weekend since the 1970 Merger.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

The Division I Council meeting is over. The council approved everything -- it will vote in April -- recommended by the Football Oversight Committee, including April-June early visits. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said a June early signing period is off the table and that he expects the December window to meet approval from the conference commissioners. Bowlsby remains hopeful to later find another early signing window to supplement or replace December.

NCAAF 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

LeGarrette Blount says "It's more about us" when asked about facing his former team, the Steelers.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

The NCAA Division I Council has officially altered the football recruiting proposal, removing June signing period consideration and indicating it supports only a mid-December early signing window. The Collegiate Commissioners Association actually votes on when recruits can sign national letters of intent and it is expected to vote later this summer.

NCAAF 

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QB Tom Brady says of Ben Roethlisberger hanging Brady's jersey in his office: "Respect is very mutual."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The buzz is palpable in the Pittsburgh Steelers facility. The team is brimming with confidence after nine straight wins. A key against the New England Patriots, and many players acknowledge this, is finishing drives on offense. "I don't expect to go 0-for-7," said coach Mike Tomlin about his offense failing to score a touchdown after seven trips to the Kansas City Chiefs' 25-yard line or closer.