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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."

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Stephen A.: LeBron 'wasn't himself' in Game 5

Stephen A. Smith says LeBron James looked gassed in Cleveland's Game 5 loss to Boston.

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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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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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Young Celtics outlasted Cavs in Game 5

LeBron James and Cleveland looked gassed as a younger Boston team took a 3-2 series lead.

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

No Washington big four 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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Graziano: Bungled anthem policy shows NFL has much to learn from NBA

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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Which set of attacking forces will win the Champions League?

Real Madrid vs. Liverpool will be a tale of two strike trios as the "BBC" goes up against Salah, Firmino and Mane. It's a study in contrasts.

Liverpool depart for Kiev

Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team departed John Lennon airport as they head to Kiev for the Champions League Final.

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"If Klopp doesn't win we should sack him" Taxi Talk

We speak to Liverpool and Madrid taxi drivers about the Champions League final, Salah vs Ronaldo and score predictions.

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Salah: I aim to be consistent like Messi and Ronaldo

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah is looking forward to facing Cristiano Ronaldo in the UEFA Champions League final with Real Madrid on Saturday.

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Cafu delivers Champions League trophy to Kiev

2007 Uefa Champions League winner Cafu has paraded the trophy in Kiev ahead of the final on Saturday.

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Man Utd fan McIlroy admits he wants Liverpool to win Champions League

Irish golf star and Manchester United fan Rory McIlroy hopes arch rivals Liverpool will win the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday.

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Wijnaldum: Salah can match Messi and Ronaldo

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum insists Mo Salah must replicate his form for many years to be mentioned with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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Assessing the best combined XI for Liverpool, Real Madrid

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson reveals his best XI comprised of both Liverpool and Real Madrid players.

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Inside Real Madrid's UCL final preparations

As Real Madrid prepare for Kiev we go behind the scenes at the Bernabeu as Ronaldo grabs a lift to training, Zidane speaks about Liverpool and Kroos talks Klopp.

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Del Bosque: Real superior to Liverpool

Former Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque has claimed that no Liverpool player would get in the current Real Madrid side.

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Ronaldo: Liverpool remind me of Real

Cristiano Ronaldo says Liverpool remind him of Real Madrid from a couple of years ago.

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Will the UCL final be a thriller or a stalemate?

Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson examine the styles of Real Madrid and Liverpool and how they combine to set up a potentially thrilling UCL final.

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Zidane: If you criticise Ronaldo, be careful

Zinedine Zidane issues a warning to any doubters who are writing off Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the Champions League final.

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UCL Signwriters: Proofread your banners

The Exploding Heads receive all type of Liverpool banner requests ahead of the Champions League final including the good, bad and absolutely dreadful.

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Inside Liverpool's Champions League final preparations

As Liverpool head to Kiev, a look behind the scenes at Anfield as Salah meets Lampard, van Djik nutmegs Lovren and ESPN meets Wijnaldum.

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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.

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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.