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'Man, can I ever get you out?': Inside Albert Pujols' path to 3,000 hits

As he closes in on one of baseball's most sacred career milestones, The Machine and those around him reflect on the journey Pujols has traveled to get there.

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Real or not: Is 15-2 just the beginning of what these Red Sox can do?

Other teams have sizzled in the first month and fizzled later, but banged-up Boston's start already makes it an easy favorite in the AL East.

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NBA Playoffs

Lowe: The chessmaster play that NBA playoff teams love to run

Little things matter in the postseason, and one sweet set has rippled across three playoff series -- with perhaps even more to come.

ESPN Forecast: New playoff predictions for Round 1

Who are the new favorites in the NBA playoffs? Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts the outcome of all eight Round 1 series after two games.

Ranking the must-see NBA playoff series this round

We're two games into every Round 1 matchup. Which series will be the most entertaining the rest of the way? Here's our 1-8 rankings.

The Breakfast Club: The surprisingly snakey secret to the Sixers’ success

Two years ago, the Philadelphia 76ers won 10 games. Now they're a 52-win 3-seed, with two possible future MVPs, each under the age of 24. This is the inside story of the talk therapy that helped make it all happen.

The real playoffs began when the Heat threw the first punch

Bullied by Miami in Game 2, Sixers enter Game 3 needing to fight back.

Embiid still doubtful for Game 3.

Brett Brown explains how he is working in tandem with Joel Embiid and the 76ers medical staff to determine when Embiid will be cleared to play.

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Thursday's featured E+ games

NFL Draft

Lamar Jackson could change the NFL - if he gets the chance

The Heisman winner's future in the league won't just depend on whether he's ready, it'll depend on whether the NFL is.

Ranking best NFL fits for Lamar Jackson

The 2016 Heisman winner has rare athleticism. Which team could get the most out of the QB's skill set?

New episode: Follow five NFL hopefuls as they prepare for the upcoming draft.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs

Highlights and analysis on ESPN+ of Sidney Crosby's historic night.

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Roundtable: Trouble signs for Predators, Lightning and Blue Jackets

Even series leaders have issues. Nashville has been leaky defensively, Tampa Bay is taking too many penalties and three OT games have overtaxed Columbus' young guns.

Matthews, Marner living to answer Leafs' prayers

This postseason, the Leafs' young stars have each other, and that's a lot. But is it enough to orchestrate a comeback against the Bruins?

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Donovan Mitchell

Rookie coming up big in playoffs

Jalen apologizes to Mitchell with ROY socks.

Jalen Rose shows support to Donovan Mitchell after choosing Ben Simmons as his Rookie of the Year.

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How did Donovan Mitchell turn into Utah's go-to scorer? Check the tape

Take an exclusive look inside the film room with Donovan Mitchell and Jazz coach Quin Snyder as the duo breaks down the Rookie of the Year contender's rapid rise.

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Proposing wild NFL draft trades

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  • Barnwell's 2018 All-Trades Mock Draft

    Picture Odell Beckham Jr. or Le'Veon Bell in a Patriots uniform. Yeah, Bill Barnwell is getting weird with trades at every first-round slot.