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Why the Red Sox parted ways with Hanley Ramirez

The Sox will still owe Ramirez about $15 million for the rest of the season, but with the highest payroll in baseball, they can afford mistakes.

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Juiced baseballs, starting relievers and MLB's next big thing

Now that we know baseballs are flying higher than ever, is there a fix? Also, what to make of bullpenning, and get ready for the best series of 2018.

Friday's Top Moments

Betts' long ball pads Boston's lead

Mookie Betts launches his 17th home run of the season out to left field to extend Boston's lead in the seventh inning.

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Torres homers for the fourth straight game

Gleyber Torres becomes the youngest player ever to homer in four straight games, putting the Yankees' up 2-1.

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Castellanos the hero in Tigers' win

Jose Abreu isn't able to field the ball as Nicholas Castellanos takes off for the go-ahead run on Jeimer Candelario's single to shallow right.

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Judge's arm is on fire in Friday's win

Aaron Judge's throw to home plate is on the money to gun down Kole Calhoun. He follows it up with a laser to rob Masrtin Maldonado of a double.

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Fort Worth Invitational

Western Conference Finals

Rockets lead, 3-2

Will Harden's Rockets beat Warriors without Chris Paul?

With Chris Paul out, the Rockets will have to rely even more on James Harden. But will it be enough?

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Paul injured after awkward landing

Paul left the Rockets a man down on defense when he suffered an injury in Game 5.

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Lowe: Trevor Ariza is easy to miss. He shouldn't be.

The Rockets forward has mastered a role he was never sure he wanted, the overlooked cog in Houston's scoring-and-switching machine.

Stanley Cup Final

Game 1: 8 p.m. ET, Monday

Capitals rally vs. Lightning; Golden Knights' improbable journey continues

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Capitals-Golden Knights tale of the tape: Full breakdown and picks

Which team has the superior first line? The better power play? Who has been blessed by the hockey gods? We debate eight categories and make picks.

Experts' predictions: Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe picks

Our experts -- including Barry Melrose, John Buccigross, Linda Cohn and Steve Levy -- forecast who will win the Cup and MVP honors.

NFL

Hill: NFL shows who and what it values with new anthem policy

The league created a new controversy, more animosity and negative headlines just to appease the wrong sensibilities.

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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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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.