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A generation of fans will see this Game 7 victory as LeBron validation

Love him or hate him, LeBron James' performance against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals deserves to be recognized and revered.

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LeBron says 'it's a treat' to lead Cavs to Finals

LeBron James shares how the Cavaliers came together after the trade deadline to make the NBA Finals for the 4th consecutive season.

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Smart: It'd be 'huge' to return to this Celtics team

Marcus Smart is proud of how this Celtics team fought all season and has his mind focusing on the loss to the Cavaliers and his family.

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Green overwhelmed with emotion

Jeff Green says he can't put it into words how good it feels to finally reach the NBA Finals after 10 years in the league.

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Lue on LeBron: 'He's the best player in the world'

As LeBron James lies on the floor behind him, Ty Lue praises the Cavs' star, saying "you want the best player in the world on your side."

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Tatum on dunk on LeBron: 'Had to get him back'

Jayson Tatum reacts to his posterizing dunk on LeBron James and reflects on the moment he shared with James after the game.

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Tatum says Celtics left it all on the floor

Jayson Tatum explains why the Celtics have nothing to hang their heads about after falling in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Stephen A.: 'Some luck' was involved with Cavs' run

Stephen A. Smith breaks down the opponents the Cavaliers faced in the playoffs and praises LeBron James' ability to overcome adversity.

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Celtics fall short, but know they are legitimate contenders

The Boston Celtics overcame the challenges of youth and injury to nearly make it to the NBA Finals. Just don't expect them to accept condolences.

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A Kyrie extension, untouchable players and more Celtics moves

Can Boston lock up Kyrie Irving long term? How valuable are Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum?

French Open

Day 2: No reason to think Nadal or Sharapova will struggle, right?

Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova open up their French Open campaigns Monday, and both should sail -- at least on paper.

An unhappy 'first' for Venus this season

If her opening-round loss at the Australian Open wasn't painful enough, Venus Williams fell in her first match in Paris. It's not the way she expected things to go.

French Open Day 2

MLB

Olney: Hot commodities in the relief pitching market

Could Kelvin Herrera be the key player on the move? Not every contender will chase stars, but all of them will be looking for help in the bullpen.

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Aggressive Tanaka throws off Ohtani, Trout

Masahiro Tanaka and Shohei Ohtani squared off in a much-anticipated meeting Sunday, with the Yankees righty passing the test and then some.

Sandoval hustles for RBI infield single

Pablo Sandoval hits a slow grounder to short and hustles to beat Addison Russell's throw to first, allowing a run to score.

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Indians walk off on Allen's homer in 14th

Greg Allen puts an end to the game in the 14th inning as he slugs a solo homer to complete Cleveland's 10-9 comeback win over Houston.

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Harper crushes his NL-leading 16th homer

Bryce Harper destroys a Jarlin Garcia fastball over the right-field fence for his 16th home run, best in the NL.

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Albies makes terrific leaping grab

Ozzie Albies leaps to rob Xander Bogaerts of a potential extra base hit.

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Tanaka strikes out Ohtani twice

Masahiro Tanaka fans Shohei Ohtani twice with off-speed pitches.

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Indianapolis 500

Will Power's Indy 500 victory completes epic IndyCar resume

Power had everything an IndyCar driver could want except for an Indy 500 win, which is why he drank the celebratory milk with vigor on Sunday.

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Danica crashes out of Indy 500, her final race

Danica Patrick's race ended when she lost control of her car and hit the outside wall in Turn 2.

Stefan Wilson's Indy 500 story comes up a few laps short

Stefan Wilson's inspiring story almost led to an improbable Indianapolis 500 finish on Sunday, but he had to make one last pit stop.

Western Conference Final

Game 7: 9 p.m. ET, Monday

How the Warriors unleashed Klay Thompson

It's easy enough to say that the Warriors simply shot better in Game 6, but there was a bit more to it than just that.

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Stephen A. marvels at Warriors' 3-point attack

Stephen A. Smith calls the Warriors' performance in Game 6 "an aerial assault the likes we have not seen in quite a while."

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Jemele Hill on NFL anthem policy

Korver thriving after tragedy

World Fame 100

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  • World Fame 2018

    To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries. ESPN's Sports Analytics Group then ranked them based on a proprietary formula that took into account three fame factors.

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.