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Follow live: Warriors, Rockets battle for series lead

Golden State found its offense in the second quarter despite early turnovers, while Houston holds the home-court edge.

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Rockets owner and Travis Scott honor Santa Fe seniors

The Rockets invite Santa Fe seniors and first responders to Game 5. Owner Tilman Fertitta and rapper Travis Scott honor them before the game.

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Thursday Home Runs

Trout hits solo homer

Mike Trout's 15th HR of the season comes in the fifth inning to extend Los Angeles' lead to 4-0 over Toronto.

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Marisnick mashes homer to center

Jake Marisnick crushes a three-run home run to center field to stretch the Astros' lead over the Indians.

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Mancini, Jones crush back-to-back HRs

Trey Mancini and Adam Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning that White Sox outfielders couldn't reel in.

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Smith Jr. homers in sixth

Dwight Smith Jr. lifts a solo home run out to right field as Toronto trails Los Angeles 4-1.

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Fort Worth Invitational

Featured Holes: 4 p.m. ET, Friday, ESPN+

NFL

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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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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Ogwumike sisters trade buckets

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NBA

Is Damian Lillard deserving of an All-NBA nod over Russell Westbrook?

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NBA Draft

7 pm. ET, June 21 on ESPN

Why Luka Doncic could slide in the draft

Could the Slovenian superstar slip out of the top three? Our draft experts break down the latest intel.

Is Doncic's draft stock slipping?

Zach Lowe and Stephen Jackson react to the conflicting intel in regards to Sacramento's interest in Doncic.

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Capitals headed to Cup final

NHL

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: '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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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.

Tragic end, new beginning

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  • Grounds For Return

    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.