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Royals RHP Ventura, 25, killed in car crash

Yordano Ventura, the hard-throwing Royals pitcher who helped bring Kansas City a World Series title in 2015, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning. He was 25.

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11hNick Friedell

Kings' Cousins mocks 'incredible' referee call

DeMarcus Cousins has a long history of losing his cool toward officials, but the Kings' big man used a different tactic and took to sarcasm to mask his frustration after a questionable call.

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Tragic day for Dominican Republic and baseball (1:50)
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The NFL Insiders crew gets you ready for today's two championship games.

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Zverev stunned he beat Murray (1:42)
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Man arrested for pulling fire alarm at Steelers' team hotel (0:58)
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Ditka thinks Pats could be 'the best team in the history of the game' (0:49)
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Grayson Allen injures finger just before the half in win (1:38)
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Ortiz submits Sonnen in career finale

In the final bout of his 20-year career, former UFC champion Tito Ortiz made quick work of Chael Sonnen via first-round submission at Bellator 170 on Saturday.

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Daley knocks out Ward with flying knee (0:49)
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Rooney's record-breaking goal is clutch (0:45)
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Canada's Hadwin latest with 59 on PGA Tour

Adam Hadwin is the eighth different player to shoot 59 or better on the PGA Tour. His 13 birdies during the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge tied the all-time tour record.

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LeBron, Lue have no answer for Pop's Spurs (1:35)
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UNC ball boy drains three half-court shots (1:11)
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Van Gundy: Jackson-Rubio trade not happening

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged the Pistons and Timberwolves had discussed a trade involving Reggie Jackson and Ricky Rubio but said he assured Jackson the deal would not happen.

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Stephen A. cautions against a Manziel comeback (1:54)
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Lehner makes remarkable save in OT, as Sabres win (0:53)
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Ovechkin scores and Beagle wins it in OT for the Caps (0:37)

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On Oct. 22, 2014, Yordano Ventura became the first rookie to start a World Series game at any position for the Kansas City Royals. On April 6, 2015, Ventura became the second-youngest opening day starter in franchise history.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Andy Marte played his final career MLB game on Aug. 6, 2014, against the Kansas City Royals. He appeared as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning, facing Greg Holland, and struck out to end the game. The winning pitcher for the Kansas City Royals that day was Yordano Ventura, who allowed two runs in six innings as a starter.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Yordano Ventura made his MLB debut for the Kansas City Royals in 2013 at 22 years old. He made three career World Series starts, including a win in Game 2 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn finishing up his pregame workout before getting ready for today's NFC Championship bout with Green Bay.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

If today is a back and forth scoring showdown between Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, will it come down to this man's leg? Pro Bowler Matt Bryant certainly is ready for the moment.

Eric Lundsten ESPN Producer 

VIDEO: Jordy Nelson arriving the the Georgia Dome. Mike McCarthy says final evaluations on his injured receivers will be determined after he talks with medical staff

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NFL 

Andy Murray ousted by Zverev
Tennis 

The top-seeded Murray was upset by Mischa Zverev in four sets in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

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Tennis 

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have promoted outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky to the defensive coordinator position, a source confirmed. The NFL Network first reported the news. Manusky has been a coordinator for seven seasons with three teams -- San Francisco, San Diego and Indianapolis. He spent last year coaching the Redskins outside linebackers.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The first game at Gillette Stadium this year had a Tom Brady banner on the lighthouse. The final game at Gillette features a "Go Pats" AFC Championship banner on the lighthouse.

Sanchez nets winner in final minute
English Premier League 

Alexis Sanchez deposited this penalty kick into the back of the net to give Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Burnley. The win moved Arsenal into second place in the Premier League.

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English Premier League 

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

March of 1995 was the last time the Golden State Warriors played a game at noon. Coincidentally, it was at Orlando as well.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Average StubHub price paid for a ticket today: AFC Title Game ($500) & NFC Title Game ($385)

NFL 

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of NFC and AFC Championship Games (as of 11 a.m. ET): Atlanta is still a 5.5-point home favorite at a majority of Vegas sports books after going to -6 with reports of Green Bay players battling the flu. The over/under is mostly up to 61.5 points in Vegas, though offshore books average 60.5. New England is a 6-point home favorite over Pittsburgh at 12 of 13 Vegas books on the Don Best odds screen. (Treasure Island dipped to 5.5 just three minutes ago). The over/under has dropped from 51 to 50.5 at 10 of 13 books.

Liam Twomey Chelsea Correspondent 

Diego Costa is back in the Chelsea team after missing last weekend's 3-0 win over Leicester City, replacing Willian to make his 100th appearance for the club. Nathan Ake also finds himself on the bench ahead of John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State Warriors will rest Shaun Livingston for this noon game against the Orlando Magic. Sounds like Andre Iguodala will get a rest tomorrow in Miami.

Mustafi's header puts Arsenal in front
Soccer 

Shkodran Mustafi's goal in the 59th minute gives Arsenal a 1-0 lead over Burnley.

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Soccer 

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Buzz Cut Of The Day by Chicago barber Carlos Estrella

NFL 

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Both No. 1 seeds are out of the Australian Open. Coco Vandeweghe defeated No. 1 Angelique Kerber in straight sets on Sunday. The ViewFromVegas is Vandeweghe was a +260 underdog. Earlier in the day, men's No. 1 Andy Murray lost to Mischa Zverev of Germany in four sets. Zverev was available between 22-1 and 27-1. With No. 2 Novak Djokovic also eliminated, Roger Federer is the lukewarm +275 favorite to win the men's title at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Serena Williams is the +140 fave (odds of 7-5) to win on the women's side.

Tennis 

Angelique Kerber upset in round of 16
Tennis 

The top-seeded Kerber lost to Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets in their fourth-round match at the Australian Open.

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Tennis 

Josina Anderson ESPN 

Media being told to evacuate Gillette Stadium with the alarms sounding off in the area. #Patriots #Steelers.

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Mattias Karén Arsenal Correspondent 

0-0 HT at the Emirates. Frustrating half for Arsenal as they created lots of half chances but nothing really dangerous. Burnley very well organized so far.

Kawhi's dunk seals Spurs' win over Cavs
NBA 

Kevin Love attempted to save a loose ball late in overtime, but it landed right in Kawhi Leonard's hands, and Leonard sprinted in for a huge slam to help secure the Spurs' 118-115 overtime win.

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NBA 

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Tony Gwynn's 3,000th hit baseball was sold this morning by SCP Auctions for $142,762

MLB 

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Amazing championship weekend stat: Tom Brady has gone back to pass 487 times this season. Zero lost fumbles. Not sure how that is even possible.

Mattias Karén Arsenal Correspondent 

Yup, this banner dedicated to Alexis Sanchez's dogs now hangs at the Emirates.