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Everything you need to know for Wednesday’s four-pack of Game 5s

6:49 PM ET For the first time since May 3, 2013, the NBA playoffs will feature four games on a single weeknight. So break out your second screen and get ready for five-plus hours of wall-to-wall postseason action, as we bring you live coverage from Cleveland, Toronto, Oklahoma City and Houston all night long. Series tied 2-2 play 1:04 LeBron James says that many...

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Kiper & McShay answer 28 last-minute draft questions

7:02 AM ET Mel Kiper Jr. Close Football analyst Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider. Todd McShay Close ESPN Senior Writer ESPN College Football and NFL Draft Analyst Joined ESPN in 2006 Played quarterback in high school and was a backup...

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Follow live: Cavs return home

Cavs trail 56-49 at the half to Indiana. LeBron James has 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting. The rest of the Cavs are shooting a combined 10-for-30 (and 3-for-12 for 3). Cleveland has kept Indiana’s back court in check — Victor Oladipo and Darren Collison are a combined 3-for-13 — but the rest of the Pacers roster are eating Cleveland up, led by Domantas Sabonis...

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Barnwell: Barkley or bust at No. 2? Why Giants should pass

7:01 AM ET The Cleveland Browns are going to select a quarterback with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. What happens next will begin to tell the story of this year’s class. The New York Giants might draft a quarterback. They might trade the No. 2 pick. They might select one of Dave Gettleman’s much-beloved hog mollies, such as Notre Dame...

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Panel to NCAA: End 1-and-done, ban cheaters

3:04 PM ET The Commission on College Basketball recommended an end to the one-and-done rule, potential lifetime bans for rule-breakers and changes to the relationship between the NCAA and apparel companies. “We need to put the college back in college basketball,” commission chairman and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday at a news conference in Indianapolis after the independent panel released a...

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Panel to NCAA: Ban cheaters, end 1-and-done

9:04 AM ET Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — The Commission on College Basketball sharply directed the NCAA to take control of the sport, calling for sweeping reforms to separate pro and college tracks, permit players to return to school after going undrafted by the NBA and ban cheating coaches for life. The independent commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, released a detailed...

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Sources: Kawhi meeting atop Spurs’ priorities

3:47 AM ET OAKLAND, Calif. — An all-hands-on-deck summer meeting with star forward Kawhi Leonard sits high on the priority list for the San Antonio Spurs, according to sources, as the team enters a pivotal offseason in the wake of Tuesday’s 99-91 season-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs. “Kawhi, everybody asks questions, but he’s still...

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Sixers ready to take next step in ‘The Process’

3:12 AM ET PHILADELPHIA — Elton Brand was brought to Philadelphia for one reason in September of 2015: to give the young players on the Philadelphia 76ers some kind of guidance. The Sixers were in a tailspin, losing games at an NBA-record pace and management worried it might be doing lasting damage to the young players they had such great expectations for in the...

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Wade: ‘No breaking news’ yet on my future

3:03 AM ET PHILADELPHIA — About an hour after the final game of his 15th NBA season, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade acknowledged that he has thought about retiring but said he won’t make a final decision until later in the offseason. Two years removed from one of the worst seasons in NBA history, Philly is moving on in the playoffs — and thinking...

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As Warriors advance, Spurs left to ponder future

1:48 AM ET OAKLAND, Calif. — Endings, no matter their size or scope, arrive suddenly. They do so even if they are inevitable, expected, even overdue, because endings mark time and how much has elapsed, and it always does so faster than anyone can anticipate. It seems just yesterday, after all, that Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs were making...

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Gronkowski tells Belichick he’s playing this year

7:01 PM ET ESPN News Services New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and his agent Drew Rosenhaus met Tuesday with coach Bill Belichick, telling him that Gronkowski will play for the Patriots this season. The decision ends speculation that he could retire. “It was very positive and Rob is committed,” Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. A source told Schefter that Gronkowski will not...

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Out of prison, Meek Mill sees 76ers clinch series

12:10 AM ET Hours after his release from prison on Tuesday, rapper Meek Mill arrived at the Philadelphia 76ers‘ playoff game. Mill entered the arena about 45 minutes before tipoff and greeted some Sixers players in the home locker room. “We brought him in the locker room. It was like this mass happiness, hysteria,” 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin said after the team’s series-clinching 104-91...

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Meek Mill out of prison, makes it to Sixers game

8:49 PM ET Hours after his release from prison on Tuesday, rapper Meek Mill arrived at the Philadelphia 76ers‘ playoff game. Mill entered the arena about 45 minutes before tipoff and greeted some Sixers players in the home locker room, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported. Wearing a Joel Embiid jersey, Mill rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff of Game 5 against the Miami Heat....

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NFL draft predictions for all 32 teams: Who’s trading up, more

7:30 AM ET Which teams could trade up for a quarterback? Which teams could move back? Which prospects are teams targeting? The 2018 NFL draft is almost here, and NFL Nation reporters are making one prediction for every team. AFC East | North| South | WestNFC East | North | South | WestGo to: Full order | Kiper’s Top 300 AFC EAST The Bills...

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Follow live: 76ers host Heat in Game 5

Field Goal % MIA38.6 42.0PHI Three Point % MIA28.6 25.0PHI Turnovers MIA13 15PHI Rebounds MIA40 53PHI Full Team Stats Wells Fargo Center Coverage: TNT Philadelphia, PA Line: PHI -10.0 Over/Under: 216 Attendance: 21,171 100% Capacity: 20,318 Referees: Courtney Kirkland, Eric Lewis, Josh Tiven Simmons ignites crowd with alley-oop to Embiid Simmons ignites crowd with alley-oop to Embiid 0:18 Kevin Hart, Meek Mill appreciates Redick’s...

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