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Bogdanovic hits 30, gets raves for D on LeBron

12:58 AM ET INDIANAPOLIS — Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic spent the majority of his first five years in the NBA fighting the notion that he was just an offensive player who didn’t play much defense. There’s no better place than the playoffs while guarding one of best players in the world to try to shoot down that notion. Bogdanovic spent the majority of his...

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Winslow fined for stepping on Embiid’s mask

11:19 PM ET MIAMI — Heat wing Justise Winslow was fined $15,000 for intentionally stepping on the facemask of Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, the NBA announced. Winslow stepped on Embiid’s mask in the second quarter of the Sixers’ Game 3 win over the Heat. In his return after missing three weeks because of an orbital fracture and a concussion, Sixers center Joel Embiid...

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Pacers erase 17-point deficit, put Cavs in 2-1 series hole

10:46 PM ET INDIANAPOLIS — Last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers had to rally from 26 points down to beat the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of their first-round series at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. On Friday, it was the Cavs’ turn to blow a double-digit lead, as the Pacers came back from 17 down to go up 2-1 on the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions....

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Source: Foles gets raise in restructured deal

6:07 PM ET The Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Nick Foles agreed to a reworked contract Friday, a source confirmed to ESPN. The restructured deal includes a $2 million signing bonus, incentives if he starts and hits certain benchmarks, and a mutual option for 2019. Foles was in the final year of his contract and was scheduled to make a base salary of $4 million...

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LeBron James’ solo act recalls early Cleveland playoff runs

9:00 AM ET One of the great moments of LeBron James’ career happened in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference finals, when he drilled a high-arcing 3-pointer that fell through the net after the horn sounded and gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a stunning one-point home victory over the Orlando Magic. In the mass hysteria that followed — there’s always a certain buzz that...

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The Celtics’ breakout star was once at a breaking point

8:30 AM ET By the third day, Mechalle Brown’s concern had dissolved into firm resolve, so she flung open the door to her son’s bedroom, snapped up the shades, cranked the windows and announced, “We’re not doing this anymore.” Jaylen Brown, blinking from the sudden daylight, sighed heavily. He had sequestered himself in darkness and solitude for the better part of the weekend, emerging...

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Texans ‘optimistic’ on new deal for Clowney

1:48 PM ET HOUSTON — Texans general manager Brian Gaine said he is optimistic the team will sign Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to a long-term contract before the start of the season. “I won’t discuss our negotiations publicly, but I’m optimistic that something can be done,” Gaine said Friday at his pre-draft news conference. Clowney is scheduled to play on his fifth-year...

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Hurricanes’ Peters resigns after four seasons

12:18 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters has resigned, the team announced Friday. Peters, 51, went 137-138-53 in his four seasons with the Hurricanes, who missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the ninth consecutive season — the longest drought in the NHL. “I have a lot of respect for Bill as a person and coach,” owner Tom Dundon said in...

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Franchise QB or bust? Making sense of Josh Allen, draft enigma

7:39 AM ET Whatever Josh Allen is going to be, he isn’t that yet. This is true of almost everyone in the NFL draft, but it seems especially pertinent to Allen, the 6-foot-5 Wyoming quarterback whose raw talent screams “No. 1 overall pick” even as his résumé gives pause. When: April 26-28Where: Arlington, TexasNFL draft coverage » | Full order: 1-256 » • Barnwell’s...

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Former Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce, 87, dies

8:31 AM ET Earle Bruce, who won 81 games while coaching the Ohio State Buckeyes for nine seasons, died early Friday morning at the age of 87, his family announced. “He was a great man, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and a respected coach to many,” his four daughters said in a statement. Bruce, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017, coached...

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Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of season

4:51 AM ET ESPN staff Arsene Wenger has announced he is stepping down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season, bringing an end to a 21-and-a-half-year reign that brought unprecedented early success but saw a late decline that made his position increasingly untenable. Wenger issued a statement on Friday that caught everyone by suprise, announcing his departure and thanking the club for...

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76ers, Heat feud over garbage-time layups

2:28 AM ET MIAMI — There is some bad blood brewing between the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat over late-game layups in their first-round playoff series. It started with Goran Dragic converting a layup in the final seconds of the Heat’s 10-point Game 2 win on Monday. On Thursday, Dario Saric attempted a layup with four seconds remaining and Philadelphia leading by 19. He...

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Durant: Ankle not serious; I won’t miss time

1:05 AM ET Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant said he won’t miss Sunday’s Game 4 of a first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs after twisting his left ankle late in Thursday night’s win. “I’m good,” Durant told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “It’s nothing.” Durant, who left the 110-97 victory in the fourth quarter, called it “a quick roll.” “It didn’t completely turn,”...

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Embiid: I’m going to be a nightmare for Heat

3:05 AM ET Ramona Shelburne Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior writer for ESPN.com Spent seven years at the Los Angeles Daily News Ian Begley Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the New York Knicks for ESPNNewYork.com MIAMI — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid made quite an entrance into the NBA playoffs Thursday night. Playing for the first time since March 28, Embiid had 23 points,...

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Here are 2018 win-loss predictions (and schedules) for all 32 NFL teams

8:42 PM ET ESPN.com staff The 2018 NFL schedule is out, and the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles kick off the regular season against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, Sept. 6. The first Monday Night Football game of the season? The New York Jets will host the Detroit Lions on Sept. 10. Check out the full week-by-week schedule here. Below, NFL Nation reporters predict...

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