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McElroy | Time for the Saints to move on from Malcolm Butler

McElroy | Time for the Saints to move on from Malcolm Butler

Trading for Butler wouldn't be a bad idea for a Saints pass defense that ranked last in the National Football League in 2016, but one cornerback can not completely fix that secondary. The Saints (picking 11, 32, 42, 76, 103 in the first three rounds) are still interested in Butler, but someone familiar with their thinking believes they are leaning toward keeping their first three picks . Read More

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Thunder knock Rockets guard Beverley down, but not out

Thunder knock Rockets guard Beverley down, but not out

Russell Westbrook scored 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, but didn't have enough help from his teammates to pull off the upset on the road. Westbrook and Harden are also two of the leading MVP candidates this season. On top of that, Westbrook has broken Oscar Robertson's triple-double record with 43 triple-doubles to his name this season ( ESPN ). He immediately bounced back few minutes later with a 3-pointer putting the Rockets at a comfortable lead of 73-62. Read More

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Nadal claims record-extending 10th Monte Carlo title

Nadal claims record-extending 10th Monte Carlo title

Monte-Carlo is the first part of what could become a remarkable hat-trick for Nadal on clay as he is bidding to win his tenth titles at Barcelona and Roland Garros as well. It is the fifth career final and second final in 2017 for 29-year old Albert Ramos Vinolas. However, the "King of Clay" won the next five games to bag the opening set. Read More

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Miami has another near-no-hitter, beats Seattle 5-0

Miami has another near-no-hitter, beats Seattle 5-0

A night after breaking up a potential no-hitter with a ninth-inning double, Haniger scored in the first inning, had a two-run single in the second and clanged a two-run double off the wall in deep center field in the fourth. He walked Haniger after a lengthy battle, which inched his pinch count higher. Chen received congratulatory hugs from teammates. Maybe it wasn't quite Ted Williams hitting a home run in his final major league at-bat, but don't tell that to Mariners fans. Read More

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'John 3:16' written on Aaron Hernandez's forehead, source says

'John 3:16' written on Aaron Hernandez's forehead, source says

Hernandez attorney Jose Baez wouldn't say Thursday if he or the family believed potential brain damage from football led to Hernandez's suicide. However, on Thursday, Baez said, the medical examiner's office reversed course. Hernandez marked his forehead with a reference to a biblical passage before apparently taking his own life in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. Read More

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Judge orders Hernandez death evidence preserved

Sheff says he's asked the Patriots for $6 million. Also Friday, Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, told reporters in Boston she still forgives Hernandez and prays he found peace. I lost my son. Sheff said the vacating of his conviction would have no impact on their civil case against Hernandez. That's the MA jurisdiction where Hernandez was tried and convicted in the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd. Read More

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Ronaldo resting, Isco's 2 goals keeps Madrid on title track

The 24-year-old's future is uncertain despite a match winning performance against Sporting Gijon which saw him net a stunning solo effort as well as the vital late victor, as Madrid snuck over the line with a 3-2 win. "Bale won't feature, " Zidane said. Once again, following a close shave, Sporting hit the front. The Brazilian could have then put the visitors ahead three minutes later when he met James' free-kick, only to see his headed effort whistle inches wide of the target. Read More

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Sunderland snatch point against West Ham

Sunderland snatch point against West Ham

When you have not scored in 11 hours and 41 minutes of Premier League football, any goal is welcome and it was fitting that Sunderland's first arrived in freakish style. Randolph failed to collect a high cross into the box and the ball fell to the feet of Borini, who lashed it through the covering defenders and into the net from the edge of the area. Read More

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Will he or won't he? Nurkic's return still uncertain

Will he or won't he? Nurkic's return still uncertain

NY went 31-51, falling well short of preseason expectations bolstered by the team's offseason additions of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah . "We've not been able to win with [Anthony] on the court at this time". The one player he kept in NY was Anthony, signing him to a five-year, $124.9 million deal with a full no-trade clause and a 15 percent trade kicker. Read More

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Robertson backs Westbrook to break more records

Robertson backs Westbrook to break more records

The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a stunning collapse, blowing a 26-point lead in the fourth quarter, as they were upset 126-125 by the Atlanta Hawks in overtime. But since notching his 41st triple-double of the season on Tuesday he had twice fallen short as he vied for number 42. Harden and Westbrook have seemingly separated themselves as the top contenders for this season's MVP award. Read More

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Lundqvist help Rangers beat Canadiens 2-0 in Game 1

Lundqvist help Rangers beat Canadiens 2-0 in Game 1

Game 2 is Friday night in Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts performance in Game One was much more reminiscent of their playoff successes in 2014 and 2015, starting from their goaltender on out. Momentum shifted in New York's favor over the next few minutes, but fell back into Montreal's hands with a pair of back-to-back penalties against the Rangers . Read More

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Marcos Alonso: 'We knew we needed to beat Bournemouth'

Marcos Alonso: 'We knew we needed to beat Bournemouth'

The Spanish global also admitted that he told Antonio Conte he wanted to leave on the Italian's very first day in charge and that the manager was so upset that he would not even look at him as a result. It's good to play with this pressure because it means we are fighting for titles and trying to stay up there. Diego Costa may be going through a bit of a scoring drought lately, but as Marcos Alonso tells it, the center forward's impact is so much more than the goals he (usually) ... Read More

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