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Ravens, 49ers set joint preseason practices

Ravens, 49ers set joint preseason practices

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Apr 18
Two seasons after battling in the Super Bowl, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will hold four joint practices after their preseason opener on Aug. 7 in Baltimore, John Harbaugh said Friday night.
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  • Samson four points, Hutchinson 23 saves as IceCaps blank Sharks…

    Samson four points, Hutchinson 23 saves as IceCaps blank Sharks 6-0

    NHL.com Apr 18
    WORCESTER, Mass. - Jerome Samson scored once and set up three more and Michael Hutchinson made 23 saves as the St. John's IceCaps blanked the host Worcester Sharks 6-0 on Friday in American Hockey League action. Eric O'Dell, Ben Chiarot, Kyle...
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  • A's, LHP Doolittle agree to 5-year contract

    A's, LHP Doolittle agree to 5-year contract

    ESPN.com MLB.com Apr 18
    In three short years, Sean Doolittle transformed himself from a top first base prospect into a shut-down reliever.
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  • Bobcats' Jefferson, Warriors' Curry named April's top players

    Bobcats' Jefferson, Warriors' Curry named April's top players

    nba.com Apr 18
    The Charlotte Bobcats' Al Jefferson and the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry were named Friday the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.
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  • Warriors, Clippers take dislike to playoffs

    Warriors, Clippers take dislike to playoffs

    As much as the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors don't like each other, they're a lot alike in some ways.
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  • Need for Bedard underscores Rays' depth

    Need for Bedard underscores Rays' depth

    MLB.com Apr 18
    By starting for the Rays on Friday night, Erik Bedard became the 21st starting pitcher used by the Rays since 2008, the fewest of any team in baseball. (The Giants are second with 24.)
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  • Tomas Hertl has impressive playoff debut for Sharks in win over…

    Tomas Hertl has impressive playoff debut for Sharks in win over LA Kings

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Tomas Hertl made an impressive playoff debut for the San Jose Sharks with a goal and an assist against the same Los Angeles Kings team that almost ended his season. With 52 seconds left in the first period Thursday night, H...
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  • Cripplingly insecure, arrogant & phony – there’s something …

    Cripplingly insecure, arrogant & phony – there’s something to hate about all Sharks, Ducks and Kings fans

    The deep dislike the Ducks, Kings and Sharks have for one another is mirrored by the fans in Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose. We asked bloggers from all three cities to state the hate each fan base has for its California rivals. Much to our delight, n…
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  • 8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

    8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

    dimemag.com Apr 18
    The NBA postseason is upon us and it should be a great one. The Western Conference has three can’t-miss first-round series, while the elite teams in the East look to get by some of the new faces in the playoffs. For teams like San Antonio, Miami, Oklaho…
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  • Warriors v. Clippers Playoffs Preview: Raise the Variance

    Warriors v. Clippers Playoffs Preview: Raise the Variance

    feltbot.com Apr 18
    Although I have been a vociferous proponent of a more Nellieball approach for this Warriors team, I don’t for a second believe that the Warriors are actually better off without Andrew Bogut. Just want to state that up front for the benefit of those who …
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  • Trading shots: Redick critiques Thompson's D

    Trading shots: Redick critiques Thompson's D

    ESPN.com Apr 18
    The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers have yet to play against each other this postseason, but they've already commenced trading shots.
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  • O'Neal will start for injured Bogut vs. Clips

    O'Neal will start for injured Bogut vs. Clips

    ESPN.com Apr 18
    Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson says Jermaine O'Neal will start in place of injured center Andrew Bogut for Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
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  • The 5 Best Matchups To Watch In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

    The 5 Best Matchups To Watch In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

    dimemag.com Apr 18
    It’s that time of year again. After 2,460 games played in the 2013-14 season, 16 teams have earned their placement in the 2014 Playoffs. As Doc Rivers urges, “Now the real basketball starts.” While much attention has been focused on the first-round matc…
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  • Source:  49ers haven’t made decision on Aldon Smith’s option

    Source: 49ers haven’t made decision on Aldon Smith’s option

    On Sunday, we reported that the 49ers haven’t decided whether to pick up the 2015 option on linebacker Aldon Smith’s contract. Since then, more pessimistic accounts have emerged. Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reported that it’s “very unlikel…
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  • Bruins, Avs dominate my NHL Awards picks

    Bruins, Avs dominate my NHL Awards picks

    Once again, I’m privileged enough to receive a ballot for the NHL’s annual individual player awards. It’s a huge honor for any hockey journalist and one I think deserves the respect of full transparency to the public. If we’re supposed to represent the …
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  • 16 NBA Players Reveal What’s Currently Playing In Their Headpho…

    16 NBA Players Reveal What’s Currently Playing In Their Headphones

    dimemag.com Apr 18
    I once asked Steve Nash if anyone in the NBA didn’t listen to rap. His answer surprised me, saying there are actually quite a few, more than you’d think, who have differing tastes. With the NBA Playoffs right around the corner, check out what 16 NBA pla…
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  • Updated Raiders free-agency tracker

    Updated Raiders free-agency tracker

    ESPN.com Apr 18
    The Oakland Raiders, who hold the No. 5 overall pick, are in full draft mode with less than three weeks to go until the first round goes down on May 8. But with free agency still open for business, we’ve updated our Raiders tracker to include reported v…
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  • Report: Kaepernick, Niners contract talks on hold

    Report: Kaepernick, Niners contract talks on hold

    The 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick have been talking about a contract extension this offseason, but those discussions have reportedly been tabled for the time being. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the reason why things have come to a …
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  • Stanley Cup Playoffs Three Stars: Stastny, Steen OT heroes; Sha…

    Stanley Cup Playoffs Three Stars: Stastny, Steen OT heroes; Sharks bite Kings; Rangers solve Emery

    yahoo.com Apr 18
    No. 1 Star: Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche Stastny is one of the few Avs players that actually has playoff experience. The vet tied the score with 14-seconds left, and won the game just 7:27 into overtime. Both of Stastny's goals and a Ryan O'Reilly g…
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  • Video - SportsNation On Thompson-Griffin Exchange 01:21

    SportsNation On Thompson-Griffin Exchange

    Apr 18
    A.C. Green joins SportsNation to debate the Klay Thompson-Blake Griffin exchange over flopping.
  • Video - Matt Nieto On Playing In His First NHL Playoff Game 02:22

    Matt Nieto On Playing In His First NHL Playoff Game

    Apr 18
    Matt Nieto talks with Pierre LeBrun about playing in his first NHL playoff game and what's it like playing the Kings.
  • Video - DJ and Charles' mock draft 04:40

    DJ and Charles' mock draft

    Apr 18
    Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis take turns picking in the top 10 and deliver their latest mock draft. Is there a player that is slowly creeping his way up the draft board? Find out.
  • Video - 49ers Not Expected To Pick Up Smith's Option 03:10

    49ers Not Expected To Pick Up Smith's Option

    Apr 18
    Herm Edwards, Jeff Saturday and Antonio Pierce react to the report that San Francisco is not expected to pick up the 2015 fifth-year option on LB Aldon Smith.

Sports Columnists

  • Mike Woodson, coach of New York Knicks, won't have fate decided this weeke…

    Apr 18
    While it is widely believed that the New York Knicks have already made the decision to move on from coach Mike Woodson, sources tell ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that nothing will be announced this weekend.