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Contador extends lead; Gilbert wins 18th stage of Giro

VERBANIA, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador increased his lead on the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday with a well-timed attack on the leg's big climb, while former world champion Philippe Gilbert posted his second victory in this year's race. A member of an early breakaway, Gilbert required just over four hours to complete the 170-kilometer (106-mile) leg from Melide, Switzerland...
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Rangers set on reversing home ice disadvantage for Game 7

Home ice has not been friendly to either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals. Both teams are 1-2 at home in the series, and most of New York's offense came in Tampa Bay rather than the friendly ice of Madison Square Garden. The Rangers scored only four of their 21 goals this series on home ice.Since Game 7 will be in the Big Apple, the...
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Vigneault offers take on protecting teammates at price of costly penalties

The Rangers boast a lineup with some players who can control the physical side of a game, but in the playoffs, those players' roles are difficult since teams need to weigh whether to protect teammates or ensure that the team stays out of the box.Forward Chris Kreider's cross-checking penalty in the first period of Game 6 epitomized that dilemma, as Kreider sought revenge on Tampa...
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Brassard's candid discussion of coaching challenge backfires

New York Rangers center Derick Brassard had a spectacular night Tuesday, recording five points and a hat trick to help the Rangers to a 7-3 win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. Brassard told reporters his big night was especially timely considering he had a meeting earlier that day with coach Alain Vigneault in which Brassard said Vigneault challenged him to do more....
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Quick change: Nash's scoring outburst silences critics

Just a few games ago, Rangers winger Rick Nash was in the media's doghouse after recording just two goals in the first 15 playoff games. The number was a stark contrast to Nash's regular season production, when he finished third in the NHL in goal-scoring with 42 goals in 79 games. But something clicked in for Nash beginning in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, as the winger...
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Ancelotti weighing up AC Millan offer, according to Galliani

Carlo Ancelotti will decide whether or not to manage AC Milan next season on Wednesday, according to club vice-president Adriano Galliani. Galliani held a second meeting with Ancelotti in Spain on Thursday hoping to convince the veteran Italian tactician to return to the San Siro. Ancelotti parted company with Real Madrid on Monday after a trophyless season and declared that he would...
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NFL coaches get thorny when it comes to former Miami OT Flowers

The New York Giants think their No. 1 draft pick, former Miami Hurricanes offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, will blossom into a fixture on their offensive line for years to come, but that sentiment is not one that universally shared around the NFL. Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bedard attended the NFL’s Coaches of Offensive Line (COOL) clinic in Cincinnati and the feedback on Flowers...
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Odell Beckham Jr.: Extra defensive attention on me is 'not going to work'

One thing you can say for sure is that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is not short on confidence. The 2014 Rookie of the Year understands that he could be a marked man on defensive coordinator's game plans after racking up 1,305 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 91 receptions through just 12 total games. He's got news for those defensive masterminds planning to...
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Kipnis on Kluber: 'The guy knows how to pitch'

In his past three outings, Corey Kluber has delivered the results expected from last year's AL Cy Young Award winner. The Seattle Mariners' James Paxton has been effective for an even longer stretch and will try to outduel Kluber in Thursday night's series opener against the Cleveland Indians. Kluber hardly resembled the AL's top pitcher a few weeks ago, having lost four straight...
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter says latest events bring "shame and humiliation" on soccer

ZURICH (AP) FIFA President Sepp Blatter says latest events bring ''shame and humiliation'' on soccer.
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Millen returns to FOX Sports family in multiple roles

FOX Sports added a Nittany Lions legend this week in Matt Millen. Millen, an All-American defensive lineman at Penn State and Super Bowl winning linebacker who played for the Raiders, 49ers and Redskins, will also appear on the Big Ten Network as lead analyst for football games. “Matt obviously has a great familiarity and history with the Big Ten Conference and we believe his experience...
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Coach explains how Penn State's star tackles can get better

We already knew Anthony Zettel was an All-Big Ten defensive lineman for Penn State. Now we know he can also tackle a tree. But how can he get better as a senior? His position coach offered some ideas to to FightOnState.com. “I think his consistency in his pad level and his technique can be refined,” coach Sean Spencer told the Scout.com affiliate. “He's a guy that's smaller...
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APR release brings good news, bad for Penn State

The Penn State football team's APR score is still last in the Big Ten, but it went up for the first time after five years going the other way. The latter note comes from The Patriot News. With a 956 multi-year average, Penn State is well above the threshold for punishment by the NCAA (930), but the Nittany Lions are still feeling the effects of the transfers that were allowed after...
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Great LeBron James #TBT pic; Dwyane Wade's polished toes

With the NBA Finals between the Cavs and Warriors not set to begin until June 4, you're going to be inundated with LeBron James and Steph Curry content. We'll get the ball rolling by sharing this great #TBT pic of James shared by @NBADraft today. POWER MOVE Riley Curry once again made her presence known at her dad's press conference last night after the Warriors eliminated the...
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No more mullet: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finally gets a haircut

The mullet is no more.  Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse Jr. showed up to Thursday's "Drive 4 Autism" celebrity golf outing with a new hairdo that has noticeably less "party in the back." Take a look. RIP, Ricky's mullet. We'll never forget you. Wonder what Danica Patrick thinks? 
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OTAs will reveal status of WR Jordy Nelson, other injured Green Bay Packers

Offseason mysteries are open to probing when the media gets a chance to attend organize team activities. At the top of the docket for ESPN's Rob Demovsky is the status of standout wide receiver Jordy Nelson after having hip surgery. The 2014 season was Nelson's most productive as a professional pass-catcher, but it took a toll on his body. After racking up 98 receptions for 1,519...
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Tigers aim for third straight victory Thursday

Although their rotation has been decimated and their offense has hit a dry spell, the resourceful Detroit Tigers are aiming for their third consecutive victory on a seven-game western trip. They'll try to erase some bad memories on the next stop at Angel Stadium, which has been their own house of horrors (9 p.m. pregame, 10:05 first pitch on FOX Sports Detroit). The Tigers are looking...
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Angels' Trout returns compliments, praise to Nats' Harper

After Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper recently heaped praise upon Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, the Halos' star center fielder returned the favor. MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez caught up with Trout before the Angels' game on Wednesday night and asked him for his thoughts on the fiery Harper, who is off to an MVP-caliber season so far in 2015. Trout offered this up...
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Report: Kings' GM will be 'significant candidate' for St. John's AD job

General manager Pete D'Alessandro is entering his third offseason with the Sacramento Kings. However, it's possible it'll also be his last. An interesting report came out from Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday morning:Mullin worked in the Sacramento front office as recently as a few months ago. He's now the head basketball coach at his alma mater...
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Pete Carroll: Christine Michael will have a chance to prove himself

Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael has not had much of a chance his first two years in the league to prove himself. After being drafted in the second-round in 2013, Michael only appeared in four games his rookie year and in 10 games the next season. Head Coach Pete Carroll told reporters at OTAs that Michael will have every chance in the world to prove himself this season...
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Celtics work out shot-blocking trio

The Boston Celtics are in desperate need for a defensive man in the middle, and it appears they'll try to acquire at least one in this year's draft. On Wednesday, they worked out six prospects and three of them are known for their ability to block shots (not including the 6'11" Bobby Portis).LSU's Jordan Mickey, Cal's David Kravish and Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas were the three in...
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Ainge: Smart had 'horrible' workout with Celtics last year

The pre-draft evaluation process is an arduous one for every single team in the NBA. To get a grasp on which player should be picked, there are countless interviews and thousands of hours of film are consumed. But the individual and team workouts that happen leading up to the big day have an impact, too. How important are they? For the Boston Celtics, it's a tough question to answer...
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Should Celtics trade up for Willie Cauley-Stein?

The Boston Celtics have a few glaring weaknesses, but none are "easier" to fix than rim protection. All they have to do is sign a large seven footer who can block shots and alter attempts in the paint. No big deal.They have three avenues to acquire someone like this: strike a trade, sign a free agent (there are more than a few options on the open market this summer) or draft a young...
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Kevin Love signing with Celtics is a 'real, legitimate possibility'

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals, and they got there without Kevin Love's help. The All-NBA caliber power forward was sidelined in the first round with a serious shoulder injury, and he won't play again until next season. But where will he be the next time he suits up? Which organization's uniform will he be wearing? According to Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider...
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Does Boston have enough assets to leap into the lottery?

Trading up in the NBA draft is rare because teams have very little incentive to trade down. Talent wins, and the lower you go the less talent there is. But that doesn't mean the Boston Celtics won't try to enter this year's lottery. Armed with several intriguing assets, including two first-round picks in this year's draft, a bunch of first-round picks in the future and several nice...
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