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                                Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight sported a decal of the flags of Italy and the United States on his helmet during the team’s spring game in Ann Arbor, Mich., on April 15.

Michigan’s football team heads to Italy

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                                Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight sported a decal of the flags of Italy and the United States on his helmet during the team’s spring game in Ann Arbor, Mich., on April 15.
Jim Harbaugh presented players on the Michigan football team with an opportunity, putting them a compelling essay away from being close enough to possibly shake the hand of Pope Francis at the Vatican. Read More
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                                Chicago Bulls’ Dwyane Wade (3) and Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier battle for a loose ball during the first quarter of Game 3 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017.

Horford, Thomas lead Celtics over Bulls

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                                Chicago Bulls’ Dwyane Wade (3) and Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier battle for a loose ball during the first quarter of Game 3 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series in Chicago, Friday, April 21, 2017.
Al Horford had 18 points and eight rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points, and the top-seeded Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls tonight after dropping the first two games of their opening-round series at home. Read More
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                                Retired running back Marshawn Lynch met with the Raiders earlier this month to talk about a possible return but nothing has been finalized.

Raiders want resolution on Marshawn Lynch before draft

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                                Retired running back Marshawn Lynch met with the Raiders earlier this month to talk about a possible return but nothing has been finalized.
Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie would like some resolution before the draft next week on whether running back Marshawn Lynch wants to come out of retirement and be traded to the Raiders. Read More
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                                San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo.

Madison Bumgarner lands on DL after dirt bike accident

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                                San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm
Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner has been put on the disabled list for the first time in his big league career after a dirt bike accident that sent him to a hospital with bruised ribs and a sprained joint in his pitching shoulder. Read More
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                                Massachusetts prison officials said Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital.

Judge orders evidence preserved in Hernandez prison suicide

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                                Massachusetts prison officials said Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital.
A judge today ordered key evidence in the prison suicide of Aaron Hernandez preserved, granting a request from the ex-NFL star’s fiancee so the family can investigate the circumstances of his death. Read More
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                                Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after scoring against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series.

Kevin Durant still questionable for playoff Game 3

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                                Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after scoring against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 12:51 pm
Kevin Durant dealt with so much scrutiny when he decided to join Golden State last July, he keeps reminding himself of that and considering the big picture as he waits again to get healthy and help his team. Read More
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                                A Fijian $7 banknote banknote is displayed in Suva, Fiji. The government of Fiji is issuing two million $7 banknotes to commemorate the Pacific island nation’s gold medal victory in rugby sevens at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Fiji issues $7 note to celebrate Olympic sevens win

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                                A Fijian $7 banknote banknote is displayed in Suva, Fiji. The government of Fiji is issuing two million $7 banknotes to commemorate the Pacific island nation’s gold medal victory in rugby sevens at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 6:59 pm
The government of Fiji is issuing two million $7 banknotes to commemorate the Pacific island nation’s Olympic gold medal victory in rugby sevens last year in Rio de Janeiro. Read More
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                                New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia heads to the dugout during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies today in New York.

Familia makes season debut after 15-game ban

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                                New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia heads to the dugout during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies today in New York.

Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 6:49 pm
Familia rejoined the team after serving a 15-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Read More
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                                Cardell Hayes, who killed former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith in an argument following a traffic crash, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Killer of NFL’s Will Smith gets 25 years for manslaughter

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                                Cardell Hayes, who killed former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith in an argument following a traffic crash, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The man who killed retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith and wounded his wife during a traffic dispute last year was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for manslaughter, far less than the maximum prosecutors had called for. Read More
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                                Massachusetts prison officials said Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital early Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Hernandez family wants trauma researchers to examine brain

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                                Massachusetts prison officials said Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital early Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 9:32 am
Aaron Hernandez’s family wants to donate his brain to science, but Massachusetts officials are refusing to release it despite turning over the rest of his body to a funeral home, the former NFL star’s lawyer said Thursday. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS / MARCH 15
                                Defendant Aaron Hernandez listens during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court, in Boston.

Hernandez’s death remains shrouded in mystery

ASSOCIATED PRESS / MARCH 15
                                Defendant Aaron Hernandez listens during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court, in Boston.

Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 9:01 pm
Aaron Hernandez’s death in prison — just days after the former NFL star was cleared of additional murder charges — remains shrouded in mystery. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2015
                                Devlin D’Zmura, a tending news manager at DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports company, works on his laptop at the company’s offices in Boston.

Fantasy sports companies fold as legislative battle resumes

ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2015
                                Devlin D’Zmura, a tending news manager at DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports company, works on his laptop at the company’s offices in Boston.

Updated on  April 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm
The daily fantasy sports industry has sharply contracted since the online games offered by companies such as FanDuel and DraftKings sparked court and legislative battles across the United States last year. Read More
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                                Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte slid to catch a line drive hit by St. Louis’ Dexter Fowler to end the eighth inning on Monday.

Pirates CF Starling Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs

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                                Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte slid to catch a line drive hit by St. Louis’ Dexter Fowler to end the eighth inning on Monday.
Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Read More
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                                The NCAA had stripped North Carolina of seven championship events for the past sports season, including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games, over the state’s “bathroom bill.”

NCAA returns events to N.C. after roll back of LGBT law

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                                The NCAA had stripped North Carolina of seven championship events for the past sports season, including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games, over the state’s “bathroom bill.”

Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 10:55 pm
The NCAA has awarded coveted men’s basketball tournament games and other events to North Carolina, effectively ending a boycott that helped force the state to repeal parts of a law that limited protections for LGBT people. Read More
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                                Employees of DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports company, worked at their stations in the company’s offices in Boston in 2015.

Fantasy sports companies fold as legislative battle resumes

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                                Employees of DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports company, worked at their stations in the company’s offices in Boston in 2015.
The daily fantasy sports industry sharply contracted since the online games offered by companies like FanDuel and DraftKings sparked court and legislative battles across the United States last year. Read More

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