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Steph Curry's shimmy returns in Game 3, and so does his shot

Welcome to the Western Conference finals, Steph Curry. The two-time MVP dropped 35 points and caught fire during a third-quarter blitz as Golden State rolled to a 41-point Game 3 rout of Houston.

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Lowe: How Harden and the Rockets keep hunting Steph Curry

What will decide Rockets-Warriors? Steph Curry's defense and the Warriors finding their mojo on offense are two big things to watch.

D'Antoni: Rockets 'played soft' in record rout

Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets cited a lack of aggression in their lopsided Game 3 loss to the Warriors on Sunday, the worst playoff loss in the franchise's history.

Durant: Success 'all stems around' defensive end

Kevin Durant credits the Warriors' win on the team's sense of urgency on defense and how they were able to help Steph Curry on offense.

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Curry on wild celebration: 'I blacked out'

Steph Curry explains the flurry of emotions during his 18-point third quarter in Game 3.

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Kerr: 'Steph is underrated for the toughness factor'

Steve Kerr praises Steph Curry's physical and mental toughness after Game 3.

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NBA DRAFT

Doncic wins Euroleague title; NBA decision 'soon'

Highly touted prospect Luka Doncic led Real Madrid to its 10th Euroleague crown over Turkish power Fenerbahce on Sunday. When asked after the win about his NBA future, the 19-year-old Slovenian said "soon I will tell."

Suns GM 'certainly open' to dealing No. 1 pick

Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough says he hasn't ruled out the option of dealing away the No. 1 pick in June's draft for a lower pick -- or even a worthy veteran player.

Transfers

LIVE Transfer Talk: Atletico plan shock move for Vardy

Jamie Vardy's exploits in the Premier League have not gone unnoticed, with Europa champions Atletico circling. Follow Transfer Talk LIVE.

Would these Premier League clubs sign Buffon?

The 40-year-old is still an incredible goalkeeper, but is he too old to make an impact in England? We asked our correspondents.

Morata to Juventus a 'very realistic prospect'

ESPN FC's Paolo Bandini doesn't think Juventus will overpay for Alvaro Morata, however if the price is right Juventus would be very interested.

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Golden Knights ride improbable run to Cup Final

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Jets 2-1 on Sunday in Winnipeg to punch their improbable ticket to the Stanley Cup Final.

2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Central: Schedule, scores, highlights

From the first round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, ESPN has you covered. Check out the full picture and coverage on each team.

Reaves' deflection propels Vegas to Stanley Cup Final

Luca Sbisa shoots and Ryan Reaves gets a stick on it for the go-ahead goal to send the Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup in their first season.

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Belief in each other key to Vegas' Cup run

James Neal breaks down the Golden Knights' approach through the regular and postseason while adding there's "one more series" to win.

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Vegas' Cup win would be greatest story in NHL history

Barry Melrose explains Marc-Andre Fleury's impact and how significant it would be if the expansion Golden Knights won the Stanley Cup.

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Golden Knights close out Jets in 5, head to Cup Final

Ryan Reaves scores the go-ahead goal and Marc-Andre Fleury makes 31 saves as the Golden Knights beat the Jets 2-1 to win the West.

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Golden Knights celebrate Stanley Cup Final berth

In their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Winnipeg Jets in Game 5 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

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AT&T Byron Nelson

Record-setting Wise beats Leishman to Byron Nelson crown

Aaron Wise cruised to his first PGA Tour victory Sunday, shattering the AT&T Byron Nelson record at 23 under on a new course as Marc Leishman finished second.

Super Rugby

Round 14

Rebooted: Australia's drought breakers

After 40 games, Australia finally saw the end of their New Zealand hoodoo with the Waratahs putting on a slick display to thump the Highlanders, while the deliberate knockdown debate continues to rage.

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Hansen: Shields 'would have been an All Black'

Steve Hansen has claimed Brad Shields would have been an All Black this year had he not switched allegiance to England.

Arnold cops three week ban, Franks two

The Wallabies have suffered another blow, with Brumbies lock Rory Arnold ruled out of Australia's first Test of the year against Ireland next month due to suspension, while Owen Franks was suspended for two weeks for striking.

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Man tries to force way into boxing match

A fight on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson-Badou Jack boxing card at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto was briefly interrupted Saturday night when a man tried to force his way into the ring

The journey to freedom for a member of the White Sox grounds crew

For Chicago White Sox grounds crew member Nevest Coleman, the journey from prison to exoneration is a story of time lost, new beginnings and a murder that remains a mystery.

2018 MVP predictions

Who will be your NFL team's 2018 MVP? 32 way-too-early picks

David Johnson. Carson Wentz. Odell Beckham Jr. Who will have the greatest impact on every team's season? NFL Nation reporters make their picks.

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NFL Insiders predict: Who will win 2018 MVP?

Aaron Rodgers had an early campaign for 2017 MVP cut short. Is he a favorite for this year's award? Our Insiders make their picks and dig into more.

Cavs finally unlocked, match LeBron's intensity to claim Game 3

In a make-or-miss postseason, Cleveland's shots finally went down, as LeBron James notched 12 assists and the Cavs went 17-of-34 from the 3-point line to claim their first win of the Eastern Conference finals.

Cavs say tough 'D' against Horford key in win

The Cavs credited their tough defense against Al Horford and the Celtics as one of the keys in their Game 3 win Saturday.

Rozier: 'We needed to get our butts whooped'

After a 116-86 drubbing at the hands of the Cavaliers trimmed the Celtics' series lead to 2-1, guard Terry Rozier said he believes his team got a much-needed wake-up call. "We needed to get our butts whooped," Rozier said.

Smith invades Thompson's interview

Tristan Thompson explains what went right for the Cavaliers in Game 3 before JR Smith startles him during his response.

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Love jokes about his pass to LeBron

Kevin Love says his bounce pass to LeBron James won't be a career highlight for The King but maybe for himself.

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LeBron on difficult passes: 'Don't try it at home'

LeBron James details his top passes from Game 3 and says he thinks his "passing is right up there with every other aspect" of his game.

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Stevens praises LeBron's passing ability

Brad Stevens acknowledges LeBron James' stellar passing and says the Celtics have to do a better job with defensive help and coverages.

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Stevens: Celtics 'clearly not' harder playing team in Game 3

Brad Stevens credits the Cavs for their defensive intensity in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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