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With Cavs at a crossroads, LeBron stares down another challenge

Facing elimination for the second time this postseason, the three-time NBA champion told ESPN about the lessons he has learned from reading "The Alchemist" during his latest playoff journey.

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Celtics push Cavs to the brink as Tatum, defense spark Game 5 rout

Jayson Tatum stole the show, and Boston's defense stymied LeBron in the second half. Now the Celtics head back to Cleveland with a chance to end King James' Eastern Conference reign.

LeBron shrugs off talk he tired down stretch

While LeBron James dismissed talk that he grew fatigued during Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Celtics, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue admitted, "He looked a little tired to me."

Celtics defend home court

The Celtics use great defense and drain 13 3-pointers to take down the Cavs and improve to 10-0 at home in the playoffs.

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Rozier feeds Horford for the alley-oop

After LeBron James misses a layup, Terry Rozier flies downcourt and lobs a pass up to Al Horford, who finishes with a two-handed dunk.

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Lue explains Korver's limited minutes

Ty Lue says Kyle Korver didn't play more because the Celtics didn't play Korver's matchup, Semi Ojeleye.

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Brown says Celtics had their best defense of the season

Jaylen Brown explains why the Celtics' defense was a key factor in defeating the Cavaliers in Game 5.

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Tatum says Celtics played with more poise in Game 5

Jayson Tatum explains how the Celtics were able to once again protect home court in Game 5 and what Boston needs to do to win in Cleveland.

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Young Celtics outlasted Cavs in Game 5

LeBron James and Cleveland looked gassed as a younger Boston team took a 3-2 series lead.

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LeBron foreshadowed Game 5 downfall

LeBron James knew turnovers would be the Cavs undoing and the Celtics took advantage, forcing 15, and putting Cleveland in a 3-2 hole.

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LeBron reflective, energized by 3-2 deficit

Dave McMenamin explains LeBron James' state of mind after the Cavs' Game 5 loss to the Celtics.

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LeBron displays photographic memory ... again

LeBron James perfectly describes his six turnovers after the Cavaliers fall to the Celtics in Game 5.

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Celtics bounce back at home

Jayson Tatum scores 24 points and the Celtics force 15 turnovers as they regain momentum with a 96-83 win in Game 5.

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Pierce credits Stevens for Celtics' play

Paul Pierce says Brad Stevens has prepared the young Boston players well and says LeBron will step up with his back against the wall.

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Celtics hitting from downtown

The Celtics drain nine 3-pointers in the first half and hold an 11-point advantage at halftime.

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Nance's poster attempt fail

Larry Nance Jr. tries to throw down a huge dunk over Aron Baynes, but gets called for a charge.

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Tatum converts steal into layup

Jayson Tatum picks up Kevin Love's bad pass and drives right past LeBron James for a layup.

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Top headlines

NBA

ANALYSIS

Rivers earns coaching extension with Clippers

Jackie MacMullan looked at this past Clippers season as a reboot year and Doc Rivers did a good enough job to earn an extension.

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Where will Doncic land in NBA Draft?

Jonathan Givony calls Slovenian prospect Luka Doncic "the best pure basketball player in the draft."

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Pierce: Tatum will be best player from '17 draft

Paul Pierce says Jayson Tatum will win more championships than the rest of the All-Rookie team combined.

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NFL

NFL owners pass new national anthem policy

Under a policy unanimously approved by owners, NFL players and personnel have the option not to take the field for the national anthem, but those who do must stand.

Is the NFL's anthem controversy over with new policy?

The SportsNation crew believe that the NFL's changes to its national anthem policy have created other issues for the league.

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NFL players, coaches and owners react to national anthem policy

NFL owners will require players to stand if they are on the field for the national anthem. Here's reaction to the new rule.

How the NBA got its groove back

Warriors vs. Rockets is a celebration of the NBA's new normal: A frenzied, rapid-fire style of basketball.

Warriors irked, but confident ahead of Game 5

Despite losing Game 4 of the Western Conference finals at home, the Golden State Warriors like their chances ahead of Game 5 against the Rockets on Thursday in Houston.

Jalen 'going with Houston' over Golden State

Jalen Rose is taking the Rockets to beat the Warriors after they tied the series at 2-2.

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Max: 'Rockets are going to go up 3-2'

Max Kellerman expects Houston to defend home court and take a one-game advantage after Game 5.

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Barkley thinks Rockets can win series

Charles Barkley says the Houston-Golden State series will be decided by the winner of Game 5.

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State of Origin

Blues State of Origin team prediction

The 2018 State of Origin series is two weeks away and selectors will be naming their teams early next week. We name our New South Wales team for Game 1.

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Maroons State of Origin team prediction

The 2018 State of Origin series is two weeks away and selectors will be naming their teams early next week. We name our Queensland team for Game 1.

McInnes only focused on Dragons

Cameron McInnes is refusing to buy into Origin talk ahead of the squad announcement.

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MUST SEE

UCL Signwriters: Proofread your banners

The Exploding Heads receive all type of Liverpool banner requests ahead of the Champions League final including the good, bad and absolutely dreadful.

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Sport's Holy Grail: The search for true teamwork

What is teamwork, and how is it developed? And why are some teammates better than others? ESPN asked four high-level sporting figures about cultivating a winning team culture.

Ovechkin, Holtsby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0

Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final...

Ovechkin scores early, Caps advance to Cup Final

Alex Ovechkin scores a minute into Game 7 as the Capitals top the Lightning 4-0 and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1998.

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Ovechkin: 'Been waiting for this moment for a long time'

Alex Ovechkin expresses how it feels to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his career.

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Orpik takes brutal hit

Brooks Orpik is checked hard into the boards by Cedric Paquette and has to be helped off the ice. No penalty is assessed.

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Rugby

Tahs' win must be the beginning, not the end - Growden

A second Waratahs triumph in a row over a Kiwi opponent is far from a faint dream - it should be an anticipated non-negotiable. They must convince themselves they are dominators, not spectators -- Greg Growden writes.

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W2W4: Canes to sting injury-hit Crusaders

Every Australian Super Rugby side will take to the field this weekend and Michael Cheika will be sure to keep his eye out on the Wallabies' next hooker, while the race to top spot in New Zealand could take a turn through an injury-hit Crusaders.

Moody, Franks bans at odds with safety focus

Given all the talk of player safety being a priority in rugby, the two-week bans handed to All Blacks props Joe Moody and Owen Franks are grossly inadequate, Craig Dowd writes.

Formula 1

Monaco GP

Monaco GP: Was Ferrari's Spanish struggle a one-off?

ESPN previews the Monaco Grand Prix and takes a looks at how vital it is for Sebastian Vettel to close the world championship gap to Lewis Hamilton.

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Lewis, Vettel doubt they will ever be F1 teammates

Ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel briefly took time to imagine if a future existed for them as Formula One teammates.

Hamilton: Monaco most technical and challenging circuit

World champion Lewis Hamilton is excited to return to Monaco for this week's Formula One Grand Prix.

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MLB

Thursday's Games

World Fame 100

World Fame 100: Australia and New Zealand's Top 10

ESPN has determined 2018's most famous athletes on the planet. But where do representatives from Australia and New Zealand fit on the list?

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Infamy, redemption entwine for Smith and Warner

They might have been banned for ball-tampering, but Australian cricket heavyweights Steve Smith and David Warner have come in at No. 5 and No. 2 on the list of Australia/New Zealand's most famous athletes.

Fame 100: Australia

Where did your favourite athlete rank on the list?

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ESPN World Fame 100: Know your famous athletes

We asked fans from around the globe if they could identify athletes in the ESPN World Fame top 100.

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Football

Champions League final preview

Inside Liverpool's Champions League final preparations

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‘I don't see one Liverpool player who would improve Madrid - not even Salah’

Former Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque told "El Partidazo" radio show that even Egypt international Salah's 44 goals this season would not get him into the current Real Madrid team.

Zidane coy over lineup ahead of Liverpool clash

Real Madrid are favourites in the UCL final vs. Liverpool, but Zinedine Zidane is talking up his opponent while remaining coy on his own lineup.

Cricket

De Villiers announces retirement from cricket

"I am tired." Those words ended one of the greatest modern day careers. AB de Villiers has bid adieu to the international game, just four days after completing another IPL season.

A genius in two formats

Ten numbers that illustrate AB de Villiers' greatness in Tests and ODIs.

'AB de Villiers revolutionised cricket' - Mickey Arthur

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur remembers AB de Villiers the cricketer and person, as he pays tribute to the retired South African legend

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AB de Villiers calls time on SA career

A round-up of the top stories from May 23, 2018

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AB de Villiers retires: 'I've had my turn, I'm tired'

While announcing his international retirement, the South Africa batsman said he "had no plans to play overseas" but hoped to remain available in domestic cricket for the Titans

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'Not many batsmen make the game look that easy'

Ajit Agarkar and Graeme Swann on their memories of AB de Villiers, and how they did not quite enjoy bowling to "the No. 1 batsman in the world"

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Quickinfo - AB de Villiers, the record-maker

With AB de Villiers announcing his retirement from international cricket, ESPNcricinfo takes a look at some of his numbers over the years

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ABD Retires

Will AB Deviliers be remembered as an all-time great in Tests?

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Football

World Cup preview

#FCExtraTime: World Cup snubs, Salah vs. Kane and more

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Croatia's Rebic is finally proving his worth

Ante Revic shone the brightest as Eintracht Frankfurt stunned Bayern in the cup final. Though he's had a tough career, he will be at the World Cup.

Will Smith to sing 2018 World Cup song

Will Smith and Nicky Jam have been locked in to perform the official 2018 World Cup song, according to multiple reports.

NRL

NRL Round 12: Final Origin auditions

With State of Origin selectors sitting down this weekend, the two top of the ladder clashes couldn't have come at a better time to sort out the contenders from pretenders.

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Bennett: Bellamy has a decision to make

Broncos' coach Wayne Bennett believes the decision to take over the side is entirely up to Craig Bellamy.

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Storm rule out one-year deal for Bellamy

Melbourne Storm boss Dave Donaghy said his club won't be changing their offer to Craig Bellamy to a one-year deal so he can join Brisbane in 2019.

BETTING BLOG

Waratahs to continue impressing

TAB.com.au's Trent Langskaill believes the Waratahs may be able to cause two upsets in a row when they travel to play the Chiefs this weekend

Dragons to continue winnng run

TAB.com.au's Trent Langskaill believes the St. George Illawarra Dragons will hold steady in their top-of-the-standings game against the Penrith Panthers

Liverpool to win Champions League

TAB.com.au's Trent Langskaill believes Liverpool have an upset in them

MLB

The Shohei Ohtani experiment isn't just working -- it's perfect

Are the Angels using Ohtani correctly? So far, the planets have aligned for L.A. and its two-way star.

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Source: White Sox C Castillo to get 80-game ban

Welington Castillo will receive an 80-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy, a source told ESPN. It was not immediately clear what Castillo will be suspended for, but the source said it was not for a steroid.

Ohtani, Angels rally for win in ninth

Down two runs in the ninth inning, Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons both deliver 2-run singles to give the Angels a 5-4 win.

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Calhoun throws out tying run at home

Kole Calhoun makes a perfect throw to home to get Curtis Granderson to preserve the Angels' lead in the ninth.

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Brantley's hit enough for Indians' win

Michael Brantley's RBI single in the third is all the Indians need in a 1-0 win over the Cubs.

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Harrison's triple drives in game-winning run

Josh Harrison lines one into the right field corner and Jordy Mercer races home from first to score in the 12th inning.

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Tennis

Petra Kvitova's remarkable recovery, in her own words

Less than 18 months after a violent attack almost ended her career, the two-time Wimbledon champ opens up about her injury, the recovery and how she plans to confront the clay at Roland Garros.

Federer calls Serena the best ever

Agreed, Rog. Agreed.

French Open tournament schedule, scores and coverage

Get the 2018 French Open tennis tournament's dates, TV schedule, news coverage, live scores and results on ESPN.

ESPNW

Monaco GP to feature 'grid girls' despite F1 ban

The Monaco Grand Prix will feature 'grid girls' ahead of the race despite Formula One's decision to end the practice ahead of the 2018 season.

Who are the 25 most famous women athletes in the world?

We leveraged the power of ESPN's World Fame 100 to find the 25 most famous women athletes on the planet. Some you know, and some might surprise you.

World Fame 100's Most-Famous Women Athletes

ESPN researched the 100 most famous athletes on the planet. espnW wants you to meet the top 10 women athletes who had the social following and endorsements to make the cut.

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Golf

McIlroy: I dreamed of being a great golfer, not to be famous

Rory McIlroy was ranked 15th in ESPN's Fame 100 Index but fame is not something the Irishman coveted, nor really ever dreamt of. He only wanted to be known for his golf.

All roads lead to Ryder Cup for Poulter, Casey

As Paul Casey recovers from a troublesome back and Ian Poulter hopes to continue his impressive run of form, the two Ryder Cup hopefuls have divided attention as they spoke ahead of this week's BMW PGA Championship.

Adam Scott still on outside for U.S. Open spot

Adam Scott missed a chance to qualify for the U.S. Open by a matter of percentage points -- one stroke over 72 holes -- at the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday. A three-way tie for ninth will now have him scrambling for a spot in the field next month.

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.

Ball or Nothin' - Episode 14: The NBA Draft Lottery jackpot. Who's #1?

Who is the projected Aussie first rounder Jock Landale? It's the Suns' time to rise, who will they pick first? DeAndre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Trae Young, or Michael Porter Jr.? Can Puma make a sneaker comeback? And, the Hamptons 5's house is for sale.

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esports

Overwatch League power rankings - Shuffling the deck

With the new meta in play, teams worked hard to figure it out. Some were more successful than others.

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Epic Games commits $100 million for Fortnite competitions

Epic Games will provide $100 million in prize money to various esports tournaments for its hit game Fortnite throughout the 2018-19 calendar year, the developer announced on Monday.

NFL

NFL OTAs roll call: Brady, Gronk among stars skipping workouts

Tom Brady, Julio Jones and Aaron Donald are conspicuously absent but Odell Beckham Jr. is attending OTAs.

NFL being cautious with legalized gambling

Adam Schefter details how the NFL is looking for safeguards as it moves forward with gambling.

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Beckham's doing everything this spring for new contract

With other receivers from his draft class landing lucrative deals, the Giants star is out to prove he deserves a long-term contract.

MMA

UFC signing Hardy would be major mistake

Greg Hardy, who was convicted of domestic violence in 2014 before charges were later dismissed, will be given a shot in Dana White's "Contender Series" on June 12. Jeff Wagenheim explains why the UFC shouldn't make this move.

Till: I'm taking Thompson's 'head off' in Liverpool

Darren Till believes that he will have wisdom on his side as he bids to take Stephen Thompson's "head off" at UFC Liverpool on Saturday.

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