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Top golfers embrace boy in race to cure rare disease

Sebastian Velona, who has a rare neurological disease called Batten CLN8, garnered plenty of support from PGA Tour golfers at Riviera Country Club.  5:28 PM ET PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Sebastian Velona didn’t just meet dozens of the world’s best … Continue reading

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Lakers promote Magic; Kupchak, Jim Buss out

1:47 PM ET ESPN.com news services The Los Angeles Lakers have shaken up their front office, promoting team legend Magic Johnson to president of basketball operations and firing general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss. … Continue reading

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Eyeing better results, Danica Patrick still has high hopes

12:30 PM ET Bob PockrassNASCAR Close • NASCAR writer for ESPN.com• 2009, 2013 NMPA Writer of the Year• More than 25 years experience covering motorsports DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Danica Patrick walks out of her motorhome in the Daytona International Speedway driver lot … Continue reading

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What to know about new Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll

9:30 AM ET Nick Saban took his time finding his new offensive coordinator at Alabama. Brian Daboll will be Saban’s third coordinator in three months. On Monday — nearly two weeks after Steve Sarkisian surprised everyone by becoming the offensive … Continue reading

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Shattenkirk, Sharp best deadline rentals

Kevin Shattenkirk (left) and Patrick Sharp (center) are top rentals heading toward the deadline.  9:45 AM ET Which trade-deadline rental would provide the best bang for the buck in the playoffs? Craig Custance: Put me down for Kevin Shattenkirk. If … Continue reading

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Advice from Pujols, Cano pushing Yasiel Puig in right direction

7:53 AM ET GLENDALE, Ariz. — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig closes his eyes and scrunches his face, guzzling shamrock-green juice from a clear plastic tumbler as if he had a taxi waiting outside. The juice fits into the … Continue reading

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Joe Flacco would own NFL's highest cap figure if Tony Romo is cut or traded

9:18 AM ET If Tony Romo is cut or traded this offseason, it would end an era in Dallas and give Joe Flacco a lighting-rod label. Flacco would become the player with the highest salary-cap figure in the NFL in … Continue reading

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Victor Cruz would be a good veteran fit as a slot receiver for Panthers

11:40 AM ET CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Veteran leadership and a proven slot receiver. That’s what 30-year-old Victor Cruz could add to the Carolina Panthers‘ wide receiver corps that sorely lacked both this past season. The former New York Giants receiver … Continue reading

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Craving for competition drove John Lynch from booth to GM role

7:00 AM ET SANTA CLARA, Calif. — About an hour after new San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch had taken part in his introductory press conference, he walked into the media room at Levi’s Stadium for another round of … Continue reading

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Cousins: 'Love for this city has never changed'

3:47 AM ET ESPN.com news services DeMarcus Cousins delivered a brief, emotional speech Monday night at what appeared to be a going-away party following his trade from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans. “My love for this city … Continue reading

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