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No Perfect Bullpen Strategy, but Depth, Flexibility Help

No perfect strategy for building a big league bullpen, but depth, flexibility help

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Rose Finds a New Way to Win 7th PGA Tour Title

For Rose, winning the Zurich Classic showcased how dynamic his game could be

After Wizards Get Sweep, Pierce Takes Jabs at Raptors, Drake

With Pierce showing _ and laughing all _ the way, Wizards reach 2nd round by sweeping Raptors

LEADING OFF: Wainwright Gets MRI, Russell Ready for Wrigley

LEADING OFF: Wainwright gets MRI, Russell ready for Wrigley debut, McHugh goes for 11th in row

NL Teams Experimenting With Pitchers Hitting 8th

NL managers shaking things up a bit by moving pitchers out of No. 9 spot in order

Grizzlies, Bulls Wary Even With Big Leads in Playoffs

Cavs show Grizzlies, Bulls that things can go very wrong even when series are well in hand

Capitals-Islanders Game 7 Stirs 'Epic' Memories

Capitals-Islanders Game 7 stirs 'Epic' memories; Red Wings can close out Lightning

A-Rod Hits No. 659, Yanks Beat Mets 6-4 to Win Subway Series

A-Rod hits 659th HR to move within 1 of Willie Mays; Yanks top Mets 6-4 to win Subway Series

Cavs Sweep Celts as James Scores 27 in 101-93 Victory

James scores 27 as Cavaliers sweep Celtics with 101-93 win after Love hurts shoulder

Five sponsors of Mayweather-Pacquiao fight chip in a record $13.2M

The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao welterweight unification megafight on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is expected to shatter all revenue records in boxing history, including for most money generated by sponsors. Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, Pacquiao's promoter, told ESPN.com on Friday that their contracts with five title sponsors will add a record $13.2 million to the bottom line of a fight expected to generate at least $400 million, with the vast majority of that money coming from the domestic pay-per-view revenue. Exact records have not been kept, but the previous sponsorship record is believed to be the estimated $3.5 million to $4 million brought in by some past Mayweather bouts. Lucia McKelvey, Top Rank's executive vice president of marketing since 2011, made most of the sponsor deals. She also has served as Pacquiao's individual deal agent since 2011. "We killed it, we blew it out of the water," said McKelvey, who worked with...

Protesters in police custody death cause disturbance near Camden Yards

BALTIMORE -- Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday in the largest Freddie Gray rally yet, and after hours of peaceful demonstrations, pockets of protesters smashed out police car windows and storefronts. Two people were hurt in the mayhem, and at least a dozen were arrested. The problems happened near Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles game against the Boston Red Sox went on as scheduled, only fans were told toward the end of the game to stay in the stadium because of public safety worries. Before the game, demonstrators fought with fans at a bar. A Baltimore police spokesman said an officer suffered minor injuries in the waning hours of the demonstrations near a police station where three dozen police officers in riot helmets and shields were lined up. The crowd was sparse, mostly people coming out of their homes, some throwing items, possibly rocks, at the officers. At least five officers in all were injured. The protesters...

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

The NBA has fined Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle $25,000 for publicly criticizing the officials after Friday night's Game 3 loss to the Houston Rockets.?? "I have strong feelings about how I feel about my team, and I'm going to fight for my team," Carlisle said after the fine was announced Saturday. "That's just the way it's going to be. I'm a lot like my owner. I'm going to fight for my guys. I understand the fine. I accept it, and I think they'll put the money to very good use." Carlisle had made pointed comments after Game 3 criticizing officials for letting the Rockets get away with what he considered to be illegal physical play. "Look, referees miss calls, but there's just a lot of physical stuff going on out there that just doesn't look kosher to me," Carlisle said after the loss, which put the Mavs on the brink of elimination. "They're a more physical team, but this series has got to be played within the...