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Inside the rise and new challenges of LeBron's offensive powers

Kirk Goldsberry goes inside LeBron's journey to offensive greatness and what it means for this new test with the Lakers.

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LeBron and the Lakers' debut: Predictions and expert analysis

We've got you covered before, during and after the Lakers' opener in Portland.

LeBron flashes back to 2003 for his first Lakers kicks

Nike debuted the LeBron line in 2003 by putting "King James" on a poster surrounded by lions. That image serves as the inspiration for his sneakers tonight.

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Six fifties, three nineties, no hundreds

Babar Azam was the closest to a century, falling one short in the end

Azhar and Shafiq's collective brainfade

One hundred and thirty Tests between them, and you'd think one of them would make sure the ball had actually crossed the boundary before standing mid-pitch to chat.

WATCH - Azhar Ali loses wicket in comical run-out

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq failed to notice that Azhar's shot failed to reach the boundary, leading to a gift of a run out for Australia

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Friday'S GAMES

Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 7

Will the Giants get tight end Evan Engram back this week against Atlanta? NFL Nation reporters update all the key injuries for every team.

Projecting top 10 picks in 2019 NFL draft, and top needs for each

With five teams at 1-5, the race is on for next year's No. 1 pick. There's a clear favorite, according to our projections: Arizona.

Barnwell: Predicting the NFL's next record-breakers

Sorry, Drew Brees, we're interested in who will snag your passing yardage record. Let's evaluate chances for passing TDs, rushing yards and more.

Fan interference denies Altuve of possible HR

A potential two-run home run by the Astros' Jose Altuve was ruled an out by umpires, who said a fan interfered with Mookie Betts' catch attempt.

Six biggest moments in Red Sox's amazing Game 4 win

From Andrew Benintendi's game-saving catch to another big homer by Jackie Bradley Jr., there were plenty of heroes in Boston's Game 4 thriller.

Twitter reaction to Red Sox-Astros fan interference call

Needless to say, folks on Twitter had something to say about the controversial fan interference call in Game 4 of the ALCS.

Benintendi's sliding grab saves game for Red Sox

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Alex Bregman hits it to left field where Andrew Benintendi dives to make the game-ending catch.

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Benintendi talks catch to end Game 4

Andrew Benintendi breaks down the approach on his game-winning catch, saying he was committed to diving no matter what.

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Bradley: This game 'brought out a lot of emotions'

Jackie Bradley Jr. discusses his stellar play in the ALCS, recording 9 RBIs and reacts to Boston's 8-6 win against Houston in Game 4.

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Betts on wild Game 4: 'This is the reason why I play the game'

Mookie Betts gives his perspective on the fan interference play against Jose Altuve in Game 4 and the emotions late in the game.

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Perez agrees with fan interference call

Eduardo Perez says he agrees with the fan interference call made against Astros fans who had their hands extended over the wall.

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Hinch: I firmly believe in our team

Astros manager AJ Hinch discusses his team being down 3-1 and how he has full confidence in his team to come back in this series.

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Hinch: We assumed Mookie was going to make a spectacular play

Astros manager AJ Hinch discusses the controversial call in the first inning and he says there's nothing he could have done cause that's the call they made.

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Reddick's diving catch ends bases-loaded jam

With the bases loaded and two out in the ninth, Josh Reddick makes a great play on Mookie Betts' hit to right field to end the inning.

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Martinez knocks in Betts for insurance run

J.D. Martinez lifts a single to score Mookie Betts in the eighth inning to give the Red Sox an 8-5 lead.

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Carmelo: Reserve role 'challenging mentally'

In his first regular-season game with the Rockets, Carmelo Anthony scored nine points in 27 minutes off the bench.

Booker shines in opener, scores 19 in 4th qtr

Devin Booker scored 19 points in the 4th quarter in Wednesday's 121-100 win over the Mavericks.

Giannis nearly records triple-double

Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Bucks over Hornets with 25 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists in season opener.

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Griffin drops 26 in opener

Blake Griffin got off to a great start by scoring 26 points to help the Pistons beat the Nets 103-100.

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Walker drops 41 in season-opening loss

Kemba Walker erupts for 41 points on 15-of-29 shooting in the Hornets' 113-112 loss to the Bucks.

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Davis finishes alley-oop with ease

Elfrid Payton drives downcourt and lobs a pass up to Anthony Davis, who finishes with the two-handed flush.

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Sexton drains his first two NBA buckets

Collin Sexton drains a teardrop off the glass for his first NBA points, shortly followed by a running leap for two more.

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Hornets miss two attempts to win opener vs. Bucks

Down 113-112 and with the shot clock off, Kemba Walker misses a layup and Nicolas Batum a wide-open 3-pointer, sending the Hornets to a loss.

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Butler hits and-1 surrounded by 4 Spurs

Jimmy Butler takes a nice dish from Jeff Teague and manages to hold on under pressure for two plus the foul.

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Aldridge sends Jones' shot into the stands

LaMarcus Aldridge comes up with a nasty block on Tyus Jones, sending the ball flying into the crowd.

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Mirotic makes a nice cut for the score

Jrue Holiday passes the ball to Nikola Mirotic, who makes a nice cut to the basket and sinks a layup.

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Trier throws down vicious dunk

Allonzo Trier goes strong to the basket and puts down a dunk that electrifies the Garden.

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Butler steals and slams

Jimmy Butler picks off the Spurs and takes the ball the other way for a wide-open jam.

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Kawhi scores 12 in first half as Raptor

In his first regular season game in a red and white uni, Kawhi Leonard drains 12 points for the Raptors.

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AFL TRADE PERIOD

Which clubs nailed the trade period, and who had shockers?

It was another hectic, tense and turbulent trade period, but which clubs did the best job at the AFL's annual meat market? Chris Doerre assesses every team's moves.

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Jenkins: AFL trade period from a player's perspective

Josh Jenkins' move from Essendon to Adelaide in 2011 was hardly a blockbuster trade, but it allowed him to experience the intense conversations, emotions and decision-making involved in the AFL's annual meat market.

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Draymond's son wants nothing to do with presser

Draymond Green Jr. joins his dad at the podium and doesn't have much to say, but throws up the deuces before they leave.

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Warriors get reversible NBA title rings in style

The Warriors celebrated their NBA title by receiving championship rings before Tuesday's season-opening game.

Trailer for 2008-12 Barcelona documentary unveiled

Barcelona's golden era is still fresh but new doc 'Take the ball, Pass the Ball', should yield an even closer look at Pep Guardiola's world-beaters.

Kershaw dominant as Dodgers beat Brewers

Clayton Kershaw bounced back from one of his worst postseason starts with one of his best, pitching the Dodgers past the Brewers 5-2 to move one win from a return to the World Series.

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Brewers pull Miley after 5 pitches, fall to Dodgers

Brewers starter Wade Miley was replaced by Brandon Woodruff after just five pitches -- a walk to Cody Bellinger -- in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. The strategy didn't pan out, as Los Angeles cruised to a 5-2 win.

Kershaw strikes out 9 in win

Clayton Kershaw tosses nine strikeouts and holds the Brewers to one run in his Game 5 start.

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Counsell on pulling Miley: 'That was the plan all along'

Craig Counsell explains his move to pull starter Wade Miley after just five pitches, saying that it was all part of the game plan.

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Kershaw notes effective curveball after 9-K performance

Clayton Kershaw reflects on his impressive outing after the Dodgers' 5-2 victory and discusses the importance of going back to Milwaukee with a win.

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Kershaw makes Kratz look silly

Clayton Kershaw uses his nastiest stuff to get Erik Kratz whiffing at a curveball.

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Dodgers double lead with 2-run 7th

Justin Turner knocks in an RBI single and Brian Dozier adds to the lead with a sacrifice groundout to make it 5-1 Dodgers in the bottom of the 7th.

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Puig extends lead with RBI single

Yasiel Puig rips a line drive into center field to score Manny Machado, giving the Dodgers a critical insurance run and making it 3-1.

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Miley pulled after one batter in Game 5 start

Brewers Game 5 starter Wade Miley gets pulled after walking the first batter Wednesday but is expected to start again in Game 6 on Friday.

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Muncy's RBI single puts Dodgers ahead

Max Muncy slaps one through the hole to plate Justin Turner, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead over the Brewers.

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Barnes ties it up with RBI single

Austin Barnes sends one back up the middle to bring in Chris Taylor and knot the score at 1-1.

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Cain opens scoring with RBI double

Lorenzo Cain drives one to the center-field wall and brings in Orlando Arcia, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead over the Dodgers.

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