Sports Break: The Patriots kept Jimmy Garoppolo. So how do they feel about Tom Brady’s longevity?

Cubs’ rocky start can no longer be shrugged off as a simple World Series hangover; The NCAA put out a diversity hiring pledge. Notre Dame and Boston College won’t sign.; The Patriots kept Jimmy Garoppolo. So how do they feel about Tom Brady’s longevity?; NBA players are goading defenders into fouling on three-pointers, and it’s dividing the league; In an instant, the Spurs lost Kawhi Leonard — and probably the West finals; Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard falls twice, exits Game 1 with ankle injury vs. Warriors; Stipe Miocic and a wave of nice fighters finish first at UFC 211, but is that what we want?; Breaking down Warriors-Spurs: Five factors that could swing the Western Conference finals; In Game 6, John Wall went from Wizards all-star to D.C. icon; The Celtics and Wizards have their own crosses to bear heading into Game 7; John Wall’s deep three-pointer in final seconds forces a Game 7 as Wizards beat Celtics, 92-91; LeBron James and the Cavaliers will have Goodyear’s logo on their uniforms next season; Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ top draft pick, robbed at gunpoint in Texas; ESPN’s Beth Mowins reportedly will be the first woman to call an NFL game since 1987; ESPN’s Shelley Smith hospitalized after suffering possible stroke in the Warriors’ locker room; Astros player who wears No. 2 because of Derek Jeter hits grand slam on Jeter Day; ‘Family is forever’: Derek Jeter’s number retired at Yankee Stadium; Joe Maddon’s ideas to improve MLB player safety? Cup checks and on-deck circle cages; ‘There’s a cloud, a pall, over the whole country’: Gregg Popovich again talks Trump; ‘Thank you for allowing me to be your son’: Athletes honor Mom on Mother’s Day; NASCAR driver Aric Almirola has broken vertebra from fiery crash involving Danica Patrick, Joey Logano; Oddsmakers set Patriots over/under at an amazingly high 12.5 wins. Take the over.; The Warriors are not the Rockets. The Spurs can’t beat them without Kawhi Leonard.
 
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LeBron James and the Cavaliers will have Goodyear’s logo on their uniforms next season
And why not? There’s money at stakes and, besides, the team has had luck with Akron products before.
Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ top draft pick, robbed at gunpoint in Texas
The former Texas Tech quarterback and three others were unharmed.
 
Cubs’ rocky start can no longer be shrugged off as a simple World Series hangover
The team that rolled through last season is struggling both at the plate and on the mound.
 
The NCAA put out a diversity hiring pledge. Notre Dame and Boston College won’t sign.
The schools’ reluctance to sign the voluntary pledge confuses supporters of more diversity on sidelines and in college sports administration.
 
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The Patriots kept Jimmy Garoppolo. So how do they feel about Tom Brady’s longevity?
Brady can’t play forever, can he? A look at the Pats’ future, as well as their biggest threats in 2018.
 
ESPN’s Beth Mowins reportedly will be the first woman to call an NFL game since 1987
Gayle Sierens, the last woman to call play-by-play during the regular season, became more than a trivia answer. She’s an inspiration.
 
NBA players are goading defenders into fouling on three-pointers, and it’s dividing the league
A dramatic spike in three-shot fouls — a 90.2 percent increase over the last 14 seasons — has led to calls for the NBA to do something.
 
ESPN’s Shelley Smith hospitalized after suffering possible stroke in the Warriors’ locker room
“I’m good,” the reporter, who survived cancer in 2014, said in a text message.
 
 
In an instant, the Spurs lost Kawhi Leonard — and probably the West finals
From the moment San Antonio lost its superstar, the team seemed to be running uphill in an avalanche.
 
Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard falls twice, exits Game 1 with ankle injury vs. Warriors
The San Antonio star was ruled out for the rest of Sunday’s game shortly after leaving in the third quarter.
 
Stipe Miocic and a wave of nice fighters finish first at UFC 211, but is that what we want?
UFC banks on acrimony to make big-money fights, and at its event on Saturday, there was hardly any, as decent human beings and average entertainers won the day.
 
Breaking down Warriors-Spurs: Five factors that could swing the Western Conference finals
A look at the key matchups and subplots of the battle between Golden State and San Antonio, which begins Sunday afternoon.
 
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In Game 6, John Wall went from Wizards all-star to D.C. icon
John Wall finally delivered the career-defining moment he’s longed for — and Washington needed.
 
The Celtics and Wizards have their own crosses to bear heading into Game 7
In Game 7, the Celtics must shake off the regret of blowing Game 6, and the Wizards must find a way to win on the road.
 
John Wall’s deep three-pointer in final seconds forces a Game 7 as Wizards beat Celtics, 92-91
Despite an up-and-down shooting performance that included a stretch of more than six minutes without a single made field goal, Washington forced a winner-take-all matchup in Boston on Monday. This is a developing story. It will be updated.
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