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Star athlete → injury → opioids → addiction → death

Drew Gintis was one of growing number of high school and college athletes who became a casualty of addiction to pain medications.

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook set an NBA record for the most points in a triple-double, all while leading his team back to a playoff-clinching victory.

Steph Curry

Golden State took a big step toward securing the No. 1 seed for the playoffs with Wednesday's win over the Spurs.

Bruce Arena

For the USMNT, restoring Bruce Arena as head coach has looked like a successful move so far.

Lonzo Ball

For his latest outlandish claim, LaVar Ball said his son will win more NBA championships than Michael Jordan.

Euro big men (AP/Getty)

Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic, who faced off in a crucial matchup Tuesday night, embody the all-around skills of the league's blossoming new school of big men.

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit's playoff streak was one of the most remarkable feats in the history of hockey and a constant reminder the Red Wings did things the right way.

Dana Altman

This year’s Final Four coaches have one thing in common: None is among the 10 highest-paid coaches in the profession.

Oscar de la Hoya

Promoters like Oscar de la Hoya are failing to capitalize on the sport's momentum, but they could revive boxing if they changed their methods.

National League fantasy season preview

Dalton Del Don goes around the Senior Circuit, making several bold predictions, including a strong year by a Cubs sub.

Mitchell Trubsiky (AP)

Five quarterbacks could go in the first 50 picks of the draft, but this group of signal-callers is a middling one.

Sindarius Thornwell (Getty)

Sindarius Thornwell has led South Carolina to a surprising Final Four run. Where does he rank on the list?

Draymond Green (AP)

Draymond Green says Oakland fans should't go to any home games in 2017.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan explains how Boston's talent is on a similar level to the Cubs — and how the expectations are equally high.

Dabo Swinney (Getty)

The people running the Tigers' athletic department clearly know a little something about business, too.

Lance Stephenson (AP)

Indiana has agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with Lance Stephenson after waiving injured guard Rodney Stuckey, league sources told The Vertical.

Jeurys Familia (Getty)

Jeurys Familia received a 15-game suspension for or a domestic incident with his wife in which charges were later dropped.

Joe Mixon (AP)

Following in Miami's footsteps, New England is reportedly no longer considering drafting Oklahoma star Joe Mixon.

Vin Scully might be too busy to watch the Dodgers opener

For the first time in 67 years, Scully won’t be working on opening day. So he might be doing something besides watching baseball.

Gonzaga (AP)

The Zags practice an unorthodox method when it comes to pitching players, highlighting what they'll do while they aren't on the court.

John Calipari, John Higgins

The Kentucky fans who are trying to ruin John Higgins' life need to get a life.

Saints coach explains Super Bowl meeting with Manziel. (AP)

Sean Payton clarified his February breakfast with the former Browns QB, dismissing a report that he was interested in signing him.

American League fantasy season predictions

Getting ready for your draft? Well, Dalton Del Don has some opinions on many American League players for the upcoming season.

Insane NHL playoff streak official comes to an end. (AP)

After losing to the Hurricanes on Tuesday, the Red Wings find themselves in a position they haven't been in since 1992.

Jusuf Nurkic (AP)

Jusuf Nurkic was the steal of the trade deadline for the Blazers, and he just put on a show against the Nuggets.

Jerry Jones, Tony Romo (AP)

The Cowboys owner has said that he'd 'do right' by his former franchise quarterback, so why is he now saying he'll reach a decision by training camp?

Warriors win ugly, inch closer to No. 1 seed

Steph Curry and Golden State knew what kind of game they were going to get in Houston, and they won anyway.

Pulisic learns valuable lesson in Panama

Christian Pulisic was roughed up by Panama in the USMNT's 1-1 draw, and the 18-year-old wunderkind still delivered.

Goodell will attend Patriots' season opener

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will go to Gillette Stadium for the first time since Tom Brady's suspension.

USMNT settles for a point against Panama

Clint Dempsey's goal helped the United States earn a hard-fought draw on the road in World Cup qualifying.

Last season, Cleveland surprised everyone by reaching the World Series. Mike Oz, Tim Brown and Jeff Passan discuss who could do that this year.

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