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106 or bust? How Jordan Hicks learned he could throw faster than anyone on Earth

[ad_1] Jordan Hicks has thrown the three fastest pitches in major league baseball this year. And the next three after that. And the next three after that. In fact, the St. Louis Cardinals' closer has unleashed every one of the 20 hardest offerings in the bigs this season. Not too shabby for a guy who didn't really pitch until high school.Growing up in Houston, Hicks was an Astros fan who
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The ESPN Daily: Step aside, Kevin Bacon

[ad_1] THINGS TO CARE ABOUTFrom 'soft' to an NBA playoff force ... Nikola Jokic landed in Denver four years ago as a largely unknown, Coca-Cola-guzzling second-round draft pick out of Serbia. At his root, he's like a 7-foot kid who enjoys "Game of Thrones," sweets and his pet horses. But on the court, he's got an affinity for a creative passing game, and it's really working. Read MoreWhat in the
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Teen football star fatally shot at Illinois party

[ad_1] VENICE, Ill. -- A teen sports standout featured in a Sports Illustrated article about young athletes who would rule the future of sports has been fatally shot.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted police as saying that Jaylon McKenzie, an East St. Louis eighth grader, was shot Saturday night at a party in Venice, Illinois, about 5 miles northeast of St. Louis.Police say they found McKenzie with serious wounds and he
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Murray, Jokic historically resilient for Nuggets

[ad_1] PORTLAND -- Jamal Murray opened Game 4 driving baseline when he was forced to take a fading behind-the-basket rainbow shot that floated over the backboard and dropped in.And the guard sealed the game with six clutch free throws in the final 13.2 seconds to help the Denver Nuggets pull off their gutsiest victory of the season with a 116-112 win over the Portland Trail Blazers to even this best-of-seven
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How the Nuggets are surviving Damian Lillard

[ad_1] PORTLAND, Ore. -- When he stepped out of the locker room, Damian Lillard adjusted his crimson vest and navigated the thin corridor in the belly of the Moda Center en route to the podium for his postgame press conference.The hallway, no more than 10 feet wide, is packed with people postgame -- friends, families, teammates, team employees, agents, reporters -- and it's compounded by the fact the Denver Nuggets