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What we think we know about the Stanley Cup Final

[ad_1] 7:00 AM ETEmily KaplanESPN The Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues has gone back and forth between games. Each offensive spurt has been met with a counterpunch. Each loss is followed by a necessary adjustment. No real fireworks (yet), though plenty of players are trying to antagonize opponents. (Exactly how many David Perron wrestling matches have we seen in front of Boston's net? Our
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Who is the best player at the Women’s World Cup?

[ad_1] In the four years since the last Women's World Cup in Canada, the competition and talent among female footballers has gotten stronger -- and more global. The stage will be as big as ever when this year's tournament kicks off June 7 in Paris. In our latest ESPN FC Rank, we polled our experts to gauge which players will stand out in France. Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images 25. Shanice van
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Source — Cubs, Kimbrel reach 3-year, $43M deal

[ad_1] Craig Kimbrel finally has a new home.The All-Star closer and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a three-year, $43 million deal, ESPN has confirmed, ending a seven-month-long free agency for one of baseball's best bullpen arms. The Athletic was first to report the agreement. MLB Network first reported the financial terms.Kimbrel will earn $10 million this season and $16 million in 2020 and 2021. There is a $1 million
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Cubs, Kimbrel reach 3-year, $43M deal

[ad_1] Craig Kimbrel finally has a new home.The All-Star closer and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a three-year, $43 million deal, ESPN has confirmed, ending a seven-month-long free agency for one of baseball's best bullpen arms. The Athletic was first to report the agreement. MLB Network reported the money first.Kimbrel will get $10 million this season and $16 million in 2020 and 2021. There is a $1 million buyout
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Why you won’t see Ada Hegerberg, the world’s best player, at the Women’s World Cup

[ad_1] It has been two years since striker Ada Hegerberg, 23, informed the Norwegian soccer federation that she would not play for her national team until she saw more tangible progress toward equal working conditions and overall support for the women's program. She has never wavered in that decision, despite some initiatives by Norwegian officials, and will watch the 2019 Women's World Cup from home this summer. For more on
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Cavs boss Gilbert’s stroke recovery to ‘take time’

[ad_1] CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's recovery from a recent stroke will "take time."That was the update provided by Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner in a statement Wednesday night on the 57-year-old Gilbert, who remains hospitalized after falling ill and suffering a stroke on May 26."Dan's recovery is a process that will take time -- but we are all confident that he will meet this challenge head on as
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Warriors rule Thompson (hammy) out for Game 3

[ad_1] 9:11 PM ETRamona ShelburneCloseESPN Senior WriterSenior writer for ESPN.comSpent seven years at the Los Angeles Daily NewsAdrian WojnarowskiThe Golden State Warriors have ruled out star guard Klay Thompson for Wednesday night's Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the visiting Toronto Raptors due to a left hamstring strain.Warriors officials had preferred Thompson to sit out to protect his sore hamstring for the rest of the NBA Finals, but Thompson
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‘Happier’ when Lakers are ‘screwed up’

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, in town for a speaking engagement in downtown L.A., couldn't stifle a grin when asked about the current state of the Los Angeles Lakers."The more screwed up they are, the happier I am," Cuban told ESPN. "But I feel that way about every other franchise not in Dallas. We all go through it. Every franchise goes through cycles and when your