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Notes: What's behind Jeff Samardzija's turnaround in 2016?

How Jeff Samardzija got back on track in San Francisco. Ichiro is apparently a comedic savant. And much more in Ken Rosenthal's latest notes.

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Boston College suspends Troy Flutie after arrest and DUI charge

Troy Flutie is the nephew of Heisman-winning QB Doug Flutie

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Kyle Rudolph makes special announcement at Twins game

This was the appropriate setting.

Milwaukee Brewers' Jimmy Nelson pitches to a San Diego Padres' batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 12, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

Preview: Brewers at Braves

Milwaukee Brewers begin three-game series in Atlanta vs. Braves Tuesday

Brock Osweiler wants Bill O'Brien to coach him hard with the Texans

Brock Osweiler wants Bill O'Brien to coach him hard with the Texans

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 01: J.J. Watt #99 of Houston Texans enters the field before the game against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Former Badgers star Watt debuts new logo

Former Wisconsin Badgers defensive end J.J. Watt is showing off his new personal logo, a stylized take on his initials.

during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.,CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: (L-R) Jared Goff of the California Golden Bears holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #1 overall by the Los Angeles Rams during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

How the Sam Bradford trade helped the Rams land Jared Goff

The Bradford-Foles deal was made with an eye toward the future -- and it worked

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Raptors hold off Cavaliers to even Eastern Conference final

Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, including a driving layup in the final minute, and DeMar DeRozan had 32 as the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 in Game 4 on Monday night.

New Magic coach Frank Vogel believes 'future is bright' in Orlando

Three days after the Orlando Magic announced Frank Vogel as the franchise's new coach, the team formally introduced him.

Magic formally introduce Frank Vogel as their new coach

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Three days after the Orlando Magic announced Frank Vogel as the franchise's new coach, the team formally introduced him on Monday.

Draymond Green explains why he didn't apologize to Steven Adams Sunday night

Green refuses to back down from his stance that the kick was unintentional. And refused to apologize to Adams Sunday for this reason.

Former NBA player Etan Thomas says he was denied train seat

Former NBA player Etan Thomas has called out a woman he says denied him a seat next to her on a crowded train, only to offer it up to another passenger.

Toronto Raptors might get Jonas Valanciunas back in time for Game 4

Jonas Valanciunas has reportedly progressed from "out" to "doubtful" to "game-time decision" for the Toronto Raptors ahead of Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Is Cleveland's defense good enough to win the NBA Finals?

The Cavaliers have the best offense in the playoffs, but is that enough to win it all?

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Pavelski scores twice, Sharks top Blues to take 3-2 lead

Joe Pavelski scored two goals, including the go-ahead score in the opening minute of the third period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference final on Monday night.

Kucherov's excellence driving Lightning against Penguins

The bigger the playoff moment, the more Nikita Kucherov shines.

Former Leafs coach John Brophy dies after lengthy illness

TORONTO (AP) John Brophy, who coached the Toronto Maple Leafs for 2 1/2 seasons before coaching in the ECHL for 13 seasons, has died. He was 83.

Lightning top Pens in OT, are 1 win from reaching Stanley Cup Final

Lightning top Pens in OT, move 1 win from reaching Stanley Cup Final

Lightning stun Penguins in OT, move one win from Stanley Cup final

Tyler Johnson turned toward the net, wary of taking another shot to his already battered face.

Johnson's OT deflection lifts Lightning over Penguins 4-3

The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

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Boston College suspends Troy Flutie after arrest and DUI charge

Troy Flutie is the nephew of Heisman-winning QB Doug Flutie

Kyle Rudolph makes special announcement at Twins game

This was the appropriate setting.

Monday's Sports in Brief

NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady's lawyers asked a federal appeals court for a new hearing before an expanded panel of judges, telling them that it is not just a silly dispute over underinflated ...

Brock Osweiler wants Bill O'Brien to coach him hard with the Texans

Brock Osweiler wants Bill O'Brien to coach him hard with the Texans

Indianapolis signs 2nd-round draft pick T.J. Green

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts said Monday that they have signed safety T.J. Green, their second-round draft pick.

Saints add veteran receiver Brown, kicker Barth

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says New Orleans has signed receiver Vincent Brown and kicker Connor Barth.

Former Badgers star Watt debuts new logo

Former Wisconsin Badgers defensive end J.J. Watt is showing off his new personal logo, a stylized take on his initials.

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Angels-Rangers Preview

Jhoulys Chacin's second start with the Los Angeles Angels was nowhere near as impressive as his first. Martin Perez's season with the Texas Rangers would likely be going down as his best yet ...

Nats' Gonzalez has worst outing of season in loss to Mets

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez felt as though nothing he threw had anything behind it, and the New York Mets took advantage.

Preview: Brewers at Braves

Milwaukee Brewers begin three-game series in Atlanta vs. Braves Tuesday

Grichuk's homer in 9th lifts Cardinals to 4-3 win over Cubs

ST. LOUIS (AP) Randal Grichuck hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the ninth to lift the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

Braves get draft pick, Matusz from Orioles for 2 prospects

ATLANTA (AP) The rebuilding Atlanta Braves invested deeper into their already important June draft on Monday by acquiring the 76th pick in the draft from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange ...

Orioles-Astros Preview

With their offense in a major cold spell, another top-notch pitcher is the last thing the Houston Astros need to see.

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LSU's live tiger mascot diagnosed with rare form of cancer

The sixth live tiger to serve as Louisiana State University's mascot has been diagnosed with a rare and inoperable form of cancer.

BC receiver Troy Flutie, NFL star's nephew, charged with DUI

NATICK, Mass. (AP) Boston College receiver Troy Flutie has been suspended from the football team after police charged him with operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor.

LSU mascot "Mike the Tiger" diagnosed with cancer

LSU's live tiger mascot was given a terrible diagnosis Monday.

Davidson seeks continued improvement

(STATS) - Davidson's 2016 schedule will include five home games as the Wildcats look to continue improving in coach Paul Nicholls' fourth season.

Suit seeks testimony from ex-Texas coach Mack Brown, others

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A former University of Texas track coach's sex and race discrimination lawsuit has new life, and her lawyers are still pursuing long-sought testimony from former ...

Jim Harbaugh tells youth campers that 'football's never been safer'

The Michigan coach voiced another strong opinion.

Former Missouri QB Maty Mauk signs with Eastern Kentucky

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) Former Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has signed an athletic grant-in-aid to play this season for Eastern Kentucky.

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Indy 500 drivers open up about how they prepare for the race

This weekend marks the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500

Indy 500 champions call safety measures greatest innovation

Imagine climbing into your sedan in the driveway and not putting on a seatbelt, then trying to back out onto a busy street without the benefit of a rear-view mirror.

Column: Hornish doesn't regret how career quietly faded

Some drivers fear the end of their career.

Newgarden turns fastest lap in final full Indy 500 practice

Josef Newgarden flipped the script Monday by posting the fastest lap in the final full practice for the Indianapolis 500.

The Wood Brothers and David Pearson set records at CMS

The Wood Brothers won 13 consecutive poles at CMS, a record that is unlikely to ever be broken.

Check out the Star-Spangled No. 88 Dale Jr. will run in the Coca-Cola 600

Dale Earnhardt's patriotic scheme will pay tribute to the U.S. military on his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Highlights from the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500

RACE: 97th Indianapolis 500 DATE: May 26, 2013 WINNER: Tony Kanaan AVERAGE SPEED: 187.433 mph WHAT HAPPENED: After 11 failed attempts and numerous close calls, Kanaan finally ...

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Joe Rogan doesn't expect to call UFC fights for very much longer

Joe Rogan says he's probably headed out of the commentary game in the near future.

Paige VanZant joins cast for 'Kickboxer: Retaliation'

Paige VanZant will shift from dancing to acting for a new role written specifically for her in "Kickboxer: Retaliation".

Aljamain Sterling has the solution to the Dominick Cruz problem

Aljamain Sterling knows he has the formula to beat Dominick Cruz and take the bantamweight title from him.

Conor McGregor has no regrets about 'publicized civil war' with the UFC

Conor McGregor explains his side of the story in a very public fight with the UFC

Conor McGregor on Floyd Mayweather: 'He needs me, I don't need him'

Conor McGregor says if a fight with Floyd Mayweather happens, it's going to be on his terms.

Roy Jones Jr. offers Conor McGregor advice before rematch with Nate Diaz

Jones is more excited for this rematch than any talk of McGregor vs. Mayweather

Conor McGregor says he's 'in a good place' with UFC after putting 'emotions' aside

It appears the frayed relationship between Conor McGregor and the UFC is nearly repaired

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Louis van Gaal faces Man United departure despite FA Cup win

Louis van Gaal's career at Manchester United appears to be nearing the end after two turbulent years.

Van Gaal's legacy: Big spending, dull games, accent on youth

So, after $375 million in transfers, two seasons of often mind-numbing soccer, one trophy and countless references to his "process" and "philosophy," Louis van Gaal is no ...

Luis Suarez still set to play in Copa America Centenario despite hamstring injury

The Barcelona doctors are giving him a window to Copa America.

Rumor Mill: Leicester duo on the move? Zlatan to United?

Scroll through the best of this week's transfer gossip.

Rami called up by France amid doubts over Varane's fitness

Sevilla defender Adil Rami has been called up by France coach Didier Deschamps among his list of reserve players for the European Championship after Raphael Varane picked up a thigh injury.

Cup title gives Barcelona its 27th trophy in last decade

Only by Barcelona's incredibly high standards can winning back-to-back doubles seem like a disappointment.

Mainz keeper Karius having medical ahead of Liverpool move

Personal terms have been agreed after Liverpool met his release clause.

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Brussels bombing victim Sebastien Bellin is grateful for every day

Still hospitalized, the former basketball player recalls the tragic attack that nearly took his life.

Peter Jok to return to Iowa for senior season

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Peter Jok will return to Iowa men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.

Illinois' Tate rejoins basketball team after case dropped

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says Jaylon Tate has been reinstated to the basketball team after a misdemeanor battery charge against him was dropped.

NC State's Anya opts out of draft, returns for senior season

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State says big man BeeJay Anya is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to school for his senior season.

AP source: Canisius coach Baron retires after 29-year career

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the details says Canisius College coach Jim Baron is retiring after a 29-year-coaching career.

Prosecutor: Case against Illinois' Jaylon Tate dropped

URBANA, Ill. (AP) Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate after concluding there was not enough evidence to convict him.

Duke basketball's latest signing instantly makes them the 2017 title favorites

With another top recruit in the fold, it's "Duke vs. everyone else" in college basketball next year.

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