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No hesitation for networks airing Sam reaction

For the ESPN production team, broadcasting Sam's Draft Day kiss was a no-brainer.

Cleveland Cavaliers fire coach Mike Brown ... again

Mike Brown's second shot with the Cavs ended Monday after one just one season as Gilbert dismissed the only Cleveland coach who has ever made it to the NBA finals.

Sam finds comfortable landing spot in St. Louis

Sam was picked by St. Louis near the end of the seventh round Saturday, with the 248th overall pick. He will try to become the NFL's first publicly gay player when in the Rams' training camp.

 

UPDATE: Michael Sam selected by St. Louis Rams, becomes first openly gay player drafted

St. Louis made the Missouri defensive end the first openly gay player to be drafted to the NFL.

Four Tigers selected in the NFL Draft, including Michael Sam

Four Missouri players were taken in the draft — which ran from Thursday through Saturday — and six more Tigers signed with teams shortly after the draft concluded.

UPDATE: Undrafted Tigers quickly signing with teams

Former Missouri quarterback James Franklin, linebacker Andrew Wilson, tight end Eric Waters and running back Henry Josey did not have to wait long after going undrafted to find an NFL team.

Royals get 16 singles in 6-1 win over Seattle

Jason Vargas allowed three hits over seven innings and the Kansas Royals had 16 hits — all singles — in a 6-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

St. Louis Cardinals lose 4-3 to Pittsburgh Pirates

Pedro Alvarez singled in the go-ahead run and the Pittsburgh Pirates won their season-high fourth consecutive game Saturday night, 4-3 over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Boston Bruins take down Montreal Canadiens 4-2

Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla scored on back-to-back advantages to help the Bruins snap an 0-for-39 postseason power-play drought against Montreal and beat the Canadiens 4-2 on Saturday.

Gibson leads Ducks past Kings 2-0 to even series

John Gibson made 28 saves in his dynamic NHL playoff debut, captain Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks evened their second-round playoff series with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Saturday night.

Nets cool Heat, cut East semifinal deficit to 2-1

Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Andray Blatche had career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets handed the Heat their first loss this postseason, 104-90 on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Seattle beats Kansas City 3-1

Chris Young pitched eight efficient innings, Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley homered, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Saturday night.

Hitters, officials debate flyball in Yu Darvish's no-hitter bid

A strange play during Yu Darvish's bid for a perfect game has started a debate around the majors on a touchy subject.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens May with a wreck

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officially opened for the month of May with a chaotic road course race that started with a wreck, saw James Hinchliffe and the mayor of the city injured by flying debris, and, finally, Simon Pagenaud celebrate a fuel-mileage victory.

Jadeveon Clowney picked 1st; Missouri misses out on first round of NFL draft

Eleven SEC players had their names called during the opening round of the NFL draft in New York on Thursday, but none of them were Missouri players. The Tigers were locked out of the first round for the first time since 2008.

 

Neil Walker powers Pirates to 6-4 win over Cardinals

The hot-hitting Neil Walker had three hits, including a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning, and drove in four runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4.

Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling's wife, will fight to keep ownership of Clippers

The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team, her lawyer said Thursday, adding an unwanted twist to the NBA's plan to force new ownership on the franchise.

Witnesses oppose National Labor Relations Board ruling on college athlete unionization

The regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are entitled to collective bargaining rights has drawn strong opposition from Baylor University President Ken Starr, who said that it would be very disruptive.

Halfway there: Miami tops Brooklyn in Game 2, 94-82

LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Nets 94-82 on Thursday night, taking a 2-0 lead in the East semifinals.

NBC's deal with International Olympic Committee bolsters profile of both organizations

By securing the U.S. broadcast rights to the Olympics through 2032, NBC tightened its grip on the world's most prized sports property. By awarding a new six-games package to the network, the International Olympic Committee scored a coup that bolsters its financial security.

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