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Jaylen Brown scored 25 points, Jayson Tatum added 22 and the Boston Celtics moved to the brink of a berth in the NBA Finals, running away after halftime to beat the Miami Heat 93-80 and take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference title series. Al Horford had 16 points and Derrick White added 14 for the Celtics. Tatum finished with 12 rebounds and nine assists. Bam Adebayo scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Heat, who shot 32% in the game — after shooting 33% in Boston’s 20-point win in Game 4. Gabe Vincent added 15, Jimmy Butler had 13 and Duncan Robinson scored 11.

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Tyler Herro’s strained left groin forced the Miami Heat to rule him out of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. It was the second consecutive game that Herro has needed to miss because of the injury. He was the NBA's sixth man of the year this season. Herro has averaged 13.5 points  in the playoffs on 41% shooting. That's down considerably from his regular-season numbers of 20.7 points on nearly 45% shooting.

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The NFL says it will appeal a ruling denying the league’s request to move former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s lawsuit over leaked emails from a public courtroom into closed-door arbitration. In a statement, the NFL denied Gruden's claims that league officials or Commissioner Roger Goodell leaked racist, sexist and homophobic emails by Gruden to force him to resign last October. Judge Nancy Allf in Las Vegas refused requests to dismiss Gruden’s claim outright or move it to out-of-court talks that could be overseen by Goodell. Gruden emerged from the courtroom declaring “Go Raiders” and saying he was going to let the process take care of itself.

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Deshaun Watson was impossible to miss in his orange jersey, pants and helmet. As he showed off his right arm, engaged in friendly trash talk and interacted with new teammates, the Browns quarterback didn’t look distracted by the storm swirling around him. Hours after two of the massage therapists accusing him of sexual misconduct gave graphic descriptions to a national TV audience of sessions they claim scarred them, Watson practiced with Cleveland. The Browns signed him to a controversial, $230 million contract in March. Watson is waiting to find out if he'll be suspended by the NFL, which is investigating whether he violated its personal-conduct policy.

The Golden State Warriors find themselves in familiar territory after failing to close out a series on the road. For the third straight series, the Warriors lost their first chance to advance while playing on the road but they can make it to their sixth NBA Finals in the past eight years by finishing off the Dallas Mavericks at home in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night. The Warriors managed to rebound after those slipups in the first two rounds against Denver and Memphis and are hoping for a repeat after losing 119-109 at Dallas in Game 4.

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Colin Kaepernick is getting his first chance to work out for an NFL team since last playing in the league in 2016 when he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Two people familiar with the situation said Kaepernick will work out for the Las Vegas Raiders on Wednesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the workout plans. ESPN first reported that the Raiders were bringing in Kaepernick. Kaepernick hasn’t played since the end of the 2016 season when he was cut by San Francisco.

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For 15 years, Aaron Glenn was an outstanding NFL cornerback, a team leader, and a coach in the making. Teammates, fans and coaches of the New York Jets, for whom he spent eight seasons as a shutdown defender, recognized it. Same thing when Glenn went to Houston and Dallas. He retired as a player after the 2008 season, and since 2014 has served as an assistant coach in Cleveland, New Orleans and, the past two years as defensive coordinator in Detroit. He believes he’s ready for a head-coaching gig. The problem? Not many of the people making such decisions know much about Glenn — nor the other African American and minority candidates in the pipeline.

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Jordan Love acknowledges having mixed emotions when he learned Aaron Rodgers was returning for an 18th season with the Green Bay Packers. Love said he was “super happy” for his teammate while realizing that it likely meant at least another year of watching from the sideline. Love gets to experience a small taste of what it’s like to be a starting quarterback for now. Love is getting the majority of first-team reps with Rodgers among several notable Packers veterans sitting out voluntary organized team activities this week.

Omar Khan is the new general manager for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Khan is replacing Kevin Colbert, who is retiring at the end of the month following more than two decades with the club. Khan has been a longtime member of Pittsburgh's front office, most recently serving as senior vice president of football and business operations. Khan's immediate goal will be helping to make sure the Steelers stay competitive following the retirement of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who stepped away in January after 18 seasons.

Jadeveon Clowney didn’t even want to visit the Cleveland Browns as a free agent a few years ago. Now, he won’t leave them. Coming off one of his best seasons, Clowney re-signed with Cleveland to once again chase quarterbacks alongside All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett. The Associated Press was one of several outlets to report Clowney agreed to terms on a contract worth up to $11 million last week. He’s now officially back on the roster as the team continues its offseason program. Clowney had one of his most productive and healthiest seasons in 2021 with Cleveland with nine sacks in 14 games. He finished with a flurry, getting 5.5 sacks in his final three games.

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The NFL and NFL Players Association are partnering with Mythical Games for the first blockchain-enabled NFL video game. The game — which will be called NFL Rivals — is slated to launch early next year. Players will run a team as a general manager and compete against others with their rosters and teams. Players can own, collect and trade NFTs of their favorite players as part of the game. Before the game’s launch, 32 exclusive NFTs of NFL players will be released in a series of drops called “Rarity League.” This collection will provide owners access to special events, in-game rewards and other features.

Von Miller's presence was apparent while making his practice debut with his new team, the Buffalo Bills. Miller looked at home after previously acknowledging he was torn in leaving the Super Bowl champion Rams and the bright lights of Los Angeles for Buffalo. Miller spent his first practice grooving to music on the sideline, providing tips to his younger teammates while also bursting off the line to collapse the pocket in the non-padded sessions. The two-time defending AFC East champion Bills made a major splash by signing Miller to a six-year contract in March to add muscle to what had been a middling pass rush.

Trey Lance took the practice field this week for the San Francisco 49ers in a far different state than his rookie campaign. The nagging finger injury that limited him all last season has healed, his knowledge of the offense has grown and he has emerged as a leader now that he is set to take over for Jimmy Garoppolo as starting quarterback in San Francisco. After starting just two games as a rookie, Lance is set to take over the role he has been groomed for since San Francisco traded three first-round picks to draft him last year.

An enlarged spleen, a blood clot and a steady dose of blood thinners kept Vinny Curry off the football field last season. The defensive end was diagnosed by New York Jets team doctors with a rare blood disorder that required the removal of his spleen last July. He was hoping to return to the field at some point last season but developed a blood clot and needed to take blood thinners the next few months. The 33-year-old Curry is healthy now and his issues behind him. He's back on the football field and thankful to be with his teammates again.

The Golden State Warriors look to clinch the Western Conference finals over the Dallas Mavericks in game five. The teams meet for the ninth time this season. Golden State is 33-19 against the Western Conference, and Dallas is 36-16 against conference opponents.

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Luka Doncic had 30 points and 14 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks avoided being swept with a 119-109 victory over Golden State in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Dorian Finney-Smith had 23 points and Reggie Bullock had 18 points for Dallas on 6-of-10 shooting after missing all 10 of his shots in Game 3. Stephen Curry had 20 for Golden State. The loss snapped the Warriors’ nine-game winning streak in Western Conference finals games. But they are still firmly in control of this series. Game 5 is Thursday night in California. No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series.

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One of the women accusing Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct while she gave him a massage says she felt “scared” and threatened by a comment he made following a therapy session. Appearing on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” Ashley Solis provided graphic details of an encounter with the three-time Pro Bowler. She also says she felt frightened after an encounter with Watson, who told her he knew she didn't want anyone “messing” with her career. Watson is facing civil lawsuits by 22 women alleging various sexual acts during massages he received while playing for the Houston Texans. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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The start of the second half of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals was delayed 16 minutes because of rain leaking through the roof at the American Airlines Center. With heavy rain falling outside Tuesday night, there were at least two leaks. One dropped water near the Golden State bench. There was another leak at the end of the court where the Dallas Mavericks bench is, though water there appeared to be falling in the stands. Both teams had already warmed up for the second half before the leaks were noticed and workers went to try to patch the leaks. An extra five minutes was added for warmups.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, fellow two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum were voted first-team All-NBA, the first time in 67 years all five players were age 27 or younger. Milwaukee's Antetokounmpo was the only player to receive all 100 possible first-team votes and finished with 500 points in his fourth consecutive first-team selection. Denver's Jokic and Dallas' Doncic each received 88 first-team votes and 476 points. Doncic joined Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant and Max Zaslofsky as the only players to make the first team three or more times before turning 24, while Phoenix's Booker and Boston's Tatum both were first-time selections to the first team.

Personnel, position change and even weight loss have been some of the changes to affect the Chicago Bears defense since the start of spring work in organized team activities during coach Matt Eberflus' first season. The switch to a 4-3 defense from a 3-4 meant some players switched positions, such as linebacker Roquan Smith. New players such as linebacker Nicholas Morrow, rookie cornerback Kyler Gordon and rookie safety Jaquan Brisker are getting extensive looks with the first team. All the while, the Bears are without veteran defensive ends Robert Quinn and Al-Quadin Muhammad, who have opted not to participate in voluntary offseason work.

Chicago Bulls guard Zach Lavine underwent left knee arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday. The team said it was successful and he is expected to make a full recovery. LaVine averaged 24.4 points and made his second straight NBA All-Star team last year. The Bulls lost in the first round of the playoffs to Milwaukee. LaVine’s four-year, $78 million contract is up and he said last month that he plans to explore the market as an unrestricted free agent. The Bulls can offer a max contract worth more than $210 million over five years.

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The NFL has expanded the Rooney Rule again, this time to include quarterbacks coaches in a further effort to diversify the coaching ranks. The change was announced Tuesday at the owners meeting in Atlanta by Jonathan Beane, the NFL’s senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer. The oft-criticized Rooney Rule, adopted in 2003 to enhance opportunities for minorities to gain head coaching jobs and enhanced several times to include front office positions, now will requires one minority or female candidate from another team to be interviewed for quarterbacks coach. Previously, the rule covered head coach, general manager and all coordinator jobs.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold took ample notice of the team’s pursuit of Deshaun Watson earlier this offseason. He watched as the Panthers drafted Mississippi QB Matt Corral in the third round. And, he’s heard the rumors about the team’s potential interest in Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo. Darnold said through it all his mindset has remained the same, trying to stay focused on what he can control and blocking everything out. For now, the Panthers view Darnold as their starting quarterback. But his hold on that job is tenuous at best given his struggles last season and team owner David Tepper’s desire to stabilize the quarterback position.

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The focus this offseason for the New York Jets is on second-year quarterback Zach Wilson. The progress of his on-field skills is key of course. But his physical appearance is already the talk around the facility. Coach Robert Saleh said Wilson is thick. Wilson has bulked up a bit this offseason by adding more muscle and strength while also sticking to a new diet plan. Wilson says he finished his rookie season at 208 pounds but is currently at 221. He plans to play at 218 and thinks he performs better while carrying a little more weight on his 6-foot-2 frame.

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