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8:45 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment It doesn’t matter if Odell Beckham Jr. checks in at 5-foot-11 in a room full of Giants. He’s always the biggest guy in the room with his personality, talent and fame. The New York Giants know this by now. They’ve seen what Beckham has grown into over the past three years. This isn’t Eli Manning with his corporate appeal. This isn’t even Michael Strahan during his playing days. Beckham, 24, is a cultural phenomenon, of the likes that they have never seen before. His new Nike deal is evidence. It’s the largest shoe deal ever given to an NFL player. Beckham will make in excess of $5 million per year and become a massive part of the shoe powerhouse’s global marketing branding. “It was a long process,” Beckham’s agent, Zeke Sandhu, told ESPN. “This proved he’s an icon.” Nike signed Odell Beckham Jr. to …

3:51 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving broke his own record for points in a playoff game by a LeBron James teammate Tuesday, scoring a career-playoff-high 42 in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 112-99 Game 4 victory over the Boston Celtics. The performance helped the Cavs overcome a 16-point deficit and grab a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. They will try to make it to the NBA Finals for a third consecutive season in Game 5 in Boston on Thursday. Irving’s previous career playoff high was 41 points, in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last season against the Golden State Warriors. That had been the most points a James teammate had scored in the postseason. In this one, Irving scored 36 of his points following James’ fourth foul with just less than seven minutes remaining in the first half, which forced James to the bench. …

What you missed Tuesday night in baseball 1. Well, I wouldn’t say you missed it… Mariners pitcher Christian Bergman had been pitching well since he was called up a few weeks ago to fill in for some of the Mariners’ many walking wounded, with a 2.25 ERA in two starts and a relief appearance. That pleasant run came crashing to a halt on Tuesday against the brick wall of the Nationals’ offense. Bergman allowed 10 earned runs in four innings—that ERA is now 6.50—including four home runs (Bryce Harper’s 14th, Jayson Werth’s seventh, and Anthony Rendon’s sixth and seventh). It wasn’t Jeremy Guthrie’s two-thirds-of-an-inning 10-run disasterpiece for the Nationals from April, but it wasn’t pretty. A popular playoff pick (oops), Seattle has already lost 15 players to the DL, second in baseball only to the Dodgers’ 19, and that includes four of their starting pitchers—Felix Hernandez,  Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton and Drew Smyly—plus their star second baseman. On …

9:45 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Bears quarterback Mike Glennon acknowledged on Tuesday that Chicago’s decision to draft Mitchell Trubisky caught him off guard, but he said he’s been assured he’ll get the starting job for the upcoming season. “I think just like everyone here, I was surprised [the Bears took Trubisky second overall],” Glennon said after the Bears’ OTA practice. “That’s the bottom line. But it was made clear to me about 10 minutes after, from a call from [general manager] Ryan [Pace], and the next morning again, the 2017 season is my year. That’s all I can worry about. I’m not worried about the future. I’m not worried about the past. I’m worried about the present, and right now this is my team, and that’s where my focus is.” Although the Bears traded up in the first round to draft a quarterback, they’ll be …

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sheldon Richardson likes the vibe around the New York Jets’ locker room — and Brandon Marshall not being there is a big reason why. The defensive lineman, who feuded last season with Marshall, was asked after the Jets’ first practice of organized team activities Tuesday if he wants to remain a part of the team despite persistent rumors he could be traded. “Yeah, it’s the team that drafted me,” said Richardson, a first-round pick in 2013. “I enjoy being here. Other than that, yeah, the locker room’s a whole lot easier to get along with now, so, yeah.” As reporters began to chuckle at the obvious reference to his beef with Marshall, Richardson smiled and began to shake his head. “Y’all so thirsty,” he said, grinning. “Let’s just say we’ve got 15 reasons why it’s better.” Marshall, of course, wore No. 15 in his two seasons with the Jets. The …

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Cortez Kennedy, an icon with the Seattle Seahawks who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, has died at age 48, the Orlando Police Department said Tuesday. Orlando police confirmed to ESPN that they are investigating Kennedy’s death, but also said “there is nothing suspicious to report” at this time. Kennedy died alone, according to police. Kennedy was a force inside, both as a run stopper and in threatening quarterbacks. The 1992 Defensive Player of the Year made eight Pro Bowls, had 58 sacks — an unusually high total for a tackle — and spent his entire 11-season career with Seattle, starting 153 out of 167 games. Named to the Associated Press 1990s All-Decade team, Kennedy was credited with 448 tackles, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and three interceptions during his NFL career. Cortez Kennedy, who had 58 sacks in his 11 …

9:00 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The marketing people at Dos Equis blew it. They chose that dorky-looking guy as their new “most interesting man in the world,” when they should have taken Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Like the new guy, Maddon surely could kick a coconut through a goalpost made of giraffes. Maddon is a renaissance man, he is eclectic, he mixes old and new school, he owns a restaurant, he helped save his hometown by bringing together all races and colors, he knows all about wine and music. President Obama recently called Maddon “the coolest guy ever,” when he showed up at the White House in January with a wild sport coat and no tie. He owns eight vintage cars and he reads incessantly, which explains how he used the words intrinsic, intuitive and ameliorate in a postgame media conference during the 2008 World Series, and in …

5:38 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment SAN ANTONIO — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he’s not sure yet whether he’ll be able to coach in the NBA Finals as he continues to deal with complications from back surgery two years ago that have kept him from coaching the past 10 playoff games. “Just day-by-day,” Kerr told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears, when asked about his status after the Warriors completed a sweep of the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night in the Western Conference finals. Warriors sweep Spurs, enter NBA Finals at 12-0 The Warriors, led by Stephen Curry’s 36 points, completed their third sweep this postseason to win their third straight Western Conference title. Kerr was able to travel with the team for the first time since taking an indefinite leave of absence on April 23. However, sources told ESPN that he’s still in a significant amount of …

1:00 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment OTTAWA, Ontario — It was the kind of hit players who have competed with and against Ottawa Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf have seen countless times before. In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Bryan Rust was driving to the middle of the ice with the puck, and then — BOOM! — he was on his back, courtesy of a heavy Phaneuf shoulder. One of Phaneuf’s former teammates with the Calgary Flames, David Moss, was watching on television and shot a text to another former Flame, Eric Nystrom, admiring the hit. “I said, ‘Are you watching this? Classic Dion,’” Moss said. “He played that way in practice. You knew in practice you had to keep your head up. It’s just how he plays. He’s an ultracompetitive guy. We were just laughing about that.” It was vintage Phaneuf. Later in the series, …

5:05 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — A day after LeBron James disappeared in the second half of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 111-108 Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, J.R. Smith said the Cavs need their star to be more aggressive than he showed Sunday. “He’s got to be aggressive, get downhill, play like he’s been playing, play confident,” said Smith after practice Monday. “That’s what I always think, when people of his stature or people like him, you’ve got to play confident the whole night and play aggressive. It’s the Eastern Conference finals. It’s not enough for him. For what he does, what he brings, it’s not enough. He knows that. We know that. Just expect him to be better in Game 4.” LeBron: No hiding from lousy performance LeBron James said he just “didn’t have it” in a 111-108 loss to …

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