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Goodell, NFL might be warming up to gambling

Showered with boos on a rain-soaked weekend in Chicago, Roger Goodell told the draft crowd to “bring it on” in a rare show of his sense of humor. The NFL commissioner knows he’s unpopular, and he’s embracing the hate.

LeBron James, Cavs still will coast in NBA’s Eastern Conference

During a season of instability, reports circulated about the Cavaliers’ demise. Players posted cryptic messages on Twitter, trade rumors swirled, the media hit the proverbial panic button and LeBron James talked of someday forming a new dream team. And, of course, there was a coaching change in January.

Books fire air ball on Warriors’ win total

In late October, before Stephen Curry sank his first 3-pointer of the season, oddsmakers were casting a skeptical eye on the Golden State Warriors. There was absolutely no talk of a 72-win season for this jump-shooting gimmick team.

’Nova has edge against edgy Williams

A combative, defiant Roy Williams has been onstage at the Final Four. The North Carolina basketball coach is known as one of the nicest guys in his profession, but the Mr. Nice Guy act is often interpreted as a sign of weakness.

Boeheim, Syracuse have books feeling edgy

Not all underdog stories are heart warming for the masses. For many, Jim Boeheim coaching Syracuse to another Final Four makes skin crawl. His enemies call him a cheater and whiner. His friends just call him a whiner.