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Chip Kelly joins ESPN, to work as studio analyst for college football and NFL

Former? Oregon?coach Chip Kelly is joining ESPN as a studio analyst next season. ESPN announced Kelly’s multiyear deal Friday. “Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective — as a coach,” Kelly said in a statement. “Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously, I’ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations. “Once I decided to make the move to TV, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality production and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me.” Kelly will primarily be part of Saturday pregame, halftime and wrap-up shows on ESPN2. He will also provide NFL analysis on Sundays during SportsCenter. “Chip is one of the most innovative football minds of our generation,” Lee Fitting, ESPN’s senior coordinating producer, said in a statement….

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LeBron James defers on Warriors thoughts: ‘It’s too stressful’

BOSTON — As they celebrated defending their Eastern Conference title Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t ready to focus on defending their NBA championship. Despite going through the East playoffs at 12-1 and appearing destined for a rematch against the Golden State Warriors for months, the Cavs pushed off thoughts of what awaits them in Oakland next week. “I’m going to be honest, I’m not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State,” LeBron James said after scoring 35 points in the Cavs’ 135-102 Game 5 win over the Boston Celtics. “It’s too stressful, and I’m not stressed right now. I’m very happy about our accomplishment. Golden State, they’ve been the best team in our league for the last three years, and then they added an MVP ( Kevin Durant). That’s all I can give you right now, because I’m happy and I don’t want to be stressed.” The team’s first big decision involving the Warriors was to come on its…

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LeBron James tops Michael Jordan as all-time playoffs scoring leader

BOSTON — There is a new postseason scoring king. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for first place on the all-time playoffs scoring list with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:40 left in the third quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday. The shot gave him 29 points for the game and 5,989 points for his postseason career to edge him past Jordan’s mark of 5,987. He ran back down the court with his index finger up in the air, signaling his place in history. James finished with 35 points in the Cavaliers’ 135-102 win?over the Boston Celtics, clinching the third straight conference title for the Cavs and James’ seventh straight trip to the NBA Finals.? “I wear the number because of Mike,” James said of the No. 23 on his uniform. “I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish. When you’re watching Michael…

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