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Our main headline from North America today concerns NFL linebacker Brandon Spikes, who has been released by the New England Patriots after an investigation was opened into a potential hit and run.

In other news, LeBron James and Matthew Dellavedova starred as the Cavs drew level in the NBA Finals, the Houston Astros called up a star prospect and New York City FC got a much-needed win.

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Spikes Cut

We start off with today's top headline, where the New England Patriots have chosen to release linebacker Brandon Spikes after an investigation was opened into his car being abandoned near the scene of a hit and run.

Spikes' car - a Mercedes Maybach - was abandoned in the road with significant damage to its front. A representative of the OnStar on-board navigation system told police that the driver reported hitting a deer. No deer was found in the area.

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A short time later, police responded to a report of a car also on I-495 - the same area as the abandoned car registered to Spikes - whose occupants reported that they had been rear-ended by another vehicle they did not see and they had been hospitalised. 

Police haven't filed charges but the incident is under investigation. The Patriots haven't waited for a conclusion to the saga and decided to cut Spikes straight away. The Patriots re-signed Spikes, who played for them from 2010 to 2013, to a one-year deal worth a maximum value of $2 million just last month. His second spell was not one for the record books.

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Over to the NBA now, where the Cleveland Cavaliers drew level with the Golden State Warriors last night in a close overtime win. LeBron James top scored with 39 points while Steph Curry had an off night, making just 2 of his 15 attempts from 3-point range.

To baseball now, where the Houston Astros are calling up a top prospect. 20-year old Carlos Correa has been promoted to the Majors ahead of Houston's series against the Chicago White Sox. Correa was the 1st overall pick in the 2012 draft.

And finally to MLS, where New York City FC managed a long overdue win against the Philadelphia Union. CJ Sapong opened the scoring for Philly, before Thomas McNamara equalised with a stunner from distance, with Patrick Mullins grabbing the winner for New York in the 87th minute.

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