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Lowe: Spurs among biggest winners in free agency

With LaMarcus Aldridge landing in San Antonio, the Spurs have the chance to be devastating in a retooled Western Conference, Zach Lowe writes.

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Djokovic survives five-set test from Anderson (1:21)
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2015 ESPYS: Vote for best team

The six teams nominated for 2015 ESPY for Best Team posted dramatic wins, upsets and amazing championship seasons. But who was the best of the best? Vote now!

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Athletes as fans: Giancarlo Stanton (0:31)
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Doolittle: Ranking big men FA signings

With the NBA's annual moratorium taking effect last week, big men have dominated free agency. Bradford Doolittle ranks the free-agent signings of the top four bigs by their expected impact.

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Austin Dillon: It was a wild wreck (3:17)
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Reid: Kyle Shanahan in his best role yet

New Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has quietly worked wonders with marginal QBs. Now he gets Matt Ryan as he auditions to be a head coach.

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Looking ahead: Gonzaga Bulldogs

Gonzaga will be good. Gonzaga is always good. The Bulldogs are in position to make a deep tournament run, but then, that's nothing new.

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NBA free agency winners and losers
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Sure, LaMarcus Aldridge makes the Spurs an obvious winner and the Trail Blazers not so much. But Grantland's Zach Lowe also hands out free agency participation ribbons to teams like the Knicks and Lakers. Early results

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Klay Thompson @klaythompson

It's tough to see my big bro D Lee go, Boston gotta great player and true pro. A true vet who looked out for me and all the young guys. I'm not alone in saying this but DubNation is gonna miss u my man!

Cardinals score 2, chase Arrieta

After cruising through 6 innings, Jake Arrieta ran into trouble with 2 outs in the 7th. He gave up 3 straight hits that plated the Cards' first runs of the game and pushed Arrieta out of the game. The Cubs still lead 3-2. Follow live

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Span, Escobar out for tonight's game

Nationals CF Denard Span (back) and 3B Yunel Escobar (hamstring) are both out of the lineup tonight vs. the Reds after leaving Monday night's game early.

Highlight: Radwanska advances to semis
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Agnieszka Radwanska is into the fourth Grand Slam semifinal of her career (3rd at Wimbleddon) and her first since the 2014 Australian Open.

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So, Alex Gordon is A-OK?

In his 2nd-inning at-bat, Alex Gordon was plunked by Matt Moore. When he came up 2 innings later, Gordon homered to right to tie the game at 4. The Rays had just scored 3 runs in the top of the fourth to take a lead. Follow live

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East Coast bias? Not this year
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For the first time ever, no Yankees or Red Sox player is slated to start in the All-Star Game. (via Elias).

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Olney: Top 5 All-Star 'omissions'

ESPN's Buster Olney doesn't like the word "snub" but Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw and Twins 2B Brian Dozier are two players he would have liked to see make the All-Star team. The other three (Insider)

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Pop & Timmy: Power couple
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Want to know why free agents are so desperate to play for Gregg Popovich? This Marc Stein throwback piece examines his magic. Father-son relationship

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Donovan McNabb arrested in June DUI
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The former NFL QB was arrested just before midnight June 28 after rear-ending a car at a stoplight in Gilbert, Ariz., according to a Gilbert Police Department statement. It didn't specify what his BAC was, but he was taken to a holding facility before being cited and released. Story

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Victoria Azarenka: Let the grunters be
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"I was practicing next to [Rafael] Nadal, and he grunts louder than me, and nobody noticed that. ... I think maybe it's time to just put it aside and not talk about it all the time because this is not what is important when there are two players playing on the Centre Court. We got to look a little bit past that and see [that] Serena played 24 aces."

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'Athletes come in all shapes and sizes'

USA Track & Field hammer thrower Amanda Bingson says, "I like everything about my body." Body Issue Q&A

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Moore uncharacteristically wild

The Rays' Matt Moore hit the Royals' Drew Butera and Alex Gordon both in the 2nd inning. It's the first time Moore has hit 2 batters in a game, and, entering today, he had only hit 11 batters in his 62-start career. Follow live

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Matt Moore struggles through 2nd

In just his 2nd start of the season, the Rays LHP gave up 3 runs on 2 hits vs. the Royals. With 2 outs and a runner on, Moore had a HBP, BB, HBP and then gave up a 2-run single before getting the 3rd out. Follow live

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

It's a one-year minimum deal for Villanueva, who won a lot of admirers in Dallas in his first season as a Mav

Charlie Villanueva returning to Mavs

The Mavericks forward wrote a blog post announcing his return, saying: "Good news Dallas fans! I'm ecstatic to announce that I will be returning back to a Mavericks uniform this upcoming season."

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Bonner blames iPhone for wonky elbow
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Matt Bonner on his 3-point shooting dip last season: “Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but ... when the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one ... you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing [tennis elbow].” (via Concord Monitor)

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