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Summer Forecast: How the West will play out in 2016-17

Will Golden State's super team roll to another 70-plus wins? How will the Spurs fare after Tim Duncan's departure? Summer Forecast rolls on as our expert panel makes its projections for the West.

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Rick Sutcliffe pulls a Chris Sale on his tie (0:16)
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Chapman not surprised by trade (1:20)
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Wine Therapy With Amar'e Stoudemire (2:36)
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1mBradford Doolittle

Cubs' Chapman 'working to be a better person'

After appearing to skirt around questions from local media about the domestic-abuse incident that led to his suspension, Aroldis Chapman told ESPN that he has "grown tremendously from that time."

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6hTodd Archer

Cowboys' risk in Randy Gregory producing no reward

The Cowboys were convinced they could provide pass-rusher Randy Gregory an environment to succeed, but he continues to struggle on the field and off.

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Barnwell's bounce-back teams for 2016

After experiencing a bunch of bad luck in 2015, the Cowboys and Tony Romo look primed to improve this season. Bill Barnwell predicts which NFL teams will rise and decline in 2016.

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Odell Beckham Jr. shows no mercy at his camp (0:22)
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Should Jordan have said something sooner? (0:54)
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Everybody's favorite Amar'e Stoudemire dunk (0:46)
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Carmelo Anthony is bringing discourse back

Carmelo Anthony can't pinpoint what pressed him into action, but the NBA star is now front and center of a national crisis, J.A. Adande writes. We're all better for it.

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4hZach Lowe

Will the Magic's latest reset work?

Orlando's first attempt at rebuilding didn't go as planned, and now the Magic are hoping their latest plan has them on the rocky road to becoming an Eastern Conference contender.

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Brazil's Olympic sailors unimpressed by dirty Rio waters (1:14)
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Bench-clearing brawl leads police to come on field (0:24)
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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Kris Bryant struck out in the eighth against James Shields, leaving him 1 for 10 with seven strikeouts in three games against Shields, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Six of the seven Ks have come against changeups. He entered the game with a .065 average against change-ups, worst qualifying average in the majors.

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American war hero inspires USA Basketball
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Army Major Scotty Smiley, who saved his unit in Iraq at the cost of his sight, spoke to Team USA about the meaning of selfless service.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Ichiro records career hit No. 2,997 leading off the eighth inning for the Marlins. Ichiro's run to 3,000 has been remarkable, given he was 27 when he got his first MLB hit. The player who holds the oldest debut age to get to 3,000 hits is Wade Boggs, who hadn't even turned 24.

Do the Chiefs need Jamaal Charles?

Nothing against the NFL's all-time leader in yards per carry (min. 1,000 attempts), but Kansas City's run game did just fine in Charles' absence a year ago.

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Lue's bet on himself pays off
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Jalen Rose and David Jacoby break down the details of Tyronn Lue's new contract and what his future with the Cavaliers could hold.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs may have to hit one out to score on White Sox starter James Shields. According to ESPN Stats & Info, with the Cubs now 0 for 3 tonight with runners in scoring position, opposing hitters are now 0 for their last 31 in those spots against Shields.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

How hot is Jedd Gyorko (Yes, you read that right)? Not only has he homered in six of his last nine games, his seven homers since July 18 are the most in the majors and they have come over just 32 at-bats. "I don't think people realize how good a player he is," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Rick Sutcliffe pulls a Chris Sale on his tie
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Rick Sutcliffe pokes fun at Chris Sale by cutting his tie in half on the air during the Cubs-White Sox broadcast on ESPN.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Felix Hernandez has allowed 4+ ER in three straight games for the first time since September of 2012. With the Mariners on the fringes of the playoff race, they need King Felix to be an ace, but, sadly, those days are looking like something of the past.

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Boston's David Ortiz smokes a three-run shot to right to pull the Red Sox within a run, 4-3. Asked what he thought about Ortiz' final year, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had this to say this morning: "It's been amazing, really. Never seen anything like it. Might want to rethink that retirement thing."

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Pete Carroll's defenses have led the NFL in fewest points allowed the past four seasons with three different coordinators during that span. The Seahawks have finished second, first, first and fourth in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric from 2012 to 2015.

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks and head coach Pete Carroll have agreed to terms on an extension that will keep Carroll with the organization through 2019, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. The extension means that GM John Schneider and Carroll will continue working together for the next four seasons. Carroll will be 69 years old when the deal runs out.

Is Amar'e Stoudemire a Hall of Famer?
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Amar'e Stoudemire put up great numbers for the Suns, but he could be remembered for his disappointing seasons with the Knicks. What are his Hall of Fame chances? Yes or no? (Insider)

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw still is not throwing after a setback with his back injury saying, "I'm trying to make it back to have an impact on this season for our team." Kershaw said he realizes how much he loves the game of baseball and has come to some realizations while he has been away.

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Kyle Hendricks allowed a run in the 1st. He entered the game with 19.2 scoreless IP in July spanning 3 starts and a relief appearance.

Ranking the Big Ten's toughest venues
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The Big Ten has led the nation in college basketball attendance for 40 years. So where is the toughest place to steal a win? Countdown to No. 1

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals, who went into Tuesday's games leading the National League with 136 home runs, are spreading their power throughout the lineup. They may not have a single player hit 30 home runs this season, but they are on pace to have eight players hit 20. It would be the first time that has ever been accomplished. Eight Cardinals currently have 12 home runs or more.

A butter sculpture of Cavs' logo
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The 2016 Ohio State Fair displays sculptures made out of butter, including one designed to be the Cleveland Cavaliers logo.

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Anthony's town hall unites community
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Carmelo Anthony's town hall brought athletes, teens and police together as the NBA All-Star continues to try to bridge the gap in broken communities. Melo's platform

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