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Aldridge announces decision: 'I will be a Spur'

Highly coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge has agreed to a contract with the San Antonio Spurs, he said Saturday on Twitter.


Stonie eats 62 hot dogs to upset Chestnut

Matt Stonie upset eight-time defending champion Joey Chestnut to win the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest by polishing off 62 hot dogs and buns to Chestnut's 60 on Saturday.

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Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Matt Stonie was called "the Jordan Spieth of tubed beef." I've always thought of Jordan Spieth as "the Matt Stonie of gobbling up birdies."

Michael Pineda perfect game watch

Each of the last two times Nathan Karns pitched for the Rays, his opponent had a perfect game through at least 6 innings. Monday, Cody Anderson had his perfect game broken up in the 7th inning and on June 24, Marco Estrada had his bid broken up in the 8th. Follow Live

Aldridge picks the Spurs

The free agent tweeted, "I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends." His deal will be a four-year max contract worth more than $80M, with an opt-out after the third year, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Story

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Who is Matt Stonie?

Nicknamed “The Megatoad”, he is 5’8”, 130 lbs and 23 years old. He's ranked the No. 2 Eater in the World by Major League Eating. He defeated Joey Chestnut six times in head-to-head competition in 2014 -- before today.


End of an era for Chestnut?

Joey Chestnut has a gap to make up to Matt Stonie with under two minutes left.


Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Stonie & Chestnut ate 26 hot dogs in first 3 minutes & 20 seconds of the contest. In 2000, the 12-minute record was 25 1/2 hot dogs.

Chestnut getting tested

Matt Stonie, last year's runner-up, is hanging tough with Joey Chestnut as they are neck-and-neck under 6 minutes remaining on the clock. Live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN

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Bohn goes low

Jason Bohn shot a 9-under 61 to take the lead at the Greenbrier Classic moving up the leaderboard by 61 spots. Leaderboard


Joey Chestnut a huge favorite again

The 8-time reigning champs has 1-to-10 odds to take home the title again this year. And the over/under for total hot dogs eaten? 65.5. Watch now on ESPN2.

WATCH: MLS National Anthems

Boyz II Men. Alfonso Ribeiro. Talented youngsters. Electric guitars. Fan chants and yes, fireworks. MLS has seen some amazing national anthem performances this season.


Ryan McGee @ESPNMcGee

There was only 1 thing that could make Nathan"s Hot Dog Eating Contest more American & they did it. The King's #43 parked in crowd!

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Signing of Aldridge all but clinches notion that Popovich, as we've been writing for a year now, will NOT go out when Tim Duncan goes out

Strasburg leaves early

Stephen Strasburg left the Nationals-Giants game with two outs in the fourth with an apparent injury. Washington has a 3-0 lead. Follow live


Hot Dog Eating Contest now on ESPN2

The annual July 4th tradition is about to begin. Joey Chestnut is about to go for his 9th straight title. The introductions are beginning on ESPN2. Joey Chestnut Cam on WatchESPN

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

It only took five championships and nearly 20 years ... but the San Antonio Spurs are the darlings of free agency

Aldridge could give Duncan more rest

Signing Aldridge would allow the Spurs to rest Tim Duncan more. On the second night of back-to-back games last season, Duncan averaged 12.5 PPG and 8.1 RPG while playing just under 27 minutes. Aldridge averaged 22 points and almost 10 rebounds in 35 minutes a game on no days rest.

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Aldridge following Duncan's steps

LaMarcus Aldridge is the only player in the NBA to average 23 points and 10 rebounds in each of the last 2 seasons. The last player to do it in back-to-back seasons was his new teammate: Tim Duncan (2001-02 and 2002-03).

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Lamarcus Aldridge @aldridge_12

I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.