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4hZach Lowe

The delicate balance of NBA team building

The Mavs and Knicks are learning how quickly the free-agency period can fill a team with positive hope but also create uncertainty about the future.

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Play of the day: Robson-Kanu channels inner Cruyff (0:57)
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Windhorst: Lakers have hit 'rock-bottom' (2:14)
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Serena takes it out on the racket ... and cameraman (0:18)
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Santana's home run finally breaks 19th inning tie (0:27)
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Ortiz hits 522nd career homer, moves into 19th place alone (0:32)
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15hKeith Law and Christopher Crawford

Top international prospects and where they're likely to sign

Keith Law and Christopher Crawford rank the top teenage talents expected to sign after the international signing period begins this weekend, including highly touted Venezuelan Kevin Maitan.

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Bolt withdraws from Jamaica's National Senior Championships (0:47)
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Goins' warmup pitch just a bit outside (0:16)
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Former NBA star Stephon Marbury's shoe only cost $14.98 (11:35)
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NBA contracts don't make sense (1:00)
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    1dLatria Graham

    Woman walks topless to Washington

    Paulette Leaphart, who was featured in Beyonce's "Lemonade" video, completed a walk from Biloxi, Mississippi, to Washington to meet with Congress and advance the conversation about cancer.

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Best, worst and craziest moves
NBA 

Day 1 of NBA free agency was a busy one. Check out our analysis of every major and minor deal. Complete breakdown (Insider)

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Stein: Wade, Heat don't see eye-to-eye
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Dwyane Wade, who is looking to make $20 million per season, "has been forced into this position" by the Heat to look elsewhere.

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Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Al Horford had a long day of meetings in Atlanta today with Celtics, Wiz, Rockets and a mystery team.

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Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Hawks have yet to offer the full max to Al Horford, per sources.

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Bonnie D. Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

Baby Boomer Phelps and his mom, Nicole Johnson, greet Michael Phelps' longtime friend and training partner Allison Schmitt after Friday night's session of the U.S. Olympic swim trials. "Aunt Schmitty" has qualified for both freestyle relays in Rio.

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Will Tiger play competitively in 2016?
Golf 

Jason Sobel looks ahead to which tournament Tiger Woods might play in over the next few months.

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Wimbledon racket rage
Tennis 

Serena Williams and Viktor Troicki are the latest tennis stars showing off-court frustration, but they aren't alone in some of the biggest outbursts in tennis history.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks' deal with Joakim Noah has an average value of $18 million but likely starts below that. The specific structure of the contract is unclear at this point but it likely leaves New York with at least $12 million in available cap space. The club told people earlier Friday that they anticipate having approximately $11 million available for the shooting guard position, according to sources. The Knicks have a $2.7 million qualifying offer committed to Langston Galloway and a cap hold of a little over $2 million for Lance Thomas. They also have a cap hold for Derrick Williams, but it would be a surprise if Williams wasn't renounced. Courtney Lee and Eric Gordon remain top priorities for the club at the shooting guard position.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks guard Kent Bazemore staying with Atlanta and turned down two offers from Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers according to a source. The source confirmed a NBA.com report that Bazemore declined a four-year $72 million deal from the Rockets and Lakers.

Broussard: Durant 'connected' with Clips
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Chris Broussard says free agent Kevin Durant "loved the direction and vision" the Clippers presented for the direction of the franchise in their meeting on Friday.

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Mayo tests positive for 'drug of abuse'
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Brian Windhorst explains why Mayo has been dismissed and disqualified from the NBA after violating the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

So far today, the NHL has spent $433M in free agency. It's the 2nd highest Day 1 since 2010 trailing only 2014 when $528.1M was spent Day 1

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Knicks and Joakim Noah have officially agreed on a 4 year $72 million deal after meeting in Orlando tonight

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yoenis Céspedes didn't hit his 20th HR last season until 8/14/2015*, still finished with a career-high 35 home runs. "La Potencia" just hit his 20th HR of the 2016 season... on July 1st. Mets lead the Cubs 10-1 after 5 innings at Citi Field.

Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer 

Gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross felt pain in her hamstring during her 400 heat and pulled out. The crowd cheered her as she left the track. Said Richards-Ross afterward: "A reporter asked me before the meet, ‘How would I love to go out?' I said, 'I'm just going to enjoy the moment.' To be able to run half a ‘victory' lap here at Hayward Field was pretty special."

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Jena Janovy ESPN Editor 

Simone Manuel makes her first U.S. Olympic team, finishing 2nd in the 100-meter freestyle (53.52 seconds) at trials in Omaha. She said she expected to do well, but it's still a surprise "to see the Olympic rings by your name when you finish!"

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Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer 

Galen Rupp wins the men's 10,000 at the US Olympics trials. Distance is not a problem for Rupp: He also won US Olympic marathon trial in February.

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Wales pulls off improbable victory
Soccer 

Wales -- fighting, emergent, together -- are in the Euro semifinals. How'd they do it? Sometimes there is no explanation. Call it amazing

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Soccer 

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

The All-Star Game countdown continues on the side of the Western Metal Supply Co. building at Petco Park.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Told Blake Griffin AND DeAndre Jordan were in the Clippers recently concluded 4-hour meeting with Kevin Durant.

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