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Decline of baseball academies in Venezuela

The next Jose Altuve is out there. But finding them has been tough as MLB teams deal with social and political issues operating academies in Venezuela.

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Source: Green, Warriors reach impasse in talks

Restricted free agent Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors have reached an impasse and have broken off contract talks, sources tell ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne.

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Source: Mayweather's May haul at least $220M

Floyd Mayweather will earn almost as much for 36 minutes in the ring in May as Tim Duncan has made in his 18-year career with the San Antonio Spurs ($235 million).

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It's Bobby Bonilla's payday

Bobby Bonilla's buyout when his Mets career ended calls for him to be paid $1,193,248.20 annually on July 1 from 2011-2035.

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Does a Messi goal beat a Rousey armbar?

No. 3 Lionel Messi faces off against No. 6 Ronda Rousey in the ESPYS bracket for Best Play. Vote now and learn more about the nominations at 8 tonight (ESPN2, Watch ESPN).


Sutcliffe: Slider hurt Fernandez's elbow

The Rays' Chris Archer and Marlins' Jose Fernandez both have monster sliders. However, in analyzing both, ESPN's Rick Sutcliffe said Fernandez's grip is the reason he missed the last year with elbow problems.


Chandler joins Suns on 4-year deal

Tyson Chandler has agreed to a four-year deal worth $52M with the Phoenix Suns, ESPN's Marc Stein reports. Chandler averaged 10.3 ppg, 11.5 rpg and 1.2 blkpg last season with the Mavs.

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Cavs close to re-signing Thompson

Sources told ESPN that the pact is expected to exceed $80M over five years to keep the promising power forward in a frontcourt that will also feature Kevin Love after Love announced he's staying in Cleveland.

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Source says Mavs' meeting with DeAndre Jordan "went really well," per source. Of course, they all do. But Mavs are cautiously optimistic.

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Mavs now head into their meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge. Feels like equivalent of running out a ground ball to second base.

Windhorst: Love remains loyal to Cavs

Brian Windhorst: "This is a grand plan for the Cavs. There was some concern that he wouldn't take a long deal, but this is him locking in, he's showing faith in the franchise."


Kevin Love: 'I'm going back to Cleveland'

Love broke the news on The Players Tribune, writing: "Yeah, of course I’ve heard the free agency rumors. But at the end of the day, and after meeting with my teammates (it turns out pools are great meeting places) and with the front office, it was clear Cleveland was the place for me. ... We have unfinished business and now it’s time to get back to work."

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Justin Smoak: 2 HR of 430+ feet today 3rd player to do so in a game this season (Bryce Harper - May 6, Miguel Cabrera - April 29)

Fire alarm evacuates Centre Court

An alarm forced Wimbledon security to evacuate all patrons and media from the All England Club. Play had already ended for the day. A spokesman said the cause of the alarm "was not immediately clear." No sign of fire

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Ultimately Lakers don't really have much to offer free agents besides cap space and young players. That's why they keep striking out

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Lakers are "stunned" to hear how coolly their presentation was received by LMA. I spoke to 3-4 folks last night who felt good about it.

McGregor: Aldo has gone runnin' runnin'

With Jose Aldo out of the championship fight, Conor McGregor said, "I don't think Aldo will be back. He's gone running. I don't know if he'll ever be back."

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Jimmy Butler, Bulls agree on 5-year deal

The deal is worth $90M, sources tell ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Butler will have a player option for the fifth year of the deal, but the contract assures he will be in Chicago through the 2019-20 season.


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Sid Crosby via email on Kessel: ``We are happy to have him, he has a ton of speed and a great scoring touch. He will help our team a lot.''

Who won the Kessel deal?

With Phil Kessel heading to Pittsburgh, likely to play with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin or both, the Penguins' dynamic should produce fireworks worthy of the Fourth of July. Leafs trying addition by subtraction

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Singler staying in Oklahoma City

Kyle Singler has agreed to a 5-year deal, worth almost $25M with OKC. Singler averaged 6 ppg and 2.4 rpg last season. The Thunder can now turn their attention to finalizing an agreement with restricted free agent Enes Kanter.

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