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5-on-5: NBA free agency preview

Who is the best free agent not named LeBron? Which team should we look out for? Our 5-on-5 panel sets the scene for a busy summer.

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Blackhawks ship Saad to Jackets in 7-player deal

The Blackhawks traded forwards Brandon Saad and Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta to the Blue Jackets for forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a pick.

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Daytona to offer Confederate flag exchange

Daytona International Speedway will implement a voluntary flag exchange program this weekend for any fans flying a Confederate flag during the track's traditional Independence Day race weekend.

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Ridnour enters pantheon of oft-traded athletes

Luke Ridnour's head must be spinning after he was traded four times in a week. Here's a look at some other notable athletes who know all too well that sometimes it's better to rent than buy.

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Celtics introduce rookies to history

The Boston Celtics introduced their four rookies Tuesday, then introduced them to the history of the franchise.

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Which athletic achievements deserve an ESPY?

Your vote decides who will take home the ESPY for Best Male and Female Athlete, Best Play and so much more. The results will air on the 2015 ESPYS on July 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Scott Powers @ESPNChiPowers

Bowman says he gave best shot at working on deal with Saad. When it became apparent deal wouldn't be done, he began looking at trades.

Markgraf: Bring Wambach off the bench
Women's World Cup 

Kate Markgraf on SportsCenter: "A big reason the United States team has so much momentum and confidence is because of the way they played against China, which was pressing. ... And that mobility is not something that Abby Wambach can do for 90 minutes anymore."

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Women's World Cup 

Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Jared Dudley, I'm told, has exercised his option to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks next season at $4.25 million

Mizzou's Brantley released from hospital

Missouri DL Harold Brantley, who suffered a fracture in his lower left leg, ligament damage in his left knee and multiple rib fractures after a single-car accident on Father's Day, is "making great progress and is no longer at University Hospital," MU spokesman Chad Moller said in a text message. The junior was expected to be a key contributor next season.

Pop: Don't wake me up for free agency
NBA 

Don't count Gregg Popovich, 66, among those to be making calls the second free agency starts. The Spurs coach told the San Antonio Express-News: "I'm not calling anyone at midnight. I'll be in bed. And if that’s the difference in someone coming or not coming, then I don't want them.”

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Countdown to the Body Issue: 6 days
NBA 

Blake Griffin in the 2011 Body Issue was a slam dunk, as the new issue out July 6 is sure to be.

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Cavaliers extend qualifying offers to 3
NBA 

If Matthew Dellavedova, Iman Shumpert or Tristan Thompson receive an offer sheet from another team, the Cavs will now have right of first refusal. Cavs GM David Griffin announced the moves Tuesday.

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NFL's highest-paid QBs
NFL 

The average cash value for the contract of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson ($749K) is considerably lower than many of the league's premier signal callers.

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Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Don't believe the Blue Jackets were going to offer sheet Brandon Saad but the threat must have been there from someone.

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

This is what happens when you start building up organizational depth as Jarmo Kekalainen has in CBJ. They had the pieces to make this work.

Brandon Saad traded to Blue Jackets

The Blackhawks traded the 22-year-old LW, Alex Broadhurst and Michael Paliotta to Columbus for Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick in 2016. Saad won Stanley Cups in 2013 and '15.

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Chris Sale goes for record-tying 8th straight game w/ 10+ K’s, facing Cardinals. STL: T5th for most games with 10+ K’s vs. opposing SP

U.S., Germany the best of the best
Women's World Cup 

Each has been at all 7 Women's World Cups. The most semifinal appearances? U.S. (7), followed by Germany (5). They're the only 2 countries with 2 titles. The U.S. has won 2 of 3 Women's World Cup meetings against Germany.

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Women's World Cup 

Winner of U.S.-Germany wins World Cup?
Women's World Cup 

This is the fourth meeting between the United States and Germany at the Women's World Cup. All three previous meetings also came in the knockout stage, and the winner of all three games went on to win the title.

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Women's World Cup 

Candlestick demolition nearly complete
NFL 

Construction crews continue taking apart the San Francisco ballpark, the former home of the Giants and 49ers, which hosted its final event last year. The site eventually will become home to a mix of houses, hotels and shops.

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Patrick McEnroe @PatrickMcEnroe

Continues 2 b a huge pet peeve 4 me at majors without lights When should matches be postponed because of fading light? Who makes the call?

How will Jill Ellis balance the U.S. lineup?

"That's the $1 million question," Julie Foudy said, with midfielders Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe back tonight. Foudy, Kate Markgraf and Kristine Lilly search for the $1 million answer.

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Madison Keys' killer shot
Tennis 

The American and 21-seed hit two overhead smashes then a killer cross-court winner in her first-round match vs. Stefanie Voegele at Wimbledon. Play was suspended at 2-2 in the third set due to darkness.

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Confederate flag exchange at Daytona
NASCAR 

Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood is giving out U.S. flags this weekend: "The last thing you want is for anyone to come to a sporting event and really not enjoy that experience because of symbols that really represent things we're not proud of." Story

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NFLPA spokesman calls Vincent 'small'
NFL 

NFL executive Troy Vincent criticized the players' union for spending money to go through the court system to challenge the NFL. In response, George Atallah tweeted: "You consider the infinite number of ways to respond to something like this & simple is best: 'small.'"

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