Favoritessettings

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images
2hZach 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.

Layne Murdoch/NBA/Getty Images
6mChris Broussard

Durant 'blown away' by Clippers, sources say

Free agent Kevin Durant was "blown away" by the Clippers' presentation Friday night, sources said, and was impressed by the vision and direction of the team.

play
Play of the day: Robson-Kanu channels inner Cruyff (0:57)
play
Windhorst: Lakers have hit 'rock-bottom' (2:14)
play
Serena takes it out on the racket ... and cameraman (0:18)
play
Santana's home run finally breaks 19th inning tie (0:27)
Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire
13hKeith 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.

play
Goins' warmup pitch just a bit outside (0:16)
play
Former NBA star Stephon Marbury's shoe only cost $14.98 (11:35)
play
NBA contracts don't make sense (1:00)
  • Latria Graham
    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.

Now

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

Reuters/Carl Recine
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.

NBA 

Call it crazy, crazy money

NBA teams were handing out a lot of money to lesser-known players as free agency began, and some NFL stars like DeAngelo Williams had things to say about it. Twitter reaction

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

NBA players to sign a $100M contract without making an All-Star team: Before this offseason - 0 This offseason - 3 (Conley, Beal, Batum)

Portland breaks bank for Evan Turner
NBA 

Brian Windhorst explains why he thinks the Trail Blazers paid too much for Evan Turner.

play2:04
NBA 

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Portland remains very much in the hunt for Pau Gasol even after the Evan Turner signing today, per league sources. Might take some maneuvering, but Blazers have room & flexibility.

NBA 

Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer 

While eyes were on Vashti Cunningham, high jumper Amy Acuff was leaping for her sixth Olympics at age 40 ... but failed to advance to finals at US trials. "I feel closure. Like, 'Oh, I tried my best and that's all hope for. I am officially retired from track and field."

Olympic Sports 

Bonnie D. Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

The Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte duel in the 200-meter individual medley at U.S. Olympic trials lived up to its billing. Phelps prevailed in 1 minute, 55.91 seconds to Lochte's 1:56.22 - the second and third fastest times in the world this year. They'll race again in Rio.

Olympic Sports 

ESPN's National League All-Stars
MLB 

Will Jake Arrieta get the nod to start over Madison Bumgarner? We're not sure, but we know that he'll be joined by some of his Cubs teammates. The picks

AP Photo
MLB 

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Hamilton was my Rip Van Winkle-level sleeper this summer as a free agent. Great snag by Sean Marks for the Nets at $6 million for two years.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say the Knicks have made a four-year offer to Courtney Lee, but Lee has a variety of suitors and is working through the options

NBA 

Goins' warm-up pitch just a bit outside
MLB 

Called upon to pitch in the top of the 18th inning against the Indians, Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins hit the backstop with one of his warm-up tosses.

play0:16
MLB 

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nets have signed center Justin Hamilton to a two-year contract, according to his agency.

Jake Arrieta in the Body Issue
MLB 

"My flexibility is probably my No. 1 asset. Three years ago, the splits was something I told myself I was going to be able to do by the end of that offseason; it took me two years to actually do it." Able to be himself

Marcus Eriksson for ESPN
MLB 

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Rajon Rondo indeed had a free-agent meeting today with the Bulls in Chicago, league sources tell @MarcJSpearsESPN and me

NBA 

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

The door says Matt Tifft but it is David Ragan driving the pole-sitting car tonight in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona. Tifft had brain surgery earlier today.

Hassan Whiteside is winning
NBA 

The former D-League player sealed the deal on a 4-year, $98 million max contract with the Heat. Player profile

Rob Foldy/Getty Images
NBA 

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Dwyane Wade, like Dirk, has taken less in each of his last three contracts. At some point that gets difficult. That said, the Knicks will have around $11-12 million after Noah deal. They could create more and get to $16 million in room. But Wade probably wants north of $20 per year after seeing the deals being signed today.

NBA 

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

In Toronto, Darwin Barney joins this distinguished group of recent position-player losing pitchers: Leury Garcia, Casper Wells, Darnell McDonald, Joe Mather. Good group!

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

What a win for the Indians, beating the Blue Jays in 19 innings to set a franchise record with their 14th win in a row. Trevor Bauer, tomorrow's scheduled starter, got the win with five scoreless innings in relief as the Indians' pitching continues to dominate. Team of destiny? 1948 was a long time ago.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

UPDATE: Carlos Santana leads off the top of the 19th with a solo home run. Indians lead Blue Jays, 2-1.