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Follow live: Djokovic begins title defense

Fresh off his French Open title, Novak Djokovic looks for a quick start against James Ward in the opening round of Wimbledon (live on ESPN/WatchESPN).

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Coastal Carolina takes its handshake game to the next level (0:34)
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After playing for five NBA teams in six years, Jeremy Lin says the decision on where he signs will be about finding the team that can help him reach his full potential.

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More than 18 years separate Ivo Karlovic (37) and Borna Coric (19), but it was the old man who prevailed in straight sets. Karlovic fired 55 winners.

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Nice when the Wimbledon "brollies" (aka umbrellas) are out because of the sun, as in this case on Monday afternoon.

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The third Grand Slam of the year begins today. Last year's champs -- Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams -- will be looking to defend their titles. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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And James Ward finally wins his first game of the match. Crowd went bananas -- as if he'd won the tournament.

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We're 36 minutes into the opening match on Wimbledon's center court, and the only question is: Will James Ward win a single game? Novak Djokovic is up 6-0, 3-0.

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Jerry Colangelo explains why he believes the Summer Olympics should be taking place in Chicago, but the IOC gave it to Rio without even considering any other city.

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Great as he's been, Novak Djokovic has never been fully embraced by the fans. And his first-round opponent, James Ward, is a Brit, so you can bet the world No. 1 won't be getting much love today.

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First point of Novak Djokovic's title defense. Rips a crosscourt winner against James Ward.

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Here at no. 1 Court for Venus Williams vs. Donna Vekic and the question that lingers: is this her final Wimbledon for the five-time champion?

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We're up to two results so far on Day 1 at Wimbledon, and it's not a rousing start by the Americans. A few minutes after Victoria Duval lost, French Open quarterfinalist Shelby Rogers fell in straight sets against Sabine Lisicki.

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First result of the fortnight is in. Daria Kasatkina, the 29th-ranked Russian, took out American Victoria Duval 6-0, 7-5 in 51 minutes.

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Messi hints at national team retirement

Barcelona star Lionel Messi revealed that he might never play for Argentina again after Sunday night's Copa America final loss to Chile: "It's a very hard moment for me to think about what happened." Story

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