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38mKevin Pelton

Ranking the 25 best NBA free agents

Free agency officially begins Friday, and Kevin Durant is the big prize. Kevin Pelton provides the list of the most coveted players on the market.

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Lawson says thanks to Coach Summitt (2:16)
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When Jay Leno's joyride goes wrong (1:02)
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Is a banana boat super team realistic to imagine? (1:53)
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3hMitch Sherman

Jay Johnson and Arizona are a perfect fit

Arizona's Jay Johnson, at just 39, could be the first coach to win the NCAA baseball national title in his first year at a school. Game 2 vs. Coastal Carolina is at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN & WatchESPN.

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The NBA's best 3-and-D free agents (1:25)
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Auriemma: Summitt defined women's basketball (3:25)
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WWE Raw recap: Seth Rollins makes a statement (2:01)
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Are the Mets mishandling their pitching staff? (1:25)
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Jon Jones glad to be fighting in same era as McGregor (1:21)
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Irving anticipates throwing jabs at Warriors Olympic teammates (1:17)
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29mKeith Law

MLB Futures Game: Top prospects, who's missing

Keith Law highlights key names on the just-released 2016 MLB Futures Game rosters -- and key names NOT on a roster -- and has other relevant tidbits.

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GameDay 100: Georgia bulldog tries to bite Auburn player (0:15)

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Venus and Serena: Double trouble
Tennis 

Venus Williams discusses her excitement to take on the competition and play doubles with her sister in Rio.

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Tennis 

Six teams for Durant to consider
NBA 

Who will give Kevin Durant the best chance to win a title? What about multiple titles? Kevin Pelton breaks it down. Insider

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NBA 

Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Barry Bonds also extolled former Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who Bonds had as a rookie in Pittsburgh. His main takeaway from their relationship? "His friendship. We've been friends forever. He was the best manager for me when I first came up. I had [other] great ones, don't get me wrong... To have [Leyland] as your first manager, it doesn't even compare."

Banana boat super team?
NBA 

Michael Rapaport shared his thoughts on Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and LeBron James taking a vacation together again: "I don't know what [Carmelo Anthony's] doing riding around with these guys."

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NBA 

Jena Janovy ESPN Editor 

U.S. Olympic hopefuls aren't the only athletes creating a splash this week in downtown Omaha. Giant cut-out silhouettes of local high school swimmers adorn the Gene Leahy Mall lagoon.

Olympic Sports 

OTD: Undertaker + Mankind = Hell in a Cell

On June 28, 1998 at King of the Ring, Undertaker tossed Mankind off the top of the cell and onto the announcers table during their Hell in a Cell match.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Barry Bonds very complimentary of Tigers' Miguel Cabrera. Praised his baseball IQ and said he knew he was going to be something special, even from an early age: "He's f------ great."

RG III blessed to be in Cleveland
NFL 

"Balling out" is how Cleveland QB Robert Griffin III plans to take advantage of his opportunity to prove himself to his teammates.

NFL 

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is flying back to L.A. to get his sore lower back checked. Manager Dave Roberts says the team remains hopeful that Kershaw can still make his start Friday.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he never considered pinch-hitting Alex Rodriguez in Aaron Hicks' place in the ninth, despite the fact that the tying run was at the plate early Tuesday morning. With a righty on the mound, the amount of hours Rodriguez sat and the short porch in right, Girardi said turning to A-Rod was not a thought. When asked when he could pinch-hit A-Rod in AL parks, Girardi didn't have much of answer instead basically saying wait-and-see. A-Rod is in tonight's lineup, starting against lefty Cole Hamels. A-Rod is 1-for-6 with a homer.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Trans athlete Chris Mosier raced for Team USA in the world duathlon championship. How did he feel about it afterwards?

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LeBron: 'I'm not Michael ... I am who I am'
NBA 

LeBron James addressed comments made by Phil Jackson saying that he needs to play more like Michael Jordan -- by reminding everyone he's not Michael Jordan.

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Should the O's retaliate against Royals?
MLB 

And Michael Smith has another question: "Why are pitchers the policemen for the unwritten rules of baseball anyway?"

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'Bones' glad to be in same era as McGregor

Jon "Bones" Jones joined SportsNation to share his thoughts on Conor McGregor and how comfortable he is sharing the spotlight with him.

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Hodgson: 'I did not see the defeat coming'
Soccer 

Former England manager Roy Hodgson speaks to the press a day after his resignation and the team's shocking loss to Iceland.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

After not finishing until 2:44 on Tuesday morning, the Yankees and Rangers may face some more rain today. AccuWeather says there could be thunderstorms during tonight's game. Bring your umbrellas and -- judging from last night -- maybe a sleeping bag.

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick on the passing of Buddy Ryan: "Today is a sad day in football due to the passing of Buddy Ryan. It was always very challenging to compete against Coach Ryan, who was father to a great football family that carries on his coaching and defensive tradition. My condolences are with the Ryan family." Rob Ryan, one of Buddy Ryan's three sons, served as an assistant on Belichick's Patriots staff from 2000-2003.

How are England fans coping?
Soccer 

ESPN FC's Alison Bender returns to England to speak with fans in the wake of the country's shocking loss to Iceland in Euro 2016.

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Soccer 

President Obama posts heartfelt tribute to Summitt
Women's College Basketball 

President Barack Obama reflects on the incredible spirit and career of Tennessee coaching legend Pat Summitt, who died Tuesday at the age of 64. ' Unparalleled success'

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Women's College Basketball 

Preparation is key for Patriots
NFL 

Danny Amendola shares what makes Bill Belichick special and says he isn't worried if Jimmy Garoppolo has to start at quarterback in Tom Brady's place.

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NFL 

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson said Noah Syndergaard's small bone spur will not need to be removed after the season. Ninety percent of the pitchers have something similar, Alderson estimated.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Sixers plan to be serious suitors for Golden State restricted free agent Harrison Barnes at the start of free agency, league sources say

NBA 

Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman?
NBA 

On Kanye West's birthday, ESPN's Scoop Jackson and Complex Magazine's Emily Oberg discuss Kanye's impact on shoe culture and whether he can surpass Michael Jordan's influence.

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Remembering Pat
Women's College Basketball 

Bruce Pearl, Kara Lawson, Peyton Manning and other high-profile sports figures share their thoughts on the impact of Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt, who died at 64.

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Women's College Basketball 

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Buddy Ryan had an impact on so many coaches in the NFL. Gregg Williams talked about him often during our defensive meetings back in Washington. From scheme to the way he expected us to play on the field, there was always a connection to Buddy. And the stories he told were outstanding.

NFL