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Follow live: Venus on upset alert?

Venus Williams is tied 1-1 with qualifier Maria Sakkari. Who will win the second-round match? Later, Andy Murray and French Open champ Garbine Muguruza take the court (live on ESPN/WatchESPN).

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Giants to let Bumgarner hit for self in AL park

Madison Bumgarner will get to hit for himself Thursday at Oakland, meaning the Giants will become the first NL team to intentionally use a pitcher to hit instead of a DH since 1976.

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Pierre-Paul preaches fireworks safety in PSA

In a public service announcement that debuted Thursday on "Good Morning America," Jason Pierre-Paul briefly recounted what went through his mind July 4 when a firework went off in his hand.

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5hMarc Stein and Ian Begley

Sources: Knicks strong favorites to land Noah

Multiple teams interested in free agent Joakim Noah have all but conceded that the Knicks are his runaway preferred destination in free agency, sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

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Cubs, Dodgers top MLB Future Power Ranks

Dan Szymborski presents the new and improved Future Ranks, looking at how each team sets up for the next five years, plus an MVP over the span and the year it has the best chance to win a title.

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Mike Tyson's turbulent career, in his own words (1:27)
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Chestnut trying to regain hot dog title from Stonie (2:54)
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Little kid overjoyed to find Kris Bryant baseball card (0:43)
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Fan drops a pair of home runs minutes apart (0:31)
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Sano's head gets the assist on the out (0:27)
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Freeman takes out anger on poor, innocent bat (0:15)
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Should the Knicks make a play for DeMarcus Cousins? (1:24)
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Butler: 'I let people think what they want to think' (1:33)
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Urías rompe marca al 'Toro' y le iguala otra hazaña

Urías consigue su primer triunfo en Grandes Ligas, lo hace como el mexicano más joven rompiendo marca de Valenzuela, quien al igual que Julio también ganó primer juego en su séptimo partido.

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OTD: Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit 25th HRs
MLB 

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig each hit their 25th home run of the season. This was just the beginning of an epic race that would eventually see Ruth hit a record-breaking 60 home runs. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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MLB 

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Perry Ellis, the clothing brand, has confirmed it has signed Perry Ellis, the basketball player, to an endorsement deal

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Kid overjoyed to get Kris Bryant card
MLB 

Pure joy.

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Chestnut trying to regain hot dog title

Matt Stonie took the title last year but Joey Chestnut is confident he'll take it back on July 4.

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MLB Future Power Rankings
MLB 

Yes, just like our regular power rankings, the Cubs top our list that projects the next five seasons, too. Built for the long haul (Insider)

Mikey Burton
MLB 

Indians rotation is incredible bargain
MLB 

Their starters lead the AL in ERA this season, including an MLB-best 1.91 ERA during their current 12-game win streak. The primary rotation is making about $13.5M this season combined. Five things from Wednesday

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MLB 

Free-agency madness begins at midnight ET
NBA 

With the salary cap going through the roof and everyone having money to burn, the NBA's silly season won't disappoint. What to watch for

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NBA 

Mike Tyson in his own words
Boxing 

Recap the now 50-year-old's life and career in his own words.

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Boxing 

Peter Bodo Tennis 

A venerable Wimbledon tradition, the candy booth. You can still bag your own assortment from that bottom row, as this lady is doing. But the pre-packaged, plasticized, sanitized, gummified everythings seem to be taking over. Way of the world.

Tennis 

Vince Wilfork doesn't care what you think
NFL 

"Everybody knows that I have a big stomach, but I think sometimes that overshadows everything else on my body. ... The only thing I don't have that they got is six packs. But I really don't care about six packs." Wilfork's body

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NFL 

A big win -- or a big tease?
MLB 

Wallace Matthews writes that the Yankees' comeback win was tantalizing -- and also possibly horribly misleading. More to come?

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MLB 

How does Didi Gregorius unwind?
MLB 

The Yankee likes to sit back, relax and uncork some Two Buck Chuck. Gregorius' 2-run walk-off HR went down smooth for New York, but is going to leave a hangover for the Rangers.

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Draymond Green is now the registered owner to the trademark "Money Green."

NBA 

Neymar to finalize new Barcelona contract
Soccer 

The Brazilian star may be prepping for this summer's Olympics, but back in Spain, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is thinking about the player's future. Current deal ends in '18

AP Photo/Manu Fernandez
Soccer 

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Whether or not the Grizz get far in a Parsons pursuit, they continue to believe they will hold off Dallas and all challengers to keep Conley

NBA 

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Free Agent Rumble: Memphis not only believes it'll keep Mike Conley but might try to sign Chandler Parsons away from the Conley-chasing Mavs

NBA 

Wilson has superior resume to Luck
NFL 

Four seasons don't make a career but for now, there's a clear edge. By the numbers

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NFL 

Andrew Brandt @AndrewBrandt

Andrew Luck's $47M guarantee "at signing" tops all NFL players except for Ndamokung Suh. Luck matches Suh's $60M guarantee by next March.

Thunder hoping Horford can help
NBA 

And not just on the court. Royce Young sees Al Horford's history with Billy Donovan at Florida as a potential selling point for Kevin Durant.

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Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Bruce Bochy said he will hit starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner Thursday at the Athletics instead of using DH

Concern in Dodgersland growing?
MLB 

The Dodgers have a lot to worry about if Clayton Kershaw goes down and the Baseball Tonight crew breaks down a potentially busted season for Los Angeles.

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MLB 

Golic: I have a bit of hate for QBs
NFL 

After Mike Greenberg revisits a quote from legendary coach Buddy Ryan about "pompous, overpaid quarterbacks," Golic's disdain for QBs resurfaces.

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Matt Wilansky Tennis editor 

Nick Kyrgios is in the house.

Tennis 

Matt Wilansky Tennis editor 

Just like in 2010, it took John Isner three days to complete his first-round match at Wimbledon. The only difference, of course, is that back then he was playing a record-setting marathon encounter against Nicolas Mahut. Today, after two days of rain, Isner finally beat Marcos Baghdatis in a match that required 148 fewer games and 528 fewer minutes than it took him six years ago.

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