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Japan's skill versus U.S. power to decide final

It is the third major final in a row in which these teams have met and if the previous two are any indication, it will go down to the wire.

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Sources: LeBron talks quiet as Cavs work deals

The Cleveland Cavaliers are busy on several fronts as they attempt to solidify their roster. But for the moment that does not include talks with free agent LeBron James, sources told ESPN.com.

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Hot dog! Stonie eats 62 to dethrone Chestnut

Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island.

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The legend of Abby Wambach (3:44)
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Rice's road back (5:03)
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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Did you know that Steven Matz is the 999th player in #Mets history? Who will be No. 1,000? Matt Reynolds? Michael Conforto? Troy Tulowitzki?

Royals no longer dominating ASG vote
MLB 

Less than a month ago, 8 Kansas City players were in line to start the All-Star Game for the AL. The latest fan voting update has five Royals starters. Tonight's selection show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Best All-Star starter races
MLB 

  • NL 3B: Matt Carpenter (6.25M votes) vs. Todd Frazier (6.19M)
  • AL 2B: Omar Infante (7.51M) vs. Jose Altuve (7.28M)
  • AL DH: Nelson Cruz (8.89M) vs. Kendrys Morales (8.69M)
(Latest voting update was June 29)

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Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

PJ on Spurs defense: they'll be good enough defensively, but the pluses outweigh the minuses because the offense will be out of this world.

Surprise reunion at minor league game
MLB 

After returning from overseas, Sgt. Adam Dowell surprised his son at the Tennessee Smokies baseball game.

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NBA free agency nearing completion

Only three of the top 30 free agents on Amin Elhassan's big board have yet to agree to deals, and all three are expected to re-sign with their current team.

  1. LeBron James, Cavs
  2. Marc Gasol, Grizzlies
  3. Tristan Thompson, Cavs

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SC Featured: Around the World in 7 Days

Seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. It's a challenge for only the most elite of elite athletes -- and Ted Jackson, a pizza-loving, 42-year-old father of four from England.

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Austin Collie returns -- in CFL
NFL 

The former Colts WR star returned from 3 concussions and a 2-year layoff to play for the B.C. Lions Saturday and caught five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. "I wouldn't necessarily say it's so much for the love of the game. I just felt like I wasn't done. That feeling of not being done, that's what kept my drive going."

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NFL 

Aldridge a good fit for Spurs

P.J. Carlesimo said on SportsCenter: "[Aldridge] does a couple of things that really make a difference. You can put him in pick-and-rolls, he can open the floor because he's a very good deep shooter. ... Aldridge can play outside or inside."

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One accomplishment left for Wambach
Soccer 

And that would be a World Cup title to add to her illustrious career with the U.S. women's national team. She gets her chance tonight vs. Japan.

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Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

And for those who insist they only want to read about the leaders, not Tiger, here's an update: They're probably eating some breakfast.

Big Papi gets to play 1B today
MLB 

The Red Sox DH will get a rare start at first -- and it's not even an interleague game. He'll man 1B vs. the Astros (1:35 p.m. ET) for the fourth time this season.

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MLB 

Japan-U.S.: What's at stake tonight
Soccer 

  • A win would give the U.S. three Women's World Cup titles, the most by any nation.
    • Japan can become the second country to repeat in WWC history.

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Wambach: singularly-focused
Women's World Cup 

Ahead of tonight's Women’s World Cup final against Japan, Abby Wambach is pretty clear on where her head is. “All I care about is winning this World Cup.”

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July 5, 1980: Borg beats McEnroe in an epic
Tennis 

Today is an off day at Wimbledon, so get your fix by revisiting one of the best matches in history, which happened on this date 35 years ago.

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San Diego favors Comic-Con to Chargers
NFL 

The annual convention for fans of pop culture struck an extension to stay in town through 2018. But what about that other institution threatening to leave? In a San Diego Union-Tribune poll, 3,327 voters said Comic-Con was more important to the city than the Chargers.

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