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Bowden: The 20 players most likely to be dealt by the trade deadline

Jim Bowden shares the 20 players most likely to be traded by July 31, rating each of their chances of being dealt and looking at where they could end up.

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Draft fits for Knicks, Lakers, Sixers, Wolves

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

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Smart move for Michael Sam to sign with CFL? (1:34)

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Is this the start of the post-Brady era? (7:00)

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Ford/Pelton: Best fits for top four picks

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton debate which players the top four teams in the 2015 NBA draft should take. Should Minnesota take Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall?

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Kupchak says next season will be Kobe's last (2:41)

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OTL: Kurt Busch's ex used charity as bank

Documents show that Patricia Driscoll, in effect, used the Armed Forces Foundation as a bank to lend money for or pay various personal expenses, including bills for a private company she owns.

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Looking ahead: Arizona Wildcats

The Wildcats are losing four starters, but a solid recruiting class and plenty of depth should keep them at the top of the Pac-12.

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Harden a good-luck charm?

Excluding Houston this year, 66 teams have fallen behind 2-0 in the conference (or division) finals and only 4 have come from behind to win the series. The last to do so was Oklahoma City in 2011-12 -- a team where James Harden was a key member.

Update: Red Sox call up Rusney Castillo
MLB 

The Cuban-born OF will start in right tonight. He signed a 7-year, $72M deal in August and was sent to the minors after a spring training injury. Castillo's been hitting .327 in his last 12 games in Triple-A after an outfield crash landed him on the minor league DL.

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Zimmer 'thinks' he knows AD's return date
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Adrian Peterson missed voluntary workouts, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer hinted at knowing when the RB will be back. "I think I do have an indication," Zimmer told 1500 ESPN this week. "It's up to Adrian, really. He's the guy you should ask. ...We'd like all our players here."

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Kobe Bryant's career longevity
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Next season will be his 20th, which will move him past John Stockton for the most with a single franchise in NBA history. Bryant will also become the 5th player to play 20+ seasons, joining Robert Parish (21), Kevin Willis (21), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (20) and Kevin Garnett (20).

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Kobe, Lakers ready to pass torch?
NBA 

Ramona Shelburne on free-agent targets: "You want to know if the Lakers will be your team one day. ... That was one of the main issues when Dwight Howard was here. He essentially said to the Lakers, 'When is the transfer of power going to happen?'"

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NFLPA leader talks Deflategate
NFL 

DeMaurice Smith appeared on Outside the Lines today, with the highlight being Smith saying, "I think [the] Wells report delivered exactly what [the] client wanted." More Deflategate from Smith

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When your dad wrestles John Cena ...

Kevin Owens' son got a little overwhelmed when he saw his dad confront his favorite wrestler, John Cena, in his "Monday Night Raw" debut. His priceless reaction

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King Felix eyes 7th win in 8 games
MLB 

Felix Hernandez takes on the Blue Jays tonight, and though he revels in the King's Court at SafeCo, he feels at home on the road too: "Every time. I think to myself, 'You see all those people with their eyes on you? Now go do your job. Make it happen.'" Setting the tone

James Michelfelder and Therese Sommerseth
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Drew Brees' fantasy value sliding
NFL 

The ESPN fantasy rankings recently came out and the Saints QB is No. 44 overall and 5th among QBs. Last May, Brees ranked 17th overall. His 20 picks in 2014 likely contributed to the drop. But is 44th too low?

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What's next for Busch and Driscoll
NASCAR 

Kurt Busch testified that he believed his ex-girlfriend Patty Driscoll made a living killing people with "knives, pistols or poison." Driscoll allegedly told close friends she was a "hit woman" whose job it was to date drug lords. She also grew Armed Forces Foundation from a volunteer group into a multimillion dollar operation. Driscoll's double life

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Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson surprises fan

That time the Rock surprised a superfan, who was supposed to interview him, by officiating his wedding instead. Quite the wardrobe

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Kobe's final season with Lakers?

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak says he hasn't had discussions with Kobe Bryant about playing with L.A. beyond this season, which is the last on his contract. Bryant will be 37 when the season begins and played just 35 games last season. Kobe's uncertain future

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Former Globetrotters star dies
NBA 

Marques Haynes, often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, died today at 89. The Basketball Hall of Famer had two stints with the Harlem Globetrotters in his decorated career. 'Iconic' basketball figure

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NBA 

Top Cuban prospect headed to MLB
MLB 

RHP Norge Ruiz, called "arguably the best pitching prospect in Cuba" by Baseball America, is looking to sign with a major league team. Ruiz, 21, is likely to incite a bidding war but being declared a free agent can be a lengthy process. (via MLB's website)

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Hernandez lawyer: Aaron has no Money
NFL 

Attorney John Fitzpatrick said Thursday that Aaron Hernandez, convicted last month of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. is running out of money because of lawyer fees. Fitzpatrick says Hernandez only received 1 year of his now-terminated $40M Patriots contract. Story

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NFL 

Harden, Howard not on same page
NBA 

MVP runner-up James Harden has thrown an average of 48.4 passes per game in the playoffs. But only 4.1 of those are going to Dwight Howard. That has to change if Houston is to dig out of its 2-0 series hole vs. the Warriors.

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Texans are 'Hard Knocks' favorites

Houston is a finalist to be on the HBO show, according to ESPN sources and reports. The Bills, who could opt out due to having a new coach, are not interested in appearing on the show, nor are the Redskins (via ESPN's Mike Rodak and John Keim).

Lakers ready to 'turn the page'
NBA 

Los Angeles might be ready to move on, but would Kobe Bryant consider playing elsewhere? Baxter Holmes can't imagine it: "He can't envision playing with any other team, wearing any other jersey than the purple and gold."

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UNC receives notice of allegations

The university announced today that it received a notice of allegations from the NCAA as the next phase in its investigation of academic irregularities and possible bylaw infractions. "We will carefully evaluate them to respond within the NCAA's 90-day deadline," said chancellor Carol L. Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham.

Rating the Indy 500 starting grid

Most of the attention leading up to Sunday's Indianapolis 500 has focused on the crash-filled practices. But soon, the 33 starters will have to block out any thoughts about danger and drama and maintain their focus if they want to claim what many believe is still auto racing's greatest prize. Favorites to field fillers

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