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Who is baseball's best manager?

ESPN surveyed 50 scouts, front-office executives, coaches and media analysts in a multitude of categories, and no manager ranked higher overall than the Giants' Bruce Bochy.


Charity wins: A-Rod, Yanks settle bonus dispute

Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod

Aldridge meets with Lakers for second time (1:13)
Athletes as fans: Jimmy Butler (0:31)
Not Top Plays (2:23)
Bubba Watson changes 'Dukes of Hazzard' car (1:47)
Why Knicks struggle to recruit players (1:18)


Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

ESPN sources say Corey Brewer has spurned richer offer from Sacramento Kings to stay in Houston on a three-year deal in excess of $23 mil

LeBron casts his FIFA 16 vote

LeBron James has an ownership stake in Liverpool, so it's no surprise that when it came to vote for who should appear on the cover of the FIFA 16 video game, James voted for LFC's Jordan Henderson. King James shares the love

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Mavs telling Jordan he can be 'the guy'

Marc Stein says the Mavericks sold DeAndre Jordan on coming to Dallas by telling him he can be the face of the franchise.


Sharks sign Joel Ward to a 3-year deal

Ward, 34, has scored 97 goals and 123 assists in 517 career games and will play in San Jose, the Sharks announced today.

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Watch: Giants at Nationals on ESPN

The Giants were swept in Miami earlier this week, so they're looking to get back on track in D.C. Jake Peavy is making his first start since April 17 (back strain) as Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for the Nats. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Red Sox activate Shane Victorino from DL

The OF hadn't played in the majors since May 24 because of a calf strain, but he's activated for the weekend series vs. Houston. Boston also placed catcher Blake Swihart on the DL with a sprained toe.

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Mark Cuban on DeAndre Jordan: "We think he is going to be our best player for years to come. A franchise player for rest of his career."

Mavs land DeAndre Jordan

The former Clipper will return to Texas, he played for Texas A&M in college, and will likely sign a four-year max contract worth in excess of $80 million that includes a player option after the third season, sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein and Tim MacMahon.

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Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon

Mavs convinced DeAndre Jordan he was an underutilized gem. They painted a picture -- with stats, X's and O's, etc. -- of Dallas potential.

Doug Padilla @ESPNChiSox

Chris Sale to pitch Monday on an extra day of rest. Carlos Rodon to return to the rotation Sunday.

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Second straight day that Tiger Woods drives his tee shot on the par-5 17th into the creek on the right. He's steaming after that one.

Alabama did not respect Cardale Jones

Alabama DC Kirby Smart asked 3 Tide veteran DBs -- Landon Collins, Nick Perry and Jarrick Williams -- what went wrong in Alabama's Sugar Bowl loss. "I said ... 'Where did we go wrong?' ... All three of them said they did not the respect the quarterback." (via 680 The Fan in Atlanta) Vote for ESPYS Best Breakthrough Athlete

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Aces wild in Giants-Nationals

Some big-name pitchers are lined up for a key 3-games series among NL contenders. The series starts at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.


Kyle Busch in accident in Daytona return

Back at Daytona for the first time since he broke his right leg and left foot the day before the Daytona 500, Busch spun nine minutes into the first practice session today. A bump from Brad Keselowski spun Busch's car before being hit squarely in the side by Greg Biffle.


Caught up in the Williams-Watson drama

Serena Williams was "more negative than one would think" when she was down 0-3 in the third set to Heather Watson, but the Twitterverse was soaking up the drama. Social reaction

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A-Rod, Yankees resolve bonus dispute

New York will donate $2.5 million to the MLB Urban Youth Foundation and $1 million to three other charities after the two sides "amicably" settled a potential dispute over a $6M bonus owed to Alex Rodriguez for tying WIllie Mays' home run total.

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Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

Between the strain of DJ/CP3 relationship and the absolute bromance party Parsons and Cuban put on during the recruiting period, DJ was gone

A-Rod to get ball from 3,000th hit today

Zack Hample, the fan who caught Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit June 19, will present the ball to A-Rod today at 5:30 ET. In exchange, the Yankees will donate $150K to a charity that Hample has supported since 2009. Along with the donation, the Yanks will give Hample memorabilia, tickets and other perks.

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Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Tiger Woods has posted bogey or worse on four holes so far this week. He's bounced back with birdie on the next hole after three of 'em.

Becky Hammon making NBA history

She'll be the first female head coach in summer league history. How will players react to a female coach? Said Bruce Bowen: "Most of them have never played for one. so it's going to have to be a process." But a plus on Hammon's side? That she has the blessing of Gregg Popovich.


I Believe That We Will Worry
Women's World Cup 

USA is a sizable 67% favorite on Sunday according to Fivethirtyeight's WSPI -- but as it showed in 2011, Japan is capable of pulling the upset. Four ways it could go wrong for USA

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