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Mike Piazza took opportunity and turned it into Hall of Fame career

As a 62nd-round draft pick, Mike Piazza wasn't a can't-miss baseball prospect, such as Ken Griffey Jr. But on Sunday, he'll join Griffey in Cooperstown, New York, as a Hall of Famer.

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The electrifying Hall of Fame career of Ken Griffey Jr. (1:31)
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Olney: Uniform incident just Sale's temperament (1:06)
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Shevchenko upsets Holm by decision

Valentina Shevchenko outworked former women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm on Saturday to take home a unanimous decision in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Chicago.

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One More Chapter for Jeff Gordon (1:19)
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Amazing catch robs extra bases (0:34)
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3dRamona Shelburne

How Kevin Durant is adjusting to life as the villain

Can Kevin Durant handle the heat of becoming the bad guy? As the superstar adapts to his new reality, he's receiving some wisdom from friend and fellow free-agency villain DeAndre Jordan.

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Viral Vault: Young fan challenges Federer, wins point in style (0:54)
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On this date: George Brett's pine tar incident (1:56)
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2dJohn Clayton

Ranking next year's top 25 NFL free agents

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, who's playing under the franchise tag, and Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu, who's coming back from a knee injury, are among the top projected free agents in the 2017 class.

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Stanton's long ball goes 437 feet (0:47)
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Pacquiao next for Crawford? (1:07)
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Where are these My Wish recipients now?

For these wish recipients, My Wish created a sense of empowerment and hope for the future, and an engagement with life outside hospital rooms.

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The Hall of Fame career of Mike Piazza (1:38)
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The MVP showing he's all-world at free-kicks (0:49)
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White Chocolate still making great passes at 40 (0:15)
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The Miz airmails the first pitch (0:16)
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One-hand catch good for two-point conversion (0:44)

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Dennis Green's football legacy runs deep
NFL 

John Saunders offers his thoughts on the career of the late Dennis Green and the impact he had on the NFL on and off the field.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees Sunday lineup vs. Giants: Gardner LF Ellsbury CF Beltran DH McCann C Castro 2B Gregorius SS Teixeira 1B Headley 3B Hicks RF/Eovaldi RHP ... Trade candidate Chapman listed on the roster ...

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox announce right-hander Joe Kelly has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and struggling right-hander Heath Hembree has been optioned.

ESPN Olympics @ESPNOlympics

IOC says Russia can't enter athlete for Rio if he/she "has ever been sanctioned for doping, even if he or she has served the sanction."

UFC Fight Night Chicago in review
UFC 

Brett Okamoto describes the parity in the UFC women's bantamweight division following Shevchenko's upset over Holly Holm and previews what is next after the Chicago card.

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Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has corrected the spelling of four-time Brickyard winner and six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson on the decal in front of his pit stall. Johnson tweet a photo of it saying "Jimmy Johnson" and the driver added the comment "Morning motivation."

Willie Weinbaum ESPN 

From our Cooperstown interview, new Hall of Fame inductee Ken Griffey Jr. on the temptation for him during the PEDs era: "None. You look at it, my dad wasn't the biggest or strongest or fastest. He always said, 'just don't let anybody outwork you.' Well, I take that back, my dad was fast (laughs)...and I was never the biggest or strongest or fastest on my team...when all of this stuff was happening, I had my own shoe, I was in commercials, I had my own video game, where else could I go? And I was the highest paid ballplayer. So the temptation wasn't there, because I had all these things. I ask people all the time, if you're a 25-year-old kid, you've got two kids, and you're on your way out, maybe. And these things are going take you to a new level and you're going to support your family -- what are you going to do? And people have this look like it's shocking to them, they're like, 'Oh, I would do it,' and then I'm like, 'Oh, okay, so the guys who got busted and the guys who did this, you're mad at them but you would do it?'"

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Gordon's rich history in Indianapolis
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Marty Smith reflects on Jeff Gordon's career at Indy ahead of his return to the city on Sunday, when he will be filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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OTD: Ruth hits longest homer at Comiskey
MLB 

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth crushed a ball into the upper deck of Comiskey Park, becoming the first player to do so. The mammouth blast off White Sox pitcher Tommy Thomas was Ruth's 31st home run of the season, and proved the difference in the Yankees' 3-2 victory. '27 Yankees on Twitter

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Willie Weinbaum ESPN 

From our Cooperstown interview, new Hall of Fame inductee Mike Piazza on the temptation for him during the PEDs era: "First thing, it was illegal...you heard certain overtones of players that did them, but it was just one of those things that was never really in the forefront...it wasn't anything overt, it was just one of those things for me....I've said many times, I've trained as hard as anybody in the gym."

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Ken Griffey Jr. by the numbers: 630 HR, 6th all-time 10 Gold Gloves, T3rd-most by OF 99.3% of HOF voters put him on ballot, most in history

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

This week's power rankings: 1. Nationals 2. Cubs 3. Indians 4. Red Sox 5. Orioles 6. Giants 7. Dodgers 8. Astros 9. Marlins 10. Rangers

Shevchenko's secret to beating Holm
MMA 

UFC bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko shares how she did what Ronda Rousey could not do and what Meisha Tate took five rounds to do -- get inside Holly Holm's range.

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Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Jeff Gordon will come out of retirement today to fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 car at the Brickyard.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Trevor Story has 4 multi-HR games this season. The only rookies w/ more in last 30 years are Mark McGwire, Chris Young & Mike Piazza

Shevchenko upsets Holm

In her first fight since dropping the UFC women's bantamweight title, Holly Holm fell to Valentina Shevchenko by unanimous decision.

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Sale's tension not just about throwbacks
MLB 

Jerry Crasnick said: "This is something that arises when you have ongoing tension and a little thing gets blown up into a big thing."

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Ken Griffey Jr.'s electrifying career
MLB 

Before he gets enshrined in Cooperstown, soak in some of the best highlights of his 22-year journey.

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Mike Piazza's legendary career
MLB 

The top moments from arguably the best power-hitting catcher captivated the hearts of baseball fans.

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