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Wade forgoes option with Heat, will be free agent

Dwyane Wade, a perennial All-Star and three-time NBA champion, has decided to not pick up his option with the Miami Heat for next year, announcing his decision through a representative.

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Sources: Aldridge to meet Lakers, Rockets first

The Lakers and Rockets will get the first opportunities to meet with LaMarcus Aldridge shortly after the free-agency period officially begins at 9:01 PT Tuesday in Los Angeles.

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Nance was 'terrified' of Kobe's reaction to tweet

Lakers draft pick Larry Nance Jr. said he was "terrified" of his new teammate Kobe Bryant's reaction to a tweet Nance sent in 2012 that referenced a 2012 sexual assault case involving Bryant.

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Russell Wilson: 'Let my play speak for itself' (2:49)
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Anderson takes perfect game into seventh (0:46)
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Brief history of strange kicker/punter moments

Steve Weatherford isn't the first punter or kicker to draw attention for something besides booting footballs. We revisit the "idiot kicker," the ax mishap and other kicking fraternity weirdness.

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Olbermann: Video replay is killing baseball (6:05)
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Diving Frisbee catch coming in hot! (0:31)
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Which athletic achievements deserve an ESPY?

Your vote decides who will take home the ESPY for Best Male and Female Athlete, Best Play and so much more. The results will air on the 2015 ESPYS on July 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Blackmon's HR gets Rockies on board
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After Kendall Graveman shut them down for 7 innings, the Rockies needed just 4 pitches to score off reliever Evan Scribner. Charlie Blackmon drove a 2-1 pitch to right for a solo shot, but the A's still lead 5-1. Follow live

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Angels @Angels

Trevor Gott navigates out of the jam to keep the Halos' 2-run lead intact. At the stretch, it's 3-1 #Angels.

Russell Wilson: 'I love Seattle'
NFL 

The Seahawks QB on his contract negotiations: "I just let my play speak for itself and let the rest take care of itself. Continue to love the game for what it is and continue to fight, continue to play no matter how much I'm getting paid, no matter if it's $25M or if it's $1.5M. I'll be ready to go."

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Diamondbacks draw even with Dodgers

Yasmany Tomas' first Chase Field HR was a 2-run shot in the 6th that tied the score at 4-4. The homer had to be confirmed via replay as the ball hit a fan's arm just on top of the left field wall. Follow live

L.A.'s Aldridge's meeting grounds

The Lakers and Rockets will get first shot at LaMarcus Aldridge, with meetings in Los Angeles as free agency begins Tuesday night. Aldridge will also meet with the Spurs, Mavs, Suns, Raptors and Knicks later in the week, sources tell ESPN. Blazers' return 'very unlikely'

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Kendall Graveman shutting down Rockies

The A's right-hander has tossed 6 shutout innings so far tonight, scattering 4 hits and 3 walks along with 2 strikeouts. Oakland has scored all of its runs on HRs, giving Graveman a comfortable 5-0 lead. Follow live

Star-powered under-24 club

Mike Trout turns 24 years old on August 7th. The most HRs before their 24th birthday (via Elias):

  • Eddie Mathews (153), Mel Ott (153), Ken Griffey Jr. (132), Frank Robinson (130), Alex Rodriguez (128), Juan Gonzalez (121), Mickey Mantle (121), Andruw Jones (120), Trout (118), Ted Williams (118)

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Pederson's tale of the tape
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Joc Pederson's 20th homer of the year, a 4th-inning blast against the D-backs, went 461 feet.

  • He has 5 HRs of at least 450 feet. Only Giancarlo Stanton (7) has more.
  • His 7 HRs this month have traveled an average distance of 450.3 feet.
  • His 20 HRs this season have averaged 430.5 feet, best in the majors.
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Trout stats a mouthful

Mike Trout hit his 20th home run to give the Angels a 2-1 lead over the Yankees.

  • Only player with multiple HRs off CC Sabathia this year.
  • Earliest in season he's reached 20 HRs (previous best July 4, 2014).
  • Fewest games taken to get to 20 HRs (via Jason McCallum).

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Astros top Royals in clash of AL's best
MLB 

Jose Altuve and Chris Carter both homered, Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 and Lance McCullers struck out 6 over 7 innings of 1-run ball in the 6-1 home win over Kansas City. Box score

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Butler extends Athletics' lead
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Oakland's bats had gone quiet after a 4-run 1st inning. Billy Butler woke them up with a solo HR in the 4th, pushing the lead over the Rockies to 5-0. Follow live

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Reds score early, often to end slide

After jumping to a 9-1 lead through the first 3 innings, the Reds held off the Twins' rally to snap a three-game losing streak in Cincy. Billy Hamilton stole 4 bases in the 11-7 win. Box score

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Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

As he said over and over, Draymond Green is mtg w/ Warriors first before setting any other mtgs. If it goes well, he won't schedule any more

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

Lakers & Rockets get the first crack at LaMarcus on Tuesday night. Spurs, Mavs, Suns, Raptors are in Wednesday. Knicks on Thursday.