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Summer Forecast: How the West will play out in 2016-17

Will Golden State's superteam roll to another 70-plus wins? How will the Spurs fare after Tim Duncan's retirement? Summer Forecast rolls on as our expert panel makes its projections for the West.

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Ichiro smacks hit number 2,997 (0:25)
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Chapman not surprised by trade (1:20)
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Wine Therapy With Amar'e Stoudemire (2:36)
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Rick Sutcliffe pulls a Chris Sale on his tie (0:16)
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1hBradford Doolittle

Cubs' Chapman 'working to be a better person'

After appearing to skirt around questions from local media about the domestic-abuse incident that led to his suspension, Aroldis Chapman told ESPN that he has "grown tremendously from that time."

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8hTodd Archer

Cowboys' risk in Randy Gregory producing no reward

The Cowboys were convinced they could provide pass-rusher Randy Gregory an environment to succeed, but he continues to struggle on the field and off.

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9hBill Barnwell

Barnwell's bounce-back teams for 2016

After experiencing a bunch of bad luck in 2015, the Cowboys and Tony Romo look primed to improve this season. Bill Barnwell predicts which NFL teams will rise and decline in 2016.

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Odell Beckham Jr. shows no mercy at his camp (0:22)
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Should Jordan have said something sooner? (0:54)
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Amar'e Stoudemire sure did like to dunk (1:47)
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13hJ.A. Adande

Carmelo Anthony is bringing discourse back

Carmelo Anthony can't pinpoint what pressed him into action, but the NBA star is now front and center of a national crisis, J.A. Adande writes. We're all better for it.

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6hZach Lowe

Will the Magic's latest reset work?

Orlando's first attempt at rebuilding didn't go as planned, and now the Magic are hoping their latest plan has them on the rocky road to becoming an Eastern Conference contender.

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Brazil's Olympic sailors unimpressed by dirty Rio waters (1:14)
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Bench-clearing brawl leads police to come on field (0:24)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant discuss getting shut down by James Shields on Tuesday night in his team's 3-0 loss to the White Sox.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about his offense's struggles the last couple of days with White Sox pitching.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

What a win for the Blue Jays as they score three runs in the bottom of the 12th. Pinch-hitter Darwin Barney had a big double in the rally and Jose Bautista a bases-loaded walk to force in one run. The winning then scored on a wild pitch. Crazy night at Rogers Centre.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Padres have homered in 24 games in a row, just three short of tying the 27 games of the 2002 Rangers. And now Matt Kemp's 12th-inning homer has given them a 6-4 lead over Toronto. Since 2009, only Nelson Cruz and Brian McCann have more extra-inning home runs than Kemp's seven.

Ortiz crushes 25th homer of the season
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David Ortiz continues his final season in fine fashion with a three-run home run over the wall in right field at Fenway Park to increase his season HR tally to 25.

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Patriots fans like an angry Tom Brady
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Actor Matt Damon, a diehard Patriots fan, said on "The Rich Eisen Show" on Tuesday that Tom Brady is "as focused a human being as I've met. ... It could be a fun season for us." Lovin' Tom

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Ichiro smacks hit No. 2,997
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On the road to 3,000, Ichiro Suzuki records his 2,997th career hit with a single to left field on Tuesday.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Another fun Ichiro fact: He's 21st on the all-time steals list since 1900 after swiping his 507th career base. His success rate of 81 percent ranks sixth among players with at least 400 career steals (for whom we have complete caught stealing data). Quick and efficient.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Kris Bryant struck out in the eighth against James Shields, leaving him 1 for 10 with seven strikeouts in three games against Shields, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Six of the seven Ks have come against changeups. He entered the game with a .065 average against change-ups, worst qualifying average in the majors.

American war hero inspires Team USA
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Army Major Scotty Smiley, who saved his unit in Iraq at the cost of his sight, spoke to Team USA about the meaning of selfless service.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Ichiro records career hit No. 2,997 leading off the eighth inning for the Marlins. Ichiro's run to 3,000 has been remarkable, given he was 27 when he got his first MLB hit. The player who holds the oldest debut age to get to 3,000 hits is Wade Boggs, who hadn't even turned 24.

Do the Chiefs need Jamaal Charles?

Nothing against the NFL's all-time leader in yards per carry (min. 1,000 attempts), but Kansas City's run game did just fine in Charles' absence a year ago.

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Lue's bet on himself pays off
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Jalen Rose and David Jacoby break down the details of Tyronn Lue's new contract and what his future with the Cavaliers could hold.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs may have to hit one out to score on White Sox starter James Shields. According to ESPN Stats & Info, with the Cubs now 0 for 3 tonight with runners in scoring position, opposing hitters are now 0 for their last 31 in those spots against Shields.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

How hot is Jedd Gyorko (Yes, you read that right)? Not only has he homered in six of his last nine games, his seven homers since July 18 are the most in the majors and they have come over just 32 at-bats. "I don't think people realize how good a player he is," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.