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2dJerry Crasnick

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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9hBrett Okamoto

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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SC Featured: Running is more than a sport on Hopi reservation (15:32)
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Amazing catch robs extra bases (0:34)
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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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Riding along with the Stanley Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup joyride continues, and we've got the best tweets from the journey: On Sunday, assistant coach Rick Tocchet shared it with his suburban Toronto hometown.

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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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6dMy Wish 10th Anniversary

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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Bonnie D. Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

A wider investigation into Russian sport should have been triggered no later than January 2016, when Part II of the World Anti-Doping Agency's independent commission report was released. There was plenty of smoke and athlete reps called for it. Instead, WADA did not act until May, pushing newest report to mid-July. Now each individual international federation (IF) has little more than a week to cull through each Russian athlete using criteria that are not well defined, and apt to be unevenly applied. Many, if not all, IFs are vulnerable to same overlapping interests as the IOC and WADA. Sixteen years' worth of attempts to "harmonize" global anti-doping rules have brought us to this juncture.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The idea of flipping closer Aroldis Chapman has been in play since the Yankees acquired him from the Reds at a discount price this winter due to his domestic violence/gun incident. GM Brian Cashman felt like the price point had dropped where it was too good to pass up. By Aug. 1 and perhaps much earlier, Chapman is expected to be an ex-Yankee and Cashman is in position to receive better prospects than the four middling ones he gave to the Reds.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch the Cubs' newest bullpen option Joe Nathan talk about going from rehab mode to the heat of a pennant race.

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Why is Michael Conforto in center field on Sunday? Said manager Terry Collins: "If we don' play him in center field, we don't have anywhere to play him." Yoenis Cespedes is being restricted to left field and Curtis Granderson doesn't have the range to handle center field.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Here is my personal ranking on who has best chance of getting Aroldis Chapman 1. Cubs 2. Nats 3. Indians...then the rest of the field

Sale's history of cutting up
MLB 

Buster Olney says that the incident in which Chris Sale cut up the White Sox's throwback uniforms was not indicative of his relationship with management in Chicago.

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Bonnie D. Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

Today's International Olympic Committee compromise on Russian eligibility in the Rio Games is guaranteed to satisfy the least number of people. It punts responsibility to each sport's international federation on an absurdly compressed timetable, further complicating a Games already beset with problems. Torch lighting in 12 days.

Olympic Sports 

Bonnie D. Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

Rationale for the IOC's decision was individual athletes' rights versus considerable evidence of systemic corruption in Russian sports establishment, and interface with/support from government. But IOC then pivoted and said any Russian athlete with a prior doping offense cannot compete even if ban was served. This issue has been arbitrated before and I don't expect it to stand up if challenged.

Olympic Sports 

IOC decides against complete ban on Russia

Bonnie Ford explains why the IOC's decision against a complete ban on Russia from the Olympics places an enormous responsibility on the individual global federations to determine which athletes to accept.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Told that the Chicago White Sox are not expecting Pitcher Chris Sale to be at the ballpark today. 3B Todd Frazier again declined to speak about the situation and also would not comment when asked whether players have any issues with the throwback uniforms. Both manager Robin Ventura and GM Rick Hahn are expected to address the media before today's game.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeremy Lin describes how he felt in the summer of 2012 when he signed with the Houston Rockets after the Knicks decided against matching the Rockets' 3-year, $25 million contract offer: "I was really, really sad. I was sad the way everything went down, 'cause nothing happened the way I thought it was going to" Lin, now a Brooklyn Net, said in an interview with the New York Post. "I had wished that they had offered me a contract just in the beginning, and that didn't even happen. And then, when I found out that they weren't gonna match, I was even more sad, 'cause honestly, I wanted to finish my career there.... I wanted to play for those fans who rallied behind that city, that came behind us and gave me that experience. I felt like I owed it to them."

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

A partial lap with pace-car driver Brett Bodine from Turn 1 to Turn 4 and down the Indianapolis Motor Speedway pit road as preparations continue for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race later today.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't think he'll have Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman Sunday.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says it's his job to tell his players to block out the noise when it comes to trade talks. Says he's going to continue trying to manage to win.

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
NASCAR 

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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