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8hDave McMenamin

An oral history of the swat that changed Cleveland history

Equal parts superhuman athleticism and out-of-this-world precision, LeBron James' Game 7 chase-down block was the stuff of legend. Here's what was racing through the minds of everyone involved.

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Icelandic commentator can't contain excitement in final seconds (1:03)
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Bryant's historic game leads Cubs past Reds (1:06)
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Arizona outfielder makes a nice catch at the wall (0:30)
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Arizona's Cloney on shutout: 'I knew I had to step up' (1:37)
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3hAndrew Marchand

The beginning of the end for Alex Rodriguez

The New York Yankees benched Alex Rodriguez, who has struggled all season against righties, for the second consecutive day on Monday.

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Italy top Spain to advance to quarterfinals (2:54)
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Iceland revel in England upset (0:40)
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What was the best fight in UFC history? (2:26)
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Fed's ridiculous drop shot (0:18)
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10hBrian Windhorst

Sources: Wolves sell shares to China's Jiang

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has sold minority shares to Meyer Orbach and Lizhang Jiang, allowing Taylor to remain the controlling owner of the Wolves.

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11hMike Sando

Most team-friendly contracts for all 32 NFL teams

J.J. Watt and Aaron Rodgers, who stand to earn a combined $23.1 million from their teams in 2016, are the biggest names on Mike Sando's list of players working under team-friendly contracts.

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Famous crying athletes (0:45)
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5hPierre LeBrun

New, content Lindros happy with Hall nod

Married with children and in a new, calmer stage of his life, the previously polarizing Eric Lindros finds himself enjoying a long-debated induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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MLB's Week 12 Power Rankings

The Cubs finally showed that they are human but remained No. 1 for the 12th straight week. Still, the Giants are hot on their heels -- and could be poised to make Week 13 an unlucky one for Chicago.

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The evolution of Jake Arrieta -- and his beard

Jake Arrieta's transformation into one of baseball's top pitchers is remarkable in itself. But the Texan's shift from being clean-shaven to having an incredibly thick beard is unprecedented.

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Tougher shot, Steph's 37-footer or Kyrie's 3 to win Game 7? (1:25)
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8hJerry Crasnick

Phils pitching prospect suffers serious eye injury

Phillies Class-A pitcher Matt Imhof suffered a potentially career-threatening eye injury in a freak training accident in the Florida State League late last week, his agent told ESPN.com.

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Famous crying athletes
Soccer 

Lionel Messi's face after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final evoked memories of other famous athletes shedding tears.

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Soccer 

Iceland done did it again
Soccer 

Listen to Gudmundur Benediktsson's vivacious call of Iceland's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson go-ahead goal, which proved to be the game winner in a 2-1 victory over England.

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When LeBron changed the Cavs' history
NBA 

Equal parts superhuman athleticism and out-of-this-world precision, LeBron James' Game 7 chase-down block was the stuff of legend. Oral history

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NBA 

The king and the Djoker
Tennis 

LZ Granderson compares Novak Djokovic to LeBron James and discusses Djokovic's chances of being among the greatest tennis players of all time.

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Tennis 

Trout pulls one out of the dirt
MLB 

Legend has it that when Mike Trout swings at the dirt, a baseball gets its wings.

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MLB 

Durant likely to pass on the Wizards
NBA 

Scott Van Pelt explains why Kevin Durant is most likely going to pass on considering the Washington Wizards as a potential destination during free agency this summer.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Only a handful of fans left as the rain gets harder and harder in the Bronx. Yankees-Rangers in a rain delay called in the top of the 9th inning with Texas down 6-5 and 1 man on with no outs and a 3-1 count on Shin-Soo Choo against Aroldis Chapman.

Ro Sham Baseball!
MLB 

Phillies P Zach Eflin lost his hat to Diamondbacks mascot Baxter. The only way to get it back? Throwing that rock, paper, scissors.

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Kruk: Kris Bryant is a complete player
MLB 

ESPN's John Kruk explains why Kris Bryant is a complete player that doesn't care where in the field he plays as long as he gets his at-bats to help produce runs for his team.

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Conner: Best day ever, to be cancer-free
NCAAF 

Pittsburgh Panthers RB James Conner joined SVP to explain how he was able to stay active while battling cancer and how his morale was impacted when he got advice from Merril Hoge, Mario Lemieux and Eric Berry.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler, on the chatter surrounding his future in Chicago: "I don't control that, man. All I can control is how hard I work every day. How bad I want to get better every day. If I end up being traded, then I do. But I'm just, everyday I wake up, I'm fortunate enough to be able to play basketball, in this league against these guys. That's the only thing I can control is how hard I work during the summer."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler, on if he believes the Bulls are his team now: "I can't do this by myself. I need four other guys out there with me. We need guys coming off the bench to help us win games. All that talk about who's team it is, we need to have a team full of guys who think it's their team and help us win."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler on if he was shocked to hear about the Rose deal: "A little bit. A little bit of a shock. But if you pay attention to what was going on, you would have [thought] it was bound to happen. I didn't expect that but it's here upon us now."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta was thrilled with Kris Bryant's performance on Monday but not so much in his own.

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Arizona a win away from CWS title

Arizona's JC Cloney pitched a four-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over Coastal Carolina in Game 1 of the College World Series finals.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Chad Forcier will be going from behind the Spurs' bench to the seat next to Frank Vogel as his top aide in the Magic Kingdom

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Andy Murray gets a helping hand
Tennis 

Coach Ivan Lendl's leadership reignited Murray's winning confidence, and Patrick Mouratoglou credits Lendl with giving Murray minor game changes that will create a major on-court impact.

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Tennis 

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

NBA coaching sources say new Magic coach Frank Vogel has succeeded in prying longtime Spurs assistant Chad Forcier away from San Antonio

NBA 

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals were hopeful that Aledmys Diaz would be OK, but he was scheduled to visit a Kansas City-area hospital late Monday for further tests. Diaz had swelling and discoloration above his right eye where he was struck by a foul ball that bounced off home plate in the ninth inning while batting against Joakim Soria. "In the beginning, I was a little scared because I couldn't see anything. It was a little blurry, but thank God it went down and now I'm able to see OK," Diaz said through an interpreter. "At first, I thought it hit me in the eye, but when I looked at video, I saw that it hit me in the brow." Diaz likely will undergo a concussion protocol before Tuesday's game, but he said he felt no dizziness or nausea after the game. Those are often symptoms of a concussion. Diaz, 25, is batting .316 to lead all National League shortstops.

Cardinals' Diaz fouls a ball off his face
MLB 

Cardinals SS Aledmys Diaz swung at a Joakim Soria pitch and ended up chopping it foul right back to his own face, resulting in his removal from the game.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant said there was no way he was taking a curtain call on the road despite a huge contingent of Cubs fans urging him to in Cincinnati after he went 5 for 5 with 3 HR's on Monday night.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant can't believe he had 5 extra base hits in a major league game.

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