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53mZach Lowe

The delicate balance of NBA team building

The Mavs and Knicks are learning how quickly the free-agency period can fill a team with positive hope but also create uncertainty about the future.

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4mChris Broussard

Durant 'blown away' by Clippers, sources say

Kevin Durant and the Clippers met for approximately four hours Friday night in the Hamptons, and sources close to the situation say Durant was "blown away" by the Clippers' presentation.

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1hBrian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne

Sources: Wade intensifying talks with N.Y., Bucks

As the Miami Heat focus on a Sunday meeting with Kevin Durant, free agent Dwyane Wade is intensifying talks with other teams, including the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks, sources said.

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Windhorst: Lakers have hit 'rock-bottom' (2:14)
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Serena takes it out on the racket ... and cameraman (0:18)
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Santana's home run finally breaks 19th inning tie (0:27)
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Top international prospects and where they're likely to sign

Keith Law and Christopher Crawford rank the top teenage talents expected to sign after the international signing period begins this weekend, including highly touted Venezuelan Kevin Maitan.

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Goins' warmup pitch just a bit outside (0:16)
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Former NBA star Stephon Marbury's shoe only cost $14.98 (11:35)
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    1dLatria Graham

    Woman walks topless to Washington

    Paulette Leaphart, who was featured in Beyonce's "Lemonade" video, completed a walk from Biloxi, Mississippi, to Washington to meet with Congress and advance the conversation about cancer.

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Bonnie D. Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

The Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte duel in the 200-meter individual medley at U.S. Olympic trials lived up to its billing. Phelps prevailed in 1 minute, 55.91 seconds to Lochte's 1:56.22 - the second and third fastest times in the world this year. They'll race again in Rio.

Olympic Sports 

ESPN's National League All-Stars
MLB 

Will Jake Arrieta get the nod to start over Madison Bumgarner? We're not sure, but we know that he'll be joined by some of his Cubs teammates. The picks

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Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Hamilton was my Rip Van Winkle-level sleeper this summer as a free agent. Great snag by Sean Marks for the Nets at $6 million for two years.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say the Knicks have made a four-year offer to Courtney Lee, but Lee has a variety of suitors and is working through the options

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Goins' warm-up pitch just a bit outside
MLB 

Called upon to pitch in the top of the 18th inning against the Indians, Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins hit the backstop with one of his warm-up tosses.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nets have signed center Justin Hamilton to a two-year contract, according to his agency.

Jake Arrieta in the Body Issue
MLB 

"My flexibility is probably my No. 1 asset. Three years ago, the splits was something I told myself I was going to be able to do by the end of that offseason; it took me two years to actually do it." Able to be himself

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Rajon Rondo indeed had a free-agent meeting today with the Bulls in Chicago, league sources tell @MarcJSpearsESPN and me

NBA 

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

The door says Matt Tifft but it is David Ragan driving the pole-sitting car tonight in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona. Tifft had brain surgery earlier today.

Hassan Whiteside is winning
NBA 

The former D-League player sealed the deal on a 4-year, $98 million max contract with the Heat. Player profile

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NBA 

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Dwyane Wade, like Dirk, has taken less in each of his last three contracts. At some point that gets difficult. That said, the Knicks will have around $11-12 million after Noah deal. They could create more and get to $16 million in room. But Wade probably wants north of $20 per year after seeing the deals being signed today.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

In Toronto, Darwin Barney joins this distinguished group of recent position-player losing pitchers: Leury Garcia, Casper Wells, Darnell McDonald, Joe Mather. Good group!

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

What a win for the Indians, beating the Blue Jays in 19 innings to set a franchise record with their 14th win in a row. Trevor Bauer, tomorrow's scheduled starter, got the win with five scoreless innings in relief as the Indians' pitching continues to dominate. Team of destiny? 1948 was a long time ago.

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UPDATE: Carlos Santana leads off the top of the 19th with a solo home run. Indians lead Blue Jays, 2-1.

Kevin Arnovitz ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm told the Hawks, ever obsessed with chemistry, did a ton of due diligence on Dwight Howard. They essentially vetted him like a VP choice, and saw the findings as reassuring.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

With Dwight Howard signing with the Atlanta Hawks, the Celtics meeting tonight with Al Horford just got more intriguing — especially coming just 24 hours before Boston is set to huddle with Kevin Durant in the Hamptons. The thought all along has been that Boston would need more star power to convince Durant to truly consider Boston. With $55 million in cap space, the Celtics have room for two max contracts this summer.

Howard was looking to restore his image
NBA 

Chris Broussard and Amin Elhassan discuss Dwight Howard's motivation to agree to a three-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks and how it can be a mutually beneficial deal.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Memphis and Mike Conley have agreed in principle on a five-year, $153 million deal, league sources say. Finer points "nearing conclusion."

NBA 

Euro 2016: Wales shocks Belgium
Soccer 

Relive the most enticing moments from Wales' remarkable comeback win over star-studded Belgium in their quarterfinal matchup.

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

A recent NFL.com ranking of league head coaches placed Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin fourth overall, behind Green Bay's Mike McCarthy, Seattle's Pete Carroll and New England's Bill Belichick. At 92-52, Tomlin is likely to surpass 100 wins before the end of his 10th season with the Steelers.