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Cubs fill lone weakness -- at steep price -- in acquiring Aroldis Chapman

Yes, the Cubs paid a steep price for Aroldis Chapman. But they took a step forward by adding the best available player to fill their biggest hole.

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Chapman bringing heat to the Cubs (0:43)
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Jordan not the same person who refused to take a stand in his 20s (1:45)
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Should we believe the NFL's findings on Manning? (1:32)
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Biggest injury question mark on all 32 NFL teams

J.J. Watt just had his second surgery of the offseason, while Tony Romo broke his collarbone twice in 2015. NFL Nation goes team by team, detailing the injured players to watch in training camp.

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Swinney pays off bet to Saban (2:05)
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USA basketball using practice to build chemistry (1:54)
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NBA's best poster dunks (1:27)
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A new baseball bat brings tears to 12-year-old's eyes (2:19)
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Was the IOC ruling on Russia a cop-out? (2:37)
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Top stats to know: AFC training camps

NFL teams report to training camp this week. Here are the top stats to know about every AFC team heading into the 2016 NFL season.

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Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Richmond men's basketball has adjusted its foreign trip Aug. 8-20 to go to Ireland instead of France the first week before continuing on to the Netherlands and Germany.

Kevin Maguire Golf 

And the horn sounds at Baltusrol Golf Club with some threatening skies rolling in. Hope we don't get much more of this later this week for the 98th PGA Championship.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mookie Betts had fluid drained from his knee two days ago, leading to diminished swelling and less discomfort when he tested it by running earlier today. But manager John Farrell said the Red Sox "don't fully expect [the fluid] to vanish," a sign that Betts might need a few days off during a brutal August in which team makes two 11-game road trips and has one off-day.

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Free agent linebacker/defensive end Dwight Freeney is not an option for the Redskins, a source said. With Junior Galette lost again for the season after tearing his right Achilles Sunday the Redskins could use more rush help. But they won't turn to the 36-year old Freeney, who had nine sacks with Arizona last season.

Review day one of Big Ten Media Days
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Matt Schick and Charles Arbuckle break down the first day of Big Ten Media Days, where it seemed like coaches were ready to stop talking and start playing.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Believe it or not, it's conceivable Craig Kimbrel could rejoin the Red Sox by next week. He will throw off a mound again Wednesday, could go on a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Saturday, and might not need more than one outing before he's ready, according to manager John Farrell. Kimbrel had minor knee surgery only two weeks ago.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Carmelo Anthony on Michael Jordan's statement today: "I thought it was brilliant...and about time that he stepped up."

NBA 

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Mets second baseman Neil Walker will sit for the second straight game as the Mets will go with Kelly Johnson at second base for their opener with the Cardinals on Monday night. Manager Terry Collins told Walker he would give him two days off when the team was in Miami. Walker is 4-for-45 in his last 13 games. "I just need to be more consistent in my approach," Walker said before batting practice on Monday.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

An example of deals the Royals are mulling: A team that asked about Wade Davis said it was told the Chapman package "wouldn't get it done"

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Carmelo Anthony addressing the media after leading a community meeting in South Los Angeles. "The youth really spoke out today," Anthony said.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Carmelo Anthony brought together the USA men's and women's national teams and community leaders for a conversation today in Los Angeles called, "Leadership Together: A Conversation with our Sons & Daughters."

NBA 

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins also waived safety Kyshoen Jarrett after he failed a physical. Jarrett suffered nerve damage in his arm during the 2015 regular season finale. The Redskins did not anticipate his return this season; Jarrett did not participate in offseason practices. He was a key contributor as a backup safety/slot corner and special teams player as a rookie.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Bucks center Larry Sanders posted Twitter polls asking which team would utilize his skills best. The Celtics led one of them.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals had a rough trip to New York after Sunday Night Baseball. Their charter had mechanical issues so they had to call in another plane. Because of thunderstorms in St. Louis, the second plane couldn't land for quite a while to pick them up. Eventually, they boarded at around 3:15 a.m., endured wild turbulence and got to New York at 6:45 a.m. They got caught in rush-hour New York traffic, reaching their hotel after 8 a.m. Oh, and those thunderstorms are expected to reach Citi Field at about 6 p.m. ET tonight. So, there's that.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Harbaugh joking about the "critics" of his appearing in a rap video: "It's only uptight white people that didn't like it."

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Harbaugh says he wants Michigan to set its goals so high "that people are laughing. If they're not laughing at us, we didn't set high enough goals."

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Pat Narduzzi is excited by the idea of lining up James Conner at wide out. Pitt has loads of depth at RB, and Narduzzi said his goal is to get his best players on the field, and Conner's size and hands make him an intriguing option split out wide.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will return to the ice Tuesday for the first time this offseason after he's spent the first half of the summer rehabbing a high-ankle and shin sprain that he suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Danny Stockman will replace Justin Alexander as crew chief for Paul Menard, who is 23rd in the Sprint Cup standings. Stockman has won championships in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series for Richard Childress Racing.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Teams talking with the Royals say they're "wide open to listening" on Edinson Volquez, Wade Davis, Kendrys Morales, etc. but want MLB-ready players back, not kids

Jay Adamczyk Jayski.com 

The Entry List for the Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway has been released. 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are entered including: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #32-Jeb Burton, #55-Sorenson, #88-Jeff Gordon, #95-McDowell, and #98-Whitt. Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Dale Earnhardt Jr., on his weekly The Dale Jr. Download, said "I miss the people more than the driving" while sitting out with concussion-type symptoms such as balance issues and nausea. He said he has been working on the physical and mental exercises for 2-2.5 hours a day. "This process is going to take a little bit longer. ... With my history, I don't need to get cute (in returning)," said Earnhardt, who indicated he will see doctors soon to make a determination about Watkins Glen next week. He said it must have been a challenge for Jeff Gordon because of the changes to the cars since Gordon last drove them. On Kyle Busch's win: "You have to hand it to Gibbs. Good Lord, their stuff is so fast."

Petrino wants his team to finish games
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Louisville coach Bobby Petrino joins SportsCenter to share his thoughts on his team heading into the beginning of the college football season: "What we really need to do is learn how to finish."

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