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5 things to watch for in free agency

With the salary cap going through the roof and most teams having money to burn, the NBA's silly season -- which starts Friday -- will not disappoint.

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Sources: Durant-Thunder meeting 'went well'

A successful meeting Thursday with Kevin Durant and his closest confidantes has put the incumbent Oklahoma City Thunder in a strong position as Durant moves into meetings.

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4hBob Pockrass

Hamlin: 'I made a mistake, I didn't let Tony win'

Denny Hamlin stated that his inexperience closing road-course races cost him the victory last Sunday at Sonoma and that he didn't purposefully let Tony Stewart get his first win since 2013.

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When rage takes over on the tennis court (0:49)
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Kevin Durant as a Golden State Warrior? (1:09)
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Cubs, Dodgers top MLB Future Power Ranks

Dan Szymborski presents the new and improved Future Ranks, looking at how each team sets up for the next five years, plus an MVP over the span and the year it has the best chance to win a title.

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Shelburne: Durant needs to give Lakers meeting out of respect (1:39)
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5hPhotography and reporting by Pete Kiehart for ESPN

Photos: A World Cup for the rest of the world

Every four years, 32 of the best men's national soccer teams play in the FIFA World Cup. But what about the hundreds of internationally unrecognized nations that want to play on the world stage too?

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50 datos sobre Mike Tyson en sus 50 años

El mocetón de Catskill, Nueva York, ha tenido una vida sin medias tintas, siempre en lo más alto o lo más bajo. Aquí te recordamos sus momentos más importantes.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say a successful meeting Thursday with Kevin Durant has put OKC in a strong position as KD readies to meet with five more teams

NBA 

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Moss's solo home run in the fourth inning Thursday night very nearly cleared the right-field stands and left Busch Stadium. According to the Cardinals, the blast went 477 feet and was the longest in the 10-year-old stadium's history, surpassing a Matt Holliday home run by seven feet. Statcast was a bit more conservative, calling it 454 feet, but it was impressive nonetheless, a soaring drive that left Moss' bat traveling 112 mph.

MLB 

When rage takes over on tennis court
Tennis 

Tennis is normally considered a polite game, but in honor of Viktor Troicki's epic meltdown, relive some of the greatest moments of rage on the court.

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Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Coastal Carolina alum Dustin Johnson on his team's College World Series championship today:

Golf 

Jena Janovy ESPN Editor 

Josh Prenot, who set a U.S. men's record in the 200-meter breaststroke at US trials Thursday (2:07.17), joins the list of first-time Olympians. "This is my last race in the meet, and my last chance to make the team," he said afterward. "I didn't really feel like waiting another four years."

Olympic Sports 

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lead the Mets 3-0 behind Kris Bryant's 22nd HR which ties him for the league lead. It's his 11th in June, the most in a month for a Cub since June of 2007 when Alfonso Soriano hit 11. He's also the first Cub since Derrek Lee in 2005 to hit 22 before July 1. (ESPN Stats and Info) John Lackey has pitched five scoreless innings so far and Javy Baez has a HR as well.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Great timing award: Under Armour becomes the official shoe and apparel of Coastal Carolina TOMORROW

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

After sweeping the Mets, the Nationals are showing no let-down against the lowly Reds. Danny Espinosa just got a curtain-call after hitting a third-inning grand slam that put the Nats up 8-1. It's the second salami of Espinosa's career, and the first since 9/6/10, when he hit one in his very first game at Nats Park.

Where would you go in NBA free agency?
NBA 

Bright lights of New York, championship culture of San Antonio or Hollywood lifestyle of L.A.? When it comes to destinations, NBA players have their choices. Where would you sign in free agency? Take our quiz

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Wayne Drehs ESPN Senior Writer 

At a US Olympic Swim Trials that has yet to see a world record, Kevin Cordes put a charge into CenturyLink Center Thursday night when he turned for the final 50 of the 200 breaststroke more than a second ahead of world record pace. But in the final 50, Cordes was caught by Josh Prenot, whose final time of 2:07.17 was not only nearly a second faster than Cordes (2:08.08) but the fastest time in the world this year and just .10 off the four-year-old world record. Prenot's time made him the second-fastest performer all-time in the event. Cordes finished second. They both will compete in Rio in August.

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Coastal Carolina completes magical year
NCAA 

On its first trip to the College World Series, Coastal Carolina thwarted elimination five times to win the first national championship in school history. One-of-a-kind season

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NCAA 

Portugal advances on penalty kicks
Soccer 

It wasn't pretty, but it worked: Portugal rallied to beat Poland, winning on penalty kicks to reach the Euro 2016 semifinals. Portugal prevails

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Soccer 

Joakim Noah's trolling strategy
NBA 

Whether you are LeBron, KG, or the city of Cleveland, Noah always gets a kick out of annoying his opponents.

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KD's free agency findings
NBA 

Marc Spears reacts to a source's indication that Kevin Durant will likely return to the Thunder next season.

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Best pro sports handshakes
NBA 

Gone are the days of the simple high-five. In honor of national handshake day, check out some of the best choreographed handshakes throughout the world of sports.

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Dodgers get Norris to fill in for Kershaw
MLB 

Doug Padilla breaks down the Dodgers' acquisition of Bud Norris, who will replace the injured Clayton Kershaw in L.A.'s rotation.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Not long after Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager crushed his 17th home run of the season, his manager, Dave Roberts, made a plea for his young player, on the final day of All-Star Game voting: "Corey Seager is what this game is all about. It's not a calling out, but it's an encouragement of the fans of really wanting to see the best player at each position. The numbers speak for themselves and this guy deserves to be in the game."

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The Giants will bat Madison Bumgarner tonight at Oakland. Over last 3 seasons, he has a higher HR pct than Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson

Gruden finally gets to 'coach' Brett Favre
NFL 

Jon Gruden and the iconic QB filmed a special at Gruden's office which will debut July 21 ahead of Favre's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of his favorite players

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Tyler Johnson will get minimum of $10M per season
NBA 

And Dan Le Batard can not believe what Adrian Wojnarowski is telling him.

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Euro 2016: Poland's crushing loss
Soccer 

Robert Lewandowski is gutted to have bowed out to Portugal 5-3 in the quarterfinal game: "It's sad that we lost on penalties."

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Jimmy Butler talks about D-Rose departure
NBA 

Butler sits down with Cari Champion to break down what went wrong for the Bulls last season and his unique on-court relationship with Derrick Rose.

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