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Predicting the 2016 season: Week 5

TCU surprises Oklahoma to remain unbeaten, and Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and West Virginia keep pace atop the conference.

Rangers to make splash internationally?

Keith Law and Christopher Crawford link the Rangers to a Venezuelan catcher who is "an impressive athlete who has posted above-average run times." The international amateur free-agent signing period begins Saturday. Top international prospects (Insider)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Debate Chandler Parsons' value if you wish. Market says he's a max player. And there's no doubt he makes Portland or Memphis much better.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs source: "The worst thing we can do is overpay for mediocrity."

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A lot of talent being kept off the field

Tom Brady isn't the only notable player who will begin the season as a spectator due to suspension. This group of eight is set to miss 51 combined games for various violations.

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Third suspension for Rolando McClain

The Cowboys linebacker will be suspended for the second time in two years for violating the substance abuse policy. He was also suspended two games in 2012 for conduct detrimental.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

League sources say Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons have had multiple conversations about playing together in Memphis. They never talked about teaming up in Dallas. Parsons, who has ruled out a return to Dallas, will meet with the Grizzlies on Friday in Los Angeles. Conley is scheduled to meet with the Mavs in Dallas.

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Division leaders with comfy cushions

Entering July 1, all six division leaders have at least a five-game lead over the rest of the teams in their respective divisions.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Since divisional play started in 1969, there's never been a season in which every division leader had at least a five-game lead heading into July - until now. The O's, Indians, Rangers, Nats, Cubs, and Giants all have a cushion of five-plus games.

Golic is over NFL players ignoring rules on marijuana (1:29)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The bright side of Dallas' max offer to Hassan Whiteside being declined early Friday morning: The board hasn't been picked clean, as it was when DeAndre Jordan changed his mind and reneged on his commitment to the Mavs last season. Available bigs who fit the younger, more athletic mold the Mavs are seeking include Bismack Biyombo, Festus Ezeli and Ian Mahinmi. Dwight Howard, the Mavs' top target in 2012, is also on the market. So is Zaza Pachulia, the Mavs' primary starting center last season.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Hassan Whiteside posted on Snapchat that he will announce his free agency decision Friday morning. He met with the Heat and Mavericks in New York in the opening hours of free agency.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Nicolas Batum has agreed to a five-year, $120 million deal to re-sign with the Hornets, a league source confirmed. The Vertical first reported the agreement. Batum's Friday meeting scheduled with the Mavericks is canceled.

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Sources: Parsons offered max deal by Blazers

The Trail Blazers have offered Chandler Parsons a max contract worth $94.8 million over four years, sources told ESPN. The Grizzlies are also expected to make a max offer at a meeting Friday.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Chandler Parsons was always certain he'd get a max offer, which is why he felt disrespected by Dallas trying to get him to take much less.

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Milan Lucic has narrowed list of suitors to two

Milan Lucic visited the Oilers -- considered a front-runner -- and Canucks. The Canadiens and Stars also have showed strong interest in the winger.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources: Chandler Parsons will meet with a Blazers contingent including Damian Lillard in Los Angeles when free agency opens tonight.

Yankees walk off for second night in a row (0:55)