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Carlisle: Lloyd executes master plan for U.S.

Under fire most of the Women's World Cup for an underwhelming attack, U.S. coach Jill Ellis switched to a 4-2-3-1 lineup against Germany. The move paid off, with Carli Lloyd playing a starring role in a 2-0 semifinal win.

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Source: Lakers' meeting with Aldridge goes well

The Los Angeles Lakers were the first to sit down with LaMarcus Aldridge when free agency opened Tuesday night, and their meeting lasted nearly two hours, sources told ESPN.com.

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Angels GM Dipoto appears to be out amid feud

Jerry Dipoto's tenure as the Los Angeles Angels' general manager appeared to reach an end Tuesday, amid an ongoing rift with manager Mike Scioscia that the two sides seemed unable to resolve.

Aldo out, Mendes in against McGregor (3:16)
Rose addresses the media (1:11)
Keuchel shuts down Royals (0:39)
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Does a Messi goal beat a Rousey armbar?

No. 3 Lionel Messi faces off against No. 6 Ronda Rousey in the ESPYS bracket for Best Play. Vote now and learn more about the nominations at 8 tonight (ESPN2, Watch ESPN).

Russell Wilson: 'Let my play speak for itself' (2:49)
Olbermann: Generation Y: A Cuban revolution (5:44)

Ridnour enters pantheon of oft-traded athletes

Luke Ridnour's head must be spinning after he was traded four times in a week. Here's a look at some other notable athletes who know all too well that sometimes it's better to rent than buy.

Gordon's 3-run inside-the-park home run (0:17)


Bucks close to deal with Khris Middleton

The restricted free agent would receive a 5-year deal worth an estimated $70M, league sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. Once Middleton is secured, the Bucks will shift their focus to acquiring a top center. Greg Monroe and Tyson Chandler are among the names on their wish list.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

The Anthony Davis deal is Exhibit A why the Sixers tank every year. Luck into a transcendent No. 1, get him for 8 years no matter the mkt.

Numbers in Djokovic's favor

Jarkko Nieminen, playing in his last Wimbledon at 33, has lost all 11 matches he has played against a world No. 1, and hasn't won a set in the last 10. He’s unlikely to change that today against current No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who hasn't dropped a set in his last 24 matches at majors against players outside the top 50. (via FiveThirtyEight) Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Watch: Novak Djokovic in second round

The defending Wimbledon champ -- who has made it to at least the semis in his last 5 Wimbledon appearances -- faces Finland's Jarkko Nieminen on Centre Court on Day 3. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Nelson Cruz turns down Home Run Derby

Said the Mariners slugger, who has 19 HRs this season: "I would love to do it. But at the same time, I have to think about my teammates and my team. If I go there, it can wear me out for two or three days after. And that's not fair to my teammates, and it's not fair for my team. That's just the way it is."

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Pelicans securing Anthony Davis long-term in era when top stars prefer opt-in/out flexibility will be most remarkable feat of free agency.

It's all about the money for davis

Two-time All-Star Anthony Davis agreed to a five-year, $145M extension with the Pelicans when free agency started early this morning. That deal would surpass Kobe Bryant's 7-year, $136M contract signed in 2004-05 as the richest in terms of total money in NBA history.

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Wimbledon @Wimbledon

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from The Championships with a left calf injury. Santiago Giraldo will receive a walkover #Wimbledon

How hot is it at Wimbledon today?

It is already officially the hottest day of the year in the UK, with Heathrow sitting at 33.5 Celsius (92.3 Fahrenheit).

  • Hottest day on record at Wimbledon was June 26, 1976 (34.6C, 94.3F)
  • Until Tuesday, temperatures in London hadn’t hit 30C (86F) since last July 26

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Watch: Day 3 at Wimbledon

Day 2 saw 2-seed Simona Halep and 12-seed Genie Bouchard upset in the first round. Does Day 3 hold similar casualties? Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova all play today. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN


Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

ESPN sources: New Orleans & Anthony Davis have verbally agreed to five-year contract extension worth $145 million that begins in 2016-17

Kawhi agrees to return to Spurs

San Antonio has agreed to a five-year, $90 million deal with Kawhi Leonard, sources tell ESPN. The Spurs will likely wait to actually sign the contract so they can free up cap space to chase other free agents, including LaMarcus Aldridge, sources tell ESPN. Story

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Kevin Love to meet with the Lakers

ESPN NBA analyst Marc Stein on the Lakers' meeting with Kevin Love: "Yeah, I'd have to say the Lakers getting a meeting with Kevin Love is a bit of a surprise, but ... the Cavs are in the catbird seat."


Countdown to the Body Issue: 6 days

Blake Griffin in the 2011 Body Issue was a slam dunk, just as the new issue out July 6 is sure to be.

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Speed + power = Inside-the-park HR

Dee Gordon's last home run was June 14, 2014. So while Gordon doesn't have traditional HR power, he got creative to end his year-long drought.


McGregor not worried about Mendes

With Jose Aldo out of UFC 189, Conor McGregor doesn't seem concerned about facing Chad Mendes for the UFC interim featherweight title. McGregor said on SportsCenter, "I feel [Aldo] is afraid" and "I'm going to demolish [Mendes]. I'm going to rip his head off."


Donovan appears to call out Klinsmann

Landon Donovan seemingly took a shot at Jurgen Klinsmann during the USA's win over Germany in the Women's World Cup semifinals. Alexi Lalas' response to Donovan? That was pure fire. Lalas burns Donovan on Twitter


Germany suffers rare big loss
Women's World Cup 

Celia Sasic's penalty kick would've given Germany an early 1-0 lead over the U.S. Instead, it fell 2-0, its first 2-goal loss in 26 WWC games since the 1995 final against Norway.

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Women's World Cup 

Alex Morgan: 'The work is not done yet'

Kelley O'Hara described how she scored her first international goal, while Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach are already starting to look ahead to Sunday's Women's World Cup final.