THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
Kawhi the quiet recruiter ... Perhaps we've been underestimating The Klaw. Sure, he has garnered respect as one of the best in the game on the court, but what about how he handles his business off of it? The reluctant star, thought to be extremely reserved, has had a whole lot to say when it comes to recruiting for the LA Clippers. From pitching Kevin Durant to prompting Paul George to request a trade, Ramona Shelburne breaks down how Kawhi Leonard finessed NBA free agency. Read More
Rockets 'long shot' to grab Westbrook ... One is the loneliest number. Just ask Russell Westbrook, the lone superstar left in Oklahoma City. With Paul George requesting a trade to join Kawhi in L.A., Westbrook -- who has played all 11 seasons of his career with the Thunder -- is likely on the move. Will he reunite with James Harden in Houston? Could he take his talents to South Beach to team up with Jimmy Butler? Grab your popcorn, folks, because the NBA madness isn't over just yet. Read More
THE CHAMPS ARE HERE
USWNT runs it back ... There have been eight Women's World Cups. The USWNT has won half of them. Pretty, pretty good. After a scoreless first half, the U.S. came alive to defeat the Netherlands 2-0 on goals by Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle. "Back-to-back world champs" has a nice ring to it. Read More
'U-S-A' chants turn to 'equal pay' ... The patriotism was turned all the way up on Sunday, as passionate USWNT fans celebrated the team's fourth Women's World Cup title. But then FIFA president Gianni Infantino prepared to hand out medals, and the "U-S-A" cries turned into something different: "Equal pay." The Dutch fans joined in, making a united show of support for the women's game at large. FIFA will award $30 million in prize money for the tournament, a staggeringly small sum compared to the $400 million awarded for the men's tournament last year. Read More
Social media erupts with support for the four-time World Champs ... Real recognize real. From Billie Jean King to LeBron James, the outpouring of love for the USWNT was something serious on Sunday. Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
Kawhi's decision a breath of fresh air across the NBA's landscape
Scoop Jackson provides insight on how this year's free agency impacts the future of the NBA.
"He was unbelievably fun to coach ... The best thing was I got to stand there on the courtside and watch this guy go to work. That was something that I'll never forget. Now we got to go kick his ass."
-- Nick Nurse on coaching Kawhi Leonard.Read more
July 8, 2010: A date NBA fans will never forget. LeBron announces his plans to "take his talents to South Beach" to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (s/o Big Three) on the Miami Heat. This heavily criticized moment is viewed by many as the unofficial beginning of the super team era. Watch
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND?
Wimbledon, Round of 16 (6 a.m. ET, ESPN2): Case of the post-holiday weekend blues? Don't worry, the tennis gods are here to cure that. The stars are out in full force as Federer, Nadal, Serena and tournament darling Coco Gauff take the court in fourth-round action.
NBA Summer League (3 p.m. ET, ESPNU): The action tips off with the Oklahoma Thunder vs. the Philadelphia 76ers and rolls on with a total of 10 contests on Monday. Let's see what this rookie class is all about, shall we?
Home Run Derby (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): The field is loaded with young talent, and with the scratch of MLB home run leader Christian Yelich due to a back injury, the eight-man field is as wide-open as ever. Oh, did we mention there's the added incentive of $1 million going to the winner? Bring on the dingers.