The ESPN Daily: The annual Madden ratings beef, the summer league's hottest kicks and a marriage of champions

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The annual Madden ratings beef ... Exactly four players got 99 ratings in this year's version of Madden, which means they're the only ones who have nothing to complain about. Everyone else has the potential for some serious beef. Some players took to Twitter to protest their overall ratings. Others took issue with their strength or speed numbers. Tyrann Mathieu (87 overall, not bad) went to bat for Tom Brady, Pat Mahomes, Deshaun Watson and Drew Brees. Fun times for everyone! Except for the people at the bottom of the list. That definitely can't be fun. Read More

Overwatch truly goes global ... Most of the matches in the first two seasons of the Overwatch League have taken place at Blizzard Arena in California, but that's about to change. Next season, teams will host "homestand" events, during which entire weeks of games will take place locally. It's not quite the way traditional sports operate, with teams traveling constantly to face opponents at their home venues, but it's a big step for a young league. Given the success of homestands this season in Dallas and Atlanta, it's pretty clear that the hype level will be through the roof in 2020. Read More

Marriage of champions ... It's rare for Julie Ertz's schedule to align with her husband Zach's. She's playing in the National Women's Soccer League or for the U.S. national team, while he's catching passes as a tight end for the Eagles. It's the kind of relationship where much of it is spent on the phone, but the stars aligned this year for Zach to watch his wife help Team USA win its fourth Women's World Cup.
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The summer's hottest kicks ... The NBA's summer league is over for this season (congrats to the Grizzlies!) but its true legacy will be the incredible sneakers its stars debuted. You know, probably. Don't quote us on that. LeBron James brought out a custom pair of LeBron III Retros that had all of NBA Twitter talking, but were they better than Kostas Antetokounmpo's Nike Freak 1s? We've got the best of the summer league right here just waiting for your vote. Read More



Giannis talks Nike campaign, avoiding complacency after MVP season

Giannis Antetokounmpo sits down with Rachel Nichols to discuss building on an MVP season, his Nike campaign and his extensive shoe collection.

A brief glimpse of Zion ... He played for only a single game, but Zion Williamson made the most of it. Check out his top plays and the rest of the summer league's best right here, including 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall's bid to make the Celtics. Watch


"We didn't sign him with the intention of just trading him. We haven't even seen him play in our uniform yet, and a lot of people have us already trading him."

-- Warrior GM Bob Myers, on D'Angelo Russell Read More


On this date in 2018, Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage set a single-game WNBA scoring record with 53 points in a win over the New York Liberty. Cambage shot 17-of-22 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and even added 10 rebounds to make it a double-double.


Rays at Yankees (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): If it feels like they just played each other, it's because they did. But just like last time (a little over a week ago), this series carries some serious weight in the AL East race. Game 1 will see Blake Snell and James Paxton take the mound. The Yankees are 31-10 against division opponents, but the Rays have all kinds of momentum right now. We're here for it.

Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2): The two clubs face each other in Los Angeles almost two years to the day since their International Champions Cup meeting in Shanghai. Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer are expected to appear for Bayern Munich, while former Bundesliga stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil are with the Arsenal squad.