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The ESPN Daily: A battle as old as the Ice Age, Rory McIlroy and the two Irelands, and John Elway searches for answers

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THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

Rory McIlroy and the two Irelands ... The relationship between Ireland and Northern Ireland is a complex one, and it has always been part of Rory McIlroy's life. Even though he was born a mere nine years before the official 1998 peace agreement, McIlroy still feels a variety of social pressures from his home. As the Open tees off in Northern Ireland, here's how he's dealing with a complicated homecoming. Read More

John Elway needs answers ... Super Bowl 50 was the high-water mark for the Broncos under John Elway, a supreme validation of the Denver legend's talent as a football executive. Now, just a few years later, Elway is at a crossroads. The team is coming off back-to-back double-digit-loss seasons, recent draft picks haven't panned out, and there's an uncomfortable truth that the Broncos have had only one winning season that didn't involve Peyton Manning during Elway's tenure. As the start of the season inches closer, Elway is facing serious questions about his future with the team. Read More

"... the person and player I wanted to be ..." Alex Rodriguez used to all but stalk Edgar Martinez when the two were teammates on the Mariners, picking his brain on everything from the proper way to handle a 3-2 count to the correct weight of a baseball bat. Now that the original Papi is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this week, Rodriguez is sharing some of his best memories of the man who helped make him the player he became. Read More


SAY WHAT?

Minnesotan vs. mosquito ... "Mozzies" are practically the state bird of Minnesota, and for the two dozen or so Australian national softball team members who've relocated there this summer to play for the Aussie Peppers of the National Pro Fastpitch league, they're worse than any beast encountered Down Under. Mosquitos are a menace to every athlete who spends even a little time outside in Minnesota, from jockeys to distance runners. How are they all dealing with the needle-nosed winged menace? If you ever plan on traveling to Minnesota in the summer, you're going to want to read this article to find out. Read More

THINGS TO WATCH

Gone in 1.91 seconds ... Red Bull racing's pit crew set a record for a pit stop this past weekend, displaying a level of coordination and expertise you normally see only out of ... well, high-level racing pit crews. Watch

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Fleury, Golden Knights make teen's wish come true

Thirteen-year-old Doron Coldwell, who is battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, has his wish granted to become a member of the Vegas Golden Knights and meet goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

OVERHEARD

"I know this sounds bad, but I'm glad I had that opportunity to feel a loss like that. What can you learn from winning? You can't learn as much. But when you lose, you start appreciating things a lot more, definitely in a different perspective, as well."

-- Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, on his team's loss to Clemson in the CFP National Championship Read More


REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 1976, Nadia Comaneci became the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect 10.0 at the Olympic Games. Her routine on the uneven bars made her an instant celebrity -- and broke the scoreboard, which wasn't programmed to display a perfect score. She went on to earn six additional perfect scores during the remainder of the Montreal Games.


WHAT'S ON TONIGHT?

Nationals at Braves (7:20 p.m. ET, ESPN+): Stephen Strasburg looks to claim the NL lead in wins tonight. He'll have a tough matchup against Julio Teheran and the Braves, who currently are alone at the top in the NL East.

FC Cincinnati at D.C. United (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): D.C. United are currently second in the East, and if they want to gain some ground on the first-place Philadelphia Union, they couldn't ask for a better matchup than bottom-dwelling Cincinnati.