THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
Don't be surprised ... Will Patrick Mahomes actually get better on the deep ball? Is Sony Michel a franchise running back? It's easy to forget the conventional wisdom of 2018, but Bill Barnwell is here to let you know about the important takeaways from last season in the form of seven things that have a very good chance of happening this season. Read More
The best of the rest ... The big names are on their new teams, so that's a wrap for NBA free agency, right? WRONG! I'm sorry, that was a little loud, but still, now is the time when championships are won, Sure, you got that franchise player, but you won't be able to win without the right complementary pieces. Our ESPN+ experts rank the best players remaining on the market. Read More
The same hype and hope as Robert Griffin III ... He was going to be the franchise quarterback of the future, the man who would lead Washington to multiple Super Bowl titles. That was RG III in 2012, and though his career started with so much promise, injuries quickly turned the hype sour. Dwayne Haskins is in a similar position. Here's what he has to do to avoid Griffin's fate. Read More
THE HIDDEN COSTS OF A TRADE
Shaving your beard for a new team ... Hey, your favorite team just made a huge trade! Time to focus on what this means for the future! That's the two-step thought process fans go through whenever a big trade drops, but it's easy to forget that there are actual people involved -- people whose lives have been upended and who have to leave their homes and try to fit in with a whole new social group that might have dramatically different rules (no beards?) and expectations than what they're used to. We talked to players who've gone through the trade deadline dance to find out what they have to do once the rumors become reality. Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
Cormier in "Detail" on McGregor ... In the latest episode of "Detail" on ESPN+, Daniel Cormier breaks down Conor McGregor's iconic fight against Max Holloway and reveals the qualities that made McGregor one of the most dominant fighters in the game. Watch
UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos ... The incredibly close bout between Jon Jones and Thiago Santos. Amanda Nunes continuing to assert her dominance with a first-round knockout of Holly Holm. The UFC 239 main card was stacked -- and the fights didn't disappoint. Whether you missed out on the action or just want to run it back, ESPN+ has you covered. Watch
"My initial reaction was not disappointment ... I felt disrespected. Like, after everything I've done for them."
-- Odell Beckham Jr. on the Giants trading him Read more
On this date in 1996, an injured ankle didn't stop Kerri Strug from pulling off the most clutch vault in Olympic history. Her 9.712 clinched gold for Team USA and produced one of the most iconic sports images of all time.
WHAT'S ON TONIGHT?
Dana White's Contenders Series, Week 5 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+): The battle continues in Las Vegas, as 10 more fighters face off for UFC contracts. Our main event is a middleweight battle between Jordan Williams and undefeated Ramazan Kuramagomedov.
Chivas vs. Atlético Madrid (9 p.m. ET, ESPN): Chivas is having a rough time of it so far in the International Champions Cup, managing only one goal in losses against Fiorentina and Benfica. They'll try to turn things around against Atlético Madrid in the latter's first ICC match this year.
WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2): All-Star captains Elena Delle Donne and A'ja Wilson will get the chance to fill out their squads for the WNBA All-Star Game on July 27 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). Delle Donne will get the first pick, and Wilson will start with the initial reserve choice.