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The ESPN Daily: Rise of the robots, paging the real QBU, and how can Kawhi have all that power?

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THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

Moving pieces ... We've got a week until MLB's July 31 trade deadline, and it's about time for contending teams to make their biggest decisions of the year. A whole bushel of players could be on the move, including some iconic names. We've got the full list of potential deals right here, from ace starters to big bats. Read More

Kawhi the pioneer ... Kawhioneer? I think that works. Might workshop it a bit. Anyway, it has been a fact for a while that NBA superstars have an extreme amount of influence over roster-building, but Kawhi Leonard's power moves this offseason brought it to a new level. What else can you say about a star so powerful that his influence led to another team to trade their own superstar? Zach Lowe examines what this new level of power means for the NBA as a whole. Read More

U sure about that ... Will the real [insert position here] U please stand up? Whether it be WRU, QBU, DBU or even O-Line U, a slew of schools proudly claim to produce the most talent at each position. From Twitter handles to practice shirts, you wouldn't have to dive deep into the college football realm to find out who touts their program's pedigree as superior. It's an on-going -- and often heated -- debate that deserves answers. So with the help of ESPN Stats & Information, we turned to the numbers to reveal who truly deserves each moniker. Warning: The findings may shock you. Read More


SAY WHAT?

Rise of the robots ... Like all technological advancements, robots are really only as good as the manner in which we use them. On the plus side, robots allow us to automate many dangerous or thankless tasks, freeing up our time for the pursuit of art or science or just leisure. On the negative side, they might rise up and turn us all into human batteries, rendering the whole of humanity into a rounding error in their immortal machine reign. So, you know, little of column A and a little of column B. The Atlantic League seems much more in the former camp, as they'll be using robot umpires to call balls and strikes for the rest of this season after a successful test at their All-Star game. Don't worry, though: the human umpires can overrule any decision the robots make. FOR NOW. (Note: picture unrelated.) Read More

THINGS TO WATCH

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McCaffrey shares his passion for playing music

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey takes ESPN's Sam Alipour to the recording studio, where he collaborates with artists Lost Kings and Levi Todd in the offseason.

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LeBron celebrates Taco Tuesday from Space Jam 2 set

LeBron James is on set for Space Jam 2, but he does not let that stop him from recognizing Taco Tuesday.

OVERHEARD

"This park's a joke. It's to the point where, how are we going to be compared to the rest of the people in the league for power numbers, OPS, slugging and all this stuff when we got a yard out here that's 420 feet straight across in center field?"

-- Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos, on the difficulty of hitting in Comerica Park Read more


REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 1983, Royals third baseman George Brett hit a go-ahead home run against the Yankees. Yankees manager Billy Martin noticed that Brett had pine tar extending a few inches longer on his bat than was legally allowed. Umpires called Brett out, and he set a record for "dash from the dugout to home plate" as he furiously argued. The Royals would eventually win the game after filing a protest. Watch


WHAT'S ON TONIGHT?

Yankees vs. Twins (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): We could be looking at a preview of October as these two high-powered offenses face off again in the final installment of their three-game series. It's sure to be another battle of offensive prowess as the host Twins lead the majors in dingers this season, and the AL-East leading Yankees aren't too shabby either.

Fiorentina vs. Benfica (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+): Benfica is coming off a comfortable 3-0 win over Guadalajara. Meanwhile, Fiorentina is under some pressure to perform as its most recent International Champions Cup match (3-0 loss to Arsenal) left much to be desired.