THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
It's about to get real in the NFL ... Teams are gearing up for training camp, the time of year when jobs are won and lost on a remote field in blazing heat. There's no shortage of questions for teams going into this year's camps. Can the Patriots move on from Rob Gronkowski? Is Todd Gurley the answer for the Rams? Will Andrew Luck finally make the leap to MVP? We've got all the answers and more in our comprehensive training camp preview. Read More
Talk amongst yourselves ... The Warriors aren't the odds-on favorites in the NBA anymore, which means things are wide-open in the league for the first time in years. We asked a group of 20 executives, coaches and scouts from across the NBA for their anonymous thoughts on the new competitive landscape, from who's the best player in the league to the worst offseason move so far. Here's what they came up with. Read More
MLB trade deadline, you good? We're one week away from the trade deadline, and almost nothing has happened. If you want to scream as you anxiously await for your team to make a move, you are not alone. Teams have not struck a single player-for-player deal. Why, baseball gods, why? It's undoubtedly getting weird out here. What's to blame for the holding pattern with tons of talent still on the table? Jeff Passan has the answers. [Disclaimer: If big news breaks before this gets published, we're taking credit for jinxing it into existence, and you're welcome.] Read More
L.A. THEIR WAY
Destined for each other ... Hey, some things are just written in the stars. Take Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joining the Clippers, for example, in the words of PG: "It seems like this was destiny that we were supposed to play together." Two guys from the L.A. area who could have crossed paths in Indiana awhile back but instead meet under vastly different circumstances. This time, the stage is set for something magical to happen. They're back home, with a Hall of Fame coach and a franchise incredibly hungry for its first taste of a title. To make things even better for a low-profile guy such as Kawhi? There just so happens to be another Staples Center tenant with way more trophies and banners to soak up all that spotlight -- and a couple of hoopers you might have heard of before. Whether the new Clips stars want to acknowledge it or not, the battle for L.A. is undoubtedly on. Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
Ballmer fired up about Kawhi, PG-13
Steve Ballmer's enthusiasm couldn't be contained when discussing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George playing for the Clippers.
Ramsey reports to Jaguars camp in armored bank truck
Jalen Ramsey arrives to Jaguars training camp in an armored bank truck, a not-so-subtle nod that the All-Pro defensive back is looking for a raise.
"If you come to an agreement with the team that, 'Hey, it's probably best for us to part ways,' that's one thing. But the Davis stuff was really kind of groundbreaking -- and hopefully not a trend because it's bad for the league."
-- Steve Kerr on Anthony Davis forcing a trade, via The Warriors Insider podcast Read more
On this date in 1966, Ted Williams, perhaps the greatest hitter of all time, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Splendid Splinter's speech was only 562 words, but he used 36 of them to advocate for African-American players who had not yet been inducted, saying, "I hope that one day Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson will be voted into the Hall of Fame as symbols of the great Negro players who are not here only because they weren't given the chance."
WHAT'S ON TONIGHT?
PFL 5 (6 p.m. ET, ESPN+/ 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2): Two of the Professional Fighters League's six playoff brackets are set, and now it's on to two of the best and most competitive divisions in the organization -- lightweight and featherweight. How is Lance Palmer adjusting to his new team? Will Natan Schulte's stunning run continue? We're about to find out. Read more
Tottenham vs. Manchester United (7:30 a.m. ET, ESPN+): The last time these two rival clubs faced each other? January in the Premier League, with United coming out on top. Spurs will come into the International Champions Cup match with some swag after edging Juventus, thanks to a Harry Kane goal in stoppage time. The Red Devils have also been off to a hot start this preseason, winning their first three contests without conceding a goal.