THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
Mike Trout's on a tear ... ... and it's an epic one, even by his lofty standards. He's hitting home runs at an incredible pace, making 100 mph throws to home plate, and overtaking Cody Bellinger for MLB's Fangraphs WAR lead. If he keeps this up (and there's no reason to believe he won't), he could be headed for yet another MVP trophy, and another reminder that we could be watching the greatest player in baseball history. Read More
The craziest CFB stats of 2018 ... A race for a quarterback record. The rise of fourth-down conversions. A contender's spectacular collapse. The 2018 season was full of statistical oddities and strange outcomes. What does that mean for this season -- which is now a little more than a month ahead? We've got the full breakdown for you right here. Read More
It's everything but wrestling in CM Punk's future ... He'll be appearing at a pro wrestling convention in Chicago, but aside from that, CM Punk insists that his career in the squared circle is over, whether it's in WWE or AEW. In a wide-ranging interview, Punk talks about everything from the possibility of continuing his mixed martial arts career to his future in movies. Read More
Can Fortnite get your mom a house? ... Fame? Fortune? Twitch subscriptions? One young professional is hoping his win at the Fortnite World Cup translates into a gift for his mom. Benjy "Benjyfishy" Fish, 15, is aiming for a share of the $30 million prize pool at the most lucrative video game competition of all time -- and if he wins, he'll be moving his family into its own home. Read More
WEEKEND BINGE READS
How NOT to make a trade ... Chances are, your favorite MLB team has made a trade or two that they'd like to have back. You know the drill -- maybe they felt they really needed an extra bat, so they traded away a prospect who became an occasional All-Star. Maybe the starter they traded for just couldn't get it together down the stretch. These are not those trades. They're on the level of "We needed a good reliever so we gave away a prospect who became a Hall of Famer" or "We got a few months of a decent starter in exchange for three household names" trades. You know the ones. They keep fans up at night and derail franchises for decades. These are the worst ones from every MLB team. Read More
The triumphs and trials of Frankie Edgar ... Frankie Edgar has one of the most illustrious careers in UFC history. It has been years since his run as lightweight champion, but he's still competing at a high level, and has a chance to return to championship status by facing Max Holloway this weekend at UFC 240. You could write novels on the amazing stories surrounding Edgar's life. We asked the people closest to him to share just a few of their favorites. Read More
Drafting the Matthew Berry way ... It's that time of year. You're looking to finally make the jump from perennial also-ran to fantasy football champion. One question remains: how? You can't just make the right picks -- you have to have a comprehensive approach to the entire process, from drafting to trades to whom to start. Fortunately, Matthew Berry is here with his Draft Day Manifesto to set you on the path to fantasy football enlightenment. Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
J. Cole unstoppable from deep
Rapper J. Cole shows off his range on the basketball court with several buckets from deep.
"I don't regret my decision. If my teammates felt like it was toward them, I regret that part. But I don't regret doing that to Pete."
-- Earl Thomas, on flipping the bird to Pete Carroll last season, via Josina Anderson. Read more
On this date in 1948, Babe Ruth, who had been diagnosed with cancer, made his final public appearance at the premiere of "The Babe Ruth Story," a movie based on his life. He'd return to the hospital soon after and die a few weeks later, with a crowd of fans standing vigil outside.
WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND?
Pan American Games Lima 2019 (Friday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN App): Athletes from across the Americas will be competing in preparation for the 2020 Olympics at the Pan American Games. We'll have coverage across the ESPN family of networks from today until it all wraps up on Aug. 11.
Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid (Friday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN): A La Liga rivalry resumes in the International Champions Cup. Both squads will be looking for their first win in the ICC, and Real will have to do it without Marco Asensio, who ruptured his ACL in a draw against Arsenal.
WNBA All-Star Weekend (Friday, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN & Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC): It's about to go down in the desert. Will someone dethrone Allie Quigley in the 3-point contest or will the Chicago Sky star complete a three-peat? Who will reign supreme in the All-Star Game: Team Delle Donne or Team Wilson? The bracket-style Skills Challenge boasts an elite field of competitors too. Yeah, this should be fun.
UFC 240: Holloway vs. Edgar (Saturday, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN PPV): Max Holloway defends his featherweight title against Frankie Edgar in Edmonton, and Cris Cyborg takes on Felicia Spencer in a women's featherweight bout. You can catch the prelims at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and the early prelims at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+.