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The ESPN Daily: Fantasy football frenzy, Gruden backs Antonio Brown and sneaker free agency is in full effect ...

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THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

Feet for hire ... One free-agency season is starting up as another winds down. Sneaker companies are scrambling to make their cases to NBA stars whose contracts are up in October, and there are hundreds of millions of dollars riding on their decisions. We've got the top four most coveted athletes in the sneaker-free-agency game this summer. Read More

Steelers' Burns won't stop fighting ... To say former first-round draft pick Artie Burns is under pressure would be a vast understatement. Burns is in the final year of his rookie contract, and after losing his starting spot in Week 3 of last season, he's fighting for his professional life. Off the field, he's tasked with raising his two teenage brothers, as his mother died of a heart attack in 2015 and his father is serving a 25-year prison sentence for trafficking cocaine. It's a situation that presents its own challenges. The cornerback isn't bitter, and he doesn't seek pity for his burden, but he does seek justice for his father. He longs to see his dad's sentence shortened and his release expedited. Read More


FANTASY FOOTBALL FRENZY

It's a marathon, not a sprint ... A fantasy football marathon that is! Yep, it's officially that time of the year when Matthew Berry and the gang grace your television screen for a casual 28 hours of uninterrupted fantasy football coverage. We know what you're thinking: "That's a long time to watch people talk about fantasy football." Yeah, it is ... but you know what's a lot longer? An entire offseason of listening to your friends, your family and that annoying guy from accounting gloat about how they embarrassed you in Week 10. People don't forget. So grab your favorite note-taking device and prepare to lock in. There's going to be a DJ, mascots and a chef (hey, even analysts gotta eat) in addition to the regular cast of characters, so it's guaranteed to be a good time. You can check out the all-star lineup right here: Read More

Holy grail of fantasy football ... Cheat sheets? Check. Rankings? Check. Mock drafts? Check. Sleeper picks and in-depth analysis? Yeah, we got that, too. Everything you need for a fruitful season has been compiled into one convenient place because we're thoughtful like that. Consider this a gift, dear fantasy football owners. As always, what you do with it is entirely up to you, but you can't win unless you play -- so hitting the sign-up link is a must: Read More


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"I watched you your whole career. You're a f---ing beast."

-- Bianca Andreescu, to Serena Wiliams after injury forced Williams to retire from the Rogers Cup final Read more


REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 2018, Wayne Rooney stole the ball and uncorked an absolute all-time great pass, leading to DC United's defeating Orlando on a goal in the waning seconds of stoppage time. Watch


WHAT'S ON THIS WEEKEND?

Red Sox at Indians (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): Boston enters this three-game road series trying to get back on track after dropping two in a row -- and trying to stay in the AL wild-card picture. Meanwhile, Cleveland has been hot of late and positioned itself squarely back in the AL Central race.

SportsCenter Special: Fantasy Football Rankings (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2): Are you ready for some fantasy football drafting? If you answered "no," that's OK, because you will be after watching this seven-hour special. We're talking top storylines, players and the all important draft strategy. Your league is going to be overwhelmed by your foresight, but first you have to sign up. You can do that here: Read more

Diamondbacks at Rockies (8:40 p.m. ET on ESPN+): Arizona has won six of its past 10 games and is in the thick of the NL wild-card race. Colorado, on the other hand, is eager to turn things around, having lost eight of its past 10 games after being plagued with pitching woes.