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Power Rankings: Dodgers make their move

7:00 AM ET Last week, we asked if an National League West team was going to pull ahead of the pack, and one did. Perhaps it was only a matter of time after the Houston Astros slowed down from their initial white-hot start. Maybe it was the combined power of Cody Bellinger, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ cavalcade of supporting stars. Either way, the Dodgers move to the top of the rankings while splitting all of the first- and second-place votes with the Astros. Andrew McCutchen is surging, ...

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Sources: Cavs talked 3-way trade for George

10:50 PM ET Marc Stein Close ESPN Senior Writer • Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics Chris Haynes The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to pursue a trade for Paul George and will be leading contenders for Carmelo Anthony‘s services, should Anthony secure an offseason buyout from the New York Knicks, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN that the Cavaliers engaged in serious three-way trade discussions leading up to the NBA draft on a deal that would have brought ...

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Cody Bellinger is real and he is spectacular

12:00 AM ET What can you say about Cody Bellinger other than he’s real and he’s spectacular. The Los Angeles Dodgers rookie slugged two more home runs in a crazy 12-6 win over the Rockies — don’t worry, we’ll get to all those wild pitches in a moment — and is up to 24 on the season, already a National League record for home runs by a rookie before the All-Star break, with 13 games still remaining. He has been performing feats of strength almost every day, it seems. Bellinger’s ...

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Will Cardinals be second-half sellers?

4:31 PM ET Two things can happen to the St. Louis Cardinals between now and July 31 to give general manager John Mozeliak a sense of clarity and a mandate entering the trade deadline: • The Chicago Cubs (or Milwaukee Brewers) could go on a roll, assume control in the National League Central and render the Cardinals irrelevant, prompting Mozeliak to take a hard look at his roster and sell off short-term assets to help with a big-picture revamp; • In an alternate, better-case scenario, the Cardinals will find that ...

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Sources: Mavs to decline Dirk option, eye deal

5:30 PM ET The Dallas Mavericks have informed Dirk Nowitzki that they will decline their $ 25 million team option for next season with the intention of signing the face of their franchise to a new contract, according to league sources. The Mavericks have a Thursday deadline to notify the league of their intentions regarding the second season of the two-year, $ 50 million contract Nowitzki signed last July. But sources told ESPN that the club will work with Nowitzki next month to structure a new deal to his liking. ...

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Food, money and culture shock: the Béisbol Experience 50-man interview

“[Starting out] I had no money. None. But it was my own fault. I spent it on a pair of shoes, $ 60. I thought we had food in the fridge that they were going to give us. But when we arrived, there was no food. So I spent three days hungry, and I remember that I called my mom. She sent me money because I told her we were all hungry. And she started to cry. She told me, ‘Come back to Venezuela. You don’t need to go through ...

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10 years after NFL Europe's demise, alumni remember league fondly

Jun 23, 2017 Elephants carrying in the championship trophy, hot tubs in the end zone, gallons of beer. Even 10 years after it ceased operations, the NFL Europe still brings a smile to the faces of those who left their mark on the league. What started in 1991 as the World League of American Football — a plan hatched by two NFL commissioners and a handful of owners and executives — would become the NFL Europe and, in its final season, NFL Europa. The developmental league was a springboard for ...

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Sorry, LaVar: Vegas down on LAL playoff hopes

10:15 PM ET After Lonzo Ball was selected No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in Thursday’s NBA draft, his father, LaVar, wasn’t shy about proclaiming his belief that the team would make the postseason in 2017-18. “Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year,” the outspoken LaVar told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. One Las Vegas sportsbook doesn’t share his confidence. Lakers coach Luke Walton isn’t too concerned with LaVar Ball’s draft-night claim that son Lonzo will lead the team back to the ...

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Mitrione finishes Fedor after double knockdown

2:12 AM ET NEW YORK — Basically, Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione simultaneously knocked each other out at Bellator NYC on Saturday night. But Mitrione managed to get up first. In one of the crazier fights in recent memory, Mitrione (12-5) knocked out Emelianenko at 1:14 of the opening round inside Madison Square Garden — just moments after both hit the deck from simultaneous right hands. Chael Sonnen stuck to his guns in his grudge match against Wanderlei Silva, scoring takedowns and keeping much of the fight on the ground ...

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Sonnen dominates W. Silva in grudge match

2:11 AM ET One of the longest-standing rivalries in mixed martial arts finally came to a head on Saturday. And it ultimately went to Chael Sonnen‘s win column. Sonnen (29-15-1) earned a unanimous decision over Wanderlei Silva (35-13-1) in their long overdue grudge match. The light heavyweight fight, which was initially supposed to happen in 2014, headlined Bellator NYC inside Madison Square Garden. Matt Mitrione knocked out Fedor Emelianenko at 1:14 of the opening round Saturday night at Bellator NYC, just moments after a wild sequence in which both fighters ...

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