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Playground basketball is dying

espn.go.com — AT RUCKER PARK in New York, people sat on rooftops and climbed trees to watch Julius Erving play. In Louisville, Kentucky, Artis Gilmore would pull up in his fancy car, still wearing his fancy suits, and just ball. Kevin Durant first measured the worth of his game on the D.C.
Jul 23, 2014

Weird when what was once a big part of your life just ceases to exist RT @jordanbks Playground Basketball Is Dying espn.go.com/espn/feature/s…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @ESPNDanaOneil: PM RT: what happened to playground basketball? @MedcalfByESPN and I traveled the country to find out espn.go.com/espn/feature/s…

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Texas coach Charlie Strong says Texas A&M series 'needs to happen'

espn.go.com — BRISTOL, Conn. - Texas and Texas A&M have played 118 times, and their in-state rivalry was a longtime holiday tradition in the Lone Star State, with the teams meeting 64 times on Thanksgiving Day.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @chrisgb00: @rodb314 @ESPNTexas Charlie Strong on resuming A&M rivalry: "At some point it needs to happen. We need to play them.” http:/…

Cleveland Browns fan urinates on late Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell's grave

espn.go.com — A Cleveland Browns fan posted a video on YouTube showing himself urinating beside Art Modell's grave in Pikesville, Maryland. The unidentified man in the video, titled "Browns Fan 'Pays Respects' to Modell," arrives at the gravesite dressed in a Baltimore Ravens Ed Reed jersey. He then pulls it off to reveal a Browns Lyle Alzado No.
Jul 24, 2014

This is unbelievable, except, unfortunately, these days it isn't. It's disgusting, but not totally surprising: goo.gl/KnNDsR

Jul 23, 2014

A Browns fan urinated on Art Modell's grave. And I thought this was a happy time in Cleveland espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id…

Jul 23, 2014

My dislike for Cleveland is well-documented and deep. But even I think this is a bit much ... probably. espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id…

Tony Dungy Michael Sam NFL

espn.go.com — Commentary Ex-NFL coach should support Sam as he once supported Vick This column isn't written to disparage or denigrate Tony Dungy, a leader and role model I respect and admire. But Dungy's perspective on gay NFL player Michael Sam is unhealthy for African-Americans and logically inconsistent with principles at the foundation of American culture.

Ray Allen leaning toward joining LeBron James on Cleveland Cavaliers

espn.go.com — ESPN.com news services Veteran guard Ray Allen is leaning toward returning for his 19th season and joining his former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, The Boston Globe has reported, citing an NBA source.

Pence gets exactly the pitch he needed

espn.go.com — Wednesday on ESPN.com, writers discussed the importance of Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval to the San Francisco Giants' playoff chances. But let's not forget their Wins Above Replacement leader, Hunter Pence. 2014 STATS Pence's bloop three-run double against Jonathan Papelbon gave the Giants a lead and an eventual 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jul 24, 2014

The last stat in this Hunter Pence piece is so kooky, I'm still chuckling about its bizareness es.pn/1tDscWV

Jul 24, 2014

RT @ESPNStatsInfo: Hunter Pence's big hit gave the @SFGiants a road win in Philadelphia. We take a closer look at Pence's 2014 here es.pn/1tDscWV

Sandoval is Giants' most valuable defender

espn.go.com — AP Photo/Alan Diaz Pablo Sandoval has been so good in the field that he can even make plays while blowing bubbles. If the San Francisco Giants do emerge as the top team in the NL West this season, Pablo Sandoval's defense at third base this season may be a difference maker.
Jul 23, 2014

.@SFGiants Pablo Sandoval has rated VERY well on D this season. I took closer look at the numbers/talked to folks es.pn/WDpB4I

Jul 23, 2014

RT @msimonespn: .@SFGiants 3B Pablo Sandoval is having a REALLY good defensive season. I talked to people about it, studied it here- es.pn/1lvzzKE

Jul 23, 2014

RT @msimonespn: .@SFGiants 3B Pablo Sandoval is having a REALLY good defensive season. I talked to people about it, studied it here- es.pn/1lvzzKE

Jul 23, 2014

.@SFGiants 3B Pablo Sandoval is having a REALLY good defensive season. I talked to people about it, studied it here- es.pn/1lvzzKE

Oscar De La Hoya is fighting back

espn.go.com — LAS VEGAS -- Retired from the ring or not, Oscar De La Hoya will always be a fighter at heart. He won a 1992 Olympic gold medal -- hence the famous "Golden Boy" nickname -- 10 world titles in a then-record six weight divisions, earned some $300 million as the biggest star in boxing for much of his 1992 to 2008 career and in June was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Rangers, Tigers both benefit from Joakim Soria deal

insider.espn.go.com — Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports Joakim Soria fills a need for the Tigers, but they paid a steep price to get him. The price for Joakim Soria is steep, as you'd expect for a pitcher of his pedigree and present performance, but he fills the Detroit Tigers' most critical need and is likely to help them in the postseason as well.
Jul 23, 2014

RT @keithlaw: New post for Insiders - thoughts on the Rangers/Tigers deal for Joakim Soria: klaw.me/1nDpmSj

30 for 30 Shorts: The High Five

espn.go.com — ESPN Video: It's the gesture most associated with celebration in sports, but few know the story of the high five---from its origins to the professional and personal decline of the man credited with its creation, Glenn Burke.

Los Angeles Clippers 'bid book' shows Steve Ballmer overpaying

espn.go.com — Drafts of the Los Angeles Clippers' sale bid book show exactly how much Steve Ballmer is willing to overpay for the team. The bid book was entered as an exhibit by Shelly Sterling's lawyers in a trial in California probate court to determine if she should have the right to sell the team without her husband, Donald.

San Antonio Stars' Becky Hammon plans to retire

espn.go.com — ESPN.com news services San Antonio Stars guard Becky Hammon announced Wednesday that she would retire at the end of the 2014 season. [+] Enlarge Hammon, a 16-year veteran, is the Stars all-time leader in assists, points per game and 3-pointers made.
Jul 23, 2014

San Antonio Stars guard Becky Hammon to retire after this season. 16 years in the #WNBA. espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/i…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @ESPN_WomenHoop: After 16 seasons and six All-Star appearances, @SAStars' @BeckyHammon will retire at the end of 2014 season. es.pn/1rtCj0V

Like Colon, Mejia & Familia nearly flawless

espn.go.com — Bartolo Colon was flawless for much of the afternoon on Wednesday. Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia have both been nearly as flawless for about the last month. The much-improved back end of the Mets bullpen got the last five outs in Wednesday's win.
Jul 23, 2014

Mets bullpen has been good lately- a look at strong points/numbers for Mejia & Familia es.pn/1tD1VIe

Josh Huestis, first stashed domestic pick?

espn.go.com — Mike Stobe/Getty Images When OKC picked Josh Huestis in the first round, it had a innovative plan in mind. Nobody saw it coming when the Oklahoma City Thunder selected Stanford forward Josh Huestis with the 29th overall pick in last month's draft. Except, apparently, Josh Huestis.
Jul 23, 2014

On the complicated Josh Huestis situation and why it might be better for him than it is for the Thunder: es.pn/1qBamXi

espnW -- How CrossFit saved Miranda Oldroyd's life

espn.go.com — "Jackie" is one of CrossFit's famous "Girls," a female-named benchmark workout that consists of a 1,000-meter row, 50 45-pound thrusters and 30 pull-ups. Miranda Oldroyd is one of CrossFit's most famous women. Last May, at CrossFit's Northern California Regional, Oldroyd crushed Jackie, finishing first in 6 minutes, 13 seconds.
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