THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
How tragedies shaped one NFL prospect … Yetur Gross-Matos’ father died while saving him from drowning when he was a child. His older brother died after being struck by lightning. Now, on the verge of football stardom, here’s how he’s carrying their legacies into the future — and how he and his adoptive father helped one another through such massive tragedy. Read More
Following in dad’s footsteps … If you want to make the major leagues, it helps if your dad has been there before. Longtime baseball fans will notice an influx of familiar last names and batting stances in the league; the Blue Jays alone have the sons of Hall of Famers Vladimir Guerrero and Craig Biggio on their roster, with Dante Bichette’s son on his way up from the minor leagues. We talked to some of these heirs of elite baseball legacies to find out how their famous dads helped them become the players they are today. Read More
A golf clap to Team USA’s critics … Carli Lloyd’s celebration after an early goal in a win against Chile seemed almost subdued; a few tiny pitter-patter claps about chin-high. After the USWNT’s emotional reactions to every goal in their 13-0 drubbing of Thailand, was Lloyd trying to send a message? Well, yes. Here it is in her own words. Read More
THE LAKERS GET THEIR MAN
Risk and reward … Helluva way for the NBA’s offseason to begin, huh? The Raptors barely had time to celebrate before the Lakers put the rest of the NBA on notice, finally making their long-anticipated trade for Anthony Davis. Having AD and LeBron as the pillars of your team is like, pretty good, but Los Angeles had to give up an awful lot to make it happen. Did they just trade their future away for a team that won’t quite be able to bring home a title? Ramona Shelburne lays out what’s at stake for the Lakers. Read More
LeBron and AD and …? The Lakers are usually an attractive destination for free agents, but now they can add “contend for a title with LeBron James and Anthony Davis to the package” alongside “weather is good all the time” and “get to meet Jack Nicholson.” Here’s who our ESPN+ experts believe Los Angeles mght be targeting in free agency after their initial huge trade. Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
The Padres grind out a 14-13 win over the Rockies after scoring four runs with two out in the ninth inning.
Bronny follows in his dad, LeBron James’, footsteps with a huge one-handed dunk, marking his first of the AAU season.
“If anyone is looking for a good luck charm, he’s the guy to sign I would say.”
— Danny Green, on Pat McCaw’s three consecutive titles. Watch
This date in 1994 was one of the most eventful in sports. The U.S. hosted its first World Cup, Arnold Palmer played his final U.S. Open round, the Rangers celebrated their Stanley Cup win with a ticker-tape parade on Broadway, the Knicks and Rockets played Game 5 of the NBA Finals, and Ken Griffey Jr. looked ready to challenge the home run title, tying Babe Ruth’s record of home runs before June 30 with his 26th. But all that was overshadowed by the sight of O.J. Simpson slowly being driven north on Interstate 405 while police followed in pursuit. Watch
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?
Texas Tech vs. Arkansas (2 p.m. ET, ESPN); Michigan vs. Florida State (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): The College World Series continues with more from the teams that played on Day 1. Both Texas Tech and Arkansas will try to get their first win on Monday, while Michigan will be playing with the momentum of its first CWS win since 1983.
Giants at Dodgers (10 p.m. ET, ESPN): The Dodgers have the best run differential in the National League, are 27-8 at home, and are facing off against Tyler Beede and his 8.06 ERA. So, all in all, kind of an uphill battle for the Giants in this one.