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The rise and fall of OKC, the NBA’s small-market miracle

[ad_1] It's Russell Westbrook Day.It's Russell Westbrook Day every day in Oklahoma City, by a mayoral decree signed in 2017 by then-Mayor Mick Cornett after Westbrook re-upped with a five-year, $205 million extension.It was Russell Westbrook Day on July 6, when the Oklahoma City Thunder shockingly traded Paul George to the LA Clippers. And it's Russell Westbrook Day on July 11, the day the Thunder traded him to the Houston
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pro/rel, superheroes, cheat food, Kanye vs. Drake and more

[ad_1] This year's MLS Confidential focused on the players and their off-field pursuits. You'll enjoy the results. Brandon LovingThe 2019 Major League Soccer is cruising towards the halfway point and the annual All-Star Game, so what better time to see how the players are feeling about soccer in the U.S. and much, much more.- Stream MLS on ESPN+- MLS shopping lists: Who needs what in the summer transfer window?- What happened
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MLB second-half preview — Answering baseball’s biggest questions

[ad_1] The All-Star break is over. Time to get back to work.With the season officially resuming tonight, we look at the contenders, the train wrecks, the trade deadline and more.The contenders1. Midseason predictions reset: Who are your picks for the wild cards, division champs and World Series?Jeff Passan: The New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros lead their respective divisions now, and they'll do so after the final day
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Best league ever? NBA players react to Westbrook-CP3 trade

[ad_1] The most unpredictable NBA summer ever continued Thursday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and a bevy of first-round picks, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.In Houston, Westbrook will be reunited with James Harden. The two were teammates in OKC in 2012, when the Thunder lost to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, and
Basketball

GSW keep Adams after Lakers’ interest

[ad_1] After talking with the Los Angeles Lakers, Ron Adams will remain in a revised role on the Golden State Warriors' coaching staff, league sources told ESPN.The Lakers had received permission from the Warriors to speak with Adams about the possibility of joining Frank Vogel's staff, but no official offer was made, according to a league source.Adams has been a key assistant coach for the Warriors. He just finished his
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Underdog Gorman looking for Ruiz-style upset against Dubois

[ad_1] 7:34 AM ETNick ParkinsonClose•Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation's Boxing Matters showNathan Gorman says he'd love to emulate the success of Andy Ruiz Jr. when he faces Daniel Dubois at the O2 Arena in London (Saturday, ESPN+ 3 p.m. ET).Ruiz pulled off the upset when he stopped Gorman's fellow Englishman Anthony Joshua in
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Roberto Diaz shoots 62 to take John Deere Classic lead

[ad_1] SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Roberto Diaz shot a 9-under 62 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the John Deere Classic. Playing in the final group of the day off the first tee, the 32-year-old Mexican player birdied four of the first five holes, eagled the par-5 10th and birdied three of the last five in the bogey-free round at TPC Deere Run. He took the lead with
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Sources — Morris to join Knicks as Spurs move on

[ad_1] After free-agent forward Marcus Morris reneged on a verbal agreement to sign with the San Antonio Spurs, the franchise finally withdrew its offer and instead reached a two-year deal with forward Trey Lyles, league sources told ESPN.Morris had waffled on a two-year, $20 million commitment to the Spurs, who gave him more than two days to reconsider the decommitment before striking a deal with Lyles, league sources said.Morris is
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OKC trades Russ to Rockets for Paul

[ad_1] The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources told ESPN.Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti worked with Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, to deliver the former MVP to his preferred destination: a reunion with James Harden, sources said.Westbrook and Harden played together in Oklahoma