Kelsey Plum was the consensus No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft.

The San Antonio Stars seemed reluctant to take her but couldn’t find a good trade. The Stars already had a good backcourt. So Plum isn’t playing much. The Stars are undefeated when she plays 30+ minutes this season … and quite bad when she does not. Something has to give.

David Griffin, the former GM of the Cavaliers, argues that Kyrie Irving is actually brave to request a trade given the current state of Cleveland. This is actually brave of Griffin to say in public because it might annoy LeBron, who had been an ally of Griffin. (The politics of all of this are making my head spin.)

Stephen Curry played in a Web.com Tour event this weekend. The Web.com Tour is basically the PGA’s developmental tour. Curry missed the cut, but his performance was wildly impressive and, SB Nation’s golf writer Brendan Porath writes, great for the sport.

Any former competitor, from any walk of life, will know this to be true: It all depends on who wants it more. It doesn’t matter what team has the better star player or who has the prestigious pedigree. What matters most is who steps on the floor with the mindset to win, who steps up to the challenge, and who shows up to play.
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It was obvious tonight that the Los Angeles Sparks were not prepared for the force that was the Dallas Wings.
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Something about the Minnesota Lynx brings out the best in the Indiana Fever. Familiar foes of the past, these two teams met in both the 2012 and 2015 WNBA Finals. Yet, Indiana’s five-game losing streak and 10 losses out of its last 11 games entering the night suggested that the rivalry was dead, at least on paper.

BIG3 live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch online

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Trilogy and the 3 Headed Monsters will advance to the BIG3 Championship game on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Both teams earned victories in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday, Aug. 20 at the Key Arena in Seattle.

But, wait a minute. Is Durant really on YouTube scrolling through comments? Is he really replying in the comment section? Apparently so:

The feisty Durant we all knew and loved in 2010 on social media is back, and this time he’s got a finals MVP trophy to back him up. Shortly after winning his first title, he took to Twitter to let everyone know why he plays for the Warriors. A few days later, he stepped out here and responded to multiple troll attempts with fire tweets.

Now? We’ve pivoted to YouTube. Gotta keep the bases covered, right?
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This is the Summer of Durant. He’s living his best life and won’t let your comments or your tweets stop him. But what really strikes me here is that not only is Durant scrolling through YouTube comment sections 鈥?which is a dangerous thing to do, by the way 鈥?he’s also taking the time to reply to you TWO MINUTES AFTER YOUR COMMENT IS POSTED.

That is incredible. And, yes, it’s only a one-word response. But it’s also a response from Kevin-freaking-Durant. Y’all better watch out in that comment section. It’s rare to get a response from an athlete on social media 鈥?especially the best ones. But Durant is different. He’s got time.

Bruce Arians is fed up with the Cardinals WRs, says ‘they’ve been warned’

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was feeling really good about his wide receivers a few months ago. But after a few weeks of training camp and two preseason games, that has changed.

“I must’ve been seeing things back in the spring when I said we had had 12 guys who could play in the NFL,” Arians said after practice Monday. “We might have two.”

Arians has never been one to hold his tongue, so his comments aren’t out of character at all. He singled out Larry Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown for praise, but has been frustrated by the rest of the group.

“Assignments, catching the ball,” Arians said. “The main things the receivers have to do, they are not doing.”

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown took advantage of that and demolished Sanchez with a blindside shot.

Sanchez is battling Jeff Locke for the punter role in Indianapolis and was able to walk off the field under his own power.

Brown was a seventh-round pick for the Cowboys and probably didn’t help his case for a spot on the roster by picking up a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. He finished the Hall of Fame Game without a reception and had a fumble in his preseason second game against the Rams.

He bounced back well by grabbing a touchdown later in the quarter. Brown will need more plays like his touchdown grab and less like his destruction of Sanchez to stick in Dallas.

We probably shouldn’t be making too many grand proclamations this early in the preseason. That said, it’s an encouraging performance from Watson, and an important first step in his NFL development.redskins_097_b99a5e23250353a7-180x180

NHL implements new goalie pants policy, violators could pay hefty price

New restrictions have officially pants’d NHL goalies.

Beginning today, all league goalies must wear new style, tight-fitting pants that aim at increasing scoring without changing the game too much.

Goalies who violate the new wardrobe policy will be subject to a two-game suspension, a $25,000 fine will be issued to the team and $1,000 fine to the equipment manager, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Not since Pioneers coach Jim Montgomery scored three times in the 1993 championship game while playing for Maine had a player recorded a hat trick in the Frozen Four title game.
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Lukosevicius’ second goal was set up by incredible puck movement by fellow sophomore Troy Terry, who helped Team USA win the gold medal at the World Junior Championship in January. Terry is just the fifth player ever to win a national championship and WJC title in the same year.

The Pioneers defense, led by Hobey Baker Award winner Will Butcher, kept the Bulldogs (28-7-7) in check in the third period to secure Denver’s eighth national championship.
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There was a scary moment early in the third period when Denver defenseman Tariq Hammond was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a lower leg injury after crashing into the boards.

Why’d you turn against me, Gordon? For six years, I taught you how to skate, I taught you how to score, I taught you how to go for the W’. You could’ve been one of the greats! And now look at yourself. You’re not a has been. You’re a never was.

Cody Bellinger is happy to let Lonzo Ball have the LA sports spotlight

Count Cody Bellinger among the Los Angeles sports fans enjoying the Lonzo Ball Show this summer, but don’t think for a second he wishes it was the Cody Bellinger Show.

Bellinger, the Dodgers’ 22-year-old phenom and the overwhelming favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year award, is a microcosm for his team: a reserved, wide-eyed player with immense talent who is laser-focused on delivering the team its first championship since 1988. Born and raised in a suburb of Phoenix, Bellinger hasn’t let his newfound celebrity status in a major city sidetrack his mission.

I’m a laid-back guy, so being all over TV … that’s cool, but at the end of the day, it’s whatever, Bellinger said. They can have cameras following [Lonzo] all over the place.
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About all the Dodgers and Lakers have in common these days are the city they share and the goal of bringing ticker-tape parades back to Los Angeles.

Rivera is younger, hitting the ball impressively, and is more of a utility player than Cabrera. But as mentioned, his rookie status is too attractive for the Mets to hand him over without something big in return.

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Red Sox vs. Yankees odds 2017: Boston a small underdog in the Bronx for Friday opener

The Boston Red Sox are 8-0 straight up and 7-1 on the runline over their last eight games. The Red Sox will try to extend their hot streak with a win in Friday night’s series opener against the New York Yankees.

The Futures Game will be played at 4 p.m. ET, televised by MLB Network, with Matt Vasgersian on the call, alongside analysts Mike Lowell and Jonathan Mayo, and reporter Heidi Watney. The telecast will also be streamed online on MLB.com.

Given Sandoval has hit .237/.286/.360 for the Red Sox over three years, with defense that looks nothing like what he managed while with the Giants, the list of teams willing to take a shot on him even at the league minimum might be tiny or even nonexistent.

As for what the Sox will do at third base now, Jhonny Peralta won’t be the answer, either, as Boston released him from his minor league contract on Thursday. Presumably that move was made to make room for top prospect Rafael Devers at Triple-A, and Devers might end up being some kind of solution come September like Xander Bogaerts was back in 2013.

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In those 54 frames, Miller has allowed only 26 hits and 11 runs, with a 1.67 ERA and 78 strikeouts. Cleveland will want (and need) that performance back in time to clinch their division and put their best foot forward for the playoffs.

They could get by without him, but it’s not exactly a lineup experiment that they want to have to worry about for very long.

‘NBA Live 18’ to feature ESPN’s ‘First Take’ as part of new career mode

“Embrace debate” has taken over sports television programming, and now even sports video games aren’t safe from it. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman will appear in “First Take” segments during the new career mode built for the upcoming “NBA Live 18” called “The One.” The duo provides character background and comment on events taking place within the storyline that involves coming up through the streets and reaching the NBA.

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The highest-profile move to affect a video game release took place shortly after Brett Favre appeared on the cover of “Madden NFL 09.” It was the first time publisher EA Sports had chosen a retired player for the cover of the storied franchise. Favre then unretired and forced a trade to the Jets. The deal happened too late for the company to do anything but produce a downloadable cover of him in his new uniform that fans could print out and insert into their game boxes.

The first screenshot to feature the Cavs’ new Nike uniforms and sponsor Goodyear was released Monday by 2K Sports. Irving begins the year rated 90 Overall, which is unchanged from last season. Among point guards, he’s tied for fourth with John Wall and is behind Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul.
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NFL preseason: Kellen Clemens’ poor outing comes before empty seats at Chargers’ new digs

There were lots of empty seats at StubHub Center on Sunday night for the Chargers’ first preseason game at their new but temporary home in Carson, Calif.

The StubHub Center, where the L.A. Galaxy play, holds about 30,000 fans, by far the smallest capacity in the NFL. The Chargers have sold out of season tickets at the venue, but there were nowhere near 30,000 people in attendance for the Seahawks’ 48-17 victory.

The champs will celebrate their Super Bowl victory before taking on one of last year’s playoff teams. The Chiefs have not won at Foxborough since 1990, a stretch that includes six straight losses, including a playoff game in the 2015 season.

Tiny StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., will host its first NFL game as the Chargers officially debut as the Los Angeles Chargers at their new temporary home.

The Falcons will debut new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Week 2 against the Packers, who will hope for a much better result than the last time they went to Atlanta. The Falcons ran away with a blowout victory in last season’s NFC championship game. Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers are sure to light things up once all the pomp and circumstance of the new stadium wears off.

Being a starter in the SEC and in his home state is a dream for every young football player in the South. Harvey-Clemons is from Valdosta, Ga., about 243 miles north of Sanford Stadium.
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Before he ended up at Louisville, Harvey-Clemons was living that exact dream. He arrived at Georgia as a five-star recruit from Lowndes High School and did not disappoint. Through his first two seasons, 2012 and 2013, he earned 11 starts in 25 games.

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Cost of Mets’ top starters; waiver watch; what are the Royals doing?

We’re entering the dog days of summer, which means the outcome for your team’s season is becoming increasingly apparent. That doesn’t mean there still aren’t questions to be answered.

Some folks — like Stacey, who might have won Tweet of the Week here — seem to be completely lost in the doldrums of the post-trade deadline season.

Here are some of the questions you passed along for this week’s MLB mailbag:

Which players do you see getting traded after clearing waivers that you think will make an impact on a contender this year?

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Not only did Lester hit his first career home run, he also joined the 2,000 strikeout club by punching out nine batters in four innings. The Cubs beat the Diamondbacks 16-4 on the strength of five home runs (two by Anthony Rizzo).

Who isn’t watching this game after Tuesday’s extraordinary contest? The two postseason contenders have put together a fascinating series so far, and the Indians will send Trevor Bauer (9-8, 5.25 ERA) to the mound to face off against Rick Porcello (4-14, 4.55 ERA).

This is not the first time Callaway has faced suspension during his time at Florida. He was suspended last spring amid sexual assault allegations. Callaway was accused of sexual assault in December of 2015 but testified that he was high on marijuana during the incident and was so stoned I had no interest in having sex with anyone.

Callaway was later cleared during his hearing in August of 2016 and was reinstated to the team after the hearing.

Astros acquire Francisco Liriano from Blue Jays

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The Astros agreed to acquire left-hander Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays hours before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, MLB Network reported.

Houston will send outfielder Nori Aoki and a minor-league player to the Blue Jays, according to MLB.com.

Liriano has been a starting pitcher throughout the majority of his career, but the injury-riddled veteran could be set for a move to the bullpen in Houston.

After being traded to Toronto from the Pirates before last summer’s trade deadline, Liriano went 2-2 with a sterling 2.92 ERA in 10 appearances with the Blue Jays to close out the 2016 season.

This year, Liriano is 6-5 with a 5.88 ERA, but a move to the bullpen could allow him to throw his best pitches more regularly, thus accentuating his solid strikeout rate while helping his troublesome walk rate.

When mentioning Choi, Thames referred to the Wyverns third baseman as the home run guy.

I feel like he has a great talent, Thames said. He can come over here and play.

Choi indeed has talents. In his age-30 season, Choi has hit for a .307/.427/.675 slash line with 37 home runs in 324 at-bats, putting himself on a pace for a 50-homer season. Choi has been steady throughout his KBO career, owning a career .293/.389/.520 slash line and earning the Golden Glove award at third base four times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016). He received some attention in the U.S. media back in 2014 when Jon Heyman wrote about Choi at CBS Sports, dubbing him the Korean David Wright.

However, Choi ended up staying with the SK Wyverns, inking a four-year deal that spans ends after 2018.

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