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July 21st, 2019

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Farhan Zaidi took over as the head of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants this year, and it’s as if the circumstances of his first trade deadline have been pitched into a blender, with nobody really knowing — including Zaidi — what concoction will emerge over the next 10 days. (READ) by Buster Olney

At 35 years old and more than halfway into the six-year contract he signed with the D-backs prior to the 2016 season, Zack Greinke remains a force. And as the July 31 Trade Deadline approaches, he should be drawing a lot of interest, if he is available. (READ) by Andrew Simon

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hammers his first career grand slam.

Edgar Martinez speaks before his Hall of Fame induction about the importance of the DH position now compared to when he first started. He also compares Mike Trout to Ken Griffey Jr. when discussing the MVP.

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell spoke highly of his relievers after an 8-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

2.

RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson, David Fizdale, Knicks

The New York Knicks had a sour offseason, missing out on Zion Williamson and instead going home with Duke stud RJ Barrett, whiffing on a chance to pair Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and leaving free agency with veterans on short-term deals. (READ) by

For 15 years, through championships and an unparalleled run of playoff berths and success, R.C. Buford and Gregg Popovich seemed to work as one brain. Popovich was the coach but also team president, Buford the GM, and together they built an NBA powerhouse. (READ) by Kurt Helin

The Houston Rockets’ blockbuster trade to acquire Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this month had so many backstories. Among them, Chris Paul heads to OKC in the deal after reports of a rift between him and James Harden. While Paul has pushed back against said reports in the past, Harden has been quiet. (READ) by Vincent Frank

Ryan Hollins lists his top five NBA duos right now, with Russell Westbrook and James Harden (Houston Rockets), Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets), Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (LA Clippers)

Jalen Rose and David Jacoby react to Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers‘ comments in a press conference talking about Kevin Durant leaving the team, with Rose saying Durant will become the second player ever to have his number retired by three NBA teams.

Ryen Russillo and Jalen Rose predict how the Houston Rockets’ new tandem of Russell Westbrook and James Harden will fare during the 2019-20 NBA regular season.

Pablo Torre and Bomani Jones beg the question if Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid could coexist with each other moving forward on the Philadelphia 76ers after Simmons received a five-year, $170 million extension.

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Divisional Round - Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

There are few things that internet sports fans love to discuss as much as they do the value of running backs in today’s NFL. General consensus seems to be that runners, even elite ones, are not worth legitimate paydays. The market for the position is seemingly in a crisis that no other football players are really experiencing. (READ) by RJ Ochoa

Of the big three sports, the NFL is far behind when it comes to using analytics, but the smartest teams in the league have indeed embraced the movement. And for the rest of the league, they will have to adapt or be left behind. (READ) by Jordan Alexis

Which Team without a Super Bowl Will Win One in 2019?

Why Alvin Kamara is the Toughest Matchup in the NFL. Creator of mismatches. Leader in versatility.

Why Aaron Donald is the Best Interior D-lineman in NFL History.

4. 2019 World Championships

For the first time in her international career, Katie Ledecky loses a major women’s 400m freestyle, to Australian 18-year-old Ariarne Titmus.

Nathan Adrian‘s strong close helps secure gold for Team USA in the Men’s 4x100m free relay at the 2019 World Swimming Championships.

Sun Yang cruises to the men’s 400m win at the 2019 World Championships.

 

 

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