Tanaka to miss at least 6 weeks

A generally average year for the New York Yankees has been propped up by one major positive: Masahiro Tanaka, the first-year right-handed pitcher with a 2.39 ERA in 18 starts for the hovering-around-.500 team. But bad news hit hard this week, as Tanaka first was put on the 15-day DL, then was determined to need at least six weeks off with a partially torn elbow ligament. The $175 million man might even eventually need Tommy John surgery if rehab does not fix the issue. What does this mean for the suddenly struggling franchise?

  • Will Masahiro Tanaka pitch for the Yankees again this season?

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  • If you were a Yankees fan, how worried would you be about the long-term effects of Masahiro Tanaka's elbow injury?

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  • Will the Yankees make the playoffs this season?

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  • When will the Yankees next contend for a World Series title?

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The lineups for the 2014 Home Run Derby have been set, with National League captain Troy Tulowitzki picking Todd Frazier, Yasiel Puig, NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton and Rockies teammate Justin Morneau, while AL caption Jose Bautista selected defending derby champion Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Adam Jones and, in somewhat of a surprise move, second baseman Brian Dozier of the hometown Minnesota Twins. How would you rank these eight sluggers? Set your list below!

More: Your thoughts on All-Star Game rosters?

HR Derby Participants

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

Blue Jays
17 HR

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

Athletics
14 HR

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson

Athletics
20 HR

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

Twins
16 HR

Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier

Reds
17 HR

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Orioles
16 HR

Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau

Rockies
13 HR

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers
12 HR

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins
21 HR

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies
20 HR

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Maybe Andrew Hawkins forgot he's not a Cincinnati Bengal anymore. That would explain why, on Thursday, the newly signed Cleveland Browns wide receiver decided to troll LeBron James-hungry Cavaliers fans by tweeting the following:



Yes, that's a link to a 2006 story, when James signed an extension with Cleveland. Predictably, fans were upset.





Hawkins' reaction to the reaction? Well ...





Here's betting Hawkins really hopes LeBron comes back.

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As we approach the start of college football season, ESPN The Magazine created a mini bracket to determine the top five storylines to watch in the 2014 season, and enlisted the fans' vote to pick the winners. The first round produced close voting, including Appalachian State winning by less than 50 votes and Charlie Strong and T.J. Yeldon pulling upsets over higher seeds. Vote now in the final round and then check out The Mag's July 24 football issue to see the winners!

The final round of voting ends July 18.



RUNNING BACKS: Gurley vs. Yeldon

Todd Gurley and T.J. Yeldon will be two of the pre-eminent backs in the SEC this season.

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Which running back is more worthy of being a first-round pick?

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QUARTERBACKS: Coker vs. Allen

Bama's Jacob Coker and TAMU's Kyle Allen take over teams that finished 2013 in the top 20.

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Which of these first-year starting quarterbacks has the better chance to win the Heisman?

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COACHES: Sarkisian vs. Strong

Steve Sarkisian returns to USC as the head coach; Charlie Strong won 2 Big East titles in 3 years.

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Which newly hired head coach is more likely to NOT be with their team in four seasons?

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UPSETS: Wisconsin or Appalachian St.?

Wisconsin is 18-2 in nonconference since '09, while Appalachian State upset Michigan in '07.

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Which of these nonconference upsets is more likely to happen in Week 1?

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SURPRISES: Florida or Michigan?

Florida has one .500 or below season since 1987, while Michigan has one since 1984.

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Which of these teams has the greater potential to make a surprise run to the playoffs?

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World Cup final -- Germany-Argentina

One semifinal brought an ocean of goals. The other featured precisely zero. But only one thing mattered in each: Germany and Argentina won, and now they will meet in the final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Will the Germans, who routed the hosts 7-1, take the whole thing? Or will the Argentines, who won a penalty shootout against the Netherlands after 120 scoreless minutes, gut out another victory? Cast your votes!

  • Which team will win the World Cup final?

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  • Which team are you rooting for in the World Cup final?

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  • Which team will win the World Cup third-place game?

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  • How would you grade the 2014 World Cup so far?

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