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The rosters for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game are set, with leading vote-getters Jose Bautista (American League) and Troy Tulowitzki (National League) among the many players headed to the July 15 contest in Minneapolis. Of course, not all selections were without controversy; Nelson Cruz made the team less than a year after his 50-game suspension, while Derek Jeter received a farewell start at AL shortstop. What is your take on the teams?
NBA free agents can't officially sign until Thursday. But the noise surrounding the league's best available players just keeps growing. LeBron James reportedly is considering the Cleveland Cavaliers. His former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh apparently is interested in the Houston Rockets. Carmelo Anthony could leave the New York Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers, while Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson might join Melo in L.A., or take his talents to the Dallas Mavericks. How will it all play out?
Ah, summer basketball, when pros can cast off the shackles of restrictive NBA offenses and flaunt their insane moves.
The latest highlight wizard: Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten, who absolutely fooled his defender at the Seattle Basketball Pro Am with a sick Shammgod crossover (named, of course, for NYC playground legend and former Washington Wizards guard God Shammgod).
Video courtesy of BallIsLife.com
Remember when Cavs owner Dan Gilbert sent a letter to Cleveland fans calling LeBron's decision a "shameful display of selfishness and betrayal"? When he promised supporters that any town LeBron played for would own a "dreaded spell and bad karma" until he did right by Ohio? Well, Gilbert's message was removed from the team's website Monday after being accessible for four years.
For 4 years, Dan Gilbert's letter after LeBron's decision has been on team website. It appears it was removed today: http://t.co/O256mqVtNs— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 7, 2014
Here's what Gilbert's Comic Sans crackdown looked like:
Could it be a sign of a softening relationship between King James and his hometown kingdom? For more on LeBron's reported interested in Cleveland's free-agency pitch, read Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein's take.
Jeff Samardzija has probably dealt with people misspelling and mispronouncing his name incorrectly for his entire life. It's helpful in weeding out telemarketers, but otherwise not a lot of fun. Samardzija's trade to the Oakland A's is going to make his name a lot more prominent, as he proved when he gave up one run in seven innings in his debut:
Of course, fans in Oakland haven't had time to properly learn how to spell "Samardzija" yet, as evidenced by this sign:
As nicknames go, "Shark" is a pretty good one. Easy to spell, too.