• After a frantic start to the NBA's 2015 free agency period, you might need a bit of a breather — a bit of a palate cleanser, a little something to decompress as we want for the next round of big honkin' deals to come down. To that end, allow me to present Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel sending a child to the floor before dunking over and through his spirit:

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    Noel's "you reach, I'll teach" moment came at Camp One, a youth basketball camp in Louisville, Ky., that features appearances from several former Kentucky standouts. All-Stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, ex-Wildcat Darius Miller were all scheduled to appear, as was Noel, who just finished up a successful rookie season for the Philadelphia 76ers that saw him average 9.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while finishing eighth in the NBA in blocks and 10th in steals and, most importantly, staying healthy after spending the entire 2013-14 campaign

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  • For the first time in the history of the Web.com Tour, a military veteran amputee will compete in an event. Iraq veteran Chad Pfeifer has been given a sponsor's exemption into the Albertsons Boise Open, played July 9-12. 

    The 33-year-old retired U.S. Army corporal and Idaho native lost his left leg above the knee in April 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded and blew up a vehicle in which he and other soldiers were traveling.

    “It’s an amazing opportunity for me and my golf career, but at the same time, it’s nice to get my story out there for other wounded soldiers or people with disabilities,” Pfeifer said. “Hopefully I can inspire them and they can see that anything is possible as long as they keep going."

    Pfeifer took up golf during his recovery process at the urging of fellow soldier Christian Bagge, who lost both of his legs in Iraq, while rehabilitating at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Less than a year after Pfeifer suffered his injury, he played in his first

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  • LaMarcus Aldridge was a busy man on Wednesday, opening up the 2015 NBA free-agent period by meeting with the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns, all of whom were very eager to give the All-Star power forward boatloads of cash to leave the Portland Trail Blazers after nine seasons. Aldridge reportedly left three of the four meetings impressed — sorry, Lakers — but Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski suggested the Blazers were still very much in the mix to retain Aldridge's services.

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    Evidently, Blazers assistant coach Kim Hughes is a more pessimistic sort.

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    During an interview with Terre Haute, Ind.-based WTHI-TV on the eve of free agency discussing the development of Blazers big man Meyers Leonard, who had returned to his hometown to host a summer basketball camp for local kids, Hughes — a famously vocal and outspoken sort — talked up an increased role for Leonard due

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  • The Los Angeles Lakers' recruiting pitch to LaMarcus Aldridge did not go well, that much we know for sure. And various reports have claimed one reason it flopped was the short exchange Kobe Bryant had with Aldridge during the meeting. As you might imagine, the web had a field day with possible versions of the two NBA stars' conversation. But as those reports began to multiply and the jokes began to follow, Kobe hopped on Twitter to fire back, and we have to say, he was pretty creative with his response. That said, we're guessing that many reports can't be wrong, no matter how much you love the Mamba. To be fair, though, we think Aldridge shrugging off the Lakers had more to do with the Lakers being the Lakers than Kobe being Kobe. 

    Abby Wambach and the U.S. Women's National Team are headed to the World Cup final for a rematch with Japan. So when Dan Patrick had Wambach on his show yesterday, he made it clear he wanted to get in on the action and

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  • Arron Afflalo will be rising and firing at MSG next season. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)Arron Afflalo will be rising and firing at MSG next season. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)After largely sitting out the frenetic first day of 2015 NBA free agency, a 24-hour period in which NBA teams and players agreed to an estimated $1.5 billion in new deals, the New York Knicks got in the game early Thursday morning, coming to terms with veteran shooting guard Arron Afflalo, as first reported by ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne.

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    Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported last week that New York had become the frontrunner for the services of the 29-year-old Compton, Calif., native, as president of basketball operations Phil Jackson looks to add players who can shoot, defend and pass to a talent-poor roster that just turned in the worst season in Knicks franchise history. While the initial report suggested Afflalo could command somewhere between $12 million and $13 million per year, though, the final numbers as reported by Shelburne and others are much more team-friendly — it's a two-year, $16

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  • Football - Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Barclays Premier League - Goodison Park - 24/5/15 Everton's Romelu Lukaku in action with Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen Action Images via Reuters /  Paul Currie Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  Please contact your account representative for further details.Football - Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Barclays Premier League - Goodison Park - 24/5/15 Everton's Romelu Lukaku in action with Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen Action Images via Reuters / Paul Currie Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.

    by Adrian Clarke

    A year ago expectations were high that Everton, having finished 2013/14 fifth could launch another full-blown assault on the top four. But Roberto Martinez’s side ended up collecting 25 fewer points than the previous season, and finished in mid-table.

    Can they revive their fortunes in 2015/16? Ahead of their appearance at this year’s Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore (tickets available here), tactics columnist Adrian Clarke looks at what needs to happen.
     
    Regain the drive
    One of the secrets behind Everton’s barnstorming 2013/14 season was the way they married the strong suits that had worked so effectively for David Moyes with the modern philosophies of Martinez.

    Encouraged to play attractive passing football, without sacrificing the energy and resilience that had been their hallmark, the Toffees produced a heady mix of steel and skill that was incredibly difficult to play against.

    Last season they lost sight of what had worked so well for them. The tempo of their game

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  • In case you missed these reports ...

    Well, then you missed one of the busiest days in the history of NBA offseasons. Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki said it best:

    After a relatively normal opening few hours in which several key free agents reached mostly expected agreements, the NBA exploded with a flurry of activity that started Wednesday morning and ended ... well, it probably hasn't yet, but we have to publish this article at some point. The deals came in rapid succession, so here's a brief rundown of the biggest ones to get you up to speed.

    The East champion Cleveland Cavaliers were the busiest team of the day, bringing back power forward Kevin Love ($110 million over five years), other power forward Tristan Thompson ($80 million over five years), and 3-and-D wing Iman Shumpert ($40 million over four years, as reported by Yahoo's Adrian

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  • (First posted on Eurosport)

    Eugenie Bouchard of Canada leaves the court after losing to Ying-Ying Duan of China in the singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Eugenie Bouchard of Canada leaves the court after losing to Ying-Ying Duan of China in the singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Last year's runner-up went out at the first hurdle against Chinese qualifier Ying-Ying Duan, the latest blow in an appalling year on the court which has seen her win just a handful of matches.

    As if that wasn't enough, however, she fell foul of Wimbledon rules on Tuesday for - gasp! - daring to wear a black bra beneath her all-white gear.

    La canadiense Eugenie Bouchard se retira de la cancha tras perder ante la china Ying-Ying Duan por la primera ronda del torneo de Wimbledon, el martes 30 de junio de 2015. (AP Foto/Pavel Golovkin)La canadiense Eugenie Bouchard se retira de la cancha tras perder ante la china Ying-Ying Duan por la primera ronda del torneo de Wimbledon, el martes 30 de junio de 2015. (AP Foto/Pavel Golovkin)

    It's not as if she wore some sort of sheer top through which the bra was visible, though. Instead, there was at times apparently just a small bit of strap showing - something which an eyewitness who happened to be there from the Eurosport office insisted was not visible from the stands.

    You can just about see the tiny amount of black bra strap if you look closely around Bouchard's shoulder in the picture above.

    But really, if Wimbledon's authorities think that it is any more offensive to the spirit of the tournament than, say, a logo or a pair of shoelaces, then they're even more out of touch with reality than we thought.

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  • The loudest, most versatile member of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors is not going anywhere. In news that should surprise no one, restricted free agent Draymond Green will return to the Warriors for five years at approximately $85 million. The news was first reported by Yahoo's own Marc Spears, and Sam Amick of USA Today added that the new contract is fully guaranteed with no player or team options. Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group has since updated the figures to $82 million with a starting salary of $14.26 million.

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    Green celebrated the contract with a call to his mother:

    Welp!!! I do it for you!!! Love my mama so much this is what I've worked my entire life to see!!! God is amazing! He's never failed me and continue to bless through it all!!! Thanks Big Fella!!!!

    There was little doubt that the Warriors would retain Green, although it looked as if they might be forced to match another team's

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  • UFC President Dana White spoke to TMZ about Phil “C.M. Punk” Brooks, and said that the former WWE superstar is looking “phenomenal” and on track for a debut in early 2016.C.M. Punk competes against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XXVIII on April 1, 2012. (AP)C.M. Punk competes against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XXVIII on April 1, 2012. (AP)

    Punk has taken his fair share of critique jumping headfirst into MMA. However, Roufus Sport training partners Anthony Pettis and Ben Askren have been vocal in their support of the 36-year-old rookie and are adamant that he will be able to transition smoothly.

    White also said he thinks UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock needs to retire.

    'Suga' set for October return

    Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has been out of action for close to two years. According to UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani, Evans wants a return fight at UFC 192 in October against Ryan Bader.

    Bader has expressed his desire for the fight as well and now it is up to the UFC to make it official.

    Machida goes under the knife

    Yoel Romero broke the Internet with his post-fight speech on Saturday. Unfortunately for his opponent, Lyoto Machida, that

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