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Daily Jolt: L.A. native Utley on Dodgers' radar

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L.A. native Utley on Dodgers' radar

Veteran Chase Utley has spent his entire career on the East Coast in Philadelphia, but a return to the Left Coast could be coming. Word going around the game is that the Dodgers could have interest in [Utley], the longtime Phillies star who in his younger days starred at UCLA and before that at Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic High. It isn't known if the Dodgers have gone so far as to contact the Phillies regarding Utley, and if they do, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro doesn't seem anxious to trade Utley despite the fact Utley's contract expires after the year. Amaro told Danny Knobler earlier this week, "I view Chase Utley as a Phillie for life." ... There could be room on the infield for Utley, who would fit the Dodger preference for big and established names. (CBS Sports) Comment

Clippers eye J.J. Redick, O.J. Mayo

With Chris Paul having agreed to a five-year extension, the Clippers' options for trading Eric Bledsoe appear to be expanding. Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers have this week exchanged sign-and-trade scenarios with both the Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks in potential deals that would bring either J.J. Redick or fellow free agent O.J. Mayo to L.A. Although sources say that strong signals continue to emanate from new Clippers coach and senior vice president of basketball operations Doc Rivers that he wants to try to keep Bledsoe for another season, sources say that conversations with Milwaukee and Dallas are "live," which follow the Clippers' recent talks with both Orlando and Toronto about a Bledsoe deal. (ESPN Los Angeles) Comment

Even Bengals avoided Hernandez (Gronk, too)

Generally, the Bengals are painted as a team willing to take chances on players, but they wouldn't risk a 2009 draft pick on either Aaron Hernandez or Rob Gronkowski. Bengals owner and general manager Mike Brown told FOX Sports on Monday that the franchise intentionally passed on selecting Hernandez in the 2010 draft after closely scouting tight ends that year. ... "That one is no secret. We just stayed away from it," Brown said about Hernandez inside his office at Bengals headquarters. "We didn't question the playing ability. But we went for [Jermaine Gresham]." ... Brown said the Bengals medically disqualified Gronkowski from their draft board "because he had a bad back' coming out of Arizona State University. (FOX Sports) Comment

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Bryce Harper comes out for a curtain call after hitting a home run in his first at bat since going on the DL May 27. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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In case you missed it, another top tennis player fell at Wimbledon yesterday, as Sabine Lisicki stunned Serena Williams 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. Here are the match highlights.

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SI Vault: Chris Evert
  • 1976 -- Chris Evert wins Wimbledon, beating Evonne Goolagong in three sets (6-3, 4-6, 8-6).
  • 1986 -- After winning his first 14 outings of the season -- including a 20-strikeout performance against Seattle -- Roger Clemens suffers his first loss of the year.
  • 1995 -- Dodgers righthander Hideo Nomo becomes the first player from Japan selected for the major league All-Star game.
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