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According to several sources, the Phillies have been informed by the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays that they will be interested in outfielder Jayson Werth if the defending NL champions put him on the market later this month. The right-handed hitting Werth is a free agent following the season and should the Phillies fall out of the NL East race before the July 31 trade deadline they will shop him. (New York Post)Comment
In recent weeks, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant has been making calls to check into deals whether LeBron James re-signed or not. Most centered around Delonte West's contract, which will be valuable in cost-cutting trades. The Cavs have also tested the market for point guard Mo Williams. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)Comment
Even though ascending receiver Steve Smith is anxious to cash in and does not want to play out the final year of his original rookie contract, he promises to be an on-time arrival Aug. 1 when Giants training camp opens up in Albany. Smith is adamant but not militant in his desire to secure a new deal. He's scheduled to make $550,000 this season, which doesn't cut it for a player who shattered the franchise's single-season record for receptions with 107. (New York Post)Comment
Thomas Johnson, of Bridgeport, Conn., holding his son Thomaj, 4, shows his feelings outside the Boys & Girls Club in Greenwich, Conn., after free-agent basketball player LeBron James announced he will join the Miami Heat and leave the Cleveland Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Raw video of Cavs fans at a Cleveland sports bar reacting to LeBron James' decision to join the Miami Heat.
Game To Watch
Yankees at Mariners, 10:10 p.m., ET -- Phil Hughes (10-2) vs. Cliff Lee (8-3)
- New York Yankees
- Seattle Mariners
SI Vault: Herschel Walker
This Day in Sports
- 1968 -- The first All-Star baseball game to be played indoors took place at the Astrodome in Houston, TX.
- 1985 -- Herschel Walker of the New Jersey Generals was named the Most Valuable Player in the United States Football League (USFL).
- 1997 -- Mike Tyson was banned from the boxing ring and fined $3 million for biting the ear of opponent Evander Holyfield.
- 2002 -- The major league baseball All-Star game ended in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings. Baseball commission Bud Selig called the game after both team managers informed him that they had run out of players.