July 18, 2013
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Cano looking more like free agent?

One side effect of Robinson Cano leaving the All-Star Game early may have been reporters not dwelling on his pending free agency. The Yankees remain overwhelming favorites to keep Cano, but it's looking increasingly likely that he will hit the open market; he does not have a contract extension and at this point does not appear close to signing one. ... At this point, Cano might as well test the market, if only to leverage the Yankees. And who knows? Another club might tempt him with a monster offer. Indeed, a number of teams with potential openings at second base could jump into the sweepstakes for Cano, who will turn 31 on Oct. 22. The LA Dodgers are an obvious alternative. The Chicago Cubs could make Cano the centerpiece of their rebuilding program. (FOX Sports) Comment

Lakers eyeing 'Melo, LeBron in 2014?

The Dwight Howard experiment didn't work out in Los Angeles, so what's next on the horizon? [The Lakers] are looking at adding LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony -- among others in a star-studded 2014 free-agent class -- front-office sources have told ESPN. Opinions are split on whether the Lakers can actually land James or Anthony, with one source calling it "realistic" and another saying it was "far-fetched at this point." Nonetheless, the Lakers have made it clear they are positioning themselves for a run at one and perhaps even two of the superstars who could become free agents in 2014 by refusing to commit to any contract past this upcoming season, multiple sources have said. (ESPN.com) Comment

SEC coaches Malzahn, Bielema square off

Before ever squaring off in an SEC game, Gus Malzahn and Bret Bielema are already squared off in a hot philosophical debate. Bielema re-ignited the argument at SEC spring meetings by proposing rule changes that would slow down no-huddle aoffenses in an effort to promote player safety, a view first presented by Alabama's Nick Saban last season. Malzahn, the mastermind behind the hurry-up, no-huddle offense, finds it hard to believe that any increase in pace correlates with an increase in player injuries. "When I first heard that, to be honest with you, I thought it was a joke," Malzahn said. "As far as healthy or safety issues, that's like saying the defense shouldn't blitz after a first down because they're a little fatigued." (AL.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

The British Open teed off on Thursday morning, and Zach Johnson got off to a very hot start. He made three birdies and an eagle over his first seven holes at Muirfield. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Must-See Video

There were no games in any of the four major professional sports last night, making it a slower time in the sports calendar. Here's Robin Roberts receiving the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPY's.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: David Cone
  • 1999 -- Yankees' pitcher David Cone became the 16th pitcher in MLB history to record a perfect game. He blanked the Montreal Expos, using just 88 pitches, in a 6-0 victory.
  • 1927 -- Ty Cobb recorded his 4,000th career MLB hit with a first-inning double. He finished his Hall of Fame career with 4,191 hits.
  • 1964 -- Pete Rose hit the only grand slam of his career with a fifth-inning blast against Dallas Green of the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • 1985 -- Jack Nicklaus II, the son of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, played in his first professional golf tournament. He was 23-years-old at the time.

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