July 08, 2013
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NFL's next $20 million man

Step right up, Matt Ryan. At some point before the start of the coming season, perhaps in the next month or so, the Atlanta Falcons will make [Ryan] the league's next $20 million-a-year quarterback. The move is hardly a risky one, given Ryan's emergence as the face of the club, his five-season track record, his leadership and endurance, and the fact he helped rescue a franchise that had become irrelevant. ... But that's not to say Ryan, who absorbed a career-worst 28 sacks in 2012, won't be at some potential risk. ... [The] offensive line is definitely in flux. Assistant coach Pat Hill, in his second season with the team, will have to cobble together a group from a lot of guys who haven't played much before. (National Football Post) Comment

Asik now wants out

Not every member of the Houston organization was thrilled with the answer to The Decision, Dwight Howard Edition. [Rockets center] Omer Asik has formally asked the team to trade him in the wake of the team landing [Howard] in free agency. But the Rockets have no plans to grant Asik's wish, sources told ESPN.com. ... After starting all 82 games for the Rockets last season and averaging 10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, Asik was not happy about his playing time and role being diminished. Both Howard and Asik are true centers and in most situations, it would seem playing them together would be challenging. Shortly after Howard announced his decision, Asik was in contact with the team and asked to be moved. (ESPN.com) Comment

Seguin already a concern in Dallas

The Stars spent the tail end of their holiday weekend in damage control mode, thanks to Tyler Seguin's Twitter feed. While former Bruin Rich Peverley is a nice complementary player and former Bruin prospect Ryan Button might have untapped potential, the Stars basically gave up one of their best players in Loui Eriksson plus three solid prospects in Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and Joe Morrow based on the fact that Seguin could fill the No. 1 center spot for years to come. So it has to be a little concerning that social media and the internet have been filled with negative Tyler Seguin stories for the past three days. ... Seguin's image is suffering right now. Whether it's because of his behavior or because of his inability to control his phone or his Twitter account, the perception becomes reality very quickly. (The Dallas Morning News) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

After his historic championship, Andy Murray shows off the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy at the Wimbledon Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotei in London. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Baltimore's Adam Jones burns Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning as the Orioles snap New York's six-game win streak with a 2-1 victory.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Billie Jean King
  • 1967 Billie Jean King wins the Wimbledon women's singles title, adding to her doubles and mixed doubles titles that year.
  • 1990 Andreas Brehme scores with six minutes left to give West Germany a 1-0 win over Argentina in the World Cup Final.
  • 1997 Cleveland's Sandy Alomar becomes the first player to win All-Star Game MVP in front of his home fans as the A.L wins, 3-1.
  • 2007Roger Federer outlasts Rafael Nadal in a grueling five sets to win his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

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