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-Pedro Alvarez (above, with Clint Barmes) smacks two home runs and leads the Pirates to a 9-5 win against the Indians.
-"It's a pretty obvious trade market right now. It's really nonexistent." - Neal Huntington.
-The minor league report.
-There's a big void to fill for the Steelers with Hines Ward retiring.
-Baron Batch is still on the road to recovery.
-Former Chargers and Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson will officially retire.
-Bengals cornerback and former West Virginia star Adam "Pacman" Jones (right) must pay $11 million to two Las Vegas strip club employees injured in a 2007 shooting.
-"He's not in very good shape, but he's very natural." - Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on former Pitt wide receiver Antonio Bryant. Seattle brought Bryant in for a tryout last week.
-Taking a look at Ray Shero's six drafts.
-Get ready to hear plenty about Nail Yakupov this week.
-“It’s a tough call. My read on it is there will be (NHL) trades Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Whether we’re going to be one of the teams and get in on those early trades or not, I mean, we’re trying to. But it’s hard to say when we’re going to able to move and acquire the type of player we’re trying to get.” - Hurricanes general manager and former Penguins goaltender Jim Rutherford on his team heading into the draft.
-"The difference with the draft as opposed to other times in the year is everybody's in the same city, so you can have face-to-face dialogue. It's harder to be evasive in face-to-face meetings unless you run for the door." - Wild general manager and former Penguins executive Chuck Fletcher on trading at the draft.
-Webb Simpson (right) claims the U.S. Open.
-The Heat takes a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals by defeating the Thunder, 91-85.
-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. breaks a streak of 143 races without a win by claiming the Quicken Loans 400.
-Jerry Sandusky's trial resumes today.
(Photo: Pirates-Jason Miller/Getty Images; Jones-Andy Lyons/Getty Images; Simpson-David Cannon/Getty Images)
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