The Daily Buzz: Monday, July 1

The floodgates have opened on NBA free agency, with rumors and
analysis aplenty about where some of the top available players
might end up.

Chris Paul has reportedly
decided to stay put with the Clippers, but
another LA star, Dwight Howard, already
has several suitors who are
battling for his services. (We’ve even
seen chicken fingers get involved.)

Elsewhere, the Knicks reportedly
traded for Andrea Bargnani, the Mavs and
discussed a Rajon Rondo trade and the Nets are

showing interest in Jason Collins.

On the ice, the Avs
took Nathan MacKinnon with the first pick in
Sunday’s NHL Draft, while Popeye Jones’ son became the
highest-drafted black player in NHL history at
No. 4 and Donovan McNabb’s nephew
went to the Oilers at No. 7.

As for the rest of the news, here’s some of what you may
have missed this weekend:

• Belgian diplomat and family
booted from golf club because his wife was
breastfeeding their baby.

• Ira Hawkins
worked as a Dodger Stadium usher from 1958
until his death in June.

• ‘Bare Knuckle Babe’
catches monster catfish.

• Phil Jackson has plans for Dwight Howard:



An intense read on Aaron Hernandez and Odin

• Meanwhile, Odin Lloyd’s teammates
returned to the field after the loss of their

• This guy is a fan:



• Just what the Philadelphia Eagles want —
association with a player in a seized dog

• A stuck bus
marred the first stage of the Tour de

• And then a dog almost caused a massive pileup during the
second stage:

• Ex-scout: Dez Bryant
“had the worst background I had ever seen”
heading into NFL Draft.

• Who, exactly is
Cavs No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett?

• Benny the Bull stood up for gay rights at Chicago’s
Pride Parade:

• The Oklahoma City Thunder
picked up 4 million new fans at the draft.

• Jeff Mathis hit a walk-off grand slam for the

• Dirk Nowitzki:
celebrity softball star?

• Once changing history,
Reggie McAfee now changes lives.

• When should little Georgia Bulldogs fans
attend their first game at Sanford

• The Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot took a tumble trying to
haul in a foul ball:

• The LSU athletic budget
has more than doubled in the last decade.

• A pitcher
made the Mariners’ last out in an AL home

• Here is Osi Umenyiora riding a camel:



• Anthony Gregg
wins $4.8 million at card table, can’t wait
for next game.

• David Luiz made an amazing defensive play to save a goal
against Spain in the Confederations Cup:

• Could Tyrann Mathieu, once again,
be the Honey Badger?

• Janet Evans’ 25-year-old mark in the 1,500-meter
was broken this weekend.

• The
Anaheim Ducks were hatched 20 years ago.

• Martin Brodeur announced his son’s selection at
the NHL Draft: