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

href="http://www.foxsportsarizona.com/list-gallery?gid=28841&gf=aggregate"

target="_blank">might end up.

Chris Paul has reportedly

href="http://www.foxsportswest.com/nba/los-angeles-clippers/story/Report-CP3-to-sign-five-year-deal-with-C?blockID=916627&feedID=3661"

target="_blank">decided to stay put with the Clippers, but

another LA star, Dwight Howard, already

href="http://www.foxsportswest.com/nba/los-angeles-lakers/story/Teams-prepare-final-push-to-sign-Dwight-?blockID=916173&feedID=3709"

target="_blank">has several suitors who are

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video/NBA?vid=911ead65-0e33-429a-9b7e-59925f692e86&from=foxsports/nba/moresports"

target="_blank">battling for his services. (We’ve even

href="http://www.foxsportssouthwest.com/fox-sports-networks/story/Dallas-restaurant-offering-Dwight-Howard?blockID=916485&feedID=3742"

target="_blank">seen chicken fingers get involved.)

Elsewhere, the Knicks reportedly

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/new-york-knicks-acquire-andre-bargnani-from-toronto-raptors-063013"

target="_blank">traded for Andrea Bargnani, the Mavs and

Celtics

href="http://www.foxsportssouthwest.com/nba/dallas-mavericks/story/Source-Mavericks-Celtics-to-talk-about-R?blockID=916505&feedID=3742"

target="_blank">discussed a Rajon Rondo trade and the Nets are

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/brooklyn-nets-interested-in-signing-jason-collins-jason-kidd-paul-pierce-kevin-garnett-062813"

target="_blank">showing interest in Jason Collins.

On the ice, the Avs

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/colorado-avalanche-choose-nathan-mackinnon-with-first-pick-in-the-2013-draft-063013"

target="_blank">took Nathan MacKinnon with the first pick in

Sunday’s NHL Draft, while Popeye Jones’ son became the

href="http://www.foxsportstennessee.com/fox-sports-networks/story/With-historic-pick-Predators-take-son-of?blockID=916553&feedID=3732"

target="_blank">highest-drafted black player in NHL history at

No. 4 and Donovan McNabb’s nephew

href="hhttp://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/darnell-nurse-edmonton-oilers-no-7-overall-draft-pick-nephew-donovan-mcnabb-philadelphia-eagles-qb-booed-1999-draft-070113"

target="_blank">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

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target="_blank">booted from golf club because his wife was

breastfeeding their baby.

• Ira Hawkins

href="http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-0630-plaschke-dodgers-usher-20130630,0,2132432.column"

target="_blank">worked as a Dodger Stadium usher from 1958

until his death in June.

• ‘Bare Knuckle Babe’

href="http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/excursions/post/bare-knuckle-babe-wrestles-to-shore-a-72-pound-catfish/"

target="_blank">catches monster catfish.

• Phil Jackson has plans for Dwight Howard:

 

 

href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/zone-odin-lloyd-murder-leaves-new-england-community-shattered-chaos-article-1.1386205"

target="_blank">An intense read on Aaron Hernandez and Odin

Lloyd.

• Meanwhile, Odin Lloyd’s teammates

target="_blank">returned to the field after the loss of their

teammate.

• This guy is a fan:

 

 

• Just what the Philadelphia Eagles want —

target="_blank">association with a player in a seized dog

case.

• A stuck bus

href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/30/sports/cycling/german-rider-wins-tour-de-frances-chaotic-first-stage.html?ref=sports&_r=1&"

target="_blank">marred the first stage of the Tour de

France.

• And then a dog almost caused a massive pileup during the

second stage:

• Ex-scout: Dez Bryant

href="http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-cowboys/headlines/20130629-ex-scout-bryan-broaddus-dez-bryant-had-the-worst-background-i-had-ever-seen-heading-into-the-nfl-draft.ece"

target="_blank">“had the worst background I had ever seen”

heading into NFL Draft.

• Who, exactly is

href="http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2013/06/anthony_bennett_inspired_by_up.html#incart_river"

target="_blank">Cavs No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett?

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

Pride Parade:

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• The Oklahoma City Thunder

href="http://newsok.com/thunder-gains-4-million-fans-drafting-steven-adams/article/3857663"

target="_blank">picked up 4 million new fans at the draft.

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

Marlins:

• Dirk Nowitzki:

href="http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-mavericks/photos/20130629-photos-dirk-s-celebrity-softball-...-hamming-it-up-with-ex-mavs-hugging-special-olympians-cuban-s-jersey.ece"

target="_blank">celebrity softball star?

• Once changing history,

href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/29/4137882/once-changing-history-reggie-mcafee.html"

target="_blank">Reggie McAfee now changes lives.

• When should little Georgia Bulldogs fans

href="http://blogs.ajc.com/junkyard-blawg/2013/06/29/when-should-kids-attend-their-first-game-at-sanford-stadium/"

target="_blank">attend their first game at Sanford

Stadium?

• The Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot took a tumble trying to

haul in a foul ball:

• The LSU athletic budget

href="http://theadvocate.com/sports/6386207-123/lsus-athletic-budget-to-rise"

target="_blank">has more than doubled in the last decade.

• A pitcher

href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/mariners/2013/06/29/mariners-end-game-in-bizarre-fashion-after-losing-dustin-ackley-to-injury/"

target="_blank">made the Mariners’ last out in an AL home

game.

• Here is Osi Umenyiora riding a camel:

 

 

• Anthony Gregg

href="http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/jun/29/anthony-gregg-allots-time-reflection-4-million-wso/#axzz2XfvGKBzl"

target="_blank">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,

href="http://www.ohio.com/sports/browns/nfl-rookie-symposium-notes-cardinals-safety-tyrann-mathieu-says-honey-badger-nickname-could-be-revived-if-he-makes-right-decisions-1.409520"

target="_blank">be the Honey Badger?

• Janet Evans’ 25-year-old mark in the 1,500-meter

freestyle

href="http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Ledecky-breaks-Evans-1988-mark-in-1-500-freestyle-4638638.php"

target="_blank">was broken this weekend.

• The

href="http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-nhl-draft-ducks-20130630,0,5514169.story"

target="_blank">Anaheim Ducks were hatched 20 years ago.

• Martin Brodeur announced his son’s selection at

the NHL Draft:

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