The ESPN Daily: Team USA are champs again, Kawhi the quiet recruiter, and Westbrook could be on the move

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Kawhi the quiet recruiter … Perhaps we’ve been underestimating The Klaw. Sure, he has garnered respect as one of the best in the game on the court, but what about how he handles his business off of it? The reluctant star, thought to be extremely reserved, has had a whole lot to say when it comes to recruiting for the LA Clippers. From pitching Kevin Durant to prompting Paul George to request a trade, Ramona Shelburne breaks down how Kawhi Leonard finessed NBA free agency. Read More

Rockets ‘long shot’ to grab Westbrook … One is the loneliest number. Just ask Russell Westbrook, the lone superstar left in Oklahoma City. With Paul George requesting a trade to join Kawhi in L.A., Westbrook — who has played all 11 seasons of his career with the Thunder — is likely on the move. Will he reunite with James Harden in Houston? Could he take his talents to South Beach to team up with Jimmy Butler? Grab your popcorn, folks, because the NBA madness isn’t over just yet. Read More


THE CHAMPS ARE HERE

USWNT runs it back … There have been eight Women’s World Cups. The USWNT has won half of them. Pretty, pretty good. After a scoreless first half, the U.S. came alive to defeat the Netherlands 2-0 on goals by Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle. “Back-to-back world champs” has a nice ring to it. Read More

‘U-S-A’ chants turn to ‘equal pay’ … The patriotism was turned all the way up on Sunday, as passionate USWNT fans celebrated the team’s fourth Women’s world cup title. But then FIFA president Gianni Infantino prepared to hand out medals, and the “U-S-A” cries turned into something different: “Equal pay.” The Dutch fans joined in, making a united show of support for the women’s game at large. FIFA will award $30 million in prize money for the tournament, a staggeringly small sum compared to the $400 million awarded for the men’s tournament last year. Read More

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