The ESPN Daily: The USWNT’s future is here

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WEEKEND BINGE READS

Get ready, world, here comes Mal Pugh … Other countries might be catching up to American women’s soccer, but they’ll first have to catch Mallory Pugh. She’s already becoming the stuff of legend, from popping a wrist bone back into place to avoid missing a tournament when she was 12 to becoming the youngest player ever to score an Olympic goal. Mina Kimes has the story of the next women’s soccer icon. Read More

Return of the Mack (Brown) … He hasn’t coached college football since 2013. He hasn’t coached at UNC since 1997. He’s the fourth-oldest coach in college football. Times have changed … but UNC is betting that Mack Brown has not only kept up, but is the man to lead them back to gridiron glory. Read More

Why Jamel Herring keeps fighting … Former Marine Jamel Herring has suffered unimaginable losses, enough to derail most people. Here’s how he kept going and persevered in spite of it all. He’ll be fighting for the WBO lightweight belt Saturday night on ESPN — the same day his daughter Ariyanah would have turned 10 years old. Read More


THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

The All-NBA teams are here … Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden are first-team selections. LeBron James made it, but he’s a bit lower than usual. See the full rosters here. Read More

Coaching your old team … Juwan Howard is back at Michigan. The Fab Five member is now the Wolverines’ head basketball coach, but he’s not the only former player to return to his team as a head coach. Here’s a list of the most notable, from Mike Ditka to Clyde Drexler. Read More

The NBA’s supermax contract is working … Just not like fans expected. Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to be the biggest test of the new system — his decision on whether or not to sign a supermax contract extension this summer could have reverberations throughout the league. Read More


THINGS TO WATCH

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Born in 1999, NBA draft prospect Ja Morant tries to guess the identities of throwback

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