The ESPN Daily: The ESPYS are upon us, the Giants sign a shot-putter and can LeBron make this Lakers’ roster work?

THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

The Giants think outside the box … You don’t always have to play football to play football. Just ask Austin Droogsma, who was not a big football guy (or any type of football guy) when the New York Giants came calling. Sure, plenty of place-kickers have come from rugby and soccer, and pro offensive lines have their share of college wrestlers … but shot-putters? The Giants are trying something far from ordinary by signing a shot-putter as an offensive lineman for training camp. So it’s not unreasonable that initially, in a state of disbelief, Droogsma thought their proposal was a credit card scam. What a time to be alive. Read More

Can LeBron make this Lakers roster work? They’ve got Anthony Davis. They’ve got Boogie Cousins. Of course, they’ve got LeBron James. But signing a bunch of stars is a far different thing than getting them to work together as a team. The Lakers could be one of the all-time great powerhouses — or just another cautionary tale of the whole being less than the sum of its parts. For LeBron James, this could be the greatest challenge of his career… other than making “Space Jam 2” half as good as its predecessor. Read More

IT’S ESPYS TIME

Here’s how to help … Behind all the glitz and glamour, the real purpose of the ESPYS has always been to give back. The V Foundation has raised millions of dollars for cancer research ever since the inaugural ESPYS broadcast in 1993. If you’d like, you can donate to help battle a disease that will affect 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women during their lifetimes. Read More

“Don’t ever give up …” The one that started it all. If you’ve never seen Jim Valvano’s inspiring speech at the 1993 ESPYS, you’re in for a treat. If you have, it’s always worth watching again to see the courage and eloquence of the man even as he was dying from cancer.

“You beat cancer by how you live …” Stuart Scott had four surgeries in the week prior to this speech, at the 2014 ESPYS, yet his grace and charm shone through all the same. You owe it to yourself to relive one of the greatest ESPYS speeches of all time, given by a true legend.

How Tracy Morgan learned to be funny again … A horrific accident derailed his career and caused him tremendous pain, both physical and emotional. Now, Tracy Morgan has learned to walk again. He has learned to talk again. He has rediscovered the spark that gave him his comedic touch. He’s our 2019 ESPYS host, and here is his story. Read More

THINGS TO WATCH

OVERHEARD

“Someone once told me at the gym, ‘You look like you should be baking cookies, not rocking pullups.’ And I was like, ‘Well, too bad.'”

— “GLOW” star Alison Brie, in espnW’s conversation with her and WWE champion Becky Lynch. Read more

REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 1999, Brandi Chastain scored the winning shootout goal in the Women’s World Cup final. You probably remember it for her instantly iconic celebration.

WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?

Wimbledon — Men’s Quarterfinals (8 a.m. ET, ESPN): Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have all taken care of business thus far. If you couldn’t help but notice that the possibility of another Federer-Nadal semifinal showdown is on the line today, you’re not alone.

The ESPYS Live on the Red Carpet (7 p.m. ET, ESPN and Twitter): The stars will be showin’ up and showin’ out in L.A. Bring on the velvet suits, bedazzled gowns and strong shoe game. Enough said.

2019 ESPYS (8 p.m. ET, ABC): It’s not every night the biggest names in sports all come together. Actually, it’s just one night a year … and it just so happens to be tonight. Tracy Morgan is hosting and the USWNT will be coming in hot — with four stars on their shirts — as we recognize the remarkable athletic achievements of the past year.

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