Unknown 2016 All-Stars You Need to Watch

The 2016 MLB season has hit the halfway mark and the Midsummer Classic is upon us once again. Baseball fans from across the world will tune in on July 12th to watch the game’s top sluggers like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado step into the batter’s box to face the major’s top ace pitchers like Jake Arrieta, Madison Bumgarner and Chris Sale. Watching the game’s biggest and brightest stars go at each other in a game that does actually mean something is unlike any other event in professional sports right now (that is until the Warriors start playing). Outside of watching the superstars of baseball do what they do best, it is also a blast to see lesser known names who slide under the national radar. Players that are on the verge of becoming superstars or are just flat out fun to watch play the game finally getting a chance to showcase their skills on the big stage. The following list includes guys to keep an eye on during the game Tuesday night, to admire throughout the rest of the season and then follow the rest of what should be long and successful careers.

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Warriors Deep Dive: #KD2GS

This might be a post about the Golden State Warriors’ new addition, but I am, first and foremost, a Tar Heel, so let me start off by saying farewell to Harrison Barnes and James Michael McAdoo. Barnes is off to Dallas, along with Andrew Bogut, where he will reportedly receive a four year, $94 million max deal. It might be fair to wonder whether the Black Falcon is worth a max contract, but it was almost certain some team was going to offer him that kind of money. The real question was always whether Golden State would match, and the answer depended entirely on Mr. Kevin Durant, who I assume that you’ve heard by now is continuing his career in the Bay Area.

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The U.S. Olympic Swimming Team’s “Big Four”

With the dog days of summer upon us, the Copa America finished, the Euro 2016 coming to a close, and NBA Free Agency all but over (now that Kevin Durant has joined the “MVP” in Oakland), it is now time for us to turn our attention to Rio 2016. This year’s Olympic Games certainly come with quite the bit of controversy from the Zika virus to the contaminated bodies of water to the alleged corruption surrounding the Brazilian President. We have already seen several American athletes such as LeBron James, Steph Curry, and the USA’s number one cyclist, Tejay van Garderen, drop out of these Olympic Games citing these controversies as a major factor in their decision.

Despite all of that, the US will still be sending some of it’s greatest athletes to Rio. One of the most anticipated events for the Americans at every Summer Olympics is the 8-day swim meet that will be held at the Olympics Aquatic Stadium. Outside of Men’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer, and Women’s Gymnastics, swimming is what American Olympic fans watch. With the Olympic Qualifiers finishing up in Omaha yesterday evening and the Olympic Swimming Roster complete, here are a few swimmers (known as USA Swimming’s “Big Four”) to keep your eyes on when the Olympic Games kick-off on August 6, 2016.

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The Rematch of the Century: Previewing the 100th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Happy Independence Day Weekend! You know what that means. Family barbecues, trips to the beach, and some meaningless midseason baseball games. But most important of all, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest! On Monday, the world’s foremost competitive eaters will battle in the 100th anniversary of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York.

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NBA Free Agency 2016 Preview

The Finals are over and the NBA Draft is complete. That means the real offseason has finally arrived! Free Agency officially begins this Friday and we wanted to preview our thoughts on where the top players are going to land and where we truly want the top players to land (mostly Washington).

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NBA Draft Live Blog

After all of the fun had making jokes about the Eagles in our NFL Draft Live Blog, we thought it would be a good idea to try our hats at it again for the NBA Draft. As always, this will be a mix of instant analysis, hot takes, and playful banter between our Head & Heart Sports contributors.

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NBA Mock Draft 2016

The NBA Draft is upon us. After a thrilling season and playoffs, it is time to look forward to the future. We are excited to see these star college and international players finally join the ranks of the Association. Experts have labeled this as a two player draft between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, but we think there is value up and down the board for teams. Many of today’s stars were not top picks in the draft including Kawhi Leonard (#15 overall), Jimmy Butler (#30), Draymond Green (#35), and DeAndre Jordan (#35). When we look back at the 2016 draft in a few years, who will be the Kawhi and Draymond of 2016?

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