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Tim Hardaway Jr. uses his cell phone to take photos of Citi Field before a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field in New York, Friday, June 28, 2013. The New York Knicks chose Hardaway in the first round of the NBA basketball draft. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill) ORG XMIT: MIN2013071720200599

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Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) tries to maintain possession while being defended by New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) ORG XMIT: NYJD102

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GENERAL INFORMATION: 9/15/02- Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo in the Metrodome. IN THIS PHOTO: Viking quarterback Dante Culpepper looks to the sidelines for advice during a game against Buffalo. ORG XMIT: MIN2013071720223501

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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2012 file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks during a news conference prior to the announcement of the Heisman trophy winner in New York. Manziel has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from his arrest last year for fighting outside a bar near campus. The Heisman Trophy winner made a brief appearance in court Monday, July 15, 2013 in College Station, Texas, and admitted he failed to identify himself to police following the altercation in June 2012. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File) ORG XMIT: MIN2013071619105891

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Rand: Odds and ends from sports' slowest day

  • July 18, 2013 - 12:23 AM

The day after the MLB All-Star Game is generally regarded as the slowest day in sports of the entire year. There are no MLB events. The NHL, NBA and NFL are on break. Everyone goes into shutdown mode. It would have been a great day for, say, the NHL to announce its schedule ... but that anticipated event didn’t happen. Instead, we were left to odd items throughout the day — confirming, we suppose, the vast slowness of it all.

1Tim Hardaway Jr. went on Twitter to clear up what is apparently a misconception: “My father is not Penny Hardaway. It’s Tim Hardaway.” Next tweet: “That’s why my name is Tim Hardaway JR.” Well, yes, that’s usually how it works. Hardaway Jr. was a first-round pick by the Knicks in last month’s draft, and he is most definitely the son of the former NBA player who shares his name. Penny Hardaway was also a former NBA player — Anfernee, officially — but he is not the father. So cancel all DNA tests.

 

 

2Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel appeared at SEC media day, which we imagine is something like Super Bowl media day combined with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Manziel disputed a report that he had been sent hom from a recent Manning Passing Academy appearance for partying too hard. “I’m still going to live my life to the fullest,” Manziel told reporters, ensuring, unfortunately, that the uncomfortable poking and prodding of a fun-loving 20-year-old will continue.

 

 

3 A nearly 10,000-square-foot home in Florida that belonged to Daunte Culpepper was foreclosed upon, the AP reported. He bought the house in 2006 for $3.6 million after joining the Dolphins. But he played just one season in Miami, and 2006 was about the worst possible time to buy a house. You’ll recall that Culpepper once signed a $102 million contract with the Vikings, but he received only a fraction of that money.

 

 

4 In a true sign of boredom, reports emerged Wednesday that the Lakers are hoping to pursue LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony in free agency ... next year. Never mind that James is trying to win a third consecutive title with Miami. It was a classic made-for-ESPN.com story, complete with speculative sources.

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