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Jurgen Klinsmann has way too much job security. Clearly Landon Donovan does not.

That's the only way to explain the unexplainable. Klinsmann announced his 23-man team for the World Cup in Brazil on Thursday, and the story is less about the nearly two dozen players who made it than the one who didn't.

Donovan was left off the World Cup roster, meaning he will miss out on his fourth World Cup so Klinsmann can reward 18-year-old Julian Green for spurning Germany to play for the U.S. National Team. For Klinsmann's national team.

This is a power play that is impossible to believe. Hell, I wrote just this week that we should stop pretending Donovan isn't a lock for the trip to Brazil because it would take some enormous Brazucas for Klinsmann to put together a team of 23 without the best player in American history, who has proven he can shine in the bright lights of the World Cup.

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Landon Donovan is widely recognized as the greatest soccer player in American history, and while the 32-year-old is decidedly past his prime at this stage of his illustrious international career, the ruse being put on by national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and the game Donovan is being forced to play because of it, is getting a bit ridiculous.

Donovan will be playing in Brazil. Stop suggesting otherwise.

This dance began in early 2013 when a burned-out Donovan decided to take some time off in an effort to recharge his depleted batteries. At the time, Donovan debated retiring from MLS and questioned whether or not he still had the passion to play domestic or international soccer at the high level he was accustomed to playing.

The timing of Donovan's announcement was curious to say the least, as the United States men's soccer team was in the middle stages of qualifying for the World Cup, a campaign for which Donovan would be counted on heavily. Or so we thought.

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The NBA draft process, including the draft lottery, which took place Tuesday evening, was under intense scrutiny throughout the 2013-14 season. Team after team with little chance of making a playoff run seemed to be on a mission to lose as many games as possible in hopes of landing one of the top picks in what many are calling a once-in-a-generation draft.

Teams have tanked before, but in a draft year with this much talent at the top of the board, the tanking seemed to reach a new high, or low.

This season there were eight teams that finished the regular season with fewer than 30 wins, three of which had fewer than 25 victories, and two—the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers—fewer than 20. It wasn't just that there were bad teams, it was that so many franchises seemed to be that bad on purpose.

Milwaukee and Philadelphia were the worst of the lot, but neither won the lottery on Tuesday evening. Instead, the top pick went to Cleveland, again, despite the Cavaliers only having a 1.7 percent chance of pulling off the first-pick coup and never being accused of tanking at any point this season.

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It didn't take long for people to find a reason to be upset with Michael Sam. Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL, will soon become the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL who has his own cable television docudrama.

Oprah Winfrey's cable network, OWN, has convinced Sam to let its cameras follow him around, documenting his life as he prepares to become an NFL player.

This news has rankled some football, ahem, traditionalists, who would rather Sam stick to football and not worry about extracurricular interests like being the star of a reality TV show because he has become enormously famous for being gay.

Truth be told, there are really only two things most of America knows about Sam. He was a good college football player who wasn't drafted until the end of the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams. And after last Saturday, we know he has a comparatively diminutive Caucasian boyfriend with wavy hair whom he kissed live on ESPN after hearing he was being drafted.

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Anderson Cooper of CNN had separate sit-down interviews with embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling and NBA legend Magic Johnson this week, and while each version of the same incredibly sordid story were as different as they could possibly be, Cooper did uncover a few undeniable truths.

Truth: Sterling has lost his mind. Or he is losing it. Or any version of that statement we can legally say without being a doctor who clinically studies people who have lost or are losing their minds.

Truth: Johnson totally wants to buy the Clippers.

Combine the video excerpt above about becoming an owner with the transcript excerpt below provided by CNN below, and the end game seems clear. Magic sounds like an owner:

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The names of the 30 men tabbed by Jurgen Klinsmann to join the U.S. Soccer pre-World Cup camp are not all of the household variety.

Surely the core of the squad remains well established, as a number of regular stars will vie to become one of the 23 selected players to join Klinsmann in Brazil when camp convenes this week.

We know most of the big names already. Tim Howard. Michael Bradley. Landon Donovan. Clint Dempsey.

At some point between the last World Cup and the 2014 tournament that begins in exactly one month, each of those top veterans has been tabbed the best American soccer player on the planet. And at some point, that moniker rang true for each, and thankfully, all four have had bounce-back seasons in terms of form. Heading into Brazil, it's Bradley—of the U.S. big four—who currently sits atop the mantle of America's best.

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On April 29, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made an enormous public statement by banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and calling on the other 29 team owners to vote him out of their elite group.

Two weeks later, the real fight is just beginning.

The biggest test for Silver will not come in public, standing at a podium in front of a packed house in a New York City banquet hall. The true fight for the future of the Clippers franchise will take place in the NBA boardrooms and, more likely by the day, a few courtrooms as well.

Both Donald Sterling and his estranged wife Shelly plan to fight in every way possible to keep hold of the Clippers organization. So while Silver made his claim that he will do everything in his power to make the Sterlings sell the team, there is a growing concern that he might not have as much power as he thinks.

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This is an open letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. We love the NFL draft. We, as a football-hungry country stuck in the middle of another long non-football season, adore watching player after player get selected as part of some everlasting hope that this next guy will be the prospect who changes everything for our team.

How many franchise quarterbacks will be selected during the 2014 NFL draft?

How many game-changing defensive ends will go in the first round?

How many deep-discount speedsters with questionable character who might change the playoff fortunes of whichever team decides to take a chance on him will fall to the second day?

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The NBA has reinvented must-see television.

There is no drama on TV right now that's anywhere near as compelling as the just-concluded first round of the NBA playoffs. Is it possible that Round 2 could be even better?

The matchups for Round 2 are exciting, but the conference semifinals will have to follow an exceptionally crazy script to be more interesting than the two weeks of basketball we just witnessed. None of us can write that well.

Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Breaking Bad…think of your favorite show from this past season and imagine binge-watching 50 episodes, with each action-packed thriller more dramatic and exciting than the last.

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The most shocking realization within this Donald Sterling saga was not that new NBA commissioner Adam Silver stepped up in a huge way by banning the embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner for life. It was not the fact that Silver came out in a press conference and clearly stated he will do whatever is in his power to force Sterling to sell the team.

The most shocking thing wasn't the reported boycott being planned by NBA players if Silver and the league's brass didn't come down hard enough on Sterling, nor was it that the Clippers managed to not only play, but win, a crucial game on Tuesday night amid one of the biggest distractions in NBA playoff history.

All of that might be shocking, but it pales in comparison to the realization that an incredible amount of Americans don't understand the concept of free speech.

Take a tacit look around the Internet for "Donald Sterling free speech" if you don't believe me. The results are…interesting.