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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.

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Sometimes in the wake of untoward events, it's the smallest gestures that make the biggest difference. Other times, it seems, a grand gesture may be necessary. Yes, this is about racism. No, this isn't just about getting Donald Sterling out of the NBA.

This is an interesting time in all sports to look at the impact of racism, from the NBA issues to recurring instances in the world of international football to lingering thoughts about social change in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League. So, no, this isn't just about Sterling's recent comments, but those comments can serve as a catalyst for a much bigger conversation, and afford all of us in sports the opportunity to reflect and react.

It means a lot that people, such as LeBron James and Michael Jordan, have publicly admonished the comments reportedly made by Sterling about not wanting his then-girlfriend to bring black people to Los Angeles Clippers games. The league needs its leaders—past and present—to be united against any form of hatred and bigotry, especially when it comes from one of its owners.

Magic Johnson saying he will never go to a Clippers game as long as Sterling is the owner means a lot too. The most important basketball figure in Los Angeles in the last 40 years publicly denouncing Sterling is a very big deal.

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It is not news that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is racist. It becomes news, however, when Sterling saying ridiculously racist things gets leaked to TMZ, which released a tape that claims to be the Clippers owner arguing with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, about bringing black people to games with her and posing for pictures with other minorities on Instagram.

Again, Donald Sterling being a racist is not news. Donald Sterling being this blatantly racist, on tape, is.

It would also be news if the NBA acted on this scandal, forcing Sterling to sell the team in an effort to finally disassociate the league from his horrendous set of beliefs.

It would certainly be news if, failing the NBA's iron fist coming down on Sterling once and for all, everyone working for him just up and quit.

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This sure gives new meaning to the term "one-and-done," doesn't it?

Mitch McGary, the standout big man for the Michigan Wolverines who missed most of this NCAA basketball season with a back injury that required surgery, announced this week he is officially declaring for the NBA. McGary had been debating a return to Michigan after his tough sophomore season but opted to turn pro after the NCAA banned him for a full year for smoking weed. Once.

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A few days later, Michigan head coach John Beilein invited McGary to dress for one of the team's NCAA games as a way of motivating the team, even though everyone knew McGary was not fit to play.

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The 2014 NFL schedule was finally released Wednesday night, ending weeks of speculation as to who is playing where and when this coming fall. The NFL Network marked the occasion with a three-hour televised eventshowing us that, yes, only the NFL can put a show in prime time that has but one function: to tell viewers when their actual show will be on this season.

Thankfully, the league didn't wait until the end of their three-hour tour of the schedule to release it to the masses, creating a feeding frenzy of trip-planning, ticket-brokering and NFL-division-prognosticating well into the night on Wednesday and trickling on through to Thursday's news cycle.

The NFL schedule is a big freaking deal in this country, and it's great to finally get a chance to break it all down.

And while far smarter footballing minds than mine are scouring the 17-week slate for the best matchups, toughest schedules and easiest roads to the postseason, I find myself far more fascinated with breaking down the logic of the NFL schedule-makers.

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I have always—always—been a fan of being right.

And yet, the more I watch the referees, umpires and officials policing our modern-day sporting events, the more I realize our efforts to be right at all costs have begun to hurt the integrity of the games these rules were put in place to help.

Is it possible that being right…can be wrong?

Players make mistakes all the time, but our officials are now being held to a standard of competence none of them is equipped to uphold. When referees are accused of a mistake, most sports have put in place a series of complicated rules to verify and, if necessary, correct these errors.