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Notebook: United States Mauls France

Pet shop, eh? Well, I have one thing to say about that. What kind of pet shop is filled with rambunctious yahoos and hot jazz music at 1am?

France v USA: Quarter Final - 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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KU assistant Mike Ekeler has unique way of communicating with players |
“We’ll have a group chat of our players, and I’ll just send GIFs,” Ekeler said. “That’s how we communicate.”

Seven big questions heading into NBA's crazy free agency
Boston potentially devoting most of its cap space to Walker would mark an intriguing rebound after the season from hell. It would leave Boston with precisely zero proven frontcourt players and limited means to get them. (Boston can in theory stay over the cap and maintain its full midlevel exception -- worth about $9 million -- but the pathways there are complex.)

Collison retires from NBA at 31 to focus on faith
"While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith," Collison wrote Friday. "I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched. With that being said, I have decided to retire from the NBA."

Sources -- Durant to engage four teams in talks
Golden State's Kevin Durant is planning to engage four teams -- the Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers, New York Knicks and Warriors -- in discussions upon the opening of NBA free agency on Sunday, league sources told ESPN.

Magic -- Kawhi requested I attend Lakers meeting
Magic Johnson says he received word that Kawhi Leonard had an interest in speaking with him as the free agent prepares to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers but that he is not permitted by NBA rules to be part of official team meetings with prospective free agents.

Suspected mastermind in Ortiz shooting arrested
Authorities in the Dominican Republic announced Friday that they have arrested the man behind the shooting of baseball great David Ortiz in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

Rapinoe: U.S. players 'keep it chill,' ignore critics
Now two games away from winning another Women's World Cup, the United States is not discussing any of the criticism aimed at standout forward Megan Rapinoe, she told ESPN after Friday's 2-1 quarterfinal win over host France.