The ESPN Daily: The legend of the Martian, Warriors honor KD by retiring No. 35 and a UFC fighter who exhibits model behavior

THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

He is not the same, he is a Martian … He’s a switch-hitter with blazing speed and a cannon arm, the kind of prospect who’s a once-in-a-generation talent, so dominant that his nickname — El Marciano, the Martian — is out of this world. Here’s the story of how the Yankees finalized an international signing coup that could have Jasson Dominguez become the latest legend to patrol center field in Yankee Stadium. Read More

NHL free agency central … Teams are making huge investments in their futures right now, giving out big-time contracts to the best available free agents in hockey. Want to know just how excited you should be about your favorite team’s acquisition? Our experts have the full breakdown and grades for each signing right here. Read More

Get you a fighter who can do both… You would think mixed martial arts would not fit well with a career in modeling. Sure, you probably get in great shape, but the whole “getting constantly punched in the face” thing is a bummer. Luke Rockhold is trying to make it work, having launched a modeling career just one year after winning the UFC middleweight title in 2015. Here’s how he balances time in the Octagon and photo shoots. Read More

Dubs show love for Durant … Let’s take a quick trip back to 2016, Kevin Durant leaves the Thunder on what we’ll call … less than ideal terms. Fast forward three years, and KD is on the move again — but this time there is nothing but love and admiration from his former team. The Warriors formally thanked him for his contributions and announced they will retire No. 35. Life hack: Win a couple of championships and people will think of you fondly. Read More

ESPYS AUCTION

You could be in a “This is SportsCenter” commercial … The ESPYS are coming up soon, and to help support the V Foundation For Cancer Research, we’ve set up a chance for you to win some amazing experiences. The ESPYS Auction could see you staying in Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World, debating Stephen A. and Max on First Take, or announcing a selection at the 2020 NFL draft in Las Vegas. Check out the full details and how to participate right here: Read More

THINGS TO WATCH

Daniel Cormier in “Detail” on Amanda Nunes We’ve got the reigning UFC heavyweight champion following in Kobe Bryant’s and Peyton Manning’s footsteps. In the latest episode of “Detail” on ESPN+, Daniel Cormier breaks down Amanda Nunes’ game ahead of her bantamweight title defense against Holly Holm at UFC 239 (Saturday, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN PPV). Watch

OVERHEARD

“It was time for him to leave Golden State. They were taking him for granted.”

— Kendrick Perkins on Kevin Durant, via The Undefeated. Read more

REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 1989, Alex Morgan, one of the most dominant players in women’s soccer history, was born. Why not catch up on her ESPN+ series “The Equalizer” as a birthday present? Watch

WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?

USA vs. England (3 p.m. ET, Fox) — Team USA got one step closer to another Women’s World Cup title with a thrilling victory over France. Can Megan Rapinoe keep up her scoring barrage against the Three Lionesses of England?

The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) — You know them from their superhuman ability to eat more food faster than anyone alive. But the rivalry between Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi went far beyond hot dogs. 30 for 30’s latest offering is the perfect complement for your pre-July 4 celebrations. Watch the trailer

Cardinals at Mariners (10:10 p.m. ET, ESPN) — Here’s a weird statistic for you: Out of all qualified batters on the Cardinals, Yadier Molina has the highest batting average … and the lowest OBP. You won’t be surprised to know that the Cardinals are in the bottom third of MLB teams in runs scored.

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