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As we mentioned earlier today, Los Angeles native Baron Davis is headed home and he's bringing his beard and 21 points per game with him. The former Crossroads School and UCLA standout came to a verbal agreement with the LA's other team, making the Clippers suddenly relevant and a playoff contender. Baron credits the community for his decision telling ESPN, "I'm happy with where I'm going. A big reason is because of the impact and the things that I can do going forward. I knew I could have done them here and created all kinds of good things and positive things in the community, and ultimately, me going home helps me make an impact on young kids." Elton Brand, who opted out Monday is expected to re-sign with the Clips for a hometown discount. Baron and Brand! Clipper Nation hasn't been this excited since the Red, White and Blue marched all the way into the second round of the playoffs in 2006.

LA Dodgers defeat Houston Astros 7-6 in 11 innings. Do you remember what you were doing on June 19th? Neither do I. Tonight's seven runs by the Dodgers was their highest run total since that date. The boys in blue blew a lead and starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw's first major league win, thanks to a two-out double off the bat of Carlos Lee in the bottom of the 7th to knot the game up at six. In the top of the 11th, the 40 year-old Jeff Kent homered off Astros' reliever Wesley Wright, giving the Dodgers the 7-6 lead. Takashi Saito blanked the 'stros in the home half of the inning, earning his 13th save. In other Dodger news: Shortstop Rafael Furcal felt stiffness in his back after four innings during a minor league assignment on Tuesday and was sent back home for further medical evaluation.

LA Angels Defeat Oakland A's 5-3.The Angels were able to increase their lead in the division to 4.5 games over the A's thanks to the bat of Garret Anderson. With the game tied at three in the 8th, the struggling Anderson knocked a 3-1 pitch from Oakland reliever Alan Embree out of Angel Stadium for a two-run home run. K-Rod was perfect in the 9th for save number 33 on the season. Angels starter Ervin Santana fanned seven A's in seven innings of work, giving up two runs on eight hits. In other Angels news: starting pitcher Kelvim Escobar looks to be out for the season.

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Lakers are rumored to be interested in pursuing James Posey and Brent Barry in the free agency market. Posey was a key reserve for the Celtics on their championship run this season, knocking down big shots, defending and annoying the shit out of Lakers' players and fans alike during the NBA Finals. Barry, who definitely was not fouled by Derek Fisher in the closing seconds of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, averaged 7.1 points per game for the Spurs.

Utah, Miami, Orlando and Boston are all interested in overpaying for the services of Corey Maggette, who opted out of his deal with the Clippers on Monday and will most likely not be re-signing.

The Rays knocked off the Sox again, 3-1 extending their lead in the AL East to 2.5 games. All 31,112 fans in attendance (75% full) at Tampa's Tropicana Field got to see a gem from Rays' starter Matt Garza who allowed just one earned run on five hits in seven innings of work, striking out three. Wednesday, Tampa Bay goes for the sweep with Scott Kazmir on the hill.

Barry Bonds' 756th home run ball arrived in Cooperstown on Tuesday sporting an asterisk. Fashion designer, Marc Ecko who bought the ball in September for $752,467 donated the asterisked ball to the Hall of Fame. I guess Marc doesn't subscribe to the feeds on Gilbert Arenas' blog. Agent Zero, who the Washington Post is reporting will re-sign with the Wizards, offered to buy the ball off of Ecko last fall to avoid the branding of the ball, calling Ecko's stunt, "the stupidest thing ever."

Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez announced that he is skipping out on the home run derby this year. A-Rod says the competition has an adverse effect on his mechanics, similar to the adverse effects allegedly banging Madonna could have on his marriage.

We're one step closer to an all-Williams final at Wimbledon.Both Venus and Serena Williams advanced to the semi-finals with wins over women with really long names who you've probably never heard of.
UCLA extends Ben Howland's deal through the 2014-2015 season. To put that into better perspective, the recruiting class of 2014 will be entering the 7th grade this fall.

"Kobe, Tell Me How My Ass Tastes" is now available as a free ringtone, which is just 58 cents cheaper than the price of Shaq Diesel.

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