Sources: Pistons' Caldwell-Pope to become UFA

July 7, 2017

12:58 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The Detroit Pistons are renouncing the rights to restricted free-agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, turning him into the marketplace’s No. 1 unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN. The Pistons have been reluctant to meet Caldwell-Pope’s $25 million-plus asking price, and the acquisition of Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley on Friday liberated Detroit to let Caldwell-Pope leave the franchise. The Brooklyn Nets are planning to be…

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Fun Fact: Praying Mantises Eat Bird Brains

July 7, 2017

A praying mantis making a meal of a ruby-throated hummingbird. (Credit: “What’s That Bug?”/Randy Anderson) Poor hummingbirds. The fragile, fleet-winged birds often don’t make it past their first year of life as they are tasty snacks for cats, large-mouth bass, snakes, lizards…you get the idea. Now, perhaps surprisingly, we can add praying mantises to that macabre list. A new paper reviewing the avian death-literature finds that praying mantises are enthusiastic…

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A Safer Way to Milk a Scorpion

July 7, 2017

(Credit: Shutterstock) As a kid, Mouad Mkamel played with pet snakes, vipers and scorpions. As a Ph.D. student at University King Hassan II of Casablanca, Mkamel is now breeding scorpions and milking their venom using a robot he designed. At $7,000 to $8,000 per gram, scorpion venom is one of the most expensive liquids in the world. Mkamel believes scorpion venom has the potential to “create a new generation of…

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Do the Lakers see their future in Lonzo Ball?

8:00 AM ET LOS ANGELES — For months before the draft, Magic Johnson had been 80 percent sure the Los Angeles Lakers were going to select Lonzo Ball. In his gut, Johnson felt like Ball was special — that he had the “it” factor needed to revitalize his hometown team, which was in the lottery for a fourth consecutive year. A big point guard himself, Johnson saw similarities in the…

July 7, 2017
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Francona to miss ASG after heart procedure

July 7, 2017

10:38 AM ET ESPN.com news services Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona will not manage in the All-Star Game after undergoing a heart procedure on Thursday, the team announced. Francona, 58, underwent a cardiac ablation procedure for an irregular heartbeat, the Indians said in a statement, and is resting at the Cleveland Clinic. “Terry is expected to make a full recovery and will be discharged within the next day or two,”…

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Sources: Celtics trading Bradley to Pistons

July 7, 2017

10:13 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The Boston Celtics are trading guard Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons for forward Marcus Morris, league sources told ESPN. The Bradley deal creates the salary cap space needed to sign free agent forward Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million maximum contract. The Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers were aggressive suitors for Bradley in the past 24 hours, league sources said. Bradley is…

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How Millennials Are Changing the Shopping Landscape [Infographic]

July 7, 2017

What have Millennials been up to lately? Brands are eager to know, and agency Internet Marketing Inc. has released an infographic that helps companies keep up with Millennial trends. First, who are the roughly 80 million Millennials in the US? The infographic defines them as people born between the years 1980 and 2000, and it says they spend approximately $600 billion per year—a figure that is expected to grow to…

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Five Keys to Improving Your Influencer Marketing Campaign

July 7, 2017

The three biggest goals of influencer marketing campaigns are as follows, according to a summer 2016 report by Altimeter: Improve brand advocacy (94%); expand brand awareness (92%); and reach new targeted audiences (88%). They’re all valid goals that’ll complement your efforts to increase the bottom line and further solidify your brand as a mainstay in our digital-centric age, but accomplishing them hasn’t always been easy. If you’d like to join…

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The Remarkable Reach of Traditional Radio

July 7, 2017

Traditional radio continues to reach more US adults each week than any other media channel or any type of digital device, according to recent research from Nielsen. The report was based on Nielsen data collected in 4Q16 from adults age 18 and older in the United States. Traditional AM/FM radio reaches 93% of American adults each week, the analysis found. That compares with an 89% reach for television, 83% for…

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Demonetisation effect: Advance tax given by individuals in June quarter rises more than 40%

July 7, 2017

After demonetisation, authorities have gone stricter with tax evaders, having led to people rushing to pay tax in much bigger numbers, resulting in a growth of more than 40% in the June quarter as compared to the year-earlier period. As per government estimates, the number of payers crossed 60 million for the year ended March, registering a jump of more than 10 million from last year. This yeas has also…

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