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Lakers Luke Walton responds to playoff comments from LaVar Ball

On Thursday, Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka put the call in to Ball about three minutes before the pick went live, and Ball's dream became a reality. "He's going to do what he does and we're going to do what we do and we're going to get after it here". Tina Ball recently sufferred a stroke. Come see me when he does. Read More »

Coach will be appointed before Sri Lanka tour: Rajeev Shukla


He added later added that he resigns with immediate effect and will not go with the team to the tour of West Indies . He also guided India to one-day global series wins over New Zealand and England with losses coming only in a Twenty20 series against the West Indies and in last week's Champions Trophy final, where they lost to Pakistan. Read More »

What to watch for in the 2017 NBA Draft


After getting picked No. 2 by the Lakers , Lonzo Ball might need space to elevate the league's glamour franchise back into playoff contention. The Lakers' front-court features a mix of young players and veterans, including forward Julius Randle and newly acquired center Brook Lopez. Read More »

All four Scots in Lions squad for Chiefs clash


Owen Farrell will be fit to start the first Test against the All Blacks on Saturday - and the latest indications are that he will wear the Lions No 10 shirt. So we're mindful of that, we need to be really disciplined, our scrum's going to have to really steel up. "A couple of stupid penalties in the first half but we managed the game well and squeezed the life out of them", said Gatland. Read More »

Pakistan in maiden final


And having watched the game against Sri Lanka , we actually didn't think it was that bad. Although England struggled to score runs in Cardiff , with all-rounder Ben Stokes uncharacteristically taking 64 balls to score 34, Morgan praised the Pakistan bowlers for taking the initiative away from his batsmen. Read More »

Former Kansas basketball players head for the NBA


I'm glad to be a Phoenix Sun now", Jackson said during ESPN's coverage of the draft from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York . "I don't think they play as hard as I do, period". He broke or tied four Kansas freshman records, including double-doubles (12), rebounds (tied Danny Manning's 258 set in 1985), field goals made (220) and field goals attempted (429), the school announced. Read More »

Kyle Trinch Named to 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team

Utah State's Devin Wright was named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America second team for track & field/cross country, it was announced Friday morning. Wiseman, also a two-time first team CoSIDA Academic All-American, is an electrical engineering major who carries a 3.97 G.P.A. Student-athletes must have completed two semesters at their institution and boast a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher to earn Academic All-District or All-America® ... Read More »

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons Rip LaVar Ball After Wild NBA Draft Interview

On Thursday night, that destiny was realized. Big Baller Brand hats like the one Ball threw on right after Lonzo was selected go for $50 on the BBB website . I think they have enough talent. The logical answer is most likely not, but Ball can be the next great Lakers point guard. "As a leader, guys are going to naturally gravitate towards somebody who wants to make them better", Walton said. Read More »

Edmonton Oilers Star Connor McDavid Earns Top Awards


Bobrovsky posted a 2.06 goals against average and a.932 save percentage in leading the Blue Jackets to an unexpected 108-point season and playoff berth. McDavid has had a phenomenal season in Edmonton, racking up 30 goals and 70 assists. Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau took the Lady Byng Trophy , symbolic of gentlemanly conduct and a high standard of play. Read More »

Cristiano not planning to pay alleged debt before testifying

Cristiano Ronaldo has no intention of paying the €14.7m (£12.9m) he has been accused of defrauding the Spanish taxman upfront, his agency Gestifute have told Spanish news agency EFE. We have four points and we have to congratulate our team". "I think the team played very well". "In the first half we played very well with a lot of personality, except in the last 10 minutes of the first half where we became slightly enthusiastic which led to counter attacks from Russian Federation, which ... Read More »

Dan Gilbert, Chauncey Billups meeting for 2nd time


Owner Dan Gilbert met on consecutive days this week with Billups, but the talks did not lead to a contract being offered to the former National Basketball Association guard and aspiring executive, the people said. LeBron James is going into the final season of his contract, but that is not a deterrent for Billups, who also has a close relationship with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue . Read More »

NBA Players React to the 2017 Draft


While that was being completed, the draft got off to a familiar start with the same top-four picks as previous year: Philadelphia, the Lakers, Boston and Phoenix. First pick Fultz bolstered the 76ers young core as a 19-year-old playmaker. The Celtics were looking to rebuild after six seasons with Kevin Garnett paired with Paul Pierce and the Nets were looking to win instantly in their second season in Brooklyn. Read More »

NBA draft draws second-largest audience on ESPN


In other words, he doesn't have the highest ceiling as far as prospects go, but his floor is also higher than most. Lonzo Ball is now a Laker , and if his father's gold and purple Big Baller Brand hat on draft night was any type of giveaway, Lonzo now has a Lakers-colored ZO2. Read More »

Jordan Spieth leads by one shot at River Highlands — Travelers Championship

The 23-year-old, coming off a disappointing tie for 35th at the US Open last week after going cold on the greens, made his eighth birdie on Thursday on his last hole to seize a one-shot lead. "We played the practice round and the pro-am and really thought this was a good track for us". He was second in that statistic past year and ninth during his breakout 2015 season. Read More »

LaVar Ball Makes Bold Lakers Prediction, Gets Trolled By Joel Embiid


I'm happy to be home. Although the Lakers are certainly on the upswing, the playoffs might be a little further off than next season. After being signed into the NFL , Ball was immediately loaned to the World League of American Football, where he played for the London Monarchs in the 1995 season, recording 28 yards in kick returns. Read More »

Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill

Employer mandates to offer coverage also would be eliminated. McConnell gets to claim credit with his base for putting through a (mostly) conservative bill that parallels much of what the House bill does. The Senate bill provides funding for the ACA's cost-sharing reduction program through 2019. Many Obamacare enrollees will pay more out-of-pocket for health care services. Read More »

Malik Monk drafted 11th in the 2017 NBA Draft

This is graduation night for our program. Malik Monk makes the 15th lottery pick for Kentucky since John Calipari stepped foot on campus. They selected Gonzaga big man Zach Collins, opening the door for Monk to be available. One point of pushback for the BPA view is the situation where a team feels they do have a good core of players expected to be around for some time , especially if one or more is viewed as a potential superstar player. Read More »

Luke Walton believes Lonzo Ball is a "genius" in pushing the pace


Lonzo Ball and his dad are staying home with the Los Angeles Lakers . "I can truly say that I laid it on the line every night just to make you guys proud of our program and this outstanding university". He's a really good player on his own, but he becomes an elite player when he has talent around him. The 19-year-old averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.6 assists, helping UCLA go 31-5 a season after the program struggled to a 15-17 mark. Read More »

NBA Draft 2017: The biggest trades that went down

Known for his all-round offensive ability and athleticism, Fultz starred in his lone year at the University of Washington, averaging 23 points per game, along with more than five rebounds and five assists. With the 36th overall pick, they took Jonah Bolden , a power forward out of Australia. The NBA requires that players wait a year after high school to be drafted. Read More »

Derek Jeter Tells MLB He Doesn't Have Money To Buy Marlins


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush , who initially teamed up with Jeter in the bid for the Marlins, has now joined Romney's group, according to Bloomberg . Mas is the Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of MasTec, an infrastructure engineering and construction company based in Coral Gables, and Chairman of the Board of the Cuban American National Foundation . Read More »

Manchester United making progress in pursuit for Zlatan's replacement


Ronaldo, who is now facing four charges of tax fraud in Spain, was reported to want to leave Real Madrid and Spain. The Real Madrid striker is wanted as Jose Mourinho's new first-choice striker. The 24-year-old has struggled to nail down a starting spot in Zinedine Zidane's side having managed just 16 starts last season so the Spanish global wants a move to boost his chances of making the World Cup finals next summer. Read More »

FIFA Confederations Cup: Socceroos draw with Cameroon

When the Confederations Cup groups were settled, Germany and Chile being put in the same group appeared to make for the most tantalizing matchup in the competition, and the two powers and Group B favorites will meet in Kazan, Russia, hoping to match the hype. Read More »

Jayson Tatum picked third by the Boston Celtics in NBA Draft


The Los Angeles Lakers used the second pick to choose University of California at Los Angeles point guard Lonzo Ball . Brown said Simmons and Fultz , who will play in the summer league, could work well together in the backcourt, no matter which player is the ballhandler. Read More »

Indians top Orioles again to finish 7-1 road trip


Austin Jackson led the way by going 3 for 5 with a triple and three RBIs. It was actually reliever Richard Bleier , however, who gave up the fifth run of the game on a solo homer by Erik Gonzalez, moving the Orioles to within one of tying the major league record for consecutive games allowing at least five runs. Read More »