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Griffin, Paul opt out of contracts with Clippers

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Doc Rivers says he wants Blake Griffin back with the Clippers next season. Griffin also got hurt in Game 3 of the Clippers' first-round matchup against Utah this season and never returned. Over 61 games, the 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game last season. As was the case with his teammate Griffin, Paul's decision to opt out and enter free agency is not surprising, and for numerous same reasons. Read More »

Markelle Fultz would've been excited to join whatever team in whichever city

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Nine of the first 10 selections played just one season of college ball. There have been 70 players selected No. 1 since the first NBA Draft in 1947. But if the Lakers want Lonzo - and it seems they do after trading point guard D'Angelo Russell to Brooklyn - they won't be turned off by LaVar. Obviously, this post wasn't supposed to go live before Fultz - or whoever was handling his social media feed for the night - plugged in "Philadelphia" and "76ers". Read More »

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

Perhaps the most valuable and the undisputed glamour franchise in all off sports, the Los Angeles Lakers have a who's who of Hall of Famers, 16 purple and gold-colored National Basketball Association championship banners and statues of Shaq, Magic, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, "The Logo" in Jerry West and longtime Lakers radio announcer, Chick Hearn and notable fans such as Jack Nicholson and Denzel Washington. Read More »

ESPN's NBA Draft Ratings Up 13 Percent

In his only season with the Huskies, the six-foot-four Fultz averaged 23 points, almost six assists and 5.7 rebounds per game for a team that finished 9-21. Trimble's best shot to get drafted most-likely came after his superb freshman season. In his only season in college, Jackson averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. Read More »

All Blacks great Colin Meads impressed by British and Irish Lions rally

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And Farrell thinks the Lions are ready to meet the challenge of New Zealand, who have won the last two World Cups. The Chiefs have included Luteru Laulala and Chase Tiatia for potential debuts. Meanwhile, Gatland has insisted that captain Sam Warburton remains under pressure to force his way into the first Test line-up. "I was always confident about Owen Farrell being fit." New Zealand back-row star Jerome Kaino has described the prospect of playing in a Test series against ... Read More »

National Hockey League 18 Cover Star and Gameplay Trailer Revealed

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McDavid scored 30 goals and tallied 100 total points for the Edmonton Oilers in the 2016-2017 season, leading the team in an impressive postseason run that ended in a second-round loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Bergeron received the honor in 2012, 2014 and 2015, so he now joins Hockey Hall of Famer Bob Gainey - who presented the award - as the only players to win the Selke four times. Read More »

Red Sox retire No. 34 for David Ortiz

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David Ortiz meant everything to me as a sports fan, a baseball fan and a Red Sox fan. The Red Sox Team plans to retire the former baseball player's number during the event scheduled for June 23. I was hoping for an Ortiz comeback and as the time ticks away to tonight's festivities, the hope dwindles down. There have been many other greats and some would argue that Ted Williams was the best, but Ortiz is the guy. Read More »

How to watch the 2017 National Basketball Association draft

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From left, Markelle Fultz , De'Aaron Fox and Donovan Mitchell gather with other draft prospects on stage for a group photo before the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in NY. The UW Husky basketball programs have made draft history. Ball averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and 6 rebounds per game last season at UCLA, and his outspoken father has proclaimed him the next Michael Jordan . Read More »

Luis Figo says Cristiano Ronaldo is 'not indispensable' at Madrid

Prosecutors said he had failed to declare revenues from his image rights in his Spanish income tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, "with the aim of obtaining illicit profits". United manager Jose Mourinho and Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo deny charges. Also a year ago, Barcelona star Lionel Messi and father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of tax fraud and given 21-month sentences, which will likely be suspended. Read More »

"Manchester United" questioned the transfer of Ronaldo

The Real Madrid star is accused of defrauding Spanish authorities of €14.7m (£12.95m) between 2011 and 2014 and will now testify on July 31, it has been confirmed. It will now be up to a judge to decide whether the matter should proceed to court. Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup playing for Portugal, has played in Spain for Real Madrid since 2009. Read More »

Trump announces hopes for 'solar wall' along United States southern border

This image provided by Gleason Partners LLC shows a rendering of the side of a border wall concept that faces the USA that incorporates solar panels into the design. "I mean, actually think of it", Trump said Wednesday. The cost of electricity generated from solar PV is now nearly a quarter of what it was in 2009 and is set to drop another 66 per cent by 2040, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Read More »

Australia lifts suspension of airstrikes against IS in Syria

Since then, the United States has repeatedly struck Iranian-backed militia and last week even shot down a drone threatening US-led coalition forces. That's a questionable line of argument, particularly as unlike the recent strikes around al-Tanf, there's no indication that there was a US troop presence nearby-only Kurdish SDF forces. Read More »

Penguins to raise 2017 Stanley Cup championship banner at home opener

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The Blackhawks will have quite the test in their regular-season opener. The Red Wings played at Joe Louis Arena since 1979. While the Penguins have been a long-time favorite in the Steel City, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights will play their first-ever National Hockey League regular-season home game at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday, Oct. Read More »

Edmonton's Connor McDavid wins first Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

In order to win his first Hart Trophy, McDavid bested Sidney Crosby and Sergei Bobrovsky for the award. Nashville's David Poile was named the NHL's top executive after the Predators' first Western Conference title, and Columbus' John Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award as the top coach. Read More »

Belmont Stakes 2017: Tapwrit makes late move to overtake Irish War Cry

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He was the 4-1 second choice on the track's morning line for the Belmont Stakes , behind 7-2 favorite Irish War Cry . It was the second victory in five starts this year for the gray son of Tapit , who took the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby in March but subsequently finished fifth in the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes and then sixth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby . Read More »

Lakers Luke Walton responds to playoff comments from LaVar Ball

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I think our games could help each other out a lot. And of the Lakers taking a hometown player, Walton said of the fans, " I think they'll love it. 2 pick. The UCLA star showed up in a black-on-black suit, with a bow-tie. Throughout his freshman campaign in Westwood, Ball, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound point guard reared in Chino Hills by his outspoken father, LaVar, delivered the sort of flashy highlights - no-look passes, moonbeam 3-pointers and sky-walking slams - that the Lakers have always ... Read More »

Record 16 freshmen picked in 1st round of draft

It's not enough these days to just look clean and put-together. Fultz must've forgotten that last step, and posted it with some placeholders in the caption. The Celtics have now taken a small forward No. 3 overall in two consecutive drafts (Jaylen Brown, 2016). The 10th selection was used by Sacramento to take Zach Collins before he was dealt to Portland for the draft rights to 15th pick Justin Jackson of North Carolina and No. Read More »

Fultz steps out in shoes made of basketballs

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Fultz, Simmons and another recent Sixers high draft pick , Joel Embiid , form a promising young trio that could allow Philadelphia to rise from the lower depths of the league. To say Markelle Fultz had a bounce to his step isn't such an understatement. The former Washington star had promised to make a shoe statement. Read More »

26 picks into the NBA draft round 1, no seniors selected

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After rumors and speculations, Markelle Fultz is the number one draft pick in 2017 NBA Draft . Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau hope to rekindle their past. As Lonzo walked on stage to meet Commissioner Adam Silver and put on a purple Lakers hat, LaVar put on a gold and purple Big Baller Brand hat, the company he has started. Read More »

CA offers new deal to break pay impasse

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CA executive general manager Kevin Roberts made the new offer in a letter to ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson which was then rejected. Earlier this year, Cricket Australia said that salary increases for men and women players would mean that they would no longer receive a percentage of the organisation's revenue. Read More »

Di Maria agrees to deal in Spain over tax fraud

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Earlier this month, Spanish prosecutors accused Real Madrid's Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo of defrauding the state of €15 million (US$16.7 million) between 2011 and 2014. The Red Devils were heavily linked Ronaldo last week after news broke that the 32-year-old wanted to leave Spain following accusations of alleged tax fraud being levelled at him. Read More »

Markelle Fultz top pick in NBA draft

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The Sixers engineered a trade with the Boston Celtics earlier this week to move from the No. 3 selection to the top spot, and reports suggested that they did so with the attention of drafting Fultz, whom most analysts consider the best prospect in this draft class. Read More »

Lonzo Ball rocks $495 new Lakers colorway ZO2 sneakers after being drafted

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Just had a good feeling, and changed them five minutes before when they was on the clock, and I'm glad they called my name". But that can be said about pretty much anything that comes out of LaVar Ball's mouth. Lavar Ball has made no secret of the fact that he wanted his son to play in the bright lights of Los Angeles. "I told him, 'Point guard.' He was like, 'All right, if you're going to play point guard, you've got to get the ball up'". Read More »

Verstappen on top as Red Bull dominate opening practice

But Verstappen hit a barrier late on and while escaping unharmed, his vehicle suffered some damage. "It was very weird", Verstappen told reporters. "I could see I wasn't going to make the corner so chose to take the run off, as I turned right I lost the rear", Verstappen said. Read More »

Winners and Losers of the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft

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We were both saying that we're pretty pumped with the type of players they got, like James Neal , guys that are top players on their (former) team. Vegas' expansion draft choices - along with handful of players signed before the draft, most notably coveted Russian center Vadim Shipachyov out of the KHL - certainly appear to form a team that could make noise in the Pacific. Read More »

European Union leaders to weigh terrorism, defense ties, migration

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The issue of citizens' rights is one of three priorities in the Brexit talks which began on Monday, along with Britain's estimated 100 billion euro (88 billion pounds, $112 billion) divorce bill, and the fraught question of Northern Ireland , which will share Britain's only land border with the European Union after Brexit . Read More »

Here are the first vicious National Basketball Association shots at Lonzo and LaVar Ball

As expected, he was present during the NBA Draft on Thursday as he accompanied his son, Lonzo Ball , who was taken second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers . He has supported him. Preorders for the shoe close the day of the draft, so if you want a pair, hurry. Silver has talked about changing the NBA's limit, saying the current rule that American-born players must be 19 and a year out of high school, but teams seem just fine with the current system. Read More »

What time is the NBA draft?

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The Celtics will receive the No. 3 pick in this draft, and the Los Angeles Lakers' 2018 first-rounder, to which the 76ers own the rights. Speaking a pre-draft availability, Jackson said that he wanted to work out with the Celtics after they traded down to the No. Read More »

Fleury, Methot, Neal give Golden Knights a solid foundation

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While many will have a hard time telling the Golden Knights apart without consulting a scoresheet, they did snag a couple of big names, such as Marc-Andre Fleury and James Neal . "Obviously I'm really excited to get this started". Neal is one of those unrestricted free agents in 2018. For more recent success , look for Jonathan Marchessault to build on the career-best 30 goals he scored in Florida last season. Read More »

Family Affair: Lakers Get Lonzo Ball And Dad With No. 2 Pick

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Considering the Lakers have held the No. 2 pick in the draft for three years straight, and finished with the third-worst record in the league a season ago, this is a pretty bold and ridiculous claim. Yet ever since his days leading the Big Ballers AAU team set up by his dad, Lonzo has shown nothing but maturity and calm in the face of LaVar's audacious approaches to hoops, parenting and the business of sports. Read More »

Mourinho accused of £3.3mn tax fraud in Spain

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And finally, they accuse him of "voluntarily" refusing to include 28.4 million euros in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company. They say that in 2010, Ronaldo set up a company to manage his image rights in the British Virgin Islands but then transferred those rights to a second company in Ireland, exclusively for the objective of creating a "screen" to confuse Spanish tax authorities. Read More »

Fabinho Says He's "Tempted" By Idea of Moving to Manchester United

United are looking to bolster their squad after qualifying for Europe's top table by winning the Europa League last season and Fabinho is said to feature on Jose Mourinho's list of transfer targets. The 31-year-old's Old Trafford future is in some doubt after falling down the pecking order last season, with numerous view that he is now passed his best in a United shirt. Read More »

Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as draft looms

FILE - In this March 19, 2017, file photo, Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox (0) goes up for a dunk in front of Wichita State guard Landry Shamet (11) during the second half of a second-round game in the men's NCAA college ba. As the talented trio develops, they could make the lowly Sixers one of the most exciting - and best - teams in the league. Having an extra draft pick increases what they can offer other teams for a star player, including Jimmy Butler and Paul George . Read More »

Clippers buy into the second round to draft Evans, Thornwell

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Thornwell was the first Gamecock drafted into the National Basketball Association in 11 years. Thornwell was named the SEC player of the year in 2017 after averaging 21.4 points and 7.2 rebound per game as a senior. Now Los Angeles' attention likely moves to trying to re-sign Chris Paul and Blake Griffin . Dozier said. "I'm going to continue to grow, it's not over for sure". Read More »