• Lakers introduce Lonzo Ball, set high expectations
Lakers introduce Lonzo Ball, set high expectations

While Ball was the early favorite for Los Angeles, the front office reportedly fell in and out of love with other top-tier prospects, including Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox and Kansas' Josh Jackson . Johnson sees much of himself in Ball, but not just in both players' ability to thread the ball through intensely cramped windows. He led the nation with...

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  • Confederations Cup :European Champions,Portugal cruise into semi-finals
Confederations Cup :European Champions,Portugal cruise into semi-finals

Portugal's Bernardo Silva , right, scores his side's second goal during the Confederations Cup , Group A soccer match between New Zealand and Portugal, at the St. New Zealand sought to tighten things up at the back at the start of the second half, with their surrounding of Ronaldo on one instance indicative of a relative improvement.

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  • Magic Johnson takes parting shot at D'Angelo Russell's leadership qualities
Magic Johnson takes parting shot at D'Angelo Russell's leadership qualities

We want to thank him for what he did for us. And [Lakers coach] Luke [Walton] and the coaching staff will do the same thing and it's OK, because he receives all that well. Magic also thanked Lonzo's father Lavar and his family for their hospitality when he and the Lakers staff visited their home . I wouldn't have made that move if I didn't think...

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  • Sixers make Fultz top NBA pick
Sixers make Fultz top NBA pick

If not for his season-ending ACL injury in January, Anunoby would have been a top 10 pick in this year's loaded draft due to his freakish athleticism and defensive prowess. It was an eventful Thursday night in Brooklyn. He was one of a record 16 freshmen drafted in the first round, including the top seven. "He plays with reckless abandon and so...

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  • Markelle Fultz preferred 76ers over Celtics because of Chick-Fil-A
Markelle Fultz preferred 76ers over Celtics because of Chick-Fil-A

Fultz was all set to become a Celtic, but on Monday the pick was officially dealt to Philadelphia. They also added three of the five or six best worldwide prospects in Anzejs Pasecniks (No. No other U.S. university player averaged 14 points with six rebounds and six assists a game as well. The result is a fully handmade basketball-leather sneak...

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  • Portland Trail Blazers pull off huge trade during 2017 NBA Draft
Portland Trail Blazers pull off huge trade during 2017 NBA Draft

The 7-footer averaged 10.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game during the 2016-17 season. Next season, expect Collins to play alongside Jusuf Nurkíc in the frontcourt for the Blazers. Sacramento needs players and Portland probably needs to stash a player this year to offset limited salary cap constraints. In addition to their own pick ...

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  • Man Utd boss Mourinho's advisers refute tax fraud accusations
Man Utd boss Mourinho's advisers refute tax fraud accusations

A statement issued by the section for economic crimes of Madrid's provincial state prosecutor's office said its investigations indicated that Mourinho committed two counts of tax fraud in 2011 and 2012. The four-time World Player of The Tear, who said last week his "conscience is clear", is threatening to leave Real Madrid over the affair. ...

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  • Jordan Spieth shoots 63 to take lead in Travelers debut
Jordan Spieth shoots 63 to take lead in Travelers debut

Spieth has already switched putters twice this season but his current flatstick was working just fine on Thursday, the world number six snagging five birdies in his first eight holes en route to a seven-under-par 63 at TPC River Highlands. After Jordan Spieth was added to the Travelers Championship earlier this month, tournament director Nathan...

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  • Ball a piece of Lakers' rebuilding plan
Ball a piece of Lakers' rebuilding plan

With Ball , the Lakers are getting someone who averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, and 6.0 rebounds a game in his lone college season. Not only did Lonzo have to pan out to be an NBA-caliber talent, but the Lakers had to need a player of his position and style, and also had to land a lottery pick in the right spot to draft him.

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  • Lakers GM compares Lonzo Ball to Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers
Lakers GM compares Lonzo Ball to Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers

First, Johnson declared that Lonzo Ball is the "new face of the Lakers ". "We expect a Ball jersey hanging up there one day", Johnson told Ball. "Time with (the Ball) family really helped crystalize our decision", Pelinka said late Thursday night, after the draft had wrapped up. "I don't think there's one thing you can learn from him".

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  • Alvaro Morata's agent:
Alvaro Morata's agent: "He can not do a season like this again".

The possible move to Old Trafford has been made even more likely on the back of the news that Manchester United will not be offering Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new contract. Indeed, Morata improved in Turin as the 2014-15 season went on and he scored in both legs of the Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid , goals which knocked out his p...

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  • Australian Open: Kidambi Srikanth reaches 3rd successive Super Series final
Australian Open: Kidambi Srikanth reaches 3rd successive Super Series final

The 24-year-old Indian shuttler dominated the proceedings right from the start and finished off in straight games to reach the summit clash. The only Indian left in the competition, Srikanth has reached three consecutive Superseries finals now with his win over Shi and could win his fourth Superseries crown on Sunday.

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  • Philadelphia 76ers: 2017 NBA Draft grades
Philadelphia 76ers: 2017 NBA Draft grades

The NBA requires that players wait a year after high school to be drafted. The Lakers sent Russell and Russian center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for center Brook Lopez and the rights to forward Kyle Kuzma, the 27th pick in the draft, out of Utah.

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  • Perez 'not contemplating' move by Real Madrid talisman Ronaldo
Perez 'not contemplating' move by Real Madrid talisman Ronaldo

And Ronaldo is accused of evading tax of 14.7m euros (£13m) from 2011 to 2014. In fact, so furious was Ronaldo said to be with the Spanish giants that he was reported to have told his Portuguese national teammates that there was " no going back ".

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  • Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying: Hamilton grabs historic pole at the last
Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying: Hamilton grabs historic pole at the last

The mistakes of Hamilton and Vettel on their first laps cost both drivers. That final run in Q3 was the first time we had tried to do a flying lap on the first lap, because of the temperatures, and I couldn't get them to work as well as Lewis did - I just couldn't find that grip out there.

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  • Lakers GM compares Lonzo Ball to Brady, Rodgers
Lakers GM compares Lonzo Ball to Brady, Rodgers

Come see me when he does. Now, Lavar can say I told you so to everyone that doubted him when he said, "speak it into existence". The Lakers have missed the playoffs for four straight seasons, the longest postseason drought in franchise history, and posted the league's third-worst record last season at 26-56.

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  • New Zealand vs. Portugal live stream 2017
New Zealand vs. Portugal live stream 2017

It's the first of three regular-season matches between the two sides, but not the first time they've played this year. Defender Carlos Salcedo has returned home after suffering a shoulder injury against the All Whites while Hector Moreno will undergo a late fitness test.

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  • Hamilton overtakes Senna with 66th pole
Hamilton overtakes Senna with 66th pole

Three-time champion Lewis Hamilton , who is 12 points adrift of him in the drivers' title race, took pole for Mercedes with a blistering lap in a dramatic finale. But my Q3 was not ideal. At the end I was alone and had no tow in the last sector. "Tomorrow can be a different story". "Even if it was [only for] second, it was one ultimate lap tha...

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  • A's promote top prospect INF Barreto, put Pinder on DL
A's promote top prospect INF Barreto, put Pinder on DL

To get out of there with my first win was just the icing on the cake. He was not originally scheduled to start because he was not available for infield drills. Fellow rookie Daniel Gossett held Chicago to five hits and two unearned runs over six innings. "It's awesome to be able to share that moment with guys that I already built relationships with...

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  • FIFA Confederations Cup: Portugal and Mexico advance, hosts Russian Federation bow out
FIFA Confederations Cup: Portugal and Mexico advance, hosts Russian Federation bow out

The New Zealand side maintained 2-0 trashing status quo till 80th minute when Andre Silva scored the third goal and Luis Carlos, popularly known as' Nani' crowned the goals in the first minute of extra time. Nani drilled in a fourth goal for Portugal during stoppage time. Hirving Lozano then scored what turned out to be the victor seven minutes...

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