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Ball Family Helped Lakers Decide on Lonzo Ball

Seemingly the biggest night of their young basketball careers, it's understandable to be nervous. While Lonzo has a mellow and quiet nature, his father LaVar Ball continues to get media attention due to his bold claims and statements made during interviews.

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76ers snag No. 1 pick from Celtics

The Philadelphia 76ers have selected guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft. Boston , with leading scorer Isaiah Thomas already manning the point guard position, were equally thrilled to drop down two spots and receive what they expect to be a high first-round pick in either 2018 or 2019.

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Vegas selects Blues' Perron in expansion draft

On Wednesday night the NHL's newest expansion team announced its draft, in which one player was taken from the bargain bins of every other team, and it was a show, or at least part of one. The Vancouver Canucks lost defenceman Luca Sbisa to the Knights in the draft. Forward Tomas Nosek was selected from the Detroit Red Wings, and he was followed by two more forwards, Cody Eakin of the Dallas Stars and Jonathan Marchessault of the Florida Panthers .

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LaVar Ball doesn't think LiAngelo will make the National Basketball Association

They sell for $495, and Lonzo said he doesn't anticipate the price of the Big Baller Brand apparel dropping any time soon. For months now, the older Ball has made a lot of headlines for the hilarious and even downright absurd comments he made about different basketball topics, and the way he built-up his sons.

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Mourinho Accused Of €3.3m Tax Fraud

The Portuguese manager took charge at the Spanish Capital in the 2011 and eventually stayed there for three years. 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.

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Fultz steps out in shoes made of basketballs

If the Fultz trade never happened and the 76ers kept the #3 pick as well as the future Lakers or Kings one, they may have found themselves having to pick and choose who to remove from the roster. And if the last few days are indication, what follows might be a wild night inside Barclays Center . Though Fultz heads what's widely regarded as a strong draft class, the young stars have had to share the spotlight this week with veterans who are - or could be - on the move.

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LA Clippers take South Carolina's Thornwell in draft

Thornwell marks the first Gamecock selected in the draft since 2006. Dozier was the Gamecocks' second-leading scorer behind teammate Sindarius Thornwell averaging 13.9 points per game. Those good spirits were rewarded as Dozier agreed to a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Lakers hours after his Watch Party. He averaged 14.7 points during his four-year career.

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Griffin out as Cavaliers GM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical , one of the key candidates to replace Griffin is NBATV analyst and former NBA Champion Chauncey Billups . James , on the final year of his contract, immediately sent a thank-you tweet for Griffin with a slight jab at Cavs ownership. Gilbert added that there would be "no announcement at this time related to new leadership of the Cavaliers basketball operations group".

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McGregor takes the piss out of Mayweather after fight confirmation

Mayweather reportedly earned approximately $330 million for his victory against Manny Pacquiao in 2015, and the fight against McGregor is expected to shatter any gate and pay-per-view records, according to news.com.au . McGregor, 23, will be making his professional boxing debut but holds a 21-3 record in the Octagon. Mayweather was ranked by ESPN as the greatest boxer, pound for pound, of the last 25 years.

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Both McLarens set for 15-place grid penalties

As both Vandoorne and teammate Fernando Alonso have already exceeded the number of engine components that can be used across the season, both drivers have taken on substantial grid penalties for Sunday's race - Alonso with 15 dropped spots and Vandoorne with 30, all but guaranteeing that the McLarens will make up the back row.

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FIFA Confederations Cup: Mexico come from behind to beat New Zealand

Earlier, Guerreiro's towering cross from the left flank hung in the air and found Ronaldo, who rose at the far post to head back across Igor Akinfeev , while a superb, one-handed save from Akinfeev stopped Andre Silva's bullet header just after the break.

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Police consider manslaughter charges over fire

Checks on cladding are taking place on hundreds of buildings across the country following the Grenfell Tower fire . Seventy-nine people are missing or presumed dead following a horrifying blaze at the tower block in north Kensington, London .

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Phoenix Suns Pick Kansas Guard Josh Jackson Fourth Overall

Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats. And oh yeah, he's not the first Husky hooper to go No. 1 overall this year . He's kind of exactly how I am in terms of being competitive and a little bit of trash talking, so I'm really excited to get out there and be able to play against him.

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'Respect Anil Bhai's Views': Virat Kohli On Coach Row

Yes, we agree that the captain wanted to maintain the sanctity of the dressing room, but he should have at least talked about the things that Kumble has accused him of. According to Kumble, the Indian captain had "reservations" with his style of coaching and about him continuing as the head coach . "He has always said that every player's interest should be taken care of, but especially those who play just one format should be priority", said the official reportedly.

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Celtics pick Duke's Tatum

Boston traded the No. 1 pick to Philadelphia a couple of days ago and picked up a future first-round pick. The Sixers then chose Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the No. "I think that he's a guy that we thought really highly of from Day 1", Stevens said of Tatum. "He has his follow-up appointment here in a couple of weeks to determine next course of action", Stevens told reporters at the Celtics draft event.

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Pacers GM says Paul George trade situation is a gut punch

It's a challenging situation but I think we can come out all right". Kevin Pritchard hasn't talked to Paul George since last week at Victory Field for the annual celebrity softball game that was hosted by George. If it keeps us competitive, and we just added two really good players ... we want to build a winning team and sometimes you've got to look a little short-term and sometimes you've got to look long-term.

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Hometown standout Lonzo Ball eager to play for LA Lakers

Ball raised his family in the Los Angeles suburbs. However, getting Los Angeles into the playoffs could be a very tall order for Ball, given that the team has been among the NBA's worst for four straight seasons and likely won't add a veteran star, such as Paul George or LeBron James, until the next offseason.

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Spurs select G Derrick White with No. 29 pick in draft

Here's the full list of picks the Spurs hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated with grades and analysis as each selection is made. "A lot of guys play checkers on court", Marcus Mason said. "So, that's where we sit with LaMarcus". He's a great 3-point shooter and he's no slouch on the defensive end which is where Cleveland was at their weakest last season.

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Markelle Fultz top pick in NBA draft

Click through the gallery above to view Rod Beard's National Basketball Association mock draft, version 3.0. Still, he missed 16 games and has missed at least that many in three of his four years in Phoenix. The lack of experience is among the core group is a concern. The Sixers went 28-54 last season. The 19-year-old will step in to a team that was 20-62 last season but is rebuilding from scratch.

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Lady Aurelia does it again with King's Stand win

Last year , three runners made their way to Sha Tin after competing at Royal Ascot , including the victor Defrocked, now known as Limitless, third-placegetter Chief Whip (renamed California Whip) and the horse who finished sixth, Out And About (now Booming Delight).

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Paul George intends to leave Pacers next year

George has always been linked to the Lakers after having grown up in Southern California. Julius Randle has been floated in trade talks - he doesn't appear to fit Magic Johnson's vision for the team - and could be part of a nice get in a package for George.

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Portugal declares three-day national mourning for victims of deadly forest fires

Many of those who lost their lives inside their vehicles were trapped on the road linking the villages of Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera. "There is still a lot of forest that can burn and the rain does not make much difference", said Rui Barreto, deputy chief firefighter at the makeshift emergency services headquarters in Pedrogao Grande as thunder rolled through the skies over the ash-covered town.

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Confederations Cup: Germany hold Chile to 1-1 draw

Discussing a period of heavy Chile pressure in the opening 45 minutes, Low said: "I didn't have the impression our players were "lost" in the first half". 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.

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Walton downplays LaVar Ball's claim about Lonzo leading Lakers to playoffs

Ball's mental steadiness is another big reason he's nearly certain to be a top-three pick on Thursday. "I'm glad they called my name". 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.

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Timberwolves Deal For Butler & Draft Creighton's Patton

And that player might not necessarily be a rookie. ESPN's Kevin Pelton graded the trade Thursday night. Plus, Kris Dunn's poor rookie showing, after being drafted fifth overall a year ago, likely makes head coach Tom Thibodeau less interested in taking a chance on an uncertain player.

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76ers take Fultz with top pick in NBA draft

Now, Tatum will join a Celtics team that is already a contender, earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference this spring before falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals. FILE - In this March 4, 2017, file photo, Kentucky guard Malik Monk drives to the basket against Texas A&M guard JC Hampton (5) during the first of an NCAA college basketball game, in College Station, Texas.

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Who's No. 3? NBA draft intrigue begins after Fultz, Ball

Lonzo Ball , right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the No. 2 overall pick during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday , June 22, 2017 , in NY. "I see two parents who have done a damn good job with the kid". Jackson considers Markkanen, a 7-foot jump-shooting forward, a replacement for Porzingis and is considering selecting him with the team's No.

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Vegas likely to lack star power and scoring in early National Hockey League existence

Teams were allowed to protect seven forwards , three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie. This will be an interesting week, not only to see the trades McPhee pulls off leading up to Wednesday but to watch other clubs get into the act.

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Mourinho denies tax fraud during Real Madrid stint

Mourinho has been accused of two counts of tax fraud - €1.6m in 2011 and €1.7m in 2012. Ironically, Ronaldo could be reunited with Mourinho, with his former club Manchester United the club most likely to sign Ronaldo should he leave. Other clients of Mendes who have ended up in Spain include the Portuguese full-back Fabio Coentrao - on the verge of joining Sporting Lisbon on loan from Real Madrid - and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, now with Monaco but formerly at Atletico Madrid .

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Insider delivers latest update on Man United's link to Real Madrid star

Cristiano Ronaldo's woes deepened Tuesday when the star striker who reportedly wants to quit Real Madrid was summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud. Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho are both clients of the football agent Jorge Mendes. The 29-year-old and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.

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Cristiano Ronaldo on the move?

The statement also said that Mourinho had received a certificate from the authorities confirming that he was "up to date with all his tax obligations". Ronaldo's trouble coincided with the same Madrid-based prosecutor's office accusing Mourinho of two counts of tax fraud. According to local media, Ronaldo is due to appear in court at Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid , on July 31.

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Newest Dallas Maverick: Dennis Smith Jr

The Dallas Mavericks addressed their backcourt need with the No. 9 overall pick in the draft, taking North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith, Jr . Smith's vertical jump is a reported 48 inches. However, Smith's Wolfpack team not making the NCAA tournament likely has something to do with his fall.

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Lions won't be easy prey for All Blacks: Rennie

They scored a few tries, looked like a proper rugby team for long periods. Daly is the safer option and there is still the worry over North's numerous incidents of concussion - Warren Gatland can not afford to lose a starting back early in a match that will shake the New Zealand islands with the ferocity of the hits.

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FIFA Confederations Cup: Mexico came from behind to beat New Zealand

Meanwhile, Ronaldo is ready to pay Spain's tax authorities the €14.7 million (Dh60.2m) - the amount he has been accused of defrauding by a prosecutor - ahead of the court hearing, Spanish state TV said last night. "We're sad about that, and let's see what the exam results tell us". Akinfeev continued his strong performance in the second half with a stunning reflex save from new AC Milan Andre Silva who attempted to put the ball back across goal only to be denied.

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Liverpool complete €42m Salah signing

Kingfut had exclusively revealed that the Reds have succeeded in finding an agreement with Salah's AS Roma for the move, after an initial bid was turned down, for a reported transfer fee of €45 million, including bonuses. Manager Jurgen Klopp commented , " Mohamed has the flawless mix of experience and potential - this is a really exciting signing for us". Introducing Salah will not only bolster the team's attacking strength in depth but also provide much-needed width and an ...


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