When Yasiel Puig licks his bats , Dodger Stadium laughs. When he stands at the plate admiring a base hit , the fans' initial cheers hilariously morph into a group exhortation to "Go! Go!" — which he eventually does. The Cuban outfielder's entire baseball career has been a quest to learn how to direct his prodigious talent without losing the fundamental joy he derives from the game. Just 14 months ago, that quest appeared to be over, at least in Los Angeles. Puig had been demoted to Triple-A and seemed unlikely to return to the Dodgers amid frustration with his consistency and discipline. The Wild Horse just might have it all figured out now, and LA is thrilled to be along for a redemptive ride
Boxing faceoffs are all about mind games. Fighters try to look intimidating, they talk trash, and they get up in each other’s grills all in the name of mind games. Swedish professional boxer Mikaela Laurén took the theatrics to a whole other place during a press conference on Monday when she stood toe-to-toe with undefeated champion Cecilia Braekhus. As cameras clicked away, Lauren approached Braekhus, stared deeply into her eyes and planted a kiss on her lips.