When the Los Angeles Lakers took Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick in this year's NBA draft they didn't just get a skilled player they believe will take them to the playoffs but a brand who will put the spotlight back on a fading franchise. The newest face of the famed Lakers, Ball comes hyped, packaged and market ready for Hollywood, the Big Baller Brand selling seats and sneakers even before he has played a regular season game. The 6-foot, 6-inch (1.98 metres) point guard, entrepreneur and aspiring rapper is not only preparing to take on the NBA's best but Nike, Adidas and Under Armour as well with his own Baller Brand apparel and shoe that comes with a Hall of Famer worthy $495 price tag.
Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Tuesday: SOCCER World Cup playoff draw Italy face Sweden ZURICH - Four-times world champions Italy will play Sweden in their two-legged playoff for a place in next year's World Cup in Russia. Northern Ireland face
"Though I have been pitching better the last four games, there are times I did not pitch well since I have come to the Dodgers, " Darvish wrote in a text. "I have been thinking about the reasons why I have been able to pitch better. But before I do, I just want to say this: There should be no criticism of Doug Brocail or Brad Holman. They are both very good coaches without a doubt. They are also great people. I'm not the kind of person who lies, so please trust me when I say this. "Since I came to the U.S., I was told 'throw more fastballs' and 'pitch with better tempo' from the entire team," Darvish added. "I don't disagree that this is good coaching. It is right and good coaching for a lot
Todd Gurley has a huge young fan. In a video posted to social media, Kathryn Langley shared the moment she surprised her 7-year-old son Griff with tickets to the Rams and Jaguars game in Jacksonville, Fla. “What would you think if we watched Todd Gurley go play football today?” mom asked. “But they’re in L.A.” Griff said. “No they’re not, they’re playing Jacksonville!” mom said. Griff, a Gurley fan since he watched the running back star at Georgia, broke into tears upon realizing a three-hour car ride from Statesboro, Ga., would result in watching Gurley play at EverBank Field. The Rams running back provided plenty of highlights in a 27-17 victory over the Jaguars, rushing for 116 yards in 23