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.
Roger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this year to four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. The Swiss 19-time grand slam winner, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their overall head-to-head record, didn't face a break point and started and ended the match with service breaks. “I don't know what my expectations were going in,” Federer said. “I thought I might struggle early on because it was a late finish last night. “I had no nerves before the match, surprisingly. I think I was pretty clear about how I wanted to play the match. I started off very well and relaxed from then on.” Despite his dominance in 2017, Federer
What we learned during the past week (and more) in the NHL: Kings enjoying a royal reversal The Kings are off to a franchise-best start at 4-0-1, looking every game like kids who have been freed from detention in a stuffy classroom. They’ve maintained a strong defensive game while capitalizing on the offensive freedom given them by new coach John Stevens. Defenseman Drew Doughty is making the most of his skating skills, and center Anze Kopitar (four goals, eight points) and winger Dustin Brown (four goals, seven points) have been active and involved. It’s a big turnaround from last season under Darryl Sutter, especially the last joyless months. Vegas earning its (golden) knighthood Club officials
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
The 2017 MLB playoffs are here, with 10 teams providing us several storylines to watch this October, from the wild card games all the way through the World Series. We had three 100-win teams — the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, and Houston Astros — for just the sixth time in major league history and the first time since 2003. There were a trio of great turnaround stories as well. The Minnesota Twins had the worst record in baseball in 2016 with 103 losses, but this year they’re in the postseason as the second American League Wild Card, the first team ever to make the playoffs one year after losing 100 games. In the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks rebounded from a 93-loss campaign
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
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