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
Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer Close Follow on Twitter OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry and the Curry Family Foundation partnered with Under Armour and Chase to refurbish the outdoor and indoor basketball courts at Bushrod Community Center in Oakland. The newly remodeled gymnasium was decked out in fresh black and gold paint. Even the rims were gold. At center court was "SC," Curry's initials. On the wall along the sideline are in-game action murals of Curry with motivational quotes sprinkled throughout facility. "I can do all things," one of Curry's favorite bible verses, is inscribed on the wall pads. The 40 or so kids in attendance didn't find out about of Curry's
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.