<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Sports]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usFri, 21 Jul 2017 13:53:19 -0700Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:53:19 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Check Out the New Olympic Skating Stadiums]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:07:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/stadiumskorea.jpg

South Korea is ahead of schedule in constructing venues for the 2018 Winter Olympics and NBC got an exclusive tour of the arenas that will host skating events. Some of the biggest events of the games will take place here.

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<![CDATA[Braves Snap Dodgers 11-Game Win Streak]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:54:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/Braves+Snap+Dodgers+win+streak+.png

Leave it to old friend Matt Kemp to snap the streak.

Kurt Suzuki homered and the Atlanta Braves snapped the Los Angeles Dodgers season-high 11-game win-streak, 6-3, on Thursday night at Chavez Ravine.

Brandon McCarthy got off to a rough start as four of the first five Braves' batters reached base in a wild two-run first inning that put Atlanta out in front.

"They're a really aggressive team and they made me pay," McCarthy said about the first inning. "Oddly enough, I feel happy today outside of the actual results."

Cody Bellinger drove home Chase Utley in the bottom half of the frame as the Dodgers cut the lead in half. 

Bellinger's RBI was his team-leading 63rd RBI of the season as the rookie All-Star is batting .304 with 14 home runs in his last 34 games.

Suzuki broke the game open with a two-run homer off McCarthy in the top of the fourth and Atlanta never looked back.

"The pitch to Suzuki I'm not thrilled with," McCarthy said of the elevated sinker that Suzuki hit out of the ballpark. "That's just an execution error on my part. They put the bat on the ball enough to make things go their way."

McCarthy (6-4) allowed a season-high six runs on nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts in just four short innings. It was one of his worst starts of the season.

"A blister formed during the game," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts told the media of McCarthy after the game. "I definitely don't think it's mental, but probably mechanics and the blister as well."

Yasmani Grandal--who had a root canal procedure earlier in the day--tried to bring the Boys in Blue back with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the rally ultimately fell short.

"I had the appointment this morning, so I'm probably going on maybe three or four hours of sleep," said Grandal about the root canal. "I already had my mind set that I know this is going to suck, but I wanted to play through it and try and win a game today."

Mike Foltynewicz (8-5) earned his career-high fifth straight decision, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 and 1/3 strong innings.

"Everything felt good," Foltynewicz said. "Overall, it was a good night, the offense came up big. It's good to start this series off the right way."

In his last nine starts, Foltynewicz is 5-0 with a 3.33 ERA, the best stretch of his young career. 

Former Dodger, Jim Johnson, pitched the bottom of the ninth for his 22nd save of the season. 

The Dodgers 11-game win streak was tied for the longest in the Majors with the Houston Astros, and was there second double-digit wining streak this season.

The loss was just the second at Dodger Stadium in their last 20 games at home, and Los Angeles still has the best home record in the Majors, and the highest winning percentage at Chavez Ravine in franchise history.

So long, Sergio Romo

Before the game, the Dodgers reinstated left-hander Grant Dayton and designated Sergio Romo for assignment, likely ending his brief time with Los Angeles.

Up Next:

LHP Jamie Garcia was supposed to start on Friday for the Braves, but he was traded to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. If the trade goes through on Friday, the starter will likely be a call up. Alex Wood will put his perfect 11-0 record on the line opposite whomever starts for the Braves. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[What Competing in the Tour de France Can Do to Your Legs ]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:42:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pawGettyImages-805284696.jpg

Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski gave his Instagram followers a glimpse into the toll that riding 1,758 miles can take on one’s body.

On Tuesday, after riding in the 16th stage of the Tour de France, Poljanski posted a picture of his legs and added: “After sixteen stages, I think my legs look a little tired.”

Medical experts say Poljanski’s condition is caused by a massive amount of blood moving through the veins, Today reported.



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<![CDATA[For $12 Million, You Can Name the Field at Dodger Stadium]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:22:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/163*120/Dodger+Stadium+Naming+Rights+For+Sale.png

The NBC Field at Dodger Stadium has a nice ring to it.

Do you happen to have $12 million dollars lying around? If you do, you can name the field at Dodger Stadium.

According to the Sports Business Daily, the Dodgers have had the naming rights to the field at the third oldest stadium in Major League Baseball up for sale since early Spring with an asking price of $12 million.

Commercialism is no stranger to the sports world, initially starting with huge brand signage at NASCAR races, to stadiums, and now on to NBA jerseys starting in the 2017 season.

After the announcment on Monday that the naming rights were available, Dodger fans across the globe began to react, or overreact to the news via social media. 

At first, a bevy of fans believed that the Dodgers were selling the naming rights to the actual stadium, similar to the Staples Center, in downtown LA and the StubHub Center in Carson. 

However, the Dodgers made it clear that the stadium itself would remain Dodger Stadium, and just the naming rights for the field would be for sale. Therefore, if a company were to pony up the $12 million necessary it would go something like this, [Insert Name Here] Field at Dodger Stadium.

Some fans who frequently flock to Chavez Ravine don't like the idea of selling the rights to naming the field. Those opponents believe it is the beginning of a slippery slope that could eventually lead to the naming of the stadium, advertisements on the uniforms, and eventually, the corporate name of the team itself like the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.

Proponents of the naming of the field would like to see a rich billionaire who bleeds Dodger Blue to fork over the $12 million to name it Vin Scully Field or Jackie Robinson Field.

For now, the naming rights to the field that is played on Santa Ana Bermudagrass are still up for grabs as the Dodgers themselves are ironically wrapping up a two-game series at "Guaranteed Rate Field," in Chicago.

If the name of the White Sox Field is any indication of what could come at Dodger Stadium, perhaps they should just let sleeping dog's lie.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Sweep White Sox in Rain Soaked Rout]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:30:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/Taylor+Homers+as+Moncada+Looks+on.png

Rain, rain, go away, but the Dodgers win anyway.

Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, and Enrique Henrnadez all homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers won in a rain-soaked rout, 9-1, over the White Sox in seven innings on Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

Taylor hit a leadoff homer to start the game, but the torrential downpour of baseballs in the stands didn't end there.

Melky Cabrera tied the game in the bottom half of the first with his 12th home run of the season to tie the game at one apiece.

Hernandez hit solo shots in the second and third respectively, as he recorded his first multi-homer game of the season.

Seager followed Hernandez with a two-run home run of his own as the Dodgers took a commanding 5-1 lead after four frames.

Seager's home run was his 44th of his career as a shortstop (45 total), breaking the Los Angeles Dodgers' record of 43 held by Rafael Furcal. The all-time franchise record for home runs by a Dodgers' shortstop is 122 by Pee Wee Reese.

The Dodgers broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning that started with five consecutive hits.

Shortly after the seventh inning, the rain and wind came pouring down and after a brief delay, the game was called by the umpires.

Kenta Maeda (8-4) earned the win, allowing one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts in his first start since July 7, against the Kansas City Royals.

In interleague play, Maeda is 3-0 with a 0.53 ERA against the Royals, Angels and White Sox in 2017.

White Sox starter, Carlos Rodon (1-3), got rocked, allowing five runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts in the loss.

Chicago's top prospect, Yoan Moncada, was called up before the game, and went 0-for-2 with a walk in his White Sox debut.

Moncada was famously required from the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster offseason trade that sent Chris Sale to Beantown.

The Dodgers are now 31-4 in their last 35 games, the best stretch in franchise history and longest stretch since the Brooklyn Superbas in 1899 went 31-4.

The victory gave the Dodgers their 11th consecutive win, the longest active streak in baseball, and LA's longest streak of the season after a 10-game winning streak last month.

The win also completed a two-game sweep of the White Sox, the Dodgers' 12th sweep of the season. In the last 40 years, the most sweeps the Dodgers had in a single season was 13 in 1978.

Los Angeles can tie that mark with a sweep in their next series.

Up Next:

The Dodgers return home to the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine for a 10-game home stand starting on Thursday. Brandon McCarthy starts opposite Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicx at 7:10PM PST.



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<![CDATA[The Heart and Hustle of the 2017 Dodgers]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:58:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Justin+Turner+Heart+and+Hustle.png

The heart of the 2017 Dodgers is also their best hitter. 

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was named the team's recipient of the annual Heart and Hustle Award for the 2017 season. 

The award is given to active players on each team who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and traditions of the game. 

The award is given by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni assocation and is the only award that is voted on solely by former players.

"Justin gives his all on the field," said Dodgers legendary pitcher Don Newcombe. "He brings joy and positivity to the clubhouse and spends his free time giving back to the community."

One player from each team is selected by the MLBPAA and the final winner is announced on November 14, 2017 at the annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. 

Turner leads the league in batting average with a .371 average this season and was named to his first ever All-Star Game last week after receiving a record amount of fan votes in MLB's "Final Vote" contest. 



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<![CDATA[Celebrities in the Stands: Dodgers Edition]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:33:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/227*120/10-18-2016-dodgers-fan-ferrell-milano-lopez.jpg Hollywood celebrities show off their Dodger blue.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Set Best 34-Game Mark in Franchise History]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:38:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Kershaw+and+Bellinger+Keep+Dodgers+Rolling.png

One is the loneliest number.

The Dodgers scored one run in the first inning and held on to defeat the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, to set the best 34-game mark in franchise history on Tuesday night in the Windy City. 

Cody Bellinger knocked in the game's only run with an RBI single and Clayton Kershaw earned his 15th win of the season with seven shutout innings as the Dodgers improved to 30-4 in their last 34 games, the best stretch in baseball since 1977. 

Chris Taylor reached base on an infield single to start the game, and then promptly stole second, before scoring on the Bellinger single. Little did both teams know, that early run would be the only one of the game. 

Taylor finished with four hits for just the second time this season, and is now batting .426 in the leadoff spot for Los Angeles this season.

Kershaw (15-2) was not at his best, but scattered seven hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings as the three-time Cy Young Award winner has made 14 consecutive starts without a loss, beating his own record second in 2014 of 13 consecutive games without a loss. 

White Sox starter, Miguel Gonzalez (4-9), was the hard-luck loser, allowing just one run on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts in six innings. 

Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 24th save of the season.

The victory is the Dodgers 10th straight game, the second time this season that the team has reached a double-digit win streak this season, the only team in baseball to accomplish that feat.

Los Angeles is 65-29 on the season, the best start in Los Angeles franchise history, and the best start in team history since 1955. 

Up Next:

Kenta Maeda heads to the mound on Wednesday as the Dodgers look to keep rolling against LHP Carlos Rodon. First pitch is 5:10PM PST.

Please refresh this page for more updates, stats, and player reactions…



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<![CDATA[Lakers Intro Kentavious Caldwell-Pope]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:11:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Kentavious-Caldwell-Pope.jpg

Less than 24 hours after winning the Las Vegas Summer League, the Los Angeles Lakers held court in El Segundo and introduced new signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who joined the team on a one-year $18 million contract, as the starting shooting guard of the team.

"We needed a two-guard and a special two-guard that can play both sides of the ball but also has a high basketball I.Q., bring some toughness to the team and the floor," Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson waxed poetic about the team's new signing. "He can guard the 1-position, the 2-position, the 3-position--man, I should have been playing with him myself--almost like Michael Cooper in a sense."

Johnson added, "Also, [he] can hit the three ball and take it to the basket. Just another explosive player that our Lakers will get a chance to play with."

As Johnson grew exited talking about the team he was assembling, the front row of the audience could hardly contain itself. That front row consisted of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Thomas Bryant, all of whom had taken the team bus back from Las Vegas to El Segundo in the morning and had stuck around for the press conference.

Larry Nance Jr., Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Kyle Kuzma and Ivica Zubac were also present at the facility, as the Lakers introduced their newest signing, illustrating the close involvement of the players. Only veterans Luol Deng, Brook Lopez and Corey Brewer were not visible in the flesh for Caldwell-Pope's introduction.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said, "I think it means a lot to the Lakers' family to have our guys come back from Vegas--literally the bus just got here--to show support for their newest teammate."

Caldwell-Pope is a 24-year-old guard that can shoot and defend, which fills two major needs for the Lakers of 2016-17.

As Johnson tells it, after he entered the team's management setup, he took to watching practices and watching games. What the 57-year-old saw was that teams had taken to sagging in and playing zones that invited the Lakers to shoot. Also, Johnson wanted a bit more intensity and competition in practice.

"I said, 'Man, we got to change and get some shooting in here and then we got to get some versatile guys that can play more than one position,'" Johnson shared his thoughts after watching practices in those early days in the front office.

Caldwell-Pope's defensive intensity and versatility, which the player cited as being more important than his three-point shooting at Tuesday's press conference, and shooting ability should help the Lakers address both areas that Johnson saw as problems.

"He gives our team versatility," Johnson said about the new signing. "We can cross match. In today's game, you have to have versatility, and so he gives us that."

While Johnson shared that the playoffs are always the goal at the start of the season, the executive did not seem to be in a rush to make proclamations and guarantees that the team would return to the postseason for the first time since the 2012 playoffs, when Dwight Howard and the Lakers were promptly swept in four games by the San Antonio Spurs.

"We're already better," Johnson said when asked about expectations for the upcoming season. "The roster is more balanced. We saw the ball movement in Summer League, and that's what we want to see and what [Lakers coach] Luke (Walton) wants to see."

Johnson added, "I tell you what, I would not want to miss a Laker game this season because it's going to be exciting every single night."



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<![CDATA[Lakers Win 2017 NBA Summer League]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:05:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Summer-League-2017_1200x675_1002298947868.jpg

Kyle Kuzma was named MVP of the Summer League finals with 30 points and 10 rebounds in Monday's final, and Lonzo Ball was named MVP of the entire tournament despite sitting out the tournament finale, but the LA Lakers won the 2017 Summer League in Las Vegas. After the final, Ball, Kuzma and Lakers Summer League coach Jud Buechler spoke about the tournament . (Recorded in  Las Vegas on July 17, 2017)

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<![CDATA[Lonzo Ball Wins MVP, Lakers Win Summer League]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:08:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/Kyle-Kuzma-Lakers-Summer-League-final-7-17.PNG

LAS VEGAS - Due to a strained calf, Lonzo Ball sat out of Monday's NBA Summer League final in Las Vegas, where the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Portland Trail Blazers at the Thomas & Mack Center, but the 19-year-old rookie sensation was named NBA Summer League Most Valuable Player and handed a trophy prior to the game.

Ball became the first Laker to be named Summer League MVP after averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals, along with recording two triple-doubles.

After Ball was presented with the MVP trophy, which he accepted wearing what could best be described as spa slippers, the Lakers and Blazer played out a closely contested Las Vegas Summer League finals.

From the onset, rookie Kyle Kuzma out of the University of Utah stepped up and filled the scoring void. Kuzma, who was named to the All Summer League 2nd Team, scored 19 points in the first half on 7-10 shooting, including 4-6 from beyond the three-point line.

Kuzma has been a standout player for the Lakers, who drafted the Flint, Michigan native with the no. 27 over all pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Kuzma's scoring helped the Lakers keep pace with Portland, as the two teams went into the halftime intermission down 59-58.

In addition to Kuzma, the Lakers also earned solid contirbutions from Vander Blue and Matt Thomas, both of whom started and scored in double figures in the first half.

As the score suggested, the Lakers and Blazers were in for a high-scoring shootout, as both teams put up high scores for NBA games, while Summer League games only feature 10-minute quarters.

Kuzma continued his strong performance by scoring 11 points in the third quarter and giving the Lakers an 84-79 lead with 10 minutes to play. Kuzma had improved to 6-8 from three-point land after hitting a buzzer beating three-pointer to put the Lakers up 84-79 with 10 minutes remaining.

In the fourth quarter, the crowd got involved and turned up the intensity, which only helped the Lakers, who were the clear crowd favorites. When Ivica Zubac hit a mid-range jump shot with 7:42 remaining in the ball game, the Blazers called time out and the biased Lakers' fans erupted into a frenzy at the Lakers leading by 13 points.

The lead would obviously narrow, as Portland made a push to comeback, but the Lakers' continued to hit shots when they needed them most. Portland would cut the difference down to single digits multiple times, but the Lakers never let Portland truly threaten.

When the final buzzer finally sounded, the Lakers won by a final count of 110-98.

Incredibly, LA won six straight games, including five playoff games in six nights, to win the Las Vegas Summer League tournament. Kuzma finished the night with 30 points and 10 rebounds.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys WR's Dog Returned After Being Stolen, Ransomed]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:19:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/blitz-home-lucky.jpg

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead's dog has been returned safely after being stolen and held for ransom, he said. 

Whitehead posted on Snapchat at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday that his dog, Blitz, was home.

Whitehead posted on Instagram Sunday that someone had broken into his home and stolen Blitz while he was out of town July 9.

"Blitz was being taken care of by a close friend at my house and someone broke in and took him," Whitehead posted.

Whitehead added that the culprit had called him and demanded he "cut a check" if he wanted Blitz back alive.

"I strongly advise you to stop and return my boy safely before it gets any worse!" he said on Instagram.

A rapper known as Boogotti Kasino tweeted a video late Monday of a dog that Whitehead confirmed to be Blitz in a room with several individuals. One of the men in the expletive-laden video calls out Whitehead for owing him money.

A follow-up tweet from Kasino to Whitehead said, "bro u know I didn't steal yo dog u can come get yo dog back i was just asking for my money back thay I spend on the dawg."

Kasino then tweeted a video of Blitz being returned to Whitehead just after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Whitehead told NBC 5 his friend went to pick up Blitz from the men seen in the video. He added that he did not have to pay to have Blitz returned.



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<![CDATA[Maria Sharapova Splits Two Sets for OC Team in Season Opener]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:32:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/146029351.jpg

Maria Sharapova split two sets in the Orange County Breakers 17-14 loss to the defending World TeamTennis champion San Diego Aviators Sunday at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad in the season opener for both teams.
Sharapova, who had five stints as the No. 1 player on the Women's Tennis Association singles rankings, most recently in 2012, was playing for the first time since May 16, when a thigh injury forced her to retire from her second-round match in the Rome Open she was leading Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-3, 2-1.
Sharapova first played women's doubles, teaming with Andreja Klepac for a 5-1 victory over Darija Jurak and Shelby Rogers that increased the Breakers lead to 10-2. Klepac and Ken Skupski defeated Jurak and Raven Klaasen, 5-1, in the opening set, mixed doubles.
The Aviators won each of the final three sets. Ryan Harrison and Klaasen defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili and Skupski, 5-1, in men's doubles, cutting the deficit to 11-7. Rogers defeated Sharapova, 5-3. Harrison, the league's 2016 male MVP, defeated Gabashvili, 5-0, the 2015 male MVP, in men's singles.
Sharapova is set to play for the Breakers for a second and final time this season July 24 at Breakers Stadium at Palisades Tennis Club, also against the Aviators.
World TeamTennis matches consist of one set each of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles, with the team winning the most games winning the match.
The Breakers will play their home opener Monday night against the
Springfield Lasers.
Sharapova was suspended Jan. 26, 2016, by the International Tennis Federation for an anti-doping rule violation. She regained her eligibility to play on April 26.
Sharapova reached the semifinals of her first tournament following her suspension, the $719,000 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, then lost in the second round of both her tournaments since then.

Maria Sharapova split two sets in the Orange County Breakers 17-14 loss to the defending World TeamTennis champion San Diego Aviators Sunday at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad in the season opener for both teams.

Sharapova, who had five stints as the No. 1 player on the Women's Tennis Association singles rankings, most recently in 2012, was playing for the first time since May 16, when a thigh injury forced her to retire from her second-round match in the Rome Open she was leading Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-3, 2-1.

Sharapova first played women's doubles, teaming with Andreja Klepac for a 5-1 victory over Darija Jurak and Shelby Rogers that increased the Breakers lead to 10-2. Klepac and Ken Skupski defeated Jurak and Raven Klaasen, 5-1, in the opening set, mixed doubles.

The Aviators won each of the final three sets. Ryan Harrison and Klaasen defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili and Skupski, 5-1, in men's doubles, cutting the deficit to 11-7. Rogers defeated Sharapova, 5-3. Harrison, the league's 2016 male MVP, defeated Gabashvili, 5-0, the 2015 male MVP, in men's singles.

Sharapova is set to play for the Breakers for a second and final time this season July 24 at Breakers Stadium at Palisades Tennis Club, also against the Aviators.

World TeamTennis matches consist of one set each of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles, with the team winning the most games winning the match.

The Breakers will play their home opener Monday night against the Springfield Lasers.

Sharapova was suspended Jan. 26, 2016, by the International Tennis Federation for an anti-doping rule violation. She regained her eligibility to play on April 26.

Sharapova reached the semifinals of her first tournament following her suspension, the $719,000 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, then lost in the second round of both her tournaments since then.



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<![CDATA[Lonzo Ball Inspires Lakers to Summer League Final]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:00:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lonzo-Ball-Lakers-win-in-Summer-League.jpg

LAS VEGAS - Lonzo Ball continued his takeover in the desert as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 22-point halftime lead over the Dallas Mavericks in the Las Vegas Summer League semifinal with 14 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and a steal and no turnovers in 18 minutes of work.

By himself, Ball had more assists than the entire Dallas Mavericks' team at the intermission of Sunday night's playoff game, as the kid from Chino Hills continued to resurrect hope in the stumbling Lakers' franchise.

While the first half highlighted Ball's talents and exemplified his impact on the game, the second half only saw the former UCLA Bruin play three and a half minutes before leaving the game with tightness in his right calf. Ball ended up getting his calf stretched out on the baseline before disappearing into the locker room tunnel for more stretching.

Ball returned to the bench soon after, but he would not return to the court.

With the Lakers leading by comfortably by double digits for the majority of the ball game, the decision to hold out the 19-year-old made a great deal of sense, especially considering Summer League is essentially a glorified exhibition tournament.

Without Ball, though, the Lakers nearly blew a 26-point lead. As the Lakers fell apart without their star guard and the Dallas Mavericks made their final push, the game closed to a one-point difference. Fans at the Thomas & Mack Center, who were overwhelmingly in favor of the Lakers, took to chanting "We want Ball," but Lakers Summer League coach Jud Buechler did not flinch or even look into the point guard sensation's direction.

Instead, Kyle Kuzma, Matt Thomas and Vander Blue led the Lakers to victory, as Kuzma finished with a game-high 24 points, Thomas chipped in 20 points and Blue tabbed 17 points in the win.

For Dallas, Dennis Smith Jr. led the way with 21 points, and the Mavericks matched the Lakers with all five starters scoring in double figures. Though Dallas closed to within one point, the Mavericks never led at any stage in the game.

Next, the Lakers will take on the Portland Trail Blazers at 7 p.m on Monday night in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game. The Lakers will play their fifth game in six nights, though Ball's involvement remained somewhat in doubt after the game. As a positive sign, Ball's calf was not listed as strained, only as "tight."

According to both the player and his coach, though, the training staff and management will make the determination on whether or not the new face of the Lakers' franchise will play in the 2017 Summer League finale in front of a national audience.

Notes: The Lakers shot 77.3 percent from beyond the three-point line, and their long range shooting has become a common trend in the Summer League session. Ball finished with 16 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, one steal and no turnovers in 21 and a half minutes before getting pulled.



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<![CDATA[Vin Scully Inducted Into 'Shrine of the Eternals']]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:01:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/176*120/AP_17191646966614.jpg

Retired Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully, catcher-turned-broadcaster Bob Uecker and "Peanuts" character Charlie Brown were inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals Sunday at the Pasadena Central Library.

The Shrine of the Eternals differs from the Hall of Fame in that statistical accomplishment is not the principal criterion for election.

Its criteria are distinctiveness of play (good or bad), the uniqueness of character and personality and the imprint the individual has made on the baseball landscape, according to the website of the Baseball Reliquary, which bills itself as a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history.

Scully received votes on a record 59.5 percent of the ballots in his first year of eligibility.

The previous record was 53 percent, set in 2000 by colorful pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee and matched in 2008 by Buck O'Neil, a first baseman and manager in the Negro Leagues and the first black coach in Major League Baseball.

Elections have been held annually since 1999.

The three candidates in the field of 50 receiving the most votes are elected. Uecker received votes on 37 percent of the ballots and Charlie Brown 25.5 percent.

Runners-up included the late manager Leo Durocher, who received votes on 24.8 percent of the ballots, and broadcaster Bob Costas, who received votes on 23.5 percent of the ballots.

Scully did not attend the ceremony because of a previous commitment, according to Baseball Reliquary executive director Terry Cannon. His induction was introduced and accepted by Lisa Nehus Saxon, a former Los Angeles Daily News sports reporter.

Uecker missed the ceremony to broadcast the Milwaukee Brewers-Philadelphia Phillies game in Milwaukee. His induction was introduced and accepted by former major league outfielder Jay Johnstone.

Charlie Brown's induction was introduced and accepted by Craig Schulz, the youngest son of "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz.

Also honored were Cam Perron, who received the Hilda Award, which recognizes distinguished service to the game by a baseball fan, and Richard Santillan, who received the Tony Salin Memorial Award, which recognizes individuals for their commitment to the preservation of baseball history.

Perron, 22, began writing letters to Negro Leagues players when he was in middle school. By his freshman year in high school, he began organizing annual Negro Leagues reunions and reconnecting players who had been out of touch for more than 50 years.

Perron located more 100 previously undiscovered players from the Negro Leaguers and obtained pensions for many of the players through a program offered by Major League Baseball.

Santillan is the lead author of the Mexican-American baseball book series which showcases Mexican-American baseball and softball pictures through the lens of race, class, gender, political and civil rights, the border, prejudice and discrimination and illustrates how baseball and softball served as political tools to advance equality and social justice.



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<![CDATA[Lakers Star Lonzo Ball Leaves Game With Tight Calf]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:55:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/EW5_8579_1200x675_1001344067546.jpg Lakers star Lonzo Ball left Sunday's Summer League semifinal with a tight calf, but LA went on to beat Dallas and both Ball and Lakers Summer League coach Jud Buechler spoke about the tight calf after (Recorded in Las Vegas on July 16, 2017)]]> <![CDATA[Lakers Win, Advance to Summer League Semis]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 03:48:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lonzo-Ball-Lakers-Summer-League-7-15-17.jpg

Vander Blue scored 27 points, Kyle Kuzma added 26 more and Lonzo Ball flirted with yet another triple-double to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 115-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in the Las Vegas Summer League quarterfinals on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Ball finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 34 minutes, as the Lakers extended their Summer League winning streak to four games after losing the opening two contests of the session.

Along with Blue, Kuzma and Ball, the Lakers received notable contributions from Travis Wear, as the former UCLA Bruin hit four of his six three-point attempts, and Matt Thomas, who finished with 17 points on 6-9 shooting from the field and 3-4 from three-point land. In fact, the Lakers hit 14-26 from three, with Blue, Kuzma and Thomas all making a trio of three-pointers each, while Wear finished top of the pile with four long bombs to his name.

Brooklyn offerred the Lakers their toughest test thus far, as Brooklyn's starting five featured four players with at least a season of NBA experience in Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Isaiah Whitehead and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, all of whom scored at least 15 points on the night.

However, the Lakers sharing of the basketball combined with the extra contributions from guys like Wear and Thomas helped LA hold off the Nets' charge and send the Lakers into the final two days of the competition. On the night, the Lakers finished with 26 assists on 42 made field goals.

The Lakers now face their fourth game in five days at 5 p.m. Pacific Time against the Dallas Mavericks. The winner of that game will play in the final on Monday against the winner of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Lakers are only two wins away from the 2017 Summer League trophy.



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<![CDATA[Lukaku Debuts, Man United Beats Galaxy 5-2]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 04:08:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Marcus-Rashford-Manchester-United-Galaxy-July-15-17.jpg

CARSON - With David Beckham watching both of his former clubs from the stands, Marcus Rashford scored a first half double within 20 minutes to lead Manchester United to a 5-2 victory on a balmy Saturday night in Southern California.

Rashford, who is still only 19 years old, started at striker and scored within two minutes of the opening whistle. After putting in a 45-minute shift and grabbing a seat during the preseason friendly for the Premier League club, one could not help but marvel at the teenager's composure in front of goal combined with the pace and positional understanding on display.

For the Galaxy, the match served as an all-too-familiar mid-season exhibition contest that tends to more accommodate the visiting teams in their preseason preparations than help the LA-based club directly.

At halftime, both clubs made wholesale changes and brought on their regulars for the final 45 minutes, with the Galaxy bringing on a couple more first-choice players at the 60-minute mark.

For Manchester United, the halftime changes included Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan coming on, the latter of whom scored Manchester United's fourth goal of the night. At 4-0 up, one would have had a tough time seeing any purpose to looking up at the scoreboard.

The greater meaning of the day, though, came from the debut of Manchester United's new star striker Romelu Lukaku, who arrived from Everton for nearly $100 million transfer fee and officially only just joined the team in Los Angeles earlier in the month.

Lukaku came on at halftime and played for the entire second half, after Rashford and Marouane Fellaini had helped Manchester United jump to a 3-0 halftime lead against a weakened LA Galaxy starting lineup. The Belgian's first chance was blocked off by Galaxy goal keeper Brian Rowe, and the 24-year-old missed the target on his second attempt. Ultimately, the Belgian failed to score on his debut.

One of the other halftime substitutes for the Red Devils, Anthony Martial, looked active from the moment he came on, and the Frenchman eventually turned in Manchester United's fifth goal of the night in the 72nd minute.

Just shy of the 80-minute mark, LA Galaxy finally made a mark on the game when Giovanni Dos Santos beat Manchester United backup goal keeper Joel Pereira.

At this point, the Galaxy regulars, who should have been in mid-season form, displayed their quality and began a barrage on Manchester United's goal. Only a couple minutes later, Pereira was forced to make a point blank stop to save Manchester United's blushes.

In the 88th minute, though, an LA Galaxy corner led to a header by Dave Romney that caught Dos Santos on the way in to make the score 5-2 in favor of the visitors from Manchester. In effect, the Galaxy starters had played to a 2-2 second half draw against the Premier League giants.

Notes: Victor Lindelof, who expects to partner with Eric Bailly in the Manchester United back four, also made his Manchester United debut on the night, as the Swede played the final 45 minutes.



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<![CDATA[Bellinger Hits For The Cycle in Dodgers Victory Over Marlins]]> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:59:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Bellinger+Hits+for+the+Cycle.png

Cody Bellinger became the first Dodgers rookie to hit for the cycle and Alex Wood became the first Dodgers pitcher in more than a century to win his first 11 decisions in a season, helping the NL West leaders beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 Saturday night for their eighth straight victory.

Bellinger singled in the first inning, hit a two-run homer in the third, added an RBI double in the fourth and hit his second career triple on the first pitch of the seventh. His triple off Nick Wittgren barely cleared the glove of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who tried to making a running backhanded catch.

Wood (11-0) struck out 10 in six scoreless innings, allowed only four baserunners and lowered his ERA to 1.56 in 16 games this year.

An angry Yasiel Puig took several steps toward the mound after he was nearly hit by a pitch from Miami's Jose Urena in the first inning. Puig hit two home runs in Los Angeles' win Friday, including a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning.

The Dodgers (63-29) climbed 34 games above .500 for the first time and have won 28 of their past 32 games. Their bandwagon included an entire section at Marlins Park, where a group that follows the team on the road unfurled its enormous blue flag with the Dodgers logo during the sixth inning.

Los Angeles took a 5-0 lead in the third when Bellinger hit his 26th homer and Yasmani Grandal added a three-run shot, his 12th.

Bellinger's cycle — his first four-hit game — was the fifth in the majors this year, and came against three pitchers. He became the third Dodger to hit for the cycle since the team moved to Los Angeles, and the first since Orlando Hudson on April 13, 2009.

Bellinger is the ninth player in the Dodgers' 128-year history to hit for the cycle. They improved to 54-18 (.750) since he was promoted from the minors.

Urena (7-4) allowed all five runs and needed 82 pitches to get through three innings, his shortest start of the year.

CONFRONTATION

Urena's first pitch to Puig was a 96 mph fastball that just missed the slugger's left thigh. Puig shouted at Urena and took several steps as some players and both managers ran onto the field.

Catcher J.T. Realmuto stepped in front of Puig, and after some yelling the confrontation quickly ended. Puig then flied out.

Benches cleared when the teams met in Los Angeles in May, prompting the ejections of Marlins manager Don Mattingly, Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling and Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren.

BATTING ORDER

Puig remained in the No. 8 in the order even though he's second on the Dodgers with 18 homers.

"You look at the numbers and the production he has had, and the easy thing is to put him right in the middle of the order," manager Dave Roberts said before Saturday's game. "But I think the right thing at this moment is to stay the course. It puts him in a good spot in the order, and the results are there."

The Dodgers improved to 31-6 (.838) when Puig bats eighth.

MISMATCH

Stanton went 0 for 2 with a walk against Wood and is 3 for 25 lifetime (.120) against the left-hander.

UP NEXT

LHP Rich Hill (5-4, 3.69) is scheduled to start the series finale Sunday for the Dodgers. Hill made his most recent appearance at Marlins Park last September, when he threw seven perfect innings before Roberts pulled him, mindful the lefty had been sidelined by a blister earlier in the season. Three relievers completed a two-hit shutout.

RHP Tom Koehler (1-4, 8.00) will start for Miami as a replacement for RHP Edinson Volquez (left knee tendinitis).



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<![CDATA[Lochte Cleared of Criminal Charge in Rio Incident: Lawyer]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:15:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/lochte+swimmers+removed+plane.jpg

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was cleared of a criminal charge in the Rio Olympics incident that sparked international outrage, his lawyer confirmed Friday.

Last August, the 32-year-old was charged with filing a false police report over a gas station encounter during the Olympics.

Lochte admitted he "over-exaggerated" about having a gun held to his head at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, where he and three other American swimmers had stopped to use a restroom.

The swimmer was suspended for 10 months by the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming, and he lost $100,000 in bonus money for the gold medals he won in Rio.

The Brazilian appeals court ruled in Lochte's favor 2-1 Thursday, attorney Jeff Ostrow told NBC 6.

“We are pleased that the court has finally dismissed the criminal prosecution against Mr. Lochte, while at the same time, appropriately recognizing that he committed no crime," said Ostrow. "It has been a long year, but in the end, justice prevailed.” Ostrow said the prosecution has 15 days to appeal again.

“We hope the prosecutors office realizes that legally this is the correct decision and will let this unfortunate saga end," Ostrow told NBC 6.

Lochte was set to compete in the Los Angeles Invitational Thursday, but announced he would not participate because of the recent birth of his son.



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<![CDATA[Nastia Liukin Talks P&G Gymnastics Championship]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:18:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/thumbnail+%2811%29.jpg

Nastia Liukin, Olympic Gold Medalist and NBC Sports Analyst, talks about the P&G Gymnastics Championship heading to Anaheim at the Honda Center from August 17 to August 20.

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<![CDATA[New TV Network Focusing on Olympics Making Debut ]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:27:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/olympicsnetwork.jpg

While too early for a torch lighting, a new Olympic-themed television network makes its debut Saturday morning.

The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is designed to highlight Olympic sports and athletes and will begin airing in some 35 million American homes Saturday at 6 a.m. EDT.

NBC's Mike Tirico kicks it off with a programming preview that will be repeated throughout the weekend for those sleeping in.

It's a perilous time in the industry to start a new network. But NBC News is sharing costs and creative control with the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee.

Early programming includes world championships in track & field and swimming, along with a look-back at the 1992 basketball "Dream Team."



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<![CDATA[Another Triple-Double For Lonzo Ball, Lakers Win Again]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:57:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lonzo-Ball-triple-double-7-13-17.jpg

For the second time in the 2017 NBA Summer League, Lonzo Ball recorded a triple-double.

On Thursday, Ball finished the night with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, five steals and two blocks in a 94-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the round of 16 of the Las Vegas Summer League tournament.

Yes, the Lakers are in the playoffs, and they're making noise with two straight wins in the tournament and three consecutive victories over all. The Lakers go for four-in-a-row against the Brooklyn Nets in the quarterfinals, which will be played on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.

On Thursday, though, as was the case on Wednesday night, Ball stole the show. The 19-year-old rookie, again, took center stage in a nationally televised game and played with poise to help the Lakers hold a narrow lead for the duration of the second half. His six turnovers illustrated that he was far from perfect, but one would be unfair to diminish his starring role in the victory.

After an awful first game, Ball is averaging 21.0 points, 11.3 assists, 9.7 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per game over his last three games. Even though his 5.7 turnovers are eye-popping, he's played starred on the stage.

Ball may have been the most dominant personality on the court, but Kyle Kuzma's shooting impressed once again. Kuzma, who was a late first round pick that arrived via the Lakers' trade with Houston, shot 50 percent from the field, including 4-8 from three-point land.

The rookie has seemingly already grown comfortable with the extended NBA long ball line, and the ability to hit the long bomb should help the 21-year-old get rotation minutes during the regular season.

Also, Vander Blue scored 18 points in the win, while Ivica Zubac recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Zubac, though, noticably struggled with the fast pace of play at times. While Summer League can be even more frantic than the NBA, the Lakers' big man has not looked especially dominant in Las Vegas thus far.

For the Cavs, Kay Felder scored 25 points to lead all scorers.

Notes: Ball wore James Harden's Adidas on Thursday after wearing Kobe Bryant's Nike's on Wednesday. Ball wore his own shoes in the first two games but went on to explain that he can wear which ever shoes he pleases with his family brand: BBB (Big Baller Brand).



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<![CDATA[LA Coliseum Transformed Into Golf Course]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:24:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LA_Coliseum_Transformed_Into_Golf_Course.jpg

The L.A. Coliseum will host golfers of all levels during its golf course transformation this weekend. Mario Solis reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017.



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<![CDATA[Lakers Officially Sign Caldwell-Pope, Caruso]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:32:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-agree-Kentavious-Caldwell-Pope.jpg

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers made the signing of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope official, though the way the sports world works these days, the news had leaked and been reported a couple days earlier.

Still, Caldwell-Pope signed on the dotted line and featured in a no. 1 Lakers' jersey on social media on Thursday, as the 6-foot 5-inch guard takes over the number vacated by D'Angelo Russell, who was traded to Brooklyn ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Caldwell-Pope's arrival is heralded as an astute signing for the franchise that is pinning its hopes on attracting two marquee free agents in the summer of 2018. Caldwell-Pope's one year contract reportedly worth $18 million allows the Lakers to add a piece that fits on the court and also fits in the organization's future financial plans.

As an added bonus, the defensive-minded shooting guard shares agent Rich Paul with LeBron James, and the Lakers have been rumored to be interested in bringing James to LA as one of those two premier free agents in the summer of 2018. Obviously, 29 other teams share that interest, but the Lakers appear to be legitimate contenders if James opts to leave Cleveland for a second time as a professional.

While Caldwell-Pope's signing may not be a direct indication of the Lakers' chances with James, the fact that Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson got a deal done with James' agent certainly is not a negative signal to potentially putting James in a purple and gold jersey. In a sense, the Lakers not have a not to subtle line into James' ear.

In the short term, though, Caldwell-Pope fits the needs of the team as a defensive-minded guard that is improving on his three-point shooting. With rookie sensation Lonzo Ball distributing, Caldwell-Pope should get a look at open shots that help his long range percent, and conversely, Caldwell-Pope should assist the rookie on the opposite end of the court, where rookies tend to struggle in the NBA.

Beyond Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers also announced the signing of Alex Caruso, who is one of the standouts of the Lakers' Summer League team in Las Vegas. Caruso signed a two-way contract, which stipulates that the 23-year-old Texan can not spend more than 45 days with the Lakers during the newly re-branded G-League season.

As such, Caruso will feature prominently on the also newly re-branded South Bay Lakers but will also be available to come up and experience life in the NBA without taking up any of the Lakers' 15 regular season roster spots. LA can hand out one more two-way contract, which is a new phenomenon in a league that is growing its minor league system by encouraging teams to utilize their G-League affiliates and earn two extra roster spots.

With Thursday's two signings, the Lakers' roster is now at 12 full time players and one two-way player, and rookie Thomas Bryant remains unsigned. The 19-year-old Bryant expects to end up as a two-way player, as his age and status in the draft suggest he was likely selected as an asset for the future rather than the present.

In order to make the required space to sign Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers had to waive guard David Nwaba, and if the guard clears waivers, LA would likely look to re-sign the 24-year-old and push the regular season roster up to 13 players. With point guard Tyler Ennis, who finished the previous season with the Lakers, unsigned and available, LA could quickly jump up to 14 players and all but complete its summer dealings.

As it stands, though, the Lakers now have hit the salary cap with 12 players signed to the regular season roster and one two-way player slot filled up.



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<![CDATA[Lonzo Ball Scores 36 Points, Lakers Win]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 02:07:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lonzo-Ball-scores-36-points.png

Any remaining doubts over the Los Angeles picking Lonzo Ball with the no. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft evaporated as quickly as a cup of water in the 120-degree Las Vegas sun.

On Wednesday night, Ball led the Lakers with 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocks, as LA came from behind to win 103-102 over the Philadelphia 76ers in the play-in round of the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League tournament.

With the victory, the Lakers advance to the Round of 16 on Thursday, where they face a well-rested Cleveland Cavaliers team.

Incredibly, Ball started the night looking to pass and notched six assists in the first quarter and went to the bench scoreless. From the second quarter on, though, the 19-year-old took advantage of a defense that was afraid of his passing more than his shooting.

Ball attacked the basket and improved with every quarter. The former UCLA Bruin scored eight points in the second quarter, 13 points in the third and finished off with 15 points in the fourth quarter. Yes, Ball scored 28 points in the second half of a Summer League game, which features shortened 10-minute quarters.

In a vacuum, Ball's scoring output would be impressive, but led the Lakers' comeback. After a back-and-forth start, Philadelphia took the lead early in the second quarter and ballooned its advantage to 15 points midway through the third period.

In fact, LA tasted its first lead of the second half with 21.2 seconds remaining, when Ball went to the rim, got fouled and hit a clutch free throw to give the Lakers a one point lead. Really, these weren't empty statistics as Ball led the comeback.

On the next possession, though, Philadelphia scored a layup to take a one-point lead. After Kyle Kuzma found Ivica Zubac on the ensuing out of bounds play, the big Croatian got fouled and hit both clutch free throws to give the Lakers a 103-102 lead, and the score held as a desperate heave at the buzzer never looked like it had a chance.

Notably, this was also Zubac's best performance of the Las Vegas Summer League, as the 20-year-old finished with 21 points in 25 minutes and stepped up big at the foul line at crunch time, but Ball's finger prints were all over Zubac's numbers.

"That's how a real point guard got to play," Ivica Zubac said about Ball after the game. "He leads the team on the court. When he's got to involve the other guys, he passes the ball. When he's got to take over and score, he can do that, too. He did a great job tonight."

Zubac plainly stated the hopes of his team and its fan base in his rapidly improving English, "I wish he can play like that every night."





Notes:

-Kuzma recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds to go along with four assists and two blocks.

-After the win, Ball was critical of his six turnovers when interviewed by ESPN on the court. The ESPN broadcast focused a great deal of attention on the fact that Ball wore Kobe Bryant's line of Nike shoes rather than his own signature Big Baller Brand shoes.

Ball used the phrase "Mamba Mentality" on the ESPN national broadcast to explain why he switched shoes before citing that his family shoe brand allows him to wear whichever shoes he pleases. One rather famous fan took the opportunity to essentially create a Nike adverisement featuring Ball and put it on Instagram to be viewed literally millions of times.



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<![CDATA[Joe Montana Partners with FanDuel Fantasy Golf]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:11:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/joejoemon.jpg

Mention the name Joe Montana to any sports fan and images of Candlestick Park, touchdown passes to Jerry Rice and Super Bowl Rings immediately come to mind

But what about fantasy golf?

Montana recently partnered with FanDuel’s new product offering – daily fantasy golf. With each golf contest offered, users can select 8 different golfers for that week’s tournament and earn points based on a player’s individual hole performance, finishing position, streak bonuses and more.

Montana stopped by 30 Rock to discuss the new FanDuel partnership as well as discuss his growing role as an NFL ambassador and share his thoughts on some of the all time greats to ever play in the NFL.



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<![CDATA[Joe Montana Hooks Up With FanDuel for Fantasy Golf]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:42:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/JoeMontana.jpeg

He could throw a football like few others in the history of the NFL. But did you know Joe Montana is now connecting himself to fantasy...golf? The Hall of Famer stopped by 30 Rock to discuss his new partnership and give his thoughts on the best NFL players to NBC's Eric Hinton.



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<![CDATA[Lakers Waive David Nwaba, Get Ball, Kuzma Back]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:07:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-David-Nwaba.png

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers officially waived David Nwaba, possibly ending the LA-native's miraculous run with the purple and gold, in order to create the salary cap space required to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a reported one year $18 million contract.

Caldwell-Pope cannot officially sign with the Lakers until Nwaba clears waivers, but during that 48-hour process, another team can come in and claim the defensive-minded shooting guard that went un-drafted before finding a place on the Lakers' roster at the tail-end of the 2017-18 NBA season.

Salary cap expert Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders and Bleacher Report explained the logic. Along with clearing the space required to sign Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers would also be able to sign rookie Thomas Bryant via cap room for three or four years. Then, if Nwaba clears waivers, the Lakers can re-sign the former University High School and Santa Monica College atendee to a two-year contract.

Of course, this plan would only be possible if Nwaba clears waivers and another team doesn't step in to claim his non-guaranteed $1.3 million contract.

Essentially, the Lakers waived Nwaba not because of his play or because of anything to do with his attitude but because of salary cap rules and the business of basketball. If all goes according to plan, the Lakers will get the 6-foot 4-inch guard with a 7-foot wingspan back on the roster and the dream will continue.

Summer League Update

In terms of immediate effects, the Lakers will be without Nwaba for Wednesday night's Summer League game. Considering the team ended Monday night's win with only four healthy bodies, LA was looking at possibly only suiting up eight players for Wednesday night's Summer League playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

However, both Lonzo Ball (groin) and Kyle Kuzma (cramps) have recovered from injuries that kept them out of Monday's win over Sacrament, and both are available to play on Wednesday night. So, the Lakers should have 10 healthy bodies for Wednesday's game. If the Lakers progress in the tournament and advance as far as the final, they face the possibility of playing five games in six days with a razor thin squad that is far from 100 percent healthy.

Tip-off of the Lakers and the 76ers is 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time.



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<![CDATA[Richard Sherman Faces Off Against Compton Robotics Team]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:39:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/richardshermanrobotics.JPG

Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback and Compton native Richard Sherman returned to the football field in Compton Tuesday to compete against one of the most accomplished teams to date in the Los Angeles area — the Compton High Robotics Club.

The Seahawks cornerback competed against a different type of quarterback than he's used to as part of Oberto Beef Jerky's "The Jerky Challenge." A football-throwing robot created by the robotics team attempted to throw footballs past Sherman and hit targets that hung from the goalposts.

"I love getting involved with initiatives that highlight positive programs in communities like my hometown of Compton, and I relish the opportunity to shut down this robot," Sherman said prior to the event.

While Sherman did catch a few balls, he didn't catch enough to win.

"The goal was to beat Richard Sherman, which we did," Robotics Club member Mario Gonzalez said.

"You guys came and beat me at my own sport!" Sherman said.

After the event, Sherman delivered words of motivation during heartfelt comments to the Compton High students.

"I had a lot of days where I didn't know what I was going to do or where I was going to go, didn't know if I was good enough," said the NFL player. "A lot of self-doubt, a lot of people doubting me."

Angelica Hernandez, a student on the team, was impacted by Sherman's visit.

"It's inspiring to know that people like him know that there's more potential in us and more potential in Compton," she said. "Not just in sports but technology as well."

Despite being a new team with limited resources, the Compton High Robotics club continues to upstage other clubs in competitions across the state.



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<![CDATA[Report: Lakers Agree to Sign Caldwell-Pope]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:01:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-agree-Kentavious-Caldwell-Pope.jpg

According to an ESPN report by Brian Windhorst, the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for $18 million on a one-year contract late Tuesday night.

For Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, Caldwell-Pope serves as the first major free agent acquisition of the newly formed Lakers' front office tandem. Previously, the team had only agreed terms with its rookies and signed an NBA Development League player to an NBA contract.

Most importantly, this contract falls within the parameters set forth by the front office with regards to the goal of not committing to contracts that would still be on the books in one year's time. The Lakers' plan is to go out and get two big free agents in the summer of 2017 with Paul George rumored to be coming to LA and whispers of LeBron James possibly leaving Cleveland growing louder with the Cavaliers' failing to fill front office vacancies and boost the Cavs' roster.

For the upcoming season though, Caldwell-Pope fills multiple needs. He is a 6-foot 5-inch shooting guard that is known for being a strong defender. Also, he has an improving three-point shot. The 24-year-old spent four years in Detroit and made 75 starts for the Pistons during the 2016-17 season.

In his final season in the "Motor City," Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 2.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals to go along with 35 percent shooting from beyond the three-point line.

With Caldwell-Pope on the roster, the Lakers likely have a starting lineup in place for opening night of the season: Brook Lopez, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, Caldwell-Pope and Lonzo Ball.

Of course, Jordan Clarkson will be in contention for a starting guard spot with Caldwell-Pope, but Clarkson was most often used as a scorer off the bench in Luke Walton's first season on the Lakers' sidelines. As such, Clarkson can likely continue to look for points off the bench with Caldwell-Pope assuming starting duties. Ball's rookie status would benefit from having a strong defensive backcourt mate, so Caldwell-Pope is probably a better fit than Clarkson at the position.

The signing of Caldwell-Pope initially seemed to suggest that the Lakers would no longer be interested in the services of Rajon Rondo, but a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski stated that the Lakers were still hopeful of using their $4.3 million exception to sign Rondo.

If the player and the team agree terms, Rondo would likely serve as the point guard of a second unit that features Clarkson, Luol Deng, Larry Nance Jr. and Ivica Zubac. Corey Brewer is also an able body at Walton's disposal off the bench, and add in rookies Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart to the mix, as both have guaranteed contracts.

David Nwaba, though, faces possible being waived in order to sign Caldwell-Pope depending on the exact dollar amount of the contract per NBA salary cap expert Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report and Basketball Insiders. However, even if the Lakers are forced to waive Nwaba, the team could potentially re-sign the defensive-minded shooting guard if he is not claimed by any other team.

Regardless of what happens with Nwaba and even if Rondo does not end up on the Lakers, the signing of Caldwell-Pope played well with the fan base when the news broke. In truth, one would have been hard pressed to find a better fit for the current Lakers' roster than Caldwell-Pope, and the terms fit the team's vision of the future.

For Johnson and Pelinka, agreeing terms on a one year contract with a young player that can contribute on both ends of the court provides the best case scenario. Now, the question remains on whether Rondo is next.



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<![CDATA[Mayweather, McGregor Trade Jabs at Press Conference]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:25:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Mayweathergiphy.gif

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor brought the trash talk to a Staples Center press conference Tuesday, slinging insults before they sling leather in their upcoming, much-anticipated boxing bout. Mario Solis reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

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