Lakers make offer to Byron Scott
The Lakers may have finally decided on a head coach. They've reportedly made an offer to front-runner Byron Scott, who won three titles with the team and was a key teammate of Magic Johnson's. Crucially, Scott has Kobe Bryant's endorsement, but would he be able to turn the struggling franchise around?
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Tony La Russa in the Hall of Fame?
Three-time World Series champion manager Tony La Russa will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, albeit with some of the same criticisms and questions that surrounded the Hall of Fame campaign of his most prodigious player, Mark McGwire.
There is no debating that La Russa perfected the art of managing in leading three different teams to World Series titles (the A's in 1989, Cardinals in 2006 and 2011) while racking up 2,728 wins, the third-most all time. But 43 percent of those wins came via the likely chemically induced home run output of McGwire -- the same McGwire who has been denied entry into the Hall of Fame by voters who believe his accomplishments are tainted.
La Russa has said he believes steroid-tainted players should be in the Hall of Fame, but with an asterisk, and that managers should perhaps have the same fate. Do you agree?
Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love?
The Cleveland Cavaliers officially signed Andrew Wiggins on Thursday, meaning he cannot be traded for 30 days. This gives the Minnesota Timberwolves at least that much time to decide whether to send star Kevin Love to Ohio (reportedly in a deal for the 2014 No. 1 overall pick, 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a future first-rounder). The Chicago Bulls also seem to have gotten into the mix (with Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic as part of their offer), and the Golden State Warriors (provided they trade Klay Thompson) long have been rumored. What will happen?
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Marshawn Lynch to hold out
Months after helping the Seattle Seahawks win their first Super Bowl, running back Marshawn Lynch said he will not participate in training camp. Instead he will hold out for a contract with more money up front, which could be a major blow for Seattle -- if you believe training camp to be important for a 28-year-old Pro Bowler.
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European money machine and reigning UEFA Champions League winner Real Madrid currently is in the U.S., training at UCLA for games in Berkeley, California, and Dallas.
New York Knicks star and big-money player Carmelo Anthony is almost always in the U.S., and he too spent some time at UCLA on Wednesday with friend Dontaye Draper ... who happens to have played for Real Madrid's basketball team.
And so the two famous entities met, with Anthony and son Kiyan playing a little soccer -- albeit not against any of los Galacticos -- taking photos with stars such as Gareth Bale and Xabi Alonso, and answering questions about (naturally) new Knicks teammate/Spanish basketball star Jose Calderon.Real Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony with several Real Madrid players.Real Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony, right, with Dontaye Draper, left, and Gareth Bale.Real Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony with Xabi Alonso.Real Madrid/FacebookCarmelo Anthony goes for goal.Real Madrid/Facebook Carmelo Anthony goes for a header.
This comes about six weeks after Real Madrid's own top star, Cristiano Ronaldo, tried his hand at American football.
So we ask: Who would be better at their new sport, Ronaldo or Melo?