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July 11th, 2019

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1. National Basketball Association news Magic Johnson likes the Lakers fourth quarter team.

Photo: Yahoo Sports

You may remember that Magic Johnson abruptly quit his job as Lakers president so he could tweet whatever he wanted and voice his displeasure with general manager Rob Pelinka on various ESPN programming. (READ) by , For The Win

DeMarcus Cousins knows what he can do alongside Anthony Davis after being teammates on the New Orleans Pelicans. But throw LeBron James alongside the big man duo, and Cousins is excited about the possibilities for the Los Angeles Lakers. (READ) by Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer

Pacers President Kevin Pritchard is sitting up there, sitting next to Malcolm Brogdon, and he’s beaming. He’s saying stuff about Brogdon that you might find hyperbolic, things you might even find silly, things like: “This is an epic day for the franchise.” (READ) by , Indianapolis Star

All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell said he wasn’t fazed by the “business side” of potentially being a one-year fill-in player for the Golden State Warriors and that he’s “excited” to play alongside Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. (READ) by , USA TODAY

Milwaukee Bucks superstar and the NBA’s 2019 Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo has sued a Pennsylvania artist who was selling “Greek Freak” merchandise.

Antetokounmpo is widely known by his nickname “Greek Freak.” He has been using the nickname in connection to his products since 2017, and he gained the nickname long before that. (READ) by , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Paul George’s time in Oklahoma City is over with the Clippers’ trade with the Thunder bringing George to Los Angeles to pair with Kawhi Leonard. The stunning moves shook up the NBA and set the Clippers up as title contenders. (READ) by , USA TODAY

The Dallas Mavericks’ long-standing desire to shed themselves of Courtney Lee has manifested itself in a trade offer from the Mavs to Memphis that would send Lee and a second-round pick to the Grizzlies in exchange for veteran standout Andre Iguodala, sources tell DallasBasketball.com. (READ) by Mike Fisher, 247 Sports

If you believe in a good conspiracy theory — and if you like the NBA, you might enjoy a good conspiracy theory — here’s one that will add fuel to the heightened Clippers-Lakers rivalry in Los Angeles. (READ) by , USA TODAY

It appears that former Arizona Wildcat Jason Terry is looking at taking the next step in his career as Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Terry is exploring coaching opportunities at the collegiate and professional level. (READ) by Jason Scheer, 247 Sports

2. Major League Baseball setting up for a wild second half.

L.A.’s Mike Trout and Boston’s Mookie Betts are having historic seasons. But how they’ve solved the strikeout era diverges in one remarkable way. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY SportsLet

Mike Trout remains firmly on track to become the 11th player in baseball history to be a three-time Most Valuable Player. In a first half that has delivered all sorts of surprising teams and players, Trout’s commanding lead in the American League MVP race is precisely what we’ve come to expect from this generation’s best player.

In the National League, the favorite is still Cody Bellinger, and commandingly so. The 23-year-old Dodgers outfielder has used his second full season in the big leagues to establish himself as one of baseball’s brightest young stars. (READ) by Richard Justice, MLB.com

The All-Star Game is over, and now the attention turns to this month’s other big baseball event: the July 31 trade deadline. Three weeks stand between now and the last chance for contenders to add help and for rebuilders to move stars for prospects. And while each side has many potential moves they could pull off, which is the one deal that makes the most sense for each? Here’s a quick look at the ideal trades for all 15 American League teams, whether they’re getting ready for October or planning for 2020 and beyond. (READ) by Jon Tayler SI.com

The All-Star break was a blast, but it’s already in the rearview mirror with the Astros and Rangers opening the second half of the season tonight in Arlington. That means it’s time to get down to business — as in trades.

The annual July 31 Trade Deadline looms, and all 30 clubs have a decision to make over what strategy they will take in the coming weeks. Is it time to buy, sell or hold? (READ) by Jason Catania, Tyler Maher and Manny Randhawa, MBL.com

At the All-Star Game on Tuesday, Houston Astros starting pitcher and three-time All-Star Gerrit Cole told reporters that he believes there are too many MLB teams tanking in the 2019 season. Cole argued that people who buy tickets should see the best product on the field possible. (READ) by ,CBS Sports

When Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen looked ahead to the July 31 trade deadline in mid-June, he called for more consistency from his up-and-down club. A month later, he hasn’t gotten it. The Diamondbacks owned a 36-33 record at the time and closed the first half of the season with a 10-12 mark. Although the 46-45 D-backs have hovered around .500 for a large portion of the year, they’re still just 1 1/2 games out of playoff position. (READ) by

There are no threats, no allusions of intimidation … really, not even raised voices. Yet there also is not the slightest tinge of fear. Major League Baseball players representing their brethren at the All-Star Game in Cleveland made it quite clear this week that they want changes, big-time changes, in the next collective bargaining agreement, or there will be significant consequences. Yes, even if it takes a work stoppage before the CBA expires Dec. 1, 2021 — the first strike in baseball since 1994-95. (READ) by , USA TODAY

“Robot umpires” have arrived. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes on Wednesday at its All-Star Game. Plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his pocket and relayed the call upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. (READ) by Associated Press

Major League Baseball may have just invented a new way for players to get on base. The big leagues currently have a three-year deal with the Atlantic League – of which the Somerset Patriots are a member – to try out new rules on a small scale. Basically, the independent minor league is being used as a guinea pig. Come Friday, that will mean allowing players to steal first base. (READ) by 

3. Lets get ready for the NCAA college football season with some pre-camp news.

It was an offseason of massive turnover in college football. Twenty-seven programs — more than one-fifth of FBS — changed coaches. That means a large swath of coaches are in that honeymoon year with their new schools. In fact, the 2019 Hot Seat Rankings should be noted for their coolness. Specifically, 70 coaches — more than half of FBS — are rated 0 or 1, meaning they are either “virtually untouchable” or “safe and secure.” (READ) by | CBS Sports

Shea Patterson projects to be in for a massive senior season for Michigan. Sports Illustrated, in a list revealed this week, views him as the No. 90 overall player in college football this season. Is that underrated?

It likely would be if Patterson and Michigan hit the expectations projected for them this season. As a team, Michigan is a common pick to win the Big Ten title, including ESPN’s Football Power Index that projects wins in all 12 regular-season games. (READ) by Sam Hellman   | 247 Sports

Former Auburn quarterback Malik Willis will continue his college football career at Liberty, where he will play for first-year coach Hugh Freeze. (READ) by Chris Low | ESPN

Darriel Mack Jr., who was competing with Brandon Wimbush for the UCF starting quarterback job, broke his ankle this week in a non-football-related activity and is out indefinitely. (READ) by Chris Low | ESPN

USA TODAY Sports is getting ready for the 2019 college football season by breaking down the best players at each position in the Bowl Subdivision. Up next: the linebackers. (READ) by , USA TODAY

Oklahoma is the favorite to win another Big 12 football title, according to the conference’s preseason media poll released Wednesday.

The Sooners have won the league the last four years and 12 Big 12 championships overall. Oklahoma also made the College Football Playoff three of the past four seasons. by (Staff) | Associated Press

Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks is expected to rejoin team activities this week after the university completed an investigation of a complaint against him. (READ) by Adam Rittenberg | ESPN

For the fourth consecutive year, Sporting News is honoring Admiral Ackbar from “Star Wars” with a look at the biggest trap games – this time, for our preseason top 25 teams. (READ) by Bill Bender | Sporting News

It is the off-season, which means it’s time to speculate, speculate, and speculate some more. With just under two months until the beginning of the season, major publications have already given their predictions and projections for the 2019 season, and that includes the enigma that is the UCLA football team. (READ) by Mike Regalado | Fansided

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