2017 NBA Draft: Lakers reportedly have not made guarantee to Lonzo Ball at No. 2

For months, Lonzo Ball has been the projected No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and when the Los Angeles Lakers moved up to the No. 2 pick during the draft lottery, it seemed like fate — at least that’s what LaVar Ball would tell you. As the draft moves ever closer, however, what seemed like a sure thing has been thrown into doubt. The draft order was shaken up with the blockbuster trade between the Celtics and Sixers, and with the new Paul George news, there are a lot of things up in the air. Adding…

There is a new leader at first base in the latest AL All-Star Game fan voting update

Tuesday afternoon, Major League Baseball released the third weekly update of the fan voting for the AL All-Star Game starters. As you surely know, fans vote for the starting players at every position except pitcher. Here is the latest AL update: The most notable change from last week is Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso jumping over Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera. Alonso was roughly 40,000 votes behind the two-time AL MVP last week. Now he leads by a little more than 4,000 votes. Close race! Alonso’s All-Star support is not undeserved, of course. He is currently hitting .310/.401/.655 with a career-high 16 home runs. Cabrera, on the other hand, owns a .268/.374/.408 with only five home runs this season while missing time with injuries. The other change…

NBA’s Most Wanted: Top 30 summer targets via trade, free agency or the NBA Draft

Let’s say this summer, your team could acquire any player in the draft, free agency (for market value), or trade (for projected market value). Imagine there is a white board of all players teams could hope to acquire. They could trade for the No.1 pick or Paul George or sign Gordon Hayward or any player available through free agency, the draft or via trade. Who do you go after? Here’s a ranking of those players, factoring all factors, from skillset, to contract, to timing, to potential, to cost.  1. Paul George | SF | Indiana Pacers George is a bona fide superstar and by all accounts is available for talks with the Pacers. Larry Bird’s departure only increased rumors the Pacers…

American Boxers Fighting Out of Japan Back to 1961!

American Boxers Fighting Out of Japan Back to 1961!American Boxers Fighting Out of Japan Back to 1961!By: Ken Hissner Japan is a hot bed for boxers with quite a bit of activity on the small island. In the past such boxers as America’s Steve “Flasher Ishibashi” Smith was one of those boxers to win Japan‘s National Title. Japan produced 209 boxing events in 2016. Already in 2017 they have had 46 events with 20 scheduled into June. Some prominent boxers have come from Venezuela but not in the numbers of American’s who…

NBA Playoffs 2017: Chris Paul wouldn’t let the Clippers slip up in Game 2

In the third quarter on Tuesday, it looked like the Utah Jazz were going to make the Los Angeles Clippers uncomfortable. Already with a 1-0 lead in the series, the Jazz had cut into a 13-point deficit in Game 2 and hung around for a while. After a beautiful pass from Boris Diaw set up a Derrick Favors layup, the Clippers were only up by three points.  If you believe in the concept of momentum, then Utah clearly had it. On the very next possession, Chris Paul snatched it back.  Paul, perhaps the premier game manager of his generation, started the process of preserving his team’s lead by making a deep 3-pointer. Both George Hill and Gordon Hayward approached him when he caught the ball…

NBA Playoffs 2017 storylines: Durant chases first title, LeBron chases Jordan

The 2017 NBA playoffs are finally here.  This has been the most explosive scoring season since the 1980s. We’ve seen three of the best offenses in NBA history. We’ve seen the best MVP race, maybe in the history of the league. We’ve seen five 50-point triple-doubles. We’ve seen records for 3-pointers, offensive efficiency, scoring with a triple-double, most triple-doubles in a season, and the list goes on and on.  Now, Kevin Durant chases the No.1 spot he has been after for six years, LeBron James goes for ring No.4, the Golden State Warriors go for redemption, the Houston Rockets…

NBA playoffs first-round schedule: Game times, TV, streaming info for Game 1s

The NBA on Wednesday announced the schedule for the 2017 NBA Playoffs opening weekend of Game 1 action. Here’s what we’re looking at for the opening weekend of the playoffs.  ** Full series viewing information will be added when it becomes available (7) Indiana Pacers at (2) Cleveland Cavaliers When: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH TV: ABC Streaming: WatchESPN app Highlights: Paul George takes on LeBron James for the first time in a playoff series since 2014. Lance Stephenson’s return makes this …

WATCH: Get excited to listen to Phil Mickelson tell stories all day

If you would have asked me last Christmas what my guest wish list for “Feherty” on Golf Channel in 2017, this is what it would have looked like: Phil Mickelson George W. Bush Barack Obama Tiger Woods Everyone else I got my wish. Mickelson’s “Feherty” debut comes next week, and if these two tales are any indication, it is going to be spectacular. Lefty first tells David Feherty about that famous shot out of the pine needles on No. 13 at Augusta in 2010. There is a lot of math involved. Then he tells him about the time he dropped an F-bomb on David Toms at the Presidents Cup. The idea of Lefty spewing profanity at a guy like Toms is too much. I could listen to …