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Monday, June 25, 2018

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Myles Garrett hosts free screenings to ‘Jurassic World’

Myles Garrett

Myles Garrett hosted free, private screenings to “Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdon” in two states to celebrate its release.

Prior to being selected No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns, Garrett was a standout at Texas A&M. Last week, Garrett provided a heads up via his Twitter account that he would be hosting a free screening for the new Jurassic World movie on Friday in College Station, Texas, which is where his alma mater is located.

Garrett didn’t stop there. He also hosted a screening in Valley View, Ohio over the weekend.

In addition to hosting fans for the movie, Garrett also changed his Twitter name to “Jurassic Myles.”

Garrett is a big fan of the film franchise. He combined his love for the movies with an opportunity to give several fans a chance to hang out with a top draft pick for a couple of hours.

Fans just needed to answer two trivia questions about the movies in order to get the tickets. Free drinks and popcorn were also provided. That was a cool way for Garrett to give back.

Report: LiAngelo Ball not talented enough for Lakers’ summer team

LiAngelo Ball

LiAngelo Ball’s exclusion from the Los Angeles Lakers’ summer league team may have been due to an issue of talent.

Leading up to Thursday’s NBA Draft, Ball held workouts with a couple of teams, including the Lakers, for whom his brother, Lonzo, plays. That may be the extent of Ball’s association with the Lakers moving forward.

The Athletic’s Bill Oram reported on Friday that a Lakers source told him LiAngelo was left off the summer league team because of a lack of talent.

That’s notable because ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that Ball would not be invited to be on the Lakers’ summer league team for possibly another reason.

Prior to Lonzo Ball being drafted by the Lakers last year, his father LaVar talked about his plan to one day have all three of his sons one day play for the Lakers. One may be all LaVar gets. It seems the ship has all but sailed on LiAngelo wearing the purple and gold anytime soon. LaVar’s last shot could be with his youngest son, LaMelo, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Ballers of the Junior Basketball Association, a league founded by LaVar Ball.

Watch: Cardinals, Brewers in bench-clearing incident

cardinals brewers

The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers were involved in a bench-clearing incident during Friday’s game.

During the eighth inning, Brewers shortstop Hernan Perez bunted a pitch that was fielded by Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks. Hicks threw to second base to record the force out of runner Eric Sogard, who collided with shortstop Yairo Munoz. Sogard seemed unhappy with the contact and the two appeared to exchange words. The dugouts and bullpens of both teams emptied in response.

Order was restored in short order. There were no punches thrown and no one was ejected. Among those trying to break things up was Hicks, whose throw appeared to lead Munoz into Sogard.

Houston billboards recruit LeBron James to Rockets

LeBron James

Billboards aimed at recruiting LeBron James to join the Rockets have gone up around the Houston area.

Later this month, James can opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and become an unrestricted free agent, meaning he would be able to sign with any team of his choosing. Should James exercise that option, he would become the most sought-after player in the NBA.

A billboard appeared in New York back in April with hopes of convincing James to join the Knicks. Now, Houston is getting in on the act with a billboard that reads “Hey LeBron, Strive For Houston.”

According to KTRK, a Rockets superfan named Greg Andrews purchased the six billboards to recruit LeBron.

If James is in search of a situation that gives him a legitimate chance at dethroning the Golden State Warriors, the Rockets may be his best choice, provided they are able to retain the services of Chris Paul. The city of Houston would surely welcome James. It appears the feeling may not be mutual however.

Look: Lonnie Walker’s NBA Draft photo is a must-see

Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker took a draft photo for the ages after being selected in the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Walker, a shooting guard from the University of Miami, was taken No. 18 overall by the San Antonio Spurs. After the announcement was made by Adam Silver, Walker went up to the stage and posed for a photo with with the commissioner. Because of his hairstyle, the hat Walker had put on appeared to be levitating above his head.

It almost looked like a magic trick. That was our favorite draft photo since the one taken by Baker Mayfield.

In his lone season at Miami, Walker averaged 11.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 32 games. But now that he’s a Spur, he’ll probably become an All-Star.

Joel Embiid rips Deandre Ayton after being compared to him

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid wasted little time shutting down comparisons between himself and Deandre Ayton.

Ayton was selected No. 1 overall by the Phoenix Suns during Thursday’s NBA Draft. Leading up to the draft, Ayton had been compared to Joel Embiid because of his big personality. Embiid took to his Twitter account and reminded us not only does he have a magnetic personality, but he also plays defense.

Ayton has been an NBA player for only a few hours and he’s already in the crosshairs of Joel Embiid. That’s not a good start considering that Embiid is a social media MVP. Welcome to the NBA, Deandre Ayton.

PK Subban named cover athlete for NHL 19 video game

PK Subban

PK Subban will grace the cover of the latest edition of EA Sports’ popular hockey video game.

It was revealed during this year’s NHL Awards on Wednesday that the Nashville Predators defenseman received the nod to appear on the cover of NHL 19.

Subban took the stage at the ceremony to talk about the honor and expressed thoughts that him being on the cover represents the “growth in the game and embracing of different personalities.”

Subban has twice been named an All-Star and took home the Norris Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s top defense player, in 2013. In addition to being one of the league’s more talented (and controversial) players on the ice, he has shown immense talent away from it as well. During this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, Subban provided commentary during NBC’s broadcast coverage. Subban is certainly a person worth marketing to promote the NHL, and EA Sports is doing just that.

Portugal player ripped for embarrassing flop against Morocco

Portugal’s Pepe will hear about his embarrassing flop against Morocco for a long time.

During Wednesday’s group stage match of this year’s World Cup, Morocco’s Medhi Benatia had some words for Portuguese defender Pepe. As the two men were walking, Benatia tapped Pepe on the right shoulder. Pepe responded by falling to the ground in an exaggerated fashion, as if the contact was much more severe than it actually was.

Not surprisingly, Pepe was roundly ripped for the dive. Here’s a sampling of what people were saying.

One constant criticism of soccer in recent years has been the tendency of players to exaggerate contact in an attempt to draw the attention of the referee. Pepe is no stranger to theatrics so it only makes sense he would bring them out on the sport’s biggest stage.

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