Lakers discuss best ways to make statement as a team

Before holding media day for the 2016-17 season at their training facility on Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers' coaches and players met to discuss athletes' recent national anthem protests against unjust treatment of African-Americans in the United States, a movement that first gained recognition from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Or, as Warriors forward Draymond Green put it: “Everybody is going to grow. And are you going to with 74 games? To be quite frank with you, I don'...
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Isaiah Thomas surprises 14-year-old Celtics fan … twice

When 14-year-old Robbie McNulty saw someone walking toward him on a playground in Cambridge, Massachusetts, last week, he didn't think it was anything out of the ordinary. The man looked a lot like the usual hoopsters he might encounter while getting up shots at St. Peter's Park. A closer inspection revealed it was actually Boston Celtics 5-foot-9 All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who asked McNulty if he could shoot with him for a bit. "[McNulty] was the only kid there," Thomas told the ...
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What we learned: Kyle Hendricks is great, and Rougned Odor is clutch

It's time to admit that Kyle Hendricks is the Cy Young front-runner. Right? No? Maybe? I don't actually know. What I do know is that the Chicago Cubs' starter is 15-7 with a 2.03 ERA after he took a no-hitter into the ninth against the Cardinals. He lost the no-no when Jeremy Hazelbaker led off the ninth with a home run on an 0-2 changeup. Hendricks is so good at manipulating the ball and working it around the edges of the strike zone: "I don't want to say I had to make levity of the situatio...
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Stephen Strasburg dealing with strained flexor mass in elbow

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is dealing with a strained flexor mass in his right elbow but his UCL is intact, trainer Paul Lessard said Thursday. Strasburg had an MRI on the elbow earlier Thursday, one day after leaving a start in the third inning. Lessard said the injury is not necessarily season-ending but offered no timetable for Strasburg's return. "I'm thinking let's take care of the swelling and get him to a pain-free range of motion, and then we'll start a strengtheni...
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Mike Leake sent to DL after case of shingles

MILWAUKEE -- The St. Louis Cardinals placed pitcher Mike Leake on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of shingles and recalled left-handed reliever Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A Memphis. The Cardinals, 68-61 entering Monday, own the second wild-card spot in the National League. The staff ace is on his way back after throwing two innings in a simulated game earlier this week, but more still needs to happen before he takes his rightful place atop the Dodger Stadium mound. All of this i...
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