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NBA Players React to the 2017 Draft

In addition to Fultz, the Sixers got the draft rights to the 25th overall pick, center Anzejs Pasecniks from BC VEF Riga (Latvia), from Orlando in exchange for a future protected first-round pick from Oklahoma City and the lesser of the 2020 second round choice from Brooklyn or the 2020 second-round pick from NY. Read More »

Sixteen Freshmen Selected in First Round of NBA Draft


The Washington star made the error Thursday night after getting picked by the Philadelphia 76ers . "I'm not standing here today saying I have the flawless solution", Silver said. It was the right play and one they telegraphed by trading a future first-round pick to Boston to move up from No. 3 to No. 1. After Martin averaged less than five points or rebounds a game in his first two seasons, Portland drafted Walton in 1974 and Martin was out of the league two years later. Read More »

Mexico vs. Russia: Confederations Cup Odds & Prediction


Petersburg Stadium , Russia , Saturda. "I thought we played well in many parts of the game; in others, not so well". All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has no problems with New Zealand being written off before they even take the field against Portugal in their final Confederations Cup pool match . Read More »

No. 1 NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz makes rookie mistake in Inst

Silver has talked about changing the NBA's age limit, saying the current rule that American-born players must be 19 and a year out of high school, but teams seem just fine with the current system. "That's a goal I set for myself". He wants to be better than Michael Jordan . He expects the on-court mesh to be just as smooth. Here are the five worst No. Read More »

Lonzo Ball thinks the Lakers can make the playoffs next season

Hong). Now, Lavar can say I told you so to everyone that doubted him when he said, "speak it into existence". When asked how he would pull off this impressive feat, LaVar replied with a smile, "The Big Baller way". With preternatural court vision, a solid scoring touch and a desire to become a leader, the Los Angeles-area native had everything that his favorite team's top brass wanted. Read More »

Huskies' Markelle Fultz taken No. 1 overall in NBA Draft by 76ers


Not that it was forbidden in recent years for Sixers personnel - on court or off - to demand, expect or promise a spot in the postseason, but it was close . They'd ordered Chick-fil-A. It was there waiting for me on a table. ( Michael Jordan ) and everybody. "When I would watch his teams, you could see the right positions he had his players in and how they fought and never let down, even though they were down to Chicago and Washington ". Read More »

76ers take Markelle Fultz, Lakers grab Lonzo Ball


In other words, this isn't the end of The Process, it's just another phase. Markkanen was arguably the purest and most talented shooter out of all the prospects in this year's draft class, which was largely the reason he was projected to be a lottery pick. Read More »

76ers take Fultz with No. 1 pick


Two people with knowledge of the situation said the Bulls are sending Butler and the No. 16 pick for Zach LaVine , Kris Dunn and the seventh pick. I think Markelle and Ben together is a dynamic backcourt. From what I've seen of both players on tape, Fultz tends to look for his shot more than Simmons, who is unselfish nearly to a fault. Read More »

Celtics select Duke's Tatum with No. 3 pick


It's been well-noted how lacking the Suns have been defensively, particularly on the perimeter. Instead, Ainge was believed to be assembling a package of players and some of his lesser first-round picks over the next two years to bring in George, likely as a one-year rental. Read More »

British & Irish Lions name team to face Maori All Blacks

Owen Farrell has been ruled out of the Lions tour match against Maori All Blacks with a leg injury. Speaking hours before Farrell's injury, head coach Warren Gatland suggested Farrell was a shoo-in for the Test side and was being held back from the Maori fixture so the Lions did show their hand. Read More »

Third overall pick Jayson Tatum arrives in Boston


NY is conveniently located between both cities and 76ers fans have made the trip here frequently over the last couple years as their team has had high picks - including the No. Reed was projected by most to be a late second round pick, so he was clearly valued a great deal by the Suns. Like I said before, this should come as no surprise since the news came out of the trade between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers . Read More »

Portugal, Mexico, Russia tussle for semifinal berths


Defender Carlos Salcedo has returned home after suffering a shoulder injury against the All Whites while Hector Moreno will undergo a late fitness test. The former national team goalkeeper, who has played and managed in various countries beyond his native Russian Federation, has made the last four of the 2018 his target. Read More »

Ronaldo sets Portugal on way to Confederations Cup semis


Bernardo Silva turned Eliseu's low cross into the net four minutes later, although he suffered a knock on the ankle in the process. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky). Or will 2016 European Championship winners Portugal manage to hand New Zealand there 12th straight Confederations Cup defeat, and nail down their place in this year's semifinals of the World Cup prelude tournament? Just as they did in the 2-2 draw with Portugal and victory over New Zealand , Mexico made a slow start ... Read More »

Confederation Cup: Alexis Sanchez becomes Chile's highest goal scorer ever

Suffering from an ankle sprain, Sanchez did not start the first game of the pre-World Cup tournament, playing only a few minutes in the win over Cameroon . Sanchez became Chile's all-time record scorer early on, passing Marcelo Salas with his 38th worldwide goal after a mistake from Arsenal team-mate Shkodran Mustafi . Read More »

Sixers take guard Fultz with top pick of NBA Draft

Nine-year veteran Lopez appeared posted averages of 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks last season while becoming the longest-tenured player in Nets history. Oops. In case you can't read the embedded tweet, Fultz said that he was "Excited to head to (City) and join the (team name)", all while happily pointing out that the message was sponsored by watchmaker Tissot. Read More »

Warren Gatland Issues Fitness Updates On Owen Farrell And Leigh Halfpenny


Victory would hand the Lions their fourth win since touching down in New Zealand, and Farrell believes his squad are on course to compete for a first series success against the world champions since 1971. Coach Dave Rennie is without several of his top players who were involved last night's 10-32 defeat by the Lions in Rotorua, including Damian McKenzie, whom he considered putting on the reserves bench but had to decide otherwise after the little No10 suffered a few knocks late in the ... Read More »

Celtics, 76ers complete trade for No. 1 draft pick

Of course, the Celtics , who accumulate point guards like they're collector's items, could look to add another point guard at the No. 3 spot, or trade down. 27 pick - but those could be appetizers to what we could see on Thursday. Indiana's OG Anunoby, who is 6-8 with a 7-2 wingspan and can finish at the rim with authority, could be the surprise of this class. Read More »

76ers formally introduce Markelle Fultz to Philly

DULL DRAFT: Neither Golden State nor Cleveland, who met in the NBA Finals, has a pick in the two-round draft. The Phoenix Suns selected Josh Jackson , the athletic small forward from Kansas. Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season, tops among freshmen , and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats. Read More »

Hometown standout Lonzo Ball eager to play for LA Lakers

If Pelinka and Johnson have to surrender players to IN, they may gut their team enough to make the roster look less attractive for the other star player. The Lakers have drafted 90 players in the 38 years since Johnson arrived in Los Angeles. There are 18 players on the current roster, though four are unrestricted free agents. Read More »

Andre Ward finishes Sergey Kovalev in eighth round, retains titles


Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Ward left no room for discussion. However, Ward's trainer Virgil Hunter sees things differently. And he's like right now, "oh yeah I beat the Kovalev , but he won with empty Kovalev ". "Facing a great fighter, you've got to raise your game to the next level". Read More »

Fultz, Embiid fully believe Sixers are a playoff team

Kentucky's De' Aaron Fox , right, is congratulated by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Sacramento Kings as the fifth pick overa. Two of the most successful programs in college basketball history had a very good night. "Sometimes I'll be on the ball, sometimes I'll be off". That probably will change by the trade deadline - and maybe even during free agency - but George's discontentment isn't helping him get what he wants so far. Read More »

76ers take Fultz, Lakers nab Ball in NBA draft's first round


The performance at Washington capped a meteoric rise on the amateur level for Fultz. But standing in a corner of the main hallway - a blue 76ers hat on his head and a few bags of souvenirs at his feet - was Mike Jones, Fultz's head coach at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington , D.C. Read More »

Ronaldo confident of Portugal glory

And in the 68th minute, Russia's hopes of an equaliser were dealt a blow when Zhirkov was sent off with a second yellow card after elbowing Miguel Layun. New Zealand and Mexico players trade blows during the Confed Cup match at Sochi, Russia on Wednesday. If Portugal play to their ability, they should win this match and punch a ticket to the semifinal. Read More »

New Zealand vs Portugal: how and where to watch

Both nations have four points, with group leaders Chile facing Australia on Sunday while Germany meet Cameroon at the same time. Santos said left-back Raphael Guerreiro is ruled out with a bruised foot, and not a fractured leg, as was first thought after Wednesday's narrow win over Russian Federation. Read More »

Russian Federation chase win in 3-wayrace for Confed Cup last 4

Still, the lone New Zealand reporter at the tournament insisted at the pre-match news conference that more than four million people back home want to see Ronaldo face the All Whites for the first time. "We played very well, we wanted to win and get the result in the first half". "I believe we will win against New Zealand but I can't say what will happen in that match", said Santos. Read More »

Lewis Hamilton snatches pole from Valtteri Bottas in Baku

It was Hammy's 66th pole placing, moving one clear of Ayrton Senna into second place on F1's pole table and just two behind Michael Schumacher's all-time record. If you can get them working 100% on one lap you can easily go a lot faster, but it was not the case today. "He's fantastic, especially thinking about his lap time here, because the difference he makes [compared] to everybody... Read More »

76ers go with Fultz, Lakers snag Ball at No. 2


In all, the first seven and 12 of the first 14 picks were freshmen . "I think that, in this kind of position-less league, those guys are really valuable", said Stevens. He averaged 16.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists as a junior. Sacramento was the only team with two lottery picks. With the fifth pick, the Sacramento Kings chose De'Aaron Fox, a very talented point guard . Read More »

Peter O'Mahony to lead Lions against Maori side with Warburton benched

There were positives. CJ Stander was vast despite this being his third game in a week, carrying relentlessly and smashing himself into the tackle time and time again. For the first time on this tour, Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are partnered together in the half-backs. "They'll be wanting to do that in all three Test matches and it nearly takes a bit of a shine off everything they've achieved in the last couple of years if they don't". Read More »

Germany edge Australia at Confederations Cup


Julian Draxler stepped up and converted from the spot. "It's just disappointing. I didn't come here to lose games". "When the teams walk out tomorrow I reckon we'll be younger". "The only way you can [improve] is to keep exposing them to this level", he said. Although neither team had found the twine by the break, Sanchez's entry into play 15 minutes after play resumed was the key in La Roja's victory, given that he helped manufacture both goals for his squad on Sunday. Read More »