DAILY LINKS: Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (calf) uncertain for Summer League championship

Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (calf) uncertain for Summer League championship – Sports Illustrated
The No. 2 overall pick dazzled again in LA’s 108-98 semifinal win over Dallas at the Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday, posting 16 points and 10 assists, including one long-distance dime that prompted Lakers president Magic Johnson to stand up from his courtside seat and applaud. But Ball exited the game in the third quarter with right calf tightness and, after receiving treatment, remained on the bench for the entire fourth quarter.

Lonzo Ball says he is wearing Jordan 31s in hopes of starting a bidding war – For The Win
On Saturday, LaVar Ball told ESPN that the goal was to show the major brands (Nike, Adidas, Under Armour) what they’re missing in the decision to pass on a licensing partnership with Big Baller Brand. As Lonzo wears different shoes, he’s generating unprecedented buzz around the Summer League. The hope is for companies to see this attention and return to the bargaining table with LaVar.

Cahill shows stamina, stuff in win over Giants – MLB.com
With the Padres out of contention, Cahill will be a piece the organization dangles leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and the right-hander did plenty to pique interest in San Diego’s 7-1 victory against the Giants on Sunday.

In his third outing since coming off the disabled list, Cahill struck out eight Giants in 6 2/3 innings, only the second time in 10 starts he has gone beyond six frames. He threw 94 pitches and allowed one run.

Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Tim Howard called into USMNT Gold Cup team – USA Today
Forward Clint Dempsey, midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Tim Howard are among six additions to the U.S. roster for the knockout phase of the CONCACAF Gold Cup as coach Bruce Arena opted to add some of his most experienced players.

Arena also added forward Jozy Altidore, midfielder Darlington Nagbe and goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Sunday.

Padres relievers draw trade interest – MLB.com
Brad Hand is one of the hottest names on the market ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline this year. But he’s not the only Padres reliever drawing interest from other clubs.

Top to bottom, the bullpen in San Diego has been excellent over the past month. Other teams have taken note, upping their interest in fellow relievers Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter and Kirby Yates, while the market for Hand remains strong.

‘Secretariat-like’ Arrogate roars from shadows, settles into Del Mar – San Diego Union-Tribune
When four-legged star Arrogate saunters into the barns at Del Mar under the failing darkness Monday morning, it would be easy to trot out the analogy of Michael Jordan moving into your exclusive condo for the summer.

The horse, who ripped off an unprecedented 7-month run to become the richest winner in history, nudged revered trainer Bob Baffert to ask whether he’s the best the business has seen since standard-smashing Secretariat.


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