NBA prop bets: LeBron James has 4-to-1 odds of joining Los Angeles Lakers in 2018

Oct. 5 (UPI) — One of the largest online sportsbooks in the world has revealed its latest prop bests and odds for the 2017 NBA season.

Included in that is the likelihood LeBron James‘ leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to team up with Lonzo Ball on the Los Angeles Lakers after this season.

BetOnline.ag spotted those odds at 4-1 in favor of James leaving for Los Angeles and 1-6 of him not landing with the Lakers.

James, 32, has a $ 35.6 million player option for the 2018 season.

The site also gives Lonzo Ball a 10-to-1 shot at making the Western Conference All-Star team and gives the Lakers 18-to-1 odds at winning 50 games and 1-to-40 odds of not winning 50 games.

Ball, the NBA Summer League MVP, has 10-to-13 odds of posting more than 7.5 assists per game and 1-to-1 odds of posting fewer than 7.5 assists per game. He has 6-to-5 odds of netting more than 14.5 points per game and 2-to-3 odds of scoring fewer than 14.5 points per game. He has 2-to-3 odds of tallying more than 2.5 triple doubles and 6-to-5 odds at posted fewer than 2.5 triple doubles.

Lonzo Ball reacts to during a news conference introduce the Los Angeles Lakers draft pick, whom they drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, at the teams practice facility on June 23 in El Segundo, Calif. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

The oldest Ball brother posted 16.3 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game in the Summer League. Ball also posted two triple doubles for the Lakers this summer in Las Vegas.

He never had a triple double in his lone season at UCLA.

The site gave odds for all 30 teams landing LeBron for the first game of the 2018 season. The Cavaliers have the best odds at retaining the King, coming in at 2-1. The Lakers have 9-2 odds, while the Houston Rockets have 7-to-1 odds, the Minnesota Timberwolves have 12-to-1 odds, the San Antonio Spurs have 14-to-1 odds and Oklahoma City Thunder have 16-to-1 odds.

The Golden State Warriors have 20-to-1 odds of landing James in 2018, according to the site.

Imagine that.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (R) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (L) exchange words on court in the second half of Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Photo by Monica Davey/EPA

Unsurprisingly, the Warriors are a 5-8 shot at winning the 2018 NBA Finals. The Cavaliers have 7-2 odds. The San Antonio Spurs (12-1), Houston Rockets (12-1), Oklahoma City Thunder (16-1) and Boston Celtics (8-1) are also given a shot at hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy.

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Ray Young III: Former UCLA basketball player's heart stops on basketball court

Oct. 5 (UPI) — Former UCLA star Ray Young III collapsed on a basketball court last week and is now out of a coma.

His friends and family have started a GoFundMe page to aid his medical and rehabilitation fund.

Young, 37, was playing basketball with his friends when his heart stopped. He fell to the ground and was motionless with no heartbeat and was unresponsive, according to the GoFundeMe page.

Several players and gym staff gave Young CPR and medics arrived to revive him. He was then rushed to the emergency room in critical condition.

“Just a couple days ago, he awoke from a near two-day coma,” the page says. “He is expected to recover, but things were definitely touch-and-go for a while. His family and close friends have remained by his side. Nothing short of a miracle has kept Ray with us. We’ve been informed by his doctors that survival isn’t the outcome 95% of the time.”

“We are all incredibly grateful that Ray made it through, but now he’s going to need help with recovery and rehabilitation. Fortunately, Ray does have basical medical insurance, but it doesn’t cover certain critical things like physical and neuro-rehabilitation therapy. Also, Ray won’t be able to work for months, but bills are still due!”

The campaign had raised more than $ 33,000 of its $ 100,000 goal as of Thursday afternoon.

Young’s family offered an update on his condition on Wednesday.

“Ray is doing really well,” the update said. “He’s begun some physical therapy, is back on his vegan diet, and everyone is trying to force him to take it easy–if you know Ray, you know exactly what I mean ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re still at the hospital and expect to be here through the week. Today is a big day. Ray is having surgery to implant a defibrillator on his heart. We expect that procedure to go well, but please do send your prayers Ray’s way.”

Young played four seasons at UCLA. He averaged 10.1 points and 2.0 assists per game during his senior season for the Bruins. He averaged 7.7 points per game in the 2005 NBA Summer League for the Golden State Warriors. He also suited up for the New Orleans Hornets.

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New York Yankees tune up for playoffs with finale vs. Toronto Blue Jays

NEW YORK — Watching the scoreboard show the Boston Red Sox taking a lead was disappointing for the New York Yankees.

It was not as frustrating as what the Yankees witnessed last season on their home field during the final day of the regular season when the Baltimore Orioles celebrated clinching a spot in the wild-card game.

This time, the Yankees are putting the finishing touches on a successful regular season Sunday afternoon when they conclude a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees (91-70) were eliminated from the AL East title race 21 minutes after securing a 2-1 win Saturday afternoon. Even if they stayed alive again, they could have only won the division by beating the Red Sox in a one-game tiebreaker at Yankee Stadium.

“We took care of our business, that’s all we can do,” New York left-hander CC Sabathia said.

Despite falling short, the Yankees are among the hottest teams in the game. Since getting swept by the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 28-30, New York is 21-8 and has won nine of its last 10 series.

“We fought for the AL East title and I’m very proud of the guys in that room and what they’ve accomplished, the way that our veterans have led us, the way that our kids have stepped up in a huge way for us,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Instead they will spend Monday working out and Sunday capping a season not many expected after New York missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons in 2016.

The Yankees will likely rest some players and it’s possible Aaron Judge will sit. If he does not play, he will finish his rookie season with 52 homers, 114 RBIs, 127 walks, 128 runs scored to go along with a .284 average, an on-base percentage of .422 and a 1.049 OPS.

“Tremendous year,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “He had that unbelievable start, then after the All-Star break he came back to being a normal guy, and everybody couldn’t understand why, that’s just the way baseball is. Then he really picked it up the last month, he has over 50 home runs, it’s an incredible year.”

The Blue Jays (75-86) hindered and aided the Yankees in the last week. Last weekend, they took two of three to push New York five games out, but won the first two contests in Boston to help the Yankees gain two games.

Toronto failed to recover from a 9-18 start after back-to-back appearances in the ALCS. The Blue Jays never reached .500 and will try to at least get their offense going for the final game after being held to one run and striking out 28 times in the first two games of the series.

Sunday may also be Jose Bautista‘s final game for the Blue Jays, who acquired him in 2008 and re-signed him to a one-year deal in the offseason. Bautista was 0-for-4 Saturday and is hitting .201 with 23 homers and 64 RBIs in 156 games.

It also will be the final chance for Justin Smoak to reach 40 homers for the first time. Smoak is two away from the milestone after going a 13th straight game without a homer.

Jordan Montgomery will conclude his rookie season by starting for the Yankees. Since making his major league debut April 12, he is 9-7 with a 3.96 ERA in 28 starts.

The left-hander has allowed one run in his last 12 innings after permitting one run on six hits in six innings during Tuesday’s 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

New York is 13-15 when he starts but is 4-0 in his last four outings and Montgomery is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in those starts.

Montgomery made his only start against the Blue Jays on June 3 at Toronto when he allowed three hits in six innings during a 7-0 win in a game when Josh Donaldson, Bautista, Kendrys Morales and Smoak were a combined 0-for-14 with six strikeouts.

Brett Anderson began this season as a member of the Chicago Cubs but is ending it with the Blue Jays, and will be their starter Sunday. Since joining the Blue Jays, Anderson is 2-2 with 6.04 ERA in six starts.

Anderson last pitched Monday at Boston when he allowed three runs on six hits in five innings before leaving with a blister.

The left-hander is 0-5 with a 7.92 ERA in six career starts against the Yankees. His last start with the Cubs occurred against the Yankees when he allowed five runs and recorded one out before exiting with a back injury on May 6 at Wrigley Field.

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Report: FBI subpoenas Nike's youth basketball program, EYBL, as widespread investigation continues

The other shoe could be about to drop in the widespread investigation into bribery, fraud and corruption in college basketball.

“Employees of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League have been subpoenaed by FBI for furtherance of investigation,” attorney and Forbes contributor Darren Heinter tweeted on Wednesday, citing unidentified sources.

That news comes one day after Adidas director of global sports marketing Jim Gatto, four college basketball assistant coaches, agents and financial advisers linked to several different universities bribed collegiate basketball players.

In a formal complaint released Tuesday before a press conference in New York, the FBI alleges Gatto, Adidas employee Merl Code, former agent Christian Dawkins and financial adviser Munish Sood aligned to pay $ 100,000 to the family of a highly touted recruit.

“We have your playbook,” New York FBI assistant director in charge Bill Sweeney said Tuesday in New York. “Our investigation is ongoing, and we are conducting additional interviews as we speak.”

Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League has become one of the nation’s premier travel programs for high school-aged players and younger since it debuted in 2010.

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New York Jets: Jamal Adams, young defense making strides

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — There are numerous cliches when it comes to the NFL, about games being played on the field, not on paper, and that anything can happen on any given Sunday.

Of the 14 games played this past Sunday, eight teams that were underdogs based on Vegas odds, including the New York Jets, won the game, while three of the other six covered the point spread, and another, the Lions, came within a half-yard of doing both.

Honing in on the Jets, it wasn’t necessarily shocking that they beat a division rival in their home opener. It was that the did it in such dominant fashion.

It was that a defense that had allowed a league-worst 370 rushing yards in the first two weeks held Miami’s Jay Ajayi to 16 yards on 11 carries after he went for 122 yards the week before. It was that Josh McCown threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson after the offense’s longest play to that point was only 34 yards. It was that a safety, Terrence Brooks, who played only 30 snaps, was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting two passes.

He had one career interception in four NFL seasons before Sunday.

So while improbable outcomes happen all the time in the NFL, the Jets’ domination was rather inexplicable.

“Absolutely perfect game,” Boomer Esiason said Tuesday night on “Inside the NFL” about the Jets. “When you watch the tape, what you’re gonna see is young, defensive guys flying all over the place. … Pretty impressive.”

Youth is fickle in the NFL. It sometimes leads to silly mistakes, but it also comes with immense talent and promise, something the Jets’ defense has run the gamut of in only three weeks. The average age of the Jets’ starters on defense is just over 25, with two rookie safeties in Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, and the only player over 30 being 31-year-old nose tackle Steve McLendon.

With the team in rebuilding mode, Sunday’s crowd seemed to feed off the passion the defense played with, and that was evident the most on crucial downs, as the Dolphins went 1-for-12 on third downs and failed to convert three fourth-down plays.

“I definitely want to keep that energy when I’m on the field. Set the tone,” Adams said. “The fans feed off us as much as we feed off of them. When we got excited, we started making plays.”

Adams epitomized the give-and-take that comes with young players. He recorded his first career sack on Sunday and had another tackle for a loss and a pass deflection. But he was also called for a taunting penalty after Buster Skrine’s sack on third down that gave the Dolphins a first down near midfield. The penalty came after the game was already a blowout, so it didn’t hurt the Jets, but Adams will need to control his emotions in closer games.

“He’s an exciting player. He did a lot of things the right away,” head coach Todd Bowles said about Adams. “He brings a lot of emotion with him.”

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Marseille soccer fan turns ceremonial kickoff into breakaway goal

A fan of the French soccer club Olympique Marseille scored the first goal for his team during the ceremonial kickoff.
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