Johnson explains his abrupt resignation from Lakers

Before the Los Angeles Lakers’ final game of the 2018-19 season, Magic Johnson stunned the team and the NBA world at large by stepping down as the team’s president of basketball operations. More than a month later, Johnson appeared on ESPN and said that Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka was the one who was “backstabbing” him.

Johnson did not hold back on “First Take” this morning, saying that Pelinka had circulated talk within the Lakers that Johnson was not working hard or showing up at the office enough. Upon stepping down from his role on April 9, Johnson alluded to the fact he was tired of “all the backstabbing” and “whispering” going on within the Lakers organization. 

The Lakers hired Johnson and Pelinka within weeks of each other in the spring of 2017. In his interview Monday on “First Take,” Johnson said he and Pelinka worked well initially as

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LOOK: Giannis Antetokounmpo ignores trash-talking Drake during Game 3 of Bucks vs. Raptors

Drake is a self-acknowledged walking sports curse as much as he is a music celebrity, and he kept up his trash-talking court-side tradition on Sunday night during Game 3 of the NBA‘s Eastern Conference Finals.

The biggest star on the opposing side, however, paid absolutely no mind to him.

Weeks after the Toronto-born artist exchanged words with the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, Drake couldn’t get the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo to bite, chirping at the big man during the Raptors’ 118-112 overtime victory and getting nothing but a cold shoulder.

The “Greek Freak” has rarely been one to command the spotlight outside of his play, so it’s not surprising he chose to ignore Drake’s jabs. His team was also in the middle of a blown opportunity to go up 3-0 in the series — a game in which Giannis

Indians vs. Athletics odds, line: MLB picks, predictions for May 20 from model on 97-73 roll

The Cleveland Indians look to take advantage of their 11-game home stand when they face the Oakland Athletics on Monday. The Indians (25-20) have won two in a row and five of their last seven. Meanwhile, the Athletics (22-25), fifth in the AL West and nine behind Houston, have also been hot, winning three in a row and seven of their last 11. Monday’s first pitch is set for 6:10 p.m. ET from Progressive Field. The latest Indians vs. Athletics odds show Cleveland favored at -173 on the money line (risk $173 to win $100), while the over-under for total runs scored is eight. Before making any Indians vs. Athletics picks of your own, listen to the MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has raked in the winnings for those following

Reports: Connelly opts to stay with Nuggets

Tim Connelly will apparently be back where he was last season: serving as president of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets.

Connelly had interviewed for the Washington Wizards’ president of basketball operations vacancy, but has reportedly decided to stay with the Nuggets, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and NBCSportsWashington.com’s Chris Miller. Connelly played a significant role in Denver’s post-Carmelo Anthony rebuild, which included the drafting of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray as well as signing Paul Millsap in free agency. 

Can confirm per a source that Tim Connelly will stay in Denver. First reported by @wojespn. I’m told he has unfinished business in Denver. #DCFamily#NBA

— Chris Miller 🎥🎙🏀 (@cmillsnbcs) May 20, 2019

Per Wojnarowski, Nuggets team president Josh Kroenke made an aggressive case to keep Connelly once the Wizards extended him an offer over the weekend. With Connelly out of the mix in D.C., the Wizards are expected to turn

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MLB DFS: Edwin Encarnacion and top picks for May 20 DraftKings and FanDuel daily Fantasy baseball lineups

The MLB schedule for Monday includes 10 games and plenty of big-name pitchers like Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, David Price and Mike Soroka. The top-priced hitters include Mike Trout, Alex Bregman and Kris Bryant, and MLB DFS players have a variety of tournaments and cash games to choose from. FanDuel is running a Monday MLB Rally, while DraftKings is holding an MLB $300K Perfect Game. The key to winning big in those MLB DFS tournaments is to mix high-end players with value picks who can surprise with big returns, so before finalizing any of your MLB DFS picks for Monday, be sure to see what Mike McClure has to say. He’s a professional DFS player who has won almost $2 million in his career, and his optimal lineups, advice and player pool can help you crush your rosters on

Kylian Mbappe surprisingly hints at PSG summer transfer exit during Ligue 1 awards ceremony

Kylian Mbappe is far and away one of the world’s best players and is a vital part of PSG blueprint for European glory. But after accepting Player of the Year honors at the Ligue 1 awards ceremony, the 20-year-old phenom hinted that he could be open to a new home in search of “greater responsibility.”

Mbappe, who had 32 goals and six assists in 28 matches, called this moment a potentially “turning point in my career.”

“I think that it is a very important moment for me as I feel that I am approaching a first, or second, turning point in my career,” Mbappe said. “I have discovered a lot of things here and I feel that it is perhaps time for greater responsibility.

“I hope that it will be with PSG, which would be with great

Soccer Power Rankings: Move over La Liga, 2019 has been all about Premier League dominance

The Premier League is as popular of a league as you’ll find in the world, but dominance is measured on the continental scale. For the last handful of years, Europe has been dominated by Spain. Spanish clubs have won the past five Champions Leagues and eight of the past 12. Spanish clubs have conquered the Europa Leagues (UEFA Cup) in eight of the past 13 seasons. 

Entering this season, English teams had only won one Champions League title in this decade. This season is different story because we have an all-Premier League matchup in the Champions League and Europa League — something that has never happened before. Liverpool will face Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid, while Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in the Europa League final in Baku. 

Is this a sign that the Premier League

2019 NBA Awards: Categories & Nominees

The 2019 NBA Awards will air on June 24 on TNT.

Fan Vote

Vote for House of Highlights Moment of the Year

Featured Awards

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
James Harden, Houston Rockets

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year

Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Kia NBA Sixth Man Award

Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers
Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers
Lou Williams, LA Clippers

Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Giannis Antetokounmpo,  Milwaukee Bucks
Paul George,  Oklahoma City Thunder
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Kia NBA Most Improved Player

De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

NBA Coach of the Year

Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks
Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets
Doc Rivers, LA Clippers

NBA Cares Community Assist Award

Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Donovan Mitchell, Utah

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Reports: Wolves, Saunders nearing multi-year deal

Minnesota Timberwolves interim coach Ryan Saunders is reportedly set to take on that job full time.

The team and Saunders are ironing out the details to make him the permanent coach, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski. Per ESPN, the deal is expected to be completed soon. Saunders is working on rounding out his coaching staff. Wolves GM Gersson Rosas had reportedly interviewed several candidates recently for Minnesota’s coaching job, but has apparently settled on keeping Saunders in that role.

Ryan Saunders and Minnesota are nearing agreement on a multi-year deal to make him the Timberwolves coach, league sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 20, 2019

Deal is expected to be completed soon, sources tell ESPN. Saunders is working on a staff. Gersson Rosas met with candidates at Draft Combine but search turned back to Saunders, the interim coach. https://t.co/VcwzUdb8xa

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May

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D'Antoni says he wants to coach at least three more seasons

Coach Mike D’Antoni has led the Houston Rockets through one of their most successful eras as a legitimate NBA title contender. As he enters the final year of his contract, D’Antoni isn’t looking to step back from coaching anytime soon.

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, D’Antoni and the Rockets’ front office have had preliminary talks about a contract extension that would keep D’Antoni from entering the final year of his deal. D’Antoni said he told both Houston’s owner Tillman Fertitta and its general manager Daryl Morey that he intends to keep coaching the team for at least three more seasons, per Wojnarowski.

“I’ve let Daryl and Tilman know that I’m energized to keep coaching — and believe that I can continue to do this at a high level for at least another three years,” the 68-year-old D’Antoni told ESPN on Sunday night. “I want to be a part of a championship here.”

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