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Ball ranked No. 5 in 2017 Draft Class

UCLA's Lonzo Ball is one of the most unique prospects in recent years with a penchant for launching Steph Curry-esque 3s. Will Steve Alford let him keep shooting? Who's next? (Insider)

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The Dodgers have designated OF Will Venable for assignment in order to add RHP Nick Tepesch to the roster. Tepesch will start Friday night at Pittsburgh.

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If Roberto Clemente, on a bike, in full uniform, doesn't make you smile, nothing will.

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Joe Smith close to rehab stint

Smith (hamstring) threw live batting practice on Thursday and could begin a minor league rehab stint as early as Sunday. He hopes to be activated by July 1. Los Angeles Times

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Where does Thaiss rank for Angels?

Matt Thaiss may have been the No. 16 overall pick in this year's draft, but is his talent enough for him to dethrone high-upside outfielder Jahmai Jones as Keith Law's No. 1 Angels prospect? Where top 2016 draft picks rank (Insider)

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Kershaw's slider among MLB's best pitches

Clayton Kershaw's slider ranks fourth in Fangraphs' "pitch run value" per 100 pitches among major league starters this season. Who has the game's No. 1 offering? MLB's Most Valuable Pitch

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NBA stars who will be going for gold

Ten of the league's biggest names have decided to compete for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics in Rio under coach Mike Krzyzewski .

Lakers’ final draft grade: A

Check out why Chad Ford liked L.A.'s draft night, highlighted by a potential cornerstone player in No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram. Draft grades (Insider)

Clippers’ final draft grade: C

Check out why Chad Ford had a tepid reaction to L.A.'s haul of three players, which included No. 25 overall pick Brice Johnson. Draft grades (Insider)

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

How would Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak rate his team's draft? "I think we've added more talent. I do," Kupchak said. "Clearly, we're very happy with Brandon [Ingram]. The No. 2 pick under most circumstances is player that's going to have an impact right away. It's not a player that we anticipate won't play. Clearly he's going to play. And hopefully he's productive and he gets better quickly. Ivica [Zubac], we don't know that yet. There's probably a bigger learning curve for him and a lot of it has to do with summer league and training camp and how he plays in front of our coach and how our coach wants to play and how he comes along."