DONALD TRUMP-LAVAR BALL FEUD COMING SOON?
That feels pretty well guaranteed after the President made a point on Twitter of asking LaVar's son LiAngelo—who's been caught stealing once in China; it's just a simple fact—and his fellow felonious UCLA teammates to thank him for intervening with China's president to make sure they weren't locked up for a long time ("10 years in jail!" as Trump tweeted). Not a very Big Baller thing to do, thanking the Man, but for now, the Ball family is playing along.
Maybe LaVar will send Trump some autographed ZO2s as a personal thank you? Honestly, a war of words would be way more fun—and by fun, I mean this year has been a hellish pit of stupid nonsense.
WORLD CUP FIELD IS SET
Thursday saw the last two nations officially qualify for 2018's tournament, with Australia and Peru clinching their spots in Russia via playoff wins over Honduras and New Zealand, respectively. For Australia, this is old hat; for Peru, though, this is the country's first trip to El Mundial since 1982. And as you can imagine, Peruvians world wide were pretty pleased about this turn of events.
LOVELY LADY OF THE DAY
Julia Evans: 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Casting
EZEKIEL ELLIOT SAGA IS FINALLY OVER
The Cowboys' star running back dropped his appeal of his six-game suspension, bringing an end to a torturous legal battle that has played a big part in the open animosity between Dallas owner Jerry Jones and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Bet both parties wish they could have all those months of arguing back. Oh, and in case you were curious: Elliott was suspended and subsequently un-suspended three times before this came to a close.
YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED BEN SIMMONS HIGHLIGHT
Not a great week for the Ball family, huh?
AMAZON'S BLACK FRIDAY DEALS
Amazon has released a sneak-peek of their Black Friday deals, and you can get everything from 4K TVs to Tom Brady’s Under Armour athlete recovery pajamas to New Balance sneakers and electronics, all at a discount price. We rounded up every deal Amazon is offering on Black Friday here.
ODDS AND ENDS
Here's a story about a nine-year-old kid who's hiked 8,000 miles, including all three major U.S. trails ... Karl-Anthony Towns thinks the NBA should allow the use of medical marijuana. Somewhere, Damon Stoudamire is smiling—or coughing really hard ... Don't mess with Prince Fielder's parking spot, or you'll get a very angry note in return ... Yu Darvish opened up to SI on his career, free agency, and his dreadful World Series ... We have a real-life Scott's Tots situation involving a Canadian lottery winner and a junior hockey team promised $7.5 million ... Chris Russo, aka The Mad Dog, is none too pleased with the choice of Bart Scott as part of the group set to replace his old partner Mike Francesa on WFAN. But don't you dare come at Maggie Gray, Chris ... Drake told off a fan at one of his concerts for trying to grope a woman.
JUST A BIG OL' HOCKEY BRAWL
Everybody got caught up in this brouhaha.
SCOTT BORAS'S METAPHORS NEED A LITTLE WORK
JOEL EMBIID NEARLY GOT PUT ON A POSTER
Kyle Kuzma out here trying to have it all.
I RECOGNIZE ONLY ONE MAN AS THE SEXIEST ALIVE
RATS IN NEW YORK ARE GOING HEALTHY
SAY GOODNIGHT, LEBRON
IT'S THURSDAY, Y'ALL
Go have fun with it.
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