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Bar owners in Russia are shocked that beer sales have surpassed those of other types of alcohol.
The Minnesota Vikings is the first NFL franchise to host a large-scale summit focused on the inclusion of LGBTQ athletes in sports. More than 200 people gathered at the summit in Eagan, Minnesota Thursday.
The 2018 NBA Draft took place Thursday and LA's two teams stayed busy, making five combined selections on what became a wild night around professional basketball.The Lakers selected former University of Michigan center Moritz Wagner with the No. 25 overall pick, their only one in the first round. Wagner gained national attention in NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament last April, leading Michigan to the national championship game. Lakers Add 2018 Draft Pick in Trade with 76ers Wagner's main skills are on offense, as he averaged 14.6 points per game last season. He also made 39 percent of his shots from three-point range, averaging almost five attempts from deep per game.Wagner is the latest in a long line of Lakers big men drafted in recent years. The Lakers drafted forward Julius Randle no. 7 overall in 2014, and have taken a frontcourt player near the end of the first round in every draft since. They picked forward Larry Nance Jr. in 2015, center Ivica Zubac in 2016, forward Kyle Kuzma in 2017 and now Wagner. LAFC Stadium Unveils Security Technology That Can Bypass Lines President of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka face some difficult decisions in that area of the roster. Kuzma made the 2017-18 NBA all-rookie first team while Nance was dealt to the Cleveland Caveliers last February in a trade that included the pick used on Wagner.Randle and center Brook Lopez, the Lakers' starting frontcourt at the end of last season, will hit restricted and unrestricted free agency, respectively, next month.The Lakers also made two selections in the second round. They selected the rights to Isaac Bonga, an 18-year-old forward out of Germany, with the 39th overall pick. They have the option to let Bonga keep playing overseas next season.Johnson and Pelinka took a third European, University of Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, with the 47th overall selection. Mykhailiuk is a sharpshooter from the three-point line, having made 44% of his shots from that distance last season.The Clippers entered the night with back-to-back selections at nos. 12 and 13, having acquired the former pick in the trade that sent superstar forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons. Rumors swirled that the Clippers might use those picks to trade into the top 10 selections, but they instead made a much more minor trade.Their front office, which includes Lakers legend Jerry West, dealt the 12th pick and two future second round picks to the Charlotte Hornets. In exchange, the Clippers got the no. 11 pick, University of Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.The former Wildcat excelled in the pick and roll during his one season at Kentucky. He gives the Clippers their first long term point guard option since Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2017.The Clippers then selected Boston College guard Jerome Robinson with the 13th pick. Robinson was a "favorite" of West, according to Sports Illustrated reporter Jake Fischer. He made a name for himself as a fantastic scorer, averaging over 20 points per game and over 48% from three-point range.One of biggest nights of the calendar year in the NBA kicked off with selections from two of the Lakers' and Clippers' division rivals. The Phoenix Suns took University of Arizona center DeAndre Ayton first overall, while the Sacramento Kings picked Duke University forward Marvin Bagley III second overall.Photo Credit: Getty Images
The BBB Patriarch speaks on LiAngelo going undrafted, the Lonzo trade rumors and the debut night of his new basketball league as the JBA tips off in Ontario.
Fans who have waited in long security lines at sports venues can get a break at LA's newest pro stadium--and it won't cost them anything. Banc of California Stadium announced a partnership Wednesday with CLEAR, a security company used primarily at airports including LAX.CLEAR's biometric identity platform will get LAFC fans to the front of the line with "just the tap of a finger", according to a news release. All they need to do is bring a state-issued driver's license or passport and spend 3-5 minutes signing up at a kiosk by the stadium gate. They will scan their documentation, their fingerprints, answer a couple security questions, then be able to use your special pass immediately, said Ed O'Brien, CLEAR's head of sports. Lakers Add 2018 Draft Pick in Trade with 76ers Once they are registered, fans can bypass lines by just scanning their fingerprints in special CLEAR lanes. Those lanes will open at Banc of California Stadium Wednesday night for LAFC's match with Sacramento Republic FC."You will have to still go through the security screening process for the stadium, but that allows you to skip all those lines that back up behind the metal detectors or the ticket scan," O'Brien said.And the best part? A subscription is free and can be used at any other sports venues that use CLEAR, such as AT&T Park in San Francisco."The sports level is free because... teams don't want to charge fans extra for coming in since they're already paying for tickets," O'Brien said.Those who already use CLEAR's airport program, which costs $15 per month and is billed annually, can use it at those venues as well."What our members like...is that it's a very transferable, consistent experience from what we provide at our other sports partners but also at the airports," O'Brien said. "So if you're a CLEAR member, you can get a very consistent experience at LAX and at [Banc of California Stadium], which are obviously two very unrelated venues."O'Brien also said there are special deals for those who like the CLEAR experience at stadiums and want to try it at the airport.LAFC is the third MLS team to partner with CLEAR after the San Jose Earthquakes and NYCFC. CLEAR systems are also in place at nine MLB stadiums across the country and the NBA's American Airlines Arena in Miami.CLEAR touts its security system as faster and more secure, boasting a SAFETY Act certification from the Department of Homeland Security. Sports might see even more of it in the future. The company says it is developing new "biometric-powered stadium experiences", including ticketing and concessions.Photo Credit: CLEAR