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The Los Angeles Angels publicly praised Mike Trout "for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion" a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the All-Star outfielder would be an even bigger star if he would spend more time marketing himself.The team released a statement Wednesday congratulating Trout on his performance in the All-Star Game in Washington, then extolled the time he spends visiting hospitals, schools and charities and the quality time he spends with family."We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion," the statement said. "That is rare in today's society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent."A day earlier, Manfred said MLB was interested in having players more engaged and in helping players develop their individual brands.Manfred said Trout chooses not to spend his down time marketing."Mike's a great, great player and a really nice person, but he's made certain decisions about what he wants to do and what he doesn't want to do, and how he wants to spend his free time and how he doesn't want to spend his free time," Manfred said. "That's up to him. If he wants to engage and be more active in that area, I think we could help him make his brand really, really big. But he has to make a decision that he's prepared to engage in that area. It takes time and effort."Trout said Wednesday night that he has received "lots of questions" about Manfred's comments."I am not a petty guy and would really encourage everyone to just move forward," he said in a statement issued by the team. "Everything is cool between the Commissioner and myself. End of story. I am ready to just play some baseball!"At 26, Trout is a two-time AL MVP and a seven-time All-Star. He homered off Mets ace Jacob deGrom on Tuesday night in an 8-6 win in 10 innings.Asked after the game about Manfred's comments, Trout said: "I keep telling you guys, I do as much as I can. But it's a long baseball season. I got to pick and choose when I want to do things and go from there."Manfred's remarks struck a sour note with fans, some of whom took to social media to say Trout was a great role model who should be left to live his life as he pleases.The Angels apparently concur. "His brand is built upon generously spending his time engaging with fans, both at home and on the road, while remaining a remarkable baseball player and teammate," the team said.Photo Credit: AP
From sequins to short suits, athletes and celebrities hit the ESPYS red carpet under a sizzling sun at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
In a year where Los Angeles pro sports keep stockpiling star power, from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Ndamokung Suh to LeBron James, the Dodgers made the latest splash Wednesday when the completed a trade with the Baltimore Orioles for four-time All-Star infielder Manny Machado.The Dodgers sent five minor league prospects to Baltimore in exchange for Machado, headlined by outfielder Yusniel Diaz. Multiple reports said the trade was close to being done during Tuesday night's MLB All-Star game. The deal, however, was completed Wednesday afternoon after a minor medical issue seemingly delayed the news going official. Dodgers Make Swap With Orioles for All-Star Shortstop Manny Machado As expected, the official notice was met with celebration throughout Dodgers' nation, both at the addition of Machado and at the fact that the team paid a steep but not unreasonable price in minor-league prospects to acquire the superstar.Dodgers players Justin Turner and Alex Wood were on vacation together when they heard the news, and Turner's wife Kourtney captured the reaction: Dodgers Reportedly Close to Trading for Manny Machado Many fans, blogs and others around Major League Baseball also had their own reactions, including plenty of memes. Check out some of the best below:Photo Credit: Dalton Johnson This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
And the 2018 ESPY goes to...The sports version of the Oscars was held on Wednesday in Los Angeles as the 26th annual ESPYS took center stage to celebrate the best in the world of sports. Updates: Download the NBCLA App Former pro race car driver Danica Patrick hosted the show from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles as world-renowned athletes headlined the 2018 Awards as well as presentations from celebrities in the music and entertainment industry.Entertainers like Kate Beckinsale, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Jon Stewart and rapper G-Eazy will be presenting. Outside of the typical "Best in Sports" awards, the ESPYS also presented awards to the survivors of the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, former Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverence, and Jake Wood received the Pat Tillman Award for Service.In addition, Marjory StonemanDouglas High School coaches Aaron Feis and Scott Beig who were slain in the Feb. 14 shooting were posthumously awarded the "Best Coach Award." Here's the full list of nominees and winners:Best Male AthleteJose Altuve, Houston AstrosJames Harden, Houston RocketsAlexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals - WinnerTom Brady, New England PatriotsBest Female AthleteSylvia Fowles, Minnesota LynxMikaela Shiffrin, SkiChloe Kim, Snowboard - WinnerJulie Ertz, Chicago Red Stars/United States Women’s National Soccer TeamBest Olympic MomentShaun White, Snowboard: White found redemption after the Sochi Winter Olympics by coming at his final run hard. He hit back-to-back 1440s — something he'd never nailed before — and won gold. - WinnerJessie Diggins & Kikkan Randall, U.S. Cross Country Ski: It took nearly 70 years for the U.S. to win gold.U.S. Men’s Curling: USA scored its first-ever curling gold against Sweden.USA Women’s Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics: U.S. won gold for the first time in 20 years.Best Championship PerformanceGeorge Springer, Houston Astros – MLB World SeriesNick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles – Super Bowl LII - WinnerKevin Durant, Golden State Warriors – NBA FinalsDonte DiVincenzo, Villanova Men’s Basketball – CBB National ChampionshipBest Breakthrough AthleteAlvin Kamara, New Orleans SaintsBen Simmons, Philadelphia 76ersDonovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz - WinnerSloane Stephens, TennisBest GameHouston Astros defeat Los Angeles Dodgers, World Series Game 5Georgia Bulldogs defeat Oklahoma Sooners, Rose BowlUSA Women’s Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics - WinnerBest MomentMinnesota Vikings defeat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game - WinnerLas Vegas Golden Knights defeat Winnipeg Jets to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals#16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County upsets No. 1 VirginiaBest TeamHouston Astros, MLB - WinnerPhiladelphia Eagles, NFLUSA Women’s Ice HockeyNotre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA Women’s BasketballVillanova Wildcats, NCAA Men’s BasketballGolden State Warriors, NBAWashington Capitals, NHLBest College AthleteBaker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football - WinnerJalen Brunson, Villanova BasketballKatie Ledecky, Stanford SwimmingA’ja Wilson, South Carolina BasketballBest Play (Bracket-style voting)ND’s Arike Ogunbowale hits 2nd buzzer beater to win NCAA women’s national title - WinnerMinnesota Miracle: Stefon Diggs makes last-second TD Catch to send Vikings to NFC championshipPhilly Special: Eagles fool Patriots with fourth-down TD toss to FolesAlabama wins national title on 41-yard OT TD pass from Tua Tagovailoa to Devonta SmithFSU’s Jessie Warren makes diving double play in WCWSLeBron James nails buzzer beater 3-pointer to beat the Pacers in Game 5 of Round 1Evanston Township High school freshman Blake Peters hits 80-foot buzzer beaterGareth Bale scores go-ahead bicycle kick goal in Champions League Final 1022Cristiano Ronaldo scores bicycle kick goal against JuventusJulian McGarvey makes last-second steal & heave to secure Ardsley High School’s 1st Section 1 title in 60 yearsLeBron floats a glass-kissing buzzer beater to beat Raptors in game 3 of round 2Team USA’s Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scores the shootout winner to secure gold medal in women’s hockeyGiannis Antetokounmpo leapfrog dunks on Tim Hardaway JrAcrobatic volleyball play from Autumn Finney out of Decatur High SchoolGolden Knights’ William Karlsson goes through legs for ‘goal of the year’ contenderJordan Poole hits buzzer-beater to send Michigan to the Sweet 16sBest Record-Breaking PerformanceRoger Federer, Tennis - WinnerAaron Judge, New York YankeesTom Brady, New England PatriotsDiana Taurasi, Phoenix MercuryBest International Men’s Soccer PlayerLionel Messi, FC Barcelona/Argentina National TeamCristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid/Portuguese National Team - WinnerMohamed Salah, Liverpool/Egyptian National TeamNeymar Jr., PSG/Brazilian National TeamBest International Women’s Soccer PlayerLieke Martens, FC Barcelona/Netherlands National TeamSam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars/Australian National Team - WinnerPernille Harder, VfL Wolfsburg/Danish National TeamJodie Taylor, Seattle Reign/English National TeamBest NFL PlayerTom Brady, New England Patriots - Winner Todd Gurley, Los Angeles RamsAntonio Brown, Pittsburgh SteelersAaron Donald, Los Angeles RamsBest MLB PlayerAaron Judge, New York YankeesJose Altuve, Houston AstrosMike Trout, LA Angels - WinnerMax Scherzer, Washington NationalsBest NHL PlayerAlexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals - WinnerSidney Crosby, Pittsburgh PenguinsConnor McDavid, Edmonton OilersMarc-Andre Fleury, Las Vegas Golden KnightsBest DriverJosef Newgarden, IndyCarMartin Truex Jr, NASCAR - Winner Lewis Hamilton, Formula OneBrittany Force, NHRABest NBA PlayerJames Harden, Houston RocketsLeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers - WinnerAnthony Davis, New Orleans PelicansGiannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee BucksBest WNBA PlayerMaya Moore, Minnesota Lynx - WinnerCandace Parker, Los Angeles SparksSylvia Fowles, Minnesota LynxSkylar Diggins-Smith, Dallas WingsBest FighterTerence Crawford, Boxing - WinnerVasiliy (Vasyl) Lomachenko, BoxingRose Namajunas, UFCGeorges St-Pierre, UFCBest Male GolferJordan Spieth - WinnerJustin ThomasDustin JohnsonPatrick ReedBest Female GolferShanshan FengInbee ParkAriya JutanugarnSung-Hyun Park - WinnerBest Male OlympianShaun White, Snowboarding - WinnerRed Gerard, SnowboardingDavid Wise, Halfpipe SkiingJohn Shuster, CurlingBest Female OlympianChloe Kim, Snowboarding - Winner Mikaela Shiffrin, SkiingJamie Anderson, SnowboardingJocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, US Women’s HockeyBest Male Tennis PlayerRoger Federer - WinnerRafael NadalMarin CilicBest Female Tennis PlayerSloane Stephens - WinnerCaroline WozniackiSimona HalepGarbine MuguruzaBest Male Action Sports AthleteHenrik Harlaut (SWE), SkiKelvin Hoefler (BRA), SkateboardDavid Wise (USA), Ski - WinnerMarcus Kleveland (NOR), SnowboardBest Female Action Sports AthleteChloe Kim (USA), Snowboard - Winner Jamie Anderson (USA), SnowboardBrighton Zeuner (USA), SkateboardStephanie Gilmore (AUS). SurfBest JockeyMike SmithJose Ortiz - WinnerFlorent GerouxFlavien PratBest Male Athlete With A DisabilityDan Cnossen, Nordic SkiingAndrew Kurka, Alpine SkiingDeclan Farmer, Sled HockeyMike Schultz, Snowboarding - WinnerBest Female Athlete With A DisabilityOksana Masters, Nordic SkiingBrenna Huckaby, Snowboarding - WinnerKendall Gretsch, Nordic SkiingTatyana McFadden, Track and FieldBest BowlerJason BelmonteRhino Page - WinnerTom SmallwoodJesper SvenssonBest MLS PlayerNemanja Nikolić, Chicago Fire - WinnerDiego Valeri, Portland TimbersIke Opara, Sporting Kansas CityTim Melia, Sporting Kansas CityBest NWSL PlayerSam Kerr, Chicago Red StarsMegan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign - WinnerSam MewisAdrianna Franch, Portland ThornsPhoto Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
For the past 24 years, Del Mar's Opening Day has been all about the hats. Each year, hundreds of race track guests come to showcase their fanciest, most creative toppers. Here's a look at the hats that caught our eye this year at the seaside track in San Diego's North County.Photo Credit: Samantha Tatro