en-US ‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Grace VanderWaal to Return for Live Results Show (EXCLUSIVE) “America’s Got Talent” season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal is returning to the NBC show for the first live results episode on Aug. 16. The 13-year old will be joined by other AGT graduates and success stories, including season 9 winner Mat Franco, who performs his Magic Reinvented show nightly at the newly renamed Mat Franco Theater at Las Vegas’ LINQ Hotel... Read more » vanderwaal-return-live-res Thu, 27 2017 14:00:11 GMT vanderwaal-return-live-res Realistic Expectations for Los Angeles Lakers Rookie Lonzo Ball Lonzo Ball gave his critics one game at the Las Vegas Summer League to tear to pieces. He shot a woeful 2-of-15 during his professional debut, a line that looked even worse through the fish bowl in which the carnival barker's son and 19-year-old face of the Los Angeles Lakers exists. Starting with his next time out, he transformed the hardwood into his personal playground and ignited a desert-wide Big Baller Bash. Over his six games in Vegas, he averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals, a stat line that propelled him to MVP honors. The distributing average was the best ever posted by a summer-leaguer. He flooded one box score with 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals, then he tallied 16 points and 10 assists in only 21 minutes of another contest he exited early with calf tightness. He triple-doubled twice and registered double-digit assists four times. Prior to this year, no rookie had ever dropped a triple-double or reached 10 assists more than once during the Vegas Summer League, per ESPN Stats Information. If Ball's hype was wild before, his Sin City stampede sent it to ludicrous levels. "If he's getting triple-doubles in the summer league, he is going to get triple-doubles in the regular season," Lakers president Magic Johnson said during the press conference to introduce free-agent signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, per's Ohm Youngmisuk. "... Lonzo is special, no question about it, because he makes everyone better. He does something you can't teach. He gives you a scoring pass. Very few point guards in this league can do that." Ball is such a natural playmaker, Lakers fans should feel comfortable expecting jaw-dropping dishes from their freshman phenom. What else will be realistically in play for Ball's rookie run? Immediate stardom is pushing it, but capturing a coveted piece of hardware may not be.             Team Fit The post-Kobe Bryant Lakers have been an amorphous ball of clay, and Lonzo looks like the perfect player to mold it. The 6'6" floor general boasts the unselfishness and quick decision-making needed to trigger a movement-based offense. His passing touch—seen on everything from drive-and-kicks and interior drop-offs to full-court look-aheads—has been favorably compared to the likes of Jason Kidd and Magic, who sit second and fifth, respectively, on the league's all-time career assist leaderboards. That's what makes Ball such a compelling figure to lead the Lakers into their next chapter. They have other young talents on the roster, but they've lacked cohesion. Despite being coached by Luke Walton—who honed his craft on the pass-happy Golden State Warriors—L.A. finished just 26th in assist percentage last season. That ranking could rise quickly with Ball at the helm, considering he just powered UCLA to an NCAA-best 21.4 assists per game in 2016-17. "The way Lonzo plays will set the tone," Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka told Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding. "And it really meshes so naturally well with the way Luke's vision for the team is, which is open floor, ball movement, versatility, length." The Lakers have already handed Ball the reins. They shipped out the best player at his position before he even arrived (D'Angelo Russell) and don't have another pure point guard on the roster. L.A. tried to run and gun last season, playing at the Association's sixth-fastest pace. But without an elite shot-creator, that yielded only a 24th-placed finish in offensive efficiency. Ball's creativity is the primary hope for L.A. rising the rankings, and it's due to more than just his individual passing prowess. Players will run faster in transition and cut harder to open spots when they learn those movements will be rewarded. As they see the impact of Ball's passing, distributing becomes contagious, as it did for the summer-league champs. "I think everybody understands playing with somebody with Lonzo's talent will make them better and also get them easier baskets," Johnson said, per's Baxter Holmes. "He just needs to play his game. He doesn't need to change; just play his game." Ball could also help L.A.'s rebounding troubles (21st in rebound percentage), while he stands to benefit from Caldwell-Pope's ability to defend both guard spots.         Biggest Concerns For all of the positives stemming from Ball's summer-league run, his biggest negative was tops on his concerns list coming out of college. He shot just 38.2 percent overall and went 10-of-42 beyond the arc. Shooting itself isn't the issue—he buried 41.2 percent of his triples as a Bruin—but rather it's whether he can regularly generate his own scoring chances against NBA defenders. "Can you be a great point guard in the NBA if you can’t consistently create your own shot? That’s the biggest question surrounding Ball, who's crafty but not especially quick or explosive," Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo wrote. Ball lacks elite burst off the dribble and doesn't consistently pressure defenses with aggressive attacks, having averaged just 3.1 free-throw attempts per 40 minutes in college. His long, unorthodox shooting form also renders him mostly ineffective from the mid-range. Only 12 of his field goals at UCLA weren't either at the rim or from long distance, per Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman. Granted, the Lakers didn't draft Ball as a scorer. And if their superstar wishes are eventually granted, they'll have a top-shelf table-setter who can do his own damage as both a spot-up sniper and complementary scorer. But point-production could be an uphill battle until that happens. The Lakers' top returning scorer is Jordan Clarkson, who's likely moving to the second unit and has produced an above-average player efficiency rating once in three seasons. Their top free-agency addition is Caldwell-Pope, who averaged 13.8 points on sub-40 percent shooting last year. They might need first-option-type scoring from Ball—or something close to it—but his weaknesses are pronounced enough to restrict his ability to fill that role.          Expectations The macro expectations for Ball are every bit as enormous as his father's boisterous claims. When Johnson introduced the teenager, he put Ball on a purple-and-gold throne as the team's new face while ambitiously aiming for an eventual jersey retirement and multiple franchise records falling along the way. And the Lakers' charismatic leader is far from the only one with such lofty aspirations. "We feel like Lonzo is a transcendent talent," Pelinka said, per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times. "The way he passes the ball, you look at quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers that just have a gift. There's clearly a gift with what he's been blessed with." In the immediate future, Ball will have every opportunity to succeed. He'll challenge for the rookie lead in playing time, which should lead to robust stat lines, occasional triple-double pursuits and assist totals sure to impress. "Between his unique passing skills and signature unselfishness, he'll threaten to finish top-seven in the league with around eight assists per game," Wasserman predicted. Ball will be a regular on the highlight reel due to his delicious dime-dropping, and he'll be one of the better glass-cleaners at his position. Volume won't be an issue when it comes to Rookie of the Year voting, in which he should factor heavily. But efficiency seems unlikely to be a strength this early in his career. His individual offense isn't where it needs to be in order to break down NBA defenses. He'll also be hurt by the lack of premier scorers around him, which will bring extra defensive attention his way.         Complete Stat Predictions Minutes: 33.8 Points: 12.8 Rebounds: 4.6 Assists: 7.7 Field-goal percentage: .416 Three-point percentage: .349 Free-throw percentage: .710   Unless otherwise indicated, all stats from Sports Reference or Zach Buckley covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @ZachBuckleyNBA. Thu, 27 2017 11:00:03 GMT Report: LeBron James Left LaMelo Ball vs Zion Williamson Due to Security Concern After planning to attend the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships game between LaMelo Ball's Big Baller Brand and Zion Williamson's SC Supreme in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James reportedly opted against it due to security concerns. According to's Myron Medcalf, James arrived at the venue with several people and planned to watch courtside, but overcrowding and the threat of the game not even being played due to how packed it was led to LeBron's decision. Medcalf added that a law enforcement official said the game was "way oversold." Event organizer Chris Rivers said police cleared the game to be played just one minute before tipoff. LaVar Ball was unconcerned with LeBron's absence, saying: "He's not the biggest player to me. The biggest players to me are my boys. I don't care about no LeBron. LeBron do his thing, I just worry about my boys. I don't worry about all that other stuff." James was previously seen sitting courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers summer-league game in Las Vegas, which further fueled speculation he could join Lonzo Ball and the Lakers next offseason. LeBron missed an entertaining game Wednesday, as SC Supreme defeated Big BallerBrand 104-92 behind 28 points from Williamson. Despite the losing effort, Ball led the way for BBB with 31 points of his own. Thu, 27 2017 11:35:57 GMT LaVar Ball Says He and LaMelo Would Beat Michael Jordan, LeBron James 2-on-2 Prior to his Big Baller Brand team taking on SC Supreme in the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships in Las Vegas on Wednesday, LaVar Ball argued that he and his son, LaMelo, could beat two of the greatest players of all time two-on-two. When asked by Overtime (h/t Darryn Albert of Larry Brown Sports), Ball, 48, said he and his 15-year-old son could beat LeBron James and Michael Jordan in a competitive pickup game: "You already know I got me and 'Melo. Against LeBron and Jordan, anybody. Me and my son against anybody, we'll play and we'll beat." Ball has a history of talking a big game when it comes to facing MJ. In an interview with Josh Peter of USA Today in March, Ball said he would have beaten His Airness handily one-on-one in his prime: "Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one. ... I would just back [Jordan] in and lift him off the ground and call a foul every time he fouls me when I do a jump hook to the right or the left. He cannot stop me one-on-one. He better make every shot 'cause he can't go around me. He's not fast enough. And he can only make so many shots outside before I make every bucket under the rim." Ball also said on Jimmy Kimmel Live he would make Jordan cry one-on-one. Jordan, 54, was arguably the greatest player to ever step foot on a basketball court with six championships, six NBA Finals MVPs and 14 All-Star nods. LeBron is still in his prime at 32, and the three-time champion has been to seven straight Finals. The elder Ball, meanwhile, averaged 2.2 points per game at Washington State in 1987-88. LaMelo is a highly touted recruit committed to play at UCLA in the class of 2019. Thu, 27 2017 11:40:07 GMT Matt Miller#039;s Scouting Notebook: Updated Mock Draft as NFL Training Camps Open As you're reading this, NFL players are going back to work. They've packed their comfy clothes, their special pillows and their Microsoft Surface tablets and are reporting to or have reported to training camp.   For some, like the Kansas City Chiefs, that means cramming 90 players into a tiny college campus in St. Joseph, Missouri, where players and staff sleep in dorm rooms. Other teams stay home and give players the comfort of a team hotel. Some lucky players even get to stay in their own homes during training camp.  No matter where you're resting your head after a long day of practice, treatment and film study there's no mistaking that football is back. Sure, there aren't actual games being played for another six weeks, but training camp matters for players looking to secure a job or win a role on a team. As NFL camp kicks off, there really is no better time to update the NFL draft landscape. The summer months let us all relax a little and see the families, but now it's time to kick it into high gear and start seriously planning out what the next nine months of NFL draft prep look like. For me, that starts with an updated mock draft. Normally you'll see me post that the mock draft order is based on Las Vegas Super Bowl odds. That's no fun. For this mock draft, I went through and predicted every game in the 2017 NFL season. The draft order below is based on those predictions (which will be fully released closer to Week 1).  The names below are my early look at the best available in college and how they project and fit into the NFL right now. Much can and will change based on player improvement, injuries and even some who fail to live up to the perceived potential.  Let's get started:   Three quarterbacks in the top five picks shows just how strong the Big Three could be this year. Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen all have top-pick potential. There are two running backs in the top 15 picks. That's partially due to the talent of the players and the NFL's change in thinking. Running backs are truly instant-impact rookies, and both players would make major contributions in Year 1. Defensive end Arden Key has top-five talent, but teams must scrutinize off-field concerns after he left the LSU team briefly and then had offseason shoulder surgery. The defensive back group is loaded. Again. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Derwin James and Ronnie Harrison are all special talents. Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson has all-world athletic talent and character, but he has to be a more consistent playmaker this year. If he does that, he's a top-10 pick.   Here's what else is going on this week: Top five seniors for 2018's draft Cam a bad fit for his own offense? La'el Collins gets paid Gary Kubiak the scout?   The Scout's Report —Is Cam Newton a fit in his new offense? Jonathan Jones, writing for Sports Illustrated, did wonderful reporting on the new Panthers offense and how Cam will fit in it. With fewer deep balls and a reliance on quicker, shorter passes (that require more touch and accuracy), an NFL quarterback coach I spoke to feels Cam isn't a fit: "They're trying to make him something he's not to protect him and because the [offensive] line is s--t. I don't see it working." —La'el Collins was a top-20 player on my 2015 NFL draft big board. However, he ultimately went undrafted after a woman once connected to him romantically was found shot and killed and Collins was wanted for questioning by the police. Collins was never a suspect, but the cloud hanging over his head caused NFL teams to back off. The Dallas Cowboys swooped in after the draft and signed Collins as a free agent. Now, two years later, they've given him a two-year extension worth $15.4 million, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.  —Gary Kubiak retired as head coach of the Denver Broncos at the end of last season for health reasons. Now, six months later, he's back as a member of the scouting staff. This is a great move for both parties, as Kubiak gets a job with less stress and time commitments but still remains close to the game. —Texas left tackle Connor Williams is my top-ranked offensive lineman for the 2018 draft at this stage. Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated had a fantastic story on Williams' rise from a 3-star recruit to the best tackle in college. —Jaylon Smith was my No. 1 overall player in the 2016 NFL draft before he tore his knee up in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State. Jerry Jones agrees, according to his pre-training camp press conference. Smith will be participating some in camp as he continues to make his way back from the knee injury.  —Don't read too much into this, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson says Cody Kessler will open training camp as the starting quarterback. I expect Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer will be given every chance to win the job. —Good Guy of the Week: Odell Beckham Jr., who flew to Texas to visit a young fan with cancer.        5 Names to Know Here are my early top five seniors for 2018's draft class.       5. Mike Gesicki, Tight End (Penn State) The Penn State offense revolves around running back Saquon Barkley, but tight end Mike Gesicki makes the passing game go. He's an athletic pass-catcher at 6'5" and 252 pounds, with the traits to be an All-American and the top tight end drafted.        4. Bradley Chubb, Edge-Rusher (North Carolina State) Bradley Chubb posted 21 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks in 2016. He'll get more attention from offensive coordinators this season, but the tape shows an athlete with the length, power and burst to constantly frustrate high-level offensive tackles.        3. Mike McGlinchey, Tackle (Notre Dame) Notre Dame offensive linemen are well-coached and NFL-ready coming out of college. Mike McGlinchey is no different. Had he entered last year's draft, McGlinchey would have carried a Round 2 grade on my board. With another solid season, he has a chance to be a top-20 pick.       2. Billy Price, Center (Ohio State) Billy Price is everything you want in a center prospect. He's lined up at guard previously but is shifting inside to center as a senior. Price plays with a mauling, mean style reminiscent of former first-rounder Ryan Kelly of Alabama. Price, like Kelly, has a great chance to be a Day 1 pick.        1. Harold Landry, Edge-Rusher (Boston College) When the 2018 draft gets here, Harold Landry may be the top-ranked defensive player on the board. One NFL scout I spoke to this week said Landry is the only senior with a Round 1 grade on their summer board. There will be questions about his length at a listed 6'3", but his first step is unreal.       Parting Shots 5. Training camp battles are some of the most fascinating moments of the summer months. Here are a few battles I'm watching (predicted winners in bold) Houston Texans quarterback battle—Deshaun Watson vs. Tom Savage Dallas Cowboys cornerback battle—Anthony Brown, Orlando Scandrick, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Nolan Carroll Denver Broncos quarterback battle—Trevor Siemian vs. Paxton Lynch vs. Chad Kelly Detroit Lions left tackle battle—Corey Robinson vs. Greg Robinson Cleveland Browns quarterback battle—Cody Kessler vs. Brock Osweiler vs. DeShone Kizer   4. A definite scare went through the Cleveland organization when Myles Garrett went down in OTAs. But head coach Hue Jackson said the foot sprain he suffered then is no longer an issue and he's "ready to go" for training camp, per Kevin Patra of  Garrett was the top-ranked player in the 2017 draft for good reason. His impact in the Cleveland 4-3 defense, run by coordinator Gregg Williams, should be seen immediately. My prediction for Garrett: 11 sacks and a Defensive Rookie of the Year award.       3. Last year, while watching Hard Knocks, I kept waiting for the camera crew or team to talk about the absence of running back Tre Mason. Same this summer while watching All or Nothing on Amazon. And again, nothing on Tre Mason. Thankfully, B/R's Tyler Dunne covered the story of the former third-round pick and stud running back who disappeared last offseason and is just now resurfacing as a free agent. Mason is trying to make an NFL comeback, but until this story, his name was one I hadn't heard in a year. Of course, the first step in making a comeback is letting teams know you're interested.  Mason's story is an interesting one. If teams feel his off-field issues are behind him, his talent is enough that he can be an impact player again.       2. While you're reading this, I'm on my way to Alaska for 10 days. That means no Scouting Notebook next week and a fill-in host on Stick to Football. I'll be back with a new podcast on August 9 (with guest Peter King) and a new Scouting Notebook on August 10.   1. Stick to Football Episode 15 is ready for your download! We're joined this week by co-host Marshal Miller (Mello) to preview the 2018 NFL draft's defensive back class, answer your questions in #DraftonDraft and talk about the nightmare that is Last Chance U head coach Buddy Stephens.    Matt Miller covers the NFL and NFL draft for Bleacher Report. Thu, 27 2017 10:44:36 GMT 4-year-old killed in apparent murder-suicide in Las Vegas, police say Thu, 27 2017 07:06:37 GMT Zion Williamson Scores 28, Defeats Big Baller Brand Despite LaMelo Ball#039;s 31 Zion Williamson and SC Supreme defeated LaMelo Ball's Big Baller Brand 104-92 in the most highly anticipated AAU game of the year Wednesday night at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships in Las Vegas. Williamson finished with 28 points as he leaned on dribble-drives and transition breakouts to do his damage, while Ball flashed a smooth outside stroke, developed handles and impressive playmaking capabilities en route to 31 points, including a flashy finish around Williamson late in the second half, as shown by Overtime: As is often the case in exhibition showcases, Wednesday's game wasn't exactly a tactical tour de force. Rather, it was a platform for Ball and Williamson to prove why they've emerged as two of the most heralded high school recruits in the country in front of a Cashman Center crowd that featured Damian Lillard, Jamal Murray, Andrew Wiggins, Lonzo Ball and Thon Maker, according to's Jeff Borzello. That much was clear early, when Ball fired from long range without hesitation, as Overtime documented on Twitter: Those kinds of shots were routine for the 5-star class of 2019 UCLA commit, who wasn't shy when he found himself with a little breathing room from beyond the arc. But despite some quick-trigger tendencies, Ball never appeared to get ahead of himself and played with some impressive composure, according to CBS Sports' Seth Davis: While Ball sought to do his damage from distance, Williamson—the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2018—made some trademark transition magic with a first-half slam off the glass and rim runs that defenders didn't have a prayer of stopping. Overtime provided a look at several of Williamson's most dynamic plays in the open floor:'s Myron Medcalf was in awe of the 6'7", 230-pound senior's ability to move when he was able to get a head of steam: And while it looked like Williamson wouldn't be able to uncork the kind of show-stopping slam worthy of his social media legend after Big Baller Brand made a concerted effort to prevent one, he got his revenge in the game's final minute when he iced the win with a high-flying finish that was captured by Overtime: Head coach LaVar Ball's side will have a chance to get back on track Thursday against Play Hard Play Smart, while SC Supreme are scheduled to clash with Team BBC as they eye back-to-back wins in pool play.       Recruiting info courtesy of unless otherwise noted. Thu, 27 2017 06:09:50 GMT Every way you can bet on your favorite football team in Vegas before the start of the 2017 season Betting on sports is one of the best things you can do in Las Vegas. For sports fans heading to Vegas for a fall weekend, spending your Sunday in a sportsbook is an absolute must. But if you are hitting Sin City before the kickoff of the 2017 season, there are still plenty of ways to put a bit of money down on your team while you're in town. Sportsbooks offer a wide range of season-long bets, ranging from an over/under on how many games your team will win, to whether or not your team will make the playoffs, and of course, if your team will become Super Bowl champions (looking at you, Pats fans). Below you can find all of the offerings currently available to bettors looking for offseason action on their favorite football team, with odds provided by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.   SEE ALSO: NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where all 32 teams stand going into training camp Arizona Cardinals Over/Under win total: 8 wins Odds to make playoffs: Yes +175 / No -200 Odds to win NFC West: 7/2 Odds to win NFC: 15/1 Odds to win Super Bowl: 30/1 Atlanta Falcons Over/Under win total: 9.5 wins Odds to make playoffs: Yes -150 / No +130 Odds to win NFC South: 7/5 Odds to win NFC: 11/2 Odds to win Super Bowl: 12/1 Baltimore Ravens Over/Under win total: 8.5 wins Odds to make playoffs: Yes +105 / No -125 Odds to win AFC North: 11/4 Odds to win AFC: 15/1 Odds to win Super Bowl: 30/1 See the rest of the story at Business Insider Wed, 26 2017 19:48:02 GMT LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Eric Bledsoe Reportedly Working Out in Las Vegas As dysfunction continues to swirl around the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James is getting ready for the 2017-18 season by working out with new teammate Derrick Rose in Las Vegas.  According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Rose accepted James' invitation to work out together in Las Vegas. Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe is among the players also working out with James this summer.  The Cavaliers announced Rose's signing Monday. The former NBA MVP joins the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions.  Bledsoe adds a unique wrinkle to the workout. John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 reported the Cavs would want Bledsoe, Josh Jackson and more if they were to trade Kyrie Irving to Phoenix.  Irving's request to be traded has put everything the Cavaliers do under an intense microscope. It's not clear if a deal will happen, but James' working out with one of the players reportedly on the team's radar if a move goes down is interesting. Wed, 26 2017 19:00:19 GMT See some of the Southwest#039;s iconic landscapes on new Las Vegas day trip There is life outside the neon lights of Las Vegas. Visitors who want to play in Sin City by night and see some of the Southwest’s most iconic natural landscapes by day may want to check out a new air-and-land tour. Next Tuesday, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines will start taking visitors to lesser-seen... Wed, 26 2017 13:30:00 GMT