The Daily Outkick: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Why The Lakers’ 2019 NBA Playoff Odds Are Next To Impossible (Sporting News) The Lakers are buried in the Western Conference standings.

Southern Border At ‘Breaking Point’ After More Than 76,000 Illegal Immigrants Tried Crossing In February (Fox) An increase of 31 percent over January were apprehended.

Adidas Officials And Aspiring Agent Receive Prison Sentences In Basketball Corruption Trial (Washington Post) Judge explained he felt the need to send a “great big warning light to the basketball world.”

McConnell Preps New Nuclear Option To Speed Trump Judges (Politico) The Senate majority leader is moving quickly to confirm appointments to the Circuit and District Courts.

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Ramps Up His Defense (New York Times) Kraft has hired top lawyers to defend him against misdemeanor solicitation charges.

The Covington Catholic Case Could Turn On ‘Actual Malice’ (The Atlantic) A high-school student’s $250 million defamation suit against The Washington Post is an object lesson in the perils of social media.

NFLN’s Charley Casserly: Comments From Teams On Kyler Murray Were Worst He Has Heard (Yahoo! Sports) “He better hope Kliff Kingsbury takes him No. 1 because this was not good.”

Sony Made $250 Million Bet On Michael Jackson Before Documentary (Wall Street Journal) HBO’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ could complicate effort to profit from music distribution deal.

Kellen Winslow II Jailed Again, Accused Of Lewd Conduct While On Bail (San Diego Tribune) Prosecutors brought new charges accusing him of lewd conduct in front of a 77-year-old woman.

The Axios Harris Poll 100 Reputation Rankings (Axios) Survey is the result of a new partnership between Axios and Harris Poll to gauge the reputation of the most visible brands in America.

After His Messy Exit At Tennessee, John Currie Gets A Fresh Start At Wake Forest (SI) John Currie’s misadventures as Tennessee AD made him the laughingstock of college football.

An Exhaustive Breakdown Of The Season 8 ‘Game Of Thrones’ Trailer (The Ringer)  It’s time to pick apart every frame of new footage.

MLB Taking Its Eye Off The Ball With Ask For Spring Training Betting Ban (Legal Sports Report) Betting on these games is taking place offshore and illegally.

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