1. Author Hunter S. Thompson advised Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay to draft Ryan Leaf instead of Peyton Manning with the number one overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft.
2. The Dodgers (47-39) open a three games series against the Angels (44-43) Friday night in Anaheim.
3. The Oklahoma City Thunder payroll has surpassed the $300 million mark with the signing of guard Raymond Felton.
4. The Utah Jazz signed guard Dante Exum to a three-year, $33 million extension.
5. The Dodgers acquired right-hander Dylan Floro from the Cincinnati Reds for two minor leaguers.
6. On this day in 1983 the Angels Fred Lynn hit a grand slam to lead the AL to a 13-3 win over the NL in the 50th MLB All-Star game at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
7. Former New York Yankee/Dodger second baseman Willie Randolph turns 64 today.
8. Also on this day in 1980 Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies fans seven St. Louis Cardinals to reach 2,836 strikeouts, the most by a left-handed pitcher in major league history.
9. Temperatures for the SGV Shootout at Arroyo Saturday are expected to hit 110 degrees.
10. “And the irony is that they wrote better without access to my quotes.” – Steve Carlton.