Preview: Rays, rookie Jake Faria begin 2nd half on road in L.A.

The Tampa Bay Rays send rookie Jake Faria to the mound Friday night to begin the second half.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays open the second half of the season Friday at Angel Stadium, but it very well could have the same atmosphere as Opening Day.

That’s because the Angels are expected to have Mike Trout back in the lineup after he missed six weeks while he recovered from a torn ligament in his left thumb. Trout suffered the injury May 28 when sliding head-first into second base.

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Though they certainly missed Trout, the Angels’ record doesn’t show it. They were 26-27 when Trout got hurt, and were 19-20 following the injury and subsequent surgery that resulted in his first career trip to the disabled list.

Trout was putting up numbers that would make him one of the favorites in the MVP race — .337 average, 16 home runs, 36 RBIs, 36 runs scored, 10 stolen bases, .461 on-base percentage, and a .742 slugging percentage.

But he showed during a minor league rehab assignment that he might need time to find his rhythm at the plate. In four games at the Class-A level, Trout went 2 for 9 with four walks, one double, one triple and four strikeouts.

“It’s tough watching,” Trout told the Orange County Register. “Just cheering them in the dugout, you want to be out there so bad. When they’re on the road and you’re watching on TV, you want to be out there so badly.”

Cameron Maybin got most of the starts in Trout’s place in center field, and Albert Pujols held down the No. 3 spot in the batting order for Trout.

“We hung in there,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the Register. “We missed him, no doubt about it. Mike is the type of talent that makes everybody around him better. Hopefully there will be a little more offense, a little more pressure we can generate with a guy like Mike in the lineup.”

Trout and his teammates will face Rays starter Jacob Faria for the first time. Faria was called up June 7 to make his major league debut and won his first three starts. In six starts overall, he’s 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA, and all six have been quality starts (at least six innings, three earned runs or fewer).

Even more impressive was that in his last start July 6, Faria outpitched Boston’s Chris Sale, the American League’s All-Star Game starter, in a 4-1 victory.

“They make you work and force you into the strike zone,” Faria told mlb.com about facing the Red Sox. “I wasn’t in the strike zone very much early on in the game, so it was kind of a struggle there. Just attacking with whatever was working.”

Ricky Nolasco will start for the Angels, following an up-and-down first half. He allowed a major league-leading 25 home runs while going 4-10 with a 5.06 ERA. But he had his good moments too, such as his three-hit shutout of the Mariners on July 1.

Nolasco allowed five runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings of a 5-2 loss at Tampa Bay on May 24 to fall to 3-7 with a 6.67 ERA in 10 career starts versus the Rays.

John Cena shaves his entire body daily

John Cena is dedicated to maintaining not only a chiseled physique but also completely hairless one.

John Cena is dedicated to maintaining not only a chiseled physique but also a completely hairless one.

The WWE superstar revealed he shaves his entire body every day in an interview with People.

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The newly-engaged star told the mag, “I’m completely man-scaped from head to toe, from the ears down so that takes a bit of time.”

He continued, “I’m constantly trying to stay up on fine lines in my skin and that stuff, so I’m a lot more grooming-centric than you would realize. My routine is a lot more than you would think. I’d say it’s a strong 7 ½ out of 10.”

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The “Trainwreck” actor divulged that his obsession with a hairless bod happened when he first started weightlifting.

“I got into bodybuilding at a young age, when I was like 15 or 16,” the 40-year-old shared. “It’s something that I started, and the first time you man-scape yourself and it starts to grow back, it is so uncomfortable, so I just kept doing it. If I’m pretty, pretty quick with it, I’d say it takes a half hour, but sometimes it’s probably an hour.”

One person who seems to appreciate Cena’s man-scaping ways is his fiancee and fellow WWE superstar, Nikki Bella. The pair started dating in 2012 and became engaged in April 2017. Cena popped the question during a WrestleMania 33.

Royals take ‘wonderful feeling’ of All-Star break into second half

Texas Rangers at Kansas City Royals preview July 14

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The previous two years, Ned Yost spent time and energy managing the American League in the All-Star Game.

This July, the Royals manager spent the All-Star break on a tractor on his Georgia farm.

“I would rather be managing (the All-Star Game),” Yost said.

Yost will return to the dugout Friday when the Royals open a 10-game homestand with three games against the Texas Rangers.

“The important thing about the All-Star break is it literally, for me, feels like a reset button,” Yost said. “You battle and you grind and you get to the All-Star break and you have those four days and you can kind of catch your breath.

“You take your mind off of baseball. You rest your body. And then when you get back, you’re completely refreshed. It’s a wonderful feeling. It just kind of breaks the season up into a half and then you’re ready to go again.

“It feels like almost like you’re starting the season out of spring training. That’s how big the All-Star break is. When you go to the All-Star break as a coach or as a player, you don’t get that. You’re hustling and bustling.”

Catcher Salvador Perez, left-hander Jason Vargas and third baseman Mike Moustakas were Royals All-Star selections and played in the game Tuesday in Miami.

“There is no rest and relaxation. There is none of that,” Yost said of the All-Star participants.

The Rangers swept the Royals in a four-game series in April in Arlington. The Royals scored five runs in the series.

While the Rangers are the defending American League West champions, they enter the second half 16 1/2 games in arrears of the Houston Astros. Texas, which is 42-44, still has aspirations of making the postseason as a wild card. They are three games back for the second wild-card spot.

After a horrendous 10-20 record to begin the season, the Royals regrouped and take a 44-43 record into the game Friday. They are three games behind AL Central-leader Cleveland and 1 1/2 games back in the wild-card race. They were swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers just before the break.

This is a key series for both teams if they are to be viable postseason contenders.

“It’s been an up-and-down season, but we are strong and mentally ready for the second half,” shortstop Elvis Andrus told the Rangers’ official website. “Hopefully, we’ll have a strong second half. We have done it before.”

Texas, which had a 10-game winning streak earlier this season, went 41-31 after the break last year to finish with the best record in the American League.

“We are a work in progress,” third baseman Adrian Beltre said on the club’s website. “Obviously, we had a lot of injuries, and we had to find a way to get through it. We had some good streaks and some bad streaks. Right now, we are trying to find a way to be more consistent. We need to start playing better, help each other more and win more series.”

Beltre has a career .344 batting average against Kansas City, his highest against any American League club.

The Rangers will start left-hander Martin Perez in the series opener. Perez is 4-6 with a 4.60 ERA in 16 starts. He has given up 51 runs (45 earned) on 111 hits, including nine home runs, and 36 walks in 88 innings.

Perez has no-decisions in two career starts against the Royals. He has allowed two earned runs in 12 2/3 innings, allowing 11 hits and walking seven while striking out eight. He has made one start at Kauffman Stadium, lasting 5 2/3 innings. He had a lot of traffic in that start — seven hits and four walks — but yielded only one run.

The Royals’ probable starter will be right-hander Jason Hammel, who is 4-8 with a 5.04 ERA in 17 starts. He lost to the Rangers and Yu Darvish 5-2 on April 23.

In seven games (five starts) against the Rangers, Hammel is 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA, giving up 34 hits in 31 innings.

Hammel has allowed only one earned run in the first inning this year, but has a 9.60 ERA in the fourth and an 8.36 ERA in the fifth.

Leah Remini: Scientologists discuss who to vote for in elections

Leah Remini of A&E’s “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” spoke out and said Scientology members meet and discuss which politician a member should vote for.

Leah Remini said Scientology members meet and discuss which politicians they should vote for.

“I know when I was in the organization, there were meetings amongst Scientologists on which ways to vote, and it was anyone who was pro-Scientology and its policies,” Remini told TheWrap.

Remini, who was a Scientologist from the time she was 9 years old until 2013, has been an outspoken opponent of the church. Her A&E series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” which was just nominated for an Emmy, investigate people who were once Scientologists and discusses the things they experienced when they were members.

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When asked if Scientologists supported President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, Remini said: “I don’t know, other than there’s a Scientology policy that speaks derogatorily about democracy. And certainly, Scientology doesn’t represent what a democracy is.”

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“It’s a dictatorship; it’s everything at its worst,” Remini said. “L. Ron Hubbard’s (founder of Scientology) words are to be followed to the T. Scientologists follow policy.”

When Remini was asked if she believes if Trump approves of Scientology, Remini said: “I’m taking a stab, I don’t know the man or his stance on cults, but it seems as though he might support Scientology and cults and they support him.”

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During his campaign, Trump promised he would “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment. The amendment “prohibits all non-profit organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates,” according to Cornell Law School. If overturned, Scientology could begin to get more involved in elections.

A Scientologist spokesperson denied the actress’ claims.

“Scientology is nonpolitical,” Karin Pouw, Scientologist spokeswoman said. “Scientologists hold their own political theory, workably, that has been introduced over the last twenty-five hundred years. It postulates the belief that men should be free to decide things for themselves. It outlaws tyranny as undesirable and relegates government to the service of the group, rather than the group to the service of government.”

Preview: Twins at Astros

The Minnesota Twins begin the unofficial second half of the season with a tough series against the Houston Astros

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros had braced themselves for elevated expectations heading into this season following a series of savvy veteran acquisitions that positioned the club to take the significant leap from ordinary postseason contender to legitimate World Series title threat.

Now, with the unofficial first half of the schedule complete, the Astros (60-29) stand poised to use the final 73 games to claim the American League West pennant, secure homefield advantage throughout the AL playoffs, and complete what has been an arduous journey from a lambasted teardown and protracted rebuild.

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Houston, along with the Los Angeles Dodgers, are the first teams to record 60 wins prior to the All-Star Game break since the 2003 Braves.

“It’s special,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said to MLB.com. “We’ve gotten off to such a great start. We’ve got a great vibe, fun culture. Winning obviously helps that.”

What could help the Astros power toward putting the division title out of reach by the trading deadline is a forgiving schedule out of the break. After facing the Minnesota Twins (45-43), who the Astros host this weekend for a three-game series at Minute Maid Park, Houston will contest 12 consecutive games against teams with losing records.

The Astros, who lead the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers by 16 1/2 games, need only to maintain the level of play established in the first half to stifle contention hopes in Anaheim and Arlington.

Right-hander Charlie Morton (6-3, 3.82 ERA) will get the start against the Twins on Friday, his second since coming off the 10-day disabled list (right lat strain) July 7. Morton, who owns a 4,76 ERA in one career start against the Twins, allowed one run on four hits and two walks over six innings in a 12-2 victory over the Blue Jays in his previous outing, his first since May 24.

Right-hander Jose Berrios (8-2, 3.53 ERA) will open the second half on the mound for the Twins. He is 1-2 with an 8.03 ERA over three career starts against the Astros, including a May 30 outing at Target Field where he allowed four runs on five hits and four walks over five innings in a 7-2 loss. Berrios owns a 6.23 ERA and has allowed five homers over his previous three starts.

Like the Astros, the Twins have exceeded preseason expectations. Minnesota posted the worst record in the majors last season (59-103) yet stand only 2 1/2 games beyond the reigning AL champion Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.

Despite a minus-60 run differential, the Twins have maintained pace by avoiding extended losing skids (their longest is four games) and by winning 10 of 15 one-run games. Future success is difficult to project, but Minnesota has done enough to warrant continued hope that postseason contention isn’t an improbability.

“If you look back at the beginning and see where we are, that’d be encouraging,” Twins manager Paul Molitor told MLB.com. “So as a manager you look for the positives, the competitiveness and resiliency we’ve shown. But you always think there’s another level to get to.”

Preview: Brewers vs. Phillies

The Milwaukee Brewers begin the unofficial second half of the MLB season with a series against the Philadelphia Phillies

MILWAUKEE — After four days of relaxing during the All-Star break, the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers return to action Friday night, looking to build on a 5 1/2-game lead over the Chicago Cubs when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park.

Milwaukee’s first-half success has been one of the more surprising storylines of the season and while manager Craig Counsell admitted that being 5 1/2 games ahead of the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs is somewhat unexpected, how the Brewers got to that point isn’t a shocker.

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“Our lead in the division, that surprises me. It certainly does,” Counsell said Thursday during a voluntary workout at Miller Park. “How we’ve played, I’m not really that surprised. I’m really not. We’ve earned our record. It’s something we’ve fought for and had to earn it.”

Milwaukee managed to maintain its command of the division despite losing Ryan Braun to a calf injury for nearly a month. The balky muscle flared up again during the Brewers’ series last weekend at New York, but Counsell said he expected Braun to be available against the Phillies Friday.

“I anticipate him being OK,” Counsell said.

The Brewers placed right-hander Junior Guerra on the disabled list just before the break and plan to recall outfielder Brett Phillips from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill his place on the roster. Milwaukee will also option right-hander Michael Blazek to Colorado Springs, clearing a spot on the roster for newly-acquired left-hander Tyler Webb who was traded to the Brewers by the Yankees Thursday.

Webb pitched in six games for New York this season, including twice against the Brewers last weekend, posting a 4.50 ERA, and was 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA over 33 1/3 innings for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

“He’s a guy who had a pretty good track record in the minor leagues,” Counsell said. “He throws strikes and misses bats, and he’s left-handed. That’s something that’s appealing. You feel like he’s ready to pitch in the big leagues, and that’s hard to come by and acquire.

“We’ve changed the makeup of the bullpen a little bit. I think it will allow us some options earlier in the game, and that’s how we’ll do it.”

Zach Davies will start for Milwaukee against Philadelphia after finishing the first half with victories in three straight decisions. Davies has pitched against the Phillies once, losing after going six innings and allowing four runs, nine hits and three walks. He also had five strikeouts in the April 21, 2016, game won by Philadelphia 5-2.

The Phillies counter with rookie right-hander Nick Pivetta, who’s allowed four runs over his last two starts, going seven innings in each of those outings.

Pivetta’s recent success comes after he slumped his previous four outings, going 0-2 with a 5.66 ERA, allowing 13 earned runs in 20 2/3 innings of work.

“It’s just settling in. I have more innings underneath my belt. I’ve seen a little bit more. I still have a lot to learn, a lot to work on,” Pivetta said. “I think this is a good basis for where I’m at right now and I just want to keep moving forward with that.”

Acquired from the Nationals in a 2015 deadline deal that sent closer Jonathan Papelbon to Washington, Pivetta has started to show flashes of a rotation anchor.

“He still needs work on his secondary pitches, but once he hones those, he’s got a chance to be really good,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “I really like him.”

Cardinals to launch second-half pursuit of 2017 ‘opportunity’

St. Louis Cardinals-Pittsburgh Pirates preview July 13

PITTSBURGH — The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates begin the unofficial second half of the season in the same boat.

Going into their weekend series, starting Friday at PNC Park, the Cardinals (43-45) and Pirates (42-47) are not dead in the water despite being below .500.

St. Louis is tied for second in the National League Central, 5 1/2 games behind Milwaukee. Pittsburgh is fourth, seven games out. A strong run by either might allow them to catch the Brewers.

Neither has shown a propensity for such an outburst of wins on a sustained basis, though. In fact, both clubs appear to be wavering between being buyers or sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month.

Still, both teams are hoping to pick up where they left off before the All-Star break.

St. Louis dominated the New York Mets 6-0 Sunday. In its past four series, it has won three and tied one.

“What I see is opportunity,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told mlb.com. “This could be one of the greatest seasons of any of those guys’ careers because of how much we’ve been written off. That, to me, is such an exciting thought about us putting something together and pushing hard and remembering all the things we’ve already gone through in half a season.”

Pittsburgh clobbered the Cubs 14-3 Sunday and won five of six games going into the break.

“We have room for improvement,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “However, we have the men internally here to make that happen.”

Whether it will be the same roster of men next month remains to be seen.

“It will be interesting to see how we do coming out of the break,” reliever Daniel Hudson told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I think the days off will help us reset and, hopefully, put a good run together so we can keep (the team) intact.”

After St. Louis, Pittsburgh hosts Milwaukee for four games. That seems like a well-set table for the Pirates, but center fielder Andrew McCutchen — whose name has been tossed around as a trade possibility since last year — is watching the win column more than the list of opponents.

“Every game is important. It doesn’t matter who it is or if it’s someone in our division or not. Every game matters,” he told the Tribune-Review. “We could sweep everyone in our division and lose the next 10 against people who aren’t in our division, so it really doesn’t matter. What matters is winning. Regardless of who we’re playing, we’ve got to go out and try to win the ballgame.”

Friday, the Pirates will do that with Gerrit Cole (7-7, 4.43 ERA) on the mound. He gave up one run and five hits over six innings in a 7-3 win against the Cardinals on June 24, one of his four wins in his past five starts. On April 13, Cole gave up six hits and two runs in six innings in a 2-1 loss to the Cardinals.

Cole is 6-4 with a 2.72 ERA in 12 career starts aganst the Cardinals.

St. Louis, which opens a 10-game road trip, counters with Mike Leake (6-7, 3.12 ERA), who likewise has had a couple of good games against Pittsburgh — 1-0 in two quality starts.

He is 10-5 with a 3.33 ERA in 30 career starts against Pittsburgh.

However, Leake’s last start before the break was one his worst. He gave up eight runs (five were unearned) and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings July 5 in a 9-6 loss to Miami.

With new set of expectations, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson readies for Heisman follow-up

Cardinals QB will become the latest player to try and equal Archie Griffin with two trophies

CHARLOTTE — Dino Babers just had to find out, if only to get the word back to his defense.

The Syracuse coach walked up to Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson — the reigning Heisman Trophy winner — during Thursday’s opening day of the ACC Kickoff at the Westin Charlotte, and grabbed his arm.

Jackson looked him, puzzled, until Babers finally said: “I just wanted to touch you and tell my defense that you’re human and you can be touched.”

The last time Babers saw Jackson in action left that up for debate.

The sophomore would set a slew of Louisville, ACC and FBS records in totaling 3,543 yards and 30 TDs through the air and another 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns. But against Babers’ Orange on Sept. 9, Jackson had his national coming out party, throwing for 411 yards and a touchdown and running for 199 yards and four more scores — and there was The Hurdle.

Jackson leapt over defensive back Chauncey Scissum, at the goal line, a 9-yard TD that got an Air Jordan-esque treatment with an “Air Jackson”logo. Hence, Babers needing to make sure Jackson was, actually, mortal.

“He’s just a man,” Babers said amid a hard laugh as he pulled — and, if we’re being real, reversed — a line from Rocky IV reserved for villain Ivan Drago. “He’s not a machine.”

But in terms of the college football universe, Jackson is currently its epicenter. He’s not just man and he’s entirely machine, but he is something more than every other player who will take the field this fall. He’s a reigning Heisman winner, and with that designation comes expectations and — something that Jackson has shown he can clear — hurdles.

It’s been 42 years since Ohio State’s Archie Griffin claimed his back-to-back trophies, Sims, Detmer, White, Leinart, Tebow, Bradford, Ingram, Manziel and Winston all failing to equal him, and none in the past 40 years coming closer than third (Jason White in ’04; Tim Tebow in ’08).

Jackson, as expected, isn’t thinking of joining the fraternity within the fraternity with Griffin — in these summer months, because it wasn’t something he even considered last year.

“Well, you know, I don’t really worry about it. It’s done. I have it,” Jackson said. “I’m going to every game trying to win it. I’m not worried about the Heisman Trophy or anything like that. I wasn’t trying to win it last year. It happened. My teammates helped me out. My coaches helped me out. I’m just blessed and I’m humbled.”

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— FOX Sports South (@FOXSportsSouth) July 13, 2017

If Jackson’s junior season has a theme, it would appear to be setting the stage for his transition to the NFL, whenever that comes.

“You know, there’s no doubt about that,” said Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino.

He will still be adhering to his philosophy to FTS — “Feed the Studs” as he puts — to continue to highlight Jackson’s unique skillset by featuring QB run plays, zone reads and option plays. But he’s also putting Jackson under center more to set up the running game, play-action passes and feature Jackson’s ability to throw the deep ball.

Only four returning Power-5 QBs had more completions of 60 yards than Jackson’s five.

“We’re going to give him his opportunities to make big plays and his opportunities to handle things that he did so well last year,” Petrino said. “We’re just trying to improve upon it and be a better overall offense.

If there were knocks against Jackson last year, they were his completion percentage and interceptions.

He hit on 56.2 percent of his passes, which ranked 86th in FBS, and in a 36-10 loss to Houston on Nov. 17 that spoiled the Cardinals’ hopes of making the College Football Playoff, Jackson hit at a 46.5 percent rate. In the Citrus Bowl defeat to LSU, he was at a season-los 37 percent.

Add in his nine picks — three of which came in the regular season-ending loss to Kentucky — and he ranked 25th in pass efficiency (148.8).

If accuracy is the focus for Jackson, Jaire Alexander, an All-American candidate at cornerback, says he’s definitely seen an improvement.

“Lamar is definitely more accurate,” Alexander said. “He puts a zip on the ball that I might not even want to pick off sometimes, you know.”

Unfair or not, Lamar Jackson is already playing from behind in the 2017 Heisman race. USC passer Sam Darnold is Las Vegas’ favorite — with 9-2 odds to Jackson’s 8-1 — and the possibility of equaling Griffin seems more far-fetched now than it did in 1980 when Oklahoma’s Billy Sims, the first player to try and follow Griffin’s lead, finished second in his follow-up campaign.

Florida State’s Jameis Winston was sixth in his bid in 2014 and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel came in fifth in ’13, and whatever awaits Jackson, he’s earned praise internally at Louisville.

He’s done that simply by staying the same Lamar Jackson.

“His humility speaks volumes because for him to win the Heisman and have a really good season like he did last year, to be able to interact with the teammates and other people like he didn’t win it, like if you never watched football you wouldn’t even know he won the Heisman,” Alexander said. “He’s real humble.”

And, as Baber can attest, he’s most definitely human.

Follow Cory McCartney on Twitter @coryjmccartney and Facebook. His books, ‘Tales from the Atlanta Braves Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Braves Stories Ever Told,’ and ‘The Heisman Trophy: The Story of an American Icon and Its Winners.’ are now available.

Robinson, White lead Heat past Clippers in Las Vegas Summer League

The Miami Heat got big production from Justin Robinson in a 91-84 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in the Las Vegas Summer League.

The Heat (4-1) got big production from the diminutive Justin Robinson in a 91-84 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in the Las Vegas Summer League on Thursday.

The 5-foot-8, undrafted guard from Monmouth scored 22 points and handed out six assists. Robinson hit a step back jumper to take an 80-78 lead with 3:38 remaining. The Clippers never lead again as a 10-1 stretch late in the fourth quarter put Los Angeles away.

Okaro White scored a game-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers, and added eight rebounds for the Heat as Gian Clavell chipped in 20.

The 2016 No. 25 overall pick Brice Johnson led the Clippers (3-1) with 13 while Jamil Wilson scored 11 off the bench and Kendall Marshall added 10.

Conor McGregor shows up to super fight press conference in flashy getup; Mayweather one ups him

These two never fail to put on a show when they are in the same room.

At day three of the Mayweather-McGregor press tour in Brooklyn, Conor McGregor channeled his inner “Broadway Joe” with a stunning coat.

#MayMacWorldTour: @TheNotoriousMMA has arrived in Brooklyn! pic.twitter.com/QFzjAoaT4K

— UFC (@ufc) July 14, 2017

White, knee-length, with a sea serpent on the back, collar popped and no shirt underneath, McGregor showed he has range after his “F-you” pinstripe suit in LA.

The look was also reminiscent of another NYC icon: Joe Namath.

Famous for calling a Jets upset over the Colts in Super Bowl III, “Broadway Joe” was known for his flamboyant style on and off the field. McGregor is no stranger to flashy clothes and definitely not afraid to let his prognostications fly including repeated claims he’ll “knock Mayweather out inside four rounds” come Aug. 26.

But not to be outdone by an outfit, Floyd Mayweather wrapped himself in his own “F-you.” to make his entrance. Draping an Irish flag over his shoulders, after a few poses with the green, white and orange flag wrapped tight, Mayweather took the stage before dispatching of the flag with a look of disdain. Then took to ignoring McGregor’s jawing as he bounced around the stage to the beat of the music in a moment fitting of this theater in the round/traveling circus.

Wrapped in , @FloydMayweather has arrived! #MayMacWorldTourpic.twitter.com/XFXjAYyp9Z

— UFC (@ufc) July 14, 2017

One more stop to go on the grand tour, will there be anymore stops to pull out?