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Thursday’s Mashup: LeBron James wears Kobe sneakers in first appearance in Laker uniform

Lucy Burdge
August 09, 2018 - 7:34 am

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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Minnesota at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. (NESN, WEEI-FM 93.7)
MLB: Seattle at Houston, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

-- LeBron James made his first public appearance in a Lakers uniform on Wednesday and was sure to note he included Kobe footwear in his uniform debut.

James had on a pair of his own LeBron 15’s in one picture but then switched it up with some Kobe 1 Protros in the next photos.

While this was happening, a woman started a petition to make James the Secretary of Education and intends to send the petition to Donald Trump. She is calling for current Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to be fired.

Rebecca G. of The Care2 Community started the "LeBron James For Secretary of Education!" petition and received over 8,700 signatures as of Thursday morning.

"Sign my petition calling for Devos (sic) to be fired and LeBron James to be named Secretary of Education!" the petition says. "LeBron James is an inspiration to kids all over the country. He's shown he cares about America's youth and understands the power of public education in helping children meet their true potential."

The petition argues James’ I PROMISE School in Akron makes him a role model for kids.

“LeBron James is an inspiration to kids all over the country,” it says. “He's shown he cares about America's youth and understands the power of public education in helping children meet their true potential.”

-- The NCAA introduced sweeping changes on Wednesday that allow some players to be represented by approved agents and to declare for the NBA Draft and return to school if undrafted.

"These changes will promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interest of student-athletes over every other factor," NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. "We remain committed to promoting fairness in college sports and creating an environment that will champion the success of student-athletes."

The rules also include longer postseason bans and suspensions and more recruiting restrictions for coaches who violate rules.

One of the biggest changes is allowing college players to be represented by NBPA-certified agents if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

Agents will be allowed to pay for meals and transportation for players and their families during the agent selection process, as well as for meetings with pro teams, if changes are made to existing agent acts and state laws.

The new rules also state college coaches and staff now have to report to the university's president or chancellor any athletics-related income that exceeds more than $600 from sources outside their school. This includes endorsement deals with apparel companies like Adidas, Nike and Under Armour.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I walked out of the field like I just saw a ghost. That’s how impressed I was … His work ethic is just at the highest level … he knows what he’s doing at the plate.” -- David Ortiz, with OMF, on J.D. Martinez

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