The Daily Outkick: Friday, June 28, 2019

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The Lakers Have Money. Now They Have To Spend Wisely. (Wall Street Journal) What’s the smartest way to build a champion in today’s NBA: talent or fit?

Biden Abruptly Ends Answer On Civil Rights Record After Harris Pummeling (Fox News) The former VP was slammed on the debate stage Thursday night, particularly by Harris who said Biden’s earlier comments about being able to work with segregationist senators early in his career were “hurtful.”

As NFL Training Camp Looms, Pressure’s On For Rodgers, LaFleur And The Packers (Yahoo! Sports) Green Bay’s QB, who is turning 36 this season, isn’t going to be around forever. Can Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur make it all come together for the Packers in this window of time?

Joe Biden Put On The Defensive At Second Democratic Debate (The Ringer) The former vice president was challenged early and often during Thursday’s debate, including a withering rebuke delivered by California Senator Kamala Harris about his record as a senator.

Can The Midfield Carry The U.S. Women’s National Team Past France? (538) Going into a match against France that could easily decide the World Cup winner, the Americans have reason to be confident in its midfield but increasingly concerned about a suddenly shaky forward line.

Casinos Are Using AI For Even Greater Advantage (Axios) Casinos and gambling websites, already adept at tilting long-term odds in their favor, are getting a leg up from technology that could inject even more certainty into their profit calculations.

Yankees’ Homer Streak Breaks A Record, But Lacks The Power To Surprise (New York Times) As Yankees blasts have become a daily affair, a few other teams have ended up on pace to surpass the major league home run record that the Bombers set last season.

Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency: How It Stacks Up To Bitcoin And PayPal (Wall Street Journal) The social-media giant’s new payment system is a lot closer to traditional web-commerce systems than you might think.

Tom Brady Appeared To Take A Shot At Max Kellerman With This Impressive Workout Photo (FTW) The photo shows that he threw a ball 61 MPH and has the message “He’s Gonna Fall Off A Cliff” written over it, which was what Kellerman said about Brady said in 2016.

Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple (Wired) The man who designed the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone—and even the Apple Store—is leaving Apple.

Lakers Reportedly Targeting Kyrie Irving Aggressively (The Big Lead) Irving to the Nets has been telegraphed for weeks, so this Lakers news is a bit of a curveball just before free agency opens.