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Sports Roundup: Puig-Mania, Kobe Bryant and more

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Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers takes batting practice before playing the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 20, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Marc Serota/Getty Images

Puig-mania hits South Beach, turns out Lebron James is just like most normal guys and the NCAA may not be soulless after all. This means it's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who have covered the sports scene for the L.A. Times and ESPN.  

On tap today:

The legend of Yasiel Puig continues to grow. He's had an interesting last couple of days, but Puig was benched for yesterday's game versus the Marlins. Came in as a defensive replacement in the 6th, then had his first at bat in the 8th, score tied at four.

Puig's trip to Miami has been chock full o' drama. After snapping their 10-game losing streak Sunday in Philly, Puig and some teammates roll into Miami at around 1 a.m. Monday and head straight to a South Beach nightclub where they party with LeBron James. 

They lost again Monday night with Puig striking out twice, then he yells at the media because his night out was on TMZ. Yesterday, he showed up late to the ballpark, saying that he got caught in traffic. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly fines him and benches him although he says he was already planning on giving him a night off anyway. Then on the first pitch he sees hits a home run.

Puig's boss Magic Johnson says it doesn't matter to him if his team parties as long as they stay in first place. Magic never turned down a party when he was running the Lakers in the '80s but back then there were no cell phone cameras and no TMZ either. Are they grown ups or in this day and age are they flirting with disaster?

The Lakers jersey has always been one the NBA's classiest and most popular. Purple and gold, simple but elegant. Now they're adding a twist to the tank top by adding sleeves. 

At least the name on front of the jersey stays the same. Although, the name Lakers has more to with their Minnesota roots than anything in L.A.  

While Kobe Bryant seems to be well ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery on his Achilles, he may be attempting something that in sSouthern California could tougher than coming back from surgery: Kobe is trying to sell his Newport Coast home for $8.6 million. Four bedrooms complete with a library, gym, hair salon and shark tank.

The NFL season is right around the corner, but why is the team making the biggest headlines right now is one from 40 years ago.  

Finally, we were all set to have another story of why so many people hate the NCAA, but a miracle happened. They actually found a heart. What happened?  

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