“Under cover of darkness and all by himself, Magic Johnson arrived at LeBron James’ Brentwood house at 9:01 p.m. on Saturday. He knew — he just knew — that if he could look James in the eye and talk to him, they’d connect. They had too much in common for that not to happen.” LA Times: How Magic Johnson’s late-night meeting sealed the Lakers’ deal for LeBron James.

+ The World Cup has been fun and the games have been close. And the flops have been ridiculous. Neymar could take home the trophy.