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Talk of the Town: #LABron, Aus-Ph Basketbrawl, and Federer's Move From Nike to Uniqlo

What people about Town have been buzzing about this week.

1. LeBron James seals a four-year, $153.3 million deal with the Lakers.

The West is stronger than ever as they acquire the 14-time All-Star for the first time. While James' departure is a big setback for the East, it gives the Celtics the opportunity to dominate the Eastern Conference once again, reigniting their rivalry with the Lakers. There's no telling yet if James' move will be enough to beat the Warriors, but his and the legendary team's new acquisitions and young players are bound to really shake things up.

2. Philippines vs. Australia FIBA match ends in a nasty brawl.

Tension between the two teams was allegedly already high before the match and then the fight broke loose after RR Pogoy shoved Nathan Sobey. The entire Gilas bench cleared out to participate in the incident and in the end, nine out of 12 players on the team were ejected and then two more fouled out, giving Australia, who only had four players ejected, the win by default with a score of 53-89.

3. Injured Andy Murray withdraws from Wimbledon.

The two-time champion is still recovering after undergoing hip surgery back in January. Murray's injury had also caused him to sit out the Australian Open on March. Six other players have also withdrawn in the same week and will be receiving an incentive for doing so a week before their first match.

4. Missing Thai football team has been found alive in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system.

The group consisting of 12 teenage boys and their 25-year-old coach got trapped after venturing into a restricted area, which then got flooded by heavy rain. They have been missing since June 23 and rescuers are still trying to figure out how to get the weakened boys out of the flooded tunnels.

According to National Geographic, there are "two plausible options: teach the children about cave diving and have them swim out with a rescuer or ask them to stay put for the next four months, until monsoon season ends and the waters recede."


5. Roger Federer ends a long-time partnership with Nike for Uniqlo. 

Federer sported the Japanese brand during the opening match on Monday. While Nike still owns the ‘RF’ logo, Federer has expressed hope for Nike to make the turnover of the rights to his monogram a smooth process. The Uniqlo deal is supposedly worth $300 million over the next 10 years.

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