NBA2K displays Raptors sponsor patch in first official screenshots

Love it or hate it, sponsor patches will be a reality on NBA uniforms next season and it looks like 2K Sports just may have offered fans a glimpse of how they’ll look.

The official NBA 2K Twitter account released the first screenshots for their upcoming NBA 2K18 video game Monday, showcasing Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, the Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas and newly-acquired Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George.

More interesting than checking out the players’ new polygonal digs is the fact you see the Sunlife logo on DeRozan’s Raptors jersey and the GE patch on Thomas’ Celtics uniform. Placed on by the top left shoulder, opposite the Nike swoosh, this gives fans an idea of how the sponsor patches could be implemented next season.

Ready for 1st official #NBA2K18 screens? #2KFirstLook at @Yg_Trece, @Isaiah_Thomas & @DeMar_DeRozan in #NBA2k18!

— NBA 2K 2K18 (@NBA2K) July 24, 2017

NBA 2K18 releases worldwide on Sept. 19 for Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox ONE, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch and PC. DeRozan will be the first athlete to ever grace the Canadian-exclusive cover of the game, while Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will be featured elsewhere.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will be placed on the physically unable to perform list when the team opens training camp on Saturday.

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Brazil’s 1982 World Cup goalkeeper dies after heart attack

RIO DE JANEIRO — Former Brazil goalkeeper Waldir Peres, a member of three World Cup teams, died on Sunday at the age of 66 after a heart attack. His death was announced by his family.

Peres was having lunch with friends in the city of Mogi Mirim in Sao Paulo state when he passed out and was taken to hospital.

He was a starter in the 1982 Brazil team that contained greats Zico, Socrates, and Falcao. Brazil was knocked out by eventual winner Italy in the second round.

The goalie was initially criticized for a mistake in the opening match against the Soviet Union, but Brazil eventually won 2-1 and his performances improved until the 3-2 defeat against the underdog Italians.

Peres was the second player in that team to die, after Socrates in 2011.

He also was in the Brazil squads at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups. At home, he was also remembered for his long spell at Sao Paulo FC from 1973 to 1984.

“He was a great partner of all of us of the 1982 squad,” left wing Junior said during a broadcast on TV Globo. “He overcame that mistake of the debut and became one of the reasons we were so confident to charge hard against our adversaries in Spain.”

After beating the Soviets, Brazil beat Scotland, New Zealand and Argentina with impressive perfomances.

Peres’ family said he will be buried on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

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