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Knicks eliminated from playoffs in 130-109 Game 7 loss to Pacers

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NEW YORK — There are many signs a car is running low on gas before it ultimately sputters to the side of the road.

A bright light flashes beneath the empty sign on the dashboard to signal the final 20 to 30 miles left in the tank.

The car itself becomes more difficult to control, with steering and braking compromised for the operator behind ...Read more

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'We're trying to move the needle': WNBA investigating LVCVA's sponsorship of Aces players

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The WNBA is opening an investigation into the Aces one day after the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced it was sponsoring the team’s 12 rostered players, a league source confirmed to the Review-Journal on Saturday.

News of the probe broke during the fourth quarter of the Aces’ 89-82 home win over the Los Angeles Sparks. ...Read more

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Knicks' Tom Thibodeau, Pacers' Rick Carlisle add another Game 7 to their long résumés

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NEW YORK — Game 7.

Head coaches Tom Thibodeau and Rick Carlisle aren’t foreign to this do-or-die environment. And both coaches had their backs against the wall once again at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

“Game 7s. They’re special,” Thibodeau said before tip-0ff Sunday. “So just go out there and give it everything you have.”

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Hornets forward Grant Williams on Luka Doncic, TV rights, and helping Hornets win again

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Grant Williams just wants to win.

The new Charlotte Hornets forward grew up here and was an all-state high school basketball player at Providence Day. In 2016, he helped lead the Chargers to a state championship win over Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo’s powerhouse prep team.

Earlier this year, Williams was named one of ...Read more

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Ira Winderman: Heat can't let history get in way of potential Donovan Mitchell pursuit

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MIAMI — Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard.

(Wait, get me a rewrite.)

Donovan Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell. Donovan Mitchell.

(Because, yes, here we go again.)

There was a point, what now seems like decades ago (because it actually was), when the biggest of the ...Read more

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Liberty star Jonquel Jones says Caitlin Clark needs to be given 'some grace'

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NEW YORK — The Liberty’s win in Saturday’s home opener wrapped up a 2-0 home-and-home series against the rebuilding Indiana Fever. In those games, the Libs got their first look at No. 1 overall pick Caitlin Clark, one of the league’s newest and brightest stars.

Clark — like most top WNBA rookies — showed flashes of greatness and ...Read more

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Knicks' OG Anunoby upgraded to questionable for Game 7 vs. Pacers

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Could it be, OG Anunoby?

The Knicks upgraded Anunoby, who has missed the last four games due to a strained left hamstring, to questionable for Game 7 of New York’s Eastern Conference semifinals matchup against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

He is expected to participate in pregame warmups and make a determination on his availability ...Read more

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'A life-changing investment': Aces players get $100K sponsorship from Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

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LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will sponsor Las Vegas Aces players this season, paying each of the 12 on the roster $100,000.

Team members were told of the sponsorship in their locker room Friday by LVCVA President and CEO Steve Hill. A video of the announcement was posted on X.

“We would like to offer each of ...Read more

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Bennett Durando: Nuggets vs. Timberwolves: 5 themes to watch for in Game 7 of an odd NBA playoff series

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DENVER — Game 7s make for great theater, but not only because of the stakes and suspense. They are the final act of a ballet between two teams who have already revealed their choreography. There will be variations on the themes from earlier, but those themes have been seen and interpreted throughout six games. Now it’s the sheer quality of ...Read more

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A Game 7 Timberwolves win vs. Nuggets would defy historical odds

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves brought joy back to fans in Game 6 on Thursday night.

They returned to blocking shots, agitating Jamal Murray and winning by a "Space Jam" amount of points.

Many Minnesota sports fans are now left wondering: can they do it again?

The stats are sending mixed signals.

Game 7 home-court advantage

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Breanna Stewart, Liberty dominate Caitlin Clark, Fever in home opener to remain perfect on season

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NEW YORK — Fans were lined up outside Barclays Center hours before the start of Saturday afternoon’s home opener hoping to see the Liberty stay undefeated on the season.

They didn’t have to wait long to realize this game was going to be another dominant Liberty performance on the way to a 3-0 start as they cheered the home team to a 91-80...Read more

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Michael Cunningham: Hawks should go big with No. 1 pick

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ATLANTA — Travis Schlenk came to the Hawks from the Warriors with a plan to build them in Golden State’s image. The roster would have players at all positions who can dribble, pass and shoot. The defense would be fast and furious. Size would be sacrificed for skill and versatility.

It turns out that’s a hard formula to duplicate without ...Read more

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Jalen Brunson struggles in first half, Pacers force Game 7 with 116-103 victory against Knicks

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INDIANAPOLIS — Maybe it was the foot Jalen Brunson injured in Game 2.

Maybe after touching earth in embarrassing fashion in Game 5, Aaron Nesmith got his revenge against the Knicks’ All-Star guard in Game 6.

Maybe the decreasing number of bodies plus the rising number of minutes are finally taking a toll.

Maybe it was the painful ...Read more

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Lakers announce dates and sites for three preseason games

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LOS ANGELES — The Lakers announced dates and sites for three preseason games on Friday, including a game against the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas on Oct. 15 at T-Mobile Arena.

The Lakers open preseason play Oct. 4 and 6 at Acrisure Arena in Palm Desert against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns, respectively. The complete ...Read more

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Mark Story: One big way that Mark Pope's coaching will differ from John Calipari's

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The commitment to Kentucky by Fairleigh Dickinson forward Ansley Almonor as a transfer Thursday morning brought the number of scholarship players for Mark Pope’s first UK team up to 11.

A 6-foot-7, 219-pound forward, Almonor is a career 38.5% 3-point shooter. The product of Spring Valley, N.Y., a senior-to-be, should give ...Read more

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Anthony Edwards, Timberwolves crush Nuggets to force Game 7 in second-round series

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MINNEAPOLIS — After an exchange of blowouts that has lasted six games, there’s no telling what could happen in the seventh.

Jamal Murray’s shooting efficiency reverted to Game 2 form, Michael Porter Jr. was held to single-digit scoring for a third consecutive game, and the Nuggets were crushed, 115-70, by the Timberwolves in a potential ...Read more

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LeBron's next Lakers coach? Heat's Haslem casts vote for candidacy of Spoelstra assistant Chris Quinn.

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MIAMI — While Miami Heat executive Udonis Haslem continues to discuss team business in his dual media role, expect no admonishment this time from Heat president Pat Riley.

Unlike previous opining on the best playing roles for the Heat’s Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo, Haslem, the former team captain who this past season was named the Heat’s ...Read more

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WNBA ironing out charter flight issues, but not in time for Storm's first trip

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SEATTLE — Last week, WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert surprised many, including several players and a few general managers, when she abruptly announced the league would provide charter flights to teams for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.

Initially, the news drew widespread praise, then the celebrations turned to criticism following a seemingly ...Read more

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Why FSU coach Leonard Hamilton coach wants a 128-team NCAA Tournament

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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — After sitting through presentations and meetings explaining analytics and formulas and metrics that could get more ACC men’s basketball teams into the NCAA Tournament, Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton walked away with his own, much simpler idea.

“Add more teams,” Hamilton said.

Sixty more, in fact, to get the ...Read more

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Breanna Stewart scores 31 points as Liberty spoil Caitlin Clark's home opener

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Liberty head coach Sandy Brondello told reporters pregame that “college is different from the pros” when talking about Fever star guard Caitlin Clark’s transition into the WNBA.

It now seems like Brondello predicted Clark’s struggles in Thursday’s 102-66 Liberty victory over the Fever. In the first half of Clark’s home debut at ...Read more