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Just in time: Steph Curry comes alive late to rescue Warriors in Portland

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Slow and sloppy for three quarters, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors finally came to life in the fourth quarter on Thursday night.

Playing against one of the NBA’s worst teams, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Warriors looked lost until the end, when Curry found his energy and lifted the Warriors to a 100-92 win.

It moved the ...Read more

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Mark Pope is expected to be the next Kentucky men's basketball coach

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mark Pope is expected to be the next men’s basketball coach at the University of Kentucky.

Pope, a former UK player, was a member of the Wildcats’ 1996 national championship team and has spent the past five seasons as the head coach at BYU, where he has amassed a 110-52 record, leading the Cougars to two NCAA Tournament ...Read more

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Pistons clinch worst record in franchise history with loss to Bulls

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DETROIT — It's official: The 2023-24 Detroit Pistons are the worst team in franchise history.

The Pistons guaranteed they would have the worst record of any team on Thursday's fan appreciation night at Little Caesars Arena — the final home game of the year — in a contest where the Pistons served up turnovers like a drive-thru window ...Read more

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Knicks prove a point with rout of league-best Celtics

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BOSTON — This is what a championship contender looks like with its tail tucked between its legs. What Goliath looks like when the stone rifled via David’s slingshot deals critical damage.

Or maybe it’s the coming-of-age moment: When David realizes Goliath is human, a mere mortal, just like everyone else.

That Goliath, too, can wave the ...Read more

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Baylor's Scott Drew will not be the next Kentucky basketball coach

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — What has already been an eventful search to replace John Calipari as the head men’s basketball coach at Kentucky took its first major turn Thursday morning.

Baylor’s Scott Drew will not be the next coach of the Wildcats.

Drew has decided to stay put in Waco, Texas, where he’s spent the past 21 seasons as the head coach...Read more

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Mac Engel: College sports is run by football, so why is the Big 12 betting big on basketball?

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FORT WORTH, Texas — With the college basketball season over, now we can turn our attention to the games that really matter: Conference realignment, and the exact time of the ACC’s implosion.

As much as this topic exhausts and irritates fans who just want to watch the games, those who put them on nervously propose a variety of just-in-case ...Read more

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John Clay: Being Kentucky basketball coach is not for everyone, but it's still a great job

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball’s coaching job isn’t for everyone. It wasn’t for Eddie Sutton. It wasn’t for Billy Gillispie. It was for Tubby Smith until it wasn’t. Same for John Calipari. To paraphrase the late, great Cawood Ledford, it’s not “for the faint of heart.”

That’s not necessarily why Danny Hurley, Jay ...Read more

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Clippers look ahead to playoffs after win over Suns that encapsulates their season

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PHOENIX — The Clippers returned home from their final trip of the season early Wednesday morning carrying with them both a prize and a challenge.

The prize is a top-five finish in the NBA’s Western Conference standings and the playoff berth that goes with it. That’s hardly a novel achievement though: The Clippers have finished in the top...Read more

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Nikola Jokic scores 41 as Nuggets leap past Timberwolves into first place in Western Conference

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There wasn’t much time for build-up, but with what little there was, the superstars representing Denver and Minnesota offered contradictory perspectives on the Battle for First Place.

In Minneapolis, Anthony Edwards didn’t sugarcoat it. “I think everyone knows what is at stake,” he said. “I don’t even need to talk about how big it ...Read more

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Trae Young returns but Hawks fall to Hornets, 115-114

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ATLANTA — The Hawks saw the return of Trae Young on Wednesday but they were judicious with his minutes and rested him in the fourth quarter. They fell to the Hornets, 115-114, at State Farm Arena.

Here are five observations:

— 1. Young returned to the Hawks rotation after missing the last 22 games following surgery to repair a tear of the ...Read more

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Magic postseason seeding slides after loss to Bucks

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In a battle between two of the top four seeds in the East, the Magic and the Bucks both were missing two starters on Wednesday night in Milwaukee’s 117-99 victory at Fiserv Forum

The setback dropped the Magic to the fifth seed in the East.

Bobby Portis (30 points, nine rebounds, five steals) and Damian Lillard (29 points, nine assists, six ...Read more

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Dallas stars sizzle as Miami stars fizzle in crucial 111-92 Heat playoff-race loss

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MIAMI — The Miami Heat again showed Wednesday night they are not up to the challenge of the best of the West.

Because of that, this time with a 111-92 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at Kaseya Center, the playoff picture in the East grew even more muddled for Erik Spoelstra’s team, despite a spirited late show of fight.

In closing the season ...Read more

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A night that started with a sincere apology ends with Nets win vs. Raptors in home finale

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NEW YORK — Before starters were announced ahead of the Nets‘ home finale against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, Mikal Bridges jogged out to halfcourt and was handed a microphone.

The star forward shared a message, staying as positive as he could in the moment. With every camera inside Barclays Center pointed at him, he thanked the ...Read more

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Jrue Holiday signs contract extension with Celtics through 2028, per reports

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MILWAUKEE — Jrue Holiday enjoyed another return to Milwaukee — where he spent three seasons and won a championship — on Tuesday, but after another loss to the Bucks, the Celtics guard made clear where his new loyalty is.

“I get to see a lot of people that I enjoy seeing and I love seeing, but I do want to beat them, so when I walk out I...Read more

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The Caitlin Clark show is coming to the WNBA: 36 of Fever's 40 games will be on national TV

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LOS ANGELES — Caitlin Clark has helped take NCAA women's basketball to unprecedented heights of popularity.

Now the WNBA appears ready to see if the University of Iowa superstar can do the same at the professional level.

Weeks before leading Iowa to its second straight NCAA championship game, Clark announced her intention to enter the WNBA ...Read more

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NBA won't intervene in Timberwolves ownership dispute

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MINNEAPOLIS — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league likely does not have a place to intervene in the ongoing dispute between majority owner Glen Taylor and minority owners Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore over sale of a portion of the franchise that would have made Rodriguez and Lore the new controlling owners.

"It's not clear whether ...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Lakers final stretch filled with headache, nausea and dimming hopes

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LOS ANGELES — Headache. Nausea.

The two words were uttered Tuesday night to describe the condition of a certain Laker.

The two words could also describe the reaction of their fans.

Headache. Nausea.

In the final hours before tipoff against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night at Crypto.com Arena, the Lakers announced that Anthony ...Read more

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John Calipari officially named new Arkansas coach

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Arkansas announced Wednesday morning that John Calipari has officially been hired as the Razorbacks’ men’s basketball coach.

Calipari stepped down as head coach at Kentucky after 15 years Tuesday, posting a video on social media confirming his decision to move on from the Wildcats following days of ...Read more

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With John Calipari gone, what will Kentucky's roster look like for the 2024-25 season?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the first time in 15 years, a new era of Kentucky basketball is on the horizon.

John Calipari announced his resignation Tuesday — and he’s expected to be officially announced as the new head coach at Arkansas — and UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart is now tasked with finding his replacement.

That search is not ...Read more

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Phil Martelli is heading home. What's next? 'I just want to give back.'

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PHILADELPHIA — Phil Martelli is packing his things. Next stop: home.

The next stop after? He’s not so sure. For the second time in five years, Martelli is at a crossroads of sorts, though this time around is not quite the same as the last.

Unemployment begins May 1. His contract at Michigan, where he was associate head coach to Juwan ...Read more