Cavs' James opposes changing NBA playoff format to top 16 teams, regardless of conference

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Changing the NBA playoff qualifiers to the 16 teams with the best records instead of the top eight in each conference has been seriously discussed at the league office over the last few years, Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night.

But Cavaliers star LeBron James disagrees with that suggestion and said he believes ...Read more

Rick Pitino urges Louisville to take NCAA to court to keep title banner flying

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Former Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino urged the university Wednesday to fight the "unjust" NCAA ruling that vacated the Cardinals' 2013 national title.

"To say I'm disappointed with the NCAA appeals ruling would be a gross understatement," Pitino said in a news conference Wednesday afternoon in New York. "I hope Louisville will ...Read more

How could an NBA investigation punish Mavericks for workplace sexual misconduct?

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The Dallas Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban are in hot water.

On Tuesday night, Sports Illustrated's executive editor Jon Wertheim and reporter Jessica Luther released a months-long feature story on that alleged a wide-spread workplace culture of sexual harassment.

The report is based on the detailed accounts from more than a half-dozen ...Read more

The NBA didn't take too kindly to Mark Cuban's tanking comments

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It hasn't been a good couple of days for Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Cuban was fined $600,000 by the NBA for comments he made on Julius Erving's podcast over the weekend. On the podcast Cuban said it would benefit the Mavs to lose games the rest of the season (to improve their draft position). It's a fact that everyone knows about the ...Read more

Kentucky weathers early storm on way to victory at Arkansas

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The strides Kentucky insisted had been made during the recent losing streak became obvious Tuesday night.

UK's 87-72 victory over Arkansas looked like giant steps of progress.

With a pep band addicted to the William Tell Overture and a sellout crowd urging the home team on, Kentucky had plenty to overcome.

The situation ...Read more

Bruins take a holiday when star guard is on the bench

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LOS ANGELES--In the time it takes to complete an eight-clap, UCLA went from rollicking to reeling in the second half Saturday.

One minute the Bruins had Pauley Pavilion roaring amid a series of layups and three-point shots that pushed their lead into double digits, the next they were trailing after surrendering a massive Oregon run.

It didn't ...Read more

Hornets' Malik Monk misses most of practice after Sunday car accident

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk missed a portion of Tuesday's practice, while being examined following a car accident in Arkansas over All-Star break.

Monk suffered from upper-body soreness when he arrived for Tuesday's late-afternoon practice, so a team doctor checked him out. Monk returned to practice at Spectrum Center...Read more

Michigan State clinches share of Big Ten title with 81-61 win against Illinois

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Miles Bridges came back to hang banners inside Breslin Center.

He helped secure his first on Tuesday night.

The sophomore scored 11 first-half points, and No. 1 Michigan State used a 12-1 run over the first 5 minutes of the second half to capture at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship with an 81-61 ...Read more

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall still wants to play Michigan for the 2013 national title

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The NCAA announced on Tuesday that it had denied Louisville's appeal, meaning the men's basketball team must vacate its records from 2011 to 2015, including the 2013 national championship that featured a 72-68 win over Wichita State in the Final Four.

Back in October at the American Athletic Conference media day, WSU coach Gregg Marshall ...Read more

Bulls' youth movement begins in earnest with starting roles for Felicio, Nwaba

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CHICAGO -- Robin Lopez, Justin Holiday and Jerian Grant are out. Cristiano Felicio, David Nwaba and Cameron Payne are in.

And the Bulls' rebuild remains centered on Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen.

That's the gist of executive vice president John Paxson's message to both his team and reporters before Tuesday's first post-All-Star ...Read more

The first time Kobe Bryant almost became a Bull

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It's confirmed: The Bulls missed out on Kobe Bryant -- twice.

The Lakers great demanded to be traded to Chicago in 2007, but in a sit-down with former teammate Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant admitted he was making moves to join the Bulls three years earlier.

Back in 2004, the Lakers had lost in embarrassing fashion to Pistons in the NBA Finals, and ...Read more

Terrence Phillips, subject of Missouri Title IX investigation, is off basketball team

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Terrence Phillips is no longer on the Missouri men's basketball team, an athletic department employee confirmed Tuesday.

Phillips had been indefinitely suspended from the team since January and is under Title IX investigation by the university following complaints from at least four women, some of whom have made reports of ...Read more

Michigan coach John Beilein won't claim Louisville's vacated 2013 national championship

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Michigan did not beat Louisville for the 2013 men's basketball national championship.

And though the NCAA will indeed force the Cardinals to vacate that championship win, Michigan coach John Beilein is not about to claim it for his own program.

Instead, he maintains fond memories of what he'll remember as one of the best groups to ever do it ...Read more

Why top exec says Hornets decided now on a cleaner path than retaining Rich Cho

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It was time, with 25 games left in the season, for the Charlotte Hornets to move on from general manager Rich Cho, and for Cho to move on from the Hornets.

That was the conclusion from discussions over the weekend Cho and his agent had with Hornets owner Michael Jordan and team vice chairman Curtis Polk.

In at exclusive ...Read more

Louisville's 2013 national basketball championship stricken from history as NCAA denies school's appeal

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An NCAA appeals committee announced Tuesday that it has rejected the appeal of sanctions against the University of Louisville men's basketball program and the school must vacate wins during the 2011-12 through 2014-15 seasons, including its 2013 NCAA Tournament title.

The ruling -- a product of a sex scandal at U of L -- marks the first time in...Read more

Kansas makes statement, crushes Oklahoma, 104-74

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas made sure Sherron Collins' jersey retirement celebration was as festive/memorable as his buddy Cole Aldrich's ceremony over the weekend, overcoming Oklahoma, 104-74, on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Devonte Graham scored 23 points with seven assists and five rebounds, while Malik Newman had 20 points and five ...Read more

NBA players believe Heat have chance of LeBron James reunion

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MIAMI -- So you're saying they have a chance? That was the response in an ESPN poll of 48 players when it came to LeBron James and the chance of him returning to the Miami Heat in free agency this offseason.

Of those polled, 59 percent said they anticipate James would remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Second in the poll were the Los Angeles ...Read more

Dwyane Wade's return to Miami has caught attention of rest of the league

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MIAMI -- Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond knows exactly what to expect when his team visits AmericanAirlines Arena March 3 to face the Miami Heat.

It will mark the first time the Pistons play the Heat during the second stint in Miami for guard Dwyane Wade, meaning it will be a much different atmosphere than previous trips the last year and...Read more

Team LeBron defeats Team Stephen as defense makes rare appearance in All-Star game

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LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James and Kevin Durant trapped Stephen Curry, then Curry got the ball to DeMar DeRozan, who found himself stuck behind a defensive effort not expected in the All-Star game.

Then, after the final buzzer, there was joy and pain, as if this was a real game.

"We wanted to kind of change the narrative of the All-Star game ...Read more

Wichita State survives last minute drama and prevails at Cincinnati

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- The nation's longest home winning streak was put to an end by the nation's best road team during the last five seasons.

Great offense trumped great defense on Sunday afternoon, as No. 19 Wichita State survived some final-second drama to defeat No. 5 Cincinnati 76-72 at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky. WSU ...Read more