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Hornets set to hire Nets assistant GM Jeff Peterson as president of basketball operations

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mitch Kupchak’s replacement has been found.

The Charlotte Hornets have zeroed in on Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Jeff Peterson and are working toward an agreement to hire him as their next president of basketball operations, league sources confirmed to the Charlotte Observer on Thursday. He’ll be tabbed to ...Read more

Dylan Hernández: When LeBron James plays in 'sicko mode,' flawed Lakers always have a chance

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LOS ANGELES — The victory wasn't just a statement. The 21-point comeback against the Clippers was a warning to the entire Western Conference.

The Lakers should be feared.

How can they not be after what LeBron James did to the Clippers?

How can any team want to play the Lakers in the playoffs after James knocked down 3 after 3 after 3?

The ...Read more

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Paul Zeise: The NCAA Tournament at-large selection process makes the whole thing a farce

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PITTSBURGH — Pitt men's basketball lost a must-win game against Clemson on Tuesday night, but it is ridiculous the Panthers needed to win it in order to make the NCAA Tournament.

Pitt looks like an NCAA Tournament team. It feels like an NCAA Tournament team and, most importantly, it plays like an NCAA Tournament team.

One thing the Panthers ...Read more

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Lakers rally to conclude Hallway Series with a win over Clippers

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LeBron James’ tongue wagged from his mouth after he glided from right to left to bank in a one-footer runner. He shook his head from side to side after he drained another three-point shot.

And after the last horn, he held his hands in the air in celebration.

In the final regular-season showdown between the Lakers and the Clippers with the ...Read more

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Gophers offense keeps pace for a while, but can't match No. 13 Illinois

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It took Dan Monson midway through his first Big Ten season. It took Tubby Smith until the Big Ten tournament in his first season after a miracle shot. It took Richard Pitino early in his first Big Ten season.

Entering Wednesday, third-year Gophers coach Ben Johnson hadn't beaten his first ranked opponent — something his predecessors did much ...Read more

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Nuggets flip switch again, turn 15-point deficit into blowout win to avoid season sweep to Sacramento Kings

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DENVER -- Three nights after completing an impressive season sweep of one Northern California opponent, the Nuggets were in danger of getting swept by another.

They at least wanted to get the last word, for now.

Denver turned a 15-point hole into a 10-point lead in the last eight minutes of the second quarter Wednesday night to finally ...Read more

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Anthony Edwards, Timberwolves take one half to get untracked before polishing off Grizzlies

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MINNEAPOLIS — There are times the Timberwolves can win games when Anthony Edwards doesn't play all that well. Their defense is good enough to carry them, and some nights others can pick up the slack on offense.

Wednesday was not one of those nights. When Edwards looked disengaged, the Wolves did as a whole. But when he finally locked in, so ...Read more

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No. 18 South Carolina holds off Texas A&M charge for another SEC road win

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One down, three more to go.

While the SEC seeding race continues to heat up, South Carolina had its first game in the final four matchups of the season, visiting Texas A&M. After holding a 13-point lead in the second half, the Gamecocks were thrust into a nail-biter when the Aggies tied the game with nine minutes to play.

But a pass from ...Read more

Dieter Kurtenbach: The next week will tell us (almost) everything we need to know about the Warriors

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Do these Warriors have another gear?

Is this surging team currently playing the best basketball it can?

The Dubs’ next five games will tell us everything we need to know.

Well, almost everything.

The Dubs’ upcoming stretch is, in a word, hellacious. Thursday and Friday night, they’ll play a road back-to-back against two of the better ...Read more

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Kyle Filipowski starts in No. 10 Duke's 84-59 rout of Louisville

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DURHAM, N.C. — Kyle Filipowski was in the lineup Wednesday night as usual and, like its leading scorer, No. 10 Duke recovered nicely from last Saturday’s loss at Wake Forest.

The Blue Devils led for all but two minutes against the ACC’s last-place team, riding 19 points from senior Jeremy Roach to an 84-59 win over Louisville at Cameron ...Read more

Missouri locks in last-place SEC finish with 15th consecutive defeat, 83-74 to Florida

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Missouri men’s basketball lost again, and it felt like a lot of the other losses.

The Tigers dropped their 15th consecutive game on Wednesday, losing 83-74 on the road against No. 24 Florida. The loss guarantees that Mizzou will finish last in the Southeastern Conference and extends the program’s worst losing streak.

As has endlessly and ...Read more

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NBA denies Knicks' protest of loss to Rockets that refs said ended on blown foul call against Jalen Brunson

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NEW YORK — The Knicks’ protest of a last-second loss to the Houston Rockets was rejected Wednesday, the NBA announced, despite that game’s lead official admitting a decisive foul call against Jalen Brunson was incorrect.

To overturn the Feb. 12 defeat, the Knicks needed to prove a “misapplication of the official playing rules” rather ...Read more

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John Clay: Kentucky's Reed Sheppard can't really be for real? Can he?

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STARKVILLE, Miss. — Are were sure Reed Sheppard is real?

Are we sure he’s not some AI-generated cyborg, concocted on somebody’s whiteboard and manufactured in a lab somewhere, or (even better) a Hollywood studio?

This can’t be real, right? Every editor would reject this script. A 6-foot-3 freshman guard who is the son of not just a ...Read more

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Why Bill Self 'could feel this coming' before Kansas Jayhawks were upset by BYU

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Bill Self had a feeling the Kansas Jayhawks’ 19-game home-court winning streak was in jeopardy during Tuesday afternoon’s shootaround at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU’s 21st-year head coach told the media after his No. 7-ranked Jayhawks’ 76-68 loss to unranked BYU that his team’s energy was lacking earlier in the day.

And ...Read more

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Texas Tech fans pelt court with water bottles in latest NCAA incident amid court-storming drama

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College basketball’s season of bad behavior continues.

Texas Tech fans pelted their home court with items including water bottles Tuesday after Texas’ Brock Cunningham committed a flagrant foul on the Red Raiders’ Darrion Williams.

The unruly scene at United Supermarkets Arena prompted a delay and, ultimately, an administrative technical...Read more

The Lakers and Clippers are ready to share their home for the final time

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LOS ANGELES — Ten seasons ago, the Clippers opened their preseason by visiting four of their Western Conference rivals. They went to Portland, Utah, Sacramento and finally to Phoenix before they opened the doors to their home arena.

Fans had a lot of reasons to be excited — the team hired Doc Rivers in the offseason to coach and was about ...Read more

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WNBA draft to take place April 15 at Brooklyn Academy of Music with fans in attendance

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NEW YORK — For the first time in eight years, the WNBA draft will be open to fans looking to get a glimpse of the league’s newest crop of superstars.

The league’s 28th annual draft is set to take place on April 15 with WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert announcing the draft picks at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a famed performing arts ...Read more

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Ed Graney: Court storming should be banned from college basketball

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LAS VEGAS — There is no unanimous opinion. No automatic solution.

I have one: Court storming should be banned.

And not because I don’t love watching it. I do.

But there is enough evidence now that waiting until something extremely serious occurs makes no sense.

The topic has been debated for decades and yet took center court again this ...Read more

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Mac Engel: We can live without kids 'storming the court,' but we don't want to. Find a way.

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FORT WORTH, Texas — “Rushing the field” and “storming the court” are design flaws that work the same as rock climbing, bungee jumping, a two-party system, football, car racing, bounce houses, surfing, Valentine’s Day, all-you-can-eat steak houses, 15-year-old baby sitters, boxing, petting zoos, sky diving, tacos from a gas station, ...Read more

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Aztecs avoid upset on another wild night in Mountain West, top San Jose State 72-64

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There was no monumental upset in Viejas Arena on Tuesday night despite a sluggish start by San Diego State against a team 234 spots below them in the NET metric.

Undermanned San Jose State nearly pulled it off against the underwhelming Aztecs before the nation’s No. 20-ranked team avoided what would have ranked among the worst losses in ...Read more