Kings, NBA investigation clears coach Luke Walton of sexual assault allegations

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After a four-month investigation, investigators hired by the NBA and the Kings said Friday there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations of sexual assault in 2014 made against new Kings coach Luke Walton by Kelli Tennant, a former Los Angeles TV reporter.

A local law firm hired by the league and the Kings ...Read more

David Murphy: Mike Scott Hive, take heart: He's under contract for two years, looking to build on his legend

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PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Scott was sitting in a conference room on Tuesday morning surrounded by a dozen or so reporters and a couple of platters of donuts with his name iced onto them, and as he talked about the guy who got Scott's name tattooed on his rib cage and the wedding he crashed and the one lady who asked him to show up at work and ...Read more

Sixers' Tobias Harris explains why withdrawing from US team was the best move

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WESTBURY, N.Y. -- This has been an eventful summer for 76ers forward Tobias Harris.

It kicked off when he agreed to a five-year, $180 million contract on the first day of free agency on June 30.

Harris was also selected to USA Basketball's training camp for the FIBA World Cup, which will be staged Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in China.

As honored as ...Read more

How a Flint court battle became Mateen Cleaves' most divisive victory

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Mateen Cleaves has long attracted attention for his play on a basketball court.

His appearance in criminal court for trial on rape charges proved no different.

As Cleaves walked into Genesee County Circuit Court on Tuesday morning, a group of six supporters waited on the courthouse steps to hug him and say they were praying for him. Mobile ...Read more

Documentary tells story of how one recruiting class saved the Duke career of Coach K

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Duke basketball's brotherhood, coach Mike Krzyzewski said, began decades ago, long before players even entertained thoughts about being one-and-done players.

The ACC Network's debut Thursday night includes an original program that backs up Krzyzewski's proclamation.

"The Class that Saved Coach K," is the new network's feature-length ...Read more

Loyola Chicago's Sister Jean turns 100. Her secret to a long life? 'I eat well and sleep well. And hopefully I pray well.'

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CHICAGO -- When Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt was a 20-year-old nun, she heard someone say that age 40 is when "you're put on the shelf."

She thought to herself: "That's kind of foolish to be talking about life that way. What will I do if I'm put on the shelf at 40?"

She passed that milestone 60 years ago. At 40, she was just getting started. ...Read more

Former NBA referee Steve Javie goes from the hardwood to homilies, becoming a Catholic deacon

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The stirring anthem ended and those in the large Saturday night crowd, some clutching programs, took their seats. Steve Javie, a top-tier NBA referee for 25 seasons, moved into position and got ready once again to interpret the rules.

But this was Mass at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in Newtown (Bucks County), not a basketball arena. ...Read more

Tyronn Lue agrees to join Clippers coaching staff

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers and Tyronn Lue have an agreement in place to make him an assistant on Doc Rivers' coaching staff, a person with knowledge of the deal but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter confirmed Tuesday.

The agreement comes three months after Lue, who had worked as a Clippers assistant under Rivers before...Read more

Heat's Tyler Herro simply the best? His rookie peers believe so in one aspect

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat apparently have the best shooter from the 2019 NBA draft class.

Says who? Says this year's rookie class.

As part of's survey at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot, June's draft choices were polled on a variety of topics, including the question of "Which rookie is the best shooter?"

Topping the poll was Heat first-...Read more

Mike Scott's quick adjustment to Sixers made him want a longer stay

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Mike Scott hadn't been in Philadelphia very long, having been dealt to the 76ers the day before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, but his brief stay showed him that he wanted to make a longer commitment.

A free agent after last season, Scott, 31, signed a two-year, $9.8 million deal to remain with the Sixers. He agreed to those terms shortly after ...Read more

Lakers to work out Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and Marreese Speights

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LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers will host workouts with veteran big men Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and Marreese Speights this week as they explore options to fill the void left by the knee injury to DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during an organized pickup game in Las Vegas last week and he likely will miss most ...Read more

UCLA receives commitment from Daishen Nix, nation's top point guard prospect

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LOS ANGELES -- Daishen Nix, widely considered the top point-guard prospect in the country, on Tuesday became the first player to verbally commit to play for new UCLA basketball coach Mick Cronin.

The 6-foot-5 guard from Las Vegas Trinity International School can sign a binding letter of intent in November. He was also considering Kansas, ...Read more

Sue Bird doesn't want to admit it, but Storm star isn't likely to return from knee injury this season

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SEATTLE -- The prospects of Sue Bird returning from arthroscopic left knee surgery and leading the slumping Storm on a late playoff push are fading and virtually nonexistent at this point.

The defending WNBA champions haven't made any official or definitive decisions, but with just three weeks and seven games remaining in the regular season it'...Read more

Kings guard De'Aaron Fox withdraws from USA World Cup team

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox made a big impression on USA Basketball players and coaches over the past two weeks, but his time with the national team has come to an end.

USA Basketball communications director Craig Miller told The Sacramento Bee on Saturday that Fox has withdrawn from Team USA activities, confirming ...Read more

New court filings in case of Kevin Ollie vs. UConn call for depositions from Jalen Adams, former coaches

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- New filings related to the arbitration process involving UConn and former men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie show that both sides in the case plan to depose of several more people connected to the program including former standout Jalen Adams and his father.

The sworn statements are linked to the arbitration process involving...Read more

Court documents allege Nike executives were willing to pay Zion Williamson and others

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Facing federal extortion charges for his threats to reveal corruption in Nike's youth basketball circuit, lawyer Michael Avenatti on Wednesday provided a peek into the information he's gathered to defend himself.

A motion filed in a New York federal court by Avenatti's lawyers included allegations of widespread payments to players in Nike's ...Read more

Dallas Mavericks accepting a new way to pay for tickets, merchandise in 2019-2020

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You can now purchase Dallas Mavericks tickets and merchandise with Bitcoin.

The Mavs are the second NBA team to accept the cryptocurrency. The Sacramento Kings started accepting it in 2014.

The Mavs will use BitPay to process all Bitcoin purchases. It's the largest bitcoin payment processor in the world, according to the team's press release. ...Read more

ESPN offers peek at '30 for 30' documentary on Dennis Rodman: 'A much more complex and nuanced picture emerges'

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Looking for something to whet your appetite for the smorgasbord that ESPN's "The Last Dance" promises to be when the 10-part docuseries looking back at the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen Bulls of the mid-1990s arrives next summer?

Here comes "Rodman: For Better or Worse."

ESPN released a trailer for the "30 for 30" look at former Bulls star ...Read more

Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins injures a knee; could be torn ACL

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LOS ANGELES -- DeMarcus Cousins planned to prove doubters wrong while playing on a one-year contract with the Lakers this season.

Those hopes might have been dealt a crushing blow this week because of a knee injury.

People familiar with Cousins' condition fear he sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament after bumping knees with another ...Read more

An inside look at some of the people the NCAA had questions about in the UConn investigation

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The NCAA investigation into UConn men's basketball has taken nearly a year, and involved hundreds of hours of interviews -- 900 pages were released by UConn pursuant to a Freedom of Information request in June.

The questions reached into a number of areas: recruiting, the roles of noncoaching staff members and the activities ...Read more


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