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Transfer portal a new way of roster building for Missouri, men's college basketball

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri doesn't lead the nation in men's basketball players who entered the transfer portal, but the Tigers made news early in the process by losing some of their high profile talent.

Three days after the Tigers' season ended in with a first-round loss in the NCAA Tournament, Xavier Pinson, the team's second-leading scorer...Read more

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Takeaways from the Heat's road loss to the Nuggets on a night the defense struggled

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Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 123-106 loss to the Denver Nuggets (35-20) on Wednesday night at Ball Arena. The Heat (28-27) fell to 1-2 on their four-game trip:

It was a bad night for the Heat’s top-10 defense.

The Nuggets didn’t miss a beat in their first game without injured star guard Jamal Murray, who sustained a torn ACL in ...Read more

Stephen Curry scores 42 as Warriors rout Thunder

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For weeks, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been predicting his team would string together multiple wins during this playoff push.

On Wednesday, Golden State earned its first three-game win streak in nearly two months as Stephen Curry scored 42 points, Draymond Green had a triple-double and the Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 147-109...Read more

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Joel Embiid, Sixers earn 123-117 victory as Nets play without several stars in showdown

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PHILADELPHIA — So much for Wednesday night’s game serving as a barometer to see if the 76ers are legitimate NBA championship contenders.

All it basically determined was that the Sixers can hold off Kyrie Irving and a bunch of Brooklyn Nets role players. That’s the team they defeated, 123-117, in a much-anticipated Eastern Conference first...Read more

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Knicks get best of Zion Williamson, beat Pelicans for season-high fourth straight win

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NEW ORLEANS – Not even Zion Williamson, the supernatural athletic phenomenon, could figure out the Knicks defense.

Julius Randle, on the other hand, had all the answers.

Playing his first career game against the Knicks, Williamson was flustered down the stretch by a blitzing defense as owner James Dolan watched his team win its season-high ...Read more

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Reggie Jackson's jumper lifts short-handed Clippers over Pistons

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Their top three scorers were unavailable, leaving the Clippers short on firepower and bodies in general.

With a six-game winning streak heading into Wednesday night’s game in Detroit, it was up to those left in the group to pull the Clippers through.

Down 11 points in the fourth and then eight later in the quarter, the Clippers refused to ...Read more

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Magic showcase balance, beat Bulls to end 6-game skid

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The Orlando Magic’s balance was enough to push them past the Chicago Bulls’ two All-Stars.

James Ennis scored a season-high 22 points, going 5-for-6 from the 3-point line, to lead six players in double figures as the Magic ended a six-game losing streak with a 115-106 win over the Bulls on Wednesday at United Center.

Wendell Carter Jr., ...Read more

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Points becoming scarce as Hornets' losing streak grows

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s becoming just about impossible lately for the Charlotte Hornets to score enough points to win an NBA game.

Wednesday, it took until the final minute for the Hornets to reach 90, and that led to their third consecutive loss, this time to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-90, at Spectrum Center. The Hornets made just 34 of ...Read more

Warriors' James Wiseman to undergo surgery this week, set timetable for return

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Warriors center James Wiseman will undergo knee surgery Thursday, a team spokesman told the Bay Area News Group. After the procedure, the Warriors will have a clearer timetable for Wiseman’s return.

Wiseman, 20, suffered a meniscus tear in Saturday’s win over the Houston Rockets. While Golden State has yet to rule Wiseman out for the season...Read more

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Doc Rivers concerned with too many Black men getting shot, arrested, or pulled over by police too often

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PHILADELPHIA — Doc Rivers made it clear that he's not a judge or on a jury.

So the 76ers coach doesn't know what should happen to Kim Potter, who fatally shot Daunte Wright, an unarmed Black man on Sunday. Potter, a white police offer who killed Wright during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn., was charged Wednesday with second-degree ...Read more

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Bucks play without Giannis, rout Timberwolves anyway

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MINNEAPOLIS — Without their usual afternoon naps and their star center, the Timberwolves lost Wednesday afternoon at Target Center, 130-105, to Milwaukee.

It was their fourth loss in their last five games, their sixth in the last eight and their sixth consecutive game overall to the Bucks.

They lost games rescheduled on consecutive days by a...Read more

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Duke's Matthew Hurt declares for NBA draft

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DURHAM, N.C. — After dramatically improving his basketball game from his freshman to sophomore season at Duke, Matthew Hurt is going pro.

Having led the ACC in scoring at 18.3 points per game last season, Hurt is joining ex-teammates Jalen Johnson and DJ Steward by declaring this summer’s NBA draft.

“I’m so appreciative of Coach K, the...Read more

WNBA begins its 25th season with a second virtual draft

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LOS ANGELES — Cathy Engelbert hosted the most-watched WNBA draft in 16 years from her home in New Jersey last year. Now the WNBA commissioner will see what she can do with a whole ESPN studio at her disposal.

The WNBA will host a virtual draft for the second consecutive year on Thursday at 4 p.m. PDT on ESPN, hoping to build on the league's ...Read more

Matt Calkins: Alex Rodriguez would go from loathed to loved in Seattle by bringing back the Sonics, but don't count on it

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SEATTLE — We'll start with the fun part: The Fantasy.

Multiple outlets have reported that a group involving former Mariner Alex Rodriguez is finalizing a deal to purchase the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves for $1.5 billion. Anytime an NBA franchise sale takes place, the reaction in the 206 is, "Does this mean the Sonics might come back?"

It's ...Read more

Mark Bradley: In college hoops, the transfer portal has become a turnstile

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ATLANTA — At the 2018 Final Four in Glendale, Ariz., the NCAA brass offered its corporate thoughts on the issue of the day — the fallout from the Feds' shoe-company investigation. We thought back then that the NCAA's response would turn college basketball inside-out. We know better now.

Arizona got around to firing Sean Miller only this ...Read more

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Patrick Reusse: Maybe Alex Rodriguez, of all people, can be of some help in restoring Minnesota pride

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota always has been home. There was a small place in Florida to escape for a few winter weeks in recent years, but that's gone.

This is home, and since 1983, in a sturdy first-tier suburb.

Love to joke about Minnesota, love to agitate Gophers football fans, never got into devouring hockey, but I wouldn't pay taxes ...Read more

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Takeaways from the Miami Heat's road loss to the Phoenix Suns

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Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 106-86 loss to the Phoenix Suns (39-15) on Tuesday night at Phoenix Suns Arena. The Heat (28-26) are 1-1 on their four-game trip:

The Suns, which entered with the NBA’s second-largest point differential this season, handed the Heat their most lopsided loss in nearly a month. Miami’s offense was mostly ...Read more

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Paul George scores 36 as Clippers beat Pacers to extend win streak to six games

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Late in Tuesday’s fourth quarter, cameras inside Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse caught Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers’ star sidelined in a matching pair of blue sweatpants and sweatshirt, studying a box score.

Amid a 126-115 victory against the Pacers that once again displayed the offensive might the Clippers can wield, it was hard to...Read more

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Lakers pull away from Hornets to finish road trip with win

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The Lakers' seven-game road trip ended in a strange way, the beaten up Lakers the team much closer to being considered “healthy” in their Tuesday game against the Hornets in Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte was without Gordon Hayward, LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier and P.J. Washington, four members of their typical starting lineup. But the Lakers ...Read more

Hawks hold on to beat Raptors

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It was closer than the Hawks would have liked, but they held on to beat the Raptors, 108-103, Tuesday in Tampa.

Next up, the Hawks (30-25) will begin a three-game homestand Thursday vs. Milwaukee.

Below are some takeaways from the win:

1. Malachi Flynn made five 3′s in the fourth quarter (four in the final two minutes) to narrow a ...Read more