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UCLA finishes strong against Utah to avoid major upset

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SALT LAKE CITY — Mick Cronin brought out an old boxing reference when asked about the challenge facing his ninth-ranked team against a massive underdog, mentioning Buster Douglas’ epic upset of Mike Tyson as evidence of what can happen without inflicting enough early damage.

It was the Bruins who absorbed most of the body blows in the first...Read more

UConn men receive second-half wake-up call from Tyrese Martin, defeat Butler, 75-56

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Perhaps Tyrese Martin read his Twitter mentions at halftime and got angry.

After a two-point first half, Martin powered a dominant second half with 25 points to lead the UConn men’s basketball team to a 75-56 Big East Conference win over Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Thursday night.

Martin’s career-high 27 points led the ...Read more

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Julius Randle, Knicks starters struggle in loss to Pelicans

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NEW YORK — It was the same old story for the Knicks Thursday night:

The starters were brutal, and it took the bench to make it a game.

Julius Randle, Kemba Walker and company ran up a deficit that got to 24 points early in the fourth quarter. A lineup of Immanuel Quickley, Alec Burks, Obi Toppin and Quentin Grimes turned in a spirited ...Read more

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Daryl Morey said Sixers are 'less likely than likely' to move Ben Simmons before trade deadline

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PHILADELPHIA — People hoping to see the 76ers move Ben Simmons before the Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline might be disappointed.

Sixers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey was asked how likely it is for Simmons to be dealt before the deadline during a Thursday evening appearance on The Mike Missanelli Show on 97.5 The Fanatic.

“I ...Read more

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Cam Reddish's Knicks debut could be right around the corner

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NEW YORK — Cam Reddish’s first appearance in a Knicks jersey “should be any day now,” coach Tom Thibodeau said Thursday. That day wasn't Thursday night’s matchup against the Pelicans, which Reddish missed alongside Nerlens Noel. But the new trade acquisition is “pretty close” to returning from his ankle injury, according to ...Read more

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NBA fines Kyrie Irving $25,000 for cursing toward a fan

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NEW YORK — Nets star Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 for “directing obscene language toward a fan,” the league announced on Thursday.

The incident occurred at the 4:19 mark of the second quarter in Irving’s return to Cleveland — he is a former Cavaliers star — when a fan recorded an interaction between the Nets’ guard and some...Read more

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Former UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie wins arbitration case, awarded over $11.1 million

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Former UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie has won his four-year legal battle with the university over the years and compensation remaining on his contract when he was fired in March 2018.

Arbitrator Mark Irvings, in his ruling, found that UConn “violated the collective bargaining agreement when it terminated Kevin ...Read more

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Bulls guard Lonzo Ball out 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery on left knee

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CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball will be out 6-8 weeks after he has arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the team announced Thursday.

Ball reportedly has a small meniscus tear in his knee, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Ball has been out of action since playing in the 138-96 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Jan. ...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Shame on Lakers for getting what they deserve: Mediocre team, major problems

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LOS ANGELES — Shame on the Lakers.

Shame on them for turning a magical championship season into an unabated clown show.

Shame on them for spending the last 15 months deconstructing their rebuilt credibility and allowing themselves to crumble back into the same old mess.

Magic Johnson ripping from the cheap seats. Kurt Rambis sticking his ...Read more

NBA investigates Nets' assistant coach David Vanterpool for in-game interference

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NEW YORK — The NBA is investigating a live-ball interference between Nets assistant coach David Vanterpool and a pass from Washington Wizards’ Spencer Dinwiddie on Wednesday.

The expectation is that the league comes to a decision in the next 24 to 48 hours and Vanterpool or the Nets could face discipline in the form of a fine or a ...Read more

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Michael Arace: How sports -- and fans -- have learned a lot about dealing with COVID

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — There were 13,000-plus in Value City Arena to watch Ohio State grind out a 61-56 victory over Penn State Sunday afternoon. As far as I could tell, every fan wore a mask, which is to say we could all breathe easier.

Props to Ohio State, which is maintaining a certain vigilance and is willing to pay a price for it. It's not ...Read more

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Lakers blow 15-point lead to fall late to Pacers

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Fifteen months ago, the Lakers won the NBA championship and Frank Vogel was lauded for being the steward who guided the franchise to its 17th title that tied it with the Boston Celtics for the most in league history.

Some two hours before the Lakers were set to play the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, Vogel sat behind a desk answering questions ...Read more

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Pistons stage furious comeback with season-high 133 points to down Kings

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With about three minutes left, the Pistons looked to be out of it.

Not so much.

They staged a furious comeback in the final stretch and snatched a 133-131 victory over the Sacramento Kings in the final seconds on Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center.

The Pistons set a season high for points, boosted by 30 points and seven...Read more

Alex Caruso provides the Chicago Bulls a spark in his return -- a 117-104 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to snap a 4-game losing streak

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Alex Caruso epitomized what the Chicago Bulls had been missing amid a tough skid.

Caruso was cleared to rejoin the team from a left foot sprain, then entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols Jan. 5, thwarting his initial return. Back on the court Wednesday night at the United Center, Caruso served as an antidote against a lengthy Cleveland ...Read more

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Kentucky overcomes obstacles to win at Texas A&M

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Kentucky faced multiple obstacles at Texas A&M on Wednesday night. The game was a sellout. The crowd was roused by a “white-out.”

And the Aggies saw their first game against a ranked opponent as a chance to validate their 15-2 start to the season.

“I think this win will be a big win if we beat Kentucky …,” guard Andre Gordon said ...Read more

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Nets survive Wizards in second game since Kevin Durant injury

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Life without Kevin Durant has proven to be a bit more difficult than the locked-and-loaded Nets expected.

Without Durant — expected to be out until at least the All-Star break with a sprained MCL in his left knee — the Nets leaned on their other superstars and rookies to land a 119-118 victory over Spencer Dinwiddie and the Washington ...Read more

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Adebayo offers statement on night Butler's words lead to ejection, as Heat down Trail Blazers, 104-92

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MIAMI — The preferred approach when your starting point guard and Sixth Man Award candidate are out probably is not to then see your leading man ejected.

But that is where the Miami Heat stood late in Wednesday night’s second quarter, with Kyle Lowry missing a second consecutive game due to personal reasons, Tyler Herro in quarantine after ...Read more

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Timberwolves fall apart in third quarter, Anthony Edwards ejected in 134-122 loss to Hawks

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ATLANTA — Everything was going just fine for the Timberwolves early in their 134-122 loss to the Hawks.

The Wolves were rolling offensively and had built a double-digit lead that they maintained at halftime.

Then in the third quarter it all went wrong in spectacular, frustrating fashion. Anthony Edwards was ejected in a homecoming game for ...Read more

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Joel Embiid nets 50 points in Sixers' 123-110 victory over Magic

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PHILADELPHIA — With the NBA trade deadline three weeks away, Doc Rivers was asked Wednesday what the 76ers need to acquire to ensure a deep postseason run.

“Right now, when we’re whole with what we have, we’ve been pretty good,” the coach said. “Whether that means we go deep (in the playoffs), I don’t know that. Maybe we’re ...Read more

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Kristian Winfield: With or without Kevin Durant, Nets' mission remains

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NEW YORK — The Nets have lost two things with Kevin Durant out for at least a month and a half:

1) Their most versatile defender; a perennial Defensive Player of the Year snub with the myriad ways he impacts a game on that end of the floor.

2) An all-time bucket-getter and clutch scorer who owns more Olympic gold medals (three) than NBA ...Read more