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Ron Cook: Time for college coaches to 'shut up and adjust'

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This was almost a year ago, a time when the transfer portal and name, image and likeness deals were just gaining traction in college athletics.

"Coaches have got to stop complaining," Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey said.

"This is the world we're in and, last time I checked, we make pretty good money. So everybody should shut up and ...Read more

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Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole shine in dominant Warriors' win

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SAN FRANCISCO — There’s not one player who can fill the void left by Stephen Curry’s absence.

A strong showing from top-to-bottom by the Warriors did the trick Monday night as Golden State rolled to a 141-114 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Klay Thompson scored 42 points and knocked down 12 3s, Jordan Poole tallied a career-high 12 ...Read more

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4 takeaways from KU basketball's big win over Texas: How Jayhawks bounced back

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Kansas guard Kevin McCullar couldn’t help but emphatically pump his fist.

McCullar had just performed a spin move into the paint, taken the contact by the Texas defender and made the layup. In the process, he earned an and-one and converted the free throw to put KU up four points early in the second half.

It was that kind of night for KU.

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Recapping the Chicago Bulls: Andre Drummond shows out in a 4th-quarter surge that cements a 128-104 win over the San Antonio Spurs

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CHICAGO — In the fourth quarter of the Chicago Bulls’ 128-104 win Monday, the San Antonio Spurs couldn’t keep Andre Drummond off the rim.

The veteran center crunched the ball through the hoop three times in the quarter. Each time he dangled off the metal — with one hand, with both, mouth open in a roar, lip curling into a snarl — to ...Read more

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Cam Thomas explodes for new career high 47 points in loss to Clippers

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NEW YORK — He did it again.

One game after setting a new career-high, second-year scorer Cam Thomas eclipsed it in the Nets’ 124-116 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Thomas scored a new high of 47 points in 39 minutes, shooting 15-of-29 from the field and 7-of-11 from downtown. The Clippers tried several tactics to slow down the...Read more

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Hurricanes get statement victory with 22-point rout of Duke

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Hurricanes got out to a quick five-point lead in the opening moments against Duke, and the game never got closer.

Facing off against the Blue Devils in primetime in front of a packed Watsco Center and a variety of sports stars in attendance (including Marlins star Jazz Chisholm and Hall of Famer Rick Barry), Miami ...Read more

First-place Celtics, Jayson Tatum too much to handle in Pistons' 111-99 loss

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DETROIT — The Pistons haven’t had much success against Boston over the last year, so they were hoping to snap a four-game losing streak to the Celtics on Monday night.

There was a glimmer of hope, for at least the first quarter. After that, Boston pulled away thanks to a tag-team effort in the second quarter by Derrick White and Sam Hauser,...Read more

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Heat's Jimmy Butler cites NBA 'rut/funk' and says it's 'not what we want to do'

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The NBA doldrums tend to run from Christmas through the All-Star break, the league seemingly only awakening at the NBA trade deadline, which is Thursday, and in that case it most reinvigorates front offices.

To forward Jimmy Butler, that is where the Heat seemingly stand, coming off a 1-3 trip, with Wednesday night’s game against the Indiana ...Read more

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Lakers ticket prices skyrocket as LeBron James nears scoring record

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Want to be part of NBA history this week? It's going to cost you.

LeBron James becoming the NBA's all-time leading scorer won't rival the stub-sanity of a Taylor Swift concert tour, but it's obvious courtside glitterati aren't the only ones willing to pay big to watch the Lakers star score his 38,388th career point.

James is poised to break ...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Lakers snub Kyrie Irving and annoy LeBron James. Good for them.

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The tweet appeared within hours of the news that the Lakers had not been able to pull off a trade for Kyrie Irving.

The tweet was from LeBron James, who had openly campaigned for Irving despite overwhelming evidence he would be a bad fit.

The tweet, as usual, was a passive-aggressive shot at Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob ...Read more

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Kurtenbach: Steph Curry is injured (again), and I don't trust the Warriors to survive his absence

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It keeps getting worse, doesn’t it?

The Warriors were set to go on a long-awaited run of wins — Saturday night was supposed to be the start of it.

Instead, the win over the Mavericks might be the end of the Dubs’ title defense. The loss of Steph Curry in that contest was infinitely more significant than one win.

The injury, suffered in ...Read more

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Gene Collier: Some records are not made to be broken

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Long forgotten and deservedly so, a virtually meaningless and dislocated basketball game just happened to be the one in which Wilt Chamberlain's career NBA scoring record fell to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

On April 5, 1984, the Los Angeles Lakers were hosting the Utah Jazz in Las Vegas for unexamined reasons, and that's where Kareem put in a ...Read more

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Timberwolves win 128-98 after Nuggets hold back four starters

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Timberwolves defeated the team at the top of the Western Conference standings on Sunday, scoring a 128-98 win over Denver.

Even though it will go in the official ledger like any other win, chalk this one up as the Wolves' biggest schedule win of the season.

A night after playing in Denver, the Nuggets opted to sit out ...Read more

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Knicks pull off their biggest comeback of the season, beat 76ers

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Evan Fournier got an unexpected chance and ran with it.

With RJ Barrett a late scratch because of a non-COVID illness, Fournier, normally out of the rotation, was the backup guard and sent a reminder about why he broke the franchise’s record for 3-pointers just a year ago.

Fournier’s 17 points — including 5 for 8 from beyond the arc — ...Read more

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It's yet another bubble battle for Kentucky basketball as Arkansas visits Tuesday

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At this point of the season, for this Kentucky basketball team, it feels like every game is an NCAA Tournament play-in game.

Take Saturday night at Rupp Arena. Florida was in town for a bubble battle. Both the Cats and Gators were 6-3 in the SEC. Both were in the 30s in the NCAA NET rankings. By night’s end, however, John Calipari’s Cats ...Read more

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Chicago Bulls have clear needs ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. But their options -- outside of blowing up the roster -- are limited.

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Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan is putting his trust in the front office to navigate the impending trade deadline as his team continues to struggle even to get to .500.

With the deadline at 2 p.m. Thursday, Donovan said before Saturday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers that executive vice president of basketball operations Artūras ...Read more

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Mac Engel: Dallas Mavericks will regret this one; trading for Kyrie Irving is a desperate move

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The Dallas Mavericks are so desperate to put an All-Star player next to Luka they went with the crazy hot one.

Uncle Drew is coming to the Mavs.

Will be interesting. Will be entertaining.

And don’t come cryin’ when Kyrie Irving goes Rondo and this movie bombs.

On Sunday, according to ESPN and other media outlets, the Mavericks sent ...Read more

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In new era for Duke-UNC rivalry, Jon Scheyer passes first test and takes a victory lap

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DURHAM, N.C. — The night before his first game against North Carolina, at least his first one as Duke’s head coach, Jon Scheyer participated in a familiar ritual. He met with the students — 3,000 of them, he said — inside Cameron Indoor Stadium, and delivered the de facto keynote address of the annual informal gathering that always takes...Read more

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Heat attention turns from scouting reports to medical reports amid break

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The hope this week is of the Miami Heat getting a better sense of self, in what has turned more into a quest for healing than necessarily an upgrade at Thursday’s NBA trading deadline.

After losing Saturday night to the Milwaukee Bucks to close out a 1-3 trip, the Heat limped back to South Florida short on bodies and again long on medical ...Read more

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Nets trade Kyrie Irving to Mavericks for package headlined by Spencer Dinwiddie: report

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The Brooklyn Nets have traded star guard Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 first-round pick and future second-round picks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal comes days after Irving requested a trade from Brooklyn after he and the Nets failed to reach an agreement on a ...Read more