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John Clay: One issue where the critics were wrong about former Kentucky coach John Calipari

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — ESPN analysts Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo are out with their post-NBA Draft Combine mock draft for next month’s annual selection show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

With the No. 3 overall pick, the ESPN duo has the Houston Rockets selecting former Kentucky guard Reed Sheppard.

“Sheppard’s unselfishness, feel ...Read more

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Storm hand Caitlin Clark, Indiana Fever loss in front of record crowd

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More than a few fans at the Storm’s matchup against the Indiana Fever Wednesday night were on hand to witness Caitlin Clark’s first WNBA game in Seattle.

Sprinkled among the franchise record-setting crowd of 18,343 at Climate Pledge Arena were several fans wearing black and gold No. 22 Iowa shirts on hand to cheer the Fever rookie sensation...Read more

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Mavericks clip Timberwolves, 108-105, gain early advantage in Western Conference finals

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MINNEAPOLIS — For most of the night, the Timberwolves' primary scorers, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards, struggled to score. Their teammates picked them up for a large portion of the game, but it wasn't enough as Dallas' two stars led the Mavericks to a 108-105 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Edwards had 19 points ...Read more

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TNT might be losing the NBA, but adding College Football Playoffs

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ATLANTA — As the NBA is reportedly getting close to signing contracts with a trio of media outlets to air games for the next decade or so, TNT’s parent company is reportedly on the outside looking in. But as NBA basketball on the network is in doubt, TNT is adding College Football Playoff games starting this upcoming season.

TNT said ...Read more

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Knicks' Jalen Brunson, Bojan Bogdanovic undergo successful surgeries

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NEW YORK — Jalen Brunson and Bojan Bogdanovic underwent successful surgeries to address injuries sustained during the Knicks‘ recent playoff run, the team announced on Wednesday. Both will be re-evaluated in six to eight weeks.

Brunson suffered a left-hand fracture in the third quarter of Sunday’s 130-109 Game 7 loss to the Indiana Pacers...Read more

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Nuggets' Nikola Jokic makes All-NBA first team 2024

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DENVER — On the heels of receiving his third career league MVP trophy, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was unsurprisingly named First Team All-NBA for the 2023-24 season on Wednesday.

Jokic has received All-NBA honors in six consecutive years, including four first-team appearances. He was on the second team last season despite finishing second in...Read more

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Former UConn star Nika Muhl finally set to make WNBA debut. Here's what happened with her visa issue.

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HARTFORD, Conn. — After more than a week of waiting, Nika Muhl may finally make her WNBA debut Wednesday night.

The former UConn women’s basketball star and Seattle Storm rookie missed the team’s first four games as she awaited approval for a U.S. work visa, but the issue appears to have been resolved. Muhl, a Croatian citizen, needed a P...Read more

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Minnesotans of all stripes are cashing in on Anthony Edwards' cheeky tourism slogan

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MINNEAPOLIS — They were the three words heard 'round the Land of 10,000 Lakes. When Charles Barkley mused that it's been two decades since he last visited Minnesota during an after-game interview with Anthony Edwards, the 22-year-old shooting guard had three words for him.

"Bring ya ass," Edwards said.

That was Sunday. In the three days ...Read more

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Like Caitlin Clark, LeBron James started pro career 0-4. Lakers star hopes 'she kills' in WNBA.

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LOS ANGELES — LeBron James has never met Caitlin Clark.

But the Lakers superstar understands what the WNBA rookie might be going through.

Like Clark, James was once a young basketball player who entered the professional ranks with unprecedented hype in 2003, then had to battle through some ups and downs before his career got on track.

Now, ...Read more

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Hornets star LaMelo Ball faces lawsuit for allegedly driving over child's foot

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets organization are facing a civil lawsuit from a woman who alleges the star guard hit her son with his car outside Spectrum Center last fall.

The suit, filed Tuesday by Tamaria McRae in Mecklenburg County Superior Court, contends Ball ran over and broke her son’s foot with his car after ...Read more

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TNT's 'Inside The NBA' in jeopardy as league nears media rights deals with Disney, NBC and Amazon: report

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NEW YORK — It appears the bidding war over the NBA’s media rights may reach a disappointing conclusion for some.

According to Sports Business Journal, the league is finalizing written contracts with Disney, NBC and Amazon this week, meaning the 2024-25 season may be the last for TNT’s award-winning “Inside the NBA” show.

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Mark Bradley: True confession -- I had no idea Anthony Edwards would be this good

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ATLANTA — I like to think I know a bit about basketball, though evidence to the contrary exists. I came away from an NBA summer game at Life University — this was before the NBA realized it might better marketize such sessions if they were staged in Vegas, as opposed to Marietta — believing I’d seen a future Hall of Famer. His name: ...Read more

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Ten NBA offseason questions that could shape the Sixers' summer

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PHILADELPHIA — Daryl Morey recently likened the NBA offseason to throwing a bunch of balls in the air — and potentially watching them land somewhere other than the Sixers’ roster.

“Then everyone will be mad, and that’s fine,” the team’s president of basketball operations said at his end-of-season news conference.

Morey and the ...Read more

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For the Golden State Valkyries, business is booming already

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Outside Chase Center on Saturday afternoon, the Valkyries' momentum was undeniable.

More than 3,000 fans formed a vibrant garden of violet, black and white in Thrive City for the new WNBA team's inaugural block party event. Word spread in just four days after the May 14 rollout of the franchise's brand.

E-40 performed. Kehlani hyped up the ...Read more

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Matt Calkins: Here's the Great mystery with Danny Sprinkle's Washington's men's basketball roster

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SEATTLE — It's a big mystery. Scratch that — it's a Great mystery.

New Huskies men's basketball coach Danny Sprinkle has already made a Lake Union-sized splash with the names he has brought to Washington since getting the job in March.

Perhaps the biggest was bringing forward Great Osobor over from Utah State, where Sprinkle last coached. ...Read more

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Overtime Elite's Damien Wilkins saw Alexandre Sarr's No. 1 pick potential early

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ATLANTA — When Overtime Elite general manager Damien Wilkins met Alexandre Sarr, he knew that the Frenchman had No. 1 pick potential.

Sarr played two seasons at Overtime Elite, first with Team Overtime and the second with YNG Dreamerz. But in the NBA draft set to take place June 26-27, experts project that a team could select the 19-year-old ...Read more

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Banged-up Caitlin Clark heads to Seattle for her first game vs. Storm

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SEATTLE — Never one to shy away from a hot topic, outspoken WNBA superstar Diana Taurasi caused a bit of a stir last month when she predicted Caitlin Clark would struggle during her first season in the league.

“Reality is coming,” Taurasi told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter when asked about Clark’s future in the WNBA. “There�...Read more

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Chip Scoggins: Anthony Edwards meets his playoff moment with flair and candor

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MINNEAPOLIS — The 22-year-old superstar shows no fear on the basketball court and no filter off it. The Words of Ant are always candid, often four-letter colorful, typically hysterical and loaded with thoughtful insight.

Anthony Edwards has blossomed into one of the NBA's truly elite players, and his interviews have become as captivating — ...Read more

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WNBA rookie Angel Reese becomes part-owner of new women's soccer team in Washington D.C.

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BALTIMORE — Angel Reese has added a new title to her ever-growing resume: part-owner of a professional sports team.

Less than a month after being drafted by the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, the Randallstown native and St. Frances Academy graduate revealed Tuesday that she’s part of the ownership group for a new professional women’s soccer team ...Read more

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5 things to watch for in the NBA's conference finals, including Anthony Edwards' fast-rising excellence

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This year’s NBA conference finals represent a changing of the guard.

One of Boston’s Jayson Tatum, Indiana’s Tyrese Haliburton, Dallas’ Luka Doncic and Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards is in line to win his first championship after advancing to the NBA’s final four.

Each of those 26-or-under All-Stars brings a different style to the NBA...Read more