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One win away from NBA championship, Alex Cora sees Celtics on cusp of another dynasty

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The Boston Red Sox may be Alex Cora’s team, but they’re not his only team in town.

He’s big on the winning culture across all Boston sports, but particularly the Celtics, who are one game away from winning the NBA Finals. Recently, he and his family sat courtside at one of the playoff games; his twin sons, wearing Jayson Tatum and Jaylen ...Read more

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Storm continue strong play with road win over Wings

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Any disappointment the Seattle Storm felt after tying for first in the Commissioner’s Cup race in the Western Conference and losing a tiebreaker that sent the Minnesota Lynx to the Cup final, quickly dissipated during Thursday’s 92-84 win against the Dallas Wings.

“At the end of the day those were games that we wanted to get better in and...Read more

Lynx aren't a 'super team,' but they lead WNBA in chemistry

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MINNEAPOLIS — You can take all the numbers, all the stats — and there are a lot of them — that will describe how the Lynx offense has evolved, improved. How it has become the best and most efficient 3-point attack, so far, in the WNBA.

You can note the team leads the league in field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage, 3s made per game, ...Read more

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Lynx clinch spot in Commissioner's Cup final vs. Liberty

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Lynx are headed to the WNBA Commissioner's Cup final June 25 against the Liberty in New York.

The Commissioner's Cup is an in-season tournament designed to add some excitement to regular season games while providing the opportunity for players to earn some extra cash. Each team has five designated games against teams within ...Read more

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NBA Finals: 4 things the Mavs must do to pull off a historic comeback against the Celtics

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DALLAS — After failing to pull off an epic comeback in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Dallas Mavericks now find themselves on a list no team wants to be on.

Dallas became the 157th team in postseason history to face a 3-0 deficit and forget coming back to win the series, just making it to a Game 7 has proved to be near impossible. Only four ...Read more

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Why Alyssa Thomas returned to USA Basketball after a decade to chase first gold medal at Paris Olympics

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Connecticut Sun star Alyssa Thomas was a shoo-in to make the 2024 Paris Olympic team after her MVP runner-up season last year, but Thomas was hardly on USA Basketball’s radar until after the Tokyo Games in 2021. When she took the court for Team USA at the 2022 FIBA World Cup in Sydney, Australia it was her first time donning the national team ...Read more

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Lakers draft needs: Bronny James isn't the only prospect drawing L.A.'s interest

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LOS ANGELES — As the Lakers have moved ahead in their coaching search, a journey that now includes in-person organizational interviews with JJ Redick this weekend, the team has still been conducting workouts as they prepare for the NBA draft, which begins in less than two weeks on June 26. (The second round will be on June 27).

Here’s a ...Read more

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Dom Amore: Lakers got in Dan Hurley's head, but couldn't wrest his heart from UConn

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Dan Hurley showed up at the Werth Center to unpack from the strange trip he’d just taken, and taken UConn and all who care about its men’s basketball program with him.

“In my gut, I knew he would stay,” said Hassan Diarra, who has helped the Huskies win two championships and is ready to lead the fight for a third. “He didn’t want to...Read more

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Mac Engel: The Mavericks will be on the wrong end of a historic NBA Finals for a 2nd time

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DALLAS — Two weeks ago we here in North Texas had visions of a dual championship parade; the Dallas Stars celebrating their Stanley Cup, and the Dallas Mavericks partying with the NBA’s Larry O’ Brien trophy.

The Stars finished one round short of the Cup Final, and the Mavericks' appearance in these NBA Finals is all but over.

On ...Read more

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Why Dan Hurley ultimately decided he couldn't leave UConn for the Lakers

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STORRS, Conn. — Dan Hurley was tempted by the Los Angeles Lakers’ organization and the head coaching opportunity he was presented, but there were ultimately too many reasons to stay in Connecticut.

Still weighing his options on Sunday, Hurley made a call to Alex Karaban, the forward he’d just convinced a week earlier to turn down ...Read more

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How Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown made franchise history in Game 3

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DALLAS — Standing two steps behind the right elbow, Jaylen Brown took arguably the most important shot of his career with barely a minute left in Game 3.

Clinging to a 2-point lead in a game they were about to give away, the Boston Celtics needed a basket. Brown made the shot.

Not only did his field goal help deliver a 106-99 win, to ...Read more

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Mavericks' Luka Doncic criticizes officiating after Game 3 loss to Celtics

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DALLAS — Entering Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic had fouled out three times in his career.

Now, make it four.

Doncic was disqualified Wednesday after earning his sixth foul while attempting to take a charge with 4:12 minutes left in the Boston Celtics’ 106-99 win in Game 3. He finished with 27 points, six ...Read more

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Lakers' $70 million offer not enough for Dan Hurley? 'There probably is a number' to leave UConn.

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LOS ANGELES — The Lakers offered Connecticut coach Dan Hurley a large sum — $70 million over six years — to become their head coach.

He turned them down to return to UConn and attempt to coach the Huskies to a third consecutive NCAA championship.

Is there a dollar amount the Lakers could have offered Hurley that would have changed his ...Read more

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The Celtics' inevitable 2024 NBA championship is the byproduct of a roster-building masterclass

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Barring a meltdown never-before-seen in NBA history, the Boston Celtics will hang championship banner No. 18 with a resounding victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

The Celtics jumped out to a 3-0 series lead over the Mavericks with a 106-99 win late Wednesday night, stifling Kyrie Irving’s best game of the 2024 NBA Finals (35 points, 4-of-6 3PT...Read more

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Illinois basketball star Terrence Shannon found not guilty in rape trial

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Terrence Shannon Jr., the University of Illinois men’s basketball star and potential first-round pick in this month’s NBA draft, has been found not guilty of grabbing an 18-year-old woman’s buttocks under her skirt and penetrating her vagina with his finger in September at a bar near the University of Kansas campus.

The...Read more

Heat's Nikola Jovic recently photographed wearing walking boot. The latest on his injury.

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The Miami Heat’s injury issues from this past season have apparently continued this offseason.

Heat forward Nikola Jovic was recently photographed wearing a walking boot on his left foot, creating some fans of the Heat and Serbian national team to worry about his health.

Jovic is dealing with a sprained left ankle that he suffered during a ...Read more

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JJ Redick set to formally interview with Lakers this weekend for head coaching job

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The Los Angeles Lakers are set to formally interview JJ Redick for their head coaching position this weekend, according to people with knowledge of the plans but not authorized to speak publicly.

Redick, who turns 40 later this month, is currently broadcasting the NBA Finals.

He was long believed to be the favorite to land the Lakers' job ...Read more

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Sparks playmaker Dearica Hamby signs contract extension through 2025 season

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Los Angeles Sparks forward Dearica Hamby signed a contract extension through the 2025 season, the team announced Thursday.

Financial terms were not released. Hamby, who has been in the league for 10 years, was selected sixth overall in the 2015 draft by the Aces franchise, which was then in San Antonio and known as the Stars.

Hamby joined the ...Read more

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2024 NBA Finals: Game 3 felt like the Mavericks' best shot

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Wednesday’s game felt like the Dallas Mavericks’ last shot at making their NBA Finals series against the Boston Celtics respectable. Back inside the familiar confines of American Airlines Center, coming off of two straight losses, you could sense their desperation from the opening tip.

Luka Doncic matched Jayson Tatum‘s 13 points in the ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Lionel Messi is hero/savior in MLS, but Caitlin Clark is resented in WNBA. Here's why.

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MIAMI — It is not an exaggeration to say that what Caitlin Clark is doing for the WNBA is analogous to what Lionel Messi is doing for Major League Soccer. In each case, one extraordinary individual has arrived as a godsend to instantly lift the stature of an entire league and sport in America.

The difference? Messi arrived to unequivocal ...Read more