LOS ANGELES--Twenty-six games remain in the Los Angeles Clippers' regular season and coach Doc Rivers has already calculated how many he thinks his team needs to win in order to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.
"I think we've got to win 25 of them," Rivers said, smiling.
He was joking while also driving home a point. The West is so...Read more
SALT LAKE CITY -- UCLA could obsess over team sheets and quadrants as it tries to strengthen its case for NCAA tournament inclusion, or it could take the approach preferred by freshman forward Kris Wilkes.
"If we win all our games," Wilkes said, "then we'll definitely be in there."
That's true, but some of those wins might be more valuable ...Read more
WICHITA, Kan. -- Down one of its top scoring options, No. 13 Wichita State had to rely on others to defeat Tulane, 93-86, on Wednesday at Koch Arena.
Shaquille Morris tied his career high of 24 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, as WSU improved to 22-5 and 12-3 in the American Athletic Conference without the services of leading ...Read more
DURHAM, N.C. -- Even with Duke's best scorer on the bench, Louisville had no real answers on how to stop the Blue Devils.
Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III missed his fourth consecutive game with a "mild knee sprain." And for the fourth time, Duke won again in convincing fashion at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Senior guard Grayson Allen knocked down ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova welcomed back Phil Booth to the court Wednesday night after a four-week absence and the redshirt junior guard seamlessly moved back into the lineup as if he had been gone for four days.
The third-ranked Wildcats raced out to an 18-point first-half lead and were never threatened after that in a 93-62 victory over DePaul...Read more
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Michigan ran into a Penn State team Wednesday night that was playing as well as it has during Patrick Chambers' seven years as head coach.
The Wolverines didn't care. They won anyway.
No. 16 Michigan got 19 points from Duncan Robinson and 18 from Moritz Wagner, clawing its way to a scrappy 72-63 win at Penn State.
The ...Read more
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse kept coming back. Joel Berry kept coming up with answers.
Berry's steal and layup with 1:36 left helped No. 10 North Carolina escape with a 78-74 win at Syracuse on Wednesday night.
It's the sixth straight win for UNC (22-7, 11-5 ACC) since a three-game losing streak at the end of January and the Tar Heels' sixth ...Read more
MIAMI -- The Miami Heat are the latest South Florida professional sports team to wear a uniform element in memory of those slain in last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 dead.
The Heat plan to add an "MSD" patch on the shoulder area of their jerseys for the balance of the season. The hope is to ...Read more
The Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors have scheduled a preseason game next season in Seattle, according to multiple league sources.
The Oct. 6 meeting between Northern California teams will be the first NBA game in the Key Arena since the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City after the 2007-08 season and became the Thunder.
The surprising ...Read more
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Changing the NBA playoff qualifiers to the 16 teams with the best records instead of the top eight in each conference has been seriously discussed at the league office over the last few years, Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night.
But Cavaliers star LeBron James disagrees with that suggestion and said he believes ...Read more
Former Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino urged the university Wednesday to fight the "unjust" NCAA ruling that vacated the Cardinals' 2013 national title.
"To say I'm disappointed with the NCAA appeals ruling would be a gross understatement," Pitino said in a news conference Wednesday afternoon in New York. "I hope Louisville will ...Read more
The Dallas Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban are in hot water.
On Tuesday night, Sports Illustrated's executive editor Jon Wertheim and reporter Jessica Luther released a months-long feature story on SI.com that alleged a wide-spread workplace culture of sexual harassment.
The report is based on the detailed accounts from more than a half-dozen ...Read more
It hasn't been a good couple of days for Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Cuban was fined $600,000 by the NBA for comments he made on Julius Erving's podcast over the weekend. On the podcast Cuban said it would benefit the Mavs to lose games the rest of the season (to improve their draft position). It's a fact that everyone knows about the ...Read more
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The strides Kentucky insisted had been made during the recent losing streak became obvious Tuesday night.
UK's 87-72 victory over Arkansas looked like giant steps of progress.
With a pep band addicted to the William Tell Overture and a sellout crowd urging the home team on, Kentucky had plenty to overcome.
The situation ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--In the time it takes to complete an eight-clap, UCLA went from rollicking to reeling in the second half Saturday.
One minute the Bruins had Pauley Pavilion roaring amid a series of layups and three-point shots that pushed their lead into double digits, the next they were trailing after surrendering a massive Oregon run.
It didn't ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk missed a portion of Tuesday's practice, while being examined following a car accident in Arkansas over All-Star break.
Monk suffered from upper-body soreness when he arrived for Tuesday's late-afternoon practice, so a team doctor checked him out. Monk returned to practice at Spectrum Center...Read more
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Miles Bridges came back to hang banners inside Breslin Center.
He helped secure his first on Tuesday night.
The sophomore scored 11 first-half points, and No. 1 Michigan State used a 12-1 run over the first 5 minutes of the second half to capture at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship with an 81-61 ...Read more
The NCAA announced on Tuesday that it had denied Louisville's appeal, meaning the men's basketball team must vacate its records from 2011 to 2015, including the 2013 national championship that featured a 72-68 win over Wichita State in the Final Four.
Back in October at the American Athletic Conference media day, WSU coach Gregg Marshall ...Read more
CHICAGO -- Robin Lopez, Justin Holiday and Jerian Grant are out. Cristiano Felicio, David Nwaba and Cameron Payne are in.
And the Bulls' rebuild remains centered on Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen.
That's the gist of executive vice president John Paxson's message to both his team and reporters before Tuesday's first post-All-Star ...Read more
It's confirmed: The Bulls missed out on Kobe Bryant -- twice.
The Lakers great demanded to be traded to Chicago in 2007, but in a sit-down with former teammate Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant admitted he was making moves to join the Bulls three years earlier.
Back in 2004, the Lakers had lost in embarrassing fashion to Pistons in the NBA Finals, and ...Read more
- Rick Pitino urges Louisville to take NCAA to court to keep title banner flying
- How could an NBA investigation punish Mavericks for workplace sexual misconduct?
- Cavs' James opposes changing NBA playoff format to top 16 teams, regardless of conference
- For the Clippers and the playoff run, it is going to be tight
- The NBA didn't take too kindly to Mark Cuban's tanking comments