Clippers fall two games from playoff spot when Trail Blazers earn 13th win in a row

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LOS ANGELES -- The hill the Los Angeles Clippers keep trying to climb during this injury-ravaged season is getting steeper, game after agonizing game.

They played the 69th game of their regular season Sunday night at Staples Center, losing 122-109 to the Portland Trail Blazers, who extended to 13 the longest winning streak in the NBA.

The ...Read more

West Virginia mauls upstart Marshall behind NBA prospect Carter

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SAN DIEGO -- West Virginia University, the top basketball program in the state, imports most of its players from other states or even countries.

Marshall University relies mostly on West Virginians.

Advantage, West Virginia, which overwhelmed Marshall on Sunday night, 94-71, to advance to the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA Men's ...Read more

Villanova hopes a younger roster can match previous March Madness success

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PITTSBURGH -- The last two Villanova teams that went to the Final Four were veteran teams with exceptional senior leadership -- Dante Cunningham, Shane Clark and Dwayne Anderson in 2009, Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu in 2016.

In an attempt to return to that stage, the Wildcats of 2018 are trying to do so with a younger roster. They have no...Read more

Clemson thrashes Auburn by 31 to reach Sweet 16

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SAN DIEGO -- Clemson guard Gabe DeVoe III canned yet another wide-open 3-point shot in the second half, and as he shuffled back on defense, a huge grin on his bearded face, he curled his fingers and made them into spectacles.

The gesture said that his sights for the basket were dead on.

It said something else, too.

DeVoe and his Tigers ...Read more

Kansas State holds off UMBC to advance to Sweet 16

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kansas State's 50-43 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County will go down in history as the first time a No. 9 seed has defeated a No. 16 seed in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but it will not be remembered as a classic.

There were no style points to be found on Sunday at Spectrum Center -- just survival.

Good thing...Read more

Timberwolves make it a game with Rockets, but no more

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Before Sunday's game with the Rockets at Target Center, Timbewolves guard Jimmy Butler talked anxiously about his return, certain his team would be in the playoff mix when he returned -- either near the end of the regular season or for the playoffs.

We'll see.

Down 25 points 2 minutes into the second half, the Wolves rallied to ...Read more

Wolves' Jimmy Butler antsy to return from injured right knee

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Talking for the first time since his Feb. 25 surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee, Timberwolves All-Star guard Jimmy Butler sounded like a man aiming for a return before the regular season ends.

Butler talked about how hard it is to not be playing, having to watch the Wolves from the sidelines. He said he's feeling good and is ramping ...Read more

Heat players, Spoelstra spend Sunday alongside those impacted by Parkland shooting

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The Miami Heat continued to offer their support to the Parkland community and those impacted by the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with an appearance at a Sunday basketball event.

Wearing "Parkland Strong" T-shirts, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and players Rodney McGruder, Hassan Whiteside, Josh Richardson, Wayne ...Read more

Texas A&M hands UNC its first in-state NCAA Tournament loss in 39 years

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- No one is safe in this NCAA Tournament, not the No. 1 overall seed, not the favorites and not even the defending national champions on their home turf.

No. 7 seed Texas A&M added another log to the bracket fire with a 86-65 drubbing of No. 2 seed North Carolina on Sunday afternoon in the second round.

The 2017 champs are ...Read more

Top-seeded Jayhawks experience 'terrific' fans during their two wins in Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas' basketball seniors have traveled to Wichita, Kan., for "Barnstorming Tour" exhibitions almost every postseason since the Roy Williams era.

However, until Thursday and Saturday the Jayhawks hadn't played an official game in the Air Capital since an 81-51 victory over the Shockers on Jan. 8, 1992, at Levitt Arena. KU had ...Read more

Michigan State stifled, upset 55-53 by Syracuse in NCAA Tournament

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DETROIT -- Miles Bridges could not make a shot. Neither could Joshua Langford or Cassius Winston.

With every miss, Michigan State's dream of a national championship came closer to crashing to a halt against Syracuse's zone defense.

And then Winston's last-gasp, half-court heave smacked off the glass, wide left.

Season over.

The 11-seed ...Read more

Butler unable to upset Purdue in 76-73 loss

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LaVall Jordan is home and the head coaching job at Butler suits him as well his stylish threads.

His first year at Butler ended Sunday with a 76-73 loss to Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Little Caesars Arena. His first thought after his first season back at his alma mater?

He wishes it wasn't over.

"Obviously thankful ...Read more

Heat list Whiteside, Wade as out Monday against Nuggets

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The Miami Heat are listing Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside as out for Monday's game against the Denver Nuggets at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Whiteside has missed the past four games with what the team is listing as "left hip pain." He was injured during the March 10 morning shootaround before the Heat's home victory over the Washington Wizards.

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With Hassan Whiteside out, Heat rookie seizing every opportunity to learn and grow

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Hassan Whiteside's recent four-game absence provided Bam Adebayo with another opportunity to learn and grow -- and the 20-year-old rookie took advantage of it in the eyes of coach Erik Spoelstra even if it wasn't always pretty.

"He was ferocious, on both ends," Spoelstra said of Adebayo's performance Friday against the Lakers when he finished ...Read more

'Snacks' during the game, and a handstand after: Gonzaga is Sweet 16 bound again

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BOISE, Idaho -- Ecstatic and elated, the Gonzaga men's basketball team bounced off one another, then parted to form a circle to allow one person to enter.

Fifty-five-year-old head coach Mark Few stepped in -- and did a handstand.

"It's not quite as prevalent as it was after I hit 50. There's some rotator cuff issues I worry about," he said. "...Read more

Blazers stay hot, top Pistons

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Even facing the Portland Trail Blazers could not help the Detroit Pistons.

The Blazers (43-26) won their 12th straight Saturday night with a 100-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Moda Center. The Pistons are 0-3 to start their six-game road trip.

The Pistons trailed by 19 in the first half, fighting uphill the rest of ...Read more

Jordan Poole's 3 at buzzer lifts Michigan past Houston

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Michigan is going to Los Angeles.

And it has its most confident rookie to thank for it.

Freshman guard Jordan Poole canned a deep 3 from the right side of the floor at the buzzer to push Michigan, the No. 3 seed in the West Region, into the Sweet 16 with a 64-63 win over No. 6 Houston in the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan will ...Read more

Mitchell, Gobert power Jazz past Kings, 103-97

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Jazz rookie standout Donovan Mitchell had 28 points and center Rudy Gobert had 22 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks to hold off the Kings for a 103-97 victory Saturday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Kings (23-48) had won two in a row.

Gobert blocked a layup by Bogdan Bogdanovic with 33.6 to play and the Kings ...Read more

Green leads short-handed Warriors over lowly Suns

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PHOENIX -- Draymond Green unleashed his emotions with the same intensity and speed that he plays basketball.

The Golden State Warriors were in the middle of completing a dominant third-quarter run, prompting Green to outwardly express his emotions for every key play his team made. Green threw his hands up when he sank a 3-pointer. Green clapped...Read more

LeBron's triple double propels Cavs to win over Bulls

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CHICAGO--The Chicago Bulls played without Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, Noah Vonleh and Robin Lopez Saturday night at the United Center.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were without Kevin Love, Rodney Hood, Kyle Korver, Larry Nance Jr., Cedi Osman and Tristan Thompson.

One team still had LeBron James.

That team won.

An engaged James ...Read more