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Kentucky runs another overmatched opponent off the basketball court in the Bahamas

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The Kentucky Wildcats’ opener in the Bahamas on Wednesday night was expected to be the toughest test of the week.

That was a good night for the Cats, but a bad one for the hope of competitive basketball on this trip. Halfway through this four-game Bahamas visit, UK is still looking for a test.

Kentucky defeated undersized Tec de Monterrey, ...Read more

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Michigan State's Tom Izzo signs new deal worth $6.2M per year

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — While Tom Izzo has been busy on the recruiting trail, he was also working on a new contract with Michigan State.

The university announced on Thursday it had agreed to a new five-year rollover contract that will pay the Hall of Fame coach $6.2 million annually, making him the second-highest paid coach in college ...Read more

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Is UK a basketball school? Mark Stoops and John Calipari at odds over facilities comment.

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John Calipari’s public crusade for basketball facility improvements turned into a public Twitter fight with Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops on Thursday.

Hours before his team’s second exhibition game in the Bahamas, Calipari went on the offensive again in a push to build a new practice facility for his program in an interview with The ...Read more

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Mark Story: Best thing about the UK team you are watching in the Bahamas is not the obvious thing

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After two straight years yielded the worst Kentucky basketball season in modern times and the worst UK NCAA Tournament loss in any times, the Big Blue Nation deserves some feel-good Bahamian beat downs on UK’s four-game summer exhibition tour.

Backers of the Blue have every reason to be excited about the improvement of Daimion Collins; the ...Read more

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NBA to retire Celtics legend Bill Russell's jersey No. 6 leaguewide

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The NBA has announced that, for the first time in league history, one player will have his number retired leaguewide.

Bill Russell, regarded as the league's greatest winner and the namesake of its Finals MVP award, will be honored by the NBA with his No. 6 uniform no longer available to players entering the league.

Current players who already ...Read more

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Mark Zeigler: Brittney Griner has trade value a teacher does not

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The American arrived at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow and was arrested after a luggage search found vape cartridges containing cannabis oil that was prescribed by a U.S. doctor to treat chronic pain. There were various detention facilities, a guilty plea, a hearing in front of Russian judge and an implausibly long prison sentence.

We're ...Read more

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Aces All-Star Dearica Hamby out for extended period as playoffs approach

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LAS VEGAS — The Aces will enter Thursday’s showdown with the No. 1 seed Chicago Sky and probably the first round of the playoffs shorthanded.

All-Star forward Dearica Hamby suffered a right knee bone contusion during Tuesday’s 97-90 win against the Atlanta Dream, according to people close to the team.

The two-time sixth player of the ...Read more

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Kevin Durant open to playing for the Sixers? Making some sense of the latest trade report.

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There’s a part of me that believes that half of all NBA trade rumors are just general managers messing around with each other.

For instance, if you knew that one of your chief conference rivals was attempting to trade for a player who would make them an overwhelming NBA Finals favorite, and if you had some means at your disposal to make that ...Read more

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Kevin Durant wants trade to Celtics; 76ers interested in Nets star: report

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NEW YORK — A new team has joined the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, and it’s the same team that pried away another Nets superstar.

After acquiring James Harden in a Ben Simmons swap last season, the Philadelphia 76ers have joined the pursuit of the 12-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP, according to SNY’s Ian Begley, who reported there ...Read more

As Sue Bird calls it a career, Sky players and fans honor her legacy at Wintrust Arena: 'She is one of the best to ever do it'

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CHICAGO — Lake County, Ill., native Kari Juszczyk remembers the first time she turned on ESPN to see Sue Bird playing basketball.

It was more than two decades ago, Bird slightly swimming in her jersey as she marshaled the University of Connecticut offense from the point. But it was an immediate connection for Juszczyk, who followed the point ...Read more

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As Sue Bird calls it a career, Sky players and fans honor her legacy at Wintrust Arena: 'She is one of the best to ever do it'

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CHICAGO — Lake County, Ill., native Kari Juszczyk remembers the first time she turned on ESPN to see Sue Bird playing basketball.

It was more than two decades ago, Bird slightly swimming in her jersey as she marshaled the University of Connecticut offense from the point. But it was an immediate connection for Juszczyk, who followed the point ...Read more

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Lauren Jackson's improbable comeback is complete as former Storm star joins Australian national team

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SEATTLE — While 41-year-old Sue Bird puts the final touches on a remarkable career, her former Storm teammate Lauren Jackson is making an improbable comeback and returning to international competition next month at the age of 41.

Make it make sense?

“I can’t,” Jackson said in an interview last week while in Seattle to visit Bird. “It...Read more

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Patrick Reusse: Turner's lasting legacy came from mentoring youth in Minneapolis

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Ben Johnson still has the trophy earned in the early 1990s. It came from the Clyde Turner Basketball Education Development camp that was an annual summer event in south Minneapolis.

"I was named as the 'outstanding shooter' in Clyde's camp,'' Johnson said Tuesday. "My jumper must've been falling because there were some outstanding young players...Read more

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Has Kevin Durant situation become clearer for Heat . . . or even cloudier? Odds are, it remains confusing,

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Tuesday stood as a day of juxtaposition for the Miami Heat. On a day Kevin Durant appeared more available than ever on the NBA trade market, the Heat disappeared from a pair of lists of potential suitors for the disgruntled Brooklyn Nets forward.

At least in the eyes of some of the wiseguys.

As they are wont to do amid such heavily publicized ...Read more

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Source: Two-time NBA champion Quinn Cook agrees to one-year contract with Sacramento Kings

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The Kings recently addressed their need for a third-string point guard when they signed former NBA champion Matthew Dellavedova to a one-year deal, but now it seems Dellavedova will go into training camp with some competition.

The Kings reached an agreement Monday on a one-year deal with two-time NBA champion Quinn Cook, a league sources told ...Read more

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Kevin Durant holding out of Nets training camp not off table: source

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NEW YORK — Kevin Durant’s boundless love for basketball is not a reason to believe he’ll show up for training camp if the Nets don’t acknowledge his trade request.

That has been the prevailing belief — that Durant, a 12-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP is above the idea of holding out of camp because he is a master of his ...Read more

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'Every year, I find ways to motivate myself.' What's pushing Heat's Kyle Lowry this summer?

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With plenty of trade noise surrounding the Miami Heat this offseason, veteran point guard Kyle Lowry has stayed relatively quiet.

As the highest-paid player on the Heat’s roster not named Bam Adebayo or Jimmy Butler, Lowry’s name has been brought up in some of the trade speculation for Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant in part because he’s ...Read more

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Kevin Durant reiterates trade request, delivers ultimatum to Joe Tsai in meeting: report

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Kevin Durant has given Nets owner Joe Tsai an ultimatum: Tsai must decide between Durant, a 12-time All-Star universally regarded as one of the best basketball players in NBA history, and the pair of Brooklyn’s general manager Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash.

Durant and Tsai met in London over the weekend, according to The Athletic, ...Read more

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Mark Story: Will Kentucky-Gonzaga be the 'most-anticipated' game of the Calipari-coaching era?

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The announcement by John Calipari and Mark Few on Tuesday night that Kentucky will face Gonzaga in men’s basketball in 2022-23 should leave hoops fans filled with the giddy anticipation of a child on Christmas Eve.

The Nov. 20 meeting in the Spokane Arena will be only the second men’s basketball matchup ever between the Wildcats and the ...Read more

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Source: NBA veteran Kent Bazemore agrees to return to Sacramento Kings on one-year deal

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Kent Bazemore provided depth, leadership and a strong locker room presence when he came to Sacramento in January 2020. The Kings will be looking for more of the same from the veteran swingman this season.

Bazemore, 33, has agreed to return to Sacramento on a one-year deal, a league source told The Sacramento Bee on Sunday, confirming a report ...Read more