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UCLA and USC finalize schedules for basketball

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The UCLA and USC basketball teams Tuesday released game dates and times for the upcoming season, and each will have every game televised on an ESPN channel, FS1, Pac-12 Networks or CBS.

The Pac-12 Conference schedule has promoted the local rivalry, which has gained new relevance as USC joined UCLA as a contender the last two seasons, to prime ...Read more

Heat pick up Justise Winslow 2018-19 option, with youth again served

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The Miami Heat finished off the last of their remaining offseason clerical work Tuesday by picking up the 2018-19 team option on the rookie-scale contract of forward Justise Winslow.

The Heat had until their Oct. 18 regular-season opener against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center to make the decision. Winslow will earn $3.5 million in 2018-...Read more

Durant calls tweet about Thunder coach Billy Donovan, roster 'childish' and 'idiotic'

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SAN FRANCISCO -- For a man eager to make further inroads into the tech industry, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant experienced a painful lesson on navigating social media.

After a fan pressed him why he left the Thunder for Golden State last summer, Durant responded on his official Twitter account with a critique of both the Thunder's ...Read more

Bulls hire Doug Collins as senior adviser

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CHICAGO -- Nine years after he tried to hire him for a second stint as Bulls coach, John Paxson got his man.

In an out-of-the-blue announcement, the Bulls hired Doug Collins as senior adviser of basketball operations Tuesday morning. The former Bulls coach will report directly to Paxson.

"Doug will be great in this capacity for our ...Read more

Magic Johnson to testify as witness in Draymond Green lawsuit

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Earvin "Magic" Johnson has been subpoenaed to testify as a witness in a former Michigan State University football player's lawsuit against Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green, according to court documents.

Attorneys for Jermaine Edmondson, who is suing Green over an alleged 2016 assault, want to question Johnson about a...Read more

Lakers have agreed to one-year deal with Andrew Bogut

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal with Andrew Bogut, according to people familiar with the deal who were not authorized to speak publicly. Bogut is very familiar with Lakers coach Luke Walton's system, having played for the Golden State Warriors from 2012 to 2016.

Walton was an assistant coach for the Warriors...Read more

Did Durant get caught using wrong Twitter account to defend himself

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Kevin Durant displays his down-earth-nature in a variety of ways, including defending himself to trolls -- whether from his own official Twitter or from another, false account.

The Warriors star seemingly dissed the Thunder on social media, as shown in screenshots captured by Twitter users Sunday, despite an apparent attempt at doing so ...Read more

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles wins MVP hardware after dominant WNBA season

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MINNEAPOLIS -- She has been beaten and bloodied. Literally. Lynx center Sylvia Fowles has had her nose broken once, had it bloodied a handful more times. She has been elbowed, pushed and shoved in the post, attracting crowds like a carnival barker.

But she hasn't been stopped.

"We've seen tears, we've seen blood, we've seen everything," ...Read more

Heat team with Warriors for Irma pet airlift; Arisons part of $10 million relief effort

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat stepped forward on several fronts Thursday in the wake of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma.

The foundation of Heat owner Micky Arison, the chairman of Carnival Corporation, and his wife, Madeleine, announced an immediate $2.5 million donation to Direct Relief, UNICEF and United Way of Miami-Dade County, to ...Read more

Heat, Josh Richardson agree on four-year, $42 million extension

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The Miami Heat have made their commitment to Josh Richardson clear, with an agreement on a four-year, $42 million extension for the guard that will kick in starting in 2018-19.

Richardson, a 2015 second-round pick who has become a staple of the Heat's backcourt in the transition from the franchise's Big Three era, became eligible for the ...Read more

How Warriors' sponsorship deal with Rakuten indirectly helps with building a roster

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The two close teammates stared at each other's jerseys in awe. Moments later, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala stood up and showed off their customary white and blue uniform for everyone else to admire.

The familiar image featured a new twist: after agreeing to a three-year, $60 million deal with Rakuten, the Warriors will wear a 2.5 by 2.5 ...Read more

Lakers plan to retire both numbers, 8 and 24, that Kobe Bryant wore during his career

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Two seasons removed from his celebrated retirement, the Lakers are planning to retire Kobe Bryant's jersey this fall.

The Lakers have confirmed they will retire both of the numbers Bryant wore as a Laker. He wore No. 8 when his career began, then switched to No. 24 at the start of the 2006-07 season. He wore No. 24 for the remaining 10 years of...Read more

Rollie Massimino remembered as more than a coach by Villanova community

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They came, from all over, to celebrate the life of a man who defined Villanova basketball for two decades. And in many ways was the face of the university.

But it turned into something much more personal than that.

As Tommy Massimino, the opening speaker at Tuesday's funeral mass, put it: "My father (Rollie) was known mostly as a great ...Read more

Stephen Curry on Kevin Durant's swipe, Warriors' chemistry, LaVar Ball's insanity

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Stephen Curry felt strongly enough about Golden State teammate Kevin Durant's recent swipe at the Under Armour basketball shoes Curry endorses that the two have since "had a conversation about it," Curry said.

In our exclusive interview before the Carolina Panthers' 23-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, ...Read more

Hurricane Irma leaves AmericanAirlines Arena with 'minor' damage, Heat report

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The Miami Heat said Monday that roof damage to AmericanAirlines Arena inflicted Sunday by Hurricane Irma was superficial.

The Heat said that the outer membrane of the practice court alongside Biscayne Bay, which was left exposed on the side of the building, is believed to a "minor and nothing structural."

The practice court is a separate ...Read more

Heat's arena sustains minor roof damage caused by Hurricane Irma, report says

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Add the Miami Heat to the list of those affected by Hurricane Irma.

On Sunday morning, the Heat's practice facility at AmericanAirlines Arena sustained exterior membrane damage, according to WPLG Channel 10. There was, however, no harm done to the actual roof, the station's sports director Will Manso reported.

The storm, which has torn through...Read more

Finland bows out of EuroBasket, but Lauri Markkanen's play excites Bulls

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When Lauri Markkanen opens training camp with the Bulls on Sept, 25, he will do so just two weeks removed from a sterling run at FIBA's EuroBasket tournament.

Italy ended Finland's surprising 4-2 tournament Saturday in Istanbul with a 70-57 victory in the round of 16. Coincidentally, former Bull Marco Belinelli sank his first five 3-pointers ...Read more

Dwayne Wade says he wants to play for championship contender before career ends

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Doing nothing to diffuse speculation that he would like a buyout from the Chicago Bulls, Dwyane Wade said he would like to play for a championship contender before his career is over.

Wade is under contract to the Bulls at $24 million this coming season but reportedly isn't eager to play there because the Bulls are rebuilding after trading his...Read more

On eve of Hall of Fame induction, Bulls' Jerry Krause remembered fondly

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- When Thelma Krause entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday, one of the first things she saw was her late husband Jerry's picture.

And he was smiling.

It's bittersweet, of course, that news of Krause's Class of 2017 inclusion to honor his tenure as the architect for one of the most dynamic ...Read more

Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic receive jerseys in meeting with media

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The Cavaliers welcomed Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic to Cleveland on Thursday with an introductory news conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Thomas, Crowder and Zizic discussed last month's trade that sent them to the Cavs and shipped Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.

The players reflected on how they are ...Read more

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