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Michael Jordan selling large chunk of Hornets, won't give up majority control

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Jordan has agreed to sell a large piece of the Charlotte Hornets to two New York-based investors, a sale expected to close in the next few weeks that was first reported by the Observer.

A source familiar with the deal said it does not involve the former NBA Most Valuable Player giving up majority ownership of the NBA ...Read more

Terrence Clarke commits to Kentucky, giving John Calipari his highest-ranked recruit in years

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The fall recruiting period is still less than a week old, and the early signing period for high school basketball prospects is still two months away, but John Calipari isn't wasting any time.

On Saturday afternoon, the Kentucky coach landed the biggest addition yet for what is shaping up to be his next No. 1-ranked recruiting ...Read more

Charles Barkley picks 76ers to win the NBA championship

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PHILADELPHIA -- Charles Barkley wasn't playing to the crowd when talking about how much he believes in the current 76ers. On the day that he became the eighth former Sixer to have a sculpture unveiled in his honor at the team's practice facility, Barkley let it be known that he has the highest expectations for this coming season.

"I already ...Read more

Juwan Howard connects with Matt Nagy in visit to Halas Hall: 'They were out of the box'

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CHICAGO -- A wide-eyed visitor wandered through the Bears locker room Friday, checking out the new facilities and getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse at his favorite NFL team.

Chicago native, lifelong Bears fan and current University of Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard was thrilled to be a guest at Halas Hall, taking advantage of an ...Read more

Warriors' Draymond Green on the 2020 Olympics: Count me in

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Draymond Green to the rescue.

The Warriors' high energy dynamo is well aware that the U.S. men's basketball team is currently going down for the count at the FIBA World Cup. Coming off back-to-back losses to France and Serbia, the U.S. team is down to its last game -- Saturday against Poland in the seventh-place tilt.

Thursday, during an ...Read more

Shaun Livingston, integral reserve on Warriors' three NBA title teams, retires

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Shaun Livingston got it right when he said upon his retirement from the NBA on Friday that "I wasn't supposed to be here."

A point guard with tremendous size, length, smarts and potential, Livingston was just coming into his own with the Clippers when he suffered a horrific knee injury on Feb. 26, 2007, later detailed in a 2016 story on ...Read more

Hornets brass talks losing Kemba Walker, why team won't rebuild with free agents

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak won't let "rebuild" slip from his lips.

"Transition" is the word he prefers to describe his team's life without Kemba Walker.

But rebuild, the Hornets must. And rebuild, they will.

"If there is a master plan, it is to transition from a team built around a superstar to a team ...Read more

Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox gets backlash for Team USA's World Cup collapse

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox somehow attracted a little bit of the backlash after Team USA suffered consecutive losses to France and Serbia at the FIBA World Cup. One respected sports commentator went so far as to suggest USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo would never allow Fox to represent the United States...Read more

Breakout basketball recruit Lance Ware picks Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Over the course of the summer basketball travel schedule, there were few high school players that garnered more buzz than New Jersey power forward Lance Ware.

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound prospect didn't exactly explode onto the recruiting scene. He had been a well-known player for years, hovering in the 40s and 50s of the class of...Read more

Detroit Pistons and Joe Johnson agree on deal

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DETROIT -- Joe Johnson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, the Free Press confirmed Thursday.

The team had room to add a player because forward Michael Beasley never signed a contract with the Pistons, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Free Press reported in August that Beasley and the Pistons were "...Read more

Heat pick up $5.1 million option on Bam Adebayo for 2020-21

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat announced Wednesday they have exercised their fourth-year team option on center Bam Adebayo.

The move locks Adebayo into a $5.1 million salary for 2020-21, after he will earn $3.5 million this coming season on the final year of his rookie-scale contract.

The commitment for 2020-21 reduces the significant amount of ...Read more

'It's about time': Storm players excited about NBA 2K video game franchise including WNBA mode

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SEATTLE -- With 144 players in the WNBA, the selection of players to choose from is almost overwhelming.

But for Storm All-Star forward Natasha Howard, the choice is simple: She just wants to play as herself.

"It's going to be fun and to actually look like ourselves too, like our hair and our tattoos, especially me looking at myself too," she ...Read more

American Airlines not renewing naming rights to Heat arena

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MIAMI -- The name game has caught up to the Miami Heat.

After spending the last 20 years playing along Biscayne Bay at a facility that has only carried the name of AmericanAirlines Arena, the team's home will have a new title sponsor at midseason.

With American Airlines confirming that it will not renew its naming rights, the Heat will have ...Read more

NCAA warns California bill that would allow college athletes to be paid is 'unconstitutional'

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LOS ANGELES -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association warned California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a letter Wednesday that state legislation allowing college athletes to be paid for the use of their name, image and likeness would be "unconstitutional" and "harmful."

"If the bill becomes law and California's 58 NCAA schools are compelled to ...Read more

Longtime Detroit sportscaster Fred McLeod dead at 67

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DETROIT -- Longtime Detroit sportscaster Fred McLeod died late Monday night at the age of 67, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced Tuesday.

McLeod was a fixture on Detroit television in the 1980s and '90s, where he spent 24 years working for Channel 2 and Channel 4 and more than two decades as the play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Pistons.

...Read more

Former Adidas consultant TJ Gassnola sentenced in fraud case connected to NC State

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola was sentenced to a one-year term of supervised release on Tuesday in a federal court in New York for his role in the sneaker company's pay-for-play scandal, which has ensnared N.C. State's basketball program in an NCAA probe.

Gassnola cooperated as a government witness and had previously ...Read more

Hornets owner Michael Jordan pledges another $1 million for hurricane relief

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan has pledged a $1 million contribution to relief efforts in the Bahamas, in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian.

Jordan's pledge comes a year after he made a similar contribution in response to Hurricane Florence. Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington, pledged $2 million ...Read more

Goran Dragic deals with new Heat reality after nearly being dealt

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MIAMI -- By the end of last season, the question was whether 7-Eleven would be back in business for the Miami Heat, after injuries held Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic out of the lineup for extended stretches.

The drama continued with the Heat apparently attempting to trade Dragic to the Dallas Mavericks in the complex June machinations that ...Read more

Sixers: No discipline for Mike Scott after fight with Eagles fans

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PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Scott won't be disciplined by the Sixers after getting into a heated scuffle with Eagles fans outside Lincoln Financial Field before the team's season-opening win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the Sixers said that the team reviewed the incident, which involved a short fistfight between Scott and...Read more

Kevin Durant on joining, leaving the Warriors: 'I'll never be one of those guys'

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The Kevin Durant we knew and loved was typically not a volume shooter. But there were times when he got so piping hot, when the opposition was so helpless, or when there was no other way the Warriors were going to win.

On those occasions he filled it up, and it was a sight to behold.

Recently Durant sat down with the Wall Street Journal ...Read more