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Vahe Gregorian: Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Willmott educates Kansas basketball team about Juneteenth

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Wednesday was a momentous day for Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Willmott, whose stirring and significant latest film, “The Heroic True-Life Adventures of Alvin Brooks,” premiered at the Screenland Armour as part of the Juneteenth Film Festival.

The documentary about the 92-year-old civil rights icon who embodies the best ...Read more

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Celtics parade floods the streets of Boston with fans celebrating Banner 18: 'A life dream'

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BOSTON — Celtics fans won’t end this celebration anytime soon — 16 years in the making.

As green and white confetti fell along the 2-mile route from TD Garden to Hynes Convention Center, more than a million fans from near and far packed the streets, showing pride for a team that means so much to them and the city as a whole.

“This is ...Read more

Guard Malik Monk plans to sign new four-year contract with Kings

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Following weeks of uncertainty and trepidation in Sacramento, free-agent guard and fan favorite Malik Monk has reached an agreement to remain with the Kings.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that Monk intends to sign a four-year, $78 million deal that could keep him in Sacramento through the 2027-28 season. ...Read more

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New Pistons president Trajan Langdon warns turnaround won't happen overnight

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DETROIT — Trajan Langdon was surrounded by reminders of how good the Pistons once were and subsequently how far they’ve fallen over the years Friday afternoon during his introductory press conference.

Langdon, Detroit’s new president of basketball operations, had acknowledged as much as he sat to the left of team owner Tom Gores on a ...Read more

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Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu shining as point guard in Courtney Vandersloot's absence

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NEW YORK — Most teams that lose their starting star point guard for two weeks are bound to experience significant drop-off. But not this New York Liberty squad.

But maybe the loss of the super team’s ultimate glue player — Betnijah Laney-Hamilton — against a hungry Los Angeles Sparks squad on Thursday night would finally show signs of a...Read more

Aces make WNBA history again by selling out all home games

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LAS VEGAS — The Aces continue to rewrite the WNBA’s record books.

They became the first team in league history to sell out each of their 20 regular-season home games, the club announced Thursday.

The 2022 and 2023 WNBA champions previously became the first team in league history to sell out its season-ticket memberships in March.

The Aces...Read more

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Andrew Callahan: Celtics' championship parade brings out the best in Boston

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BOSTON — You wanted this?

You wanted Boston?

This town, this team, the fight and fabric stitched in between.

How’d that go for you, Miami?

What about you, Cleveland?

Anything to say now, Indiana or Dallas?

Final score: three wins, sixteen losses and one long Friday morning watching the best team in basketball celebrate with the ...Read more

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Did the Bulls get enough in return for Alex Caruso? Grading the trade for Josh Giddey.

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CHICAGO — It had been nearly 34 months since the Chicago Bulls last made a trade. But this week, the drought finally ended as the front office made what appears to be the first in a series of moves to restructure the roster after another underwhelming season.

Moving Alex Caruso to Oklahoma City in a player-for-player swap for Josh Giddey is a...Read more

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A decade of No. 1 picks: The good, bad and ugly

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ATLANTA — With the first pick in the 2024 NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks select …

If the Hawks make the selection that will kick off the draft June 26 in Brooklyn (GM Landry Fields said it’s likely, but the team will continue to look “at the whole picture”), will commissioner Adam Silver announce a player who:

— Will make an ...Read more

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Paul Zeise: Expansion of the NCAA men's basketball tournament is inevitable, so embrace it

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PITTSBURGH — I'm as crotchety and stuck in my ways as anyone.

I mean, I was already an old man yelling at clouds in about 1990 and have always been somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to sports.

But even I have been able to adapt and accept the new world of college athletics — the transfer portal, NIL, the stipends and salaries, the...Read more

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The 'next' moves pushed Celtics to a title. Can the Sixers pull off something similar this offseason?

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PHILADELPHIA — While standing inside a boisterously jubilant locker room, champagne-soaked Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck told reporter Rachel Nichols that they are “bringing the whole team back next year.”

It was a reminder that the Celtics’ full championship-winning core — down to reserve Sam Hauser, if Boston picks up its team ...Read more

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Dan Woike's NBA mock draft

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The 2024 NBA draft, which will be spread over two nights in New York City beginning Wednesday, is a bit of a mystery for teams around the league. Traditionally, and this shouldn't come as a surprise, the closer you are to the top of a draft, the better a player you're likely to pick.

But there's some sense that this draft, more than most, will ...Read more

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Jim Alexander: The JJ Redick experiment is a big risk for the Lakers, Rob Pelinka

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Maybe JJ Redick will, indeed, be the next Pat Riley. After all, Riles stepped from his spot alongside Chick Hearn to the Lakers’ sideline all those years ago, serving an apprenticeship to Paul Westhead before sliding over to the first chair when Westhead was fired in November of 1981.

Or maybe Redick will be the next Steve Kerr. The curator ...Read more

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DeMar DeRozan was Drake's 'brother.' Now he's dancing onstage to Kendrick Lamar's diss track.

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LOS ANGELES — NBA star DeMar DeRozan was seen cutting a rug onstage as Kendrick Lamar performed his hit "Not Like Us" on Wednesday night at the Kia Forum.

That might not seem so unusual. After all, seemingly half of Los Angeles was packed onto the Forum stage to dance along with the Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper's earworm of a song, which ...Read more

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Bulls trade veteran defensive star Alex Caruso to Thunder for guard Josh Giddey

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls made their first move in a turning point of an offseason Thursday, trading defensive star Alex Caruso to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for shooting guard Josh Giddey, a source confirmed to the Chicago Tribune.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news.

Entering his fourth year in the league at 21...Read more

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Could the Sky tank for Paige Bueckers? How a Dallas pick swap affects their way-too-early draft outlook.

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CHICAGO — After welcoming one of the deepest rookie classes into the league this season, the WNBA is on track for another blockbuster draft next year centered on yet another star guard: Paige Bueckers.

Bueckers drew hype even before her 2020 debut at Connecticut, earning the Gatorade Player of the Year in high school and sharing two national ...Read more

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JJ Redick will be Lakers' next coach as long search ends where it started

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LOS ANGELES — The Lakers will hire JJ Redick as their next head coach, a person with knowledge of the situation but unauthorized to speak publicly, confirmed to The Los Angeles Times, ending a prolonged search with an aim widely believed to end at the original target.

After first offering the job to Connecticut coach Dan Hurley, a surprise ...Read more

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Will starting Chennedy Carter solve the Sky's backcourt problem?

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CHICAGO — During the first five weeks of the WNBA season, Chicago Sky fans posed one question: Why isn’t Chennedy Carter starting?

The fourth-year guard drew immediate attention in her first 12 games, averaging 12.9 points and 2.3 assists in just under 20 minutes off the bench. When the Sky sank into midgame lulls, Carter could be counted ...Read more

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Keith Pompey: James Harden considers Daryl Morey 'a liar' and Paul George a teammate. Will that complicate Sixers' free agency?

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PHILADELPHIA — Think back to James Harden's comments about Daryl Morey last summer.

Then ask yourself how Harden's soured relationship with the Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations could affect the team in free agency this year.

After Harden called Morey "a liar" and refused to work under the same roof, the Sixers traded the...Read more

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Lynx overcome miscues on offense to beat Atlanta 68-55

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MINNEAPOLIS — Wednesday night at Target Center so much of what has made the Minnesota Lynx one of the WNBA's biggest surprises this season was missing.

The best-shooting team in the WNBA shot just 35.5-percent, struggled mightily to make a layup. The best three-point shooting team so far this season, the Lynx went 7 for 22.

And still the ...Read more