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Hawks re-sign Vince Carter, who will play in NBA-record 22nd season

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ATLANTA -- It's official -- the Hawks announced Friday afternoon they have re-signed Vince Carter, eight-time All-Star, 1999 Rookie of the Year and Dunk Contest winner in 2000.

Carter, 42, has said this will be his final season in the NBA, and it'll be a historic one as he continues to pass milestones. He will become the first player in NBA ...Read more

Kansas basketball expected to face multiple major violation allegations from NCAA

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The NCAA is preparing to issue a notice of allegations that details multiple major violations in the Kansas men's basketball program, The Star has learned.

The notice will come, sources told The Star, after a summer of speculation following a top NCAA official saying the organization would make findings against schools ...Read more

A 7-footer who blocks shots and makes 3s could be one of Kentucky's next big recruits

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Few basketball recruits had a better showing on the summer travel circuit -- and perhaps none of the nation's prospects are more intriguing -- than Chet Holmgren, a near-7-footer from Minnesota who is listed at a mere 190 pounds but excels inside and out on both ends of the court.

Going into his stint on the Under Armour circuit this spring, ...Read more

Dan Guerrero to step down as AD at UCLA

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LOS ANGELES -- Dan Guerrero, the UCLA athletic director whose 17-year tenure has been accompanied by wild success in almost every measure besides the school's two biggest sports, will retire at the end of June.

Guerrero's retirement plans became public Thursday after the UC Regents unanimously approved a six-month extension of his contract that...Read more

Duke's 2020 basketball recruiting class gets another boost with DJ Steward commitment

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Its incoming freshman class having finished outside the top two in national recruiting rankings for the first time since 2013, Duke is positioned to return to the top in 2020 after adding a top player on Wednesday.

DJ Steward, a 6-3 combo guard from Chicago, used his Twitter feed to announce his pledge to play for coach Mike Krzyzewski's Blue ...Read more

Despite challenges of rehab, Storm star Breanna Stewart thinks she can be better than ever

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SEATTLE -- The last time anyone saw Breanna Stewart on a WNBA court, the 2018 Player of the Year cradled the league's championship trophy like a baby in one arm while clutching the Finals MVP award with her other hand.

It was a triumphant moment for the 25-year-old superstar at the height of her basketball powers.

Fair or not, the next time ...Read more

Calipari's mission for Kentucky basketball: 'How do we stay on top?'

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Fresh from a highly successful 10 years as Kentucky coach and newly armed with a so-called lifetime contract, John Calipari did not speak of a steady-as-she-goes plan for the future. Instead, he saw new challenges looming and his UK program needing to be ready to adapt.

"We're on our second tour of duty," he said this month. "Those 10 years are...Read more

Heat's Bam Adebayo posted up by Kobayashi in burger blowout

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat could have a problem on their hands this season.

Wednesday, 6-foot-10, 265-pound center Bam Adebayo was posted up and taken down by a 5-8, 143-pound opponent.

Takeru Kobayashi 20, Bam Adebayo 1.

No, the hamburger drill did not go exactly as forecast.

Then again, perhaps it did, considering Kobayashi holds 15 Guinness ...Read more

Dan Hurley returns to coaching UConn following spinal surgery: 'One of the toughest summers I've had in a long time'

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Dan Hurley returned to work on Wednesday, less than two weeks after surgery to correct a herniated disc and spinal cord compression. The experience was eye-opening, he says.

"I've been on a great run, going from high school coach to coach at UConn in 10 years," Hurley said, in a conference call with state reporters after ...Read more

Rick Pitino, Louisville agree to settlement

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Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville Athletic Association's executive committee agreed to a settlement Wednesday following a two-year saga.

According to WDRB's Eric Crawford, Pitino will not receive any money in the settlement. Pitino was fired in October 2017 in the wake of a federal investigation into alleged corruption in college ...Read more

Is Louisville about to land Kentucky's best hope for a five-star point guard recruit?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- There's still plenty of time in the 2020 basketball recruiting cycle, but Kentucky's prospects of landing a top point guard for next season are already getting interesting.

The first player at that position to earn a UK scholarship offer was Jeremy Roach, who committed to Duke several months ago.

By the time of Roach's ...Read more

Report: Warriors 'a big threat' to sign Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Kevin Durant may have left town, but the Warriors might not be done "ruining the NBA," according to an ESPN report.

Should Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo become a free agent in 2021, the Warriors are "a big threat" to sign the NBA's most recent MVP and create another super team, Ramona Shelbourne said Monday on "The Jump."

Milwaukee has said...Read more

John Calipari sees options for Kentucky at point guard. 'We'll try all kinds of stuff.'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- While wishing aloud for another big man this coming season, Kentucky Coach John Calipari also spoke this month of his team being well stocked at another position. That position is point guard where not one, but two players have seemingly gained his confidence.

"Defense starts on the ball," Calipari said. "If you cannot guard ...Read more

Heat's Bam Adebayo to take on competitive-eating legend Kobayashi in cheeseburger-eating contest

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MIAMI -- If Bam Adebayo hasn't beefed up enough this offseason, the Miami Heat center will get another opportunity Wednesday.

Adebayo will be among the celebrities competing against competitive-eating legend Kobayashi in a cheeseburger-eating contest in Pinecrest, just outside of Miami.

Wednesday's event, which begins at 11 a.m. and is being ...Read more

Is UK basketball team short on big men? 'I wish we had more,' Calipari says.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- With one attention-getting caveat, Kentucky Coach John Calipari spoke optimistically about the 2019-20 season.

"We got good guards," he told a group of reporters at a preseason round table. "We got good big men."

Then came the caveat. "I wish we had more big men," Calipari said, "because you never know how things go."

Foul ...Read more

Why did Michael Jordan choose now to sell a chunk of the Charlotte Hornets?

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Michael Jordan isn't hurting for cash flow. His estimated net worth is $1.9 billion.

Then why choose now to sell a piece of the Charlotte Hornets to two hedge-fund executives from New York? As first reported by the Observer, Jordan has agreed to sell a large piece of his equity in the Hornets to Gabe Plotkin and Daniel Sundheim. It hasn't been ...Read more

Justise Winslow makes Heat goal clear, 'I want to play point guard'

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MIAMI -- This wasn't Justise Winslow throwing down the gauntlet, issuing challenges to either Erik Spoelstra or Goran Dragic, making demands of the Miami Heat brain trust. This was Justise Winslow being true to himself.

"I'm looking forward to playing point guard this season," Winslow said Sunday on a sun-splashed deck of the Carnival Horizon, ...Read more

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