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TCU remains winless against ranked teams as Texas runs away for a 76-64 victory

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The Texas Longhorns couldn’t buy a 3-pointer early on. They opened 1 of 6 from deep at TCU on Sunday night.

That trend changed, though, as the No. 15 Longhorns ran away for a 76-64 victory over the Frogs at Schollmaier Arena. Texas made 8 of its 15 3s in the second half.

Texas (17-7, 11-6 Big 12) swept the season series against TCU (12-13, 5...Read more

A different vibe at NBA All-Star Sunday, with about 1,500 fans in attendance

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ATLANTA — There would typically be a jam-packed arena of screaming fans.

This time, there were about 1,500 people in State Farm Arena’s stands — masked and distanced — made up of frontline workers, community partners and HBCU alumni, students and faculty, along with virtual fans tuning in from home.

Usually, there are three days of All...Read more

Shannon Ryan: Loyola is back in the NCAA Tournament — where the MVC Tournament champs know how to create unforgettable moments

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After cutting down nets and being doused in water to celebrate their Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship, Loyola coach Porter Moser and two seniors were the only ones who understood how to measure their happiness within that moment.

Make no mistake, Moser described himself as “ecstatic” after beating Drake 75-65 on Sunday in ...Read more

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The Nets are breaking basketball by signing Blake Griffin

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They said the Warriors were unfair and broke basketball when Golden State set a new record with 73 wins in a season, then signed superstar forward and league MVP Kevin Durant the ensuing summer.

Wait ‘til “they” get a load of this.

The Nets have asked the Warriors to hold their drink, and their pursuit of all six Infinity Stones ...Read more

Rocket Watts' 21 points launch Michigan State to victory over No. 2 Michigan in bid to sew up NCAA spot

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State exacted a bit of revenge on Sunday afternoon, and in the process might have locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Behind a huge effort from Rocket Watts and more big moments late in the game from Aaron Henry, Michigan State knocked off No. 2 Michigan, 70-64, at the Breslin Center to close the regular ...Read more

David Murphy: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the NBA are doing the best they can. In the age of COVID, stuff happens.

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On Sunday afternoon, it was once again time to dust off the prior convictions and fire up the ol’ Wheel O’ Takes. The NBA had decided to hold an All-Star Game, and Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons had decided to get their hair cut for the occasion, and nobody thought to test the barber beforehand.

Here it was, the latest chance to flaunt your ...Read more

James Harden on potential, unspoken Nets' additions: 'We all know how exciting Blake Griffin is'

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James Harden connected the dots himself.

Harden was asked during his NBA All-Star 2021 media availability whether it would be difficult to integrate an All-Star level player into the fold in the second half of the season

“We haven’t made that move yet, we haven’t acquired anybody yet, so I can answer that later if it happens, but we all ...Read more

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Clippers' Kawhi Leonard says he plans to play for Team USA during Tokyo Olympics

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Clippers star Kawhi Leonard said he plans to play on Team USA during this summer’s Tokyo Olympics regardless of how far his team plays in the NBA’s upcoming postseason.

“Right now my plan is to go,” Leonard said Sunday, during a videoconference with reporters hours before the NBA held its All-Star Game in Atlanta, where Leonard will ...Read more

Loyola (Chicago) back in the NCAAs with win in MVC finals

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Loyola (Chicago) did what it does best, playing tough defense and hitting 3-pointers as they beat Drake 75-65 in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at Enterprise Center on Sunday.

The win sends the 20th-ranked Ramblers (24-4) to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four seasons and the seventh time in ...Read more

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Rare Kobe Bryant rookie card sells for nearly $1.8 million

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LOS ANGELES — A rare Kobe Bryant rookie card sold for $1.795 million Saturday on Goldin Auctions, an online auction house and repository for sports memorabilia. The sale is an all-time record for a Bryant card.

The card shows Bryant, donning a No. 8 Los Angeles Lakers jersey, going up for a shot against a Minnesota Timberwolves defender.

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Nicolas Batum's story of redemption aligns with that of the Clippers

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LOS ANGELES — Waived by Charlotte last November, Nicolas Batum wondered what was next.

He believed he was closer to the version of himself who had once helped elevate All-Stars, not the 6-foot-8 forward made dispensable after career-low productivity in his 12th NBA season.

Batum believed in himself. Waiting by the phone, he just didn't know ...Read more

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Ira Winderman: Heat midseason report card a case of expectations vs. complications

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The report card for the first half of the Miami Heat’s season seemingly should transcend letter grades, with it almost as much medical report as basketball analysis.

Plug Jimmy Butler back in for the 14 games missed over the season’s first 36, and this likely would be more a case of looking down at those left behind in the Eastern ...Read more

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Shannon Ryan: Ayo Dosunmu plays superhero again — this time looking the part — rallying No. 4 Illinois to 73-68 victory over No. 7 Ohio State

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When doctors presented Illinois star guard Ayo Dosunmu options for gear to protect his broken nose, he didn’t hesitate. He wanted to look cool.

Wearing a black mask in his return from a three-game absence, Dosunmu drew comparisons online to Zorro, Batman, the Black Panther and, as coach Brad Underwood suggested, Catwoman.

“I feel like a ...Read more

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UNC blasts Duke, 91-73, in regular-season finale

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — What North Carolina’s 91-73 victory over Duke Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams proved is the Tar Heels can play a high-level game. But they’ve shown that before at home in wins over Louisville and Florida State.

What remains to be seen is if Carolina (16-9, 10-6 ACC) can carry over its play outside ...Read more

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Tahj Eaddy scores just before buzzer to lift USC to stunning comeback win over UCLA

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LOS ANGELES — USC is still in the running for the Pac-12 title.

It took a dramatic finish to keep the Trojans’ hopes alive Saturday, Tahj Eaddy taking an inbounds pass from Ethan Anderson and draining a corner 3-pointer with one second left.

UCLA’s Jules Bernard got off a desperation shot that was off the mark at the buzzer, completing ...Read more

Georgia plays better, but comes up short again vs. Alabama

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ATHENS, Ga. — Not ready for prime time.

That’s not meant as a criticism, but it was the main takeaway from Georgia’s admirable but losing effort against No. 8 Alabama on Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum.

The Bulldogs led by 14 points in the first half and were within a single possession with a minute to play. But it was the Crimson Tide who...Read more

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Loyola Chicago rolls to 65-49 victory over Indiana State, into MVC Tournament final for 2nd time in 4 years

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Loyola’s first two possessions Saturday provided an omen to Indiana State of what was to come in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinal.

After winning the opening tip, the top-seeded Ramblers (23-4) moved the ball in their half-court set and found guard Braden Norris for an open 3-pointer to kick off the scoring.

The No. 4 seed ...Read more

Davion Mintz leads Kentucky's 3-point blitz of South Carolina

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s victory over South Carolina on Saturday seemed as easy as one-two-three. And then add on four-five.

That’s how many 3-point shots Davion Mintz made in the first five minutes and eight seconds of the second half.

That display of marksmanship propelled Kentucky to a 92-64 victory over South Carolina in the final...Read more

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UConn cruises to 98-82 win against Georgetown to close out regular season

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STORRS, Conn. — After clinching the third seed in the Big East tournament with a key, NCAA Tournament resume-boosting win at Seton Hall earlier in the week, the UConn men’s basketball team wanted to avoid complacency Saturday at home against Georgetown.

Mission accomplished.

The Huskies (14-6, 11-6 Big East) rolled to a no-doubt, 98-82 win...Read more

Michael Cunningham: Trae Young might have made All-Star team with better play in clutch

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ATLANTA — The NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to be played Sunday at State Farm Arena. Hawks point guard Trae Young won’t be in it. That’s nothing new for Atlanta. No Hawks players were picked for the NBA’s showcase game in 1978 at the Omni or 2003 at Philips Arena.

The difference is that Young has a stronger case than any home-city ...Read more