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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist agrees to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with Knicks

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NEW YORK — The Knicks executives continue to take care of their people, and those people tend to be connected to either Kentucky or CAA.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is both and he agreed to sign with the Knicks on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, according to a source. The forward has a long association with Knicks top executive Worldwide Wes, who...Read more

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Freshmen Jalen Johnson, DJ Steward lead No. 9 Duke past Coppin State

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DURHAM, N.C. — Selected as a first-team, all-ACC player before he played his first game, Jalen Johnson appeared worthy of those accolades for No. 9 Duke on Saturday.

And freshman DJ Steward's play off the bench proved to be just as important for the Blue Devils.

Johnson made every shot he took from the field, finishing with 19 points and 19 ...Read more

Keshad Johnson sparks San Diego State victory against UC Irvine

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego State coaches knew. The players knew. The NBA scouts who attended practice knew.

Now everybody else knows.

Keshad Johnson could be a special player at San Diego State.

The sophomore who wears No. 0 — resembling the letter "O" for his hometown of Oakland — erupted for 13 points in less than three minutes in the ...Read more

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After two wins at Mohegan Sun's 'Bubbleville,' Villanova is staying to play Virginia Tech on Saturday night

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After enjoying success in two games at the Mohegan Sun Arena's "Bubbleville" complex, Villanova has decided to stay at the facility in Uncasville, Conn., for an encore performance.

The third-ranked Wildcats posted a pair of nine-point victories over Boston College and No. 18 Arizona State to capture the championship of the 2K Empire Classic, ...Read more

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Galin Smith leads balanced attack with career-high 12 points as Maryland manhandles Navy, 82-52

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Galin Smith wasn't much of a scorer during his three-year career at Alabama. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound power forward averaged just over three points in 94 career games for the Crimson Tide.

In his Maryland debut Wednesday, Smith gave no indication he would become more of an offensive threat during his lone season in College ...Read more

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Michael Jordan donates $2 million from 'The Last Dance' to food banks

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Air Jordan to the rescue.

Michael Jordan has donated $2 million of earnings from his critically acclaimed 10-part ESPN documentary series "The Last Dance" to local food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago, Variety reported.

"In these challenging times and in a year of unimaginable difficulty due to COVID-19, it's more important than ever to ...Read more

UCLA needs three overtimes to escape with a victory over Pepperdine

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SAN DIEGO — After one missed opportunity followed by another, UCLA could finally exhale.

The Bruins edged Pepperdine 107-98 in triple overtime Friday at Viejas Arena for their first victory of the season.

It took a barrage of three-pointers in the third overtime for UCLA to prevail. Tyger Campbell and Jules Bernard each made one before Chris...Read more

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Braun's career game fuels Kansas to bounce-back victory against Saint Joseph's

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It wasn't easy, but thanks in large part to sophomore Christian Braun, Kansas' No. 6-ranked basketball team managed one victory in two tries at the season-opening Fort Myers Tip-Off in Florida.

KU, which lost to No. 1 Gonzaga, 102-90, on Thursday, bounced back to beat unranked, unheralded Saint Joseph's of the Atlantic 10 Conference, 94-72, ...Read more

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Lakers and Clippers set to open NBA preseason against one another twice in three days

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LOS ANGELES — The NBA's preseason schedule will begin with the defending champion Lakers facing the Clippers twice in three days.

The teams will meet Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m., according to the league, which published its preseason schedule Friday.

Ahead of the Dec. 22 regular-season opener, the Lakers are scheduled to play ...Read more

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Will Duke play Coppin State on Saturday amid coronavirus pandemic?

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DURHAM, N.C. — Duke's second attempt at opening its basketball season is still on track to occur despite its opponent already canceling two games this week due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Coppin State has arrived in Durham and the teams are preparing to play their game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Eagles were also ...Read more

David Murphy: Don't sleep on the Sixers, even in their current form

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There's a case to be made that the Sixers are a better bet to win a championship within the next five years than any team in the Eastern Conference. I'm not bold enough to go on record in favor of that case. But I'm also not bold enough to go on record against it.

And if you think that sounds like a hedge, wait until you hear what I actually ...Read more

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Mark Bradley: As Georgia Tech just learned, you play Georgia State at your peril

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Tipoff came at 9:04 p.m. on the night before Thanksgiving. The game ended on Thanksgiving. It wasn't aired on the ACC Network. (For the record, the Sun Belt has no network.) You had to hunt on the cable grid to find it. It was worth finding.

Final score, after four overtimes: Georgia State 123, Georgia Tech 120.

We could talk about this one ...Read more

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Sixers sign Derrick Walton to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal

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The 76ers added a point guard who is no stranger to their new coach.

Derrick Walton agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the 76ers on Sunday, according to a league source. The 6-foot, 189-pounder played for Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

He averaged 2.2 points, 1.0 assist, and 9.7 minutes in 23 games with one ...Read more

Avery Bradley has now experienced Heat as fan, foe, free agent

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As Avery Bradley watched the 2020 NBA Finals — "as a fan," he said — he found himself in the unique position of witnessing his past, present and future.

During the regular season, he had helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to the Western Conference's best regular-season record. During the playoffs, he took in the action from his home, ...Read more

No. 1-ranked Gonzaga rolls to 102-90 victory over KU in season-opener for both teams

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Kansas started another season of great expectations the same way it did a year ago — with a loss.

The No. 6-ranked Jayhawks, who went 28-3 a year ago following a season-opening loss to Duke in the Champions Classic, fell to explosive No. 1-rated Gonzaga 102-90 Thursday at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Jayhawks, who ...Read more

Chicago Bulls agree to 1-year deals with Noah Vonleh and Zach Norvell before training camp starts next week

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The Chicago Bulls agreed to a one-year deal with free agent big man Noah Vonleh, his agent told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday, signaling that perhaps the team's offseason moves are not complete.

The Bulls also added free-agent guard Zach Norvell Jr., who went to Simeon High School before playing at Gonzaga, on a one-year deal, per ...Read more

Aztecs open basketball season by routing No. 22 UCLA

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SAN DIEGO — It wasn't in front of the 17,204 fans that were in Anaheim's Honda Center the last time they played, or the 12,414 that usually fill the canyon of red seats at Viejas Arena.

It wasn't in front of anybody, in fact, other than a few dozen staff and media, and a guy pumping in crowd noise from a laptop.

But it goes in the books just...Read more

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Mike Jensen: Observations from Villanova barely getting past Boston College

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Too often, Villanova looked a step slow against Boston College, all over the court. Slow guarding man-to-man, slow on switches, slow on help defense.

Not like the No. 3 team in the country, not in Wednesday's late-night season opener.

You want to blame it on missing some practices because the program was shut down for a couple of weeks after ...Read more

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UNC's freshmen debut trips up College of Charleston, 79-60

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina's freshmen class shook off an uneasy stretch in the second half and helped defeat College of Charleston 79-60 before a crowd limited to a smattering of family and friends Wednesday at Dean E. Smith Center.

Guards Caleb Love and R.J. Davis started in the backcourt marking the first time that happened since ...Read more

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Wichita State legend Ron Baker breaks silence on abuse investigation into Gregg Marshall

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WICHITA, Kan. — Ron Baker has ended his silence on the situation that ultimately led Gregg Marshall to resign as head coach of the Wichita State men's basketball team.

In a wide-ranging, hour-long interview on Doug Gottlieb's podcast released Wednesday, it was clear Baker still has gratitude toward Marshall but was disappointed by how his ...Read more