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Chief Illiniwek protesters, supporters turn out for Illinois' final home basketball game

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Nearly 100 demonstrators stood outside the main entrance to the State Farm Center chanting, "Down with the Chief," and holding signs demanding a new university mascot before Illinois' final home basketball game Thursday.

Fans wearing symbols of Chief Illiniwek walked by, some thumping the logo on their jackets or waving an ...Read more

Drexel stuns Delaware by overcoming 34-point deficit in record win

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PHILADELPHIA -- When Drexel coach Zach Spiker talks to his team about never giving up, he'll cite Thursday's record-setting comeback against Delaware as the No. 1 example.

Down by as many as 34 points in the first half and 27 at intermission, the Dragons stormed back for a stunning 85-83 win over visiting Delaware at the Daskalakis Athletic ...Read more

Latter part of Lakers season could feature Thomas and Ball working in tandem

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LOS ANGELES--Isaiah Thomas had only been a Laker for three days, and had just completed his first road trip with his new team, when he received a text message.

Lonzo Ball had a couple of questions.

Did Thomas work out on his days off?

There are no days off, Thomas told the rookie.

Could Ball join him for his workout?

Of course.

Ball met ...Read more

Cavs momentum halted as they go cold from long range, fall to Wizards

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CLEVELAND -- Thursday night seemed like more than just the first game after the All-Star break with the new-look Cavs the talk of the NBA, at least when it comes to basketball.

Four players acquired via Feb. 8 trades, including Akron native and Revere High School product Larry Nance Jr., made their Quicken Loans Arena debuts against the ...Read more

Ben Simmons' pair of foul shots with 5.6 seconds left lifts Sixers over Chicago Bulls, 116-115

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CHICAGO -- As good as the 76ers have been at home, they were the exact opposite on the road.

They headed into Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center with four consecutive road losses.

So the Sixers had this matchup targeted as one they needed to win. Thanks to Ben Simmons, they were able to do just that.

The rookie ...Read more

UConn, minus Jalen Adams, routed at Cincinnati, 77-52

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- The good things the UConn men have done in recent games did not carry over into Cincinnati, where the 11th-ranked Bearcats would have none of it.

The improved shooting percentage underwent the inevitable market correction, due to Cincinnati's stifling defensive pressure and the absence of Jalen Adams.

The Huskies ...Read more

Howard helps Hornets coast past Nets, 111-96

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The week-long break from games for All-Star Weekend sure looked refreshing for Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard.

Howard, acquired in a June trade with the Atlanta Hawks, had 15 points and a season-high 24 rebounds (two short of matching his career high) in a 111-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Spectrum Center. The ...Read more

Will Michael Porter Jr. soon be back for Missouri?

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Will Michael Porter Jr. play again for Missouri this season? We may soon know the answer.

Porter has been fully cleared to resume all basketball activities, Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports reported Thursday, citing an anonymous source.

There was no official announcement from the Mizzou basketball team regarding Porter, the ...Read more

Cuban, Mavericks on a legal hot seat with allegations of workplace harassment

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It took Under Armour less than two months to part ways with a high-profile employee, Terdema Ussery, after a co-worker complained of sexual harassment.

The Dallas Mavericks kept Ussery employed for almost two decades at the highest level despite multiple complaints of his behavior to human resources, according to a Sports Illustrated ...Read more

Big 12 reprimands Bob Huggins for comments on 35-2 free-throw disparity in loss at Kansas

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West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins was reprimanded by the Big 12 Conference on Thursday for comments he made about officiating after the Mountaineers' loss at Kansas last Saturday.

"There are proper channels within the conference structure to handle officiating concerns," Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a release. "Coach Huggins...Read more

For the Clippers and the playoff run, it is going to be tight

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LOS ANGELES--Twenty-six games remain in the Los Angeles Clippers' regular season and coach Doc Rivers has already calculated how many he thinks his team needs to win in order to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.

"I think we've got to win 25 of them," Rivers said, smiling.

He was joking while also driving home a point. The West is so...Read more

Win, win, win means Bruins would likely get in

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SALT LAKE CITY -- UCLA could obsess over team sheets and quadrants as it tries to strengthen its case for NCAA tournament inclusion, or it could take the approach preferred by freshman forward Kris Wilkes.

"If we win all our games," Wilkes said, "then we'll definitely be in there."

That's true, but some of those wins might be more valuable ...Read more

Career highs by Shaquille Morris and Conner Frankamp power Wichita State past Tulane

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Down one of its top scoring options, No. 13 Wichita State had to rely on others to defeat Tulane, 93-86, on Wednesday at Koch Arena.

Shaquille Morris tied his career high of 24 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, as WSU improved to 22-5 and 12-3 in the American Athletic Conference without the services of leading ...Read more

No. 5 Duke cruises past Louisville at home; picks up fourth win without Bagley

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Even with Duke's best scorer on the bench, Louisville had no real answers on how to stop the Blue Devils.

Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III missed his fourth consecutive game with a "mild knee sprain." And for the fourth time, Duke won again in convincing fashion at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Senior guard Grayson Allen knocked down ...Read more

Villanova rolls to 93-62 win over DePaul in Phil Booth's return

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PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova welcomed back Phil Booth to the court Wednesday night after a four-week absence and the redshirt junior guard seamlessly moved back into the lineup as if he had been gone for four days.

The third-ranked Wildcats raced out to an 18-point first-half lead and were never threatened after that in a 93-62 victory over DePaul...Read more

Michigan basketball holds off Penn State for key Big Ten road win, 72-63

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Michigan ran into a Penn State team Wednesday night that was playing as well as it has during Patrick Chambers' seven years as head coach.

The Wolverines didn't care. They won anyway.

No. 16 Michigan got 19 points from Duncan Robinson and 18 from Moritz Wagner, clawing its way to a scrappy 72-63 win at Penn State.

The ...Read more

Berry, Pinson lead UNC past Syracuse, 78-74

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse kept coming back. Joel Berry kept coming up with answers.

Berry's steal and layup with 1:36 left helped No. 10 North Carolina escape with a 78-74 win at Syracuse on Wednesday night.

It's the sixth straight win for UNC (22-7, 11-5 ACC) since a three-game losing streak at the end of January and the Tar Heels' sixth ...Read more

Heat to wear 'MSD' uniform patches in memory of Stoneman Douglas victims; Wade speaks out for change

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat are the latest South Florida professional sports team to wear a uniform element in memory of those slain in last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 dead.

The Heat plan to add an "MSD" patch on the shoulder area of their jerseys for the balance of the season. The hope is to ...Read more

NBA will return to Seattle, and so will Durant, in Kings-Warriors preseason game, sources say

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The Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors have scheduled a preseason game next season in Seattle, according to multiple league sources.

The Oct. 6 meeting between Northern California teams will be the first NBA game in the Key Arena since the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City after the 2007-08 season and became the Thunder.

The surprising ...Read more

Cavs' James opposes changing NBA playoff format to top 16 teams, regardless of conference

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Changing the NBA playoff qualifiers to the 16 teams with the best records instead of the top eight in each conference has been seriously discussed at the league office over the last few years, Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night.

But Cavaliers star LeBron James disagrees with that suggestion and said he believes ...Read more