Sue Bird doesn't want to admit it, but Storm star isn't likely to return from knee injury this season

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SEATTLE -- The prospects of Sue Bird returning from arthroscopic left knee surgery and leading the slumping Storm on a late playoff push are fading and virtually nonexistent at this point.

The defending WNBA champions haven't made any official or definitive decisions, but with just three weeks and seven games remaining in the regular season it'...Read more

Kings guard De'Aaron Fox withdraws from USA World Cup team

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox made a big impression on USA Basketball players and coaches over the past two weeks, but his time with the national team has come to an end.

USA Basketball communications director Craig Miller told The Sacramento Bee on Saturday that Fox has withdrawn from Team USA activities, confirming ...Read more

New court filings in case of Kevin Ollie vs. UConn call for depositions from Jalen Adams, former coaches

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- New filings related to the arbitration process involving UConn and former men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie show that both sides in the case plan to depose of several more people connected to the program including former standout Jalen Adams and his father.

The sworn statements are linked to the arbitration process involving...Read more

Court documents allege Nike executives were willing to pay Zion Williamson and others

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Facing federal extortion charges for his threats to reveal corruption in Nike's youth basketball circuit, lawyer Michael Avenatti on Wednesday provided a peek into the information he's gathered to defend himself.

A motion filed in a New York federal court by Avenatti's lawyers included allegations of widespread payments to players in Nike's ...Read more

Dallas Mavericks accepting a new way to pay for tickets, merchandise in 2019-2020

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You can now purchase Dallas Mavericks tickets and merchandise with Bitcoin.

The Mavs are the second NBA team to accept the cryptocurrency. The Sacramento Kings started accepting it in 2014.

The Mavs will use BitPay to process all Bitcoin purchases. It's the largest bitcoin payment processor in the world, according to the team's press release. ...Read more

ESPN offers peek at '30 for 30' documentary on Dennis Rodman: 'A much more complex and nuanced picture emerges'

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Looking for something to whet your appetite for the smorgasbord that ESPN's "The Last Dance" promises to be when the 10-part docuseries looking back at the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen Bulls of the mid-1990s arrives next summer?

Here comes "Rodman: For Better or Worse."

ESPN released a trailer for the "30 for 30" look at former Bulls star ...Read more

Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins injures a knee; could be torn ACL

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LOS ANGELES -- DeMarcus Cousins planned to prove doubters wrong while playing on a one-year contract with the Lakers this season.

Those hopes might have been dealt a crushing blow this week because of a knee injury.

People familiar with Cousins' condition fear he sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament after bumping knees with another ...Read more

An inside look at some of the people the NCAA had questions about in the UConn investigation

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The NCAA investigation into UConn men's basketball has taken nearly a year, and involved hundreds of hours of interviews -- 900 pages were released by UConn pursuant to a Freedom of Information request in June.

The questions reached into a number of areas: recruiting, the roles of noncoaching staff members and the activities ...Read more

Former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue in talks to join Clippers coaching staff

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LOS ANGELES -- Tyronn Lue, who coached Cleveland to the 2016 NBA championship, is engaged in talks with the Clippers about joining coach Doc Rivers' staff as a top assistant, a hiring that is considered likely to happen, a person with knowledge of the discussions confirmed to The Times.

Such a move would reunite Lue with Rivers, a close friend ...Read more

Former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue in talks to join Clippers coaching staff

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LOS ANGELES -- Tyronn Lue, who coached Cleveland to the 2016 NBA championship, is engaged in talks with the Clippers about joining coach Doc Rivers' staff as a top assistant, a hiring that is considered likely to happen, a person with knowledge of the discussions confirmed to T he Times.

Such a move would reunite Lue with Rivers, a close friend...Read more

As Carmelo Anthony wrestles with end of NBA career, he hopes his legacy will be defined by community outreach

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BALTIMORE -- Carmelo Anthony has done it all in his basketball career, leading Syracuse to an NCAA championship in 2003, winning three Olympic gold medals with Team USA and earning 10 All-Star selections in his 16-year NBA career.

Though the former Towson Catholic star's accolades have not been enough to convince NBA teams to sign him this ...Read more

Zion's Duke shoes fetch big bucks in online auction

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DURHAM, N.C. -- A pair of Duke-issued Nike sneakers worn by All-American freshman Zion Williamson last season fetched nearly $20,000 on an online auction website over the weekend.

Goldin Auctions received nine bids on the size 15 Nike Kyrie 5 shoes, which a third-party memorabilia authenticator determined were worn during Duke's 90-64 win over ...Read more

Clippers are marquee team on 2019-20 NBA schedule

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LOS ANGELES -- Part of the charm of last year's Los Angeles Clippers was the anonymity in which they operated. With a finite amount of basketball attention available, so much of it was aimed at LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

While people weren't looking, the Clippers crafted a success story -- a star-less team full of exciting scorers...Read more

Dwyane Wade still waiting for moment when he feels like, 'Oh dang, I really retired'

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MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade said Sunday he is taking comfort both in his retirement and the knowledge that Miami Heat culture will endure with Udonis Haslem remaining in the locker room.

Speaking at the Jr. NBA Global Championships in Orlando, where he and Haslem served as Global Ambassadors, Wade said there has been no looking back since stepping off...Read more

Heat's Bam Adebayo released from US national team

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Bam Adebayo's time with USA Basketball proved to be short-lived as he was released by the program Friday in the initial round of cuts in advance of next month's World Cup in China.

A late addition in the wake of the withdrawal of several prominent NBA players, the third-year center was let go along with Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young ...Read more

NCAA drops proposed academic fraud reform

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The NCAA this week quietly dropped a recommended reform that would have given the association more authority to handle the kind of academic misconduct that left dozens of athletes at UNC-Chapel Hill with subpar educations.

Two NCAA panels, including one led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, had called for the ...Read more

Sixers hire Roy Hibbert as a player development coach

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PHILADELPHIA -- Roy Hibbert, a former center at Georgetown who spent nine seasons in the NBA, has been hired by the 76ers as a player development coach.

A team source confirmed the hiring, first reported by Shams Charania.

According to the source, this is a new position.

The 7-foot-2 Hibbert was drafted No. 17 overall in the first round by ...Read more

Amid NC State's NCAA trouble, Dennis Smith Jr. gets Fayetteville's key to the city

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Dennis Smith Jr. has received one of highest honors his hometown of Fayetteville can bestow -- the ceremonial key to the city.

Smith Jr., the former N.C. State guard, was presented the key Tuesday by mayor Mitch Colvin during a presentation at the city's Tera Garden Apartments. According to the Fayetteville Observer, Colvin ...Read more

X-rays negative after Kelly Olynyk suffers knee injury while playing for Team Canada

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MIAMI -- The injury that sidelined Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk during a Wednesday exhibition with the Canadian national team in Toronto turned out to be nothing more than a bruised knee.

Part of the roster that Canada is preparing for the World Cup later this month in China, Olynyk took an awkward tumble during the third quarter of an ...Read more

Udonis Haslem's challenge to Heat teammates, 'Send me out the right way'

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MIAMI -- Udonis Haslem's decision about retirement apparently doesn't rest with Udonis Haslem.

At least that's the perspective of the veteran power forward, as he prepares to embark on his 17th season with the Miami Heat.

A day after announcing his return to the lone NBA team he has called his own, Haslem said going out a winner remains the ...Read more


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