Lakers can't overcome turnovers in loss to Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS -- This time the Los Angeles Lakers couldn't do enough to overcome their mistakes against the Indiana Pacers.

After leading by 12 points in the first half, the Lakers fell to the Pacers in a double-digit loss that wasn't as close as the final score.

The Pacers beat the Lakers 110-100, handing the Lakers their 39th loss while ...Read more

James Johnson seizes control late as Heat outlast Nuggets 149-141 in 2OT

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MIAMI -- It's as if this is the only way the Miami Heat know how to play.

If it's not close, apparently why bother?

So there they were again, playing to the decisive final ticks, and then another set of decisive final tickets, and then another set of decisive final ticks Monday night against a Denver Nuggets teams playing for its playoff life....Read more

Sixers beat Hornets as Ben Simmons nabs ninth triple-double, Joel Embiid grabs 19 rebounds

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers once again produced in the clutch to nab a victory over a struggling opponent.

They used a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to defeat the Charlotte Hornets, 108-94, Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

It marked the third straight time the Sixers (39-30) used a late run to beat an inferior team. It happened Friday ...Read more

LeBron James notches 16th triple-double as Love's return gives Cavs a lift in win over Bucks

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CLEVELAND -- On Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena, it was hard to tell who was happier -- Kevin Love or Joe Thomas.

In a season of turmoil that saw coach Tyronn Lue step away earlier in the day to deal with long-lingering health issues, the dark sky is brightening when it comes to the Cavaliers' injuries.

Five-time All-Star Love played his ...Read more

Sister Jean, Loyola's 'international celebrity,' adjusts to burgeoning popularity

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On a sunny day between opening-round games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Dallas, Loyola's 98-year-old team chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, planned to go for a simple lunch down the street.

"We couldn't do it -- everybody knows her," said Tom Hitcho, the university's longtime senior associate athletic director for operations,...Read more

As Cavs coach Tyronn Lue steps away, he texts acting coach Larry Drew 'It's your show'

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CLEVELAND -- Larry Drew said he received a text from Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue at 1:30 a.m. Monday that said, " 'It's your show. I need to take a break for a minute.' "

Well aware of the health and sleep deprivation issues Lue has been battling this season, Drew said he answered, " 'Don't you worry about anything else, don't you focus on ...Read more

Spoelstra: 'The pain doesn't go away,' says Heat want to be with Parkland families

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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said spending Sunday at Parkland's rec-league championship games is part of an ongoing effort by the team, as members of the South Florida community, to be there for those most affected by the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and 17 more wounded.

Honoring the memories of ...Read more

Cinderella run is over, but the fun could just be beginning if UMBC keeps Odom

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Florida Gulf Coast, the only No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to reach the Sweet 16, didn't have much of a college basketball history until Andy Enfield showed up and introduced fans everywhere to "Dunk City."

Even after Enfield left following that magical 2012-13 season, FGCU has been a regular for postseason tournaments. UMBC could ...Read more

Bittersweet 16: After dreams of another upset win crumble, UMBC left with memorable morsels

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When the miracle team that was always supposed to lose in the NCAA men's basketball tournament finally did lose Sunday -- two days, one round and who knows how many shredded brackets after UMBC stunned top overall seed Virginia in an historic upset -- the Retrievers retreated to a small locker room inside the Spectrum Center.

Everything about ...Read more

NCAA Tournament winners and losers: TruTV, Sister Jean, Thomas Jefferson and more

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After two rounds, four days, 48 games and one Sister Jean, here are the NCAA Tournament's winners and losers so far.

Winner: Sister Jean

Chicago's treasure has become a national star. Bless her heart.

Loser: Thomas Jefferson

The third U.S. president and principal author of the Declaration of Independence might never have founded the ...Read more

UMBC seeks to trademark '16 over 1,' 'UMBC Retrievers' and 'Retriever Nation'

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is seeking to capitalize on its unprecedented basketball upset by registering trademarks for "UMBC Retrievers," "Retriever Nation" and "16 over 1."

The latter is a reference to UMBC's victory over the University of Virginia on Friday night, marking the first time a 16-seeded team defeated a No. 1 ...Read more

What UNC will look like next season without Joel Berry and Theo Pinson

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Joel Berry and Theo Pinson left North Carolina's locker room after Sunday's loss to Texas A&M.

The UNC seniors were taken to a different room to wait for the postgame press conference.

Starters Kenny Williams, Luke Maye and Cam Johnson were left in the stunned locker room in the Spectrum Center to answer questions about the 86-65 second-round ...Read more

Health issues force Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to step away; Larry Drew takes over

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue announced Monday he will step away indefinitely due to health issues, which include chest pains and problems sleeping.

Associate head coach Larry Drew will take over, starting with Monday night's home game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I think it's probably well overdue," four-time league MVP LeBron James said after ...Read more

Clippers fall two games from playoff spot when Trail Blazers earn 13th win in a row

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LOS ANGELES -- The hill the Los Angeles Clippers keep trying to climb during this injury-ravaged season is getting steeper, game after agonizing game.

They played the 69th game of their regular season Sunday night at Staples Center, losing 122-109 to the Portland Trail Blazers, who extended to 13 the longest winning streak in the NBA.

The ...Read more

West Virginia mauls upstart Marshall behind NBA prospect Carter

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SAN DIEGO -- West Virginia University, the top basketball program in the state, imports most of its players from other states or even countries.

Marshall University relies mostly on West Virginians.

Advantage, West Virginia, which overwhelmed Marshall on Sunday night, 94-71, to advance to the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA Men's ...Read more

Villanova hopes a younger roster can match previous March Madness success

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PITTSBURGH -- The last two Villanova teams that went to the Final Four were veteran teams with exceptional senior leadership -- Dante Cunningham, Shane Clark and Dwayne Anderson in 2009, Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu in 2016.

In an attempt to return to that stage, the Wildcats of 2018 are trying to do so with a younger roster. They have no...Read more

Clemson thrashes Auburn by 31 to reach Sweet 16

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SAN DIEGO -- Clemson guard Gabe DeVoe III canned yet another wide-open 3-point shot in the second half, and as he shuffled back on defense, a huge grin on his bearded face, he curled his fingers and made them into spectacles.

The gesture said that his sights for the basket were dead on.

It said something else, too.

DeVoe and his Tigers ...Read more

Kansas State holds off UMBC to advance to Sweet 16

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kansas State's 50-43 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County will go down in history as the first time a No. 9 seed has defeated a No. 16 seed in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but it will not be remembered as a classic.

There were no style points to be found on Sunday at Spectrum Center -- just survival.

Good thing...Read more

Timberwolves make it a game with Rockets, but no more

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Before Sunday's game with the Rockets at Target Center, Timbewolves guard Jimmy Butler talked anxiously about his return, certain his team would be in the playoff mix when he returned -- either near the end of the regular season or for the playoffs.

We'll see.

Down 25 points 2 minutes into the second half, the Wolves rallied to ...Read more

Wolves' Jimmy Butler antsy to return from injured right knee

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Talking for the first time since his Feb. 25 surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee, Timberwolves All-Star guard Jimmy Butler sounded like a man aiming for a return before the regular season ends.

Butler talked about how hard it is to not be playing, having to watch the Wolves from the sidelines. He said he's feeling good and is ramping ...Read more