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Zvonimir Ivisic is the first former Kentucky player to follow John Calipari to Arkansas

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Zvonimir Ivisic is the first Kentucky basketball player to follow former UK head coach John Calipari to Arkansas.

On Monday night, Ivisic committed to Calipari and the Razorbacks out of the NCAA transfer portal. Ivisic, a 7-foot-2 player from Croatia, entered his name into the portal Saturday, one day before Kentucky formally introduced new ...Read more

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Indiana Fever select Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark with No. 1 pick in WNBA Draft

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The No. 1 overall selection in this year’s WNBA Draft was never in doubt. On Monday night, it became official.

The Indiana Fever selected sharp-shooting Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark with the first pick in Monday night’s draft at Brooklyn Academy of Music a little over a week after Clark’s record-setting collegiate career ended with a ...Read more

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Former Kentucky basketball player Aaron Bradshaw transferring to a Big Ten school

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Former five-star Kentucky men’s basketball recruit Aaron Bradshaw has a new college home after spending one season in Lexington.

On Monday afternoon, Bradshaw — who averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season at Kentucky — committed to play at Ohio State for Buckeyes head coach Jake Diebler.

Bradshaw committed to the ...Read more

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Nick Nurse 'hopeful' Joel Embiid will suit up for Play-In Tournament matchup against Miami Heat

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PHILADELPHIA — Nick Nurse shied away from saying it was definitive. Instead, he uttered the word hopeful.

The 76ers coach said he’s hopeful Joel Embiid will play against the Miami Heat in Wednesday’s NBA Play-In Tournament.

“Yeah, hopefully,” he said. “Not sure on anybody, but I’m hopeful.”

After Embiid tweaked his left knee ...Read more

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Boban Marjanovic wanted Clippers fans to 'eat mor chikin' for free, so he missed foul shot

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No Kawhi Leonard.

No Paul George.

No James Harden.

No way of helping or hurting their playoff status.

Already locked into the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, the Clippers gave their stars the day off during the regular-season finale against the Houston Rockets on Sunday at Crypto.com Arena.

But a former Clipper gave the fans ...Read more

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Kentucky's starting point guard is in the transfer portal. All options are on the table

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As expected, D.J. Wagner is likely to be a one-and-done player at the University of Kentucky.

Wagner — the Wildcats’ starting point guard during the 2023-24 season — jumped into the transfer portal Monday morning, less than 24 hours after Mark Pope was introduced as UK’s new men’s basketball coach and nearly a week removed from John ...Read more

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The OG Anunoby-Precious Achiuwa combo is the Knicks' secret playoff weapon

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NEW YORK — DeMar DeRozan got what he wanted — away from OG Anunoby.

It’s overtime of the regular-season finale at Madison Square Garden — a game with zero implications for a Play-In Tournament-bound Chicago Bulls team and direct consequences for the East’s No. 2-seeded Knicks — and DeRozan, the NBA’s reigning Mr. Clutch, has the ...Read more

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Kings meet little resistance in win over Blazers, but path to playoffs won't be so easy

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Kings didn’t encounter much resistance in their regular-season finale against the injury depleted Portland Trail Blazers, but their path to the playoffs won’t be so easy.

De’Aaron Fox scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting to lead the Kings to a 121-82 victory over the Blazers on Sunday before a sellout crowd at ...Read more

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LeBron James' triple-double helps Lakers secure eighth place for play-in game

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NEW ORLEANS — Your eyes would tell you quickly.

The Lakers, at their very best this season, have received the kind of all-around dominance from L eBron James that made him the best player in the league — a surefire ticket to the end when winning mattered most.

But with 39 years on his bones and 21 seasons worth of mileage on his legs, ...Read more

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Pistons stagger to finish line, routed by Spurs in regular-season finale

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To close their worst season in franchise history, the Detroit Pistons turned in a performance so forgettable that it might actually be hard to forget.

One game after their biggest margin of victory this year — and against a Spurs team that was tied for the worst record in the West and playing without Rookie of the Year front-runner Victor ...Read more

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Warriors take care of Jazz in finale, brace for tough postseason path

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors sat both Steph Curry and Draymond Green, and still beat the lottery-bound Utah Jazz.

Klay Thompson dropped 19 in the first half and 25 in 20 minutes overall. The Warriors limited his and the other veterans’ minutes and let their deep bench ride in the second half.

No one in the Warriors’ playoff rotation ...Read more

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Clippers prepare for playoffs by resting starters in loss to Rockets

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LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard sat on the Clippers bench Sunday once again dressed in a sweatsuit, right next to Paul George, who was next to James Harden, the team’s three stars not playing in the final regular-season game before the team begins the playoffs.

The big mystery surrounds Leonard and his status for the Clippers’ first-round ...Read more

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Nuggets win to get No. 2 seed in West, face winner of Pelicans-Lakers in Round 1 of playoffs

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — As he so often does, Michael Malone captured the feeling of the entire Nuggets fanbase.

“I’m kind of all over the place right now,” he said at noon MT, while countless fans were surely talking themselves through all the NBA playoff scenarios one last time before Game 82.

Malone was acutely aware of the most likely ...Read more

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Timberwolves blown out by Suns 125-106 in season finale, will play Phoenix again in first round of NBA playoffs

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MINNEAPOLIS — The worst-case scenario played out for the Timberwolves on Sunday.

Entering a day when they could have moved up to the No. 1 seed with some help, or guaranteed at least the No. 2 seed with a victory, the Wolves fell to the Suns 125-106 to end the regular season, dropping to the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.

To make ...Read more

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Heat closes regular-season with win over Raptors, with play-in matchup vs. 76ers up next

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MIAMI — The Miami Heat needed a win and some help on the final day of the regular season to avoid the NBA’s play-in tournament.

The Heat got the win, cruising to a 118-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors (25-57) on Sunday afternoon at Kaseya Center to close the regular season at 46-36.

But the Heat didn’t get the help it needed, as the ...Read more

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Knicks secure East's No. 2 seed with overtime win over Bulls

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NEW YORK — What better way to end the regular season than to treat the season finale like Game 7 of a playoff series?

While all other Eastern Conference games on the last day of the calendar resulted in blowout decisions, a Chicago Bulls team with nothing to gain and a Knicks team with something to lose needed an extra period to settle the ...Read more

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Hawks fall to Pacers in final regular-season game

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INDIANAPOLIS — There’s something about the Pacers that the Hawks just can’t shake this season. In the final game of the regular season, the Hawks fell to the Pacers 157-115 on Sunday afternoon at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Here are five observations.

1. The Pacers just had the Hawks scrambling, with Myles Turner and Pascal Siakam stretching ...Read more

Sixers top Nets in regular-season finale, will next face Miami Heat in play-in tournament

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PHILADELPHIA — Paul Reed launched the deep pass to Buddy Hield, who easily laid in the ball to put the 76ers up by 25 points.

The Sixers did their job Sunday, topping the Brooklyn Nets, 107-86, in their regular-season finale Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center to take an eight-game winning streak into the postseason.

But they did not ...Read more

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Payton Pritchard has another career performance as Celtics finish regular season with 64 wins

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BOSTON — After Friday’s win over the Hornets, in which Payton Pritchard set a career-high 31 points in three quarters before sitting on the bench for the final quarter, he was asked if he wanted to stay in to add to his tally. The Celtics guard said no.

“I think eventually in my career, I’ll get another opportunity and I’ll pass it ...Read more

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Magic clinch No. 5 seed in NBA playoffs with win vs. Bucks

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ORLANDO, Fla. — From the end of last season and all through training camp, the Magic made it clear what their goal was entering this year.

Orlando had its sights set on the playoffs.

Not the play-in that Jamahl Mosley‘s squad just missed out on last season.

The playoffs.

The Magic accomplished their goal Sunday by capturing a 113-88 ...Read more