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Clippers take control in second half to beat Thunder without Paul George

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LOS ANGELES — The image that returned Wednesday from the scan of Paul George’s injured right knee provided about as good of news as the Los Angeles Clippers could have hoped: George’s awkward land Tuesday after grabbing a rebound did not damage any ligaments – and the All-Star forward is not expected to need surgery, either.

What isn’...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: UCLA goes from brilliant to broke as history cruelly repeats itself vs. Gonzaga

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LAS VEGAS — Not again. Not again. Not again.

Two years later, another deep Gonzaga shot.

Two years later, another desperate UCLA stare.

Two years later, another dagger.

This can’t keep happening, can it? Gonzaga can’t keep beating UCLA in the final seconds of an NCAA tournament game with a swish out of nowhere, can it?

Believe it. ...Read more

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Jubilation turns into heartbreak as UCLA loses to Gonzaga again in NCAA tournament

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LAS VEGAS — From on top of the college basketball world to deflated, momentarily back on top only to be heartbroken once more.

There couldn’t have been a bigger swing of emotions than UCLA experienced Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena against a most aggravating antagonist.

The Bruins lost a 13-point lead to Gonzaga early in the second half...Read more

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FAU get upset win over Tennessee to advance to Elite Eight

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NEW YORK -- When facing the physicality of fourth-seeded Tennessee, a team needs to just hang in and fight through a war of attrition to give itself a chance.

Ninth-seeded Florida Atlantic played that role to near-perfection on Thursday night in a Sweet 16 matchup at Madison Square Garden, beating the Vols, 62-55.

The Owls (34-3) face third-...Read more

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Magic beat Knicks as rotation alterations continue to take shape

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ORLANDO, Fla. — As a two-way player for the Orlando Magic, Kevon Harris more than understands the importance of staying ready.

It’s why he’s fit in the rotation seamlessly in the previous few games in place of Jalen Suggs, who wasn’t available for Thursday’s 111-106 home win over the New York Knicks Knicks because of a concussion.

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Kansas State's Markquis Nowell channels Patrick Mahomes, and the Chiefs QB was impressed

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Nearly nine weeks ago, Chiefs fans held their breath when quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered an ankle injury in a postseason game.

Kansas State men’s basketball fans were in the same boat Thursday night during the Wildcats’ Sweet 16 game against Michigan State.

Wildcats guard Markquis Nowell rolled his ankle during the second half and ...Read more

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LeBron James begins on-court activity as he recovers from foot injury

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LOS ANGELES — LeBron James' recovery from a foot injury has continued to progress, the latest update saying he has begun on-court activity.

The Lakers star and league’s all-time leading scorer hasn’t played since Feb. 26 when he injured his right foot in the second half of the Lakers’ eventual win over Dallas. James hit the floor and ...Read more

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Nets lose 5th in a row, blow 10-point lead late vs. Cavs

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NEW YORK — Every fan in attendance at Barclays Center rose to their feet for the most pivotal possession in Thursday’s encore matchup between the Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers: Game on the line, single-possession game, who takes the last shot?

This time it was Spencer Dinwiddie, who sized up his man with a flurry of crossovers before driving...Read more

Michigan State falls to Kansas State in NCAA Tournament OT thriller

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NEW YORK — It was an NCAA Tournament game for the ages, but for Michigan State, it will simply be remembered as a bitter defeat.

The Spartans’ offense came to life on Thursday night, but defensive breakdowns and some huge shots from Kansas State ended the Spartans’ NCAA Tournament run at Madison Square Garden as Wildcats guard Markquis ...Read more

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Three takeaways from Kansas State's overtime win against Michigan State in Sweet 16

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NEW YORK — Nothing, it seems, can stop Markquis Nowell from leading the Kansas State men’s basketball team to greatness in this NCAA Tournament.

Not even an injury to his right ankle slowed him down during a 98-93 overtime victory over Michigan State in a Sweet 16 game on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

Nowell had his third straight ...Read more

UConn cashes ticket to Elite Eight, dominates Arkansas, 88-65

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LAS VEGAS — Forget the casinos, the UConn men’s basketball team won big at T-Mobile Arena and cashed its ticket to the Elite Eight with an 88-65 win over eighth-seeded Arkansas in the West Regional semifinal Thursday night.

It will be the 12th Elite Eight appearance for the Huskies, who will take on the winner of Thursday’s second game ...Read more

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Jacque Vaughn: Ben Simmons limited to individual practice, 'hasn't scripted' with first or second group

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NEW YORK — Embattled Nets star Ben Simmons has been limited to individual on-court work in practice as he battles a combination of left knee and back soreness that has sidelined him since the NBA All-Star break.

Simmons missed his 15th straight game due to what the team has deemed left knee/back soreness, watching from the sidelines during ...Read more

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Tom Brady acquires ownership stake in Las Vegas Aces

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NFL great Tom Brady ended up in Las Vegas after all, but not as a member of the Raiders.

Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion who retired after last season, acquired ownership interest in the reigning WNBA champion Las Vegas Aces, the team announced Thursday.

The interest in the team was sparked when Brady sat courtside at an Aces game in ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Can the bully handle being bullied? Aztecs rare underdog vs. No. 1 Alabama.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This amounts to unfamiliar territory for San Diego State's basketball team, the whole underdog thing. The No. 18 Aztecs are used to being the pursed, rather than the pursuer.

Not this time.

Not on Friday against No. 1 overall seed Alabama during the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament at the KFC Yum! Center. The roles switch ...Read more

Knicks legend Willis Reed spent summers at Rucker Park during pro career

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NEW YORK — In a different era of basketball — far away from the carefully-edited offseason workouts on Instagram — members of the New York Knicks spent their summers at the playground.

And that included The Captain.

Willis Reed, the Knicks legend who died Tuesday at 80, was a frequenter of Rucker Park, the famed streetball court in ...Read more

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Mark Story: For Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe, decision on what to do next is complicated

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It seems likely that Oscar Tshiebwe has played his final game for the Kentucky Wildcats.

When speaking with reporters Sunday in a subdued UK locker room after the Cats fell to Kansas State 75-69 in the NCAA Tournament round of 32, Tshiebwe often used past tense when referring to his college career.

“My dream was to do something great,” ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Miami has 2 shots at elusive 1st national championship in basketball

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MIAMI — It is bound to happen someday ... right? Might that time finally be at hand?

College basketball’s NCAA Tournament feeds the March Madness mystique with the idea Cinderella is real and David’s slingshot is, too. This is where anything can happen. Where a lowly 16th-seeded team can shock the world by (albeit very occasionally) ...Read more

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Sky's Elizabeth Williams joins earthquake relief effort with her Turkish club: 'Everybody knew somebody'

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CHICAGO — When Chicago Sky forward Elizabeth Williams returned in February to her offseason club, CBK Mersin, she was met with devastation.

Williams was in the process of moving from Washington to Chicago when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the border between Turkey and Syria, where millions of displaced Syrian refugees had fled from one ...Read more

Dieter Kurtenbach: Jonathan Kuminga has arrived, and perhaps the Warriors have, too

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The Warriors have been begging for anyone to step up for these the last few weeks of the season.

The Dubs’ big three — Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green — needed reinforcement. The team, as a whole, needed a push.

And just in time, someone has come through.

Jonathan Kuminga has flashed his prodigious talent before this past...Read more

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Chip Scoggins: Karl-Anthony Towns returns and the only drama was on the court

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MINNEAPOLIS — He didn't ride into Target Center on a white horse Wednesday night, though Karl-Anthony Towns' introduction with the starting lineup carried a theatrical flair befitting his loooooooong-awaited return.

The ending was even more dramatic.

With the game on the line, Timberwolves coach Chris Finch put the ball in the hands of a guy...Read more