Storm celebrate their 25th anniversary by knocking off Sun

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SEATTLE — On a day when the Seattle Storm and Connecticut Sun combined for three, three-pointers through three quarters, Skylar Diggins-Smith's long-range bomb late in the fourth felt like an early knockout.

However, there was still about three minutes left and Seattle has a history of falling short against Connecticut, which had won six ...Read more

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Angel Reese powers Sky in first win over Caitlin Clark and the Fever this season

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CHICAGO — Within minutes of tipoff in any game between the Chicago Sky and the Indiana Fever, one thing becomes obvious.

These teams don’t really like each other. And the ripple of rivalry that’s spreading across the 181 miles separating Indianapolis and Chicago is a driving force for the next wave of success in the WNBA.

It was clear to...Read more

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With sophomores stepping up, newcomers adapting, UConn men's basketball looking forward to new year

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Dan Hurley spoke to his underclassmen through the media on several occasions during the 2023-24 national championship season, getting the re-recruitment process started before any opportunity in the portal could enter their minds. His staff reached out to families and met with the players during the season, letting them know ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Daryl Morey dodges the Paul George bullet -- aka James Harden 2.0. Sixers must be conservative.

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PHILADELPHIA — Darryl Morey isn't perfect, but he's not desperate, either. Despite Joel Embiid's best effort at tampering to recruit Paul George at Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Philadelphia Sixers fans should rejoice.

Morey has made some missteps since taking the reins in 2020, but his finest actions have been moments of inaction. There have ...Read more

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Udonis Haslem takes exception to 'Heat hate,' says Heat remains biggest East threat to Celtics

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MIAMI — As the Celtics held their championship parade in Boston on Friday, the outside conversation has already turned to which Eastern Conference team poses the biggest threat to the Celtics next season.

After needing to qualify for the playoffs through the play-in tournament in each of the last two seasons, the Heat doesn’t seem like the ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Cheryl Reeve at heart of women's sports success in Minnesota

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Brandi Chastain whipping off her shirt in celebration of winning the World Cup? That was a moment.

Caitlin Clark driving interest in women's basketball to new peaks? That is a movement.

Moments and movements — those are the phrases most commonly associated with women's sports.

What do we call it when constant change becomes the norm?

The ...Read more

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Timeline of the NBA and police investigations into Josh Giddey

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The Chicago Bulls could be at the start of a (somewhat) major roster overhaul after trading defensive star Alex Caruso to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Josh Giddey.

The trade created questions about where the front office is headed next. But it also renewed questions about Giddey after the 21-year-old guard spent the majority of ...Read more

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Bob Wojnowski: Gores hoping he finally got it right with Langdon as Pistons leader

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DETROIT — It took a long while, a painful 13 years and counting. But Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores finally saw what others saw, what the whole NBA saw as the Pistons set records for futility.

Gores saw a dysfunctional front office that lacked leadership. He saw nothing like the successful structure of his Platinum Equity business, even as ...Read more

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Lynx beat Mercury 73-60 for sixth victory in a row

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MINNEAPOLIS — When asked about the end of the Minnesota Lynx's June 7 loss at Phoenix, coach Cheryl Reeve was quick to rattle off specifics: The Lynx were up six points with 90 seconds left in the game. A Kahleah Copper buzzer-beating three-pointer clinched the Mercury's comeback, 81-80.

"They're still feeling that [loss], and that's a good ...Read more

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Liberty's Kayla Thornton shines in starting role again with career-high 6 threes in win vs. Sparks

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NEW YORK — “Her name is Kay-Three-La.”

That’s how New York Liberty superstar Breanna Stewart addressed teammate Kayla Thornton after she made a career-high six three-pointers in Saturday’s 98-88 win over the Los Angeles Sparks at Barclays Center.

Thornton, who has been thrust into the starting lineup with Courtney Vandersloot (...Read more

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Can the Chicago Sky earn their first win against rookie star Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever on Sunday?

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The Chicago Sky still haven’t figured out the Indiana Fever.

By the time they reach tipoff Sunday at Wintrust Arena, the teams might be sick of each other. This will be their third matchup in four weeks — and their second in eight days. And after the Fever won the first two meetings, the pressure is on the Sky to return the favor in their ...Read more

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Mike Bianchi: Stan Van Gundy not surprised JJ Redick has gone from Magic player to Lakers coach

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Stan Van Gundy is not at all surprised that his former Orlando Magic guard JJ Redick is the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he said he will be astounded if Redick turns out to be bad for the Lakers.

When Redick played for Stan’s Magic back in the Dwight Howard days, Van Gundy remembers a player who prepared like a coach: who watched ...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Willmott educates Kansas basketball team about Juneteenth

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Wednesday was a momentous day for Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Willmott, whose stirring and significant latest film, “The Heroic True-Life Adventures of Alvin Brooks,” premiered at the Screenland Armour as part of the Juneteenth Film Festival.

The documentary about the 92-year-old civil rights icon who embodies the best ...Read more

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Celtics parade floods the streets of Boston with fans celebrating Banner 18: 'A life dream'

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BOSTON — Celtics fans won’t end this celebration anytime soon — 16 years in the making.

As green and white confetti fell along the 2-mile route from TD Garden to Hynes Convention Center, more than a million fans from near and far packed the streets, showing pride for a team that means so much to them and the city as a whole.

“This is ...Read more

Guard Malik Monk plans to sign new four-year contract with Kings

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Following weeks of uncertainty and trepidation in Sacramento, free-agent guard and fan favorite Malik Monk has reached an agreement to remain with the Kings.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that Monk intends to sign a four-year, $78 million deal that could keep him in Sacramento through the 2027-28 season. ...Read more

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New Pistons president Trajan Langdon warns turnaround won't happen overnight

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DETROIT — Trajan Langdon was surrounded by reminders of how good the Pistons once were and subsequently how far they’ve fallen over the years Friday afternoon during his introductory press conference.

Langdon, Detroit’s new president of basketball operations, had acknowledged as much as he sat to the left of team owner Tom Gores on a ...Read more

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Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu shining as point guard in Courtney Vandersloot's absence

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NEW YORK — Most teams that lose their starting star point guard for two weeks are bound to experience significant drop-off. But not this New York Liberty squad.

But maybe the loss of the super team’s ultimate glue player — Betnijah Laney-Hamilton — against a hungry Los Angeles Sparks squad on Thursday night would finally show signs of a...Read more

Aces make WNBA history again by selling out all home games

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LAS VEGAS — The Aces continue to rewrite the WNBA’s record books.

They became the first team in league history to sell out each of their 20 regular-season home games, the club announced Thursday.

The 2022 and 2023 WNBA champions previously became the first team in league history to sell out its season-ticket memberships in March.

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Andrew Callahan: Celtics' championship parade brings out the best in Boston

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BOSTON — You wanted this?

You wanted Boston?

This town, this team, the fight and fabric stitched in between.

How’d that go for you, Miami?

What about you, Cleveland?

Anything to say now, Indiana or Dallas?

Final score: three wins, sixteen losses and one long Friday morning watching the best team in basketball celebrate with the ...Read more

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Did the Bulls get enough in return for Alex Caruso? Grading the trade for Josh Giddey.

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CHICAGO — It had been nearly 34 months since the Chicago Bulls last made a trade. But this week, the drought finally ended as the front office made what appears to be the first in a series of moves to restructure the roster after another underwhelming season.

Moving Alex Caruso to Oklahoma City in a player-for-player swap for Josh Giddey is a...Read more