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No Zion Williamson, no worries? UK enters mix for another top recruit for next season

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Following Zion Williamson's commitment to Duke on Saturday night, UK found itself in the rare spot of having no scholarship offers to unpledged players in the senior class.

The Wildcats might have already been quietly zeroing in on their next target.

ESPN basketball analyst Jeff Borzello noted in his Insider post Monday morning that Kentucky ...Read more

UNC and Nike headed for another contract but don't expect Ohio State or Texas-type money

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The University of North Carolina is closing in on a contract extension with Nike, athletic director Bubba Cunningham said on Monday, and it is expected to be finalized next month.

The contract extension with the Oregon sneaker giant, which has been UNC's primary sneaker/uniform/apparel partner since 1994, will likely be another 10-year deal, ...Read more

Heat's Dion Waiters says he has surgery set for Monday

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Heat guard Dion Waiters spent the evening Sunday watching his beloved hometown Philadelphia Eagles roll to the NFC Championship -- and apparently preparing for ankle surgery on Monday.

Waiters shared the news on his Instagram account.

"I get surgery tomorrow," Waiters wrote under a photo of someone else dressed in Eagles paraphernalia with ...Read more

Steve Kerr cites securing home-court advantage as “probably the number-one goal”

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- As they have navigated a regular-season fighting complacency, ailments and every opponent's best effort, the Warriors have centered in on something that could help them feel motivated in games that do not take place in April, May and June.

When the Warriors (37-10) play the New York Knicks (21-25) on Tuesday at Oracle Center ...Read more

Heat's Justise Winslow provides assist to pair of families in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey

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Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow always dreamed of becoming an NBA player.

Aside from the jumpshots and rebounds, however, he also envisioned being able to use his platform to help others. On Sunday, he participated in an event that was just as rewarding as the day he was drafted in the summer of 2015.

Winslow met with two Houston families ...Read more

Aly Raisman's mom rips into Michigan State coach Tom Izzo: 'Are you a moron?'

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The mother of Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman ripped into Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo on Twitter for his comments about the sexual abuse of gymnasts by Larry Nassar, who was employed by the university.

Answering reporters' questions about the case on Friday, Izzo said it had been a "difficult week for me" and he hoped "the right person...Read more

Michigan polishes off rugged stretch with a win over Rutgers

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In any season, there are stretches on the schedule where truth starts pushing through.

Michigan just had one.

With the Big Ten now rotating Fox into its college basketball television partnership, the league schedule has been a bit different this season. Teams are playing on Mondays and Friday. And, at times, they're doing ...Read more

Hot-shooting Miami ends NC State's home court streak in ACC play

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- N.C. State pushed another ranked foe on its home court before finally coming up short on Sunday.

No. 25 Miami shot 3-pointers better than it has in any ACC game and got 15 points from reserve center Ebuka Izundu to beat the Wolfpack 86-81 at PNC Arena.

N.C. State (13-7, 3-4 ACC), having defeated Duke and Clemson at home this ...Read more

Early hole too deep for L.A. against Jazz

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SALT LAKE CITY -- For so much of Saturday night's game, the Los Angeles Clippers were a listless and defensively challenged group.

It wasn't until the Clippers dropped into a 25-point hole in the third quarter did they seem to summon the energy to compete with the Utah Jazz.

But like it often happens when teams attempt to comeback, the ...Read more

Half-good is not quite good enough for Bruins

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EUGENE, Ore. -- The rivalry that once generated a Lonzo Ball step-back 30-footer and a Dillon Brooks buzzer-beater produced something almost as compelling Saturday night.

Oregon appeared to be on the way to administering a smackdown of UCLA at Matthew Knight Arena when the Bruins delivered their own powerful counterpunch.

UCLA nearly came all ...Read more

Splash Brothers struggle in Warriors' 116-108 loss to Rockets

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HOUSTON -- Through defensive lapses, turnovers and missed shots, the Warriors usually have relied on a dynamic duo to make everything OK.

They are considered the best shooting backcourt in NBA history. They are often referenced as the "Splash Brothers." And they are otherwise known as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

For one night, though, the...Read more

Short-handed Timberwolves, Andrew Wiggins rise to the challenge and beat Raptors

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The news came down about an hour before game time. No Jimmy Butler Saturday night. No Jamal Crawford.

No problem.

Without Butler and Crawford, with center Karl-Anthony Towns limited by foul trouble to zero points and one rebound in the first half, the Wolves beat the Toronto Raptors, 115-109. The Wolves trailed by 11 in the ...Read more

Kentucky can't close out Florida, loses 66-64

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In a season of inconsistency, one constant continued Saturday night: Kentucky again showed its age (or lack thereof).

Florida outplayed UK down the stretch to win, 66-64.

With another in what figures to be a long season of games undecided down the stretch, Kentucky scored only two baskets in the final 5:37. And one of those ...Read more

Embiid leads Sixers to 116-94 win against Bucks

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers needed an All-Star performance on Saturday and that's what they got from Joel Embiid.

With 29 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, and one steal, Embiid lifted the Sixers to a 116-94 victory over Milwaukee in his first home appearance since adding "All-Star starter" to his resume.

Short-handed, the Sixers had to put up ...Read more

Heat storm back in Dragic absence for 106-105 victory vs. Hornets

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- How in the ... ?

It doesn't really matter.

The only thing that mattered Saturday night was Kelly Olynyk hit a foul shot with two-tenths of a second to play at the Spectrum Center and the Miami Heat somehow recovered from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 106-105 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

While playing minus ...Read more

Zion Williamson spurns in-state schools, commits to Duke

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The rich continue to get richer.

Spartanburg Day star and national sensation Zion Williamson chose Duke on Saturday night during a ceremony in his school's gym. The decision was broadcast on ESPN2.

Williamson, who is known for his high-flying dunks, was also considering in-state schools Clemson and South Carolina before ...Read more

Kansas holds off Baylor for 70-67 victory

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- First-place Kansas won its fifth straight Big 12 basketball game on Saturday, the same day it lost freshman McDonald's All-American Billy Preston to a pro league in Bosnia.

The Jayhawks bested Baylor, 70-67, and improved to 15-0 all-time versus Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse. On the season, KU improved to 16-3 overall and 6-1 in ...Read more

Kansas State outlasts TCU, beats another ranked team at Bramlage Coliseum

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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State honored its basketball past with lavender uniforms, throwback logos and a 73-68 victory over TCU on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum that will boost its NCAA Tournament hopes.

It's been a successful week for the Wildcats.

On Tuesday, they knocked off Trae Young and No. 4 Oklahoma. On Saturday, they continued their ...Read more

Cavs allow franchise-tying final score in 148-124 loss to Thunder

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CLEVELAND -- It was supposed to be a celebration of the greatest player in Cavaliers history, a coronation of LeBron James as the seventh member of the NBA's 30,000-point club.

But like nearly everything during a rocky, rollercoaster season for the Cavaliers, it did not work out according to plan Saturday afternoon against the Oklahoma City ...Read more

Tennessee withstands South Carolina's upset bid

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The script came with the same setting, a similar opponent and some familiar leading men.

Colonial Life Arena turned into a madhouse once again Saturday, 18,000-strong trying to will South Carolina to a second straight win over a Top 25 opponent.

But No. 21 Tennessee, learning from Kentucky's faults four days earlier, wasn't ...Read more

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