UConn self-imposes sanctions on men's basketball team, including one fewer scholarship, following NCAA investigation

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- UConn is self-imposing sanctions on its men's basketball program, including the loss of one scholarship for next season, in response to the NCAA allegations released in October.

The sanctions, announced Friday afternoon, have been expected for several months. Former coach Kevin Ollie was charged with unethical conduct, a ...Read more

Rajon Rondo cleared for full contact practices with Lakers

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The Lakers medical staff has cleared Rajon Rondo to participate in full-contact practices as he recovers from hand surgery last month.

The team does not have an official practice scheduled for Friday in Houston, and will play the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Rondo tore a ligament in his right ring finger on Dec. 25 in Oakland and had surgery ...Read more

Dwyane Wade, playing final game in Detroit, looks back on playoff battles vs. Pistons

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BIRMINGHAM, Mich. -- Before Dwyane Wade could become an NBA champion, he had to get through the rough and tough Detroit Pistons of the past decade.

As the Miami Heat's retiring 16-year guard is making his final visit to Detroit, he reminisces on the back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals in 2005 and 2006, the second and third seasons of Wade's ...Read more

Kansas wary of last-place West Virginia: 'They hit a little speed bump'

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Kansas junior forward Mitch Lightfoot plans on bringing an extra piece of protective equipment to Saturday's Big 12 battle against West Virginia: That is, a mouth guard.

"Definitely. I'm not going to let that happen again. Mom was pretty (upset) about that one," the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Lightfoot said with a smile, referring to his getting hit ...Read more

Zu keeper: Young center plays key role in Lakers' big win over Thunder

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- When the stakes were at their highest, the young Los Angeles Lakers excelled and the veteran-laden Thunder crumbled.

The Lakers (25-21) beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (26-18), 138-128, in overtime, notching what is easily their most impressive win without LeBron James.

"Really proud of the way our guys just fought and fought ...Read more

Bulls' 135-105 loss to Nuggets is their 9th straight overall and 12th consecutive in Denver

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DENVER -- Kris Dunn didn't need a team film session to know he played poorly his last game.

But that's when the guard, who has said becoming a more vocal leader is on his to-do list, decided to acknowledge his poor play, which bothered him spiritually more than statistically. So Dunn said something to his teammates, trying to show ...Read more

Winston and Ward power Michigan State past Nebraska, 70-64

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Cassius Winston let it fly from deep behind the arc, nearly standing on the sideline next to coach Tom Izzo.


Winston and Nick Ward provided the offensive punch, and No. 6 Michigan State's defense did the rest en route to a 70-64 road victory over Nebraska on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Spartans stifled ...Read more

Walker, bench fuel Hornets' 114-95 win over Kings

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Since the Charlotte Hornets play very few home games in January, Thursday felt important. The Hornets treated it that way.

Playing at Spectrum Center for the first time in seven games, the Hornets made up a 13-point first-quarter deficit and controlled the Sacramento Kings the rest of the way en route to a 114-95 victory.

It...Read more

Sixers beat Pacers behind Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid

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INDIANAPOLIS -- This was a solid way to open a tough stretch.

The 76ers got a confidence-building 120-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The victory improved them to 30-16 and put them a half-game behind the Pacers (29-15) for third place in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers have also won two ...Read more

Kentucky's next challenge? A point guard who 'makes everything go'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After a star turn at Georgia that figures to find a place in Kentucky basketball lore, Ashton Hagans made a telling comment.

"I'm getting comfortable," he said Tuesday night. "But I've got to keep it going."

Kentucky probably needs Hagans to keep it going, if not improve upon his celebrated performances of late.

It does not ...Read more

Dion Waiters fined by Heat for expletive-laced rant

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BIRMINGHAM, Mich. -- The Miami Heat fined guard Dion Waiters for conduct detrimental to the team Thursday, following his explosive comments about his lack of playing time after Tuesday's 124-86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

"Obviously, it's not acceptable behavior, particularly coming off the type of disappointing loss we had the other night," ...Read more

Inspiring guard Jaylen Fisher done with TCU due to injury

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Once the highest ranked recruit to ever sign with TCU, and one of the program's most inspiring stories, Jaylen Fisher's playing career in Fort Worth is over, sources said.

The school has issued a press release confirming this report.

The junior point guard from Memphis, whose story of being born with Albinism has ...Read more

April's Final Four will cost US Bank Stadium millions more than Super Bowl

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The upcoming NCAA men's basketball Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium will cost the public millions more than the Super Bowl did last year.

After reimbursements, the cost of the Final Four to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) -- the public body that oversees the stadium budget on behalf of taxpayers -- is estimated at $10 million, ...Read more

Silvio De Sousa's attorney asks NCAA for immediate reinstatement

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Silvio De Sousa's attorney on Thursday asked the NCAA to reinstate the University of Kansas sophomore forward immediately.

Sources have confirmed to The Star that KU declared the sophomore forward ineligible this week, formally acknowledging that a violation took place, and submitted a request to the NCAA for reinstatement.

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Clippers lose fourth in row after falling to Jazz

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LOS ANGELES -- When Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers worries about an upcoming matchup, his mind tends to return to the same question.

Will his team be able to rebound?

The concern took on a big-picture meaning following Wednesday's 129-109 loss to Utah that was the Clippers' fourth consecutive and matches their longest losing streak this...Read more

Warriors tie record for most 3-pointers in win over Pelicans

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors finished with a 147-140 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday and tied a franchise-record for most 3-pointers in a game (24-of-49). That helped the Warriors overcome a 17-point deficit on the second night of a road-to-home back-to-back.

Stephen Curry scored 41 points, while shooting 11-...Read more

Sleep study has become as much a part of the NBA as analytics

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Almost casually, Robin Lopez boasted.

"I possess the unique ability to slip into a coma at any moment's notice," the Bulls center said.

What a tranquil talent. What a placid power.

The Bulls will conclude a five-game, 11-day trip Thursday in Denver. They're back on Mountain time after two separate jaunts to the Pacific time zone.

Their days ...Read more

Pistons survive Magic in overtime, 120-115

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DETROIT -- Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey stopped short of calling Wednesday night's game against the Orlando Magic a must-win.

The Magic are the first opponent of a three-game homestand against teams fighting to remain in playoff contention -- just like the Pistons.

It took a half, but the Pistons responded.

Blake Griffin scored 30 points...Read more

Behind Brown and Wade, Kansas State knocks off Oklahoma, 74-61

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Now might be a good time to jump back on Kansas State's basketball bandwagon.

The Wildcats have erased an ugly start to conference play by winning back-to-back road games in some of the league's toughest environments.

The latest victory came over Oklahoma, 74-61, on Wednesday at Lloyd Noble Center. The No. 20 Sooners were ...Read more

Wendell Carter Jr.'s thumb injury isn't as serious as first feared

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An emotional roller coaster of a day concluded with some good news on the injury front for the Bulls.

After initial concerns that Wendell Carter Jr. either broke a bone or tore a ligament in his left thumb during Tuesday's loss to the Lakers, an MRI exam on Wednesday revealed that the ligament remained stable and largely intact, per a source.

...Read more


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