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Howard helps Hornets coast past Nets, 111-96

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The week-long break from games for All-Star Weekend sure looked refreshing for Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard.

Howard, acquired in a June trade with the Atlanta Hawks, had 15 points and a season-high 24 rebounds (two short of matching his career high) in a 111-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Spectrum Center. The ...Read more

Will Michael Porter Jr. soon be back for Missouri?

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Will Michael Porter Jr. play again for Missouri this season? We may soon know the answer.

Porter has been fully cleared to resume all basketball activities, Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports reported Thursday, citing an anonymous source.

There was no official announcement from the Mizzou basketball team regarding Porter, the ...Read more

Cuban, Mavericks on a legal hot seat with allegations of workplace harassment

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It took Under Armour less than two months to part ways with a high-profile employee, Terdema Ussery, after a co-worker complained of sexual harassment.

The Dallas Mavericks kept Ussery employed for almost two decades at the highest level despite multiple complaints of his behavior to human resources, according to a Sports Illustrated ...Read more

Big 12 reprimands Bob Huggins for comments on 35-2 free-throw disparity in loss at Kansas

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West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins was reprimanded by the Big 12 Conference on Thursday for comments he made about officiating after the Mountaineers' loss at Kansas last Saturday.

"There are proper channels within the conference structure to handle officiating concerns," Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a release. "Coach Huggins...Read more

For the Clippers and the playoff run, it is going to be tight

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LOS ANGELES--Twenty-six games remain in the Los Angeles Clippers' regular season and coach Doc Rivers has already calculated how many he thinks his team needs to win in order to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.

"I think we've got to win 25 of them," Rivers said, smiling.

He was joking while also driving home a point. The West is so...Read more

Win, win, win means Bruins would likely get in

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SALT LAKE CITY -- UCLA could obsess over team sheets and quadrants as it tries to strengthen its case for NCAA tournament inclusion, or it could take the approach preferred by freshman forward Kris Wilkes.

"If we win all our games," Wilkes said, "then we'll definitely be in there."

That's true, but some of those wins might be more valuable ...Read more

Career highs by Shaquille Morris and Conner Frankamp power Wichita State past Tulane

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Down one of its top scoring options, No. 13 Wichita State had to rely on others to defeat Tulane, 93-86, on Wednesday at Koch Arena.

Shaquille Morris tied his career high of 24 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, as WSU improved to 22-5 and 12-3 in the American Athletic Conference without the services of leading ...Read more

No. 5 Duke cruises past Louisville at home; picks up fourth win without Bagley

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Even with Duke's best scorer on the bench, Louisville had no real answers on how to stop the Blue Devils.

Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III missed his fourth consecutive game with a "mild knee sprain." And for the fourth time, Duke won again in convincing fashion at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Senior guard Grayson Allen knocked down ...Read more

Villanova rolls to 93-62 win over DePaul in Phil Booth's return

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PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova welcomed back Phil Booth to the court Wednesday night after a four-week absence and the redshirt junior guard seamlessly moved back into the lineup as if he had been gone for four days.

The third-ranked Wildcats raced out to an 18-point first-half lead and were never threatened after that in a 93-62 victory over DePaul...Read more

Michigan basketball holds off Penn State for key Big Ten road win, 72-63

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Michigan ran into a Penn State team Wednesday night that was playing as well as it has during Patrick Chambers' seven years as head coach.

The Wolverines didn't care. They won anyway.

No. 16 Michigan got 19 points from Duncan Robinson and 18 from Moritz Wagner, clawing its way to a scrappy 72-63 win at Penn State.

The ...Read more

Berry, Pinson lead UNC past Syracuse, 78-74

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse kept coming back. Joel Berry kept coming up with answers.

Berry's steal and layup with 1:36 left helped No. 10 North Carolina escape with a 78-74 win at Syracuse on Wednesday night.

It's the sixth straight win for UNC (22-7, 11-5 ACC) since a three-game losing streak at the end of January and the Tar Heels' sixth ...Read more

Heat to wear 'MSD' uniform patches in memory of Stoneman Douglas victims; Wade speaks out for change

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat are the latest South Florida professional sports team to wear a uniform element in memory of those slain in last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 dead.

The Heat plan to add an "MSD" patch on the shoulder area of their jerseys for the balance of the season. The hope is to ...Read more

NBA will return to Seattle, and so will Durant, in Kings-Warriors preseason game, sources say

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The Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors have scheduled a preseason game next season in Seattle, according to multiple league sources.

The Oct. 6 meeting between Northern California teams will be the first NBA game in the Key Arena since the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City after the 2007-08 season and became the Thunder.

The surprising ...Read more

Cavs' James opposes changing NBA playoff format to top 16 teams, regardless of conference

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Changing the NBA playoff qualifiers to the 16 teams with the best records instead of the top eight in each conference has been seriously discussed at the league office over the last few years, Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night.

But Cavaliers star LeBron James disagrees with that suggestion and said he believes ...Read more

Rick Pitino urges Louisville to take NCAA to court to keep title banner flying

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Former Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino urged the university Wednesday to fight the "unjust" NCAA ruling that vacated the Cardinals' 2013 national title.

"To say I'm disappointed with the NCAA appeals ruling would be a gross understatement," Pitino said in a news conference Wednesday afternoon in New York. "I hope Louisville will ...Read more

How could an NBA investigation punish Mavericks for workplace sexual misconduct?

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The Dallas Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban are in hot water.

On Tuesday night, Sports Illustrated's executive editor Jon Wertheim and reporter Jessica Luther released a months-long feature story on SI.com that alleged a wide-spread workplace culture of sexual harassment.

The report is based on the detailed accounts from more than a half-dozen ...Read more

The NBA didn't take too kindly to Mark Cuban's tanking comments

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It hasn't been a good couple of days for Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Cuban was fined $600,000 by the NBA for comments he made on Julius Erving's podcast over the weekend. On the podcast Cuban said it would benefit the Mavs to lose games the rest of the season (to improve their draft position). It's a fact that everyone knows about the ...Read more

Kentucky weathers early storm on way to victory at Arkansas

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The strides Kentucky insisted had been made during the recent losing streak became obvious Tuesday night.

UK's 87-72 victory over Arkansas looked like giant steps of progress.

With a pep band addicted to the William Tell Overture and a sellout crowd urging the home team on, Kentucky had plenty to overcome.

The situation ...Read more

Bruins take a holiday when star guard is on the bench

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LOS ANGELES--In the time it takes to complete an eight-clap, UCLA went from rollicking to reeling in the second half Saturday.

One minute the Bruins had Pauley Pavilion roaring amid a series of layups and three-point shots that pushed their lead into double digits, the next they were trailing after surrendering a massive Oregon run.

It didn't ...Read more

Hornets' Malik Monk misses most of practice after Sunday car accident

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk missed a portion of Tuesday's practice, while being examined following a car accident in Arkansas over All-Star break.

Monk suffered from upper-body soreness when he arrived for Tuesday's late-afternoon practice, so a team doctor checked him out. Monk returned to practice at Spectrum Center...Read more