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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- Run of bad luck dooms Lakers against Rockets
- Williamson, Barrett help Duke hand Virginia its first loss
- Kansas State continues Big 12 winning streak with 65-55 victory over TCU
- Pistons fall to Kings, 103-101, on Buddy Hield's buzzer-beater
- Wisconsin springs upset, deals No. 2 Michigan first loss of season
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