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  • NBA Roundup: Andrew Wiggins banks in 3-pointer at buzzer, Timberwolves top Thunder Rick Carlisle, Sean Kilpatrick, Harrison Barnes, Fred Hoiberg, Trey Burke, Meyers Leonard, Joe Harris, Draymond Green, Shabazz Napier, Otto Porter, Quincy Acy, Sheldon McClellan, Bradley Beal, Billy Donovan, Tom Thibodeau, Phil Jackson, Memphis, Tennessee, NBA Southwest Division, NBA Western Conference, NBA Playoffs, NBA basketball, Men's basketball, Sports, Professional basketball, Basketball, Men's sports, Marc Gasol, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA Pacific Division, Zach Randolph, New York, Utah, Florida, Indiana, Miami, Indiana Pacers, NBA Southeast Division, NBA Eastern Conference, NBA Central Division, Mike Conley, National Basketball Association, Athlete injuries, Athlete health, New York City, Los Angeles, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, San Antonio, Paul George, Portland, Kyrie Irving, Cleveland, Toronto, Men's soccer, Soccer, Professional soccer, Houston, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, NBA Atlantic Division, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston, Golden State Warriors, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA Northwest Division, Thabo Sefolosha, MLS Western Conference, Kawhi Leonard, Orlando, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Toronto Raptors, George Hill, Jeremy Lin, Major League Soccer, DeAndre Jordan, Orlando Magic, Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Atlanta Hawks, Jeff Teague, Oscar Robertson, John Wall, Gordon Hayward, Taj Gibson, Klay Thompson, Houston Rockets, Carmelo Anthony, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, Washington Wizards, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, Eric Gordon, Damian Lillard, Gerald Green, J.J. Redick, Goran Dragic, Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas, Tristan Thompson, Ersan Ilyasova, Jordan Crawford, Jimmy Butler, LaMarcus Aldridge, Devin Harris, Jose Juan Barea, Jonas Valanciunas, Wesley Matthews, Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris, Jose Calderon, Brooklyn Nets, Ish Smith, Shelvin Mack, Norman Powell, Jerami Grant, Trevor Booker, Steve Kerr, Jordan Clarkson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Elfrid Payton, Patrick Beverley, Aaron Gordon, Willie Reed, Jeff Hornacek, Rudy Gobert, Giannis Antetokounmpo, New Orleans Pelicans, Karl-Anthony Towns, Noah Vonleh, Tim Quarterman, Hassan Whiteside, Clint Capela, Cheick Diallo, Nicolas Brussino, Nikola Jokic, Paul Zipser, Minnesota United FC (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —    Andrew Wiggins banked in a 3-pointer from a few steps inside halfcourt as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Oklahoma City’s Carmelo Anthony hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to give the Thunder the lead before the ...
  • NBA Roundup: Rockets rally to spoil defending champion Warriors return NBA commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green during a ring ceremony prior to the basketball game against the Houston Rockets Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)(Photo: The Associated Press)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Confetti began to fall and the Golden State Warriors thought they had pulled off a wild opening-night win. The Houston Rockets emphatically signaled otherwise — insisting that Kevin Durant’s baseline jumper had swished through the net after the buzzer. After one official got hurt, two remaining referees reviewed the play and ruled the ...
  • NBA Preview: Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests again FILE - This Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, and Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry battling for a loose ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Cleveland. The Warriors and Cavaliers are being penciled in to meet in the NBA Finals once again. They're going to drive most of the conversation this season, a fact that is not lost on the league or its TV partners. When the season tips off Tuesday, Cleveland will take the center stage first, followed by the Warriors. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Minutes after LeBron James lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four months ago, he vowed to return to the gym right away with plans to get back to the big stage. To win another ring. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant heard it yet already knew it — and everybody ...
  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams Nick Galis speaks during his enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as Bob McAdoo listens, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Springfield, Mass. Galis won a European Championship gold medal and European Championships MVP in 1987 and was named as one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports / AP)    —-   When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct ...
  • NBA – Finally finished: Cavs-Celtics modify, complete big trade FILE - In this March 11, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) looks to pass in front of Orlando Magic forward Terrence Ross (31) and center Nikola Vucevic during an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavaliers have finalized their blockbuster deal with Boston involving All-Star guards Irving and Isaiah Thomas by getting an another draft pick from the Celtics. The Cavs will get a second-round pick in 2020 to complete the package, said the person who spoke Wednesday night, Aug. 30, to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league has to sign off on the agreement. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)CLEVELAND (AP) — The blockbuster trade, delayed and in jeopardy of dying, is done: Kyrie Irving is headed to the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas is coming to the Cavaliers and the NBA can take a well-earned, late-summer break. For a minute. Concerned with medical findings after looking at Thomas’ injured right hip, the Cavs have negotiated another draft ...
  • NBA Roundup: Pacers ‘gave away’ Paul George to Thunder Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George during the first quarter at Oracle Arena.(Photo: Kyle Terada, USAT)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-    Add Kevin Durant to the list of people surprised by the Indiana Pacers’ decision to send All-Star forward Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo (and his $84 million contract) and an unproven 21-year-old prospect in Damontas Sabonis. “That was shocking because Indiana just gave him away,” Durant said ...
  • NBA Roundup: AP sources say Cavs reviewing Irving-Thomas trade Kyle Irving-GTY-684304618CLEVELAND (AP) — Just when it appeared the Cavaliers’ chaotic summer had calmed, there’s a flare-up. That blockbuster deal between Cleveland and Boston is stuck. The Cavaliers have some concerns about guard Isaiah Thomas’ health and are doing a “deep and thorough” review of the deal that brought him over from the Celtics, two people with knowledge ...
  • NBA Roundup: Kyrie Irving trade keeps NBA’s popularity, hectic summer rolling Kyle Irving-GTY-684304618(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-    When the NBA’s Adam Silver era officially began in Feb. 2014, the new commissioner wasted no time sharing the boldest item on his to-do list. Surpass the NFL in terms of popularity. “I think this game should be a rival to football,” he said at the time. More than three years later, ...
  • NBA Roundup: No change in odds to win NBA Finals after Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade Kyle Irving-GTY-684304618(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    It might have made headlines, but the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics and Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic to the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t mean much to Las Vegas oddsmakers. According to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Cleveland was a 4/1 to win the NBA ...
  • Breaking News: Cleveland Cavs trading Kyrie Irving to Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, others FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, right, looks to drive against Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Irving, who asked Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, could be on his way to Boston as the Cavaliers are in serious negotiations with the Celtics about swapping him for point guard Thomas. Since Irving made his stunning request, the defending Eastern Conference champions have been looking for a trade partner. They may have found the perfect one and could be nearing a deal with the Celtics, said the person who spoke Tuesday night, Aug. 22, 2017, to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving’s next cross-over will come against the Cavaliers. Cleveland’s All-Star guard, who asked owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, was dealt Tuesday night to the Boston Celtics in exchange for star Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder and a 2018 first-round draft pick, a person familiar with the deal told ...
  • NBA investigating Lakers amid George tampering allegation Indiana Pacers' Paul George, right, drives as Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is investigating whether the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with All-Star forward Paul George while he was under contract with the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers asked the league to open the probe. “The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said Sunday ...
  • NBPA awards: Russell Westbrook, LeBron James headline award winners Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket in front of Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter in game three of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena.(Photo: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   Though all the NBA’s official awards were announced at the end of June, the National Basketball Players Association released their award winners, voted on by the players themselves, on Friday morning. Russell Westbrook earned MVP honors, just as he did earlier this summer at the league’s award show. Westbrook, known for his boundless energy and ...
  • NBA Roundup: US men’s basketball enters a new world _ without its stars United States' DeMarcus Cousins (12) celebrates a basket against Argentina during an exhibition basketball game Friday, July 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    The jerseys say USA, though that’s about all that will be recognizable. When the U.S. men’s basketball team returns to action later this month, fans might be left wondering, “the red, white and who?” The Americans are cautiously entering a whole new basketball world, one in which not only are the best ...
  • NBA Roundup: Commissioner Adam Silver focuses on player rest, health with new NBA schedule FILE - In this April 28, 2017, file photo, Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward arrives for Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Salt Lake City. Hayward has chosen to sign with the Boston Celtics and reunite with coach Brad Stevens, making the announcement Tuesday evening, July 4, on The Players' Tribune site. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)    —-    In a 1,230-game NBA season, the league made significant changes aimed at giving players optimal rest and focusing on player health over six months. The NBA on Monday released its full schedule that begins on Oct. 17 with Boston at Cleveland and Houston and Golden State and ...
  • NBA schedule: Breaking down all the top games of the 2017-18 season -NBA-LOS-ANGELES-CLIPPERS-AT-PHOENIX-SUNS-90407860(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    A brief glance at the NBA schedule, with a breakdown of the must-see games as seen by USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick. The champs and their victory lap Ring night: The Golden State Warriors are back on top of the NBA mountain, having won the title in two of the ...
  • NBA Roundup: Warriors-Rockets, Cavs-Celtics on NBA’s early opening night FILE - In this April 27, 2017, file photo Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph warms up before an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis, Tenn. Police say Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Randolph was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill,File)(Photo: The Associated Press)NEW YORK (AP) — The Golden State Warriors will open their title defense by hosting Houston in Chris Paul’s Rockets debut on Oct. 17, the NBA’s earliest opening night in 37 years. Cleveland and Boston will play an Eastern Conference finals rematch earlier that night to begin the 2017-18 season, the league announced Thursday. The Warriors and ...
  • NBA Roundup: Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers plan NBA regular season game in London -NBA-All-Star-Game-Jam-SessionLONDON (AP) — The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will travel to London in January for a game at The O2 arena. The Sixers are the home team for the Jan. 11 game. Tickets for the NBA London Game 2018 game go on sale in October. The game will mark the NBA’s eighth regular-season game in London ...
  • NBA sent memo to teams about adding more rest into schedule -NBA-LOS-ANGELES-CLIPPERS-AT-PHOENIX-SUNS-90407860(PhatzRadio Sports /USA Today Sports)    —-   NBA commissioner Adam Silver has made adding more rest into the schedule one of his missions, and this week the league sent a memo to teams outlining ways to make that happen. When the new seven-year deal was reached on the collective bargaining agreement in December, one of the key ...
  • NBA Roundup: Team World beats Team Africa in NBA Africa Game Team World's Jaylen Brown of Boston Celtics, gives away his shoes after playing the NBA Africa Game between Team Africa and Team World, at the Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)(Photo: The Associated Press)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, leading Team World to a 108-97 victory over Team Africa on Saturday in the NBA Africa Game. Team World put away the NBA’s second exhibition in South Africa by scoring the final 10 points to win a ...
  • Top Pro Football Hall of Fame candidates for 2018: Ray Lewis highlights field Jason Taylor waves to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (Scott Heckel/The Canton Repository via AP)CANTON, Ohio (AP) — For several members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2017, it was a time to campaign while celebrating. Terrell Davis wants more attention paid to the running game, and stronger hall consideration for running backs — something similar to this year, when both he and LaDainian Tomlinson were selected. Morten ...
  • NBA offseason grades: Which teams won the summer? Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, and Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) battle for a loose ball during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Now that the majority of the NBA offseason is in the books and the basketball world begins to count the days until the 2017-18 campaign tips off, USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick, Jeff Zillgitt, Michael Singer and AJ Neuharth-Keusch give their summer grades for each team. Eastern Conference Atlanta Hawks: B New Hawks general manager Travis ...
  • NBA Roundup: DeMarcus Cousins already saying he won’t talk about free agency / NBA News NBA--New-Orleans-Pelicans-Press-Conference(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   When they traded for DeMarcus Cousins at the All-Star break last season, the New Orleans Pelicans were hoping for a second-half push toward the playoffs. With Cousins, a 21-point, 11-rebound career player teaming with Anthony Davis and his 22-point, 10-rebound career average, it was a twin bigs tandem that could ...
  • NBA Roundup: Golden State Warriors bring back fan favorite JaVale McGee FILE - In this March 3, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks' Derrick Rose drives down court during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. Two people familiar with the negotiations say former MVP Derrick Rose is meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose is discussing a potential contract with Cleveland on Monday, July 24, 2017, according to the people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are keeping all three of their centers from a championship season, re-signing 7-footer JaVale McGee to a one-year deal Tuesday for the veteran minimum of about $2.3 million. McGee is a fan favorite for his ability to deliver on alley-oop dunks when Stephen Curry and the others find ...
  • NBA Roundup: Celtics sign free agent guard Shane Larkin ShaneLarkin_Nets2-660x400BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics have signed free agent guard Shane Larkin. The deal was announced by the team on Monday. Larkin was the 18th overall pick in the 2013 draft by Atlanta before being traded to Dallas on draft night. He played in Spain last season, splitting time between the ACB league, Euroleague and the Spanish ...
  • NBA Roundup: Los Angeles Lakers sign rookie C Thomas Bryant Apr 23, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) works for the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the second quarter in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY SportsEL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have signed rookie center Thomas Bryant after his promising performance for their Las Vegas summer league team. The Lakers announced the deal Sunday night. Los Angeles acquired Bryant on draft night from the Utah Jazz, who chose him with the 42nd overall pick. The 6-foot-10 Bryant averaged 12.6 points ...
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