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FILE - In this March 22, 2019, file photo, Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson (34) reaches for a rebound between Iowa State's Cameron Lard (2) and Marial Shayok (3) during the second half of a first round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla. Wesson's decision to return could make Ohio State a top-10 team next season. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
May 30, 2019 - 4:30 pm
Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett all remained in the NBA draft through the withdrawal deadline. No surprise there, nor for several other players expected to go in the first round. Numerous other players faced difficult decisions on Wednesday, though, and the outcome of those could have a...
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May 29, 2019 - 9:04 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings say the U.S. government is repaying the basketball team $13.4 million that a former official stole to buy luxury beachfront homes. The team announced Wednesday that the U.S. Justice Department is providing full restitution. The Sacramento Bee newspaper...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 15, 2018, file photo, Stephen F. Austin guard Kevon Harris (1) reacts after losing to Texas Tech during the first-round game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Dallas. The rule adopted by the NCAA amid the college basketball scandal and that is designed to help players explore their pro potential and still return to school surprisingly applies only to Division I players. An agent helped Harris get feedback on his game before he withdrew from the draft to return to school. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)
May 29, 2019 - 2:38 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on underclassmen who hired an agent before entering the NBA draft (all times local): 2:35 p.m. The NCAA has says Division II and Division III schools will evaluate the new rule that allows college basketball players to sign with agents but maintain college...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2004, file photo, Indiana Pacers' Ron Artest, now known as Metta World Peace, is restrained by teammate Austin Croshere and Pacers assistant coach Mike Brown before being escorted off the court following their fight with the Detroit Pistons and fans in Auburn Hills, Mich. Metta World Peace needed to win a championship ring so his career wasn't defined only by one angry moment in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)
May 29, 2019 - 10:58 am
Metta World Peace is happy, something he wasn't during most of his time in the NBA. He's also at peace with himself, he tells PodcastOne Sports Now , after rescuing both his career and his life with therapy that helped him overcome the stigma of the 2004 brawl in Detroit that became known as "...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, left, walks away from referee Ken Mauer during the first half of Game 5 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif. Durant is yet to progress to on-court work in his recovery from a strained right calf and won't be ready to return for Golden State in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
May 28, 2019 - 7:01 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant is traveling with the Golden State Warriors to Toronto for the first two games of the NBA Finals, leaving open the chance he could be ready to return from a strained right calf in time for Game 2. Durant, the two-time reigning Finals MVP who has missed the past...
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FILE - In an Oct. 12, 2018, file photo, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures founder Dan Gilbert is seen during a basketball game in East Lansing, Mich. Gilbert is recovering, Sunday, May 26, 2019, after suffering symptoms of a stroke and seeking hospital care earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
May 27, 2019 - 10:09 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is resting comfortably after suffering a stroke. The 57-year-old was hospitalized Sunday after not feeling well and had the stroke while under medical care, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said in a statement released Monday night. Gilbert was immediately...
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Boston Bruins' Charlie McAvoy, right, celebrates his goal against the St. Louis Blues with Marcus Johansson, left, during the second period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
May 27, 2019 - 9:50 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Stanley Cup Final (all times local): 9:45 p.m. The St. Louis Blues finally paid for their parade to the penalty box. Defenseman Charlie McAvoy scored a power-play goal for the Boston Bruins 12:41 into the second period to tie the score at 2. Oskar Sundqvist was in...
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FILE - In an Oct. 12, 2018, file photo, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures founder Dan Gilbert is seen during a basketball game in East Lansing, Mich. Gilbert is recovering, Sunday, May 26, 2019, after suffering symptoms of a stroke and seeking hospital care earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
May 26, 2019 - 11:35 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Billionaire businessman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is recovering after suffering symptoms of a stroke and seeking hospital care. Officials with Detroit-based Quicken Loans said in a statement that Gilbert "received immediate medical attention and is currently...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) holds up the trophy after the team's 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. The Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 26, 2019 - 1:23 am
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry stole the ball and pushed it ahead, then waited for Kawhi Leonard to arrive before feeding his All-Star teammate for a thunderous one-handed slam over Giannis Antetokounmpo . "The building exploded after that dunk," Leonard said. It sure did. Now imagine how it will sound...
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Drake reacts to a 3-point basket during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 25, 2019 - 11:47 pm
The first NBA game was in Toronto. And now, the NBA Finals are headed there. Finally. The NBA Finals are set after the Toronto Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship on Saturday night and earned the right to play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors. For the Raptors, it'll...
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