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Duke's Zion Williamson sits on the floor following a injury during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina, in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Duke might have to figure out what the Zion Show will look like without its namesake. All because of a freak injury to arguably the most exciting player in college basketball. As his Nike shoe blew out, Williamson sprained his right knee on the first possession of what became top-ranked Duke's 88-72 loss to No. 8 North Carolina.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
February 21, 2019 - 8:54 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Soon after Zion Williamson's shoe ripped apart, Nike's stock price took a hit. The freak injury during one of the college basketball season's marquee games immediately sparked debates about everything from the shoe manufacturer to insurance issues and whether the likely NBA...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. A person with knowledge of the matter says that the NBA recently sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association about lowering the minimum age to enter the NBA Draft from 19 to 18, as the sides continuing moving toward eliminating the "one-and-done" policy that has many elite players going to college for one season. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
February 21, 2019 - 8:22 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The NBA and its players are continuing to move forward on plans to eliminate the "one-and-done" rule in college basketball, something that the sides have been working toward for months. The league has sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association on lowering the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis stands on the court during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Orland Magic in New Orleans. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Davis was slated to start at Indiana on Friday night. Later, interim general manager Danny Ferry said Davis, if healthy, would continue to play for the Pelicans--albeit in a scaled-back role. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)
February 21, 2019 - 8:20 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When the Pelicans finished practice on Thursday, Anthony Davis went into coach Alvin Gentry's office, followed later by interim general manager Danny Ferry. As they spoke, privacy shades on windows that otherwise offer a view of practice courts were pulled down. After the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy speaks from the sidelines of the team's FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 qualifier game against Panama in Panama City. Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game. His plan: Eliminate it. Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he's seeing now from the game is embarrassing and "a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to watch." The teams picked by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined to attempt a record 167 3-pointers in Sunday night's game--and 96 of the 134 field goals in the game came off either 3s or dunks. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
February 21, 2019 - 3:10 am
MIAMI (AP) — Jeff Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game. His plan: Eliminate it. Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he's seeing now from the game is embarrassing and "a bastardization of the game that is beautiful...
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Buffalo head coach Nate Oats reacts against Ohio during the second half of an NCAA college Basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
February 21, 2019 - 3:09 am
Buffalo's coaches spent part of Tuesday morning's walkthrough going over defensive assignments, making sure the players were prepared for that night's game against Ohio. As the players moved to their various spots at the coaches' direction, senior guard Dontay Caruthers began telling sophomore...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (0) drives past New York Knicks' Noah Vonleh (32) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Cleveland. Love relaxed on the beach under the warm Caribbean sun during the All-Star break. He’s hoping it keeps shining on him and the Cavaliers in the second half of a depressing, gloomy season.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
February 20, 2019 - 3:36 pm
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love relaxed on the beach under the warm Caribbean sun during the All-Star break. He hopes it finally shines on him and the Cavaliers in the second half of a depressing, gloomy season. Offering optimism about his future and Cleveland's, Love returned to the practice...
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Joel Embiid, de los 76ers de Filadelfia, reacciona durante la segunda mitad del partido ante los Knicks de Nueva York, el miércoles 13 de febrero de 2019 (AP Foto/Frank Franklin II)
February 20, 2019 - 2:20 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will miss at least a week with a sore left knee. Embiid underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapy until he is evaluated again next week. The 24-year-old Embiid is...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, and guard Patrick Beverley defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. Golden State is still the favorite for a fourth title in five years.c "Every year is a new challenge, different circumstances," Golden State guard Stephen Curry said. "We are motivated. We understand what's at stake." (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
February 20, 2019 - 1:54 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Golden State is still the favorite for a fourth title in five years. Milwaukee, Toronto, Indiana, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Denver can all go ahead and cancel those mid-April vacation plans if they were foolish enough to have made them in the first place. For LeBron James...
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February 20, 2019 - 11:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two leading advocates for retired NFL players have teamed up in pushing for increased pension benefits for pre-1993 retirees. The Pro Football Retired Players Association, a nonprofit chaired by Hall of Famer Jim Brown, donated $100,000 to Fairness for Athletes in Retirement, a...
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Former President Barack Obama, left, hugs Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Curry after speaking at the My Brother's Keeper Alliance Summit in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
February 20, 2019 - 10:21 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place. Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother's Keeper...
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