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Los Angeles Lakers Reportedly Losing Hope that Dwight Howard Will Return

Link to Media<p>Free-agent megastar Dwight Howard may finally be close to making his decision, and it doesn't look good for the Los Angeles Lakers.<p>According to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers are having serious doubts about Howard's willingness to re-sign with …

Basketball

Burning Questions for Each New NBA Head Coach

The burning questions for each new NBA head coach highlight the biggest challenges facing them in the first season with their new teams.<p>These questions include how coaches will replicate success they've achieved in previous stops along with whether or not they'll command the respect of their new …

NBA

Illness, injury keep Ray Lewis from climbing Kilimanjaro

As we posted here earlier this week, Ray Lewis was scheduled to begin climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on Wednesday, along with a group that includes former NFL defensive tackle Tommie Harris and Brad Pitt’s brother Doug.<p>That’s not happening now. The recently retired 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker had to …

The Sochi Winter Olympics just got a lot more expensive—and dicey

Olympic officials are downplaying this week’s call to arms by a top Chechen rebel, who released a videotape urging Islamist militants to disrupt the upcoming Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Doku Umarov, leader of the Caucasus Emirate, told his broad coalition of Muslim fighters to …

Russia

Pros, Cons of LA Lakers Signing & Trading Dwight Howard vs. Watching Him Walk

Dwightmare 2013 has (hopefully) reached its final hours, with the "action" as riveting or as frustrating as it's ever been for NBA fans, depending on where they stand with Dwight Howard.<p>All this watching and waiting for Dwight to come to a decision from his hideaway in Aspen, Colorado appears to be …

Basketball

Aaron Hernandez jury probing

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Connecticut man who says he lost an eye after being shot by Aaron Hernandez in February was ordered Friday to appear before a …

New England

Derek Jeter to return to field

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will begin his rehab assignment Saturday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced Friday.<p>Jeter is …

New York Yankees

Are Big-Spending Bobcats Officially out of the 2014 Andrew Wiggins Sweepstakes?

Link to Media<p>With the addition of Al Jefferson, the Charlotte Bobcats now have the chance to officially become mediocre.<p>Last year they were atrocious, so this is a step up. But only the Bobcats can take a step up and head in the wrong direction.<p>With a core of Jefferson, Kemba Walker and Michael …

NBA

Report: Dwight Howard Has Made His Decision, And He May Or May Not Announce It On Twitter This Weekend

Carr originally said he was going to announce it on Twitter this weekend, but then said that was premature.<p>His Twitter handle is @DwightHoward, if you want to be the first to know where he'll land.<p>Howard is believed to be choosing between five teams — the Lakers, Rockets, Warriors, Mavericks, and …

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard Reportedly Will Meet with Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks

Link to Media<p>Superstar center Dwight Howard will reportedly have his first meeting of NBA free agency with the Houston Rockets on Sunday at approximately 9 p.m. PT in Los Angeles, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:<p>The 27-year-old Howard was part of a tumultuous Lakers squad last …

NBA

Griz make Dave Joerger new coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Dave Joerger's road through professional basketball's minor leagues has finally landed him in an NBA head coaching seat.<p>His first …

Basketball

5 Players Who Could Be Huge Steals In Tonight's NBA Draft

Let's parse what exactly NBA general managers mean when they say this year's draft class is "weak." A "weak" class presents no clear cut potential superstars, which makes G.M.'s with top picks nervous.<p>A "weak" class is not void of talent, however; talent is just more difficult to identify than in …

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Here's Every Pick From The First Round Of The NBA Draft

This year's draft did not have a clear top pick although most experts had Nerlens Noel going to the Cavs with the top pick.<p>The Orlando Magic then selected Victor Oladipo from Indiana.<p>Noel was finally selected with the sixth pick by the New Orleans Pelicans.<p>On the following pages, we'll track each …

NBA Draft 2013: Sacramento Kings select Ben McLemore at No. 7

Ben McLemore fell to the Sacramento Kings, and they seized on the opportunity to draft the Kansas guard. There had been talk of the team trading up for McLemore, but there turned out to be no need as he was available at No. 7.<p>Ben McLemore is going to the Sacramento Kings, as the Kansas freshman …

Nerlens Noel traded from New Orleans to Philadelphia

In the first big deal of NBA draft night, the New Orleans Pelicans sent former Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and this year's 42nd pick.<p>The person with knowledge of the deal spoke to USA TODAY …

David Stern shows why he's the best at getting booed

David Stern is embracing his role as the villain of the NBA Draft.<p>Before he announced the first pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, where the Cleveland Cavaliers selected UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, Stern summoned for the crowd to make more noise. They had been booing him up until that point, but apparently …

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NBA Draft 2013: Lucas Nogueira traded to Atlanta Hawks for 18th pick and Jared Cunningham

The Dallas Mavericks continue to move down in the draft, this time trading the No. 16 pick -- Lucas Nogueira -- in exchange for the Nos. 18 and 44 picks.<p>The Dallas Mavericks moved from the No. 13 pick to the No. 16 pick in exchange for a pair of second round picks from the Boston Celtics. The …

Celtics, Nets agree to mega-trade on NBA draft night

The breakup of the Boston Celtics appears to be entering its second stage, and the Brooklyn Nets may have taken their role as Eastern Conference contenders.<p>Two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive the no-trade clause in his …

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50 Amazing Pictures of NBA Superstars on Draft Day

The 2013 NBA Draft is upon us and for many of these young men, this might end up being one of the happiest days of their lives. You'll see some stylish suits and some not-so-crazy ones.<p>This isn't the first time a group of young hoops stars got together for a night of draft fun. Oh, this has been …

Basketball

Cavaliers select Anthony Bennett

NEW YORK -- Anthony Bennett was stunned at the start. David Stern had a big surprise at the finish.<p>In between, Nerlens Noel and a number of others …

NBA Draft 2013: The Biggest Surprises of the Night

On a night that saw tornado warnings in the New York City area, Brooklyn's Barclays Center delivered a wild NBA draft full of surprises. The event served as a fitting end to Commissioner David Stern's reign over draft night.<p>As expected, Stern drew jeers from the crowd, but that's really just what …

NBA

Celtics-Nets trade: Boston gets Gerald Wallace, picks and contracts for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, according to report

The trade between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets that will send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn was finalized on Thursday night when Kevin Garnett agreed to waive his no-trade clause.<p>The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets have agreed to the parameters of the rumored deal that will …

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett get traded as the Celtics finally blow it up

Losing Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in one fell swoop is jarring for Celtics fans, but the assets Danny Ainge received in return will allow Boston to rebuild properly.<p>So, the Celtics really are Rajon Rondo's team now. What kind of team they are now, and will be in the future, may take years to …

2013 NFL Rookies Who Already Look Like Draft-Day Steals

Hitting on first-round picks is essential for any team in order to sustain success—but having success on the second and third days of the draft is what separates the contenders from the pretenders.<p>Late-round picks are all flawed in some way or another. After all, if they were better prospects, they …

Football (U.S.)

Celtics-Nets trade: Final details emerge in Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett deal

The pieces involved in the big trade between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets appear to be finalized. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and three first-round picks are still the basis of the deal.<p>The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets trade underwent a few minor changes since it was first reported on …

Aaron Hernandez dropped by Puma as police link him to double homicide

The German sportswear company Puma said on Friday it had cancelled a sponsorship deal with Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end …