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Report: Nike, Under Armour, Adidas pass on endorsing Lonzo Ball because of LaVar Ball

Father's dream of his own billion-dollar brand prevents his son from landing a deal with the big three<p>Lonzo Ball, the most well-known prospect in the 2017 NBA Draft, is not considered an endorsement prospect by the only three shoe companies that matter in basketball: Nike, Under Armour and Adidas.<p>A …

College Basketball

No Obamacare Repeal Likely Before Donald Trump’s 100th Day

President Donald Trump looks likely to pass his 100th day in office without successfully repealing Obamacare, but lawmakers appeared to have avoided a government shutdown for at least another week.<p>Following a flurry activity on a compromise to a GOP bill shelved last month for lack of support, …

ObamaCare

Exclusive: Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute.<p>"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict …

International Relations

Trump Orders Easing Safety Rules Implemented After Gulf Oil Spill

WASHINGTON — Just past the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, President Trump on Friday was set to direct the Interior Department to “reconsider” several safety regulations on offshore drilling implemented after one of the worst environmental disasters in the nation’s …

Oil

Public Gives Trump Low Marks for First 100 Days: NBC News/WSJ Poll

Nearly two-thirds of Americans give President Donald Trump poor or middling marks for his first 100 days in office, including a plurality who say he's off to a "poor start," according to results from a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.<p>Forty-five percent of respondents in the survey …

Meet the Press

Congress just dodged a government shutdown. Here’s what comes next.

With votes Friday morning in the House and Senate, Congress narrowly avoided a partial shutdown of the federal government — but only for a week. Members of both chambers will return next week to resume work on a measure to keep the government running through September. While the worst possible …

Government

Forget March Madness — April now the busiest month for college basketball coaches

For college basketball coaches, the real craziness begins after March Madness.<p>Let's call it April Anxiety.<p>"April has become to coaches like a dreaded month," Northwestern coach Chris Collins said with a laugh. "You're tired from the long season, and now you jump right in. If you can get to May 1 …

College Basketball

Ben Carson is proving to be the bizarre and incompetent Secretary of Housing and Urban Development we expected him to be

Nothing like getting thrown out on the street with 2 kids and a $7.25-per-hour job to give you the tools to achieve<p>Since neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was sworn in as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on March 2, we’ve barely heard a …

Housing

Tony Parker had vintage performance to eliminate Grizzlies in Game 6

Tony Parker. Still here.<p>The Spurs finally put away the Grizzlies in Game 6 on Thursday night. For most of the series and final game, it was Kawhi Leonard who carried the Spurs. But when the Spurs needed two big buckets, Tony Parker was there. Tony Parker is always there.<p>After a quiet series from …

Basketball

Gregg Popovich Says Kawhi Leonard Is Best Player in NBA After Game 6 Win

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich thinks highly of his star player.<p>"Kawhi Leonard, in my opinion, is the best player in the league right now," Popovich told reporters after his team's Game 6 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, per Michael Lee of The Vertical.<p>Leonard finished with a game-high 29 …

Basketball

Trump's former national security advisor under Pentagon investigation for Russia payments

Former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s legal troubles worsened Thursday when a House committee disclosed that the Pentagon inspector general is investigating whether the retired Army three-star general violated military rules by accepting foreign payments.<p>Flynn was warned in 2014, when he …

World Leaders

Astronauts are baffled by Trump's space travel plans

American astronauts may be walking on Mars in the next eight years, or ideally the next four, if President Donald Trump has his way. But the new timetable has baffled experts in space travel.<p>The surprise announcement — or rather instruction — took place this week during a live video conference …

Space Travel

Trump Tax Plan Would Shift Trillions From U.S. Coffers to the Richest

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s proposal to slash individual and business taxes and erase a surtax that funds the Affordable Care Act would amount to a multitrillion-dollar shift from federal coffers to America’s richest families and their heirs, setting up a politically fraught battle over how best …

Equality
Donald Trump

Donald Trump's tax plan would turn every US state into Kansas

It is hard to think of a more obvious recent public-policy failure than the tax cuts that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback championed in 2012.<p>The state has been mired in a perpetual budget crisis ever since the package passed, forcing its residents to swallow painful spending cuts in essential areas like …

Taxes

Tillerson: China threatened North Korea with sanctions over nuclear tests

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China has threatened to impose sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests.<p>"We know that China is in communications with the regime in Pyongyang," Tillerson said on Fox News Channel. "They confirmed to us that they had …

North Korea

Trump praises China's Xi over handling of North Korea

<b>Donald Trump has praised China's President Xi Jinping for his handling of North Korea, calling him "a very good man" who loves his country.</b><p>Speaking to Reuters, the US president said he would like to solve the crisis diplomatically but that it was "difficult" and conflict was possible.<p>He also said …

North Korea

A behind-the-scenes look at the Miami Heat's intense culture

When Miami Heat president <b>Pat Riley</b> met with unrestricted free agent <b>Dion Waiters</b> last summer, the nine-time NBA champion made the 24-year-old shooting …

NBA

Andy Katz Reveals His Status At ESPN

The longtime college basketball reporter had been at ESPN for nearly 20 years.<p>Andy Katz had been working at ESPN as a college basketball reporter for …

American Medical Association denounces GOP health bill

The American Medical Association on Thursday urged Congress not to pass the Republican ObamaCare replacement bill, warning that millions of people …

ObamaCare

Trump backs off NAFTA withdrawal

President Donald Trump told his Mexican and Canadian counterparts late Wednesday afternoon that he does not intend to withdraw from NAFTA "at this time," the White House said Wednesday, in a defeat for the economic nationalists on his team.<p>In phone calls with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto …

World Leaders

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics Beat Bulls 108-97 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

The Boston Celtics, once down 2-0 to the Chicago Bulls, are a win away from advancing to the second round of the playoffs following a 108-97Game 5 win at TD Garden on Wednesday night.<p>And while it wasn't an aesthetically pleasing performance, the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed overcame 43.2percent …

Basketball

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to host Raptors-Bucks Game 6 watch party with 1,800 wings

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue shared some important information on Wednesday: He is hosting a Raptors-Bucks Game 6 watch party at his house on Thursday for a bunch of people from the Cleveland organization.<p>Lue told reporters that there will be lots of chicken wings — like 1,800 wings for 60 to 70 …

Basketball

Wizards move one step closer to advancing

THAAD Missile System Will Be Online Within Days In South Korea, Admiral Says

A U.S. missile defense system that's now being installed in South Korea will be operational "in the coming days," says Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.<p>President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis have said all options are on the table to counter what Harris called …

North Korea

Freedom Caucus backs health care proposal but obstacles remain

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The conservative House Freedom Caucus said Wednesday it is supporting a plan aimed at bridging the internal Republican Party divide between moderates and conservatives on health care reform.<p>The proposal would give states the chance to apply for waivers that could gut several core …

Health Care

Trump orders review of national monuments, vows to ‘to end these abuses and return control to the people’

National Parks

White House Unveils ‘Biggest Tax Cut’ in History

White House officials on Wednesday unveiled a dramatic new tax reform plan that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is calling "the biggest tax cut" in history aimed at jump starting small businesses and putting more money in the pockets of middle-class Americans.<p>Mnuchin and National Economic Council …

Donald Trump

Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters.<p>For decades, presidents have …

Donald Trump

Defiant Trump Vows to Take Immigration Case to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Trump vowed on Wednesday to challenge California jurisdictions all the way to the Supreme Court after a federal judge there stopped him from withholding funds to penalize them for shielding illegal immigrants.<p>Mr. Trump, who twice has been blocked by courts from imposing a …

Judiciary