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Luke Kennard has emerged as an unlikely savior for injury-plagued Duke

As he walked back on defense late in Tuesday night’s 84-74 victory over Florida, Duke guard Luke Kennard could not resist mouthing off a little.<p>He …

Knicks' Phil Jackson says he smoked marijuana when recovering from back surgery

He says the league needs to either accommodate marijuana use or figure out a way to deal with it<p>New York Knicks president Phil Jackson appeared on CBS Sports Network's "We Need to Talk"on Tuesday, and he said that, like Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, he used medicinal marijuana to treat …

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How Klay Thompson Scored A Career High 60 Points

LeBron James Says He Won't Meet with Phil Jackson After 'Posse' Remark

Although the Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to the Big Apple this week to take on the New York Knicks, LeBron James rejected the idea of meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson to discuss Jackson's use of the word "posse," according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin.<p>In a November interview with …

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How Baylor has come from nowhere to be one of the nation's best teams

Nearly a month into the college basketball season, Baylor has the best and most convincing resume.<p>Scott Drew’s bunch has already beaten three top 25 …

Baylor University

Gonzaga gets revenge at last on its longtime non-conference nemesis

LOS ANGELES — In addition to toppling a marquee opponent and preserving its undefeated record, Gonzaga achieved something far more satisfying …

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How Baylor has emerged as this season's biggest early surprise

Having lost his leading scorer to the NBA, leading rebounder to the NFL and starting point guard to graduation, Baylor coach Scott Drew wasn’t sure …

Baylor University

Russell Westbrook vs. Hawks: Stats, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook continues to tear through the NBA with some of the best numbers we have ever seen.<p>The Thunder beat the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, 102-99, thanks to yet another Westbrook triple-double, which featured 32 points, 12 assists and 13 rebounds:<p>ESPN Stats & Info …

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J.R. Smith injures knee, does not return to Cavaliers-Raptors game

A worrisome injury for Cleveland with their best wing shooter and defender going down<p>Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith left the Cavaliers' game vs. the Raptors on Monday night with a left knee injury and did not return. Smith suffered the injury on landing and there didn't appear to be contact …

J. R. Smith

Boys' basketball: Ball brothers, Chino Hills still having fun

Lonzo Ball has moved on to UCLA and Coach Steve Baik is now at Fairfax, but the fun, excitement and winning associated with Chino Hills basketball isn't about to end.<p>New Coach Stephan Gilling was putting his players through a series of four on four and five on five competitions on Wednesday …

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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors, Rockets pass slumping Cavs; Bucks biggest mover

Also, the Bulls keep rising while Clippers keep dropping<p>There are two kinds of good starts in an NBA season.<p>The first is what good teams do. They are simply better, and beat their opponents more often than not. The other is like if you tried sprinting the first five miles of a marathon. Some teams …

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AP College Basketball Poll 2016: Complete Week 5 Rankings Released

College basketball once again has a new No. 1 team.<p>Defending champion Villanova ascended back to the sport's pinnacle in the latest Associated Press poll after a week of hoops that saw a number of ranked teams go down. The Wildcats are followed by UCLA, Kansas, Baylor <b></b>and Duke to round out the Top …

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Rick Pitino says D-I newbie has tougher crowds than Duke and Kentucky

Pitino: This "was the toughest crowd I ever faced"<p>After Louisville struggled to put away Grand Canyon on the road before pulling out a 79-70 victory Saturday, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino had nothing but praise for the Antelopes.<p>It was a much more difficult game than many anticipated for No. 13 …

Basketball

With A Triple-Double Rivaling Robertson, Russell Westbrook Drives Oklahoma Thunder's Wins

With the NBA season well under way, Mike Pesca of the Gist podcast for Slate tells NPR's Ailsa Chang what makes Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma Thunder so outstanding.

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook reaches Jordan status with fifth consecutive triple-double

Russ finishes with 28 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists in victory against Pelicans<p>When he was introducing Russell Westbrook at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Michael Jordan spoke highly and said he was a fan of the Thunder All-Star guard. Well, after Westbrook's latest achievement, which draws …

Russell Westbrook

Kiki VanDeWeghe Comments on Draymond Green's Flagrant Foul vs. Rockets

Vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe stressed on Sunday the NBA is not targeting Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green with some of its rules.<p>Green was whistled for a critical flagrant foul when he flailed his leg and made contact with James Harden's head in double …

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Notable Lives Lost in 2016: Pictures

Women's Basketball

Found: Cars with Roof Racks, Ready for Christmas Tree Duty

It’s that time of year again: the search for the perfect Christmas tree. Whether you go to your local tree farm, grocery store parking lot or go full …

No. 11 UCLA upsets top-ranked Kentucky 97-92

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Only briefly did UCLA appear vulnerable against top-ranked Kentucky in its usual charged environment that has made the Wildcats one of the hardest teams to beat at home.<p>Each time the 11th-ranked Bruins coolly responded with a timely basket or rebound, a consistent combination …

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How Buzz Williams has transformed long-struggling Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is off to an impressive 6-1 start in Buzz Williams’ third season. (AP)ANAHEIM, Calif. — As referees struggled to coax a pair of young …

Virginia Tech

Locker Room Access: Upstart Lakers love playing for Walton

The 2016-17 Los Angeles Lakers may not be your father's Lakers, but at least they're not your older brother's, either.<p>Sure, they're miles removed …

What I Found in Standing Rock

Near the edge of the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota, about 50 yards from a tributary of the Missouri River, there’s a basketball hoop. It’s one …

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Tyronn Lue laid into LeBron in Game 7 of NBA Finals, and the King didn't like it

But the important thing is, it worked<p>LeBron James' performance in the final three games of the Finals last spring will live as a legend. People will tell their kids about it, then pull it up on whatever video service exists at the time, just to prove what he did. And yet, despite his 82 points, 24 …

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An NCAA basketball team traveled 8,000 miles over 19 days to lose repeatedly. It wasn’t the only one.

Mount St. Mary’s basketball coach Jamion Christian was well on his way to constructing a typical schedule for his program. There would be a few high-profile guarantee games against big-name schools, but that’s the norm for Division I teams outside the major conferences.<p>As offseason workouts …

Basketball

For Indiana Hoosiers, big wins now business as usual - Men's College Basketball Blog

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Assembly Hall was a jumbo jet humming on the tarmac: not as loud as it would be, not even close, but already deafening all the …

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College basketball rankings: Indiana drops UNC, but barely climbs Top 25 (and one)?

That Fort Wayne loss is still hovering over the Hoosiers, who have the two best wins of the season<p>Indiana is putting together an interesting resume that's extreme on both ends, and what I mean by that is this: The Hoosiers now own wins over Kansas and North Carolina but also have a loss to Fort …

Sports

Letter to My Younger Self

T<i>he Players’ Tribune has partnered with Chase for a special edition of “Letter to My Younger Self,” a series where athletes reflect on their biggest</i> …

Parenting

WATCH: Creighton's Marcus Foster flies above rim on sweet inbounds alley-oop

Few teams have looked as good -- or better -- than promised this season as the 'Jays<p>Marcus Foster has hops. Don't you ever forget it. Foster and Creighton have played up to their preseason hype -- exceeding it, even -- as the Bluejays are now 7-0 and ranked 10th following their 93-72 home win over …

Nets vs. Clippers had 2 overtimes, an irate Doc Rivers, and the weirdest ending so far this year

The NBA just likes to surprise you.<p>You wouldn’t think the Nets vs. the Clippers would have the wildest finish of any game this season, but it did. Brooklyn took the game in double overtime with a final 12 minutes that was out of control.<p>Let’s just go step by step. (It’s worth noting that Blake …

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