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Bryant Jennings Is America's Next Big Heavyweight Star

Peterson dominant in decision win

WASHINGTON -- Before Lamont Peterson's junior welterweight title defense against Dierry Jean of Montreal on Saturday night at the DC Armory, the …

Garcia gets job done, but little more

NEW YORK -- If there is any cause for Juan Carlos Burgos to celebrate tonight, it's that he succeeded where every other Mikey Garcia opponent has …

David Price knocks out Istvan Ruzsinszky in first round

<b>David Price returned to winning ways with a first-round knockout of Istvan Ruzsinszky in Stuttgart.</b><p>Liverpool heavyweight Price, 30, is rebuilding after back-to-back defeats by American Tony Thompson in 2013.<p>Ruzsinszky got up after being floored by a Price right hand two-thirds of the way through …

Groves refused to 'sell soul' for Froch rematch

Groves: Froch doesn't want to fight me<p>George Groves believes his decision to turn down a seven-figure offer from Carl Froch has been vindicated by …

Dereck Chisora gets new opponent

European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora, due to defend his title on Feb. 15 at the Copper Box Arena in London, got a new opponent on Monday in …

Scientific American wants to end the ban on psychoactive drug research

<i>Scientific American</i> recently published a spirited editorial calling for the US government to end the ban on psychoactive drug research. After the Controlled Substances Act was passed in 1970, drugs like marijuana, MDMA, and LSD were put on the Schedule I drug list, deemed to have no accepted …

Arron Afflalo's magical breakthrough

Arron Afflalo hears the All-Star talk, and he's flattered. It would be a huge honor, his first time being recognized for the completeness of his …

Doc Rivers had to lend some private words of encouragement to frustrated Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew

Milwaukee Bucks head coach Larry Drew is a handsome enough fella, but when things aren’t going his way on the sidelines he tends to look a little …

The Case for Los Angeles Lakers to Go All-out for Carmelo Anthony in 2014

Carmelo Anthony isn't a cure-all for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he may be the quick, aesthetically appealing fix for which Kobe Bryant is longing.<p>With the New York Knicks struggling and the Lakers even worse off, much has been made of Anthony's impending free agency. Will he leave? If so, where …

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How Long Should Detroit Pistons Wait to Blow Up Nightmare Roster?

The Detroit Pistons never saw this coming.<p>The entire basketball world might have, but Pistons general manager Joe Dumars has always played by his own rules.<p>With his own expiring contract and a success-starved owner, Dumars tried to circumvent the system. He took a best-player-available approach to …

Smiles all around in Phoenix, where Leandro Barbosa has signed for the rest of the season

In a season featuring more feel-good moments than feel-bad moments for the Phoenix Suns, the return of Leandro Barbosa is nearly at the top of the …

Dwyane Wade to start against the Thunder on Wednesday

Dwyane Wade has been in and out of the Heat lineup all season, and upon his return most recently, came off the bench. But he says he's done with that.<p>…

Last-Minute Predictions for 2014 NBA All-Star Reserve Selections

With the starters already set for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, it's time to get down to the ugly business of predicting which reserves will make the cut to join them in New Orleans.<p>What could possibly be unpleasant about predicting which stars will be honored with reserve nominations?<p>Well, the …

How the Houston Rockets Should Approach the NBA Trade Deadline

With the NBA trade deadline fast approaching, it's time to talk about potential transactions the Houston Rockets might be making.<p>Tune in to the video above to see what Howard Beck and Reese Waters have to say regarding the Rockets' options at the deadline, and make sure you hit us up with your own …

CHART: Kevin Durant Is The NBA's Premier Scorer

Kevin Durant scored 41 points against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, including the game-winner with just two seconds remaining.<p>This game was Durant's 11th straight with at least 30 points and the sixth time this season Durant has topped 40 points in a single game. No other player has more than two …

Wizards bring Glen Rice Jr back from D-League

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that guard Glen Rice Jr has been recalled from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development …

Nikola Pekovic Injury: Updates on Timberwolves Center's Ankle and Return

<b>Updates from Sunday, Mar. 16</b><p>Mark Remme of the Timberwolves updated Nikola Pekovic's status:<p>Head coach Rick Adelman spoke about Pekovic's status (via Andy Greder of the <i>St. Paul Pioneer-Press</i>):<p><b>Updates from Saturday, Mar. 1</b><p>The Timberwolves announced that Pekovic is back for Saturday's game:<p><b>Updates</b> …

Nike Honors New Orleans with 2014 NOLA Gumbo League Collection

With the 2014 NBA All-Star Game only a few weeks away, Nike has decided to unveil its set of sneakers that honors the host city, New Orleans.<p>The 2014 NOLA Gumbo League Collection features some of the league's biggest stars. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant all have a pair in the …

Kevin Durant Becomes First Player Since 2003 with 11 Consecutive 30-Point Games

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 41 points in Monday's win over the Atlanta Hawks, becoming the first NBA player since Tracy McGrady in 2003 to score at least 30 points in 11 consecutive games in the same season.<p>Durant matched T-Mac's accomplishment in stylish fashion, hitting 15 …

Buying or Selling Latest NBA Rumors Entering Trade Deadline Month

The trade deadline on February 20 is always anxiously anticipated, and this year is no different.<p>The deadline, one way or another, always provides answers to all the questions we've been obsessing about over the last few months.<p>Which teams will make a push for the playoffs, and which teams will bow …

Kevin Durant or LeBron James: Who Will Be NBA MVP This Season?

Kevin Durant and LeBron James are both putting together awesome seasons, but only one of them can be named the NBA's Most Valuable Player this season.<p>Which player will hoist the trophy when the votes are tallied in May? NBA lead writers Howard Beck and Ethan Skolnick debate who they think will win …

Checking in on Kobe Bryant's Injury Recovery

As we approach the midpoint of the NBA season, all eyes are on Los Angeles and the face of the Lakers franchise, Kobe Bryant.<p>Lakers fans are wondering when they'll get to see their star player, who has been sidelined by a knee injury, take the court once again.<p>We caught up with Bleacher Report's …

Magic Johnson Rips into Mike D'Antoni and LA Lakers on 'The Tonight Show'

Magic Johnson shed his Los Angeles Lakers jersey in 1996, but the Hall of Famer still keeps a close watch on his franchise.<p>As he told Jay Leno during a recent appearance on <i>The Tonight Show,</i> he isn't happy with what he's seen.<p>Injuries, Johnson admitted, have played a big role in L.A.'s struggles. …

LeBron ushers in the 'Ask Adam Anything' era of NBA leadership

LeBron James wants to have a chat with the new "commish," Adam Silver. Basketball royalty so casually requesting an audience with the CEO speaks to …

Australian Point Guard Dante Exum Will Declare for 2014 NBA Draft

The 2014 NBA draft class just got a little more crowded.<p>Australian prospect Dante Exum has decided to declare for this year's draft, according to ESPN's Chad Ford:<p>Exum's decision comes after Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported he met with eight "powerhouse player representation agencies," …

Kobe Bryant is right and wrong about college basketball

Kobe Bryant was wrong to suggest college basketball doesn't teach players anything. But his larger point -- that college basketball isn't necessary …

Kobe Bryant out three more weeks with knee pain, swelling

Kobe Bryant recently said he'd be back before the All-Star Game. But he'll be cutting it close.<p><b>UPDATE:</b> The Lakers confirmed the report Tuesday night, …