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9:54 PM ET Newly released evidence in the federal government’s criminal case against attorney Michael Avenatti suggested that employees at Nike were paying high-profile college basketball prospects’ handlers and families tens of thousands of dollars in under-the-table payments. In a July 30, 2016, email from Carlton DeBose, the director of Nike’s EYBL grassroots basketball division,
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9:46 AM ET Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has officially agreed to sell his remaining stake in the Brooklyn Nets and full ownership of Barclays Center to Joe Tsai, the team announced Friday. Tsai, who had already paid $1 billion for a 49% share of the Nets in 2018, is paying an additional $1.35 billion for
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9:23 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Brett Yormark, who has served as CEO of the Brooklyn Nets for more than a decade, will step down from his post, league sources confirmed to ESPN. Yormark has been in the role since 2005, when he came to the Nets from NASCAR, and helped usher the franchise to Brooklyn
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11:58 PM ET Attorneys representing lawyer Michael Avenatti filed a court motion on Wednesday that alleges that a Nike employee at least approved under-the-table payments to former Duke star Zion Williamson and ex-Indiana star Romeo Langford when they were still in high school in February 2017. The alleged offers — $35,000 or more for Williamson
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5:14 PM ET Associated Press AKRON, Ohio — LeBron James has dedicated a basketball court at the school he founded for underprivileged children in his hometown. Joined by his close friends and former teammates from nearby St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, James helped unveil a multicolored outdoor court at the I Promise School, which has
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1:45 AM ET LOS ANGELES — USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich said what former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has done to bring light to social justice and racial inequality “was a very patriotic thing.” Popovich, the longtime coach of the San Antonio Spurs, has spoken multiple times in the past about Kaepernick, who
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6:50 PM ET After suffering a knee injury in competition last week, Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk will be unable to compete for Canada in the FIBA World Cup, a source tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Oynyk is expected to be ready for the start of the NBA season. Olynyk slipped and fell during the third
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5:51 PM ET Associated Press Kyle Lowry of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors says his surgically repaired thumb has not recovered sufficiently enough to allow him to participate with USA Basketball in camp for the FIBA World Cup, and he is withdrawing from consideration for the team. Lowry made the announcement Monday after meeting with
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8:23 PM ET Associated Press CHIBA, Japan — First-round NBA draft pick Rui Hachimura scored 35 points to lead Japan to a 99-89 win over New Zealand in a World Cup warm-up game at Port Chiba Arena. Hachimura became the first player from Japan to be chosen in the first round of the NBA draft,
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5:19 PM ET Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for illegal gun possession, Brooklyn’s district attorney announced Monday. Telfair, 34, was convicted in April of one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which stemmed from an arrest in January 2017. Police found firearms,
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9:30 PM ET Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III has told USA Basketball that he is withdrawing from consideration for the roster that will be sent to China this month for the FIBA World Cup. Bagley’s decision was revealed Sunday, two days before he was to report to El
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12:58 AM ET Associated Press LAS VEGAS — The first order of business for USA Basketball on Friday night was thanking its fans, so Donovan Mitchell grabbed a microphone to deliver the pregame message. He got right to the point. “We look forward to going out to China, representing the USA, and winning the gold,”
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1:42 PM ET Miami Heat big man Kelly Olynyk suffered a bruised knee in an exhibition, but he is still expected to play in the FIBA World Cup for Canada, coach Nick Nurse said Thursday. Olynyk slipped and fell during the third quarter of Canada’s win over Nigeria in a FIBA exhibition game on Wednesday.
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1:08 AM ET LAS VEGAS — It’s a brutally hot August afternoon, and Gregg Popovich is running back and forth between Mike Krzyzewski, Jeff Van Gundy, Steve Kerr and Jay Wright, among others. They’re comparing notes as Popovich’s Team USA players go through scrimmages. In the bleachers, a few dozen of his coaching peers, league
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Aug 7, 2019 Kevin Durant, in his first interview since rupturing his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in June, said he does not hold the Golden State Warriors accountable for the injury. “Hell, no. How can you blame [the Warriors]? Hell, no,” Durant told Yahoo Sports, speaking at a house in
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