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Lillard’s 37-foot buzzer-beater seals Blazers’ NBA playoff series over Thunder

Portland send Oklahoma City out of postseason in five games76ers and Raptors also seal playoff series on Tuesday nightDamian Lillard hit a 37-footer at the buzzer and finished with career playoff-high 50 points to help the Portland Trail Blazers elimin…

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Former Lakers coach Luke Walton accused of sexual assault in lawsuit

Former sports reporter says she was assaulted in hotel roomWalton is now coach of Sacramento KingsKings and Walton have no comment on allegationsNew Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit by a former sports r…

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NBA playoffs: Celtics sweep Pacers to breeze into next round

Boston beat Indiana 110-106 to seal 4-0 series winCeltics appear to be clicking after uneven regular seasonGordon Hayward scored 20 points and Marcus Morris started a decisive three-point flurry late in the fourth quarter on Sunday to give the Boston C…

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Ben Simmons shows NBA worth as Brooklyn Nets crushed

Nets 115-131 76ersClippers 105-132 WarriorsAustralian Ben Simmons has punished the Brooklyn Nets after one of their players called him “average”. Simmons was a man on a mission, scoring 31 points and spearheading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 131-115 dem…

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Michael Jordan says Tiger Woods’ comeback is ‘the greatest I’ve ever seen’

Woods won Masters at weekend after decade of struggleJordan and Woods’ friendship forged on sporting greatnessMichael Jordan, who famously came back from retirement to add to his haul of NBA titles, has paid tribute to Tiger Woods’s return to the peak …

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LA Clippers stun Golden State Warriors with playoff-record comeback

Clippers rally from 31-point deficit to beat Warriors in Game 2First-round series tied at one game apiece heading back to LAGolden State fearful DeMarcus Cousins tore left quadricepsLandry Shamet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds left, Stephen…

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Luke Walton out as LA Lakers coach after three losing seasons

Walton sacked after 98-148 record in three seasons with LakersMove comes three days after Magic Johnson’s abrupt resignationLuke Walton is out as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after three losing seasons.Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Wa…

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The NBA playoffs: all 16 contenders reviewed and ranked

As the postseason tips off over the weekend, will the Warriors take a third straight title or can Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks step up?It feels incredibly strange to look at the NBA playoffs and realize that, for the first time what seems like a lifet…

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NBA playoffs 2019: Field set as Warriors launch bid for fourth title in five years

Matchups for playoffs finalized on last day of regular seasonFirst-round games to be played starting Saturday and SundayWarriors take aim at fourth NBA championship in five yearsThe last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons.Their reward…

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Dirk Nowitzki stars for Mavericks then confirms retirement after 21 seasons

Nowitzki, 40, finishes with 30 points on 31 shots in 33 minutesFuture Hall of Famer will play final game of career WednesdayDirk Nowitzki notched season highs in points, shots and minutes before telling Dallas Mavericks fans that his record 21st season…

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Magic Johnson abruptly steps down as LA Lakers president

‘I want to go back to having fun,’ says Hall of FamerTeam owner Jeanie Buss was not told of decisionMagic Johnson announced his resignation as Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations at an impromptu news conference before the team’s regul…

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LeBron James praises Kyle Korver for criticism of white privilege

Utah Jazz veteran writes about race for Players’ TribuneHighlights recent racial abuse of Russell WestbrookLeBron James has praised his former teammate Kyle Korver for an essay he published on the subject of white privilege.The veteran Utah Jazz player…

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How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN’s $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its timeAdidas needs Beyoncé more than Beyoncé needs Adidas. Last week’s announcement of their multi-year …

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How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN’s $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its timeAdidas needs Beyoncé more than Beyoncé needs Adidas. Last week’s announcement of their multi-year …

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How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN’s $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its timeAdidas needs Beyoncé more than Beyoncé needs Adidas. Last week’s announcement of their multi-year …

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‘They’re amazingly isolated’: is social media making NBA players miserable?

NBA commissioner says many of the stars he meets are unhappy. The criticism they face on Twitter and Instagram could be to blameSometimes it can be challenging for NBA players to focus entirely on basketball. Recently, Russell Westbrook got into a back…

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Kristaps Porzingis denies rape allegation, attorney for NBA star says

New York Post reported claim of attack when star was at KnicksAttorney for Dallas Mavericks forward alleges extortionAn attorney for Kristaps Porzingis acknowledged on Saturday that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but said the Dallas Maverick…

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Jusuf Nurkic suffers ‘devastating’ compound fractures during Blazers’ win

Portland center hurt after leg bends awkwardly on reboundInjury comes as Trailblazers secure NBA playoff spotThey had just clinched a playoff spot, though there were no cheers or celebrations from the Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, just silence and p…

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The Maverick in winter: Dirk Nowitzki’s soft farewell

While he hasn’t made it official, it appears the end of the road is imminent for the Dallas Mavericks’ influential talismanIf you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that he’s never actually uttered the words: I’m retiring. Even as his 21st season …

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Ben Simmons salutes ‘Egg Boy’ who confronted senator over Christchurch attack

76ers star wears sneakers with ‘Egg Boy’ on themTeen egged Fraser Anning, who blamed attacks on immigrationNBA All-Star Ben Simmons paid tribute to the teenager who egged a politician who blamed the Christchurch terror attacks on Muslim immigration.Aus…