• Sources: Lakers hire agent Rob Pelinka as GM

    After sweeping changes to install Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations, the Los Angeles Lakers have hired prominent player agent Rob Pelinka as general manager, league sources told The Vertical. Pelinka was the longtime agent for Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, who was a strong advocate of the hiring of Johnson to owner Jeanie Buss, league sources said.

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  • Jayson Williams says Charles Oakley lent him $20K while at St. John’s

    Another Madison Square Garden tenant has been brought into the feud between Charles Oakley and Knicks owner James Dolan. St. John’s. How, exactly, do the Red Storm figure in? Well, the story comes courtesy of former St. John’s and NBA standout Jayson Williams, who spoke to Gio & Jones of CBS Sports Radio. “So, how […]

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  • Facing lack of institutional control charge from NCAA, Ole Miss imposes bowl ban

    Ole Miss confirmed Wednesday that it has received an updated Notice of Allegations (NOA) from the NCAA. As a result, the school announced via a 20-minute video that it has been charged with lack of institutional control and will impose a one-year postseason ban on top of the sanctions it imposed on itself in May 2016. As part of that postseason ban, athletic director Ross Bjork said the school “must forfeit,” per SEC rules, its annual portion of SEC postseason football revenue for next year.

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  • Adebayo's double-double lifts No. 11 Kentucky over Missouri

    Kentucky's coaching staff challenged forward Bam Adebayo this week, criticizing his foul trouble and ''cautious'' play at times. Adebayo seemed anything but cautious as he recorded his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 22 points and grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds to help the 11th-ranked Wildcats defeat Missouri 72-62 on Tuesday night. ''If someone passes on him in the (NBA) draft this year, they should be fired, and the reason is he can guard five positions,'' Kentucky coach John Calipari said of Adebayo.

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  • Miami may have punched its NCAA tournament ticket with 54-48 road win over No. 18 Virginia

    The Hurricanes may have notched the win they needed to secure a spot in the dance. Miami took a massive step towards punching its ticket to the 2017 NCAA tournament by pulling off a 54-48 overtime road win over No. 18 Virginia Monday night. Making the victory even sweeter was the fact that the Hurricanes did the deed without the services of suspended starting point guard Ja’Quan Newton, and after a string of brutal breaks to end regulation.

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  • Bill Self's Big 12 Titles Deserve More Respect

    Bill Self's Kansas team will likely win its 13th straight Big 12 conference championship this year, but some critics wonder why he has only one NCAA Tournament title. Campus Insiders' Shae Peppler says "Shae-me On You" for not giving Self the credit he's due.

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  • After Huggins' scary moment, No. 12 WVU beats Texas 77-62

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Bob Huggins fell to his knees and clutched his chest during a scary moment just before halftime.

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  • VIDEO: Bob Huggins drops to knees, needs medical assistance during timeout

    Huggins remained in the game to finish out the first half.

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  • Why running the Lakers won't be easy for Magic

    Here comes Magic Johnson, the Hall of Fame guard with the 1,000-watt smile. Lakers vice president Jeanie Buss celebrated her civil war win over her brother, Jim, by elevating Johnson, an adviser for all of three weeks, to president of basketball operations. Gone was general manager Mitch Kupchak, ousted from his executive vice-president role was Jim Buss, and in comes Johnson, a legendary player, a successful businessman … and when it comes to being a basketball executive, a total novice.

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  • Forde Minutes: Coaching carousel edition

    John Calipari (1) said Monday morning on the SEC teleconference that it’s “not happening.” He’s not going to the New Orleans Pelicans to be reunited with two star big men he coached at Kentucky, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. There may not be anything else to be said on the subject – he’s rich and powerful and recruiting like a sultan and coaching his kid at Kentucky right now. Current Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is 11 games below .500 this year, 33 games below .500 in his Pelicans tenure and 68 games below .500 in his NBA coaching career – he’s not exactly cemented into place in New Orleans.

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  • WNBA players dispute Candice Wiggins' controversial allegations

    When Candice Wiggins retired from the WNBA in March 2016, she cited physical wear and tear on her body and said she didn't really love the game anymore. She wrote in The Players' Tribune she was happily moving on with her life. But in a story published Monday in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Stanford graduate said she had a miserable time in her eight years playing in the WNBA, in part because of what she termed leaguewide "bullying." She said players were particularly hostile toward her because she was heterosexual, and that they were also jealous of her popularity. When contacted by espnW, she said she did not want to talk about it as she "wished for privacy and peace." She added that she

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  • Jok leads Hawkeyes past Indiana in OT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Senior Peter Jok scored 35 points as Iowa rallied from 13 down to beat Indiana 96-90 in overtime on Tuesday night, snapping a three-game losing streak. Jok made a program record 22 free throws for the Hawkeyes (15-13, 7-8 Big Ten), which made 39 free throws to Indiana's 16. Jok hit a pair of free throws and two more off a subsequent steal, putting Iowa ahead 84-81 with 2:14 left in OT. The Hawkeyes then forced another turnover, and Jok made it six straight free throws and an 86-81 Hawkeyes lead. Tyler Cook's dunk with 59 seconds left sealed it for Iowa, which came back from a 17-4 deficit to start play. Iowa took its first lead, 73-71, on a Cook 3-point play with 2:10 left

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  • A start on HB2 repeal, perhaps, but only that

    Let’s give Rep. Chuck McGrady the benefit of the doubt: He thinks HB2 is bad for North Carolina and wants it repealed. He is earnestly trying to move the debate forward and is not trying to secretly keep its provisions in place with the bill he unveiled late Wednesday. “It’s certainly the best starting point we’ve had up till now,” he said. Maybe so, but it wouldn’t be the best ending point. Legislators need to make crucial changes for it to be an effective compromise. Opinions are flying about McGrady’s bill, but these are facts: ▪ It provides no protections for LGBT citizens. ▪ It bans cities from passing “bathroom” provisions of any kind. ▪ It allows cities to pass LGBT protections (minus

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  • Bob Huggins Has Scare, Collapses Before Halftime

    Bob Huggins clutched his chest and dropped to his knees during a timeout in the final seconds of the first half. He was looked at by medical professionals and it was concluded that his defibrillator went off during the break. Huggins stressed that he was fine and came out in the second half to continue coaching his Mountaineer squad to a 77-62 win over Texas.

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  • Luke Kennard: Duke's Best Player All Year Long

    Luke Kennard has been Duke's best player all year long. Kennard is 2nd in the ACC in points per game with 20.0 and 4th in the league with 52% accuracy from the field. Kennard has been the reliable scorer the Blue Devils have looked to over the course of the season. Is Kennard the ACC Player of the Year? Tweet us @TheACCDN.

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  • Josh Pastner Shuts Down "Airball" Chant Complaint

    Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner received a phone call from a disgruntled Syracuse fan this week regarding the Ramblin' Wreck's "airball" chant towards the Orange's John Gillon. Campus Insiders' Shae Peppler shares her reaction to this seemingly out of touch fan.

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