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Why the Toronto Raptors are the NBA's best team right now
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:50:45 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Coming off two impressive road wins without star Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors have positioned themselves firmly atop the NBA right now.


Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics finally finding groove in East
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:39:38 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
What's the difference between Boston's 9-9 start to the season and an 8-1 record since? For Kyrie Irving it's distilled into one word: "Fun."


'Grindstones': The corny way the Grizzlies reward gritty play
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:48:12 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
It's pretty cheesy and reminds one player of his youth football days. But nobody wants to have a basketball without any "grindstones."


After threatening to move, owner Robert Sarver insists: 'Suns are not leaving Phoenix'
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:32:36 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Robert Sarver issued a statement on social media a day after reportedly threatening to move the Suns if an arena renovation plan wasn't approved.


Pistons have interest in trading for 76ers' Markelle Fultz
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 19:36:45 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
The Markelle Fultz saga is one of the strangest stories in sports, but that isn't stopping the Pistons from inquiring about a trade.


Michael Jordan smacks, scolds Malik Monk for ill-advised technical for celebrating early
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:41:11 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Hornets owner Michael Jordan playfully smacked Hornets guard Malik Monk upside the head for drawing a technical foul for prematurely celebrating.


Stephen Curry says Shaq's 'dead wrong' that 2000s Lakers would beat his Warriors
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 09:22:26 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Warriors guard Stephen Curry says that Shaquille O'Neal is 'dead wrong' in saying that the 2000s Lakers would beat this era's Warriors.


Mavs' Nowitzki set to make debut of 21st season vs Suns
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:46:18 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Dirk Nowitzki was active for Thursday night's game against Phoenix, prepared to officially mark his 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks


Nets, Spencer Dinwiddie agree to contract extension
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:42:05 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
The Brooklyn Nets and guard Spencer Dinwiddie have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth about $34 million


Warriors' Curry says he was joking about moon landing
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:31:31 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Warriors star Stephen Curry didn't mean it


Knicks sign rookie Trier to guaranteed NBA deal, waive Baker
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:40:07 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
The New York Knicks have signed guard Allonzo Trier to a guaranteed deal after the undrafted rookie's strong start to the season


Former ESPN reporter detailed his bitter falling out with LaVar Ball
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:36:27 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
"I don't think I've ever told this whole story."


Jordan tells AP: Monk interaction was a 'tap of endearment'
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:28:01 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Hornets owner Michael Jordan says smack on the back of second-year guard Malik Monk's head in closing seconds of win against the Pistons was 'tap of endearment'


Stephen Curry accepts NASA invite after moon-landing conspiracy comments go viral
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:48:13 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
If Stephen Curry's plan all along was to start an uproar, get a free visit to NASA and possibly (maybe?) go to space, he succeeded.


Kings hit 19 3-pointers in 141-130 win against Minnesota
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:03:42 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Bjelica scores 25 points as Sacramento Kings beat Minnesota Timberwolves 141-130


Raptors rout Warriors 113-93 without Kawhi to complete sweep
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:01:55 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Kyle Lowry had 23 points and 12 assists to lead a balanced Toronto offense while leading scorer Kawhi Leonard sat out, and the Raptors dominated Golden State from the start in routing the Warriors 113-93 to complete a season sweep


Leonard sits with bruised hip as Raptors rout Warriors
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 02:40:45 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Kawhi Leonard sat out Toronto's blowout win over the Golden State Warriors because of a bruised right hip


Mitchell, Jazz roll over short-handed Heat 111-84
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:45:47 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points and Derrick Favors had 17 to help the Utah Jazz romp over the short-handed Miami Heat 111-84


Davis' 44 points, 18 rebounds, helps Pelicans top Thunder
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:42:30 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Anthony Davis had 44 points and 18 rebounds, and the inconsistent New Orleans Pelicans narrowly held on to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-114 on Wednesday night


Mavs extend home streak, end skid vs. Hawks in 114-107 win
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:22:10 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, Luka Doncic added 24 and the Dallas Mavericks extended their home winning streak to 11 games while ending a 10-game skid against Atlanta in a 114-107 victory over the Hawks


Conley leads late rally as Grizzlies defeat Portland 92-83
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:07:50 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Mike Conley scored 23 points and keyed a fourth-quarter outburst as the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away for a 92-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night


Sick kicks: Best shoes of the NBA season
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:07:20 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
NBA shoes: Best kicks of the 2018-19 season


Cheerleaders, mascots and fans around NBA
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:00:24 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Showcasing all of the NBA's off-the-court happenings, from celebrities sitting courtside to mascots throwing down dunks off trampolines.


Throw it down: Best dunk photos of the NBA season
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:11:52 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
A look at some of the best dunk photos taken during the 2018-19 NBA season.


Home player Oliver Bekker leads Alfred Dunhill in S. Africa
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:43:46 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Oliver Bekker puts together four straight birdies on the back nine to take a one-shot lead in the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship


Top-ranked Djokovic, Halep honored by ITF as World Champions
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:14:43 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named the 2018 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation on Thursday after each won Grand Slam titles and finished the year atop the world rankings


Suicide, Quarterbacks and the Hilinski Family
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:12:39 GMT
From https:
Tyler Hilinski, a quarterback at Washington State, killed himself in January and was posthumously diagnosed with C.T.E. His brother is a star recruit at the same position. It's raw and complicated.


In Off-Season of Restraint, Yankees Close In on J.A. Happ
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:54:09 GMT
From https:
He doesn't carry the wow factor of other options, but after a solid stint in the Bronx last season, Happ appears close to agreeing to a new contract.


On Soccer: The Champions League Group Stage Is Over. So, What Did We Learn?
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:43:50 GMT
From https:
A familiar lineup of teams, from a familiar list of countries, found their way to the knockout stages, though not all of them were impressive along the way.


N.F.L. Injury Analysis as Fast as You Can Say Ouch
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:01:57 GMT
From https:
David Chao, a former team doctor for the Chargers, has become a popular in-game analyst on Twitter from his couch. But is it responsible for him and others to diagnose from a distance?


Why N.B.A. Stars Are Trading In Their Nikes
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 04:48:46 GMT
From https:
An insurgency against the traditional basketball shoe powers is underfoot as companies like Puma, New Balance and Under Armour compete for a share of N.B.A. culture.


This Is the Most Important Week of the N.F.L. Season. Here’s Why.
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 23:53:12 GMT
From https:
The Patriots, Steelers, Cowboys, Colts, Chargers, Chiefs, Dolphins and Vikings play games with huge playoff implications this week.


Defending Kareem Hunt Inquiry, N.F.L. Says It Won’t Pay for Video Evidence
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:09:07 GMT
From https:
The league doubled down on its policy of not paying for surveillance videos like the one that showed Hunt attacking a woman in a hotel in February.


Battling for the Denver Broncos, With Some Siblings in the Way
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:43:42 GMT
From https:
Beth Bowlen Wallace, Pat Bowlen's daughter, says she is ready to take control of his N.F.L. franchise. The ailing owner's trustees, who control the team, disagree.


Justin Gimelstob’s Career in Tennis in Doubt After Halloween Night Altercation
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:57:05 GMT
From https:
A coach of John Isner, an ATP board member and a Tennis Channel commentator, Gimelstob was charged with felony battery. He has pleaded not guilty.


Five Russian Biathletes Accused by Austria of Doping
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 22:49:51 GMT
From https:
The authorities informed the accused at their hotel in Hochfilzen, where they are staying for this week's World Cup event.


Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion Involved in Three-Team Trade
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 23:50:43 GMT
From https:
Encarnacion goes to the rebuilding Seattle Mariners -- for now -- and Santana goes back to the Cleveland Indians in a deal that also involved Tampa Bay.


N.B.A. Roundup: Nets Survive Late Comeback Try From Depleted 76ers
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:26:38 GMT
From https:
The Nets got their second win in three games against Philadelphia, which nearly completed a late rally despite playing without the injured Jimmy Butler.


On Baseball: In the N.L. East, Slow Rebuilds Are Not in Vogue
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:41:24 GMT
From https:
Of the five teams in the division, only Miami is taking a pass on 2019, and beyond. Everyone else is trying to win now and it's refreshing to see.


United Nations Dispatch: Runners Extend U.N.’s Reach, One Sweaty Huff After Another
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 05:12:23 GMT
From https:
United Nations representatives dispense with hierarchical diplomacy during runs in Central Park. It's "a bit like going to the sauna -- everyone is equal," said one from Finland.


NBA: Complacency the biggest challenge for Warriors - coach
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:24:02 -0500
From feeds.reuters
The Golden State Warriors need to stay hungry for success or see their hopes of a third successive title evaporate, head coach Steve Kerr told reporters on Thursday.


MLB notebook: Encarnacion, Santana highlight 3-team deal
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:23:02 -0500
From feeds.reuters
The Cleveland Indians traded slugger Edwin Encarnacion to the Seattle Mariners for Carlos Santana on Thursday as part of a three-team deal that also included the Tampa Bay Rays.


NFL notebook: Wentz reportedly fractured vertebra
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:35:14 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a fractured vertebra in his back that might keep him out of Sunday's game, according to multiple reports.


College football notebook: Murray takes first step toward NFL
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:27:38 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Quarterback Kyler Murray was one of the underclassmen whose names Oklahoma submitted to the NFL College Advisory Committee, Sports Illustrated reported Thursday. That could imply a change of plans for Murray, an outfielder selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft.


NBA notebook: Nowitzki slated to return against Suns
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 19:20:42 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Dallas Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki is expected to make his season debut Thursday night against the Phoenix Suns, ESPN reported.


Jury issues $25 million verdict against former Cowboys DT, club
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:39:54 -0500
From feeds.reuters
A defunct Dallas nightclub and former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent will share responsibility for a $25 million award in the death of his teammate and best friend, Jerry Brown, six years ago.


Report: Chiefs S Berry will start, be on snap count
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:07:38 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Eric Berry indeed will start Thursday night, making his season debut in his team's biggest game to date, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported.


Mavs' Nowitzki reportedly expected to make season debut Thursday
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:05:41 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Dallas Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki is expected to make his season debut Thursday night at Phoenix, ESPN reported.


Wimbledon set to expand after golf agrees to sell
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:52:59 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Wimbledon's plans to expand the size of its grounds took a step forward on Thursday when members of a local golf club voted to sell their land to the Grand Slam tournament's organizers.


Curry agrees to lunar lab visit: NASA
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:51:54 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry will take space agency NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab after he sparked controversy by saying he did not believe humans had ever been to the Moon, comments he later called a joke.


Take 5: Steelers' D vs. Brady headlines Week 15
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:48:57 -0500
From feeds.reuters
The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't beaten the New England Patriots since 2011.


MJ on swipe to Monk's head: Done out of 'only love!'
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:39:06 -0500
From feeds.reuters
A day after he took a couple of swipes at the head of one of his players, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan on Thursday explained the strange episode as one meant to teach and show endearment.


Encarnacion traded to Mariners for Santana in three-team deal
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:11:53 -0500
From feeds.reuters
The Cleveland Indians on Thursday traded slugger Edwin Encarnacion to the Seattle Mariners for Carlos Santana as part of a three-team deal that also includes the Tampa Bay Rays, the Indians confirmed.


Mariners GM Dipoto hospitalized, finalized mega trade from bed
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:08:26 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was hospitalized as a precaution in Las Vegas on Wednesday after coming down with an illness Tuesday, the team said.


Athletics: Gatlin still believes he can be a contender in Doha 100m
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:41:00 -0500
From feeds.reuters
The clock is ticking on Justin Gatlin and not just the stopwatch. The world champion will be 37 years old when he defends his 100 meters title in Doha next September.


Report: Eagles QB Wentz has fractured vertebra
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:09:48 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a fractured vertebra in his back that may keep him out of Sunday's game, multiple outlets are reporting.


WTA to offer increased rankings protection for returning mothers: report
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:46:33 -0500
From feeds.reuters
The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) will offer greater protection to the rankings of mothers returning to the tour after giving birth, British media reported on Thursday.


Swimming: Top swimmers challenging FINA to gather at London summit
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:22:01 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Some of the world's top swimmers will gather at a brainstorming summit in London next week hosted by the International Swimming League (ISL), which is looking to challenge world governing body FINA's control over international competitions.


More signs that Heisman winner Murray considering NFL over MLB
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:19:03 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Quarterback Kyler Murray was one of the underclassmen whose names Oklahoma submitted to the NFL College Advisory Committee, Sports Illustrated reported Thursday.


Report: Eagles QB Wentz to have MRI
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:54:54 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will undergo an MRI on his back Thursday to help diagnose the discomfort and soreness that may keep him out of Sunday's game, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.