Charlotte Hornets' Malik Monk suspended without pay by NBA under the anti-drug policy
Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk has been suspended indefinitely without pay by the NBA for violation of the anti-drug policy, the NBA announced Wednesday.The league’s statement said Monk’s suspension starts with Wednesday’s home game against the New York Knicks and “will continue until he is determined to be in full compliance” with the anti-drug policy.Monk, in his third season with the Hornets, made his first NBA start Tuesday on the road against the Indiana Pacers. Monk was recently having his best span of quality play since the Hornets selected him 11th overall in the 2017 draft out of ...
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Penn athletic department placed on two years of NCAA probation in Jerome Allen scandal
PHILADELPHIA — The Penn athletic department was placed on probation for two years and fined $5,000 Wednesday, and its men’s basketball program was assessed recruiting restrictions by the NCAA in connection with recruiting violations committed by former head coach Jerome Allen.Allen, 47, a former Episcopal Academy and Penn star who coached the Quakers from 2010 to 2015, pleaded guilty and was later sentenced to probation last July for accepting $300,000 in bribes from a Florida businessman to get the man’s son into the university’s Wharton School.The penalty announced by the NCAA Committee on I...
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David Murphy: Ben Simmons' injury is a problem for Sixers' long-term plans, partnership with Joel Embiid
PHILADELPHIA — Game recognizes game. Real recognizes real. I don’t know who said it first, but I do know that evidence of its underlying wisdom can be found inside the Sixers locker room, which as of Monday night still felt like a place where you’d be comfortable bunkering down in the midst of a global pandemic.There are no fist prints in the dry wall, or dents in the lockers, or chalk outlines on the floor. It won’t be hosting any charity galas in the near future — it sometimes smells like your grandmother’s basement, and when fully occupied, the limb-to-floor-space ratio is distressingly sma...
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Russell Wilson tweets against proposed NFL collective bargaining agreement: 'I VOTE NO'
INDIANAPOLIS — Conventional wisdom among those who follow the NFL is that its players are likely to approve a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) proposal that was sent by the union’s leaders to the general membership for a vote late Tuesday night.But the league’s highest-paid player, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, will not be voting for the proposal.Wilson, who is often portrayed as staying out of controversy whenever possible, waded willingly into the CBA debate Wednesday morning with a tweet saying the NFL is lagging behind the NBA and MLB in how it treats players, ending with a...
The Seattle Times
Kings keep rolling with their third consecutive win over Warriors
SAN FRANCISCO — Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, De’Aaron Fox played through some nagging pains and the Sacramento Kings kept rolling, defeating the Golden State Warriors 112-94 on Tuesday night as “Sac-ra-mento” chants rang out inside Chase Center in San Francisco.Fox also finished with 21 points for the Kings (24-33), who have won three in a row and nine of 13 to get within four games of the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies. Buddy Hield scored 15 of his 19 in the second half. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 17 points.Marquese Chriss had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Warriors (12-46). Andrew W...
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Pistons wilt under Nuggets' offensive might, lose seventh straight
DENVER — The Pistons hung around for a while.In the first few minutes, they were within single digits with the Denver Nuggets, who have the second-best record in the Western Conference. After beating the Nuggets in overtime on Feb. 2 at Little Caesars Arena, staying close wasn’t farfetched.That was a different Pistons roster; this version doesn’t have the same offensive firepower.The Nuggets rode a 15-5 run to pull away and take a 115-98 victory on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center. It’s the seventh straight loss for the Pistons (19-41), who next play at Phoenix on Friday.Christian Wood had 20 poi...
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Zach LaVine scores 41 points and Coby White adds 35, but the Bulls' comeback falls short in a 124-122 loss to the Thunder
CHICAGO — The Bulls have been searching all season for another consistent scoring threat alongside Zach LaVine, but as their lineup has been wrecked by injuries for the last three games, rookie guard Coby White has stepped in to fill that void.The two took turns taking over the Bulls offense against the Thunder, leading an exhilarating third-quarter comeback as the Bulls charged back from down 24 points in the first half. Ultimately, their efforts fell short, as LaVine’s final shot, a long 3-pointer at the buzzer, fell short to seal a 124-122 loss.LaVine finished with 41 points, his sixth game...
Jimmy Butler hoping to return for Miami Heat on Wednesday against Timberwolves
MIAMI — As the Miami Heat looks to bounce back from Monday’s painful overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they appear likely to get back their max player.All-Star wing Jimmy Butler worked out at the Heat’s facility on Tuesday and the hope is he will be able to play in Wednesday’s home matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a league source. The Heat listed Butler as questionable for the game, but there is cautious optimism about a return Wednesday.Butler missed the past two games because of personal reasons.Butler, 30, is healthy; his absence did not involve any injury.Bu...
Bob Ford: Sixers forced to confront the injury situation they predicted
PHILADELPHIA — When Brett Brown was asked what he planned to do about the point-guard position on his basketball team during the potentially lengthy absence of his starter, the coach essentially said he was going to look around the bench and see if he had another one.“You’ll see it done by committee, and — who knows? — maybe somebody is going to emerge to be like the guy as Ben is out there,” Brown said Monday night. “We’ve all learned that when there is a vacuum, as there is right now, that somebody will step up. And I’m trying to see the world through those eyes.”This is the basketball equiv...
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Warriors' Kevon Looney is regaining confidence after his injury-plagued season
SAN FRANCISCO — Before walking over to the scorer’s table, Kevon Looney will typically go through a series of stretches and tests with a team trainer before checking into the game.Having missed 40 of 57 games this season due to various injuries, Looney has to be extra careful to make sure he doesn’t incur another setback. Though he acknowledges it’s been a challenging season, Looney has played in seven of Golden State’s last eight games and feels the worst is behind him.In Sunday’s loss to the Pelicans, Looney’s 18:47 of playing time was the most he has logged in a game all season, and on par ...
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