Tyler Herro, Miami's 20-year-old rookie, scores 37 and Heat is 1 win away from NBA Finals
Winning: The Miami Heat is on the brink of the NBA Finals and a 20-year-old rookie, who wasn’t even a top-10 pick, is leading the wayTyler Herro scored a career-high 37 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, and the Heat beat the Boston Celtics, 112-109, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday to move within one win of playing for a championship.Herro’s explosion gives Miami a 3-1 series lead in Lake Buena Vista and the Heat can advance to the Finals for the first time since 2014 with a win Friday.In the final minutes, everyone from Jimmy Butler to Bam Adebayo to Goran Dragic...
Jake Cave homers twice as Twins edge Tigers 7-6, take over AL Central lead
MINNEAPOLIS — When the Twins left Guaranteed Rate Field last Thursday, it appeared that they had left the AL Central division title there for the White Sox.But a team’s fortunes can change quickly and greatly impact an abbreviated season.Chicago has sputtered, suffering consecutive walk-off losses in Cleveland this week. And the Twins, playing without the sore-kneed Nelson Cruz, won their fourth straight game with a 7-6 victory over Detroit on Wednesday. The Twins now are one-half game ahead of the White Sox for the division title.Chicago has a game in hand and owns the head-to-head tiebreaker...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Tom Thibodeau era begins with Knicks' first practice in over six months
NEW YORK — The Knicks were a little delayed getting on the court for their first group workouts Wednesday afternoon. After six months off, what’s another few minutes anyway?When they finally started practice, Tom Thibodeau began what he described as building a base of fundamentals.“Offensively, we’ll build our system more towards what the strengths of our club is and then defensively of course there’s things you believe in that you know you have to establish in this league,” Thibodeau said in a video conference call Wednesday with reporters. “And that starts with fundamentals on both offense a...
New York Daily News
Biden vows to change 'systemic racism' during first NC appearance in months
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden brought his campaign to Charlotte on Wednesday, telling a dozen African American business owners and educators that the “tough times” for Americans in this pandemic are even worse for African American communities.“It’s sort of emblematic of the inequality that exists,” he said at what was billed as a Black Economic Summit at Camp North End. “We have a gigantic opportunity to change the systemic racism.”Biden also ripped President Donald Trump for what he called “the most corrupt administration in modern American history.”Biden’s first...
The Charlotte Observer
Mike Bianchi: Hey, Magic fans, Dwight Howard may finally win a championship in Orlando!
ORLANDO, Fla. — Forgive me, fellow Central Floridians, for what I am about to write:I have — clearing my throat — actually found myself rooting for Dwight Howard during the NBA playoffs.Not only that, but — taking a deep breath — I am genuinely OK with Dwight winning a championship with the spoiled, hated, “We don’t build championship rosters, we steal our superstars from other teams” Los Angeles Lakers.Hey, Dwight always said he was going to win a championship in Orlando.And now, ironically, he’s just a few wins away.Of course, this isn’t how it was supposed to happen. More than a decade ago,...
Dwyane Wade: Pat Riley not going anywhere, and I'm not replacing him with Heat if he does
Dwyane Wade said Wednesday that he envisions Pat Riley continuing on with the work he has done as Miami Heat president no matter the result of these NBA playoffs, and that even if the job became vacant, it is not one he would pursue.Asked if championship success could bring the Riley era to a close after a quarter century of stewardship of the Heat, Wade said on 790-The Ticket that he sees the 75-year-old icon as game for more.“I don’t think so,” Wade said of Riley moving on after a potential fourth championship under his Heat watch this postseason. “I think we’re going to have to roll him out...
Game changer: New GM Monte McNair will bring Kings deep into basketball analytics
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — There was a telling moment during the 2020 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference March 6-7 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center that might have revealed something about the Kings’ past and more about their future.Kings vice president of strategy and analytics Luke Bornn participated in a panel discussion entitled “Pass the Secret Sauce: Learning Across Sports.” Bornn had just made a point about using advanced metrics to better measure a player’s shooting ability and even his shot arc when there was a brief exchange that indicated the Kings were behind the times i...
The Sacramento Bee
Chicago Bulls hire Billy Donovan as head coach
The Bulls hired Billy Donovan as their new head coach Tuesday evening, landing one of the biggest names available on the coaching market to fill their vacancy.Donovan, 55, spent the last five seasons as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s coach, going 243-157 (.608) and guiding the team to the playoffs all five years, including an appearance in the Western Conference finals in his first season.In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year this season, the Thunder exceeded expectations and made the playoffs before losing in Game 7 of the first round against the Houston Rockets. It was their fourth conse...
Kansas, UNC, others pursuing California sophomore power forward
Jalen Lewis, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound sophomore power forward from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif., who received a scholarship offer from Kansas in April, tells Stockrisers.com he continues to hear from numerous college basketball programs.“My recruitment has been really good so far. I feel like I’ve definitely gotten my name out there from last season. I currently earned offers from Cal, UC-Davis, Kansas, Arkansas, Michigan, Georgetown, USC and Stanford,” Lewis informed the recruiting website.Lewis — he is the No. 2-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2023 by ESPN.com — also ha...
The Kansas City Star
Celtics' Stevens praises Heat coach Spoelstra: 'I think the world of Erik'
The mutual admiration will morph into something more competitive Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., when the Eastern Conference finals resume.Tuesday, though, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens stressed that when it comes to Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, he is a big fan.“I think the world of Erik,” he said after the Celtics’ practice at Disney World. “I think the world of their whole program. I think they’re tremendous.“But that’s the fun part of this. When you’re playing at this time of the year — I guess not this time of the year, usually you’re getting ready for training camp — but when you’re playi...