Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon power Magic past Hawks
ATLANTA — The Orlando Magic could thank plenty of players for their victory on the road against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.Mo Bamba controlled the early stages, Aaron Gordon took over the third quarter and Evan Fournier ruled the fourth as Orlando rolled past Atlanta 130-120 and moved a half game within seventh-place Brooklyn in the Eastern Conference standings.Bamba took advantage of the opportunity when starting center Nikola Vucevic picked up his second foul eight minutes into the game.The second-year player made his presence known immediately, blocking two quick shots and then ta...
Fallen TCU football star Trevone Boykin gets prison time after guilty plea for assault
FORT WORTH, Texas — In a plea arrangement with Tarrant County prosecutors, Trevone Boykin was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and tampering with a witness.Boykin, 26, is a former quarterback who played for TCU and the Seattle Seahawks. He also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor theft charges — theft of services $100-$750, and theft of property $100-$750 — and was sentenced to 180 days in Tarrant County Jail.“Mr. Boykin has failed to take responsibility for any of his assaultive and criminal behav...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Timberwolves hand Jimmy Butler, Miami 129-126 loss
MIAMI – Wednesday marked the third time Jimmy Butler has faced the Timberwolves since the weeks-long soap opera that led to his trade out of town last fall.Each time he does, a little bit more distance comes between him and the franchise that he uprooted, an event that had reverberations beyond Butler’s exit to Philadelphia last November.He’s with the Heat now, and his current team lost to the new-look Wolves 129-126, and perhaps it was fitting that the team Butler faced Wednesday looked almost nothing like the one he left.His exit and the drama around it led to the firing of coach and Preside...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Brad Biggs: New CBA would open door for Bears to be more aggressive in free agency — and perhaps bring in competition for Mitch Trubisky
INDIANAPOLIS — With optimism growing that a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached before the start of the new league year, the NFL is planning to give teams a crash course on parameters of the deal before the week is over.The Bears, as reported last month from the Senior Bowl, are preparing two plans for free agency — one that includes a new CBA (and an anticipated bump in the salary cap) and one without a completed deal.It appears the Bears will be able to put Plan A into play, and with a new deal is expected to be a salary-cap hike of about $20 million, according to one league ...
LeBron James Victorious In First Showdown With Zion Williamson; Lakers Beat Pelicans 118-109
Tuesday’s match up between the Lakers and Pelicans was must watch television as two of the most hyped No. 1 picks to ever grace an NBA court went head-to-head for the first time this season. LeBron James faced Zion Williamsonin a tough Western Conference battle that was filled with highlight plays and athleticism from both players.James left the game with bragging rights after posting a game-high 40 points to go along with 8 rebounds and six assists en route to a 118-109 victory. Williamson who scored 29 points with three assists and six rebounds while shooting 8-18 from the field, spoke to ES...
Sixers extend road skid to seven games in loss to Cavs, 108-94, as Joel Embiid leaves with left shoulder strain
CLEVELAND – The 76ers have hit the road woe equivalent of rock bottom.The already undermanned team lost its franchise player, Joel Embiid, while suffering a 108-94 loss to the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.It was the Sixers’ seventh straight road loss. It was also their 13th setback in their last 15 games away from home. And it dropped the Sixers to 9-21 on the road.The Cavaliers improved to 17-41 in what was their fourth victory in five games.Things are not exactly peachy right now for the Sixers (36-23).They were already without All-Star point guard Ben Simmons. And Embii...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Caris LeVert outduels Bradley Beal, but Wizards thwart Nets' comeback effort
WASHINGTON — Without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Nets, in all likelihood, will fall in the opening round of the playoffs.But let’s face it: they must avoid Milwaukee for even the longshot chance of advancing.What that means for the Nets is finishing at least seventh, which would pit them in a first-round series against either the Raptors, Celtics, Heat or Sixers. The Bucks are running away with the conference, along with the NBA’s top record, at 50-8.The Nets (26-30) appeared in good shape for much of this campaign — fluctuating between the sixth and seventh seeds — but now find themsel...
New York Daily News
Terry Rozier leads Hornets past Knicks, 107-101
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Terry Rozier hit a high-arc reverse layup with 28 seconds left for a five-point lead that secured the Charlotte Hornets’ 107-101 victory over the New York Knicks Wednesday at Spectrum Center.The victory ended a two-game losing streak in which the Hornets were outscored by 29 and 39 points. Rozier finished with 26 points and Devonte Graham added 21.The Hornets played without Malik Monk, who was suspended by the NBA for an indefinite period for violating the anti-drug policy.This was one of the few remaining games this season when the Hornets had a rest disadvantage (they playe...
The Charlotte Observer
No. 12 Villanova 71, St. John's 60: Stats, highlights and reaction from the Wildcats' fifth consecutive victory
PHILADELPHIA — Villanova knew that St. John’s was going to provide a challenge with its defense Wednesday night, and it took the Wildcats quite a while to find the key offensively and take control.The 12th-ranked Wildcats took double-digit leads on three separate occasions before a senior night sellout at Finneran Pavilion, only to see the Red Storm come back each time to twice draw to within one possession, and once tie the game.But the Cats gained the momentum for good with a 16-5 run and rolled on to a 71-60 victory, their fifth consecutive win, and moved into a tie for second place in the ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bryce Miller: Coronavirus could threaten Tokyo Olympics this summer
Cancel the Olympics? Shelve the biggest global gathering, a multibillion-dollar undertaking demanding enough planning and precision that Los Angeles is tabbed to host the Summer Games … eight years from now?Stop the most singular collection of humanity, so difficult to derail that it’s happened just five times — due to World War I and World War II? How do you course-correct a behemoth that brings together about 11,000 athletes, with another 4,400 to follow during the Paralympics, and the thousands upon thousands more who work, cover and cheer?The knee-buckling reality of it: You probably don’t...
The San Diego Union-Tribune