David Murphy: The magic of LeBron James is his consistency. On Saturday, Ben Simmons gave reason to think that his is coming soon.
PHILADELPHIA — The kid is standing 20 feet behind the basket, at the top of a series of steps that lead from the lower seating bowl to the court. His mother is standing next to him.They are looking ou...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Little goes right from the start for faltering Washington, which falls, 76-62, at No. 23 Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. — This time Washington didn’t blow a big lead in the final minutes.Instead, the Huskies stumbled at the start, fell behind by 18 points in the first half and never mounted much of a com...
The Seattle Times
Timberwolves' losing streak reaches nine games after falling to Thunder, 113-104
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns seemed to come out fine out after two injury scares against the Thunder. The first coming after a hard fall on his left wrist in the second quarter, the second after h...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Zach LaVine scores 44 points in Bulls' 118-106 victory against Cavaliers
CLEVELAND — There were about two minutes remaining before the second half began Saturday when Zach LaVine walked toward the sideline and sat atop the scorer’s table.He had finished warming up at halft...
Like other sons from college basketball coaching families, Minnesota's Richard Pitino tries to carve own path
MINNEAPOLIS — When Minnesota plays Michigan State in its biggest home game yet this season Sunday, it won’t be a coaching matchup between Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino’s son.Maybe that was the storyline wh...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Danny Farquhar throws himself into coaching after near-death experience: 'I'm just happy to still be alive and still in the baseball life'
CHICAGO — White Sox minor-league pitching coach Danny Farquhar is still fairly new to coaching, but he already has a philosophy he abides by: “You always want to be positive.”That philosophy applies t...
Omar Kelly: Lions will control 2020 NFL draft — and might try to leverage Dolphins to get more picks
Most around the NFL believe that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s floor in the 2020 NFL draft is the Miami Dolphins’ No. 5 pick.Miami’s infatuation with Tagovailoa is the worst kept secret around the leag...
Kyrie Irving scores 45 points, Nets pull away from Pistons in overtime
DETROIT — Derrick Rose scored 20-plus points for the 12th straight game. But Rose and the Detroit Pistons were helpless to prevent the Brooklyn Nets from taking over in overtime Saturday night.The Net...
Detroit Free Press
Kansas defeats Tennessee, 74-68, with Peyton Manning in attendance
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Former University of Tennessee quarterback/future NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning was the focal point of pre-game, hanging out on Tennessee’s basketball bench for a full hour prior t...
The Kansas City Star
Pro Bowl stars respect early retirees but don't plan to join them
ORLANDO, Fla. — On Dec. 17, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was selected to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl.Twenty-eight days later, he retired.“There is only one way to play this game sinc...