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Record 16 freshmen picked in first round of NBA draft

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Now the Celtics own the third pick and Danny Ainge's choice isn't clear - which is probably just how he likes it. There were other notable trades earlier in the week before the draft began, including Atlanta sending Dwight Howard to Charlotte and the Lakers clearing cap room by shipping D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn. Read More »

Minn. Collegians, Former Wild Players Move to Vegas in NHL Expansion Draft

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Tampa Bay defenseman Jason Garrison , Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot and Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin were among the other choices by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft. Also heading to Vegas in a trade were the Islanders' first-round pick in 2017 and second-round selection in 2019 as well as defenseman Jake Bischoff and center Mikhail Grabovski . Read More »

Potential picks gear up for 1st round of National Basketball Association draft

Fultz and Ball led a record-setting run of one-and-dones in the National Basketball Association draft, which received a jolt early in the first round when the Chicago Bulls traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves . The best and most exciting player usually get selected in the top 5. Nine of the first 10 selections played just one season of college ball. Read More »

Splash! Timberwolves get All-Star Jimmy Butler from Bulls

Butler has befriended both players over the years, at All-Star Games as well as with Team USA, and has actively been selling the idea of joining him in Chicago. The sharpshooter averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a freshman at Arizona. While this mindset has taken them to three straight NBA Finals, the Cavaliers might soon have to prepare for the NBA without LeBron James. Read More »

'Dream Come True': Lauri Markkanen Reacts to Becoming a Bull

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The 7-foot-1 Markkanen, who is from Finland, averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent overall and 42 percent from three-point range as a freshman for Arizona. They were rumored to offer Kevin Love to a third team that would supply them with younger trade assets and good draft picks that could have been enticing for the Chicago Bulls to send Butler out to the Cavs. Read More »

Britain bows to EU Brexit timetable

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European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the talks with Brexit minister David Davis, which are starting a full year after Britain's seismic vote to leave, had started "on the right foot". Mr Barnier said each side had to "assume our responsibility and the consequences of our decisions". And at a final news conference they traded quotes from their respective nations' history: Barnier cited European Union founding father Jean Monnet to say: "I am neither optimistic nor ... Read More »

Watch Lonzo Ball Throw Passes Through A Moving Escalade

Whether he has enough raw skill to survive at the next level remains to be seen, but he's worth a shot here at the back of the first round with much more of a sure thing already locked up in Ball. When asked if LaVar Ball had once again tasked his son with making good on a gratuitous remark, Lakers Coach Luke Walton agreed that the comments wouldn't help the 19-year-old in his rookie season. Read More »

Warriors pick up No. 38 pick Jordan Bell in deal with Bulls

Chicago's financial gain is Golden State's on-court gain, as Bell adds another young big to the mix for the defending champs, along with Kevon Looney and Damian Jones . The Point God, who is still in his prime, would be the ideal floor general for a team to compete against the Warriors. Perhaps the Bucks and Bulls don't feel like they're competing against the Warriors. Read More »

Derek Carr Signs $125M Contract Extension With Raiders

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However, he suffered a broken fibula in Week 16, forcing him to miss Oakland's playoff loss to the Houston Texans. He proved that he was what the team needed to succeed. His broken leg only seems to drive him even more. Only one lingering question remains about the University of Tennessee hiring former football coach Phil Fulmer as an assistant to the UT president: What took so long to bring back a Volunteers' legend? Quarterbacks are playing into their late 30's; Ben Roethlisberger, Tom ... Read More »

Kylian Mbappe open to Arsenal move

Mesut Ozil has not put pen to paper yet either while the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny also face an uncertain future, though the last three have been on the fringes of the Arsenal first team. In turn, it makes a move to Anfield look unlikely at this stage, even though Klopp could have promised him a central role in their push for silverware next season as the Reds will look to compete both domestically and on their return to the Champions League , if they make ... Read More »

Confederations Cup : Germany's rising stars relishing chance to shine

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Leno will be replaced by Barcelona's Ter Stegen for Thursday's encounter in Kazan but Low insists that the decision had been pre-planned. While some would argue this devalues a tournament that for whatever its worth does have its own unique charm, only Germany and its unique position in worldwide soccer can pull this off, and pull it off in the way they have. Read More »

NBA Draft 2017 live chat recap

The 2017 NBA Draft starts tonight at 7 p.m. EST . Fultz, who spent one year with the Huskies before declaring for the Draft , was a highly-touted point guard from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. "They said they love my dad and left it at that". Making the move to get Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in this year's draft was the move many believe is the final step in the process for the young Sixers squad. Read More »

Prince George's Co.'s Markelle Fultz #1 pick in NBA Draft

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But like Valentine, Jackson is limited athletically, and his sharp uptick in 3-point percentage in his junior season at North Carolina may not be sustainable. The road ends Thursday in NY. It's Fultz's ability to handle the ball and shoot that makes the 76ers believe he will mesh well with Simmons. The other top-10 picks in UW history were Marquese Chriss (8th in 2016), Terrence Ross (8th in 2012), Spencer Hawes (10th in 2007), Brandon Roy (6th in 2006) and Detlef Schrempf (8th in 1985). Read More »

Markelle Fultz is wearing shoes made of basketballs for the NBA Draft

Instead, investing in a core of Embiid, Simmons, and Fultz would prevent the team from having to overpay future top draft picks . Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games during his lone college season at Washington, excelling on a team that finished 9-22 and lost its final 13 games. Read More »

Ronaldo to appear in court next month

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Ronaldo is now facing four charges against the Spanish public treasury dated between 2011 and 2014, including a case of tax fraud worth United States dollars 65.5 million. Also past year, Barcelona star Lionel Messi and father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of tax fraud and given 21-month sentences, which will likely be suspended. Read More »

Di Maria sentenced to one year in jail after admitting tax fraud

Sentences of under two years are suspended in Spain, so far the convicted has no criminal record. The background to this is a concerted attempt by public prosecutors in Spain to target high-earners suspected of tax evasion, with Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo the most recent big names implicated, although both have strongly denied any wrongdoing. Read More »

Mignolet 'really hungry' for silverware with Liverpool

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If they are successful over two legs in qualifying, Jurgen Klopp's men will feature in next season's Champions League for only the second time in nine years. "I am so sorry to be writing to you under these very sad circumstances", Klopp says in his letter. The Spaniard's departure would require a signing to the fill the void, and though Klopp is focusing on other areas at this stage, the issue will need to be addressed before September. Read More »

Heavyweights Germany, Chile clash at Confed Cup

Not only do Germany have an incredibly deep pool of talent to draw from, they also have the luxury of being able to bring a C+ squad to Russian Federation, still be incredibly competitive and evaluate talent for the back end of next summer's 23 man roster all at the same time. Read More »

Celtics' Danny Ainge not anxious about trading away No. 1 overall pick

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General manager Danny Ainge explained Monday that the No. 3 selection will likely be the player they would have taken at No. 1 anyway, per Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today . 3 overall - as well as one future first round pick. "This is certainly a trade that is under the microscope more than others", Ainge said. With Thomas, though, the Celtics didn't necessarily need a point guard - which is the piece Philadelphia apparently wanted most. Read More »

Lakers great Magic Johnson picks successor in Lonzo Ball

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Shortly after Lonzo Ball was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers , his father, LaVar Ball, said that Lonzo would lead the Lakers to the playoffs. For now, though, the Lakers will bank on Ball helping revive a franchise that last made the playoffs in 2013. Read More »

Otto Warmbier: Family declines autopsy for United States student held by North Korea

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President Trump tweeted that he appreciated China's efforts to help with North Korea but that their attempts "did not work out". Otto returned from 17 months of imprisonment in North Korea last week. Since his inauguration, Trump and his team worked to secure Otto Warmbier's release from the Korean peninsula. Trump tweeted the message to Beijing on Tuesday, about two hours after saying he "condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim". Read More »