The Detroit Pistons addressed two needs — shooting and experience — with one signing Tuesday. Wayne Ellington agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Pistons, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed to the Free Press. ESPN initially reported the signing. It's Ellington's second stint with Detroit, as he signed with the franchise after the 2019 trade deadline. In 28 games, Ellington ...

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Two days after signing with the Miami Heat, guard Avery Bradley said Tuesday he is fully committed to going forward with the 2020-21 season, after declining to participate in the NBA's quarantined conclusion to last season. As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Bradley opted out of the league's Disney World bubble due to concerns about COVID-19 on his family. Bradley's 6-year-old son Liam has ...

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The first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2020 season were released Tuesday night, and Clemson is ranked No. 3. The Tigers (7-1) are in the top four of the CFP rankings, despite losing to Notre Dame (8-0) in their last game on Nov. 7. In front of Clemson is No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Notre Dame. Ohio State rounds out the top 4. College Football Playoff committee chair Gary Barta ...

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It was about 6:15 p.m. Monday when Morehead State Coach Preston Spradlin's phone buzzed to alert him of a prearranged interview. He was supposed to be done with team activities since that day's practice was scheduled for 2:15 that afternoon. But Spradlin was driving to practice, which was rescheduled for 7 p.m. in order to get the results of the latest coronavirus testing. This was just one of ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After two days of internal deliberation and public debate, Kings general manager Monte McNair made up his mind Tuesday, choosing to let restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic start the next chapter of his career with the Atlanta Hawks. McNair decided not to match Bogdanovic's offer from the Hawks, allowing the 28-year-old shooting guard to leave Sacramento without ...

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LOS ANGELES — Wesley Matthews apologized for becoming "emotional" while talking about how the late Kobe Bryant helped him through his Achilles tendon injury. Matthews opened his videoconference Tuesday by saying he was honored to have been signed by the Los Angeles Lakers and how special it was to be playing for the same franchise his dad, Wes Matthews, did during the late 1980s. When he was ...

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NEW YORK — The Knicks' moves in free agency, or lack of moves, again places the franchise near the bottom of the league in talent and high up in cap flexibility. On the surface, it makes sense: the free-agent class was underwhelming, the upcoming drafts and free agencies are projected as more fertile, and a pandemic has relieved any pressure to sell tickets or to discourage fans from chanting ...

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The Ravens have been in Baltimore for 25 years and still haven't drafted a No. 1 wide receiver. It's been the Achilles' heel of the team's college scouting department, evidenced by first-round failures such as Travis Taylor, Mark Clayton and Breshad Perriman. Next up could be Marquise Brown, the 25th player chosen in the 2019 draft. It's way too early to reach a conclusion on Brown, who is ...

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CHICAGO — Before noon games, the Florida State men's basketball team started its shootaround at 7 a.m. Most players approached this time casually, using it as a chance to wake up, get loose, stretch and run offensive sets five on zero. It was during one of those mornings, early in the college basketball season, when Florida State forward Raiquan Grey first became impressed by Patrick Williams' ...

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Tom Brady is considered by many to be the Greatest Of All Time. But is the GOAT also the SLOAT (Sorest Loser Of All Time)? It certainly seems that way following his latest apparent snub of an opposing quarterback following a loss. After the Rams' 27-24 win over the Bucs on "Monday Night Football," the ESPN cameras showed Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff heading toward midfield, where QBs ...

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LOS ANGELES — In any other year, this would be a joyful certainty: The Dodgers, winners of the World Series, would raise the championship flag at the start of the new season, to the full-throated approval of a sellout crowd. In 2021, the Dodgers' opening day attendance could be the traditional 56,000; a fraction of that; or limited to player families and fan cutouts. As Major League Baseball ...

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LOS ANGELES — For several weeks the timing seemed off. The hallmarks of a Los Angeles Rams passing offense that relied on the catch-and-run skills of receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp were curiously absent. That no longer appears to be a problem. The Rams will go into Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium with growing confidence and momentum after quarterback Jared ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — For just the second time in 130 years, Minnesota will not face Wisconsin in football. A rise in COVID-19 cases on the Gophers forced the athletic department to pause all team activities and thus call off Saturday's game in Madison, Wis., marking the first interruption since 1906 of a border rivalry that dates back to 1890. The teams will not reschedule the game, which goes down ...

The 3.5 sacks Carlos Dunlap has in the three games he's played for Seattle are impressive enough. Those sacks, which put Dunlap second among all Seahawks after 10 games, are a big reason they have been on something of a sacking spree, with 16 in the past four weeks and suddenly up to 25 for the season. That's tied for 11th in the NFL and only three off the total for the 2019 season, when ...

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The Florida Gators were No. 6 in the first round of College Football Playoff rankings, but they have a strong chance to vault into the coveted top four if they beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama grabbed the top spot in the first playoff rankings of the 2020-21 season released Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide (7-0), who are making their 38th appearance in the rankings, feature ...

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The college basketball season is a mess, and we haven't even gotten to the opening tipoff. The season starts Wednesday, and at least 40 Division I teams are quarantining or have paused activity because of COVID-19. That includes DePaul and Loyola, which reported outbreaks. Illinois had to find a last-minute replacement for its multi-team event Wednesday through Friday when Wright State dropped ...

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If you're looking for one more oddity as 2020 finally — mercifully — gets closer to its end, how about this: A non-Power Five team in the College Football Playoff. Squint close enough at the first set of rankings released Tuesday night by the selection committee, and maybe, maybe there's a path. Undefeated Cincinnati starts its playoff push seventh, the highest ever by a Group of Five team. ...

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The first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2020 season were released Tuesday night, and the Tigers are ranked No. 3. Clemson (7-1) is in the top four of the CFP rankings, despite losing to Notre Dame (8-0) in their last game on Nov. 7. In front of the Tigers is No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Notre Dame. Ohio State rounds out the top 4 at No. 4. College Football Playoff committee chair Gary ...

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PHILADELPHIA — The question for Villanova coach Jay Wright about his point guard was a basic one: If Collin Gillespie has more upside to show, how can we spot that? "Creativity, offensively," was the first thing that came to Wright's mind. "Being really crafty about finding more ways to score. Defensively, I think he is what he is — he's a tough, really good defender. Great rebounder for a ...

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Pretender or contender? That's usually the two categories NFL teams find themselves in during November games. Some teams get hot, find a groove and win five straight games like the Miami Dolphins recently did. And others wilt away, going through the motions until the season's over like the New York Jets, this Sunday's opponent. Injuries usually enter the equation at this point, and healthy teams ...