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Preston Spradlin has noticed a certain coolness over the phone this spring. When the Morehead State men’s basketball coach reaches out to colleagues seeking to schedule non-league games, return calls are sporadic. “I can tell you, scheduling is a lot different,” Spradlin said. “When you are winning 13 games (in a season), you get a lot of phone calls. When you are winning 23, nobody wants to ...

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A year ago the Pistons were in pieces, broken pieces, yet-to-be-broken-in pieces, old pieces, unproven pieces. And then they did what they’ve long talked about doing, what the franchise used to do with great success. They started all over. Troy Weaver was hired as GM last June and came in unabashed and unafraid to deal. Now less than 12 months later, they have a collection of viable pieces ...

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The Charlotte Hornets had themselves a lost weekend at the worst possible time. Twice they looked like they could win. That they should win. That they would win. And twice they lost heartbreakers, including a 115-110 defeat at the hands of the Washington Wizards Sunday afternoon in which the Hornets led by 11 points beginning the fourth quarter before disintegrating. Is the season over? Not ...

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SAN FRANCISCO — In his 20s, Stephen Curry changed the entire sport of basketball. In his 30s, Curry is still showing the rest of the league how to play this game he changed. At age 33, Curry just turned in the best regular season of his revolutionary career, capturing his second scoring title with a career-high 32 points per game average. He capped it all off with one of his best performances ...

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CHICAGO -- Before the Chicago Bulls’ final game of an unprecedented 2020-21 season — a 118-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night — forward Thad Young took the microphone at center court to address the crowd. Much like Zach LaVine did on the first night fans were allowed back at the United Center, Young thanked the fans for their support and for enduring such a trying season. The ...

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LeBron James limped to the Lakers’ bench in the fourth quarter Sunday night in New Orleans after having his right ankle stepped on by a Pelicans defender, his body hitting the court after scoring on a 360-degree layup. James stayed down for a few seconds while looking at his ankle, the same one that forced him to miss 26 out of 28 games since March 20. He played in the final two games since ...

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Karl-Anthony Towns (32) of the Minnesota Timberwolves commits an offensive foul against Jalen Brunson (13) of the Dallas Mavericks in the four…