National Sports


Column: Knicks most valuable, most dysfunctional team in NBA

The New York Knicks are the most valuable team in the NBA, worth $3.3 billion according to Forbes’ latest estimate. They’re also the most dysfunctional team in the league, if not all of professional sports.

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Baseball chief says Diamondbacks’ 19-year-old Chase Field ‘needs work’

PHOENIX — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred came down on the side of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ ownership in the team’s court battle over Chase Field.

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Lakers shake-up: Magic is in charge after Buss, Kupchak fired

LOS ANGELES — With the Los Angeles Lakers mired in the worst years in franchise history, owner Jeanie Buss has turned to Magic Johnson to lead them back to championship contention. And she removed her own brother from his job to do it.

Dupree traded to Fever as part of three-way deal

NEW YORK — Candice Dupree has found a new home.

Baseball to push forward with process for rule changes

PHOENIX (AP) — Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving the strike zone, installation of pitch clocks and limits on trips to the pitcher’s mound.

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Coyotes score 3 early to beat Ducks

GLENDALE — Radim Vrbata capped Arizona’s three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Flames acquire Michael Stone from Coyotes for draft picks

CALGARY, Alberta — The Calgary Flames have acquired defenseman Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes for two draft picks.

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Sacramento Kings cut ties with Cousins, giving Pelicans dominant duo

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac headed into All-Star weekend convinced it was finally time to part ways with ultra-talented center DeMarcus Cousins.

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Giants’ Cueto still in DR with ailing father

SCOTTSDALE — Johnny Cueto remains in the Dominican Republic helping his ailing father a week after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, and the San Francisco Giants plan to reach out to him to see how he is doing and whether he thinks he will be ready to pitch for his country in the World Baseball Classic.

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Optimism in high gear at Daytona for NASCAR’s top teams

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Optimism abounds after the opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway, especially for NASCAR’s top teams.

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NBA All-Star Game: Defense takes the night off

Two teams combine to score 374 points

Move over, Wilt. After 55 years, one of your records is no more. Anthony Davis took care of that.

Tribe eager for another chance

Looking for first World Series win since 1948

Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland’s training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator.

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Top U.S. gymnasts say they were abuse victims

Three former elite U.S. gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzcher, have come forward saying they were sexually abused by a former doctor currently facing trial on a separate matter.

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NASCAR: Elliott earns pole at Daytona

It’s impossible to tell the history of NASCAR without mentioning Elliott and Earnhardt.

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PGA: Johnson’s win makes him No. 1

Dustin Johnson’s raw talent and a trophy case that keeps growing allowed him to believe he was the best player in golf. Now he can say it.

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Robinson wins NBA dunk contest; Jones takes 2nd

Glenn Robinson III is the NBA’s new dunk king, with an assist to Indiana teammate Paul George, the Pacers’ mascot and a Pacers cheerleader.

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LeBron talking a good game, still playing a great one

Older, wiser and more aware of the world, LeBron James is unafraid to let his views known on politics or social issues or even the business of basketball.

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PGA Johnson takes 36-hole lead at rainy Genesis Open

Dustin Johnson left the Genesis Open in the twilight Saturday realizing he could be as little 24 hours away from reaching No. 1 in the world.

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Gordon looking for NBA dunk title, and Jones may be in his way (Video)

NEW ORLEANS — Aaron Gordon is not giving any hints on what he’ll do for an All-Star dunk contest encore.

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Little big man: Thomas a full-fledged All-Star

NEW ORLEANS — Isaiah Thomas isn't even average.

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Ex-Cardinal Floyd pleads guilty, gets 24 days in jail

SCOTTSDALE — New England Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd has pleaded guilty to second offense extreme drunken driving and been sentenced to 24 days in jail.

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The boys of summer return

New manager ready for D-backs workouts to start

SCOTTSDALE — Torey Lovullo has his full squad together. The next step for the new Arizona Diamondbacks manager is to deliver a speech introducing himself.

Arizona Coyotes recall goalie Langhamer on emergency basis

LOS ANGELES — The Arizona Coyotes recalled goalie Marek Langhamer on an emergency basis from Tucson of the American Hockey League on Thursday before their game against the Los Angeles Kings.

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Wagner, Irvin help Michigan stun No. 11 Wisconsin 64-58

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Moe Wagner scored 21 points and Zak Irvin broke out of a slump with 18, helping Michigan beat No. 11 Wisconsin 64-58 on Thursday night.

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Westbrook and Durant: Another weekend, another subplot awaits

NEW ORLEANS — The next time Russell Westbrook walks into a locker room to get dressed for a game, Kevin Durant will be there and donning the same uniform.