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Blazers honor coach who foiled armed student

[ad_1] Portland Trail Blazers fans gave a standing ovation to high school coach and former Oregon star Keanon Lowe Monday night for his help in stopping a potential shooting at a high school last week.Lowe, a star wide receiver at Oregon from 2011-14, tackled a student armed armed with a shotgun on Friday at Parkrose High School, where he works as football and track coach as well as security guard.
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The Lakers’ public drama is a crisis of ownership

[ad_1] EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Jeanie Buss listened to the press conference in which Magic Johnson abruptly resigned as President of Basketball Operations on April 9 and felt like she was in a time machine.The words, the substance, even the blindside felt just like 1981 when Johnson told her father, the late Dr. Jerry Buss, that he just didn't feel like he could be Magic Johnson playing in Paul Westhead's
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Warriors’ Iguodala (calf strain) out for Game 4

[ad_1] PORTLAND, Ore. -- Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala will not play in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers because of a strained left calf."He has a sore left calf," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before Monday night's game, "So he's not going to play."Kerr did not want to divulge who would start in Iguodala's place. Alfonzo McKinnie is expected to get the
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Raptors stick to film work after double-OT win

[ad_1] 6:41 PM ETTim BontempsESPN TORONTO -- After the Toronto Raptors escaped with a grueling 118-112 double-overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Sunday night, the focus Monday was on recovery."After almost any game, but especially after one like last night, you're getting nothing physically from these guys," Raptors coach Nick Nurse told ESPN after limiting his team's workload to a film session
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Pelinka touts Lakers’ ‘strong appeal,’ title hopes

[ad_1] EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Despite Magic Johnson airing his grievances with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and a coaching search that took very public twists and turns before ending up on Frank Vogel, L.A.'s top basketball executive projected confidence as the franchise looks ahead to a crucial summer of free agency."I think if people take a look at where this franchise is right now, again we have
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Wolves finalize deal to name Saunders coach

[ad_1] 4:48 PM ETAdrian WojnarowskiESPN Interim coach Ryan Saunders finalized a multiyear deal to become head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.Gersson Rosas, the Timberwolves' new president of basketball operations, met with candidates at the NBA draft combine, but the search turned back to Saunders."Ryan is an excellent communicator and has developed open and trusting relationships with our players. I've known Ryan for many years and have always respected
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Not looking over shoulder at Kidd

[ad_1] EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel called new assistant coach Jason Kidd "an incredible asset" and said he's not going to worry about looking over his shoulder.Vogel said that while the Lakers' front office planted the seed of adding Kidd to his staff, he welcomed the former Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks head coach as his assistant after the two connected and had
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‘He’s going to speak his mind’

[ad_1] As an official alumnus of the Lakers "family," Pat Riley doesn't qualify as merely a bystander when Earvin "Magic" Johnson plops himself down on the set of ESPN's First Take and sends tremors throughout Los Angeles by confirming he was talking about former associate Rob Pelinka when he referenced the "backstabbing" that went on during his brief tenure as Lakers president."I started hearing, 'Magic, you're not working hard enough.
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Telfair’s sister charged with threatening witness

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- The sister of former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was accused on Monday of threatening a woman who testified against him at his New York City gun-possession trial.Octavia Telfair was charged in federal court in Brooklyn with transmitting an interstate threat. There was no immediate response to an email seeking comment from her lawyer.Sebastian Telfair, a once-highly-touted point guard with a disappointing NBA career and a history
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Giannis to fund indoor court in native Greece

[ad_1] ATHENS, Greece -- Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year.The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local authority accepted the offer from the Milwaukee Bucks player to build the court at a new recycling park that