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NBA mulling $10M fine for tampering, per memo

[ad_1] The NBA is looking to further crack down on tampering, proposing a new top fine of $10 million for teams conducting the practice, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN.Other maximum-fine levels could be raised significantly as well, provided the league's board of governors approves the measures Sept. 20.The league sent a memo to teams Friday detailing the proposed fines. The memo addresses what the league called a
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FIBA All-Stars – Gasol, Giannis and the very best NBA players at the World Cup

[ad_1] BEIJING -- A record 54 NBA players took part in the FIBA World Cup over the past 16 days, a true commitment with training camps scheduled to open in two weeks.The performance of the 12 who played for Team USA was well documented. Though Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell and a few others had some impressive moments, it wasn't a tournament to remember for those players.But there were some strong
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Rubio, Gasol lead Spain to 2nd World Cup title

[ad_1] Spain has won its second World Cup championship, defeating Argentina 95-75 on Sunday to give Marc Gasol a rare double-title year.Tournament MVP Ricky Rubio scored 20 points and Sergio Llull added 15 for Spain (8-0), the ninth team to make it through a World Cup or world championship unbeaten. Gasol scored 14 for the winners, who never trailed.For Gasol, it was a historic win. The Toronto Raptors center becomes
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NBA agents reject NCAA’s certification proposal

[ad_1] On behalf of certified player agents, the National Basketball Players Association is sending a signed letter to the NCAA that refuses to submit to a proposed certification process to work with undergraduate men's basketball players "testing the waters" for the NBA draft.The NBPA has been communicating with NCAA officials in recent weeks about a way to work together, league sources tell ESPN. NBPA executive director Michele Roberts declined to
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Raptors launch branded hijabs in fan outreach

[ad_1] TORONTO -- The Raptors say a new line of team-branded hijabs is part of an effort to be more inclusive to fans of all cultures.The team's parent company, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, unveiled the Nike Pro hijabs emblazoned with the team logo in a social media post Friday. The Raptors say they are the first NBA team to offer an athletic hijab for Muslim women.MLSE senior marketing director
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Will superstars save Team USA next summer?

[ad_1] BEIJING -- From the minute Team USA lost to France in the quarterfinals earlier this week, USA Basketball had to begin preparing itself for 10 months from now and the Olympics in Tokyo.Fair or not, that is shaping up to be a referendum on the state of the national team.The modern era of Olympic basketball started in 1992 in Barcelona. And for all the Olympics since, the Americans have
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U.S. tops Poland to wrap up 7th place at FIBA

[ad_1] BEIJING -- Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points and handed out 10 assists, Joe Harris scored 14 and the U.S. defeated Poland 87-74 on Saturday for seventh place at the World Cup. Khris Middleton had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Americans, who will head home with a 6-2 record -- yet their worst placing ever in a World Cup, world championship as it used to be
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3-time NBA champion Livingston retires at 34

[ad_1] Guard Shaun Livingston, who won three NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors during his 15 seasons in the league, announced his retirement Friday.Livingston, who was waived by the Warriors on July 10, made his announcement on Instagram. View this post on Instagram After 15 years in the NBA, I'm excited, sad, fortunate and grateful all in one breath. Hard to put into a caption all of the emotions
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M. Gasol on verge of pairing WCup, NBA titles

[ad_1] BEIJING -- After a huge clutch performance Friday, Marc Gasol has a chance to pull off the rare double of winning an NBA championship and a World Cup title in the same summer.Gasol scored 33 points and made four crucial free throws in Spain's 95-88 double overtime victory over Australia in the semifinals. After winning a ring with the Toronto Raptors in June, a victory Sunday over Argentina/France would