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Second-unit CP3 is basketball's most dangerous weapon

Second-unit CP3 is basketball's most dangerous weapon

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8:15 AM ETHOUSTON -- The only time James Harden stepped on the court during the Houston Rockets' 25-0 first-half run Wednesday night was to celebrate Chris Paul's buzzer-beating, pull-up 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter.It prompted Harden to hop off the bench, do a jumping high-step and greet his fellow perennial All-Star playmaker with a leaping chest bump.Chris Paul's season-high 31 points helped lead the Rockets to their 11th straight win and kept the veteran guard undefeated in games he has played with Houston.James Harden was already arguably the world's best one-on-one player. So what happens when the Beard unleashes the step-back 3 on helpless defenses? The game reaches another level for Houston's star.1 RelatedOther than that, Harden rested during the Rockets' 4-minute,...
For Derek Jeter, facing fallout from the Giancarlo Stanton deal, it's a whole new ballgame

For Derek Jeter, facing fallout from the Giancarlo Stanton deal, it's a whole new ballgame

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9:30 AM ETIt's not Derek Jeter-esque. It's not The Captain racing into the hole and making his trademark jump throw or, at the plate, using his inside-out swing to line a big late-inning single.No, this start for Jeter, as part-owner of the Miami Marlins, has lacked his two greatest assets as a player: timing and winning.And now with the Giancarlo Stanton trade, Jeter, known for delivering championships in New York, has already raised a flag for 2018 in Miami -- a white one."You are already hearing the comparisons to [loathed former owner Jeffrey] Loria," said Miami Herald reporter Clark Spencer, who has covered the Marlins for 18 years. "Jeter's honeymoon lasted about a day and a half."Marlins owner Derek Jeter scoffed at the notion that the Yankees got a sweetheart deal when they acqu...
Field goal try wide on final play, Army holds off Navy 14-13 (Dec 09, 2017)

Field goal try wide on final play, Army holds off Navy 14-13 (Dec 09, 2017)

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bennett Moehring narrowly missed a 48-yard field goal in the swirling snow on the final play and Army held off Navy 14-13 Saturday to win its first Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy since 1996. Army (9-3) earned its second straight win over Navy (6-6) following 14 straight losses in the series. Ahmad Bradshaw pushed over the goal line on a quarterback sneak with 5:10 remaining and Blake Wilson kicked the extra point to put Army ahead. Quarterback Malcolm Perry, who ran for 250 yards and a 68-yard score in the second quarter, then led Navy to the Army 31 with 3 seconds left. Navy elected to try a field goal, and after about 10 players used their feet to clear the steady snow during a timeout, Moehring’s kick was long enough but drifted barely left. Army cut its deficit in t

Brandon Ingram's clutch three in Philadelphia ends Lakers losing streak

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11:12 PM ETPHILADELPHIA -- A buzz began circulating in one corner of the Wells Fargo Center, the type of commotion that usually pops up when there's a fight in the stands.This, though, wasn't a skirmish. Instead, it was LaVar Ball waving his arms and egging on Philadelphia 76ers fans to keep booing him from where he and his family sat in a box suite.Philadelphia has a new enemy, and that's the Ball family.Booing Lonzo Ball just about every time he dribbled the ball and then going at it with LaVar, Sixers fans had The Center feeling as lively as ever. And the play on the court was just as electric.The Los Angeles Lakers built a 16-point third quarter lead, only to squander it late in the fourth quarter. But with the game tied at 104-104, Ball drove baseline before finding a wide open Bra...
Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal has career-high 51 vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal has career-high 51 vs. Portland Trail Blazers

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Bradley Beal shoots over the Portland Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic during the first quarter at the Moda Center.(Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer, USA TODAY Sports)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Bradley Beal had a career night, and in the process, he gave the Washington Wizards a morale-boosting rebound victory."I've been thinking way too much," Beal said after scoring a career-high 51 points in a 106-92 victory Tuesday night over the Portland Trail Blazers. "Tonight I was just playing freely and having fun."The Wizards bounced back from a discouraging 116-69 loss Monday night to the Utah Jazz. It was the second-largest losing margin in franchise history.Beal made 21 field goals against the Blazers, also a career high, and the Wizards led by as many as 23 points. He hit five 3-pointers. It was the most p
Suspension is the only right response to Gronkowski hit

Suspension is the only right response to Gronkowski hit

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[embedded content]Getty ImagesI like Rob Gronkowski. Everyone seems to like Rob Gronkowski. But I hate what he did on Sunday, and the NFL should, too.Gronkowski needs to be suspended for his grossly illegal hit to the head of Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White.The hit didn’t happen during a play within the usual course of a football game. It was a post-whistle, top-rope wrestling move that entailed throwing 275 pounds on to an opponent who was on the ground, and who wasn’t looking. And it resulted in not one but two blows to the head for White: The initial contact between Gronk’s forearm and White’s head, and the contact between White’s head and the ground.“If you do something like that to someone in the streets, you’re going to jail,” NBC’s Rodney Harrison said during Football Night in
The last thing you'll need to read about the Yankees' manager situation

The last thing you'll need to read about the Yankees' manager situation

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From "Aaron 'Bleepin'' Boone!" to "Aaron 'Bleepin'' Boone?"One punctuation mark certainly has changed the perspective of Yankees fans (and, to some extent, Red Sox fans) with the hiring of Boone to be the next Yankees manager.PHILLIPS: Boone gives Yanks someone Cashman can moldThe decision to hire Boone has befuddled some Yankees fans across the always reasonable and fair-minded internet. Some words used to describe the hiring: "Confusing," "unexciting" and "bad."While the soap opera has ended for the Yankees, fans are still scratching their heads trying to figure out what happened. Kind of like watching "Batman vs. Superman," but in baseball form.I'm here to untangle the web for you.Was the process messy or organized?There seems to be two conflicting schools of thought r...
Aaron Boone? Yankees GM Brian Cashman is risking his job on untested manager | Politi

Aaron Boone? Yankees GM Brian Cashman is risking his job on untested manager | Politi

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Let's compare the resumes of these two managerial candidates:No. 1 has a 988-794 record over a span of 11 seasons as a Major League Baseball manager, a .554 winning percentage, with 52 postseason games under his belt and one World Series title.No. 2 has a 0-0 record over a span of, you guessed it, zero seasons an MLB manager, and while his interview sure sounded convincing -- "I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years," he said last month -- he is a complete unknown.You know where this is going. No. 1, Joe Girardi, was just fired as manager of the Yankees, while No. 2, Aaron Boone, is set to take over as manager of a team with the highest of expectations.He might do just fine. He might fall flat on his face. And if the latter ha...

Warriors' Kevin Durant ejected after arguing foul call late in win

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2:35 AM ETORLANDO -- Golden State Warriors All-Star Kevin Durant was irked with the officials after he was tossed late in Friday night's 133-112 rout of the Orlando Magic."The refs run the game, so if they're not feeling good today, they can just make any decision they want," Durant said. "I have to know that they got all of the power, and I got to shut up and take it."Durant was ejected with 4:52 remaining in the contest.His frustration stemmed from not being awarded a trip to the foul line midway through the final quarter."Oh yeah, it should have been two shots, but he didn't give me an explanation on that," Durant said of official Eric Lewis. "I guess because I kept asking him about it, he tossed me."The 6-foot-11 small forward was fouled by Magic point guard Elfrid Payton in what ap...