Sleepwalking Cavaliers don’t show up north of the border

1:38 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment TORONTO — Call it an excuse. Or call it an example of an athlete being honest and self-aware. But LeBron James‘ comments at the shootaround Thursday morning about the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers ended up being prescient when it came to the beatdown in store […]

Lue on Cavs’ slump: ‘Got to get rid of agendas’

2:19 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment TORONTO — If the Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t feeling the urgency of their midseason slump before Thursday’s 133-99 blowout loss to the undermanned Toronto Raptors, they certainly have reason to feel it now thanks to Cavs coach Tyronn Lue’s postgame challenge to them. “We’ve got […]

Pop: Aldridge asked to be traded before season

11:10 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment LOS ANGELES — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich revealed Thursday that forward LaMarcus Aldridge requested a trade over the summer, which in turn led to some critical self-examination. Popovich pointed to that candid interaction with Aldridge as somewhat of a catalyst for the […]

KD prefers not to select ASG team, Curry all in

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Golden State Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are neck-and-neck for tops in All-Star balloting among Western Conference players. But they have starkly different opinions on the newly introduced format in which the player who receives the most votes in each conference will serve as a […]

Bell might sit out 2018 or retire if tagged again

7:53 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment PITTSBURGH — At age 25 and fresh off a first-team All-Pro season, Le’Veon Bell is putting his own football future in question. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back told ESPN that he’s prepared to sit out a season, or even retire, if franchise tagged for […]

Advocacy group calls for Gruden hiring probe

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The Fritz Pollard Alliance is calling on the NFL to investigate whether the Oakland Raiders violated the “Rooney Rule” when they hired Jon Gruden as coach. Fritz Pollard Alliance counsel Cyrus Mehri and N. Jeremi Duru issued a statement Wednesday expressing concern that Raiders owner Mark Davis […]

20K goal: Durant 2nd youngest to tally 20,000

1:41 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant scored his 20,000th career point with 1:41 remaining in the second quarter of Wednesday’s 125-106 loss to the LA Clippers, becoming the second-youngest player in NBA history, behind LeBron James, to reach that milestone. Durant […]

Rockets’ Paul calls out referee Foster for tech

1:24 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment HOUSTON — Rockets guard Chris Paul added his voice to the chorus of NBA players who have expressed frustration regarding the friction with referees, singling out veteran official Scott Foster for seeking the spotlight. Foster called Paul for a technical foul with 4:52 remaining […]

Collect call: Hood’s phone toss likely to net fine

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood got ejected from Wednesday’s win over the Washington Wizards and then ejected a phone from a fan’s hand. After picking up his second technical foul of the game, the Jazz reserve knocked the cellphone out of the hand of a fan sitting […]

Texas topples TCU after star’s cancer diagnosis

Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Longhorns beat the 16th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs 99-98 in double overtime to earn their biggest win of the season Wednesday night, just after the Texas program was walloped with an emotional sledgehammer: sophomore guard Andrew Jones being diagnosed with leukemia. As soon […]