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Kevin Durant sorry for tweets critical of Billy Donovan, Thunder

Golden State Warriors All-Star Kevin Durant acknowledged a controversial Twitter incident on Tuesday and apologized for comments that were critical of his former team and coach, calling the tweets “idiotic” and “childish.” “I use Twitter to engage with fans,” Durant said from the stage of the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco. “I think it’s […]

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NBA player salaries and take home pay

At the beginning of each season, when the salaries of pro athletes are publicized, we’re always left wondering: How much do they actually take home? This NBA season, we partnered with sports tax expert Robert Raiola, director of the sports and entertainment group for PKF O’Connor Davies, to analyze the salaries of the league’s highest […]

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NBA — Kyrie Irving explains trade request and more on First Take

Kyrie Irving made an hourlong appearance on ESPN’s First Take on Monday. Here is a look at some of what he said, along with some background and analysis. Irving’s remarks to Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim have been edited for clarity and length. Below is a partial transcript of his comments, marked […]

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Los Angeles Lakers, Andrew Bogut agree to 1-year deal, agent says

Free-agent center Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to agent David Bauman. The deal is for a veterans minimum of $2.3 million, Bauman confirmed on Twitter. Sources told ESPN the deal is not fully guaranteed. Bogut suffered a broken leg during his Cleveland Cavaliers debut in February […]

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Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris go on trial in 2015 Phoenix assault

PHOENIX — NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris went on trial Monday on felony assault charges stemming from a 2015 beating that prosecutors labeled an “orchestrated attack” and defense lawyers dismissed as a ploy to get money out of the athletes. Opening statements began with prosecutors saying the two NBA stars and three other men […]

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Adidas passes Jordan brand as 2nd-most popular sneaker; Nike on top

Adidas has passed the Jordan brand as the second-most popular sneaker in the United States, market tracking company NPD Group announced Monday. “I’ve never seen a brand in the sneaker industry grow this fast,” NPD sports industry analyst Matt Powell said. From January through August of this year, Adidas had 11.3 percent of the U.S. […]

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SportsNation — Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry takes penalty kick, meets Chelsea players in London

Not even a month after receiving a hero’s welcome from one European soccer giant, Stephen Curry received another. The Golden State Warriors star was at Stamford Bridge in London on Sunday, taking in Chelsea’s game against city rival Arsenal. Curry was a guest of honor at Paris Saint-Germain late last month, receiving a customized shirt […]