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Cavs Shock NBA With First Pick

Cleveland passes on big men to take injured Anthony Bennett in NBA draft

(Newser) - The Cleveland Cavaliers selected UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick tonight, a surprising start to the NBA draft. The Cavaliers passed on big men Nerlens Noel and Alex Len in favor of the forward who has starred for Canada's junior national teams and was the Mountain... More »

Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Dies at 79

He'd been secretly battling cancer for months

(Newser) - Lakers owner Jerry Buss died this morning at age 79, after a secret hospital stay, TMZ reports. News broke last week that Buss had for months been hospitalized for an undisclosed form of cancer, though at the time family members said he was "doing fine," USA Today reports.... More »

US Basketball Player Killed in Romania

Chauncey Hardy attacked by group while celebrating win

(Newser) - A young American basketball player on a pro team in Romania has died after being attacked in a bar, reports AP . Chauncey Hardy, who played for CSS Giurgiu in southern Romania, was celebrating after a home win when he was apparently attacked by several men Saturday night. Hardy, 23, suffered... More »

Endorsement Extravaganza Awaits New Celtic Shaq

'Marketing giant' heads to sports-mad Boston

(Newser) - Shaquille O'Neal will be paid the veteran minimum as a Celtic , but he probably won't have to worry about making ends meet—Boston businesses are already lining up to pitch endorsement deals, reports the Herald . "The minute I heard about him coming, I thought about the idea," says... More »

Thanks, LeBron: Heat Fires Season Ticket Salespeople

With season tickets sold out, franchise cuts back

(Newser) - The Heat's season tickets sold out even before LeBron James officially announced he was leaving Cleveland for Miami, so the next step feels inevitable: The team has fired the 30 people hired to sell season tickets, the Miami Herald reports. "They let us go because there was really nothing... More »

Miami Heat Star Compares Losing Streaks to 9/11

Dwyane Wade backtracks, apologizes

(Newser) - Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is scrambling to apologize after he said a losing streak by the newly LeBron James-enhanced team would "be like the World Trade is coming down again." The original source no longer includes quite that wording, New York notes, and Fanhouse is blaming... More »

Cleveland Worries LeBron Will Take Economy With Him

King James has been a boon for downtrodden city

(Newser) - Before LeBron James, there were thousands of empty seats for most Cleveland Cavaliers games and downtown was silent after dark. With him, every game is a sellout and nearby bars and restaurants bustle. As they face the possibility of losing the free-agent NBA superstar, residents wonder if the man they... More »

Gilbert Arenas Won't Do Time on Gun Charge

Wizards guard draws 2 years' probation, 400 hours of community service

(Newser) - Gilbert Arenas was sentenced to 18 months in jail today, but the judge immediately suspended the sentence and ordered the Washington Wizards guard to spend 2 years on probation and perform 400 hours of community service. Arenas, who pleaded guilty to bringing guns into the Wizards' locker room in a... More »

Gilbert Arenas Pleads Guilty to Felony

Sentencing set for March; star guard's NBA career in peril

(Newser) - Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty to felony gun possession today as part of a plea bargain that tentatively limits his maximum sentence to 6 months. Arenas, 28, may have dodged extra prison time—in addition to the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to charge him for possessing just one... More »

NBA Players Pull Guns in Locker Room

Gilbert Arenas, Wizards teammate fought over gambling debt

(Newser) - Local and federal authorities are investigating after two NBA players threatened each other with guns in the team locker room on Christmas Eve. Volatile All-Star Gilbert Arenas pulled a gun on Washington teammate Javaris Crittenton, to whom Arenas owed money, the New York Post reports. "I'm not your punk!... More »

Shaq Foots Bill for Shaniya's Funeral

NBA great was touched by news coverage of terrible crime

(Newser) - Touched by the girl's story, Shaquille O’Neal paid for the funeral of Shaniya Davis. More than 2,000 people gathered Sunday to mourn the slain North Carolina 5-year-old, allegedly prostituted by her mother and raped and asphyxiated by another man. Shaq got in touch with the girl’s father... More »

NBA Age Limits Are a Scam

Cynical 2005 move by pro basketball was all about the bottom line

(Newser) - The NBA’s minimum draft age of 19, with one year of college—and a new proposal to make it 20—is nothing but a cynical ploy by pro basketball and the NCAA that “hasn’t helped players in any way,” Buzz Bissinger writes. Players can easily sail... More »

Kardashian-Odom Wedding 'News' Rules Tabloids

Khloé and Lamar take over the gossip websites, too

(Newser) - The fairytale romance of Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom, who met over a $3,000 bar tab a mere 4 weeks ago and plan to marry Sunday, continues—and the tabloids and gossip sites are eating it up. Some recent tidbits:
  • Guests are shelling out for some very fitting wedding
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Khloe Kardashian Will Wed NBA Star

Lakers' Lamar Odom, reality-TV star wrap up whirlwind courtship

(Newser) - Famous-for-being-famous reality-TV star Khloe Kardashian and Lakers star Lamar Odom are planning their wedding after dating for just a month. "They are hoping to pull together a wedding within the next two weeks so they can get married and have time for a honeymoon," a source tells US ... More »

Lakers Crack Nuggets 119-92, Return to Finals

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are heading back to the NBA finals after dispatching the pesky Denver Nuggets with a 119-92 victory in Game 6 tonight. Bryant got plenty of scoring help from Trevor Ariza, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom as the Lakers shot 57.3% from the... More »

NBA's Lone Constant: Free-Throw Stats

NBA's success rate has hovered around 75% for half-century

(Newser) - Basketball's free-throw statistics have stayed steady at a rate that amazes academics, the New York Times reports. While most aspects of basketball and other sports have seen records steadily edge up over the years, free-throw shooting hit a plateau of a 75% success rate in the NBA more than 50... More »

NBA Pros Deserve Oscars for Crying Foul

Players turn on the acting and sound effects to convince refs to give the call

(Newser) - The grunts and bellows of pro basketball players approaching the hoop has become as much a part of the game as the dribbling, the New York Times reports. Players shout to alert—or, as often, persuade—the ref that they are being fouled before they take a basket. LeBron James,... More »

Fortunate 50: Sports Elite in the Green

Tiger, NBA stars top Sports Illustrated annual income ranking

(Newser) - Forget all the talk of economic uncertainty. Sports Illustrated has released its fifth annual Fortunate 50 ranking of top athlete incomes, and things are certain as they've ever been; the NBA pays the best, women aren't being paid enough and Tiger Woods is absolutely untouchable. Ranked by combined on- and... More »

Gomes' Late Free Throws Lift Timberwolves

Final-second three-pointer is off the mark as Orlando falls

(Newser) - Ryan Gomes made a pair of free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 102-101 victory over the playoff-bound Orlando on Friday. Randy Foye had a game-high 25 points and Rashad McCants added 19 to lead the Timberwolves, who snapped a six-game losing streak. The... More »

Dolan Still Wants Thomas

Owner says he won't get in way of a new GM, but hopes Isiah remains on bench

(Newser) - Donnie Walsh's handshake agreement to run the Knicks next season could end up being a goodbye wave if owner James Dolan meddles too much, reports the New York Daily News. Dolan had said he won't step in if Walsh wants to replace coach Isiah Thomas, but he also made it... More »

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