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They Dreamed About an NBA Future. Instead, They Got Scammed

Yearlong Fusion probe into prep school basketball reveals the common cons of the industry

(Newser) - They were young hoops shooters who paid more than $25,000 a year to attend what they thought was an elite basketball academy that would prep them for the NBA. What they got instead, per a deep dive at Fusion , was ripped off. It's a close look by Luke... More »

White House Walks Back Trump Tweet on UCLA Players

UCLA player's father says he's likelier to thank Xi

(Newser) - President Trump was merely making a "rhetorical response" to criticism when he said he should have left three UCLA basketball players in a Chinese jail , according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She said Monday that Trump was "happy to intervene" in the case and had... More »

UCLA Basketball Players Admit Shoplifting, Thank Trump

They apologized, have been suspended

(Newser) - Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China admitted to the crime and apologized before coach Steve Alford announced they were being suspended indefinitely. LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were described as "good young men" by Alford at a campus news conference on Wednesday, the AP... More »

Basketball Players Head Home After Week's Detention in China

Resolution of case against them isn't clear

(Newser) - The three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting while on a team trip to China flew back home Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports. A source confirms to ESPN they are due back in the US Tuesday. Hours before freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were spotted by... More »

Source: UCLA Leaves Alleged Shoplifting Players in China

The rest of the team is due back in Los Angeles Saturday night

(Newser) - The UCLA basketball team is heading back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, a person with knowledge of the situation told the AP on Saturday. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were to remain in Hangzhou, China, while the rest of the... More »

Chinese Police Arrest 3 UCLA Basketball Players

LiAngelo Ball, others allegedly shoplifted from Louis Vuitton store

(Newser) - Three members of the UCLA men's basketball team were arrested Tuesday in China on suspicion of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, sources tell ESPN . The Bruins are set to open their season against Georgia Tech on Friday in Shanghai. The... More »

NBA Team's Plane Gets Massive In-Flight Dent

Airline spokesperson says bird is likely culprit

(Newser) - "I guess we hit something? 30,000 feet up..." Oklahoma City Thunder player Josh Huestis tweets . When the NBA team's charter plane landed in Chicago around 1am Saturday, players were shocked by what they saw: a giant dent in the nose of the plane, ESPN reports.... More »

Hall of Fame Coach 'Effectively Fired' From Louisville

Looks like Rick Pitino is out after recruiting scandal

(Newser) - After 28 NCAA tournament wins and three trips to the Final Four, Rick Pitino has been "effectively fired" as the coach of the Louisville men's basketball team, his lawyer tells the AP . Pitino, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was technically put on administrative... More »

Athletes React to Trump Comments: 'U Bum'

After urging owners to fire 'son of a bitch' NFL players, Trump takes on Steph Curry

(Newser) - President Trump's war on professional athletes continued a day after he told supporters in Alabama that NFL owners should fire any "son of a bitch" player who protests during the national anthem. "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,"... More »

Steph Curry Just Made NBA History

Golden State Warriors star agrees to biggest contract ever in NBA

(Newser) - That'll buy a lot of fresh mouthguards . Business Insider reports Stephen Curry has agreed to the biggest contract in NBA history at $201 million over the next five years. The Golden State Warriors star becomes the first NBA player to earn a so-called "supermax" contract—one over $200... More »

LeBron James Just Upended 19-Year-Old Jordan Record

Cavs star now has most playoff points ever

(Newser) - The Cleveland Cavaliers earned a third straight trip to the NBA finals and LeBron James secured a place in the history books Thursday night by surpassing Michael Jordan's record as the all-time NBA playoffs scorer. James scored 35 points in the 135-102 win over the Boston Celtics and overtook... More »

NBA Star Convinces Team to Give Playoff Bonuses to Staff

'They spend as much time away from their families as we do'

(Newser) - An NBA star is getting kudos today for convincing his teammates to give their playoff bonuses to the trainers, massage therapists, and others who make their lives easier during the season. NBC Sports reports NBA players don't collect a regular salary during the playoffs, instead receiving bonuses that get... More »

Ex-NBA Star Brandon Roy Shot While Protecting Kids

The high-school coach of the year was at a party at his grandmother's house

(Newser) - A former NBA All-Star and current high-school basketball coach of the year was shot Saturday near Los Angeles while shielding a number of children from gunfire, USA Today reports. According to KING 5 , Brandon Roy was attending a party at his grandmother's house in Compton when two men walked... More »

A Record Untouchable Since 1962 Was Just Tied

Russell Westbrook recorded his 41st triple-double Tuesday night

(Newser) - Is Russell Westbrook the best player in the NBA? It's a question NPR asked in March as the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard inched closer to claiming a storied record: the most triple-doubles in a season. Oscar Robertson did it 41 times for the Cincinnati Royals during the 1961-1962... More »

Woman Scores Half-Court Shot, $500, Fiancé

It was an eventful few minutes for Upstate New York woman

(Newser) - When Erin Tobin shoots, sometimes she really scores: The 30-year-old New Yorker and college basketball fan was watching her alma mater Siena take on Manhattan on Thursday night in Albany when she got the opportunity to take a half-court shot with a $500 gift card on the line. Not only... More »

Black Players Harassed With Racist Chants at 'Hick Night'

The school has officially apologized

(Newser) - Parents say black high school basketball players were targeted with racist chants during a game in western Pennsylvania where the home team was celebrating "Hick Night," the AP reports. The parents tell the Uniontown Herald Standard that Connellsville students yelled chants including "Build that wall!" and... More »

After Loss, Bus Driver Leaves Team Stranded

She's charged with driving drunk in Saint Louis University's bus

(Newser) - Members of Saint Louis University's men's basketball team probably thought their night couldn't get worse after a loss Wednesday at St. Bonaventure University in New York. Then they lost their bus. When the Billikens left the arena to head to the airport, they found their bus had... More »

This Is Officially the 'Clutchest NBA Shot Ever'

So says statistics

(Newser) - Basketball fans have spent countless hours in the nation's rec rooms and bars debating the biggest shot in NBA history. But now thanks to math and an in-depth analysis by the Wall Street Journal , we have a definitive answer—and it's not a shot that would top most... More »

Singer: Anthem Performance Axed Because of My Shirt

Sevyn Streeter wore 'We Matter' shirt to 76ers game

(Newser) - Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey. She was scheduled to sing before the Sixers' season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, but she tells the AP that just minutes before... More »

Now Even the Singers Are Kneeling for National Anthem

Denasia Lawrence joins protest during performance at Miami Heat game

(Newser) - A woman performing the national anthem prior to an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt, the AP reports. Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the... More »

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