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Players on Senator's WNBA Team Back Her Opponent

Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler does not support BLM

(Newser) - With t-shirts reading "Vote Warnock," players across the WNBA came out against Atlanta Dream co-owner and GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler before their games on Tuesday—including members of Loeffler's own team. It was the latest show of opposition to Loeffler, who faces Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock... More »

As NBA Resumes, Every Player Takes a Knee

But those who choose not to should not be 'vilified,' says Charles Barkley

(Newser) - A lot has happened since the NBA abruptly suspended its season in March—and players delivered a powerful message when play resumed in Florida on Thursday night. Every player with the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans wore a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and took a knee during... More »

NBA Player in Hot Water for Visiting Strip Club

LA Clippers guard Lou Williams was photographed at Magic City gentleman's club

(Newser) - An NBA player is facing quarantine for 10 days after visiting a strip club ... for dinner. Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams was photographed Thursday night at Magic City gentleman's club in Atlanta and later told NBA investigators that he dropped by there for a bite to eat, CBS... More »

ESPN Reporter Suspended for Crude Email to Senator

Adrian Wojnarowski expressed himself in 2 short words

(Newser) - Star NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski got in hot water this week for sending a profane email to a senator—but Wojnarowski is also getting his share of support among NBA players, Yahoo! Sports reports. The story broke Friday on OutKick when Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) tweeted a screenshot of... More »

NBA Star Defends Assault: 'This Ain't No Hate Crime'

JR Smith is caught on video attacking an alleged rioter

(Newser) - An NBA star was caught on video beating up a guy who allegedly broke his car window amid LA's "I Can't Breathe" protests, TMZ reports. JR Smith can be seen kicking and punching the white male, who lies defenseless on a residential street. "Can we have... More »

NBA in Talks to Resume Entire Season at Single Site

An NBA rep says conversations are still 'exploratory'

(Newser) - The NBA is in talks with the Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July, the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic, the AP reports. The National Basketball Players Association is... More »

An NBA Legend Has COVID-19

Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing is 'under care and isolated at a local hospital'

(Newser) - New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing mainly posts online about sports, but he had some other news to talk about Friday evening, per CNN . "I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19," the Georgetown men's basketball coach tweeted . "This virus is serious and... More »

Autopsy Looks at Kobe Pilot's System for Clues

The official report also gives cause of death for all 9 passengers

(Newser) - The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies released Friday. The reports by the... More »

As if Kobe Wasn't Already Great—It's Now Official

Bryant is among 8 finalists inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to validate his greatness: He’s now, officially, a Hall of Famer, the AP reports. And he's got plenty of elite company in the 2020 class, one that may be as glitzy as any. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash... More »

He Jokingly Touched Everything. Now, a Diagnosis

2 days after seeming to mock coronavirus, Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert reportedly tests positive

(Newser) - Within an hour Wednesday night, President Trump announced travel restrictions from Europe amid the coronavirus pandemic , Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they'd contracted the contagious virus , and the NBA announced it was suspending its season because of it. Now, a video is circulating of the Utah Jazz player... More »

NBA Abruptly Suspends Season

Utah Jazz player tests positive for coronavirus

(Newser) - After the NBA game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder was abruptly delayed seconds before it was due to start Wednesday night and then called off, the NBA announced that the season is being suspended until further notice because a player has tested positive for coronavirus. The... More »

NCAA Has Big News About March Madness

NCAA President Mark Emmert closes tournament games due to the coronavirus

(Newser) - NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, the AP reports. Emmert said in a statement Wednesday that he made the decision to conduct both the men's and women's... More »

Latest Coronavirus Casualty: The High-Five

NBA tells players to avoid the gesture, suggests fist bumps instead

(Newser) - As the coronavirus outbreak takes hold in the US, the NBA has issued players some advice—including not touching the palms of countless strangers. In a memo sent to players and seen by ESPN , the league advises players meeting the public to offer fist bumps instead of high-fives and avoid... More »

He Pulled Off a 4-Shot Feat for $10K. Then, Boos

College student denied prize after promo confusion will now get full prize after all after controversy

(Newser) - A controversial call during a promotion at a college basketball game this week has been remedied. It all started Wednesday evening during a matchup between the University of Northern Iowa and Illinois State University, when Northern Iowa student Dalton Hinsch pulled off a tough feat during a timeout promotion: He... More »

Snoop Dogg Has Something to Say About Gayle King 'Threat'

The rapper calls himself 'a non-violent person'

(Newser) - What, me threaten? Snoop Dogg said Sunday his video criticizing Gayle King wasn't threatening at all—despite his warning to "back off ... before we come get you," E! News reports. "I'm a non-violent person," the 48-year-old said Saturday on Instagram. "When I said... More »

Lo and Behold, Indiana Fans: It's Bob Knight

The 'combustible coach' returns to Indiana to be honored at half-time

(Newser) - Bob Knight ended his 20-year split with Indiana on Saturday. The 79-year-old combustible coach was on campus and was expected to be honored at Assembly Hall during halftime of the Hoosiers' game against rival Purdue, the AP reports. School officials were also to salute Knight's 1980 Big Ten championship... More »

Kobe's High School Jersey Was Stolen—and Now Returned

He wore No. 33 as a teen

(Newser) - He was known as No. 24 for the Los Angeles Lakers, but when Kobe Bryant shot hoops at Lower Merion High School in the Philadelphia suburbs, he was No. 33. The jersey he wore back then was swiped from the Ardmore school in 2017, but now, in the wake of... More »

Kobe's Widow Publicly Responds for the First Time

And drone footage shows devastating wreckage of the crash

(Newser) - Kobe Bryant's widow has issued her first public acknowledgement of his death without saying a word. Vanessa Bryant posted a new profile photo Wednesday on her Instagram account—of Kobe embracing their 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who also died in a helicopter crash in the Los Angeles area Sunday morning,... More »

Kobe Bryant, Daughter Dead in Helicopter Crash

Bryant was 41 years old, his daughter 13

(Newser) - Legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters died in a helicopter crash Sunday in the hills of Calabasas, Calif., TMZ reports. Officials say seven others perished when the helicopter went down in flames, killing all on board. Bryant's daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, was only 13; Bryant'... More »

This Was David Stern's 'Most Humane' Act

NBA commissioner embraced Magic Johnson after HIV diagnosis, 'figuratively and literally'

(Newser) - The current NBA commissioner says his predecessor , David Stern, turned the basketball league into "a truly global brand." But the legacy that Stern, who died Wednesday at age 77, should be most hailed for is his support of Magic Johnson after the basketball great was diagnosed with HIV,... More »

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