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NBA inks deal with MGM for integrity boost

NEW YORK (AFP) – The NBA, concerned with integrity after a US Supreme Court ruling that could allow sport gambling in every state, announced Tuesday a partnership with sports betting operator MGM Resorts International. The landmark multi-year deal makes the NBA the first American sports league with an official betting partner. The deal, which ESPN […]

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LeBron embraces new role

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – LeBron James says he is looking forward to the challenge of turning around the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, who are coming off the worst five-year period in franchise history. “I like the challenge of being able to help a team get to places that they haven’t been in quite a while,” […]

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Hectic July for US stars

LAS VEGAS (AP) — James Harden completed his work at USA Basketball’s national team minicamp, sat in a courtside chair and began to put together his assessment of what happened around the NBA this summer. He did not need long to formulate his thoughts. “Nothing that happens in the NBA surprises me anymore,” the league’s […]

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There’s still Love in Cleveland

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Kevin Love has signed a new long-term contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers as the franchise looks to the future following the departure of LeBron James, it was confirmed Tuesday. The Cavaliers said in a statement Love had signed a multi-year contract. Reports said the extension was worth $120 million over four […]

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Mavs sign Nowitzki  for record 21st season

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed Dirk Nowitzki, which will make the German star the first player in NBA history to play 21 straight seasons with the same team. Nowitzki is now set to begin his 21st season with Dallas which will be an NBA record for a player with the same […]

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DeRozan: Ain’t no  loyalty in this game

MONTREAL (AFP) – Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri apologized to DeMar DeRozan on Friday for “miscommunication” prior to the blockbuster NBA trade that sent DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. DeRozan, who had spent all nine of his NBA seasons with the Raptors, reacted angrily to the trade on Wednesday with an […]

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