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NBA: Anthony says athletes must ‘demand change’ after shootings

NBA star Carmelo Anthony on Friday urged athletes to ‘‘step up’’ and ‘‘demand change,’’ following the shooting deaths of two black men at the hands of police and the slayings of five law enforcement officers in Dallas. Anthony, a New York Knicks forward who could win an unprecedented third men’s Olympic basketball gold medal in Rio, posted a message on social media calling for athletes to help change a system that he described as ‘‘Broken.

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NEW YORK (AFP) – Unprecedented demand for Cleveland Cavaliers merchandise after the team’s first NBA title lifted them atop team sales, the league announced Thursday, but Golden State’s Stephen Curry topped jersey sales.

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Australian center Andrew Bogut was traded Thursday by the Golden State Warriors to the Dallas Mavericks, completing the deal that will give the reigning Western Conference champions salary-cap room to sign Kevin Durant.

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The Phoenix Suns say they have signed all three of their draft picks and the trio will participate in the Las Vegas Summer League.

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NBA: Wade is leaving Heat for Bulls

Dwyane Wade is going home, making what he called “an extremely emotional and tough decision’’ on Wednesday night to leave the Miami Heat after 13 seasons and sign with the Chicago Bulls.

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Dirk Nowitzki’s new contract will give the Dallas forward a chance spend 20 seasons with the only franchise he has ever played for.

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