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Magic and Bird get reacquainted as Lakers look in on Pacers star Paul George, sources say

Magic and Bird get reacquainted as Lakers look in on Pacers star Paul George, sources say

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The Los Angeles Lakers are among the teams to have inquired about the availability of Indiana Pacers star forward Paul George in recent days, according to league sources. While the conversation didn't go beyond an initial expression of interest -- which is common in the NBA in advance of the trade deadline -- it's notable simply for the names involved: New Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and Pacers president Larry Bird, lifelong rivals and close friends, were on the phone together. On his first full day in charge, after Tuesday's stunning promotion from an advisory role in the wake of the twin dismissals of longtime Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss, Johnson arrived at the Lakers' offices early ...
Could the Utah Jazz really bring back Deron Williams?

Could the Utah Jazz really bring back Deron Williams?

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The Utah Jazz will be aggressive looking to add depth before Thursday's NBA trade deadline, The Tribune has been told, although one target has already gotten away — and an intriguing potential reunion could be a possibility. The Jazz reached out to the Los Angeles Lakers with an interest in acquiring shooting guard Lou Williams, but the guard was traded on Tuesday afternoon to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a first-round draft pick. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo's The Vertical first reported the trade, which was later confirmed by league sources to The Tribune. Williams, 30, is one of the better bench scorers in the league. His $7 million contract over the next two years made him attractive on the market, especially given his talent and scoring ability. The Lakers were shaken
Brazilian footballer weeps at the end of a match in front of Serbian supporters who jeered and made monkey noises every time he touched the ball

Brazilian footballer weeps at the end of a match in front of Serbian supporters who jeered and made monkey noises every time he touched the ball

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Partizan Belgrade's Brazilian midfielder Everton Luiz left the field in tears yesterday after being racially abused by supporters of local city rivals Rad. Luiz, 28, was jeered and taunted with monkey noises every time he touched the ball and some Rad fans unfurled a banner insulting the Brazilian towards the end of the game. At the final whistle, Luiz made a one-fingered gesture in the direction the Rad fans, who reacted furiously and prompting the home team's players to confront him. A full scale brawl broke out and police had to move in to prevent tensions spilling over as Luiz headed for the dressing room in tears. Partizan coach Marko Nikolic, who was sacked by Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana last April for racially abusing one of his own players, said Luiz was likely to f
Dan Vickerman spoke of difficulties he faced in retirement before his death, Owen Finegan says

Dan Vickerman spoke of difficulties he faced in retirement before his death, Owen Finegan says

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"I think everyone was shocked by it. It was devastating — we all play on an old boys team called the Silver Foxes and Dan had expressed a number of times how difficult his transition was and it is difficult for a lot of professional sports people, especially when you've had 10 or more years at the top of the game," Finegan said. Finegan said Vickerman's wife and children will be offered help. "I'm sure the whole rugby community will come around them. I've only heard for about — well it hasn't even been 24 hours and you think to yourself could you have done anything to help him," he said. "He's got a young family and they'll need all the support they can get. [It will] definitely be something that everyone will be offering and be very supportive to Sarah and the kids and their need
Former elite gymnasts come forward publicly to detail abuse to 60 Minutes

Former elite gymnasts come forward publicly to detail abuse to 60 Minutes

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Three former elite American gymnasts came forward publicly to tell their stories of sexual abuse by a former team doctor to 60 Minutes on Sunday. Jamie Dantzscher, Jeanette Antolin and Jessica Howard all told of abuse by Larry Nassar, a longtime team doctor who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of women and girls. Nassar is in federal custody in Michigan and has denied any wrongdoing.   The three former gymnasts spoke publicly for the first time about the alleged abuse. Dantzscher and Antolin had previously filed lawsuits against Nassar and USA Gymnastics as Jane Doe plaintiffs. Dantzscher was a member of the 2000 team that won a bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics. A member of the national team from 1994-2001, she also competed at the 1999 world championships. A
SARIC, OKAFOR ENJOY RISING STARS CHALLENGE AS EMBIID MAKES HIS OWN FUN

SARIC, OKAFOR ENJOY RISING STARS CHALLENGE AS EMBIID MAKES HIS OWN FUN

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NEW ORLEANS — Even with Joel Embiid on the bench in street clothes, the young center embodied the fun Sixers’ representatives in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge were having at All-Star weekend. In the end, Dario Saric’s World Team knocked off Jahlil Okafor’s USA Team, 150-141, at the Smoothie King Center on Friday night. But the Sixers’ youth had a blast. Embiid tweeted regularly from the bench, including one that read “Dario Saric can ball wow.” Saric, who finished with 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting and four assists in 26 minutes, said playing in the game was a highlight of his young career. “It feels really good,” he said. “It’s really important. Some people might think it puts pressure on you like Rookie of the Year, upcoming star or something like that, b
George ‘The Animal’ Steele, WWE Hall of Famer, dies at 79

George ‘The Animal’ Steele, WWE Hall of Famer, dies at 79

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George "The Animal" Steele, a pro wrestling icon and WWE Hall of Famer, has died at 79. WWE confirmed the news Friday. Steele turned pro in 1967 and was best known for his run as a comical babyface attraction in the final years before his 1988 retirement. With his hairy upper body, bald head and green tongue, Steele became one of the most recognizable characters for the WWE -- then known as WWF -- during its national expansion in the mid-1980s, thanks to his penchant for biting open and chewing on the turnbuckle pads. Steele spent his final years in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He revealed in his 2013 autobiography "Animal" that he suffered near-fatal bouts with Crohn's disease -- which affects the digestive tract -- throughout his retirement and had his colon removed in 2002. He began ...
Arsène Wenger expects to decide his Arsenal future in March or April

Arsène Wenger expects to decide his Arsenal future in March or April

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Arsène Wenger has said his future will probably be decided in the spring as he ponders whether to take up the offer of a contract extension or leave Arsenal at the end of the season. Wenger was speaking to the German TV station ZDF before Arsenal’s 5-1 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich on Wednesday, but details of the interview emerged only on Thursday. Asked when he would decide whether to continue, he said: “March, April probably.” The 67-year-old was stunned almost into silence after Wednesday’s game, answering only three questions in a press conference that lasted under three minutes. The manager is due to speak publicly again on Friday. Arsenal’s next match is in the FA Cup at non-league Sutton United on Monday. Alexis Sánchez is expected to miss that game after