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Cleveland is determined to get an elite young player for [Kyrie] Irving, which means this: The trade plan that the Cavaliers would have prioritized, with [LeBron] James committed for the long term — veterans to surround James and draft picks — isn’t in motion. If the Cavaliers knew they had James committed, for example, San Antonio could emerge as a more intriguing trade partner.

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Indian shuttlers have so far won four Super Series titles out of six in 2017 and barring P V Sindhu’s win at the India Open, it’s the Indian men’s brigade led by Kidambi Srikanth, which has been on a rampage this…

K Srikanth’s sensational run, H S Prannoy’s giant-killing spree and the rise of B Sai Praneeth — men have stolen a rare march on women in what has been a summer of content for Indian badminton this year. Ever since the emergence of a certain Saina Nehwal, women’s singles has dominated with the gutsy Haryana-born shuttler winning titles galore. And P V Sindhu’s meteoric rise only added to the supremacy that the women shuttlers enjoyed.

In 2010, Saina won three Super Series titles at Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong, besides clinching the coveted gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, a feat that has never been matched by any Indian ever since.

Cut to mid-2017, Indian shuttlers have so far won an unprecedented four super series titles out of six and barring P V Sindhu’s win at the India Open, it’s the Indian men’s brigade led by Kidambi Srikanth, which has been on a rampage.

 

 

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Following right along with an Alabama tradition of excellence highlighted this year by Bailey Scott, diver Dakota Toner is now doing her part after being selected for the 2017 NCAA Career in Sports Forum.

A scorer at the Southeastern Conference Championships, Toner is a three-year NCAA Zone B Championship competitor who graduated in May with a degree in consumer sciences with a concentration in consumer affairs while carrying a career grade point average of 3.88. Toner also earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honors during her Crimson Tide tenure.

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We all know Phil Jackson’s time in New York was filled with drama on and off the court. All of us have opinions on Jackson’s coaching hires, trades and free-agent signings. We’ll leave it to others today to look at his legacy in New Yorkand where things ultimately went wrong.

Instead, let’s take a look at the here and now with the Knicks and where things stand in the wake of Jackson’s departure days before free agency:

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Phil Jackson once wrote that Kobe Bryant was uncoachable, and Wednesday morning that bygone critique was worth a good laugh or three.

Before the New York Knicks mercifully parted ways with him as president of basketball operations, Jackson had proved to be among the most uncoachable executives in league history.

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NBA free agency is officially underway. Where will this summer’s top targets land? Keep it here for the latest news, rumors and rumblings across the league.

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The NBA has been spinning out of control since the Finals, and we’ve only now reached the main event: the kickoff of what should be a wild free agency period, even with a flattened cap that squeezed available room around the league.

The NBA knew the cap would skyrocket thanks to its mammoth new national TV deal. Teams at first expected multiple spikes: a huge one last summer, as Kevin Durant hit free agency, and at least one more big jump this summer. Teams splurged a year ago expecting to maintain at least some wiggle room.

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Which free-agent destination gives Gordon Hayward the best chance of winning over the next few years?

When NBA free agency officially opens at the stroke of midnight, all eyes will be on Hayward, perhaps the best player with a realistic chance of changing teams now that Chris Paul has been traded to the Houston Rockets and taken himself off the market.

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In late March of 2013 before a game in New Orleans, a spokesman for the Miami Heat unexpectedly called together the media to issue a rare statement on behalf of team president Pat Riley.

He cleared his throat and declared the following was from Riley:

“Danny Ainge needs to shut the f— up and manage his own team. He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing, and I know that because I coached against him.”

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It’s been a year of firsts for Victor Oladipo. He just finished his first season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He just played in the playoffs for the first time in his career. And he just got schooled by a 12-year-old on the basketball court for the first time — we think.

Oladipo was hosting a basketball camp last week in Indianapolis, about an hour away from Indiana University, where he went to school. Oladipo, who is known for his defensive chops, was checking young K.J. Windham at the top of the arc.

The kid was showboating a bit with some between-the-legs dribbling, which prompted Oladipo to try to swipe the ball away.

K.J. proceeded to nutmeg the Thunder point guard on the way to the basket for a lefty layup.

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This was all in good fun, but no doubt Oladipo would be the first one to say that he let K.J. get one on him.

Surely Devin Harris of the Mavericks would say the same thing when this happened to him earlier this month in a game of knockout:

There may have been a bit of luck involved, but luck is part of the game. As both Oladipo and Harris could vouch, age is just a number on the basketball court.

The same excuse can’t be said in regard to Klay Thompson’s embarrassing mishap on the court. He was on a promotional tour in China over the weekend and attempted a 360 dunk:

You can see why he’s been invited to the 3-point contest three times but never the dunk contest.

Remember back when NBA players would do everything in their power to make sure videos like the above didn’t get out to the public? For example, LeBron James’ people tried to confiscate a video of Jordan Crawford dunking on him at a basketball camp.

It’s nice to see that some players have a sense of humor and realize that things like this are just part of the game and will happen from time to time.

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