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Dirk to Doncic: Mavs tap brakes on inevitable comparisons

Jun. 22, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic didn't get compared to Larry Bird when he was introduced a day after the Dallas Mavericks traded up to get the third overall pick in the NBA draft. For president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, that's progress based on his last experience of getting a tender-aged European...

Star Search: 76ers in the market for franchise players

Jun. 22, 2018 3:08 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown had an A-list comparison for 1-B first-round pick Zhaire Smith: Disgruntled San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard. "I think that when you look at just where I believe Zhaire can be, there are some common denominators that Kawhi had when we first brought...

Sharks to buy out final year of defenseman Martin's contract

Jun. 22, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have placed defenseman Paul Martin on unconditional waivers with the intention to buy out the remaining season of the 14-year NHL veteran's contract. In announcing the decision Friday, general manager Doug Wilson credits Martin's leadership and character as being...

Nets go abroad, grab Musa and Kurucs in NBA draft

Jun. 22, 2018 1:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have been creative in their attempt to start from scratch after selling away the future of the franchise five years ago hunting for a championship that never came. Two months after capping a third straight losing season, the Nets hope their latest acquisitions might be...

Knicks select Kentucky's Kevin Knox with No. 9 pick

Jun. 21, 2018 11:42 PM EDT

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — When New York Knicks president Steve Mills and the basketball operations department studied their roster and the players available to them in the NBA draft, they came to the same conclusions. The Knicks lacked talent, and needed a player with the flexibility to play in multiple...

Islanders hire Trotz as coach fresh off winning Stanley Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 8:53 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — When Barry Trotz left the Washington Capitals fresh off winning the Stanley Cup, the New York Islanders couldn't move fast enough to talk to him. Minutes after word circulated that Trotz resigned from the Capitals, Islanders president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello got in touch. On...

Senators in turmoil a year after being on verge of Cup Final

Jun. 21, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Ottawa Senators are dealing with crisis after crisis at every level. Former captain Daniel Alfredsson called for owner Eugene Melnyk to sell the team, assistant general manager Randy Lee is suspended pending his court date on a harassment charge, and 20-goal scorer Mike Hoffman was traded...

Saudi minister tweets barb at UEFA chief in TV rights row

Jun. 21, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Saudi Arabia's sports minister has criticized the president of European soccer on Twitter in an escalating dispute over Qatar-owned sports broadcasting rights. World Cup and Champions League TV rights for the Middle East are a proxy battleground in a year-old, Saudi-led boycott of Qatar, the...

MLB grows relationship with NCAA with Royals-Tigers in Omaha

Jun. 21, 2018 4:57 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Major League Baseball will come to Omaha for a day next year as part of an initiative to take the product to new places, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. As part of the buildup for the 2019 College World Series, the Detroit Tigers will play a regular-season game against the Kansas...

Gaudreau buys stake in his former USHL team in Dubuque, Iowa

Jun. 21, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

"Johnny Hockey" is getting an additional title: part owner. Calgary Flames star forward Johnny Gaudreau is a member of an NHL-laden ownership group that purchased an equity stake in the U.S. Hockey League's Dubuque Fighting Saints on Thursday. The group includes Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, former...