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  • Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Korver to undergo elbow surgery
    Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Korver to undergo elbow surgery AFP News - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 10:08 AM SGT

    Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver will undergo right elbow surgery Tuesday, the veteran NBA 3-point sharpshooter's second operation in five weeks, the club announced. No timetable for recovery will be decided until after the operation, the Hawks said in a statement released Monday. Korver suffered a high ankle sprain in a collision with Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova of Australia during game two of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland and missed the remainder of the series. More »

  • Like the real game, fantasy sports now worth billions
    Like the real game, fantasy sports now worth billions AFP News - Sun, Jun 28, 2015 11:45 AM SGT

    Fantasy sports were once just a fun way for diehard fans to express their love of the game together with other zealots, without actually getting out on the field themselves. The industry's ascendancy was on display at the Fantasy Sports Trade Association's summer conference this week, where sports giants like broadcaster ESPN and the National Basketball Association championed fantasy leagues and promised more fantasy-friendly steps to feed the boom. In fantasy sports, a participant creates his own team, selecting players from a real-world sports league like the NBA, National Football League or England's Premier League football. More »

  • Flowers, color at Paris menswear, as Balmain makes debuts
    Flowers, color at Paris menswear, as Balmain makes debuts Associated Press - Sun, Jun 28, 2015 1:56 AM SGT

    Summer was in the air in Paris menswear collections with white roses and lashings of colors. Meanwhile, fashion-conscious NBA player Amar'e Stoudemire spoke to The Associated Press on the trend to fuse ... More »

  • Bhamara hopes historic NBA pick will inspire cricket-mad India
    Bhamara hopes historic NBA pick will inspire cricket-mad India AFP News - Fri, Jun 26, 2015 7:27 PM SGT

    India's Satnam Singh Bhamara is hoping his historic selection in the NBA will kickstart a basketball boom in his cricket-obsessed home country. The 19-year-old centre admitted he was incredibly nervous in the run up to the NBA Draft, which saw him become the first India-born selection when he was chosen by the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. The 7-foot-2-inch (2.18m) Bhamara, originally from a village in northern Punjab state, is hoping he can generate enthusiasm for the sport in India -- in much the same way that superstar Yao Ming sparked a basketball frenzy in China. More »

  • Big nights for the biggest markets in NBA draft
    Big nights for the biggest markets in NBA draft Associated Press - Fri, Jun 26, 2015 2:50 PM SGT

    NEW YORK (AP) — From coast to coast, the NBA draft was a big night for the biggest markets. More »

  • T-Wolves take Towns, India-born Bhamara makes history
    T-Wolves take Towns, India-born Bhamara makes history AFP News - Fri, Jun 26, 2015 2:01 PM SGT

    Teen big man Karl-Anthony Towns was chosen by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the first pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, while Satnam Singh Bhamara made history as the first India-born selection. Towns averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots a game last season for a University of Kentucky squad that went unbeaten until losing to Wisconsin in the national college tournament semi-finals. "This is what you live for," Towns said. More »

  • The Latest: Can't wait for history? Winners, losers in draft
    The Latest: Can't wait for history? Winners, losers in draft Associated Press - Fri, Jun 26, 2015 1:04 PM SGT

    The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York (All times local): More »

  • Spurs take Serbian C Milutinov at No. 26 in draft
    Spurs take Serbian C Milutinov at No. 26 in draft Associated Press - Fri, Jun 26, 2015 12:53 PM SGT

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Eighteen years to the day after selecting Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs chose another former swimmer in the first round of the NBA draft. More »

  • T'Wolves take Towns with top pick, Russell goes second
    T'Wolves take Towns with top pick, Russell goes second Reuters - Fri, Jun 26, 2015 12:28 PM SGT

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kentucky's versatile big man Karl-Anthony Towns was the expected first overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2015 NBA Draft but surprises followed at Barclays Center on Thursday. The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, two once-proud franchises, made big bets on players with potential while two international players were among the top five choices. Towns, 19, is considered an ideal modern NBA big man with a combination of dominant defense, low post scoring brilliance and an outside shot -- qualities craved by a Minnesota team that has not made the playoffs since 2004. More »

  • 'An old soul':  Towns' family thinks he'll adjust to NBA
    'An old soul': Towns' family thinks he'll adjust to NBA Associated Press - Fri, Jun 26, 2015 9:01 AM SGT

    NEW YORK (AP) — With only hours to go before Thursday's NBA draft, the mother of Karl-Anthony Towns slid on a brand new pair of black stilettos, smoothed out her loose, fancy pantsuit in the lucky shade of Kentucky Blue and spoke confidently of her youngest child's ability to navigate what's to come in the big time. More »

  • T'Wolves take Towns with first pick of NBA Draft
    T'Wolves take Towns with first pick of NBA Draft Reuters - Fri, Jun 26, 2015 7:52 AM SGT

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Karl-Anthony Towns from the University of Kentucky with the first overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on Thursday. The 19-year-old centre is considered an ideal modern NBA big man as he boasts a lethal combination of defensive domination, low post scoring brilliance and the ability to shoot from outside. The versatile, 6-foot-11 (2.11m) Towns averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 56.6 percent from the floor as a freshman for a University of Kentucky team that went 38-0 in the regular college season. More »

  • Towns, Okafor and good lesser-known players top NBA draft
    Towns, Okafor and good lesser-known players top NBA draft Associated Press - Thu, Jun 25, 2015 2:31 PM SGT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns hoisted a child high up toward his shoulders, letting the youngster at an NBA community service event feel what it was like to rock the rim with a dunk. More »

  • LA Lakers' history says they'll find a great with No. 2 pick
    LA Lakers' history says they'll find a great with No. 2 pick Associated Press - Thu, Jun 25, 2015 3:29 AM SGT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — With 16 championships and a decades-long history of winning, the Los Angeles Lakers hardly ever get a shot at the NBA draft's elite talent. More »

  • Curry and James up for best male athlete at ESPY Awards
    Curry and James up for best male athlete at ESPY Awards Associated Press - Wed, Jun 24, 2015 10:45 PM SGT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Curry of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and LeBron James of the runner-up Cleveland Cavaliers are among the nominees for best male athlete at the ESPY Awards. Serena Williams leads the list of nominees for best female athlete. More »

  • Biggest Kentucky group to date preparing for NBA draft
    Biggest Kentucky group to date preparing for NBA draft Associated Press - Wed, Jun 24, 2015 2:43 PM SGT

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — John Calipari and his Kentucky pipeline to the NBA will have yet another major impact on the league's annual draft. More »

  • Danny Ferry, architect of NBA's Hawks, faces uncertain future
    Danny Ferry, architect of NBA's Hawks, faces uncertain future Reuters - Wed, Jun 24, 2015 6:16 AM SGT

    Danny Ferry, a basketball lifer who built the success-starved Atlanta Hawks into an NBA title contender before being swept up in a racially charged scandal, said on Tuesday he was unsure of his next career move. Ferry stepped down as general manager of the Hawks on Monday, ending a 10-month indefinite leave of absence for the former NBA champion and college Player of the Year. "I don't know what's next," Ferry, whose father played in the National Basketball Association for 10 years, told Reuters. More »

  • T-Wolves may go to Towns with top pick in NBA Draft
    T-Wolves may go to Towns with top pick in NBA Draft Reuters - Wed, Jun 24, 2015 4:29 AM SGT

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Minnesota Timberwolves are expected make versatile big man Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky the top pick in Thursday's NBA Draft where a deep pool of U.S. college and international talent are up for grabs. Towns, who can play power forward or center at 6-foot-11, can shoot from the outside, score inside and is a superior defender -- ready made for the NBA wars. The Los Angeles Lakers hold the second pick among the 30 NBA teams while the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic round out the top five. More »

  • NBA T-Wolves pick first, global talent hot in draft
    NBA T-Wolves pick first, global talent hot in draft AFP News - Wed, Jun 24, 2015 3:45 AM SGT

    Set to pick first in the NBA Draft for the first time in their 26-year history, the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking at center Karl-Anthony Towns and playmaker Jahlil Okafor. Thursday's annual allocation of unclaimed talent by the NBA's 30 clubs could see the University of Kentucky match its record by having five players chosen in the first round while several top international players learn which NBA club will obtain their playing rights. Towns averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots a game last season for Kentucky, which also could see Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker and Dakari Johnson also taken in round one. More »

  • Former NBA All-Star Andrei Kirilenko retires
    Former NBA All-Star Andrei Kirilenko retires Reuters - Wed, Jun 24, 2015 2:27 AM SGT

    By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian basketball player and former NBA All-Star Andrei Kirilenko announced on Tuesday that he was retiring from the sport. "I am finishing up my career on court," said the 34-year-old CSKA Moscow forward in an interview with the Russian daily Sport-Express. Kirilenko started his career with Spartak St Petersburg, before moving to Russian giants CSKA Moscow. More »

  • Jordan's Hornets to host All-Star Game in 2017
    Jordan's Hornets to host All-Star Game in 2017 Reuters - Wed, Jun 24, 2015 1:26 AM SGT

    Michael Jordan's Charlotte Hornets have been selected to host the National Basketball Association's 2017 All-Star Game, the league said on Tuesday. Top players representing the NBA's Eastern and Western Conferences will tip off at Time Warner Cable Arena on Feb. 19, capping a weekend that includes the popular slam dunk contest and other events. The North Carolina-based Hornets, owned by six-times NBA champion and Basketball Hall of Famer Jordan, previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1991. More »