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Staples Center to become Crypto.com Arena in reported $700 million naming rights deal

[ESPN News] LOS ANGELES — Staples Center is getting a new name. Starting Christmas Day, it will be Crypto.com Arena. The downtown Los Angeles home of the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, the NHL’s Kings and the WNBA’s Sparks will change its name after 22 years of operation, arena owner AEG announced Tuesday night. Crypto.com is paying $700 million, according to multiple reports, […]

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Kevin Durant addresses exchange with Michael Rapaport: I’m sorry people saw that language

[ESPN] NEW YORK — Kevin Durant, as part of his first public comments since injuring his hamstring in February, on Thursday addressed a feud between himself and actor and comedian Michael Rapaport that had been made public this week. Rapaport posted private messages that he said Durant had sent him — which included threatening language and […]

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Kevin Durant will quarantine, miss four games over seven days after exposure to COVID-19, per report

[CBS Sports] Kevin Durant will need to quarantine for seven days after the NBA’s contact tracing initiative revealed that he has been exposed to COVID-19, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Durant already had COVID-19 early in the outbreak. He has tested negative and still has antibodies according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but the league’s rules do not […]

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Beckett Sports Card Hot / Cold

[Beckett] It’s time for Beckett Sports Card Hot/Cold where we take a quick look at what’s hot and what’s not in the worlds of sports and sports cards. Three of the final four spots in the MLB postseason are confirmed. The basketball season could come to a close very shortly. In football, things are taking […]

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Protesters block charter buses outside NBA’s Orlando bubble

[ESPN, AP] LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A small number of protesters carrying signs and shouting into megaphones briefly blocked at least two buses chartered by the NBA from entering the Walt Disney World campus on Saturday night, with the group saying it wanted LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and other top players to take notice. The group blocked […]

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Giannis Antetokounmpo reportedly meets Bucks owner to discuss future after unfollowing teammates on Instagram

[CBS SPORTS] Giannis Antetokounmpo met with Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry Saturday to discuss the team’s future, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Earlier Saturday, Antetokounmpo unfollowed the team and his teammates on Twitter and Instagram, after the Bucks were eliminated from the postseason by the underdog Miami Heat in five games earlier this week. With Antetokoumnpo […]

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Sources: Michael Jordan voice of reason during NBA owners meeting

[ESPN] How Michael Jordan was a voice of reason during NBA owners meeting. Jackie MacMullan reports on the role she heard Michael Jordan has played as a go-between for the NBA players and owners. As the NBA continues to navigate its next steps after the extraordinary decision of the Milwaukee Bucks not to play their playoff game […]

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Lakers, Clippers vote to end season after Bucks protest Jacob Blake shooting

All three playoff games on Wednesday were postponed [CBS SPORTS] NBA players and coaches held an impromptu meeting at the Disney bubble to discuss plans following the postponement of three playoff games on Wednesday, including the Milwaukee Bucks-Orlando Magic game in which Milwaukee players chose to walk out before the start of Game 5 of the […]

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Rockets’ Russell Westbrook tests positive for coronavirus

[ESPN] Houston Rockets star guard Russell Westbrook announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus before the team departed for Walt Disney World. Westbrook, co-star James Harden and recent addition Luc Mbah a Moute did not travel with the Rockets to Orlando, Florida. Coach Mike D’Antoni said Sunday he hoped all three players would be able to arrive at the […]

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