UNC’s Williams: ‘Very sad time’ after fraud report (Yahoo Sports)

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams said Friday it’s a ”very sad time” at the school after an investigation found widespread academic fraud and adds that his program ”thought we were doing the right thing.” After his team’s exhibition victory Friday night, Williams spoke for the first time in response to a report released Wednesday that outlined how fraud ran unchecked in a department for nearly two decades. It involved more than 3,100 students – about half were athletes – taking sham classes and earning artificially high grades in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein called the system a ”shadow curriculum” running from 1993 to 2011 in AFAM.

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Isaiah Thomas stares down Floyd Mayweather after forcing overtime (Video)

Phoenix Suns point guard Isaiah Thomas hit a jump shot at the buzzer to force overtime, then stared down boxer Floyd Mayweather in the front row, during Tuesday night’s preseason game against the L.A. Lakers.Thomas was in the perfect spot to grab the rebound of Gerald Green’s missed three-pointer, and he sank the jumper to tie the game at 94-94 and force OT. After making the shot, he turned to Mayweather, who happened to be sitting close by, and playfully stared him down as he walked off the court towards the bench. Mayweather got a real big laugh out of it, so it was all in good fun.Thomas led the Suns with 26 points, including 5 points in overtime, to give the Suns a 114-108 victory over the Lakers.Video via NBA.
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Pacers getting to basics after losing George

Pacers’ Vogel relying on basics to stay competitive after losing George, Stephenson

      
 

 

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Suns owner apologizes after Spurs stars skip game

It was a class act.

      
 

 

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Tristan Thompson kisses Cavs sideline reporter after interview (Video)

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson wrapped up his pregame interview with sideline reporter Allie Clifton with a kiss on the cheek prior to Friday night’s preseason game against Dallas.Thompson appeared to be in a playful mood and had no ill intentions, but clearly took Clifton a bit off guard. Video via @CJZero. H/T TNLP.
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Steve Nash Injury: Updates on Lakers Star After Hurting Back Carrying Bags

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash just can’t seem to catch a break at this late stage of his career.

The 40-year-old veteran and two-time NBA MVP injured his back Wednesday while carrying bags. Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reported what Lakers coach Byron Scott had to say on the matter.

“Steve, today, kind of hurt his back,” Scott said. “He had a little bit of a setback, just kind of carrying some bags or something. He [felt] a twinge in his back.”    

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post analyzed Nash’s injury:

The 2014-15 season marks the final year on Nash’s contract, which may very well turn out to be his last in the Association. He’s had an ailing back and other leg injuries since taking his talents to L.A.

Nash and fellow aging superstar Kobe Bryant are going to be counted on heavily for the Lakers this season. If Nash is unable to ultimately play on a consistent basis, the pressure will fall on newcomer Jeremy Lin to fill in at point guard.

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Kobe Bryant gives Stephen Curry respect after a great shot (Video / GIF)

Kobe Bryant showed Stephen Curry some respect after Curry shot a three-pointer over him during the third quarter of Sunday night’s NBA preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors in Ontario, Canada.Bryant was defending Curry all the way up the court, but Curry managed to free himself up to drain the long three. Bryant congratulated him by playfully slapping him on the rear end and telling him “Nice shot”.Curry scored 25 points on 8-11 shooting as the Warriors blew out the Lakers 116-75.Video via NBA.
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Rapper Lil B Mocks Kevin Durant After Injury, Proving the Curse Is Alive

Kevin Durant has to find some way to break the curse that was placed on him by rapper Lil B. If not, the Oklahoma City Thunder star may never achieve everything that he is capable of.

The feud started a few years ago when Durant sent this tweet out about Lil B and his music:

That led to the rapper putting a curse on the NBA star.

Since then, Lil B has put out a KD diss track (Warning: Video contains NSFW language)

After all of that drama, Durant said last month, via CBSSports.com’s Matt Moore, that there is no beef between the two. Given that, there was no reason to believe that there was anything still going on.

That changed recently.

On Sunday, Thunder general manager Sam Presti, per The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry, revealed that Durant will miss some time after fracturing his right foot. That news led to Lil B reminding everyone of the curse.

It looks like the curse is still alive. For Durant’s sake, hopefully he is able to make amends with the rapper and get the curse lifted.

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Chris Bosh Says LeBron James Cut All Ties After Leaving Miami Heat

They say time heals all wounds but, it doesn’t seem to be the case with the Miami Heat toward LeBron James. Reports continue to surface from the Heat locker room surrounding LBJ’s decision to relocate to Cleveland with the Cavaliers—this time from Chris Bosh. Bosh was asked by reporters if his relationship with LeBron has continued since the breakup; shockingly Bosh replied, “No,” he hasn’t talked to LeBron since the Decision 2.0. The Associated Press reports via ESPN:
As to whether he was looking forward to seeing James on Saturday at the game in Rio de Janeiro, he replied with a lukewarm, “Yeah … I don’t know.” “I’m in the mode where I’m trying to lead my team, help these guys out around here,” he said. “If guys aren’t in this locker room, I don’t have much time for them — if any.”
The championship bromance between the Big 3 seemed to have is diminishing right before our very eyes. Bosh also chimed in on the hoop-la surrounding the highly anticipated Christmas day ma

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Kobe calls out owners for hypocrisy after TV deal

Bryant has spoken out about max contracts and salary caps before.

      
 

 

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