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Kings’ Fox leaves Team USA prior to Australia trip

In a surprising move, Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox has withdrawn from Team USA, managing director Jerry Colangelo told ESPN on Saturday.The decision comes just hours before the group was scheduled to fly to Australia for exhibition games leading up to the FIBA World Cup in China.Fox played a team-low six minutes in Friday night's exhibition victory over Spain in Anaheim, California. He was a strong candidate to make
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Spurs to retire Parker’s No. 9 jersey in November

The San Antonio Spurs will retire Tony Parker's No. 9 jersey, the team announced Friday.The Spurs will honor Parker in a ceremony Nov. 11 ahead of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies.Parker played 17 seasons and won four NBA titles with the Spurs, before conluding his career last season with the Charlotte Hornets.The French point guard was named to the All-NBA second team for three straight seasons from 2012-14 and
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Rockets’ Tucker withdraws from Team USA camp

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker has withdrawn from consideration for USA Basketball's World Cup roster, meaning 14 players remain in consideration for 12 spots.Tucker withdrew Friday, citing a minor left ankle issue. He has twisted the ankle twice in the last several days and decided the best move would be to let it fully heal before going to training camp with the Rockets next month."I twisted it
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Nets CEO out amid change in ownership

9:23 PM ETTim BontempsESPN Brett Yormark, who has served as CEO of the Brooklyn Nets for more than a decade, will step down from his post, league sources confirmed to ESPN.Yormark has served in his post since 2005, when he came to the Nets from NASCAR, and helped usher the franchise to Brooklyn from its prior homes in East Rutherford and Newark in New Jersey. Having initially come aboard under
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Cousins injury left Draymond ‘at a loss for words’

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Draymond Green had just told DeMarcus Cousins that he hadn't seen him look this fit and slim since his college days at Kentucky. He was ready to see the big man wreak havoc on the NBA this season.That was just last week.On Thursday, Green and the rest of the NBA learned that Cousins had suffered yet another crushing setback with a torn left ACL, leaving Green
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Sources — Patterson, Clips agree to 1-year deal

Free agent forward Patrick Patterson has agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the LA Clippers, league sources told ESPN.Patterson and the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to a buyout on the final season of his contract recently, allowing him to become a free agent.The Clippers, with one available roster spot left now, are constructing a frontcourt bench to support its two new forwards -- Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
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Stipe Miocic on fighting fires (and Daniel Cormier)

One year after Stipe Miocic lost to Daniel Cormier, we sat down with him to discuss his work as a firefighter/paramedic, his rematch with Cormier and more.ESPN: Why do you continue your fire station shifts during camp?Stipe Miocic: I love what I do, man. I work real hard here, and I love helping out people. Why would I give it up? It makes my mom proud of me -- like
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Coco Gauff — The girl who would be GOAT

IT'S 7 P.M. ON a rainy evening in Delray Beach, Florida, and the line in the gymnasium at Pompey Park is long -- so long that the faithful have sought comfort in the folding chairs along the sideline. They're there to see their homegrown tennis sensation. It's a very slow line. Coco Gauff is taking her sweet time.The 15-year-old phenom signs everything -- from tennis balls to glossy photographs of
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The NBA’s ultimate preseason Rorschach test for 2019

9:00 AM ETESPN staffWelcome back. Let's focus on tending to your inner garden, even if it's no longer the best one in the neighborhood. Please look at this image and tell me what you see.What a Knicks fan seesIt's Jimmy Swollen, the idiot son of Charles "Moneybags" Swollen. Ol' Moneybags -- he looked just like the Monopoly guy -- bought our town arcade and let Jimmy run it like a
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Sources — Lakers’ Cousins seriously injures knee

Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a serious left knee injury, league sources said Thursday.The initial fear is that Cousins has a torn ACL, sources told ESPN, but nothing is expected to be known for certain until he undergoes further tests in Los Angeles on Thursday.Cousins, a four-time All-Star, is expected to meet with Lakers team physicians, sources said.Cousins, 29, was working out in Las Vegas on Monday