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Westbrook on Zaza’s fall: ‘He tried to hurt me’

1:53 AM ET OAKLAND, Calif. — Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook accused Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia of intentionally trying to hurt him when Pachulia landed on his leg late in the third quarter of the Warriors’ 112-80 win Saturday night. Westbrook drove to the basket and shot a contested floater over Nick Young, with Pachulia trailing the play. The ball hit...

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Westbrook on Pachulia: ‘He tried to hurt me’

2:16 AM ET Chris Haynes Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers NBA and Warriors for ESPN.com Covered Cavaliers and NBA for Cleveland Plain Dealer from 2014-2016 Covered Trail Blazers for Comcast SportsNet NW from 2011-2014 Fresno State University graduate Royce Young Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for ESPN.com OAKLAND, Calif. — Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook accused Golden State Warriors...

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Ayton family lawyer: Allegations are false

8:58 PM ET A lawyer representing the family of Deandre Ayton called allegations involving the Arizona star freshman false and urged the FBI, the NCAA and the university to come out publicly and clear his name. In a statement, attorney Lynden B. Rose said Ayton’s family is “outraged and disgusted” by reports that “have falsely implied that her son or his family have any...

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Jags keep Bortles on 3-year deal through ’20

10:18 PM ET JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed quarterback Blake Bortles to a three-year contract extension through the 2020 season, the team announced Saturday. The deal is for $54 million and could be worth up to $66.5 million with incentives, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal also includes $26.5 million in guaranteed money, according to the source. Now that...

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Butler avoids ACL tear, has injured meniscus

5:53 PM ET Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler suffered a right meniscus injury, an MRI revealed on Saturday. The team will announce updates on Butler’s progress as information becomes available. Butler posted on social media a photo along with a caption that included the words “you gotta take the crooked with the straight.” Butler suffered the non-contact injury in the third quarter of the...

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Miller won’t coach vs. Oregon; Ayton eligible

4:48 PM ET Sean Miller will not coach Arizona’s game Saturday against Oregon in the wake of an ESPN report that detailed his involvement in a discussion to pay a potential recruit. Arizona released a statement saying that Miller and the school agreed to the decision, citing the “best interests of the University and the basketball program.” Associate head coach Lorenzo Romar will replace...

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NCAA prez pins Miller, Ayton decisions on Zona

1:06 PM ET NCAA president Mark Emmert, addressing the ESPN report that Arizona coach Sean Miller was recorded discussing paying $100,000 to ensure star recruit Deandre Ayton signed with the Wildcats, said Saturday that it’s up to the school to decide whether to hold out the player or coach. Players at basketball powers such as Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Michigan State and Kansas may have...

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USC, Kentucky: Players eligible amid probe

1:50 PM ET Southern California‘s leading scorer, Chimezie Metu, will be available to play in the Trojans’ game Saturday against Utah after being named in documents that detailed possible NCAA rules violations. Kentucky also announced that its team had “no eligibility issues” in the wake of Yahoo! Sports’ publication of the documents, meaning Wildcats leading scorer Kevin Knox is also available to play Saturday...

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Day 15 recap: The Miracurl on Ice, history for Ledecka, Kenworthy’s latest furry friend

10:25 AM ET PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Miracurl on Ice! The U.S. men won gold in curling, snowboarder Kyle Mack grabbed silver and Gus Kenworthy found a new best friend. Here’s what you missed from Day 15 of the Pyeongchang Games. Curling Curling became America’s favorite pastime overnight as Team Shuster defeated Sweden 10-7 to clinch the United States’ first gold medal in the...

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Gymnasts: Culture of abuse at Karolyi Ranch

9:28 AM ET Associated Press They were little girls with dreams of Olympic gold when they started in gymnastics. Now they’re women with lifelong injuries, suffocating anxiety and debilitating eating disorders. They are the other victims of USA Gymnastics. Thirteen former U.S. gymnasts and three coaches interviewed by The Associated Press described a win-at-all-cost culture rife with verbal and emotional abuse in which girls...

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What’s next for the inconsistent, unpredictable and maybe very good Thunder?

8:45 AM ET The Oklahoma City Thunder still had one game to go before the All-Star break, on the road against the Memphis Grizzlies, but Carmelo Anthony was already looking ahead to the stretch run of the season. “Once we come back, it’s showtime,” Anthony said. “It’s time to gear up.” Through 60 games, the Thunder sit at 34-26, one game back of third...

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Etch it in stones, U.S. curlers make history and cap incredible run with a gold medal

7:32 AM ET GANGNEUNG, South Korea — About a week ago U.S. men’s curling team was dead on the ice sheet. A 5-8 loss to Norway in round robin play left the USA with a 2-4 record and three basically must-win matches to go. U.S. skip John Shuster, thinking he had authored yet another Olympic implosion, walked with his family through the Olympic Park...

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U.S. men win curling gold, beat Sweden 10-7

5:16 AM ET Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The American men have won the Olympic gold medal in curling in a decisive upset of Sweden. John Shuster skipped the United States to a 10-7 victory on Saturday for only the second curling medal in U.S. history. Shuster was part of the other one too, as the lead thrower on Pete Fenson’s bronze-medal team...

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Sources: Sean Miller talked payment on wiretap

10:31 PM ET FBI wiretaps intercepted telephone conversations between Arizona coach Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, a key figure in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption, in which Miller discussed paying $100,000 to ensure star freshman Deandre Ayton signed with the Wildcats, sources familiar with the government’s evidence told ESPN. According to people with knowledge of the FBI investigation, Miller and Dawkins, a...

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Why Vonn is still America’s most dominant Alpine skier

2:06 AM ET ESPN staff The Olympics have always presented their own unique tests for American skier Lindsey Vonn. First, there was the 2006 Torino Olympics, where Vonn crashed violently in downhill training and had to be airlifted off the course. The next day, barely able to walk, she finished sixth overall in the downhill event and later received the Olympic Spirit Award. That...

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