Russell Westbrook, OKC in serious talks on 3-year, $85M deal0

All-Star guard Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder are in serious negotiations on a three-year max extension worth more than $85 million, which could be finalized within the next 48 hours, league sources told ESPN.

Sources say the deal would include a player option in 2018.

Talks are centering around adding two more years to Westbrook’s current contract, which expires after next season. The new deal would call for Westbrook’s salary to jump from $17.8 million next season to the maximum $26.5 million. He would then earn the max the next two seasons.

Westbrook, who has played all eight seasons of his career in Oklahoma City, would have a player option for the third season of the deal that would allow him to capitalize on the league rule allowing players who have completed 10 seas...

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Keenan Reynolds can play for Ravens in 2016 after Navy decision0

Keenan Reynolds has been given permission to play for the Baltimore Ravensthis season, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told “The Dan Patrick Show” on Friday.

Reynolds, a sixth-round pick of the Ravens, will fulfill his service commitment in the Navy Reserves, which will allow him to play full-time for the Ravens.

An official announcement will be made Friday afternoon.

New England Patriots long-snapper Joe Cardona has also received approval from the Navy to play this season.

The Navy gets a five-year service commitment from Reynolds in exchange for his undergraduate education, but there are instances where the Secretary of the Navy can waive or rearrange that commitment.

Reynolds, a triple-option quarterback at Navy, is looking to make the switch to wide receiver and returner for Baltimore...

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Thunder’s big problem against the Warriors0

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - OCTOBER 28: Steven Adams #12 and Enes Kanter #11 of the Oklahoma City Thunder run down the court during the fourth quarter of a NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chesapeake Energy Center on October 28, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

The Thunder dominated San Antonio with their big two.

No, not Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Their BIG two.

Steven Adams and Enes Kanter.

Oklahoma City turned its second-round series against the Spurs by playing its two centers together – a lineup used in just 127 regular-season minutes and not at all in a Game 1 blowout loss to San Antonio. Starting in Game 2 against the Spurs, Adams and Kanter took over. In the series:

  • Thunder with Adams and Kanter on the floor: +27 in 66 minutes
  • Thunder otherwise: -30 in 222 minutes

Oklahoma City outscored San Antonio by 21.8 points per 100 possessions with Adams and Kanter sharing the floor, making it the most effective of the team’s 25 most-used two-man units in the series. Durant and Westbrook (+4.0) didn’t come close.

When Adams and Ka...

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Marcus Stroman leaves Blue Jays to attend his college graduation0

Last year, Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman tore his ACL during a fielding drill in spring training and missed most of the season. He was able to return in September and pitch in the postseason, but the injury limited him to only four regular season starts.

Stroman put the time he missed to good use. He went back to school and completed his degree in sociology at Duke, all while rehabbing the injury. And this weekend, Stroman is going to return to Duke yet again, this time to attend his graduation ceremony, according to the Canadian Press.

Here’s more:

“When I went to Duke University, I chose to graduate from there,” Stroman said. “You don’t choose a place like Duke to leave early. I was honestly upset when I had to leave...

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Ernest Wallace found guilty of accessory to murder of Odin Lloyd0

A friend of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been acquitted of murder but convicted on a lesser charge in the June 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

Prosecutors say the jury found Ernest Wallace guilty of accessory after the fact to murder in Fall River Superior Court on Thursday. He was sentenced to four and a half to seven years in state prison.

Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in Lloyd’s slaying and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Lloyd’s body was found in a North Attleborough industrial park, near the Rhode Island border. Lloyd dated the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée.

Prosecutors argued the murder was a “cooperative effort.” Wallace denied it...

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Dwight Howard will reportedly be at the top of Mavericks’ free agency list0

The Dallas Mavericks figure to once again be in pursuit of a big-name free agent signing after last year’s disaster with DeAndre Jordan. And the Star Telegram reports that one name that could intrigue the Mavs as they look to give Dirk Nowitzki one last run is likely-free-agent Dwight Howard.

At the top of the Mavericks’ wish list this year is Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, who plans to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent this summer. Howard, it would seem, has absolutely everything the Mavericks need from a center.

Plus, Howard constantly draws a double team, which would allow Dirk Nowitzki to hang out on the perimeter and basically enjoy target practice during the twilight of his career.

Source: Dwight Howard tops Dallas Mavericks’ free-agent wish lis...

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Stephen Curry has NBA’s best-selling jersey for second straight season0

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry not only won back-to-back league MVP awards, but he also can lay claim to the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the second straight season.

Curry’s jersey sold more than any other player’s during the 2015-16 regular season, according to sales on the NBA’s official online website.

Curry’s was also the best-selling jersey in every U.S. state except Ohio and Oklahoma, according to Fanatics, the largest licensed sports retailer in the country.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, in his final season, finished second in jersey sales, followed by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James.

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis finished fourth, the highest season-ending spot on the jersey list for a rookie since James and Carmelo Anthony finished atop the...

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The Eagles wanted Broncos to pay an outrageous price for Sam Bradford0

The absurd drama of Sam Bradford pretending to hold out after collecting an $11 million signing bonus on a two-year contract ended this week when the presumptive Eagles starting quarterback showed up for offseason training activities. There was even a brief retirement quasi-threat/rumor/report.

But the drama isn’t over yet, thanks to his agent, Tom Condon, continuing to chat about the situation publicly. Condon appeared on The Rich Eisen Show Wednesday and said (confirmed?) the Broncos were in discussions with the Eagles to trade for Bradford.

“We thought we had a chance to go to a really good football team and be there for a really long time. And that opportunity was there and the attempt was made,” Condon said...

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Scott Skies informs Orlando Magic he’s resigning0

After only one season, Scott Skiles is leaving the Orlando Magic.

“After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team,” Skiles said in a statement released by the team. “Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic. I realize this type of decision can cause much speculation. The reality though is in the first sentence. It is simple and true. Any other rumors are pure conjecture.”

“I sincerely apologize for any unintended consequences that may adversely affect anyone associated with this decision,” Skiles continued. “The Magic are a world-class organization that employs world-class people. I wish them nothing but great success...

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NBA lists two missed calls that went against Spurs in Game 50

The San Antonio Spurs are not going to make excuses, and maybe it wouldn’t have made a difference anyway, but on Wednesday the NBA released in its Last Two Minute report that Kawhi Leonard did indeed foul Russell Westbrook, who should’ve gone to the line for a pair of free throws in the closing seconds. As we know by now,the foul was not called and Westbrook continued the play and wound up with an And-1 at the rim which gave the Thunder a four-point lead and effectively iced the game.

You’ll remember, another officiating mishap — this one far more egregious — went against the Spurs in Game 2, after which the NBA actually noted several missed calls.

As expected, the Game 5 report validates what we all saw, that officials missedKawhi Leonard fouling Russell Westbrook in the closing seconds o...

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