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IndyCar drivers prep for finale with Justin Wilson on minds

indystar.com — SACRAMENTO - The Verizon IndyCar Series season finale will go on without Justin Wilson this weekend, when a champion will be crowned at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday. But as some of his contemporaries made clear Wednesday in their first public appearance since Wilson, 37, died Monday, they'll race on with heavy hearts and concerned minds.
Aug 26, 2015

“Hopefully, with #IndyCar we’ll push forward for safety & try to eliminate these things in good time & push forward.” indy.st/1JwPp2Q

IndyCar drivers prep for finale with Justin Wilson on minds

sports.usatoday.com — SACRAMENTO - The Verizon IndyCar Series season finale will go on without Justin Wilson this weekend, when a champion will be crowned at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday. But as his contemporaries made clear in their first public comments since Wilson died at 37 on Monday, they'll race on with heavy hearts and concerned minds.

James Harden agrees to $200 million shoe contract with Adidas

khou.com — HOUSTON - James Harden's summer just keeps getting better. Three weeks after the Houston Rockets star was deemed the Players Choice MVP by his NBA contemporaries, the three-time All-Star agreed to a deal with Adidas worth a combined $200 million over 13 years.

Rockets agree to acquire Ty Lawson from Nuggets in trade

khou.com — HOUSTON - Ty Lawson's second DUI has led to a second chance in Houston. The Denver Nuggets on Sunday agreed to trade the troubled 27-year-old to the Houston Rockets, where the team that reached the Western Conference Finals last postseason was in search of more scoring from the point guard position.

DeAndre Jordan spurns Mavericks, signs with Clippers

usatoday.com — DeAndre Jordan made the stunning decision to renege on his verbal agreement to sign with the Dallas Mavericks and instead re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, agreeing to a four-year deal that will pay him approximately $87 million. According to a person with knowledge of the deal that Jordan signed when the NBA's free agency moratorium lifted at 12:01 a.m.
Jul 08, 2015

At USAT: DeAndre Jordan, shockingly, spurns Mavs & will re-sign w/ the Clippers. A look at what it means - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Jul 08, 2015

RT @sam_amick: At USAT: DeAndre Jordan, shockingly, spurns Mavs & will re-sign w/ the Clippers. A look at what it means - http://t.co/SCqWh…

Jul 08, 2015

RT @sam_amick: At USAT: DeAndre Jordan, shockingly, spurns Mavs & will re-sign w/ the Clippers. A look at what it means - http://t.co/SCqWh…

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Phoenix Suns gain ground in LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes

azcentral.com — The one thing we knew for certain when Day Two of NBA free agency came to an end? Pat Riley is always willing to go the extra (2,730) miles. From Miami to Los Angeles, the Heat's president made the unexpected trek to visit with free agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge on Thursday night.

Seeking title contender, Pacers' David West targeting Spurs and Warriors

indystar.com — David West is willing to put his money where his mouth is - even if he loses quite a bit of it in the process. According to a person with knowledge of his situation, the free agent forward who declined a $12.2 million player option to stay with the Indiana Pacers next season, has serious interest in playing for the San Antonio Spurs or the Golden State Warriors.
Jul 02, 2015

The player who once said he wouldn't go chasing rings, is now chasing rings. David West targets #Spurs, #Warriors: indy.st/1NyRjEj

Jul 02, 2015

Another power forward who would like to play for a contender & join #Spurs? Pacers David West is interested. indy.st/1NyRjEj

Paul Millsap agrees to contract with Hawks

usatoday.com — The Orlando Magic made the Atlanta Hawks sweat it out. But ultimately, the Hawks situation was too good for Millsap to pass up. Millsap considered Orlando's four-year, $80 million offer but took Atlanta's three-year, $59 million deal, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.

Warriors sought flagrant foul on LeBron James on Shaun Livingston in Game 4

ftw.usatoday.com — OAKLAND - The Golden State Warriors were thrilled to win Game 4 of the Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night, but they would have been even happier if the NBA had retroactively punished LeBron James for his fourth-quarter foul against Shaun Livingston.
Jun 14, 2015

from finals, @Warriors sought flagrant foul on LeBron James from Game 4 usat.ly/1HHENSw via @sam_amick pic.twitter.com/ksXY3Ugftr

Jun 14, 2015

Interesting tidbit procured pregame: Warriors sought flagrant foul on LeBron James in Game 4, disagreed w/ verdict - ftw.usatoday.com/2015/06/warrio…

Jun 14, 2015

RT @sam_amick: Interesting tidbit procured pregame: Warriors sought flagrant foul on LeBron James in Game 4, disagreed w/ verdict - ftw.usatoday.com/2015/06/warrio…

Kyrie Irving status 'not good' says Cavs coach David Blatt

usatoday.com — OAKLAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers' disappointment that began with their Game 1 loss in the NBA Finals on Thursday may be about to get worse. As the team waited for the official word on point guard Kyrie Irving and whether his left knee injury would keep him out of action in Game 2 on Sunday, and perhaps beyond, coach David Blatt told USA TODAY Sports that he was not optimistic about the situation.
Jun 05, 2015

Kyrie Irving out for rest of Finals with fractured kneecap. Ugh usat.ly/1Iq9NrE via @usatoday

Jun 05, 2015

Cavs coach David Blatt tells @USATODAYsports of Kyrie Irving's status, "Not good...My feeling is not good." - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Jun 05, 2015

RT @sam_amick: Cavs coach David Blatt tells @USATODAYsports of Kyrie Irving's status, "Not good...My feeling is not good." - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Jun 05, 2015

Updated story on Kyrie Irving's gloomy status, with more on drama that unfolded outside Cavs locker room last night - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Jun 05, 2015

Updated story on news that Cavs gaurd Kyrie Irving will miss rest of NBA Finals with a fractured left knee cap: usat.ly/1dSRAGo

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Aug 27, 2015

RT @ChrisKuc: Adidas spokesperson: "Our support and partnership with Derrick Rose is unwavering." #Bulls

Aug 27, 2015

In statement to @USATODAYsports, Bulls' Derrick Rose says his innocence will be proven in sexual assault civil suit - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Aug 27, 2015

Classy move by @KingJames to give @JeffZillgitt well wishes as he kicks cancer's ass. Our "A to Z" outfit just isn't the same w/ out him.

Aug 27, 2015

RT @KingJames: Wishing JZ-one of the good dudes I work with a safe and healthy recovery from surgery. See you at camp Champ!

Aug 26, 2015

RT @HowardBeck: Thoughts today are with my brave friend @JeffZillgitt, who could use your well wishes, too. jeffzillgitt.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/sur…

Aug 24, 2015

Speaking of free agency, good stuff from @JimmySpencerNBA talking to Steph Curry about the summer of 2017 - sportingnews.com/nba/story/2015…

Aug 24, 2015

The Aldridge-Udoka partnership kept paying off in Vegas w/ three Spurs-system practice sessions (Kawhi Leonard too) - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Aug 24, 2015

@DBItide This was all during the moratorium negotiating period. No tampering here.

Aug 24, 2015

LaMarcus had doubts about whether he fit w/ Spurs: "(Udoka) kind of reaffirmed that they didn't want to change me." - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…


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