NBA great Connie Hawkins dies at 75

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 12:48 PM

NBA Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins Dies at 75

NBA Hall of Fame forward Connie Hawkins has died at the age of 75.

His family confirmed Hawkins died Friday evening, KPNX reported. 

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Hawkins, nicknamed "The Hawk," played for the Phoenix Suns from 1969-1973. He was a four-time NBA All-Star and his number was retired in the Suns' Ring of Honor, KPNX reported.

Hawkins was initially banned from the NBA after being associated with a college basketball gambling scandal, NBA.com reported. Hawkins' career included stints in the American Basketball Association, as a Harlem Globetrotter and a legend on  New York City playgrounds.

Gordon Hayward diagnosed with ankle fracture in Celtics opener

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward grimaces in pain in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. Just five minutes into his Boston career, new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward grimaces in pain in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. Just five minutes into his Boston career, new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)(Tony Dejak/AP)

The Boston Celtics opened the NBA season Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in his first game with the Celtics, small forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury.

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The broadcast noted Hayward suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle.

Hayward was cutting along the baseline when he jumped for an alley-oop and fell to the floor with his leg bent underneath him.

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Hayward’s leg was stabilized and he was carted off the floor. LeBron James, Cavaliers players and Celtics teammates shook Hayward’s hand before he left the court.

Hayward, the former No. 9 overall selection, visited the Miami Heat, Celtics and Utah Jazz before making his free agency decision, eventually landing with Boston. He spent seven years with the Jazz.

Hayward, who is coming off an All-Star year for the Jazz and made it to the second round of the NBA playoffs, shook up the power in the Eastern Conference by adding a legitimate second offensive weapon to a Celtics team lacking one in last year’s playoffs.

He averaged a career-best 21 points and five rebounds per game last season.

Bob Knight investigated by FBI after complaints of inappropriate conduct

Published: Friday, July 07, 2017 @ 5:40 PM

Former basketball coach Bob Knight won 902 games during his college career.
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Former basketball coach Bob Knight won 902 games during his college career.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight was targeted in an FBI probe after four women at an American spy agency alleged he had groped or touched them inappropriately in encounters before a speech he made in 2015, the Washington Post reported.

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Knight, 76, who won three national titles at Indiana University before he was fired in 2000, delivered a lecture on leadership to employees at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency on July 10, 2015. 

Knight was accused of making inappropriate comments, hugging a woman tightly around the chest and hitting another woman on the buttocks, the Post reported, citing documents compiled by investigators and interviews with three of the women.

The allegations, made public for the first time, led to criminal investigations by the FBI and the U.S. Army, the Post reported. The Pentagon, Congress and other intelligence agencies in Washington also were alerted, the newspaper reported.

Knight was interviewed at his Montana home by FBI agents in July 2016, according to the report, which was part of a yearlong criminal probe. Federal prosecutors in Virginia decided not to bring charges against Knight, his lawyer told the Post.

“There is absolutely no credible evidence to support this in our opinion, these allegations,” Indianapolis attorney James Voyles told the newspaper. He added that the FBI agents “reported to their superiors that there was no basis for any further action, period.”

Knight did not respond to requests for comment. But in a text message to Post, his wife, Karen Knight, said: “Bob did nothing wrong and there is NO evidence to prove that he did. Case closed.”

Knight won 902 games in a head coaching career that began in 1965 at Army. After leaving Indiana in 2000, he coached at Texas Tech from 2001 to 2008. He also coached the U.S. men’s basketball team to a gold medal in 1984.

On an internal blog, some NGA employees objected to the agency inviting Knight, citing his controversial actions and comments during his career.

In 1979 Knight was charged with assault on a policeman while he was coaching the U.S. basketball team during the Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Knight later apologized.

In a Feb. 23, 1985,  game against Purdue, Knight threw a chair onto the court after the Indiana coach objected to referees’ foul calls.

In April 1988, Knight was asked by NBC News correspondent Connie Chung how he handled stress. The coach said that “I think if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.”

Knight added that the phrase “was an old term,” and said that “The plane’s down, so you have no control over it. I’m not talking about that, the act of rape. I’m not talking about that, the act of rape. Don’t misinterpret me there.”

In 1997, Knight attacked and choked player Neil Reed during a practice. Knight denied the charges, but video of the incident surfaced shortly after Reed made the allegations in 2000.

Warriors deny reports that they unanimously declined White House visit

Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 10:31 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 3:39 PM

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12:  The Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: The Golden State Warriors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

UPDATE June 13 at 3:30 p.m.: The Associated Press reported Tuesday that no decision has been made about the Golden State Warriors visit to the White House, according to a statement from the team.

"Today is all about celebrating our championship,” the statement said, according to CBS Sports. “We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

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It didn’t take the Golden State Warriors long to decide to skip the traditional championship White House visit.

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Less than 24 hours after winning the 2017 NBA Finals on Monday night, the Warriors unanimously voted to decline the White House ceremony honoring their Finals win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to several reports, including one by CNBC analyst Josh Brown.

The Warriors attended the White House ceremony to honor their 2015 NBA Finals title when former President Barack Obama was in the White House.

The news comes the day after Clemson visited the White House in honor of their National Championship win over Alabama in January.

The Warriors’ rejection of the White House’s invitation builds on the sentiment expressed by several New England Patriots who announced they would not attend the Trump White House ceremony in April. Notable Patriots, who missed the April ceremony were Tom Brady -- who said he would not attend for personal reasons -- Legarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett and Danny Amendola.

Thirty-four Patriots were present for the White House ceremony to honor their Super Bowl 51 win, which was a similar number of attendees to when the Patriots won in 2004 and 2005, according to Patriots spokesman Stacey James.

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3-on-3 basketball added to 2020 Olympics

Published: Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 12:33 AM

3-on-3 basketball will be an Olympic sport in 2020.
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3-on-3 basketball will be an Olympic sport in 2020.(Jeff Haynes/NBAE/Getty Images)

The International Olympic Committee added 3-on-3 men’s and women’s basketball to the 2020 Olympic Games, ESPN reported.

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There will be eight teams in each of the men's and women's tournaments of the half-court format, which was introduced at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore.

"The dream of a path from the streets to the Olympic Games has become reality for all the basketball community," Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of basketball governing body FIBA, told ESPN.

An urban Tokyo venue for 3-on-3 basketball could be announced when the IOC executive board meets again in Lausanne on July 9-10, IOC sports director Kit McConnell told ESPN.

Other sports added to the 2020 lineup include BMX freestyle cycling, men’s and women’s madison track cycling, men’s 800-meter freestyle swimming and women’s 1,500 freestyle swimming. There also will be a 4x100-meter mixed medley relay in swimming. 

Events confirmed Friday are in addition to decisions last August to include sports climbing, skateboarding, surfing, baseball and softball, and karate in the Tokyo program.