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Los Angeles Clippers unveil Aussie NBA recruit Joe Ingles

Peter Mitchell Joe Ingles was a largely unknown face among the Los Angeles Clippers' stable of stars, but the forward from Happy Valley in South Australia could not wipe the smile off his face.

Australian Opals progress to world championship quarter-finals

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Roy Ward 10:56am Life without Liz Cambage is proving no trouble at all so far for the Opals at the women's basketball world championship.

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Opals into world champs quarter-finals

Liam FitzGibbon 6:25am Australia have demolished Belarus by 42 points to complete an impressive clean sweep of their women's basketball world championship group.

LeBron James tells Cleveland Cavaliers teammates they need to build character

The new Big Three: Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love.

Jeff Zillgitt 12:36pm LeBron James delivered a brief message to his teammates before the Cleveland Cavaliers' first practice of the franchise's most anticipated season.

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Australian Opals thump South Korea at basketball world championships

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Liam FitzGibbon The Opals have continued their stroll through the women's world basketball championship group stage, trouncing South Korea by 33 points in their second match.

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Opals captain Penny Taylor leads team to big win over Cuba

Penny Taylor gets set to shoot during the game against Cuba.

Roy Ward Penny Taylor's 20 points paced the Opals in a 90-57 thrashing of Cuba at the FIBA women's world championships in Turkey.

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Opals thump Cuba in world champs

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Liam Fitzgibbon The Opals have started their world championship campaign with a 33-point thumping of Cuba in Istanbul.

Australian Opals rookie Rebecca 'Spider' Allen reaching for world championship glory

Opals coach Brendan Joyce has handed Rebecca Allen plenty of time and responsibility in the Opals' lead-up games.

Roy Ward Australian Opals begin group games at the FIBA women's world championships in Turkey.

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeremy Lin says he spurned millions of dollars in Linsanity era

Immensely popular: Jeremy Lin

Erik Matuszewski Jeremy Lin said he left tens of millions of dollars on the table by not accepting the endorsement opportunities he was offered during the height of the "Linsanity" era in New York two years ago.

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LeBron James sought sons' permission before his return to Ohio

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Jason Lloyd Before LeBron James could return home to the Cavaliers, he first had to clear it with his children.

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Hornets' Jeffery Taylor charged with domestic assault

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Justin A. Hinkley A 25-year-old member of the Charlotte Hornets has been charged in connection with a domestic assault at an East Lansing hotel.

Mediocrity not on Canberra Capitals' agenda, says Jess Bibby

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JON TUXWORTH They have just returned from a coast trip littered with selfies, scavenger hunts and tomfoolery, but Canberra Capitals skipper Jess Bibby says the players "don't want to settle for mediocrity any more".

Opals to miss Jackson and Cambage but welcome back two stars for world championships

Roy Ward Penny Taylor and Rachel Jarry have recovered from serious knee injuries in time to lead the Opals at the FIBA women's world championships.

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Opals not fazed by loss of Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage

Opals star Liz Cambage won't take part in the women's basketball world championship after she ruptured her Achilles tendon in a warm-up match against the US.

The Opals head into the women's basketball world championship without leading lights Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage, but coach Brendan Joyce is convinced he has a squad still capable of challenging for gold.

Andrew Bogut slams critics of NBA youngster Dante Exum

Dante Exum after signing for Utah Jazz.

Critics of NBA draftee Dante Exum should "pull their heads out" and give the Australian youngster time to develop, says fellow first-round pick Andrew Bogut.

Qatar forfeit basketball match at Asian Games in hijab row

Qatar's women's basketball team leaves the court after forfeiting their women's basketball game against Mongolia.

Peter Rutherford The Qatar women's basketball team forfeited a match at the Asian Games on Wednesday after being refused permission to wear the hijab, saying they were taking a stand against what they say is a discriminatory policy against Muslim women.

Basketball ACT backflips on decision to disqualify Norths

Wests player Samuel Adams and Norths player Jamie Mesman in action.

CHRIS DUTTON Basketball ACT has smashed the Belconnen Ramblers' dreams of winning the division one grand final.

Mark Cuban: Don't expect Dallas Mavericks to have a 20-point scorer

Plenty of aspects to his game: Dirk Nowitzki.

Mark Cuban said Tuesday he doesn't expect anybody on the Dallas Mavericks to be a 20-point scorer this season.

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Cut the dribble - just bring back the Bullets

Leroy Loggins was the face of the Bullets in their glory years.

PHIL LUTTON The end of summer in Brisbane in 2008 was also the end of the city's professional basketball team. On February 28, the Bullets lost an overtime game to the Melbourne Tigers at the Convention Centre. They wouldn't set foot on the hardwood again.

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LA Clippers guard Chris Paul sees NBA playoff failure as a learning tool

Heartbreak: Chris Paul and the Clippers have come up short in the second round of the playoffs against Oklahoma City.

Ben Bolch The camera pans to Chris Paul and he smirks on cue, as if he's been perfecting his expression far longer than a couple of takes.

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Basketball is back - but what about the Bullets?

Glory days: Brisbane Bullets celebrate their 2007 grand final triumph.

PHIL LUTTON It was the news Brisbane basketball fans had wanted to hear since the Bullets shuffled off the court in 2008, heads down, waiting for a white knight to save their crumbling franchise.

Minnesota Timberwolves' interest in Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe may be futile

Chasing a big pay day: Phoenix guard Eric Bledsoe.

Paul Coro With only a few days before training camp, Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe appears to have found a team with interest in giving him the maximum-level deal that he has desired.

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Bendigo to Istanbul in a day, Gabe Richards flies out to replace Opals star Liz Cambage

Gabe Richards (right) hadn't really thought her emergency role would be worth anything.

Roy Ward Gabe Richards expected her weekend would include a trip to the Bendigo Football League grand final and a family get-together for her great aunty's 89th birthday.

Brisbane will rejoin NBL next season after lengthy absence

Glory days: Brisbane Bullets celebrate their 2007 grand final triumph.

Brisbane will have a team in the NBL next season for the first time since 2008.

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Lauren Jackson backs Liz Cambage to bounce back for Australian Opals after heartbreaking world championship injury

Liz Cambage: Ruled out for a year with injury.

CHRIS DUTTON Opals star Liz Cambage to miss up to a year after rupturing her Achilles tendon.

Cambage ruled out of World Championships

The Australian women's basketball team have suffered a massive blow with star Liz Cambage ruled out of the World Championships with injury.

Australian Opals centre Liz Cambage out indefinitely with a ruptured Achilles tendon

Out for a long spell: Opals centre Liz Cambage.

Roy Ward Australian Opals centre Liz Cambage is out of the world championships and WNBL season.

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Opals beat France in World Championship warm-up

Erin Phillips led the way in attack for the Opals.

The Australian women's basketball team have gotten their World Championship preparations back on track with a convincing 71-55 win over France in Paris on Saturday.

Phoenix Suns' Slovenian guard Goran Dragic should be the one to get max contract

Star performer: Goran Dragic does his best for Slovenia against the USA at the World Cup.

Bob Young It's about time for the Suns to get moving, put their priorities in order, take the advice of LeBron James and "break bread."

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Melbourne United's NBA star Jordan McRae makes dashing debut

Roy Ward NBA draft pick Jordan McRae makes a great debut at the NBL Blitz as Melbourne United go 1-1.

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Former NBA star Rex Chapman accused of stealing more than $14,000 in Apple products

In strife: Former NBA guard Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale and then selling the items at a pawn shop.

Daniel Wallis Police arrested former Phoenix Suns basketball player Rex Chapman on Friday for allegedly shoplifting more than $14,000 worth of products over several months from an Apple store in Scottsdale, Arizona, authorities said.

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Dallas Mavericks centre Tyson Chandler upset with how he was portrayed with New York Knicks

Mavericks return: Tyson Chandler shoots for the Knicks against the Clippers earlier this year.

Dwain Price For Tyson Chandler, the news made him feel like someone had stuck a knife in his back and was driving it not-so-gently down his spine.

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New Zealand Breakers import Cedric Jackson says team can rebound up NBL ladder

Back in the swing of things: Cedric Jackson is back with the NZ Breakers.

Robert Lowe Cedric Jackson might be the New Zealand Breakers' star addition, but the point guard sees himself as just one piece of the jigsaw.

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Opals star Liz Cambage in doubt for world championships

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Roy Ward Opals star Liz Cambage will have scans on an Achilles tendon injury.

US women beat Australia in World Championship warm-up

Belinda Snell top scored for the Opals.

Australia warmed up for the women's basketball World Championship with a gallant 72-66 loss to Team USA in Paris on Friday.

US women beat Australia 72-66 in Paris

Liz Cambage injured as Australia's Opals lose 72-66 to the US in a warm-up for the women's basketball World Championship in Paris.

Lauren Jackson says she 'doesn't have point to prove to anyone' in WNBL injury return with Canberra Capitals

A passion for the game: Lauren Jackson.

JON TUXWORTH Lauren Jackson insists she can return to her best after a "nightmare" injury run. 

Australian Boomer Joe Ingles links with NBA's Clippers

Joe Ingles.

Star Boomers small forward Joe Ingles has reportedly sealed a deal to join NBA franchise the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Boomer Ingles links with NBA's Clippers

Finding the way: Joe Ingles ducks between Lithuania centre Darjus Lavrinovic and guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas.

Joe Barton Boomers small forward Joe Ingles will reportedly sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, becoming the eighth Australian in the NBA this season.

Reports say Boomers star Joe Ingles to sign with LA Clippers

Joe Ingles has been on the NBA radar for a few seasons.

Roy Ward US media reports say Australian Boomers swingman Joe Ingles will sign with LA Clippers for the upcoming NBA season.

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson rises to NBA elite with golden off-season

Patriotic: US guard Klay Thompson argues with a Lithuanian player at the semi-final won by the Americans 96-68.

Sam Amick Klay Thompson leapt out of the celebratory Team USA locker room, his feet floating forward but his eyes focused downward on the new piece of memorabilia that he carried like a newborn. It was the kind of basketball you never bounce.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams has new spring in step on repaired ankles

Rebuilt from the ground up: Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams.

Andrew Keh Last September, Deron Williams hobbled down the red carpet of his annual charity dodgeball event with a boot around his right foot. It was an ominous sight that set the tone for yet another frustrating season for the Brooklyn Nets point guard.

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Canberra Capitals recruit Abbey Wehrung ready to step up

Capitals recruit Abbey Wehrung.

CHRIS DUTTON Canberra Capitals' recruit Abbey Wehrung insists she's ready to step up and boss around Lauren Jackson.

New York Knicks owner James Dolan taking a new track and a new tack

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: James Dolan attends TAO Downtown Grand Opening on September 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TAO Downtown)

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Scott Cacciola New York Knicks owner James Dolan is taking a new tack in his bid to break the New York Knicks' NBA title drought.

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Team USA pay tribute to Paul George after FIBA World Cup win

MVP: Kyrie Irving drives to the basket against Serbia.

Sam Amick As Kyrie Irving waited to walk outside the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad doors late Sunday night, hordes of screaming fans and a rumbling bus both demanding his presence, he was well aware of what lie ahead.

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Team USA rout Serbia to win basketball World Cup

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The United States retained their basketball World Cup title after overcoming an early deficit to beat the tournament's surprise package Serbia 129-92 in a one-sided final on Sunday.

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France third in basketball World Cup

France's guard Antoine Diot gets a pass away.

France claimed their first-ever podium finish at the Basketball World Cup on Saturday beating Lithuania 95-93 in a third-place thriller.

Opals coach Brendan Joyce defends selection of Tessa Lavey over Nat Hurst for Turkey

Natalie Hurst takes on Leilani Mitchell during an Australian Opals training camp at the AIS in January.

JON TUXWORTH Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce has backed his shock decision to select rookie point guard Tessa Lavey over Canberra's Nat Hurst for the world championships, labelling her the team's 'quickest and most explosive athlete'. 

Aussie trio win WNBA title following Phoenix's win over Chicago

Group effort: The Phoenix Mercury hold the WNBA championship trophy.

Sarah Trotto Australian star Penny Taylor has guided home the final two free throws as she and Opals teammate Erin Phillips claimed the WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury.

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WNBA title winners Penny Taylor, Erin Phillips turn attention to Opals' campaign

Sweeping success: Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi (left) and Penny Taylor celebrate winning the WNBA title.

Roy Ward Opals coach Brendan Joyce says WNBA title winners Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips face big tasks to adjust to the national team after winning the US championship.

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Brondello coaches Phoenix to WNBA title

Australians Sandy Brondello, Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips are celebrating after the Phoenix Mercury won the WNBA title.

Inspired Serbia oust France to join US in basketball World Cup final

Surprise packets Serbia will meet the powerhouse US in the World Cup final.

Dark horses Serbia powered into the basketball World Cup final and will meet holders United States in Sunday's showdown after beating European champions France 90-85 on Friday.

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry takes indefinite leave after racism controversy

Embattled: Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry.

Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry, under fire for making racially charged remarks, has taken an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA team said on Friday.

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Team USA beats Lithuania in basketball World Cup

US guard Kyrie Irving rounds Sarunas Vasiliauskas.

Tim Hanlon Holders United States showed no sign of missing their top players as they breezed into the basketball World Cup final with a commanding 96-68 win over Lithuania on Thursday.

Melbourne United in the navy as new colours revealed for NBL season

Melbourne United's new colours revealed.

Roy Ward Melbourne United will wear a dark navy singlet and a white singlet this coming NBL season.

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Opals centre Liz Cambage looks up to no rival on the basketball court

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Towering Australian Opals centre Liz Cambage learned the hard way four years ago not to look up to any rival.

France stun Spain as Serbia rout Brazil at basketball World Cup

Spanish players during the loss against France.

Huge upsets lit up the basketball World Cup as France beat hosts Spain 65-52 while Serbia thumped Brazil 84-56 to set up an intriguing semi-final clash.

At 203cm, Cambage looks up to no rival

Roger Vaughan Australian basketball star Liz Cambage says the Opals want a medal at this year's world championship.

Canberra Capitals assistant coach Simon Pritchard puts work on hold to chase WNBL goal

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CHRIS DUTTON New Capitals assistant Simon Pritchard puts work on hold to pursue his WNBL coaching passion.

Australian Opals look to next generation at FIBA world championships in Turkey

Running hot: Australia’s Penny Taylor lays down the law to her Phoenix Mercury teammates.

Roy Ward The Opals are still aiming for a medal despite heading to a major tournament without Lauren Jackson or Kristi Harrower for the first time since the 1996 Olympics.

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Opals to take new-look squad to women's basketball world championships

Sitting this one out: Opals superstar Lauren Jackson is missing the world championship due to a knee injury.

LUCY CORMACK Injuries and retirements have opened the floor to a new generation of Opals this coming women's basketball world championship in Turkey.

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Canterbury supporters flocked to Belmore Sports Ground to cheer on the team ahead of Sunday's NRL Grand Final against South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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