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Shaka Smart returning to VCU, but on the visitors’ bench

VCU coach Mike Rhoades is looking forward to seeing old friend Shaka Smart on Tuesday night, perhaps more than he is looking forward to being on opposing benches when the former

Cavaliers welcome back Derrick Rose

Sitting in the building where deafening cheers once resounded for Derrick Rose, his Cavaliers teammates answered questions about his self-imposed exile.

Ex-Bull Cameron Bairstow calls Chicago's treatment of Derrick Rose 'eye-opening'

Ex-Bull and Aussie native Cameron Bairstow had a few things to say about American basketball culture, his failure to stick with the Bulls and how Bulls fans treated Derrick Rose.

Where does every NBA team rank? Take a look at the tiers.

The best way to truly analyze where each team stands at the season's quarter mark is to separate them into groups and go from there.

United crushes undermanned Hawks

FOR all the star-studded talent that fills Melbourne United’s roster, this is still Chris Goulding’s team.

NBA Podcast: Tim MacMahon on the wild Western Conference

On the latest episode of “Posting Up,” ESPN's Tim MacMahon stops by to talk about several newsworthy Western Conference teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies.

Concussed Kings’ marksman won’t risk health

KINGS forward Todd Blanchfield desperately wants to play against Brisbane on Saturday to save Sydney’s season, but will put his health first and sit out if he doesn’t recover from

Curry’s monster game, Westbrook drops triple-double

STEPHEN Curry lit up the Heat in another incredible outing, while Russell Westbrook continued his triple-double antics.

State basketball roundup (Dec. 3): Georgetown men beat Coppin State, 76-60

State basketball roundup (Dec. 3): Georgetown men beat Coppin State, 76-60

Mississippi State edges past Dayton for 61-59 win

Quinndary Weatherspoon scored with eight seconds left to lift Mississippi State to a 61-59 victory over Dayton on Sunday.

Cowan leads Maryland past Illinois 92-91 in overtime

Maryland stopped a furious Illinois second-half comeback to steal a 92-91 overtime win in Big Ten conference action Sunday night.

UCLA transition game strong in big win over Detroit Mercy

Freshman Jaylen Hands scored a career-high 23 points and Prince Ali added 20 points to lead UCLA to a 106-73 win over Detroit Mercy on Sunday.

College basketball roundup: Seton Hall rallies to upset No. 17 Louisville

Desi Rodriguez had a season-high 29 points, including an off-balance bank shot with 8 seconds remaining, to rally Seton Hall to a 79-77 upset victory over No. 17 Louisville on

Navy women win eighth straight to open season

The Navy women’s basketball team put together another impressive showing Sunday for another blowout victory, downing Division III Emory and Henry, 88-57, at Alumni Hall.

UConn Women Survive, Defeat No. 3 Notre Dame, 80-71

Top-ranked UConn staged a second-half comeback to defeat No. 3 Notre Dame, 80-71

Top 25 Capsules

Desi Rodriguez had a season-high 29 points, including an off-balance bank shot with 8 seconds remaining, to rally Seton Hall to a 79-77 upset victory over No. 17 Louisville on

No. 3 Michigan St beats Nebraska 86-57 for 6th straight rout

Nick Ward matched his season high with 22 points as part of a balanced offense that helped No. 3 Michigan State beat Nebraska 86-57 Sunday.

Seton Hall rallies to upset No. 17 Louisville 79-77

Desi Rodriguez had a season-high 29 points, including an off-balance bank shot with 8 seconds remaining, to rally Seton Hall to a 79-77 upset victory over No. 17 Louisville on

Dwyane Wade thriving in 6th-man role for Cavaliers, not Bulls

Dwyane Wade, who gave back $8.5 million of the $23.8 million he stood to make to sign a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cavaliers, has thrived since his short-lived starting

Nikola Mirotic expects to make season debut this week

Barring a setback, Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic will make his season debut this week. He and Bobby Portis have no plans to have any significant contact off the court.

Wizards' Ian Mahinmi trying to get 'back to myself' after injury

Mahinmi has been part of a recent Wizards bench resurgence.

United players take physical beating

MELBOURNE United has talked tough for a fortnight.

UNLV fans were rocking the T&M like the old days

The Rebels and Arizona certainly didn’t disappoint Saturday night in delivering the type of tenor most hoped for, an overtime thriller won by the Wildcats 91-88 before 14,579.

3 takeaways from UNLV’s loss to Arizona

Three takeaways from the UNLV basketball team’s 91-88 loss to Arizona on Saturday at the Thomas Mack Center.

UNLV loses in overtime to Arizona, 91-88

UNLV went into overtime for the second consecutive game, and for the second time in a row the Rebels came up short, losing 91-88 to Arizona on Saturday night at the Thomas Mack

State basketball roundup (Dec. 2): Morsell gives Towson men Belfast title

State basketball roundup (Dec. 2): Morsell gives Towson men Belfast title

Bullets reload to break NBL leaders

INSPIRED by a dominant all-round display from Perrin Buford, the Brisbane Bullets snapped a three-game-losing streak on Sunday with an impressive 81-76 home win over NBL leaders

Evans Jr finds feet in second coming

JERRY Evans Jr is not going to die wondering in his second NBL stint.

Saint Mary’s gets back on track with 74-63 win over Cal

Getting knocked out of the Top 25 didn’t bother Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett as much as losing back-to-back games.

Moody Magic: SMU over No. 14 USC 72-55, 28th home win in row

Tim Jankovich never wanted to watch the film of SMU’s first-round NCAA Tournament loss last March. The only reason he did this week was because the Mustangs were getting ready to

TV and radio listings: December 3

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Pistons' Andre Drummond and 76ers' Joel Embiid are moving the NBA back to the

Philly's star came out on top in the latest edition of the league's most entertaining big man rivalry.

Now in the rotation, Tomas Satoransky is speaking the Wizards’ language

The second-year guard leads the team in plus-minus over the last four games.

Bulls' David Nwaba back from ankle injury that kept him out nearly a month

Bulls reserve David Nwaba frustrated by severity of ankle injury, which has sidelined him for nearly a month.

Bulls excited to see how Zach LaVine's athleticism opens up offense

The eventual returns of Zach LaVine and Nikola Mirotic should aid a desultory offensive attack.

Cavaliers say they've had positive communication with Rose

The Cavaliers' communication with embattled point guard Derrick Rose has been positive, according to coach Tyronn Lue.

Kris Dunn improving in goal of balancing aggressiveness and ball security

Bulls' Kris Dunn may have had his best quarter of the season against the Nuggets as he helped the Bulls to 39 points in the first quarter, scoring eight himself with four assists 

James takes over as Cavaliers win 11th straight

The Cavaliers' winning streak was in unexpected jeopardy Saturday night before LeBron James took over.

Breaking down the UNLV-Arizona game

Breaking down UNLV’s basketball game against Arizona at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Democracy Prep knocks off Arbor View in Legacy Tip-Off Classic

Democracy Prep rallied from an early 13-point deficit against Arbor View, and made all the key plays down the stretch to squeak out a 66-64 victory in the quarterfinals of the