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April 25, 2017

CHAPEL HILL — University of North Carolina junior point guard Joel Berry II, the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, is withdrawing his name from the 2017 NBA Draft process and will return to UNC to play for the Tar Heels next season.

“After speaking to my family I have decided…


Dodgers, Yankees cut projected luxury tax bills

April 25, 2017

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills — just as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw near the free-agent market after the 2018 season.

The Dodgers are on track to slice their tax bill by about a quarter…


Veterans coming up big in NBA playoffs

April 25, 2017

George W. Bush was early in his first term as president. Seattle was years away from losing the SuperSonics. “Arrested Development” hadn’t even started airing yet.

That’s how long ago Utah’s Joe Johnson and Houston’s Nene made their NBA debuts.

So-called old guys…


College stars bolster draft stock through special teams

April 25, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — More and more college coaches are putting their starters and even their stars on special teams as they seek to pile up every possible point in an era of pedal-to-the-metal shootouts and never-safe leads.

Fading fast are the days when superstars would catch their breath on the…