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September 26, 2017

CHARLOTTE — When Nic Batum woke up in France the morning of June 21, he was stunned to find his phone inundated with voice and text messages from various members of the Hornets organization on the other side of the world.

“I was like, what’s going on? ... Did I get traded?”…


Rookie guard Smith gives Mavs hope in Nowitzki's 20th season

September 26, 2017

DALLAS — Dennis Smith Jr. shrugged at the apparently soaring expectations for the point guard taken by the Dallas Mavericks with their highest draft position since getting Dirk Nowitzki nearly 20 years ago.

Besides, the 19-year-old wonders, how realistic can those expectations be?

“You…


NHL '17: Penguins, Capitals losses make East wide open

September 26, 2017

A handful of Pittsburgh Penguins players whose names are on the Stanley Cup, some of them twice or even three times, are gone.

The same goes for core players from the back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy winning Washington Capitals.

The goliaths of the East haven’t fallen apart, but maybe…


From start to finish, Thomas was best in golf this season

September 26, 2017

ATLANTA — Justin Thomas had an inkling back in January that this season might be something special.

More than winning the Sony Open for a sweep of Hawaii and his third victory in five starts, it was how he won. Thomas opened with a 59 and never let up until he set the PGA Tour’s record…