Phoenix to rise from ashes of Perth thumping

South East Melbourne Phoenix know they are a better team since being thrashed in Perth and their return clash with the Wildcats at Melbourne Arena on Sunday is a chance to show it. After three opening wins, the Phoenix flew to Perth in round four and the reigning champions sent them home with their tails between their legs after a […]

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College basketball picks: Does being (or beating) No. 1 matter?

The No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for college basketball has already been passed around to four different teams … and seems destined to change hands again sooner rather than later. ESPN.com’s college basketball experts discussed what the phenomenon of being No. 1 means in the 2019-20 season, and made their picks for an intriguing weekend […]

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Boomers, Magbegor prepare for back-to-back finals tests

Melbourne Boomers face a gruelling test of their WNBL finals hopes this weekend playing two title contenders within 48 hours. The Boomers will face off with top-team Southside Flyers at Dandenong on Saturday night before returning to the State Basketball Centre on Sunday evening to face the Perth Lynx. In a condensed WNBL season, such a schedule is par for […]

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Virginia’s championship-level defense won’t matter if Cavaliers can’t score

WEST LAFAYETTE​, Ind. — The Virginia Cavaliers arrived at Mackey Arena with the pedigree of a reigning NCAA champion, the ranking of a top-five team, the defensive reputation of the “Steel Curtain” and a roster that, under the direction of someone other than the sublime Tony Bennett, might have been projected to finish ninth in the ACC. Let’s be honest about what happened […]

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Kings flex title muscles with rival thrashing

The Sydney Kings have shown why they are they are being widely tipped for the NBL title after registering an emphatic 111-101 victory over Melbourne United. United are considered the most serious threat to the Kings from claiming the crown, having been the only side to beat Will Weaver’s men so far this season. Melbourne had also won a remarkable […]

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Simmons digs in on defence as Sixers pip Pacers

On a night when defence was at a premium, Ben Simmons made three steals in the final minute to take his Philadelphia 76ers to a narrow home victory over the Indiana Pacers. With the Sixers trailing by a point and less than a minute remaining, Simmons read a kick-out pass from Indiana's TJ Warren and intercepted the ball before bolting […]

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Garrick, Magbegor on song as Boomers take down Flames

Maddie Garrick nailed six three-pointers and Ezi Magbegor dominated inside as Melbourne Boomers claimed a home win over Sydney University Flames on Saturday night. Garrick knocked down 26 points and Magbegor had 20 points as the Boomers won 94-81 at the State Basketball Centre and improved their record to 7-2 ahead of a showdown with the Southside Flyers at Dandenong […]

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Duke’s Stanley suffers leg injury, out indefinitely

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke freshman Cassius Stanley is out indefinitely after suffering what coach Mike Krzyzewski called a muscular injury in his left leg during a victory over Winthrop on Friday night. Krzyzewski said Stanley will undergo an MRI on Saturday. He did not have a specific timetable for Stanley’s return but said he hopes the guard can be back […]

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