Hawks player blames NYC police for ‘significant injury’ (Yahoo Sports)

Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha said Tuesday he is in ''great pain'' and blamed New York City police for causing a ''significant injury'' that knocked him out for the season. The backup forward sustained a fractured right lower leg and ligament damage while being arrested with teammate Pero Antic outside a Manhattan nightclub while the Hawks were in the city to face the Brooklyn Nets last week. Sefolosha won't return until next season, costing the top-seeded Hawks a strong perimeter defender Read more [...]

Duke freshman Winslow to enter NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)

Justise Winslow is entering the NBA draft after one season at Duke, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday. He says he believes ''it is time to take the next step on my career path and play at the highest level.'' Winslow averaged 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while helping Duke win its fifth national title. The announcement came less than a week after the same decision from teammate Jahlil Okafor, the first freshman selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year. ''He was an amazing Read more [...]

Westbrook avoids suspension with technical rescinded (Yahoo Sports)

The NBA rescinded Russell Westbrook's 16th technical foul, allowing the star guard to play in the Thunder's critical game against Portland on Monday night. The decision means the NBA's leading scorer avoids what would have been an automatic suspension because he had reached the league limit of technical fouls. The league did not elaborate on its ruling in an email, but NBA President of Operations Rod Thorn later outlined the reasoning. Thunder coach Scott Brooks had said Sunday he was ''pretty Read more [...]

All eyes on McIlroy and Woods as the Masters gets underway (Yahoo Sports)

Three of golf's greatest players began the Masters with ceremonial tee shots. Then the focus quickly shifted to a pair of players who'll be keeping score, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player - with 13 green jackets between them - came out on a warm, sunny Thursday morning to give the tournament its traditional opening. Yahoo Sports - Top News Read more [...]

Spurs beat Rockets 110-98 for 9th straight victory (Yahoo Sports)

The San Antonio Spurs are surging to close the regular season, and the Houston Rockets couldn't slow them down. Tony Parker scored 27 points in Spurs' 110-98 win Wednesday night, their ninth straight victory. Parker had 13 points in the opening quarter, shaking the Spurs out of a lethargic start and catapulting them to their 19th victory in 23 games. ''He played a really great floor game,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. Yahoo Sports - Top News Read more [...]

Rose makes return from latest knee injury vs. Magic (Yahoo Sports)

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is back from his latest knee injury. The Bulls star started Wednesday against the Orlando Magic played just over 6 minutes in the first quarter before taking his first break. Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game that he expected Rose to play about 20 minutes in his first appearance since Feb. 23. Guard Kirk Hinrich also was activated after missing two games because of a hyperextended left knee. Yahoo Sports - Top News Read more [...]