Tag: ESPN

Oakley’s arrest lowest point in his falling out with Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Oakley maintains he did nothing wrong before he was surrounded by Madison Square Garden security officials. Something has happened, though, to turn him from popular player to persona non grata within his former franchise. Oakley Thursday blamed his strained relationship with the New York Knicks and owner James Dolan for the altercation that led to his ejection and arrest from the Knicks’ 119-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Oakley said during an ESPN Radio interview that he had been in his seat for just a few minutes when he was surrounded...

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LeBron James labels Charles Barkley ‘a hater’ for criticism

DALLAS (AP) — LeBron James has apparently had enough of Charles Barkley’s criticism. Barkley took issue last week with James’ call for the Cavaliers to secure another playmaker to help contend for a second-straight NBA title. The outspoken TNT "Inside the NBA" analyst called James "inappropriate" and "whiny." James told ESPN following the Cavs 104-97 loss at Dallas on Monday night that Barkley is "a hater" and added that he’s not going to let Barkley "disrespect my legacy." James also brought up some of Barkley’s past controversies and legal troubles, before saying, "All I’ve done for my entire career...

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The good, bad and weird of the NFL season

The Associated Press will hand out its individual NFL awards on the night before the Super Bowl in Houston. Until then, here are some off-the-beaten track honors to consider. BEST GAME: The beginning of the end for the defending champions came in Week 12 in a frigid classic. The Broncos blew an eight-point lead over Kansas City and lost 30- 27 when Cairo Santos banked a field goal as overtime expired. Denver’s Brandon McManus hooked a 62-yard attempt with a minute left in OT. Earlier, Trevor Siemian threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler that made it 24-16,...

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Marv Albert to call Olympic hoops for 1st time since 1996

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Marv Albert will call Olympic basketball this summer for the first time since 1996. He is set to be joined in Rio de Janeiro by analyst Doug Collins and reporter Craig Sager for the U.S. team’s games, NBC announced Tuesday. Albert was the voice of the “Dream Team” run to gold during the 1992 Olympics. He also worked boxing for NBC at the 1988, 1996 and 2000 Games. The lead NBA play-by-play announcer for TNT since 1999, Albert started calling boxing matches again for NBC last year. Albert “ranks in the pantheon of all-time play-by-play...

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Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports companies say their industry remains viable despite a rocky start to 2016. The industry’s top companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, are on the defensive after taking hits to their businesses in recent weeks as scrutiny by state policymakers across the country continues to intensify. This week, it was disclosed that ESPN and DraftKings ended an exclusive advertising deal and FanDuel confirmed Wednesday it had laid off 55 workers in its Orlando, Florida office. ESPN and DraftKings declined to comment on the end of their partnership, which was announced last June and made DraftKings the...

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