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Legendary UNC coach Dean Smith dead at 83

The coach won two national titles, led the U.S. team to an Olympic gold in 1976, and helped develop NBA great Michael Jordan.

Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Durant leads Thunder to blowout win over Clippers

Kevin Durant scored 29 points.

File Photo: Coach Dean Smith at the 21st annual sports legends dinner in aid of the Buoniconti fund to cure paralysis, Waldorf Grand Astoria Ballroom. 2006. 
Credit :	PNP / WENN

College coaching legend Dean Smith dies at 83

Michael Jordan, who played for Smith from 1981-84, said he was the most influential person in his life other than his parents.

Villanova guard Phil Booth (5) confers with coach Jay Wright during an NCAA college basketball game with Butler, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Villanova, Pa.

No. 7 Villanova & No. 3 Virginia earn wins over ranked teams on KPUG

No. 7 Villanova beat No. 24 Georgetown and No. 3 Virginia held off No. 9 Louisville.

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) on the bench against the Washington Wizards during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Washington won 94-89.

Pelicans’ Davis hurts shoulder on fall after dunk

Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis hurt his right shoulder on a hard fall in which he struggled to brace himself after an alley-oop dunk late in the first half Saturday night.

FILE - In this Jan. 9. 2015, file photo, referee Lauren Holtkamp makes a call during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic in Los Angeles. Clippers guard Chris Paul was critical of Holtkamp following the Clippers' 105-94 loss to the Cavaliers on Thursday night, Feb. 5, 2015 Paul was assessed a technical foul in the third quarter by Holtkamp, who worked with officials Ken Mauer and Eric Lewis. Los Angeles was given five technicals--four in the third quarter, three of them in a 52-second span.

Chris Paul: Criticism of female ref “was about a bad call”

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Paul says his criticism of a female rookie referee “was about a bad call” and…


This week’s best sports shots

A look at some of this week's biggest plays and best moments.

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save during the first period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers, Sunday, April 27, 2014, in New York.

Rangers goalie Lundqvist out at least 3 weeks, hit by puck

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers say star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be out for at least three…

Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh presides over court during the murder trial for former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. Jurors were sent out on a bus Friday with a police escort for a tour of several key sites in the case. Hernandez is not allowed on the tour, but lawyers for both sides and the judge are attending.

Judge chastises Aaron Hernandez lawyer for Deflategate joke

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The judge overseeing the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has…

Chris Pratt arrives at Jimmy Kimmel

Hasty Pudding winner & Seahawk fan Chris Pratt makes good on Super Bowl bet, visits kids battling cancer

Pratt lost a bet with "Guardians of the Galaxy" co-star Chris Evans, a New England Patriots fan who plays Captain America.


Hernandez jurors to tour his home, crime scene

The former NFL player is accused of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancée's sister.


Spike Lee goes from director to coach for NBA All-Star

Spike Lee will direct the likes of Kevin Hart, Anthony Anderson, and Mo'Ne Davis — but instead of on a movie set, it will be on the basketball court.


Friday’s Sports Minute

A look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Friday, Feb. 6.


Wounded Tiger quits again

Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods withdrew after 11 holes of his opening round at the Farmers Insurance Open.


Commissioner expects to face decision on Rose ban

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred opened the door for possible reinstatement of the all-time hits leader for Hall of Fame consideration.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23)

LeBron, Cavaliers win 12th straight, 105-94 over Clippers

Cleveland Cavaliers pushed their winning streak to 12 games.

Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez (41) hits a two-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Trevor May in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

Detroit’s Victor Martinez needs knee surgery

Tigers slugger Victor Martinez needs surgery on his left knee after injuring it during his offseason workout program for the second time in four years.

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, left, takes notes next to his attorney Charles Rankin, as a photo of the covered up body of Odin Lloyd is displayed on a screen, during his murder trial at Bristol County Superior Court, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of Lloyd.

Religious items and trophies removed from Aaron Hernandez’s home

The defense agreed to remove the items, or to cover them before jurors see the home during a visit scheduled for Friday.

United States' Bode Miller crashes during the men's super-G competition at the alpine skiing world championships, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller did not finish the race.

Miller crashes, cuts calf in worlds super-G in Beaver Creek

U.S. men's coach Sasha Rearick hopes Bode Miller will still be able to race the downhill at the world championships after his crash.

Tiger Woods takes a few one-arm swings during a fog delay while waiting to tee off during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in San Diego.

Tiger Woods withdraws because of an apparent back injury

In his only his second tournament of the year, Tiger Woods has widthdrawn from the Farmers Insurance Open because of an apparent back injury.

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