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Thunder Beats Pelicans on Sad Day for both Teams

Playing with a heavy heart a night after the wife of assistant coach Monty Williams died, Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma to a 121-95 victory over New Orleans on Thursday.

Ingrid Williams was involved in a car crash Tuesday in Oklahoma City and died Wednesday. A moment of silence was observed by both teams who had ties to the couple. Monty Williams coached the Pelicans last season before coming to Oklahoma City to help new coach Billy Donovan.

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NBA All-Star Weekend Highlights Canada's Growing Hoops Love

When Greg Anthony arrived in Vancouver to join the inaugural Grizzlies team in 1995, the cash in his pocket wasn't the only currency that he needed to exchange.

Anthony was a star in college at mighty UNLV and went to the NBA to play for the Knicks, who took a backseat to nobody in New York during those playoff days.

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Tennis: Former Number One Henin to Coach Ukraine's Svitolina

Former world number one Justine Henin of Belgium is set to serve as a coaching consultant to Ukraine's top player Elina Svitolina, local media reported Thursday.

"I'm very happy that Justine will join our team," Ukrainian sports website www.tennis.sport.ua quoted Svitolina, 21, as saying.

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Hawaii's Big-Wave Surf Competition Called Off

Legendary surfer Eddie Aikau would have gone out. But Wednesday's surf in Hawaii didn't stack up to his namesake competition's big-wave standards, and the event was called off hours before it was supposed to happen.

"Eddie would go" is the mantra of the Quiksilver surfing competition in memory of Aikau, a Native Hawaiian surfer famous for riding monster waves and saving hundreds of lives as Waimea Bay's first official lifeguard.

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Barcelona Sets Club Record of 29 Straight Games without Loss

Barcelona broke the club record with its 29th consecutive unbeaten game when its second-stringers salvaged a 1-1 draw against Valencia in the Copa del Rey semifinals on Wednesday.

Barcelona reached its third straight Copa final 8-1 on aggregate after it won the first leg 7-0 at the Camp Nou last week.

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Hope Solo Reiterates Concerns over Zika at the Olympics

U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo asserted that if the Olympics were held today, she would not go out of concern about the Zika virus.

Solo's apprehension about the Rio Games this summer was first reported by Sports Illustrated this week. She reiterated those comments following the U.S. team's 5-0 victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday night to open the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.

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Kobe, LeBron Share Court as Cavaliers Beat Lakers 120-111

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hugged and seemed to be in a world of their own.

One on one, despite the noise of 20,000 fans in the background.

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Blanc Extends PSG Contract until 2018

Paris St-Germain said Thursday that coach Laurent Blanc has extended his contract until 2018, giving him a free rein for the tough Champions League campaign ahead.

Blanc's current deal runs out at the end of the season and the club's wealthy Qatari owners moved to tie in the 50-year-old to a new contract without waiting to see how the side do in looming decisive Champions League clashes.

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'No Truth' in Chelsea Rumors for Juve's Allegri

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has again distanced himself from the Chelsea manager's job amid claims he will replace interim boss Guus Hiddink at the end of the season.

Allegri, who steered the Turin giants to the Champions League final last year, has a contract until June 2017 but is reported to be the Blues' number one choice to replace former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

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Grizzlies Gasol out Indefinitely with Broken Right Foot

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his right foot.

"Marc is a cornerstone of our franchise, and we are focused on getting him healthy," general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement issued Tuesday. "Marc will be out indefinitely and a further update will be provided after the All-Star break."

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