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Celtics’ Jaylen Brown takes scary fall 

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown took a scary fall during Thursday night’s NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.

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Brown, finishing a dunk, fell awkwardly as he lost his grip on the rim after being fouled, the Star Tribune reported. Brown fell head over heels onto his back and remained down for a few minutes.

Players from both teams gathered nearby while Brown was being tended. He was taken to Boston’s locker room for a CT scan, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

“He felt pretty good leaving the arena,” Stevens told the Star Tribune. “He is in good hands.”

Brown scored 14 points and added five rebounds for the Celtics. 

“You never want to see a player go down like that,” Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns told the Star Tribune. “It’s a brotherhood. We look out for each other regardless what team affiliation you are.

“You feel for him. Prayers go out to him. You don’t know the extent, but you want to wish him a speedy recovery. Us playing is just a little part of us. We’re still humans, still brothers.”

Brown later tweeted that he was OK, although he confessed he had a headache.

High school basketball coach criticized after team wins playoff game 93-7

A Massachusetts high school basketball coach is coming under fire after his basketball team beat student athletes from another school by 86 points.

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The Division III South Sectional playoff game took place Wednesday between the East Bridgewater Lady Vikings and Madison Park Vocational High School Cardinals.

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In the end, East Bridgewater won the game 93-7, something some parents say is an example of poor sportsmanship.

“I wouldn’t want to drive it so far into the dirt when you’re really rubbing it in their face. It’s one thing to beat a team; it’s another to really drag them through the mud. That’s just bad sportsmanship,” John Healey said.

Superintendent Liz Legault agreed and issued an apology.

"This was an unfortunate situation and shouldn’t be a reflection of our girls or the East Bridgewater Athletic Program. Both teams were excited for the first round of the playoffs and unfortunately they were not matched up well,” she said in a statement to WFXT.

But others say the criticism belongs with the superintendent – and that an apology isn’t necessary.

“The score is the score,” Joe Schwede said. “Not everyone is going to get a trophy; they’ve got to stop that. There’s going to be a winner and there’s going to be a loser.”

Parents told us there were only eight East Bridgewater girls dressed for the game, so some starters did play through the second half.

“We now have time to reflect, discuss, learn and move forward in the best interest of our girls and program,” Legault said.

The MIAA regulates high school sports in Massachusetts and told WFXT that the East Bridgewater team did not violate any rules in the victory.

Family of slain Parkland student Joaquin Oliver are guests of Heat's Dwyane Wade

The day after Dwyane Wade was reacquired by the Miami Heat, the most iconic player in franchise history stepped on the court for the first time in a neon pink and electric blue Vice jersey.

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While watching the game from his home in Coral Springs, 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, who had become emotional when he learned Wade was returning, decided he needed that jersey to add to his collection.

On Saturday, 17 days after Oliver and 16 others were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, that wish was granted for Joaquin’s parents.

Wade presented Patricia Padauy and Manuel Oliver with a Vice jersey and custom-made sneakers following Miami’s 105-96 victory against the Detroit Pistons, Patricia, Manuel and their daughter, Andrea, were guests of Wade’s, who was touched when they recently revealed their son was buried wearing Wade’s Heat jersey.

>> Parkland shooting victim buried in Dwyane Wade jersey

The sneakers were in Stoneman Douglas colors and included the school’s logo. Joaquin’s name was printed on a black band at the top of the shoes.

“It’s a tough time for their family, it’s a tough time for a lot of families in Parkland,” Wade said. “I’m thankful they came to the game, thankful I got a chance just to talk to them and tell them my appreciation, to let them know we will continue to use our voice, to continue to shine the light on what they’re talking about and what they’re going through and what they’re dealing with.”

Patricia, Manuel and Andrea attended the game and sat opposite the Heat bench. Andrea stood on the court by Wade during the national anthem.

The family was invited to the game and to meet Wade last week when Wade’s mother, Jolinda, and his sister, Tragil, visited them for more than two hours at their Coral Springs home. Jolinda and Tragil learned how much Joaquin idolized Wade. They watched a video of him pretending to be Wade while playing basketball as a child and Joaquin’s parents shared how emotional Joaquin got when Wade was traded to the Heat on Feb. 8.

“Dwyane made some type of very deep impression on his life when he was here,” Jolinda said.

Wade said he hopes he was able to, at least for a moment, take them away from the heartbreak and tragedy that has entered their life.

“They’re strong,” he said. “It’s a tough time for them, definitely. Just having a quick moment with them, to see a smile on their face, to hear stories and see them light up about their son -- you just take them out of it for a minute.

“They were telling me stories about what he said when I came back. … things he said about me. Just for a moment to give them that positive memory of their son was great.”

Wade was touched by those stories about the impact he had on Joaquin’s life. And the meeting reminded Wade how his contribution to South Florida and his impact on the community is far-reaching and perhaps even more important off the court.

“It’s bigger than basketball,” he said. “Obviously, I’m back here to do a job on the court, in this locker room with this team. But the timing was perfect for me to come back here for this city and the state. It’s like we both needed each other. I’m thankful I could come back and be able to be a leader and a voice in the community more so than even coming back here and scoring any baskets. That’s more important. The timing was right.”

LaVar Ball blasts Trump after report says UCLA players were freed before president stepped in

We now have a LaVar Ball vs. Donald Trump Part II.

ESPN released a report on Saturday chronicling UCLA’s China shoplifting incident involving freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley. The three allegedly had stolen sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, a boutique store and a bracelet from H&M.

>> LaVar Ball pulls son LiAngelo out of UCLA after suspension

ESPN’s Arash Markazi wrote that Trump actually had nothing to do with the release of LiAngelo Ball, Hill and Riley.

Upon hearing the news, LaVar Ball doubled down on his stance that Trump had zero to do with getting the three out of harm’s way.

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LaVar Ball and Trump previously got into a spat on social media in the days and weeks after the highly-publicized theft. Soon after the LiAngelo Ball, Hill and Riley were released from house arrest, Trump took to Twitter seeking credit.

LaVar Ball dismissed Trump’s request for validation on multiple occasions.

The two had quieted down their tug of war, but Saturday's news has evidently resuscitated the matter.

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LiAngelo Ball has since left UCLA to play professional basketball in Lithuania. Hill and Riley are currently serving a one-year suspension as punishment for the international shoplifting incident but were permitted to practice with the team on Dec. 26.

Warriors’ Stephen Curry tees off on hotel room

Stephen Curry may love golf, but one hotel is going to be teed off.

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The Golden State Warriors’ All-Star posted a photo on Instagram of his hotel during a recent road trip. Shattered glass was scattered across a table and on the floor, apparently courtesy of Curry’s golf swing, ESPN reported.

“When you feel like you’re on the @pgatour so you gotta get some swings going in the hotel room,” Curry wrote, finishing the post with the hashtag #idiot.

Curry competed in a Web.com Tour event last year on a sponsor’s invitation, shooting back-to-back rounds of 74 at the Ellie Mae Classic, ESPN reported.

The Warriors were off Thursday and play in Atlanta on Friday night. It was not immediately clear what hotel was damaged, ESPN reported. The Warriors are in the middle of a three-game road trip.

It’s a good bet, however, that Curry will be receiving a bill from a hotel soon.

Parkland shooting victim buried in Dwyane Wade jersey; Heat star gets emotional

Dwyane Wade had an emotional reaction after learning that one of the 17 people killed in the Parkland school shooting on Feb. 14 was buried wearing the jersey of the Miami Heat star.

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“You’re about to make me cry this afternoon,” Wade tweeted Sunday, hours after Joaquin Oliver’s parents said on the Univision show Al Punto that their 17-year-old son was buried wearing his favorite player’s jersey.

Oliver was one of 17 killed during the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. During Oliver’s memorial service on Feb. 17, the officiant said that the teen was excited for Wade’s return to the Heat, the Miami Herald reported.

Saturday, Wade and the Heat returned to South Florida for the first time since the shooting. Before the game against Memphis, the team held a pregame tribute at midcourt, the Herald reported. Players and coaches held a Stoneman Douglas flag, and the scoreboard played a tribute video, the newspaper reported.

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat pay tribute to Florida school shooting victims, survivors

The Miami Heat held a touching pregame tribute Saturday for the those affected by the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

>> Florida school shooting survivor's mother says her family has received death threats

Members of the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies gathered at midcourt to hold a large Stoneman Douglas banner while Dwyane Wade addressed the crowd.

“Tonight, we honor the 17 lives that were tragically lost in Parkland,” Wade said. “We applaud the fearless students that are fighting for their lives. We also make sure that their voices are heard around gun safety. You are our nation’s inspiration. We salute you and we support you.”

>> Florida sheriff rejects calls from state lawmaker for his ouster after Parkland school shooting

The Heat, who on Friday debuted a uniform patch to honor the victims, then honored each of the 17 victims on the video screen before Alex Wind, a Stoneman Douglas student and member of the school’s drama club, sang the national anthem.

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“It’s an absolute honor for us to wear these patches,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before Friday’s game in New Orleans. “I know I speak for everybody in that locker room and everybody in the organization, we are so very inspired by the leadership and courage and absolute fearlessness of the kids and young men and women at Stoneman Douglas. It’s such a tragic event, but we hear their voices, loud and clear. And we are behind them and this is only the start.”

Louisville basketball team stripped of 2013 NCAA title

The NCAA stripped the University of Louisville of its 2013 national basketball title and mandated that the school must vacate 123 wins between 2011 and 2015, the organization said on its website Tuesday. The decision by an NCAA panel denied the Cardinals' appeals in a sex scandal case.

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The NCAA’s appeals committee also upheld the Division I Committee’s decision in June 2017 to require the university to return money it received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in NCAA basketball tournaments during 2012 and 2013, when the Cardinals appeared in the Final Four; and tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015.

It is the first time in modern Division I men's basketball history that a championship was vacated. The Louisville-Courier Journal reported.

The decision ended a two-year process that began after a book published by Katina Powell sparked an NCAA probe in October 2015. In “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” Powell alleged that former Louisville basketball staff member Andre McGee paid women thousands of dollars and gave them game tickets to dance for and have sex with players and recruits, the Courier-Journal reported.

Louisville officials imposed a postseason ban for the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments, and then added recruiting sanctions after confirming Powell’s allegations, the Courier Journal reported. Former coach Rick Pitino was suspended for five conference games and appealed the ruling. Pitino dropped the appeal after he was fired in October 2017 after an FBI investigation into college basketball recruiting practices included allegations against the school, the Courier-Journal reported.

In its appeal, Louisville argued that the penalties were “excessive,” the NCAA said. 

WATCH: Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game baffles viewers

Grammy award-winning recording artist Fergie was tasked with the pre-game national anthem for the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. On paper, that sounds like a great choice, but many viewers thought it could have gone better.

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Critics pointed out that Fergie’s voice was oddly erratic during the anthem. One sequence even led Warriors forward Draymond Green to burst out in laughter after Fergie strung together the vocal performance.

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Here's what social media users were saying

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Obviously, not every anthem is going to be perfect; not everyone can just bust out a Whitney Houston-type of anthem at will.

If you need to refresh your ears, here’s Whitney:

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

LeBron James on Parkland shooting: 'How is it possible that we can have minors buy a gun?'

When asked about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in which 17 people were killed, former Miami Heat star LeBron James had one question:

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“How is it possible that we can have minors go buy a gun?”

Nikolas Cruz, accused of the killings, is actually 19 and legally bought the AR-15 semiautomatic weapon that was used during the Feb. 14 incident. Still, James, the Cavaliers’ superstar, and other players with ties to South Florida could not make sense of the tragedy.

The players were asked about the shooting during Saturday’s media day for the NBA All-Star Weekend.

“We have a kid who wasn’t legally unable (sic) to buy a beer at a bar, but he can go buy an AR-15?” James said “It doesn’t make sense. I’m not saying it should be legal for him to go buy beer. But how is it possible that we can have minors go buy a gun?”

Heat guard Wayne Ellington, who was fourth in Saturday’s 3-point contest, said the nation has to “come together” to makes changes so these mass shootings do not continue to occur. The shooting was the ninth deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, five of those coming in the last six years.

WATCH: Florida school shooting survivor slams politicians, NRA in emotional speech

“I was at a loss for words,” Ellington said. “I couldn’t understand what’s going on, why (this) is going on in the world. Do we need to change? These young people doing unexplainable things, hurting each other and hurting innocent people it’s so unfortunate and sad, it’s something I don’t know how we can change but it’s something we need to come together and figure out.”

John Collins, the Atlanta Hawks rookie from Palm Beach County, was calling home to try to understand what was happening.

“It was a real shock to me,” said Collins, who played in Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge. “Obviously, I never expected something like that to happen. I know a couple of people that were affected by that tragedy. You got to say your prayers and sending your condolences and thoughts to the victims.”

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James, though, was the most outspoken in calling for gun control.

“We’ve seen these schools and these tragedies happen in America and there’s been no change to gun control,” James said. “I don’t have the answer to this. But we have to do something about it. We’re all sending our kids to school, right? We drop them off at 8 o’clock. At 3:15 they’re going to be ready to get picked up. Either we’re picking them or someone in our family is picking them up or they have to take a bus or there’s aftercare and they stay until 5. If they have study hall they stay until 5:30 or whatever. But we all feel like our kids are going to return, right?

“To the families in Parkland, down in Broward County, it’s sad and I’m sorry and it’s just a tragedy and I hope we don’t continue to see this because it’s too many in the last 10 years with guns.”

James, meanwhile, has been embroiled in a social media debate with Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, who said that athletes like James should "keep the political commentary to yourself.”

“Or as someone once said, 'Shut up and dribble,’” Ingraham said.

Ingraham was referencing an interview that James and Kevin Durant taped in January with ESPN’s Cari Champion for a show called “Uninterrupted.” The two NBA stars spoke about the political climate in the United States and had harsh criticism for President Donald Trump, ESPN reported.

Durant, in an interview with USA Today on Friday, said Ingraham's comments were "racist." 

“That was definitely an ignorant comment (by Ingraham). I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers, I think -- or even louder.”

James, on his Instagram account, posted a photo of a neon sign that read “I am more than an athlete.”

Ingraham released a statement Saturday defending her comments, ESPN reported.

"In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called 'Shut Up & Sing,' in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks and Barbra Streisand, who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics,” Ingraham wrote. “If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they're called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks -- false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism."

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