Lightning to have clear target to overcome WNBL finals hurdle

ADELAIDE coach Chris Lucas says he knows exactly what the Lightning need to mount a challenge for the WNBL Championship again after they fell just short of taking their semi-final series against the Southside Flyers to a final game. The Lightning could not keep their season alive against the Flyers

Kawhi crushes luckless 76ers

Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points, Paul George added 24 and the Los Angeles Clippers extended their winning streak to four with a 136-130 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Reserves Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams also had 24 points. The Clippers — who shot 59.2 per cent from the field —

WWE legend Ric Flair backs fight between Charlotte and The Rock’s daughter

Ric Flair says a WWE matchup between his daughter Charlotte Flair and the Rock’s daughter Simone would be 'phenomenal'. 'Nature Boy' spoke with TMZ Sport before attending Wednesday night's episode of NXT On USA at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, where he was on hand to watch 'The

United confident of bouncing back after game one meltdown

Melbourne United are refusing to let disappointment foil their chances of an upset semi-final win over the Sydney Kings. The Kings, the NBL's minor premiers, overturned a 16-point deficit with six minutes remaining to win 86-80 in game one of their best-of-three series in Sydney on Saturday night, and can

For 3: Don’t look now, but Spartans are surging

Basketball recruiting insider. Joined ESPN in 2014. Graduate of University of Delaware. The penultimate Saturday of the regular season for the power conferences — and the final weekend for a number of smaller conferences that start their conference tournaments in the next few days — brought back some of the

NBA playoff and lottery projections: Tightest races, likely winners

How are the 2020 NBA playoffs and draft lottery likely to shake out with teams approaching the 60-game mark? The postseason picture is starting to take shape, with 15 teams already having greater than a 99% chance to make it in, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index. But which team

Opinion: Nuggets need to improve if they want to compete with Lakers, Clippers in Western Conference

LOS ANGELES – The Denver Nuggets ended last season convinced they could become one of the NBA’s powerhouses. However, teams in Los Angeles made countermoves to alter the narrative. In June, the Lakers traded for Anthony Davis to team up with LeBron James.fIn July, the Clippers signed free agent Kawhi Leonard

Toronto Raptors fall to scrappy Charlotte Hornets at home

For the first time in more than two months, the Toronto Raptors are on a losing streak. Terry Rozier hit a tiebreaking free throw with 2.1 seconds remaining as the Charlotte Hornets beat Toronto 99-96 on Friday night, handing the Raptors their second consecutive loss and just their third in

Malone rips Nuggets as ‘soft’ after blowout loss

Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print, focusing on the NBA. He has covered the Lakers, the Celtics and previously worked for The Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. LOS ANGELES — After suffering their worst loss of the season Friday, a brutal 132-103 beatdown