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Pelton: Canada ready to shine on world stage

The neighbors to the Americans' north look to be the biggest threat to its international basketball dominance. Can Canada take its first big step in that direction at the FIBA Americas?

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14hChris Forsberg

Celtics Summer Forecast: Rare extensions

Our 17-member forecast panel puts itself in Danny Ainge's shoes: Should he offer an extension to Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller or Perry Jones III?

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Floyd Mayweather balls with Isaiah Thomas (2:00)
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Twitter beef between Green and Whiteside signals changing NBA (5:05)
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Russell starstruck of Kobe? (1:24)
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Ford: Simmons to Sixers in 2016 Mock 1.0

Philly uses its two projected top-four picks to grab Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray in Chad Ford's first 2016 mock draft.

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Andre Iguodala, hometown hero (1:39)
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Van Gundy: Duncan would make great NBA coach (1:04)
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John Wall - Backpacks for back home (1:18)
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Uni Watch: Which cities' teams look marvelous?

Of the 20 cities with three or more major pro sports teams, which has the best-dressed batch? Uni Watch crunches the numbers to determine the best-looking sports cities. No. 1 on the list might leave you thinking, "How do you like them apples?"

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Russell responds to angry Lakers fans

D'Angelo Russell sent out a Tracy McGrady-related tweet that angered part of the Lakers fan base. This weekend he responded to them, and he didn't exactly mince words. 'There's a lot of spoiled Lakers fans'

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Wedding Bells For Russell Westbrook

The Thunder star tied the knot with college sweetheart Nina Earl this weekend ... and wore a surprisingly subdued outfit, as well. Check it out

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Sosa among players to watch in Mexico

Rick Pitino and Edgar Sosa are familiar with each other from their time at Louisville, but they'll be on opposite sides at the FIBA Americas tournament, with Pitino coaching Puerto Rico and Sosa playing for the Dominican Republic. Players to watch (Insider)

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Canada ready to shine at FIBA Americas

With a young NBA-heavy core -- led by Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins -- that has shined in international play this summer, Canada is ready to take the next step at this week's FIBA Americas tournament. Future threat to US dominance? (Insider)

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Nigeria looking toward Olympic berth

Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu has 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals, helping Nigeria take a 13-point lead over Angola at halftime of the Afrobasket final. The winner earns a spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Anatomy of Puerto Rico's downward spiral

In 2004, Puerto Rico pulled an upset for the ages, becoming the first team to beat a U.S. team with NBA players at the Olympics. Since then, though, they've struggled on the international stage, a trend Rick Pitino will try to reverse at the FIBA Americas tournament. What happened?

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Argentina's 'Golden Generation' fading

No Manu Ginobili. No Carlos Delfino. No Fabricio Oberto. The connections to Argentina's 2004 Olympic triumph are dwindling as Luis Scola and company begin a new era at the FIBA Americas tournament, tipping off Monday. Can youth thrive?

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MacMullan: Dawkins was an original

Jackie MacMullan says of the late Darryl Dawkins: "Dawkins wasn't a Hall of Famer, skills weren't polished, and he was a bit too irreverent as the sole inhabitant of Planet Lovetron, but he was an original."

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Enes Kanter meets world's tallest man

At 6-foot-11, Enes Kanter is much, much taller than most people. But even he looked small standing next to Sultan Kosen. Turkish towers

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Mayweather is good at more than boxing

Celtics PG Isaiah Thomas doesn't ease up on Floyd Mayweather when the two square off in hoops. In fact, Thomas turns it up a notch just to match the pound-for-pound champ,

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Paul still has soft spot for New Orleans

Chris Paul reflects on his days playing for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit, saying the city's residents are "relentlessly strong-willed people" who "made me feel like part of the city."

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Canada stepping up hoops game

An infusion of young NBA talent -- led by 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins -- has Canada considered the favorites to take gold at the 2015 FIBA Americas tournament, which tips off Monday on WatchESPN. Canada ready to shine (Insider)

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Why Kobe's future remains up in the air

Chris Broussard: "The problem for the Lakers isn't so much Kobe Bryant coming back a year from now if he wants to do that, it's at what price."

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'Miami Vice'-themed unis for Heat?

Heat owner Micky Arison offered fans a chance to sound off on a Crockett & Tubbs-inspired uniform design. Could these be in the Heat's future? Check it out

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