Fancy footwork: Big man Ethan Happ paces No. 25 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Every so often, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ makes a move around the bucket that reminds some college basketball experts of an NBA Hall of Fame forward.

It’s more about how Happ freed himself to get to the hoop for the 25th-ranked Badgers than the shot itself.

Check out the footwork. It reminded ESPN analyst and former Duke center Jay Bilas , among others recently on Twitter, of former Boston Celtics great Kevin McHale.

Assistant coach Howard Moore can’t help but agree. While Happ might have not have McHale’s shooting touch, Wisconsin’s 6-foot-10 senior is just about as good as anyone in the college game in the lane.

“But as far as the footwork and the knack of understanding angles and ways to get to the rim, without having … to just leap over everyone and finish, I think is pretty remarkable to see how comparable they are,”

Gritty Clippers face Wizards next

WASHINGTON — The Los Angeles Clippers come rolling into the Nation’s Capital Tuesday night to face a Wizards team in disarray.

Montrezl Harrell had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Lou Williams added 16 points and a season-high 11 assists, and the Clippers rallied past the Atlanta Hawks 127-119 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.

“We keep putting ourselves in holes, which is too dangerous,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters. “But just the heart of the team… It’s a really fun team to coach.”

The Clippers (11-5) came back from 15 points down on the road to post their seventh win in eight games. They trailed 87-72 in the third quarter, but went on a 20-4 run to take a 97-96 lead.

Tobias Harris scored 24 points and Mike Scott had a season-high 18 on six 3-pointers for the Clippers, who were 5-11 after 16 games a year

Hield helps Kings hold off Westbrook, Thunder 117-113

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Buddy Hield made three consecutive 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter and scored 25 points, Marvin Bagley III had his first career double-double and the Sacramento Kings beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-113 on Monday night to spoil Russell Westbrook‘s return.

Iman Shumpert scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half, Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 and the Kings beat the Thunder for the second time this season. Bagley had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and De’Aaron Fox had 13 assists.

Westbrook had 29 points and 13 assists in his first game back in coach Billy Donovan’s lineup since Nov. 5. The seven-time All-Star had missed five games with a left ankle sprain, then left the team Saturday to welcome the birth of twin daughters that same night. He flew to Sacramento and rejoined the Thunder on Monday morning.

The Kings blew a 19-point lead

MLB Free Agent Tracker: Latest hot stove signings, ranking 50 best players available for 2019

For the sake of keeping you, the baseball enthusiast, informed of the latest free agent moves, we present our 2018-19 MLB Free Agent Tracker. Here we’ll keep track of the top 50 free agents, as determined by our panel of MLB experts: R.J. Anderson, Katherine Acquavella, Mike Axisa, Dayn Perry and Matt Snyder. 

How rankings were determined: Each of us five voted on the top 50 players and we averaged the rankings. 

Here is our 2018-19 MLB Free Agent Tracker. Check back throughout the offseason for signing updates.

2017-18 MLB Free Agent Tracker

John Wall fined for directing expletives at Wizards coach Scott Brooks during practice, report says

As if their 5-11 start wasn’t bad enough, the Washington Wizards apparently can’t stop fighting in practice.

According to multiple reports, the Wizards have had several verbal altercations over the past week. To top things off, Bradley Bealwho is involved in trade rumors along with star point guard John Wall — said that he’s been dealing with this drama for the past seven years since he was drafted in 2012.

Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: The Washington Wizards had a volatile practice within recent days, with verbal altercations among players and an exasperated Bradley Beal saying toward team officials: “I’ve been dealing with this for seven years.”

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 19, 2018

Making matters even more complicated, Wall was recently fined for unloading a verbal barrage on head coach Scott Brooks during practice, according to

Yankees want another high-end starting pitcher after trading for James Paxton, report says

Monday night brought us a big trade in Major League Baseball, with James Paxton going to the Yankees for three prospects, the headliner being Justus Sheffield. The Yankees have already brought back lefty CC Sabathia, but that doesn’t mean the work on the rotation is done for general manager Brian Cashman. 

The current Yankees rotation: 

Luis Severino Masahiro Tanaka James Paxton CC Sabathia

For the fifth spot, there’s Sonny Gray and I just can’t see that happening. He’ll be with another team come spring training. Domingo German has started before. Jordan Montgomery had Tommy John surgery last season. Some other options would be Luis Cessa, Jonathan Loaisiga, A.J. Cole and pitching prospect Chance Adams

Especially considering Sabathia is 38 years old and Paxton’s injury history, this right now doesn’t seem like a rotation that will be capable of taking

James Paxton trade to Yankees appears to signal start of Mariners' fire sale

Since the beginning of the offseason, the reporting around the Mariners has been sending a pretty consistent message: The Mariners are sellers. Until anything actually happened, though, we couldn’t be completely sure. Even those plugged in hear the wrong messaging on occasion. The James Paxton deal, though, really feels like the beginning. A frontline arm, in-his-prime pitcher with two years of team control left was traded for three prospects. The logical thought process here is a rebuild. 

Sure enough …

Assumption within some corners of the industry is that the Paxton trade signals a full-blown sell-off for the Mariners — move whatever you can for whatever you can get, even if you eat money.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 19, 2018

The Mariners have already traded catcher Mike Zunino to the Rays, so this is the

James Paxton trade: MLB prospect expert weighs in on Justus Sheffield and rest of Mariners' return

The Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees made a blockbuster trade on Monday night. The Mariners sent ace James Paxton to New York in exchange for three prospects: lefty Justus Sheffield, outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams, and righty Erik Swanson.

To make sense of the trade, we asked former Baseball Prospectus minor league editor Craig Goldstein to break down the involved prospects for us. You can follow Craig on Twitter (@cdgoldstein).

Do you think the Mariners received a fair package for Paxton?

I think it’s fair, but only just. Paxton is a dynamic pitcher who slots at the top of the rotation when healthy, but who is consistently not healthy, and has two years remaining until free agency. Sheffield is an electric arm who can touch 96 with sink and has two secondaries both of which flash plus (slider, change). The problem