Giannis' plan to fix free throw issue: Shoot more

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Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo has a plan to end his growing struggles from the foul line.

“It’s simple,” the reigning two-time MVP said Friday night after making just one of his 10 free throws in a 112-109 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. “Just go back. Shoot more. Focus on your technique. Take it step by step. Just shoot more. That’s it. The more you shoot, the more you work on it, the better you get. There’s no secret in that.”

According to Elias Sports Bureau data, Antetokounmpo’s 1-of-10 outing was the worst single-game performance from the foul line in Bucks history for a player with at least 10 attempts.

Elias Sports also noted that the only other players to shoot 10% or worse from the free throw line in a game with at least 10 attempts are Andre Drummond,

Luka upset after Mavs fail to call timeout in loss

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Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic animatedly expressed his dismay that coach Rick Carlisle didn’t use the team’s final timeout during a critical possession in the final minute of a 112-109 road loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

The possession, which occurred with the Mavs trailing by two points, ended with Kristaps Porzingis badly missing a contested 3-pointer with 10.4 seconds remaining. After the Mavs took a foul seconds later, Doncic angrily gestured toward the Dallas bench, repeatedly forming a T with his hands to indicate that a timeout should have been called.

On the previous possession, Doncic created an open look at a 3 for Trey Burke by passing out of a double-team. Burke missed, but center Willie Cauley-Stein grabbed the offensive rebound with 17.7 seconds remaining. Doncic didn’t touch the ball the remainder of the possession, as Cauley-Stein handed off to Burke, who

2021 Sony Open scores: Nick Taylor soars into lead in Hawaii as five golfers sit two shots back after Round 2

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HONOLULU (AP) — Nick Taylor pitched in for eagle to get his round headed in the right direction, and he kept going until he finished with a good break and one last birdie for an 8-under 62 and a two-shot lead Friday in the Sony Open.

It’s still as crowded as the H-1 at the top, typical of this tournament.

Taylor gave himself at least some separation with a gap wedge to 6 feet for birdie on No. 8, and then even his worst swing of the day turned into a birdie on the par-5 ninth.

The Canadian hooked his tee shot toward the high netting of the driving range. The ball was so close to the knee-high boundary fence that his only hope was to play the shot left-handed. However, the netting that extends upward from

LeBron set to sign deal with Pepsi, sources say

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After 17 years with Coca-Cola, pitching a variety of products, LeBron James is signing with rival PepsiCo, sources confirmed to ESPN.

The Los Angeles Lakers star is expected to promote the Mountain Dew brand, which has become one of the NBA’s prime sponsors after PepsiCo took over as its official beverage partner in 2015.

James signed with Coke in the summer of 2003 before his rookie season, joining Nike and Upper Deck as his longest-standing endorsement partners. His deal with the company expired last year when the sides were unable to come to terms on an extension.

Through the years, James had his own flavor of Powerade and version of Sprite, and was at the heart of a Coca-Cola marketing campaign with Yao Ming for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His first television commercial was for Sprite in 2003.

Forbes lists James as the

College basketball games affected by COVID-19: Kansas vs. Iowa State, Michigan State vs. Indiana postponed


College basketball has lost a spate of highly anticipated matchups this weekend. The latest games to be postponed include some high-profile contests from the Big 12.

No. 6 Kansas’ game vs. Iowa State scheduled for Saturday was postponed Friday due to COVID-19 testing and contact tracing in the Cyclones’ program, which will be paused.

Earlier on Friday, the Oklahoma at Oklahoma State game scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to a positive test within Oklahoma State’s program and subsequent contact tracing procedures that will sideline the team entirely until Wednesday at the earliest. OSU’s only scheduled game in the next eight days was the Oklahoma tilt, while Oklahoma is still scheduled to play Kansas State on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Michigan State’s efforts to get back on track following a 2-4 start to Big Ten play hit a snag after

Kyrie to remain out Sat. due to league protocols

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NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will miss his sixth consecutive game Saturday against the Orlando Magic.

While Irving has expressed a desire to return to play, sources said, his extended absence from the court requires a period of ramping up basketball activities. Irving has not played in a game since Jan. 5.

For the first five games of his absence, Irving was listed as out due to personal reasons. Saturday’s absence is unrelated, and he is listed as out as a part of the league’s health and safety protocols.

On Friday, the league announced that Irving had violated the league’s health and safety rules. The NBA investigated videos that began circulating on social media earlier this week that showed Irving at a family birthday party, maskless.

The league fined Irving $50,000 and announced he would forfeit his salary for the

6 Wizards tested positive; 3 more in protocols

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Associated Press

Six Washington Wizards players have tested positive for COVID-19, and another three are in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

General manager Tommy Sheppard said in a video conference with reporters that two of the players who have the illness caused by the coronavirus have displayed symptoms, while the other four are asymptomatic so far.

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Sheppard said no members of the team’s staff tested positive.

He spoke after the team announced that its next two scheduled games were being postponed: at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday and Monday.

That makes four consecutive games for Washington that have been called off.

Towns says he's tested positive for COVID-19

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Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns on Friday said that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The diagnosis is especially hard for Towns, whose mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, died at 59 on April 13 due to complications from COVID-19. She had dealt with the virus for a month.

Towns said before the season that six other family members have also died due to complications with the virus.

“Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID,” Towns said in a statement shared on social media. “I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol. I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all the necessary precautions.

“… It breaks my heart that my family, and particularly my father and sister continue to suffer