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2009-07-21 20:20:00

The Houston Rockets said center Yao Ming had successful surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his left foot. He is expected to be out the entire 2009-10 season. The fracture was discovered following Houston's Game 3 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Western Conference semifinals. We were able to achieve not only fixation of the broken bone, but also realignment of the bones to improve the stress pattern on his foot, said Dr. Tom Clanton, the Rockets' team physician. The 7-foot-6...

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2009-07-21 12:00:47

Former Memphis Grizzly Antonio Burks was in critical condition Tuesday after being shot by robbers during a South Memphis craps game, police said. Burks, 29, was hit in the stomach Monday evening and taken to a hospital by a passerby. Police said another man was also shot in the stomach during the stick-up that occurred in the back yard of a home. One of the dice players was robbed of more than $3,000, authorities said. The Memphis Commercial Appeal said Burks was among the spectators at the...

2009-07-20 17:05:36

The Atlanta Hawks said Monday they have reached a deal with their first-round draft choice, guard Jeff Teague. The NBA club didn't say how much it will be paying the former Wake Forest star or how long the contract is for. Teague, the 19th overall pick in this year's draft spent two years with the Demon Deacons, averaging 18.8 points, 3.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals as a sophomore.

2009-07-20 16:26:11

Guard Steve Nash has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Phoenix Suns, The Arizona Republic reported Monday. The deal, which would keep Nash with the NBA club through the 2011-12 season, is for about $22 million, the newspaper said, citing Nash's agent. About $6 million would be pushed to the two years after the contract ends. The 35-year-old, six-time All-Star averaged 15.7 points and 9.7 assists last season, and 14.4 points and 8.0 assists in 13 seasons with Phoenix and...

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2009-07-17 18:28:17

Veteran Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has decided to undergo surgery on his fractured left foot and likely will miss the 2009-10 season, the team said Friday. The 7-foot-6 all-star suffered the injury during Houston's 89-70 Game 3 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals. After much thought and reflection, I have decided to have surgery on my left foot, Yao said in a statement on the team's Web site. I am very grateful to have the support of teammates, fans and...

2009-07-13 16:52:09

Guard Jannero Pargo is back in the NBA after a one-year hiatus in Europe. The Chicago Bulls signed Pargo, 29, who played professionally in Russia and Greece last year, to an undisclosed contract Monday. The 6-foot-1 Chicago native has six seasons of NBA experience, having played 316 games for Chicago, the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte, Toronto and, most recently, New Orleans. His career stats include 6.9 points and 2.1 assists per game.

2009-07-10 13:13:21

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, to his first pro contract. No terms were disclosed. The 6-foot-10 inch native of Oklahoma City left the Big 12 Conference school after his sophomore season when he earned National Player of the Year honors with per-game averages of 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds. His total of 504 rebounds was the highest in college basketball since Larry Bird's 505 in 1978-79. The good thing for...

2009-07-08 13:30:36

Duke men's hoops coach Mike Krzyzewski likely will coach Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics, sources say. The 2012 squad could include NBA stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. The unnamed sources told the Boston Globe an announcement is expected July 21 in Las Vegas before a minicamp for national team prospects July 22-25. All leads point to Coach K coming back, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told the newspaper Tuesday. Kyzyzewski led Team USA to a gold medal in 2008 at the Beijing...

2009-07-06 12:58:55

Veteran Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd will stick with the NBA club for three more years, The Dallas Morning News reported Monday. The 36-year-old free agent reportedly had been considering moving on, with the New York Knicks said to be in contention for his services. Team owner Mark Cuban said the contract will be worth more than $25 million, the Morning News said. The Mavericks went 50-32 in Kidd's first full season with the team since being acquired from the New Jersey Nets. He...

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2009-07-06 13:01:36

Guard-forward Terrence Williams has signed a contract with the New Jersey Nets, who picked him in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft, the club said Monday. The Nets did not reveal how much they are paying or how long a deal they reached with Williams, who was the 11th player chosen in the draft. Williams was signed out of the University of Louisville where he was a third team All-American. He helped the Cardinals to Big East regular season and conference titles last season, averaging 12.5...