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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots with Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) defending in the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Wizards fall to Knicks as Carmelo Anthony scores 30

- Associated Press

Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, including a tiebreaking three-point play with 13.9 seconds left, and the New York Knicks overcame a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter to beat the Washington Wizards 103-100 on Wednesday night.

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2014,, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin walks off the court during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. Las Vegas police are investigating a man’s allegation that Griffin attacked him in a Las Vegas nightclub during the weekend. Officer Jesse Roybal, a department spokesman, said Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, that a battery complaint was filed Sunday stemming from an altercation involving the NBA player. No arrest was made. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Blake Griffin faces battery complaint from Vegas club incident

Associated Press

Police in Las Vegas are investigating a man’s complaint that Griffin attacked him during an argument over a photo taken while Los Angeles Clippers players partied at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub, authorities said Wednesday.

Chicago Bulls' John Lucas III (15) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Chicago on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. The Bulls won 78-64. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Wizards sign guard Lucas III

- The Washington Times

In need of shooting guard help after injuries to Bradley Beal (wrist), Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) and Martell Webster (back), the Wizards signed D.C.-native John Lucas III on Tuesday.

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) looks to score as Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson (25) and Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) defend during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Pierce leaves game after banging knees

- The Washington Times

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce banged his knee coming through a screen late in the second quarter Friday and left the preseason game with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter.

Maryland men's head coach Mark Turgeon talks with reporters during a Big Ten NCAA college basketball media day in Rosemont, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Terrapins excited for fresh start in Big Ten

- The Washington Times

A new season means a fresh start, and the change of scenery adds an additional layer of unknowns, from scouting to logistics. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon pointed out Thursday that while the uniforms and venues have changed, lines can still be drawn between styles of play, and that’s what matters on the court.

Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin (13), from France, shoots as Maccabi Haifa forward Jeff Allen (12) defends during the first half of an exhibition NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards beat Israel’s Maccabi Haifa 101-95

Associated Press

Otto Porter scored 19 points and Kevin Seraphin had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help the short-handed Washington Wizards beat Israel’s Maccabi Haifa 101-95 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Jared Cunningham, left, and Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe go after a loose during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Griffin and Paul lead Clippers over Suns 108-105

Associated Press

Los Angeles Clippers new owner Steve Ballmer attended his first home game Wednesday night at Staples Center and the Clippers broke out of their preseason funk with a 108-105 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night.

Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

- Associated Press

Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students - nearly half of them athletes.

UND women picked to repeat as Big Sky champs

Associated Press

The University of North Dakota women's basketball team is picked by coaches and also by members of the media to repeat as Big Sky Conference champions.

Los Angeles Lakers' Wesley Johnson, center, dunks as teammates Wayne Ellington, left, Carlos Boozer and Portland Trail Blazers' Dorell Wright, right, watch during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Ontario, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Rookie Randle leads Lakers past Blazers 94-86

- Associated Press

Julius Randle already feels the game slowing down after seven preseason games with the Los Angeles Lakers, and the rookie power forward demonstrated his comfort in an impressive finish to their latest preseason game.

NBA: Dante Cunningham struggles to clear name

- Associated Press

It was after 4 a.m. when Dante Cunningham pulled his truck back into the driveway of his suburban Minneapolis home and saw the police waiting for him.

Michigan State launching major fundraising effort

Associated Press

Michigan State University plans to kick off the public phase of its largest fundraising effort with news of a major financial gift, a piece of music composed for the occasion and an appearance by basketball coach Tom Izzo.

In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, Washington Wizards NBA basketball player Paul Pierce is interviewed at the Verizon Center in Washington. When Pierce watched the Wizards in last season's playoffs, he saw plenty of talent and potential. He also saw some issues. They needed something. Turns out, Pierce thought they needed ... him. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

New-Look NBA: A player's perspective, Paul Pierce

- Associated Press

The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the upcoming season from three perspectives: A player's viewpoint, from the bench, and from the front office. An interview with veteran forward Paul Pierce of the Washington Wizards tips off the series:

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self walks ahead of NBA basketball player Deron Williams, left, and Kansas assistant coach Jerrance Howard, at a celebration of life ceremony for coach Wayne McClain in Champaign on Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. McClain was an assistant coach to both Self and Bruce Weber, head coach at Kansas State, when they were at Illinois.  McClain died on Oct. 15. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, John Dixon) MANDATORY CREDIT

Former Illini coaches speak at McClain's funeral

- Associated Press

It seems no one knew that former University of Illinois assistant basketball coach Wayne McClain had lung cancer until just before he died last week. Not even his brother Terry.

Record rain, high winds in W. Wash.

Associated Press

Record rain has fallen in three Western Washington cities and high winds hit several areas as a strong fall weather system moved across the area.

ACC women's preseason order of finish

Associated Press

The preseason ACC order of finish in women's basketball as predicted by both the league's coaches and by a panel of school representatives and media members, as released Wednesday:

Kentucky's Aaron Harrison answers a question during a news conference at the Southeastern Conference NCAA men's college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

No SEC Surprise: Kentucky, Florida picked 1-2

- Associated Press

Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings believes the Southeastern Conference can play with any of the so-called best basketball leagues in the country.