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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.

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sits before an exhibition NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. Durant, the NBA's leading scorer of this decade and the reigning MVP, will likely miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after fracturing a bone in his right foot. The Oklahoma City star forward complained of an ache in his foot after practice Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014,  the team said. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Thunder will have to adjust to the unknown: Life without Durant

- Associated Press

Opponents have seen more than enough of Kevin Durant. Since he entered the league in 2007, he leads the league in points and minutes played. He has missed just 16 regular season games in his seven-year career and has never missed more than eight games in a season.

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Judge grants motion to strike Summitt reference

Associated Press

A judge has ruled that former Tennessee director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak and two ex-Lady Vols strength coaches must remove a reference to former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt from their complaint in a lawsuit against the university.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots over New York Knicks forward Travis Wear in the second half of their preseason NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in New York. The Bucks won, 120-107. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Rookie Jabari Parker headlines new-look Bucks

- Associated Press

Rookie Jabari Parker speaks in the calm, measured tones of a 10-year veteran. A polished demeanor exudes confidence, while a strong work ethic draws respect from his new NBA teammates.

NY court: Ex-ball boys can sue Boeheim for slander

- Associated Press

New York's highest court on Tuesday reinstated the slander lawsuit filed by two former Syracuse University ball boys against basketball head coach Jim Boeheim.

OVC preseason predicted order of finish

Associated Press

The predicted order of finish for women's basketball in the Ohio Valley Conference as predicted by coaches and sports information directors and released Tuesday. Eleven points for first-place vote, 10 for second, etc. Coaches and sports information directors could not vote for their own teams (with first-place votes in parentheses):

Durant signs endorsement deal with Neff

- Associated Press

NBA MVP Kevin Durant has added action sports accessory brand Neff to his rapidly growing list of endorsement deals.

The preseason SEC order of finish

Associated Press

The preseason SEC order of finish in women's basketball as predicted by the media and released Tuesday: