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Washington Wizards center DeJuan Blair poses for a photograph during NBA basketball media day at the Verizon Center in Washington, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

DeJuan Blair a big upgrade for Wizards’ frontcourt

- The Washington Times

“[Blair is] only 6-foot-6, but he does everything like he’s 6-10,” John Wall said. “He can rebound. He screens. He can make floaters. He does the dirty work — the stuff that you need. And that’s a great player to add to our team to make our big men even deeper.”

United States's Rudy Gay goes up for a basket against Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas , left, and Renaldas Seibutis during their Basketball World Cup semifinal match at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

U.S. cruises past Lithuania, into Basketball World Cup final

- Associated Press

James Harden scored all of his 16 points in the lopsided third quarter of a near carbon copy of the Americans’ quarterfinal victory over Slovenia, when he awoke from a scoreless first half to help turn a close game into a blowout in a split second.

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Canada, France, China and Serbia advance

- Associated Press

Canada advanced to the quarterfinals of the women's world championship for the first time in 20 years after knocking off the Czech Republic 91-71 on Wednesday.

FILE - In this June 1, 2013, file photo, Miami Heat shooting guard Mike Miller reacts to play against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals in Indianapolis. A guilty plea is expected in the case of Haider Zafar, charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving Miller and two former Miami Heat players. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Guilty plea expected in Miami Heat fraud case

- Associated Press

A man charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself is expected to plead guilty, according to his attorney and court documents filed Wednesday.

Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut is photographed during NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Warriors' Andrew Bogut hoping for a healthy season

- Associated Press

Andrew Bogut saw Marreese Speights driving to the rim during a pickup game at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility a couple weeks ago and never second-guessed what to do next.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Joerger poses for a picture during the team's NBA basketball media day on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Last season ended with the Grizzlies ousted in the first-round of the playoffs in seven games by Oklahoma City after failing to close out the Thunder in Memphis in Game 6. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Grizzlies eager to see what Michael Beasley brings

- Associated Press

The Memphis Grizzlies see all reward with no risk in giving Michael Beasley, the second overall draft selection in 2008, a chance to show them what he can do during training camp.

Clemson seeking to fill void left by McDaniels

- Associated Press

Clemson coach Brad Brownell is looking to fill the void created by the departure of Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of year K.J. McDaniels.

APNewsBreak: Iowa rejects calls to reinstate coach

- Associated Press

The University of Iowa is refusing to reinstate fired women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum or to investigate what her supporters call a pattern of unfair treatment of female coaches, according to correspondence obtained by The Associated Press.

Australia, Spain, Turkey, US reach quarters

Associated Press

The United States, Australia, Spain and Turkey all have won their groups at the women's world championship and earned byes to the quarterfinals, which begin Friday.

New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher talks to his players during practice at the team's NBA basketball training camp at the U.S. Military Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Knicks stress defense, teamwork at West Point camp

- Associated Press

A few days at the U.S. Military Academy can change the Knicks only so much. Notorious night owl J.R. Smith isn't going to start waking up at dawn like a cadet.

Arkansas State games selected for ESPN3

Associated Press

Arkansas State officials say the Red Wolves men's and women's basketball doubleheader against Texas State will be broadcast by ESPN3.

Injuries slow SDSU freshmen Cheatham, Pope

- Associated Press

Half of San Diego State's touted freshman class is expected to be sitting on the bench when the basketball season opens Nov. 14.

Southern California running back Javorius Allen, center, scores as Oregon State safety Ryan Murphy, left, and safety Cyril Noland-Lewis try to tackle him during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Los Angeles.  USC won the game 35-10. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Allen, Davis hoping to run wild for No. 16 USC

- Associated Press

If Javorius Allen was surprised to receive criticism from his head coach after his third 100-yard rushing game of the young season, Southern California's top running back didn't show it.