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Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks to pass as Philadelphia 76ers guard Jerryd Bayless (0) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

John Wall scores 28 points, Wizards hold on to beat 76ers in opener

- Associated Press

John Wall scored 28 points, Bradley Beal rebounded from a rough start to add 25 and the Washington Wizards spoiled the NBA debuts of top picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 120-115 on Wednesday night.

From left to right, moderator Tarik Turner, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard; St. John's coach Chris Mullin; Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing; DePaul coach Dave Leitao; and Xavier coach Chris Mack chat during Big East NCAA college basketball media day in New York. (AP Photo/Paul Montello)

Villanova picked by coaches to win Big East again

- Associated Press

Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin are giving the Big East an old-time feel. The Hall of Famers, who helped put the conference on the basketball map in the mid-1980 as players, are trying to bring back the glory days to their alma mater as coaches.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) looks on during the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wizards fine five needs a bench boost

- The Washington Times

Since the Wizards’ brass chose continuity, it knows what the starting five can deliver. The question — and possible restraining force — remains the bench as the season opens Wednesday night.

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Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins, right, drives around San Antonio Spurs' Rudy Gay during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Aldridge's double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves, 107-99

- Associated Press

LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held on for a 107-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night while opening the season without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard.

Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) of Germany shoots against Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) of Germany during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Hawks, Schroder spoil Smith's debut, top Mavericks 117-111

- Associated Press

Dennis Schroder scored 28 points in his first game as the front man for Atlanta and the rebuilding Hawks spoiled rookie Dennis Smith Jr.'s solid Dallas debut, beating the Mavericks 117-111 in the opener Wednesday night.

Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) reaches to block a shot by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Antetokounmpo scores 37 points, Bucks beat Celtics 108-100

- Associated Press

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks opened their season with a 108-100 victory over Boston on Wednesday night to spoil the homecoming of a Celtics team coming off a late and emotional season opener.

A supporter of University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich holds up a sign outside the University administration building, Wednesday, Oct.. 18, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. Jurich, suspended from his position as athletic director, is to meet with the board of trustees today. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Louisville trustees fire athletic director Tom Jurich

- Associated Press

Tom Jurich was loyal to the coaches he hired at Louisville almost to a fault, supporting them through good and bad times during 20 years as the Cardinals athletic director.