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Virginia's Trey Murphy III, center, celebrates with Virginia's Tomas Woldetensae, left, after making a three point basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Towson, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Transfers lead No. 4 UVa. to rout of Towson in Bubbleville

- Associated Press

Virginia coach Tony Bennett already had a roster that was expected to compete for a national title this season, even without sharpshooter Trey Murphy III, who was expected to sit out a year after transferring from Rice.

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2018 file photo, Washington Wizards guard John Wall walks off the court during a timeout during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Houston.  The Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard says on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, he has no plans to trade John Wall and is looking forward to seeing the point guard reunited in the backcourt with Bradley Beal.(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)

Tommy Sheppard: Wizards have no plan to trade John Wall

- The Washington Times

Sheppard denied Wall wants out of the District, adding the team has “no plans” to trade the 30-year-old. Over the weekend, The Athletic and other outlets reported that Wall demanded a trade after previous reports of him being shopped for Houston’s Russell Westbrook. Sheppard, though, said he hasn’t heard that from Wall.

In this May 10, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) drives past Houston Rockets' Iman Shumpert during the first half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Houston. The Warriors said Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, that Thompson has suffered a torn right Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the upcoming season.  Thompson was injured during a pickup game in Southern California the day before.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) **FILE**

Klay Thompson has torn Achilles tendon, expected to miss season

- Associated Press

Thompson tore his right Achilles tendon playing in a pickup game Wednesday and had an MRI exam Thursday in Los Angeles that revealed the severity of the injury that typically requires surgery. Right after Thompson worked himself back from knee surgery in early July 2019, now this, another year on the sideline.

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Boston College's Rich Kelly, left, and CJ Felder celebrate during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Rhode Island, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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