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    A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks are trading Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks to the Detroit Pistons. The move frees up nearly $20 million more for free agency. Having already agreed to send Kemba Walker to the Pistons on draft night, the Knicks have shed nearly $30 million in salary for next season in advance of free agency opening Thursday night. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade wasn't official. It was first reported by ESPN, which said the Knicks would also send the Pistons two second-round picks and cash.

      The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a contract extension with center Ivica Zubac. The team had declined its $7.5 million option on the 25-year-old from Croatia, setting up the new deal that keeps the 7-footer as the club’s longest-tenured player. Zubac averaged career highs of 10.3 points and 8.5 rebounds while starting 76 games last season. His 25 double-doubles were a career-best. Zubac spent his first two seasons in the NBA with the Lakers. The Clippers earlier signed forward Robert Covington to an extension.

        The NFL insisted on an indefinite suspension while Deshaun Watson’s legal team argued there’s no basis for that punishment as both sides presented their cases in front of a retired judge in Delaware on Tuesday, two people in attendance told The Associated Press. The hearing will continue on Wednesday and Watson is scheduled to be there for the duration, according to the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the hearing isn’t public. Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players’ Association, will determine whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.

          The Los Angeles Clippers have completed the renovations of 350 public basketball courts and unveiled the last of them Tuesday at the Michelle and Barack Obama Sports Center. The project was funded by a gift from Clippers owner Steve Ballmer. It took four years to complete and was managed by the Los Angeles Parks Foundation. Ballmer appeared at the unveiling of the 350th court. He says impacting kids’ lives “is really what it’s about.”

          DUBUQUE – The Cedar Falls baseball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader sweep of Dubuque Senior Monday.

          Trevor Lauck, a four-star offensive lineman from Indianapolis, announced Sunday evening on social media that he has verbally committed to sign with the Hawkeyes as part of Iowa’s 2023 recruiting class.

          "It is all me, me, me at some of these other places. At UNI, it felt like the connection the players had amongst themselves was second to none.”

          2-star OLB Tyson Cooreman (@TysonCooreman) said Northern Iowa (@UNIFootball) set itself apart from the rest during his recruitment.


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