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Prosecutors: 'Insufficient Evidence' to Charge McGregor

There will be no criminal charges for UFC champ over alleged sexual assault after Miami Heat game

(Newser) - Conor McGregor appears to be off the hook over accusations that he sexually assaulted a woman after an NBA Finals game in Miami in June. TMZ Sports cites a "closeout memo" in which prosecutors say no criminal charges will be brought against the UFC champ due to "insufficient...

Conor McGregor Accused of Sexual Assault at NBA Finals

UFC fighter allegedly trapped woman in bathroom, forced oral sex, attempted anal rape

(Newser) - The Miami Heat's mascot may not be the only person hurt by Conor McGregor at Game 4 of the NBA finals. A woman has accused the UFC star of "violently" sexually assaulting her in a Kaseya Center bathroom following the June 9 game, per TMZ . In letters sent...

Denver Nuggets Take Home First-Ever NBA Title
NBA Title Goes to
a First-Time Winner

NBA Title Goes to a First-Time Winner

Denver Nuggets beat Miami Heat 94-89 in Game 5

(Newser) - Confetti is flying in Denver as the Nuggets pass around the NBA championship trophy. Those scenes that, for decades, seemed impossible, then more recently started feeling inevitable, finally turned into reality Monday night, the AP reports. The Nuggets outlasted the Miami Heat 94-89 in an ugly, frantic Game 5 that...

3 Shot as Crowds Celebrate Bucks' First Title in 50 Years

Milwaukee won NBA Finals 4-2

(Newser) - Two shootings in downtown Milwaukee early Wednesday as crowds celebrated the Milwaukee Bucks' first NBA championship in 50 years left three people with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The shootings both happened about 12:42am at two locations near Water Street, police said in a statement. Two suspects are in custody...

Rachel Nichols Won't Work the NBA Finals for ESPN

Reporter's apology apparently doesn't cut it

(Newser) - ESPN has pulled reporter Rachel Nichols off the court for the NBA Finals after comments she made about a colleague and the network caused an uproar—despite her apology. Nichols had been scheduled to be the main sideline reporter for the Finals, which begin Tuesday, per the Hill . "We...

NBA's 'Bubble Kings' Are Crowned
Los Angeles Lakers
Win It for Kobe

Los Angeles Lakers Win It for Kobe

They're the champions of this challenging basketball season

(Newser) - The ultimate anguish. The ultimate joy. This season, for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, had it all. And it ended in the only fashion that they deemed would be acceptable, with them back atop the basketball world. For the first time since Kobe Bryant's fifth and final...

Raptors Capture First NBA Title
Raptors Capture First NBA Title

Raptors Capture First NBA Title

They beat Warriors 114-110 in Game 6

(Newser) - "We the North!" is now "We the Champs!" The Toronto Raptors captured Canada's first NBA championship—and the country's first major title in 26 years—with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise's NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered and depleted...

Sometimes, a Sports Injury Goes Beyond the Game
Fans' Reaction to Injured
Star Doesn't Sit Well
the rundown

Fans' Reaction to Injured Star Doesn't Sit Well

Golden State's Kevin Durant goes down, and Toronto crowd cheers

(Newser) - Some sports injuries are bigger than others, and this one appears to fall onto the monumental side of the scale. One of the NBA's best players, Golden State's Kevin Durant, returned from a leg injury to play Game 5 of the finals against the Toronto Raptors Monday night—...

She Took Jay-Z's Drink Order. Then Came the Death Threats

Nicole Curran says misinterpreted look on Bey's face at NBA game led to 'cyberbullying'

(Newser) - Cyberbullying over a citrus slice? That's what Nicole Curran is claiming after an incident at an NBA Finals game Wednesday that she says led to death threats and the deletion of her Instagram account. ESPN reports that Curran, the wife of Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, had been...

Warriors Co-Owner Banned for 'Unacceptable Misconduct'

Mark Stevens shoved, swore at Toronto Raptors player

(Newser) - If the Golden State Warriors stage a comeback and win the NBA Finals, co-owner Mark Stevens won't be there to see it. The Silicon Valley billionaire has been banned from NBA games and team events for a year and fined $500,000 for shoving Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry...

Cleveland Player Swears He Didn't Lose Track of Score

But JR Smith's weird decision may have cost the Cavaliers Game 1

(Newser) - Ouch. Golden State beat Cleveland in overtime Thursday in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and everybody on Friday was still talking about the odd move by Cleveland's JR Smith late in regulation. You can watch the video here : With the score tied at 107 in the final seconds,...

On the Line for Senators During NBA Finals: Booze

California, Ohio pols bet each other wine, beer as Warriors take on Cavaliers

(Newser) - With the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers meeting for their f ourth straight NBA finals , senators from Ohio and California are keeping things interesting with a bet. California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris have bet a case of California chardonnay and a case of beer from Anchor...

Cleveland, Golden State Set for 4th Straight NBA Finals

Both won Game 7s in conference finals

(Newser) - Here we go again. And again. And, well, again. Round 4—as many predicted, and others probably lamented—is happening. Cleveland and Golden State will meet for the fourth straight year in the NBA Finals, the Warriors looking for a third championship in that span and LeBron James and the...

Durant, Curry Lead Warriors to NBA Title
Warriors Clinch
NBA Title in Oakland

Warriors Clinch NBA Title in Oakland

It was first home series win in Bay Area since 1974

(Newser) - MVP Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Golden State Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get, scoring 39 points in a fast and furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game...

Can Cavs Make History? They Just Took Step One

LeBron James and Cleveland now trail Golden State 3-1 in finals

(Newser) - The celebrating after Game 4 was done by Cavaliers fans, not Golden State players, their families, or anyone else dressed in blue and gold who came looking for a historic party. "Cavs in 7! Cavs in 7!" Cleveland fans chanted as they walked toward the exits. Yes, the...

In NBA Finals, Rihanna Has Unexpected Role

Kevin Durant seems to glare at her after a taunt

(Newser) - The NBA finals got underway Thursday, and one name making headlines isn't on either the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers. Yes, Rihanna allegedly shouted "Brick!" at Kevin Durant of the Warriors as he prepared to shoot a free throw, and, later, Durant appeared to stare her...

LeBron James Just Became a Legend
 LeBron James 
 Just Became a Legend 
the rundown

LeBron James Just Became a Legend

Cleveland's championship is 'transformative'

(Newser) - LeBron James led his Cleveland Cavaliers to a Game 7 win Sunday night to cap an epic championship series, one in which the Cavs became the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit. Some of the next-morning analysis:
  • If there are any LeBron haters left, it's time

Ticket to Sunday's NBA Game 7? $50K

StubHub reports its most expensive sale ever—by a lot

(Newser) - There are a lot of things one could purchase with $50,000, including very nice cars or a down payment on a home—or you could buy a few hours with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. As the AFP reports, StubHub has sold the...

Steph Curry's Wife Says NBA Is 'Rigged'

Tweet followed Curry's ejection from Game 6

(Newser) - Steph Curry was thrown out of his first NBA game during the Golden State Warriors' 115-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday—and his wife is really not happy about it. In a since-deleted tweet, Ayesha Curry said the league is "...

Cancer-Stricken Sportscaster to Work First NBA Finals

Craig Sager calls it a 'great honor'

(Newser) - A beloved NBA sideline reporter will finally get to cover the NBA finals some 34 years into his career and two years into his battle with leukemia. Craig Sager, 64, of TNT—known for donning "the brightest, most colorful suits," per the New York Post —has never...

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