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Warriors legend, Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond dies

Nate Thurmond, the tenacious defensive center who played with Wilt Chamberlain and was an iconic figure in two cities, died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia. He was 74. The Golden State Warriors announced the death of one of the team's most respected players less than a month after they lost the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games. Both franchises previously retired Thurmond's No. 42. (ESPN.com)

Pat Summitt memorial was a celebration, not a pity party

Pat would have been OK with this gathering. It was no pity party. That’s not to say the tears didn’t flow Thursday night at the Pat Summitt Celebration of Life service. Summitt died on June 28 from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The long farewell to this singular human reached a crescendo 17 days later in a ceremony that ran an emotional gamut at Thompson-Boling Arena. The crowd ran the gamut, too. (The Tennessean)

Eric Griffin's NBA dream should not end like this

It's the first day of NBA Summer League, and Eric Griffin shakes his head incredulously, staring intently at his flawless white Nikes for what feels like an entire run of a shot clock. He's just been asked why he's here, at lunch on a veranda overlooking a golf course near downtown, when he should be three miles up Interstate 4, on the court at Amway Center. (FOX Sports)

Tom Brady accepts suspension, ends 'Deflategate'

Tom Brady is accepting his four-game Deflategate suspension. The dream is over. Brady announced the decision on his Facebook page. Small scale, that means the Patriots will play their first four games with Jimmy Garoppolo as their quarterback. Brady is eligible to return Week 5 against the Browns. (Sporting News)

Topics as hot as the weather abound at upcoming ACC Football Kickoff

Who’s on the hot seat: This is always a popular media day subject, even if there aren’t as many candidates as usual because of the large turnover that took place after last season. Of those who can look forward to the inevitable “hot seat” questions, N.C. State’s Dave Doeren and Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson figure to be the most likely candidates. (Wilmington Star News)

With scholarship limit, college baseball careers come with a cost

Major-conference athletic departments, flush with cash from football TV deals, are spending on luxurious facilities, coaching salaries and new support staff. But little (if any) has trickled down to the dugouts. Tuition continues to rise, but the Division I scholarship limit of 11.7 doesn’t budge. “We all see where college baseball has come and where we are now,” Virginia coach Brian O’Connor said. (Omaha World-Herald)

Remembering how incredible Tim Duncan was when he was at Wake Forest

For as incredible as Tim Duncan's career was in the NBA -- all 19 years and five NBA titles with San Antonio -- it speaks to his decades-spanning greatness that people still frequently recall and reflect on his four years at Wake Forest. (CBS Sports)

Clemson teammates, friends remember Demontez Stitt

When Demontez Stitt was on the court, Tanner Smith knew that Clemson always had a chance. “He never underachieved,” Smith said. “He not only met expectations, but exceeded them, and that was contagious. He brought a lot of confidence to myself and the team. With him, it never seemed like things were too out of reach; you always had hope when you had him.” (Greenville News)

College Football Playoff mulls moving semis from New Year's Eve

Bill Hancock said the College Football Playoff is considering moving the playoff semifinals from New Year's Eve. Hancock, the CFP's executive director, said the move could happen no sooner than after the 2018 regular season. "We're exploring if there's a better [date] for the semifinals," Hancock said. "We're thinking about if New Year's Eve is the way to go." (ESPN.com)

Why Judd Apatow Had to Make 'Doc and Darryl'

Doc & Darryl doesn't sugarcoat any of the players' many missteps, but it does paint a picture of Gooden and Strawberry that's considerably more complex and empathetic than the "two bums who squandered their talents" narrative that's often been pushed by the mainstream media. "We wanted to truly understand them," says Apatow. (Rolling Stone)

How Four Ace Coaching Hires in 2016 Could Transform ACC Football

Every year in college football, new coaches bring a sense of optimism, but what’s happening in the ACC is not ordinary. Fans at Miami, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech can all reasonably believe that their school made a game-changing coaching move. The ACC’s four coaching hires for 2016 could signal the most important shift for the league since it added Miami and Virginia Tech in 2004. (Athlon Sports)

Deflategate and Tom Brady’s suspension come down to a Supreme Court ‘Hail Mary’

The Deflategate saga has seemed endless since arising from the NFL’s determination that the New England Patriots used improperly under-inflated footballs in the first half of the AFC title game at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Tom Brady, the Patriots’ four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, played the entire 2015 season while appeals of his four-game suspension by the league made their way through the federal court system. (Washington Post)

Albany game at Duke canceled over North Carolina HB2 law

New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s stand against North Carolina’s anti-transgender law has led to the cancellation of Albany’s game at Duke. Cuomo put out an executive order in response to the law being passed, and Albany, a public university in the State University of New York system, will not travel to Durham Nov. 12 as originally scheduled. (Sports Illustrated)

Chinanu Onuaku could bring the 'granny shot' to NBA arena near you

Chinanu Onuaku stepped his massive Jordan 13 sneakers to the foul line on Friday. With 7:20 remaining in the second quarter of the Houston Rockets’ summer league bout against the Atlanta Hawks, Onuaku bent his knees, exhaled a breath and flicked his wrists—plural. Onuanku shoots free throws underhanded. (Sports Illustrated)

Duke’s unimpressive non-conference schedule bad for the sport

Less than a third of Duke’s basketball schedule in the first two months of the season is worth watching, and only two of those games will convince anyone with something better to do than sit on their couch and watch sports to make the effort to see them play. More than half of their schedule comes against completely overmatched opponents. And this is the norm. (NBC Sports)

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