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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)

VT's Buzz Williams agrees to contract extension

Buzz Williams has agreed to a two-year contract extension with Virginia Tech that carries through the 2022-23 season, at which time his guaranteed income would be $3.3 million. The reworked deal pays Williams a $100,000 retention bonus Aug. 1, bumping his 2016 compensation to $2.6 million, and calls for subsequent bonuses of $100,000 on April 30, 2017 and $200,000 each of the following three Aprils. (Daily Press)

Former Clemson Basketball Player Demontez Stitt Dies at 27

Former Clemson basketball player Demontez Stitt has died at 27. Stitt has played pro basketball in Europe and America with Hapoel Tel Aviv, Belfius Mons-Hainaut, Maccabi Haifa, Sigal Prishtina, Fuerza Regia Monterrey and Orkide Gediz Universitesi. Last season in TBL he averaged 19 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5 assists per contest. According to One, Stitt was found dead in his home on Tuesday. (Sportando)

Emotion vs. reason on Kevin Durant

This brings us, once again, to Kevin Durant. Two days after his Big Decision of 2016, people are still mad. They're mad at the NBA, they're mad at the Warriors, they're mad at impulsive millennial players (???), but mostly, they're mad at Durant. This has cemented itself as the storyline of the upcoming 2016-17: Kevin Durant, joiner, coward, bad guy, weakling. (Sports on Earth)

Testimony in documents allege Joe Paterno knew of child abuse in 1976

Joe Paterno was aware of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky as far back as 1976 and some assistant coaches knew in subsequent decades, according to alleged victims' depositions that were unsealed Tuesday. (ESPN.com)

Jim Heckman out at Scout, product team quits en masse, blames Russian investors

There appear to be some bizarre things going on with Scout Media Inc. and its network of sports websites (particularly recruiting-focused ones). Awful Announcing has obtained a letter the Scout board sent to Scout publishers Sunday, saying that they’d terminated the employment of chairman Jim Heckman for cause and alleging that he had “advanced his own personal interests at the expense of the company’s”. (Awful Announcing)

WME/IMG Takes Bold Swing with $4 Billion UFC Acquisition

WME/IMG is taking another big swing at transforming and diversifying its far-flung business operations with the $4 billion acquisition of mixed martial arts organization Ultimate Fighting Championship. WME/IMG and its private equity partners Silver Lake, KKR and Michael Dell’s MSD Capital, L.P. and MSD Partners, L.P. confirmed the deal Monday. (Variety)

How soon might ACC, ESPN unveil league's television future?

ACC commissioner John Swofford has spent much of the last four years offering vaguely confident updates on a prospective television outlet dedicated to the league. With the project almost assuredly near fruition, the ACC and ESPN could well unveil their future partnership before Swofford and reporters meet July 21 in Charlotte, N.C., for his annual state-of-the-conference presser. (Daily Press)

Tim Duncan Announces Retirement

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan Monday announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. The 40-year-old Duncan comes off of a season in which he led the NBA in Defensive RPM (5.41) and became just the third player in league history to reach 1,000 career wins, as well as the only player to reach 1,000 wins with one team. (San Antonio Spurs)

Five NCAA titles, football, basketball Final Fours highlight ACC's 2015-16

Extraordinary anguish on college sports’ grandest stages didn’t prevent the Atlantic Coast Conference from an extraordinary 2015-16. North Carolina (men’s and women’s lacrosse), Syracuse (field hockey and men’s cross country) and Virginia (men’s tennis) combined to give the league five NCAA team championships for the third consecutive year. Only the Pacific 12 Conference, with 10, won more. (Daily Press)

4-star offensive lineman Nick Brahms commits to Auburn

Auburn picked up a commitment from Navarre, Fla., offensive lineman Nick Brahms on Saturday, when he announced his intentions at The Opening finals in Beaverton, Ore. Brahms picked Auburn over North Carolina, Tennessee and Miami. (AL.com)

Georgia Tech backfield looking to bounce back

A lot has to go wrong for a team to go from an 11-3 record one season to 3-9 the next. For Georgia Tech, a lot went wrong in 2015. Less than 12 months after one of the best seasons in school history — one that saw the Yellow Jackets claim their first Orange Bowl victory in 65 years — the program found itself missing a bowl game for the first time since 1996. (Today's U)

Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher head back to West Virginia to help flooding relief efforts

A couple of championship-winning head coaches with West Virginia roots are heading back to their home state to assist with relief efforts from recent severe flooding. In separate tweets, Alabama and Florida State announced they would be accepting full uniform donations from local high schools in their respective state. (CBS Sports)

Georgia Southern football staffers did classwork for players in 2 pretty bold ways, NCAA finds

Georgia Southern football is going to face minor sanctions beginning in 2016. On Thursday, the NCAA ruled two GSU staff members gave student-athletes "impermissible academic assistance" when the program allowed three football players to submit coursework they had not completed as their own. (SB Nation)

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