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Rudy Gay, Jim Calhoun and Ray Allen (AP)

O’Bannon ruling a huge win for athletes, another hit for UConn

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You wonder how much basketball money was on the court at Mohegan Sun Friday night. I counted $473 million in career earnings — and that was just in the front row of the group photo. From left to right: Ben Gordon, Rudy Gay, Donyell Marshall, Charlie Villanueva, Ray Allen, Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb and Andre […] [Read More]
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Andre Drummond (Getty Images)

Back in Connecticut, Drummond one step away from Team USA

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WATERBURY — Andre Drummond stepped out of a massive red Escalade and into the Crosby High gymnasium for his first organized basketball game since Friday’s Team USA intrasquad scrimmage. And we all saw how that ended. “I see one of my good friends in the league go down, and I’m still trying to get over […] [Read More]
Shabazz Napier (Getty Images)

Rapid Reaction: Napier drafted by Hornets, traded to Heat

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For about 45 seconds, Shabazz Napier and Kemba Walker had been reunited, a draft story too good to be true here in Connecticut. Turns out Napier was Miami-bound, a draft story too good to be true in South Beach. Some quick impressions from draft night: **Of the 30 NBA franchises Napier could landed with, Miami […] [Read More]
Categories: NBA Draft
Kevin Ollie (AP)

Rapid Reaction: Ollie signs five-year, $16 million extension

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  The I’s have been dotted and the contract is now official: five years and $16 million, including an annual retention clause, for Kevin Ollie. Two I’s in his signature. No I’s in UConn. As he said last week, two ears on the head coach. Kevin Ollie heard the NBA rumors, and he listened to […] [Read More]
Categories: General, News

Report: Ollie contract finalized

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Kevin Ollie’s contract negotiations with UConn have been finalized, according to reports from The Hartford Courant’s Jeff Jacobs and ESPN’s Andy Katz. Per Katz, Ollie will make a base salary of $2.8 per season with incentives that could push the total salary to $3 million for five seasons. “My heart is here at UConn,” Ollie […] [Read More]
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Kevin Ollie (AP)

Source: Don’t expect new contract for Ollie this week

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Although Kevin Ollie’s negotiations with UConn are underway, a source close to the head coach doesn’t anticipate anything happening this week in regards to a new contract. The source confirmed that Ollie, a national champion in just his second season, would at least listen to NBA offers. Late last week, after the resignation of Lakers coach […] [Read More]
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Kevin Ollie (AP)

Yahoo! Report: Ollie begins contract negotiations, hasn’t ruled out NBA

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Kevin Ollie has started contract negotiations with UConn, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, but hasn’t yet ruled out the NBA. In the Yahoo! story, Wojnarowski writes “Ollie will be willing to listen to NBA suitors, sources said.” Wojnarowski also added that so far, no NBA teams have made formal contact […] [Read More]
Categories: News
Mike Aresco (AP)

Rapid Reaction: AAC tournament to Hartford in 2015

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In a somewhat surprising twist, the American Athletic Conference will hold its 2015 men’s basketball tournament in Hartford, according to Neill Ostrout of the Journal-Inquirer. It’s a surprising move for a few reasons: **While in Memphis, AAC commissioner Mike Aresco told me, “We always thought that we might well stay (in Memphis) a second year. […] [Read More]
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Shabazz Napier (AP)

The Case for Shabazz Napier…

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Live updates: UConn holds on, wins fourth national championship

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SECOND HALF Update: 0:00 — My God. UConn. National Champions. Update: 1:20 – That Daniels 3 would have done it. He hesitated just a bit. Update: 1:49 – UConn has never trailed here, which is amazing because it feels like its been clinging, hoping time expires, for most of this second half. Lasan Kromah came […] [Read More]
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