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SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tony Parker scored 30 points, Tim Duncan had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs shook off a ``disappointing'' $250,000 fine by the NBA to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-95 in overtime Saturday night.

Coach Gregg Popovich said before the win he doesn't know if the Spurs will appeal the NBA's stiff penalty for sending Duncan, Parker and two others home to rest Thursday instead of them suiting up against the Miami Heat in a nationally televised game.

Popovich said he was disappointed by Commissioner David Stern's decision. He also didn't rule out sitting out players again in the future.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 20 points. Zach Randolph had 17 points and 15 rebounds and was one of three Memphis players with double-doubles.

Mike Conley had 18 points and 12 assists, and Rudy Gay had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The unprecedented fine announced Friday overshadowed the first meeting this season between two of the West's winningest teams.

HEAT 102, NETS 89

MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 34 points, LeBron James added 21 points and Miami rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Brooklyn.

Ray Allen scored 13 and Norris Cole finished with 12 for the Heat, who won their sixth straight and remained atop the Eastern Conference. Miami held the Nets to 30 points in the second half.

Andray Blatche scored 20 points for Brooklyn, which had won five in a row. Gerald Wallace had 13 points, Joe Johnson added 12 and Deron Williams finished with 10 points and 12 assists.

The Nets were 10 for 31 from the field in the second half and lost to Miami for the 12th straight time.


CLEVELAND (AP) - Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left in the second overtime gave Portland a victory over Cleveland.

Trailing 117-115 with 2.5 seconds remaining, Portland called timeout and inbounded near midcourt. Damian Lillard passed to Batum, who hit a fadeaway jumper from the right corner in front of Cleveland's bench. With time only for a tip-in attempt, the Cavaliers couldn't get a shot off before time expired.

Lillard led Portland with 24 points while Batum added 22. Alonzo Gee paced the Cavaliers with 22 points, but missed a free throw that would have given them a three-point lead before Batum's shot.

Anderson Varejao had 19 points and 17 rebounds.


HOUSTON (AP) - Patrick Patterson scored 20 points, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin had 19 apiece and Houston beat Utah.

James Harden finished with 18 points for the Rockets, who shot 55 percent (46 of 83) and hit half of their 3-point shots at 11 of 22. Greg Smith and Carlos Delfino each scored 13.

Gordon Hayward had 13 of his 21 points in the second half and Al Jefferson and Randy Foye each scored 20 for Utah. The Jazz lost despite shooting 51 percent (48 of 94) overall and going 11 for 20 from 3-point range.

Omer Asik had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Houston. He briefly left the game after taking an elbow from Hayward, but returned for the final minutes.

The Rockets have won five straight home games. Utah has dropped three of its last four road games.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 20 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 points and 10 assists, and Oklahoma City won its fifth straight game.

The two Thunder stars did all their work in first three quarters, resting for the final period after helping their club build a 27-point lead.

Kevin Martin added 19 points and Nick Collison 12 in reserve roles for Oklahoma City, which has won nine of 10, including its last four by double digits.

Ryan Anderson had 21 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, but was only 3 of 11 on 3-point attempts, normally his strength. Robin Lopez added 12 points and Roger Mason Jr. 11 for the Hornets, who have lost nine of 10.


MILWAUKEE (AP) - Larry Sanders had 18 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, and Milwaukee rallied for a victory after Boston scored the first 17 points of the game.

Monta Ellis had 17 points and seven assists for the Bucks, while Ersan Ilyasova added 15 points and five rebounds. Brandon Jennings had a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 19 points, and Kevin Garnett added 17 points and seven rebounds.

Boston played without point guard Rajon Rondo, who served the second of his two-game suspension for his role in a scuffle during a game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

Courtney Lee, who started in Rondo's place, had 13 points, and Jason Terry finished with 15 points and 11 assists.

BULLS 93, 76ERS 88

CHICAGO (AP) - Luol Deng scored a game-high 25 points and Chicago beat Philadelphia.

Deng also had a season-high seven assists and has led the team in scoring in consecutive games. He scored 22 in a 101-78 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Richard Hamilton added 15 points for the Bulls, who played the 76ers for the first time since last season's first-round playoff series.

Joakim Noah had 12 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists and Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Boozer has double-doubles in six of his past eight games.

Jrue Holiday led the 76ers with 23 points. Thaddeus Young added 22 points and seven rebounds.


DALLAS (AP) - O.J. Mayo broke out of a shooting slump with 27 points and Dallas celebrated Derek Fisher's Mavericks debut with a victory against Detroit.

Mayo was coming off consecutive games with season lows and started 0 for 4 before taking over in the third quarter. He scored 16 points in a 17-4 run that eventually stretched into a 25-6 surge as Dallas snapped a three-game losing streak.

Fisher got the start a day after the 16-year veteran's first practice with the Mavs. His presence seemed to spark Darren Collison, the struggling young point guard he was brought in to help. Collison had eight assists and no turnovers.

Brandon Knight led Detroit with 20 points, including 18 in the first half.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry had 20 points and a season-high 11 assists to lead Golden State over Indiana.

Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the surprising Warriors, who have won three straight and remain tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for first place in the Pacific Division. David Lee added 13 points and 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season.

Golden State led by 16 in the third quarter, then held off a mini-rally by Indiana at the start of the fourth before pulling away for the win.

David West scored 23 points and George Hill had 19 for the Pacers.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jamal Crawford scored 17 points off the bench, leading seven Clippers in double-digit scoring, and Los Angeles rested all of its starters in the fourth quarter of a blowout.

The Clippers beat Sacramento for the fourth straight time. Blake Griffin had 14 points and nine rebounds, Chris Paul had 14 points and five assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and six rebounds.

Marcus Thornton scored 20 points for the Kings, and Jason Thompson had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

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Will another injury to Steven Stamkos put him in jeopardy for the game against the Capitals?

Will another injury to Steven Stamkos put him in jeopardy for the game against the Capitals?

Tampa Bay Lightning player Steven Stamkos is a superstar, but has not had great injury luck over the course of his career. Bad luck has sprung up again for the Lightning captain as he suffered a lower-body injury during the team's Phase 2 voluntary workouts and will be limited at the start of training camp.

General manager Julien BriseBois told reporters Saturday that Stamkos is expected to be ready for the return of the season.

"We don't have a specific timeline for when he will be a full participant in camp," BriseBois said. "But we expect he will be ready in time for games."


Tampa Bay will begin its postseason in a round robin tournament against the top seeds in the East. Their first game will be Aug. 3 against the Capitals.

Stamkos underwent core muscle surgery on March 2. The recovery timeline was six to eight weeks which he has clearly passed and it is believed this new injury is not related. Still, this will be a tough blow for Stamkos who will now have to be limited at the start of camp after missing the last seven games before the season was paused.

Washington was a perfect 3-0-0 against the Lightning this season. While Stamkos is expected to be ready for games, this is an injury the bears watching, especially if it drags further and further into camp.


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Hard truth: Washington may cater to future fans over current ones with new name

Hard truth: Washington may cater to future fans over current ones with new name

As Washington weighs its options for a replacement of ‘Redskins’ as the team name, there are several factors the team has to consider.

The most pressing issue is to please the sponsors who put pressure on the team to change the name in the first place, in turn appeasing the people offended by the current name. In doing so, the team also stands to gain new fans. But in deciding to adopt a new moniker, Washington may cause resentment in current fans, many of whom have supported for decades and don’t want the name to change at all.

Those fans likely feel a sense of abandonment, as if the team is choosing money and a different set of consumers over them. And the hard truth is that they’re probably right. According to Whitney Wagoner, director of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at University of Oregon, the direction Washington chooses may very well come down to what pleases fans of the future.


“My view is that this is about the future fan base, and this is about future audiences,” said Wagoner, who spent seven years in different corporate marketing positions with the NFL. “I think there’s no doubt that the current fans don’t want it to be changed, but if I’m running a business, I need to understand where my consumer base for the next 40 years is gonna fall on this question. And that’s where I would make my decision.”

Looking at current consumers in contrast to those of the past could give some insight into what Washington needs its brand to represent going forward. Even before recent protests for social justice, it was clear that people care more about the core values of the businesses they support than people did in the past. Now, it’s even more apparent.

“Any business person has to play the long game. And the way that young consumers of any product in this country are behaving, they expect that companies they spend their money with have the kinds of values and beliefs that align with their personal values,” Wagoner said. “I spend all day every day with 20-year-old kids on a college campus, and they absolutely want to know what are the corporate values of these companies I’m giving my money to? If that company doesn’t align with their personal values, they are straight up not gonna spend with that company. And that’s not how it’s always been.”


For some, Washington’s name and logo have been a reflection of poor company values, no matter what the team may or may not have been doing behind the scenes. Many people view ‘Redskin’ as derogatory towards Native Americans, and team owner Dan Snyder’s resistance to changing the name further cemented a negative view of those values. It took for investors to approach team sponsors like FedEx, Nike and PepsiCo, and those sponsors to put pressure on the team, for change to begin. And now, not even two weeks later, the team is expected to change its name in the coming days, according to a report.

“And so that’s the future of consumerism in this country, period, for Coca-Cola, for Nike, for Federal Express, for the National Football League, for anybody,” Wagoner said. “And so in my view, you have to play the long game, and if that means that in the short term you have a few thousand season-ticket holders for professional football in Washington say they’re not gonna renew, OK. OK. Because I am worried about who’s gonna be in my building for the next 40 years, and those people really care about this question.”

If Washington, with its new brand, wants to convince young and future consumers that its values are more aligned with their own than previously thought, the team may look to distance itself as far as possible from the current Redskins name and imagery. But Snyder’s defiance in the past could paint the move as a money-saving, public relations stunt. That’s where the team may look for a compromise to placate current fans.


It's been reported that the new look won't have Native American imagery, but the burgundy and gold color scheme will remain. Creating new fans, while not completely turning off its current base is the conundrum Washington is faced with. 

In developing an image, Wagoner said the general rule of thumb for a sports franchise is to tap into elements of a city or region that are relevant with how the people in that area identify themselves. Still, she is convinced Washington’s best plan of attack is to do so with an eye on the future.

“The tricky part is you want to distance yourself from elements that are painful and negative, while embracing the things that are positive and good, with a wholly forward-looking lens. And there’s no doubt that’s difficult,” Wagoner said. “But people have done it, and with all due respect to whatever the current fanbase feels and thinks, any business person will tell you -- especially given the average age and demography of the National Football League fan base -- they’ve gotta make a decision from what is healthy 40 years from now. And that’s not gonna be the answer that the current fans want, but that’s how that is.”

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