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Wall, Beal hang with other stars at USA practice; Durant talks FA


Wall, Beal hang with other stars at USA practice; Durant talks FA

USA Basketball held the first session of its three-day minicamp in Las Vegas on Tuesday, as the team begins the long process of whittling the current group of 34 players down to a 12-man roster for the 2016 Olympic squad.

Among those who attended the initial practice were two guys people who frequent the Verizon Center are sure to recognize: John Wall and Bradley Beal. And because of the star-studded group of names that are looking for a chance to represent their country in Rio's games, some pretty cool photos from the session have made their way around social media.

First up is this shot, courtesy of NBA's Snapchat account, showing Wall and Beal wearing numbers that are totally different than the ones they sport when donning Washington jerseys:

Is Wall really rocking #56? C'mon, is he a point guard or an outside linebacker? Hearing Wall's reasoning behind the choice would be pretty interesting.

Then there's this post on Instagram, in which the Wizards backcourt is seen kickin' it with James Harden and Kyrie Irving:

Teammates @johnwall and @bradbeal3 chatting with James Harden and Kyrie Irving after practice #USMNBT

A photo posted by Jumoke Davis (@jumokedavis) on Aug 11, 2015 at 1:35pm PDT

It's not clear what Harden is saying that's so attention grabbing, however; perhaps the normally clean-shaven Beal is looking for some tips on growing a luscious beard similar to the one worn by Houston's best player?

Next up is the first team picture. You can see the Wizards' representatives in the third row, with Magic guard Victor Oladipo sandwiched in between them:

Finally -- and you didn't think for a second we'd do a recap like this without mentioning him, did you? -- there's Kevin Durant. Not surprisingly, questions about Durant's free agency plans made its way out to Las Vegas. His response to those inquiries?

Hats off to you, Slim Reaper, for not taking the bait. For today, at least, the #KD2DC movement will be pretty quiet thanks to Durant's answer.

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How to watch the NBA Awards, where Bradley Beal is nominated for Community Assist


How to watch the NBA Awards, where Bradley Beal is nominated for Community Assist

Despite the NBA world examining next season’s rookies and their potential in the days following the 2019 NBA Draft, we won’t know until Monday night who the 2018-19 Rookie of the Year is. 

Finally, the NBA Awards are here, and Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is among this year’s nominees. Beal is one of 10 nominees for the 2018-19 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award, which celebrates players who have had an exceptional positive impact off the court. 

Working with Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, Beal’s off-the-court work included mentoring boys and young men specifically from D.C.’s Ron Brown College Preparatory High School. He made at least two visits to the all-male school this year, as NBA Cares explained:

Most notably, Bradley shadowed the principal for a day, participating in activities with his mentees, and gifted students with game tickets, basketball uniforms, toiletries and food for school’s pantry. Bradley later hosted the students to a private, advanced screening of CREED II, and led his mentees on a guided tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Joining Beal in the category are the following nominees: LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Pascal Siakam, Donovan Mitchell, Jarrett Allen, Mike Conley, Tobias Harris, Khris Middleton and Dwight Powell. The winner of the award will receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice from the NBA and Kaiser Permanente.

Here’s everything you need to know about the NBA Awards, including how to watch. 

2019 NBA Awards

When: Monday, June 24, 2019
Where: Barker Hangar in Los Angeles
Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV Channel: TNT

List of Top Awards and Nominees


Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
James Harden, Houston Rockets

Past NBA MVP Winners

2018: James Harden, Houston Rockets
2017: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
2016: Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors
2015: Steph Curry Golden State Warriors
2014: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA Rookie of the Year 

Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
Luka, Dallas Maverickssssss
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Past NBA Rookie of the Year Winners

2018: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
2017: Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks
2016: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
2015: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves
2014: Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers

NBA Defensive Player of the Year 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Past NBA Defensive Player of the Year Winners

2018: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
2017: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors 
2016: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
2015: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
2014: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

NBA Sixth Man Award 

Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers
Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers
Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers

NBA Most Improved Player

De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn Nets
Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors

NBA Coach of the Year

Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks
Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets
Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers

Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award

Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
Jared Dudley, Brooklyn Nets
Channing Frye, Cleveland Cavaliers
Rudy Gay, San Antonio Spurs
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
Kyle Korver, Utah Jazz
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
JJ Redick, Philadelphia 76ers
Garrett Temple, LA Clippers
Thaddeus Young, Indiana Pacers

NBA Sportsmanship Award

Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder
Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
Al Horford, Boston Celtics
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets

Lifetime Achievement Award

Larry Bird
Magic Johnson

Sager Strong Award

Robin Roberts

NBA Cares Community Assist Award

Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Dwight Powell, Dallas Mavericks
Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors


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USA Women's World Cup: USA vs. Spain, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

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USA Women's World Cup: USA vs. Spain, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

The prohibitive favorites coming into the tournament, Team USA has gotten off to a perfect start. Shattering records en route to an 18-0 goal differential in group play, their biggest test thus far has been Sweden, whom they dismantled with ease 2-0.  Now things get serious. 

On June 24 they'll take on Spain in their first game of the single-elimination knockout round. If they win, they'll take on France in the round of eight, who defeated Brazil in extra time. Spain finished Group B in second place (1-1-1, 4pts), while USA finished Group H in first place (3-0-0, 9pts).

Team USA is attempting to become the first team since Germany in 2007 to repeat as World Cup champions. 


Who: Team USA vs. Spain
What: Game 4 Women's World Cup
When: Monday, June 24
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Where: Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
TV Channel: FS1, NBCSN
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.


  • Spain and the U.S. have never faced off in a World Cup match. The last time they played each other was an international friendly on Jan 22, 2019, where USA won 1-0. 
  • In their 13-0 rout over Thailand, USA set the record for most goals in a game and Alex Morgan tied the record for most goals in a game (5) 



Sweden vs. Canada: 3:00 p.m. ET, 6/24, FOXS1

Italy vs. China PR: 12:00 p.m. ET, 6/25, FOXS1

Japan vs. Netherlands: 3:00 p.m. ET, 6/25, FOXS1