Sports Night: Cousins learns from ’Melo

Kings: Anthony becomes mentor to star center

DeMarcus Cousins describes Carmelo Anthony as an “old head” of Team USA. Cousins grew up admiring Anthony. So being on the Olympic team not only allows Cousins a chance to win a gold medal next month in Rio de Janeiro, it gives the Kings center an opportunity to play alongside his favorite player.

Voisin: NBA makes right call on ditching Charlotte

Adam Silver speaks softly, resembles a cerebral college professor and carries a big stick. On Thursday, the NBA commissioner threw down the hammer heard around the league, around the country, around the world with the decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte in opposing a North Carolina bill that limits anti-discrimination protections within the state.

Today’s video: Carmelo Anthony sees ‘big misconception’ about DeMarcus Cousins

A’s: Graveman’s sinker has his stock on the rise

Kendall Graveman’s use of his sinker in his past two starts reminds his pitching coach of another former A’s right-handed starter. “He’s almost been in the Bartolo Colon percentage with that pitch,” says Curt Young. Relying almost exclusively on his sinker, Graveman has a 2.68 ERA over his last six starts and has pitched deeper into games.

A’s: Beckham powers Rays to 7-3 victory

Tim Beckham homers and then sparks a four-run inning with his eighth straight hit over three games to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night.


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Raiders: Oakland ready to start winning

After 13 straight seasons without a winning record, playoff berth or even much hope most years, the Raiders head into training camp this year with an unfamiliar burden: expectations.

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