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S-Jax feuds with Wiggins family after Butler request

2:59 AM ET Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler formally requested a trade Wednesday — and that set off a series of events that eventually involved former NBA player Stephen Jackson, Minnesota small forward Andrew Wiggins and Andrew’s brother Nick Wiggins. Butler and Andrew Wiggins have been teammates for only one season, as Minnesota head coach/president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau traded Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the draft rights to Lauri Markkanen to the Chicago Bulls to acquire Butler. Thibodeau, who coached Butler in Chicago from 2011 until 2015, was tasked with working with former top overall picks Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns to end a postseason drought that reached a league-long 13 seasons. And it worked! Even though Butler was avail...

Prisoner known for drawing golf courses released

9:39 PM ET Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — A New York prison artist who never played golf but became known for drawings of lush courses he could only imagine was set free Wednesday after authorities agreed that another man committed the murder that put him behind bars for nearly three decades. Valentino Dixon walked out of Erie County Court into bright sunshine and hugs from his mother, daughter and a crowd of other relatives and friends, ready for a meal at Red Lobster and vowing to fight on behalf of others who are wrongly convicted. “I love y’all,” Dixon shouted after trading the green prison uniform he wore in court for jeans and a T-shirt. “It feels great.” Earlier Wednesday, a judge agreed to set aside Dixon’s conviction in the 1991 shooting...

Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams

8:10 PM ET NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries across the league for Week 3. Scan through all 32 teams by division, or click here to jump ahead to your team: AFC EAST Running back LeSean McCoy (cracked rib cartilage) and wide reciver Kelvin Benjamin (hip) were both limited in practice Wednesday. McCoy wore a noncontact jersey and said he would decide by Friday or Saturday whether he is able to run full speed without pain in Sunday’s game at Minnesota. If he cannot play, Marcus Murphy and Chris Ivory likely would split carries. Coach Sean McDermott said Benjamin had a “little bit of a hip” that did not seem to obviously hamper him when reporters were at practice Wednesday. — Mike Rodak Safety Reshad Jones suffered a right shoulder injury Sunday and misse...

Vigil planned for slain Iowa State golf champion

7:31 PM ET ESPN News Services AMES, Iowa — A vigil is planned to remember an Iowa State University student-athlete who was killed this week while playing golf on a course near the college campus in Ames. Celia Barquin Arozamena, a 22-year-old engineering student from Spain, was the Big 12 women’s golf champion this year. The vigil will be Wednesday evening. Barquin Arozamena’s body was found Monday near the ninth hole at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. Soon after, police charged a homeless man who had been camping nearby with murder in her death. All are invited to the vigil at a green space just north of the university’s campanile. Friends will have a chance to share memories about Barquin Arozamena and write messages to her family in Spain. Prior to her death, Iowa ...

MLB clinching tracker: Boston goes for AL East title

Sep 15, 2018 It’s mid-September and that means it’s officially clinching season in the majors. As MLB’s best teams celebrate punching their postseason tickets with champagne festivities in clubhouses across baseball, we’ve got you covered with all of the clinching details and an eye on who could pop the corks next. WHO COULD BE NEXT The defending champion Astros are closest to clinching a playoff spot with their magic number down to two. Next closest in the American League are the Yankees at five and the A’s at seven. With key races heating up, we preview the biggest matchups and size up what’s on the line this week. The Red Sox are closest to wrapping up a division title; their magic number to win the AL East is two so they would clinch with one win thi...

Source: LeBron, Coogler team up on ‘Space Jam’

7:39 PM ET Ohm Youngmisuk Close ESPN Staff Writer Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University. Follow him on Twitter »  Ohm’s chat archive » Dave McMenamin Close ESPN Staff Writer Cavs and NBA writer for ESPN.com Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14 and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09 Syracuse University graduate Blown away by Ryan Coogler’s work on “Black Panther,” LeBron James is teaming up with the director/producer on the long-anticipated next “Space Jam” movie. Coogler will produce the “...

LeBron, producer Coogler link up on ‘Space Jam’

10:36 PM ET Ohm Youngmisuk Close ESPN Staff Writer Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University. Follow him on Twitter »  Ohm’s chat archive » Dave McMenamin Close ESPN Staff Writer Cavs and NBA writer for ESPN.com Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14 and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09 Syracuse University graduate Blown away by Ryan Coogler’s work on “Black Panther,” LeBron James is teaming up with the director/producer on the long-anticipated next “Space Jam” movie. Coogler will produce the “...

Mason to Kelly on blocking gripe: ‘Come see me’

4:57 PM ET Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason on Wednesday brushed off comments by Notre Dame‘s Brian Kelly about cut-blocking and “bad football” from the Commodores during Saturday’s game. From rivalry games to the battles that will decide the College Football Playoff, these are the biggest contests for the nation’s top teams. “Brian Kelly can take his comments and keep it moving,” Mason said during the SEC coaches’ teleconference. “If he has something personal with me, he can come see me.” Kelly on Tuesday said Notre Dame tight end Alize Mack “was getting cut [blocked] maliciously” by one of Vanderbilt’s defensive linemen during a 22-17 Fighting Irish win at Notre Dame Stadium. “It’s legal, but it’s...

Cuban to pay $10M after probe; ‘made a mistake’

6:17 PM ET Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to women’s organizations but will not face any other punishment stemming from what NBA commissioner Adam Silver called “disturbing and heartbreaking” allegations of harassment and violence toward female employees within the organization, the league announced Wednesday. The NBA launched an investigation seven months ago following a Sports Illustrated report in February which described “a corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior” that spanned decades in the Mavericks’ organization, including numerous allegations against former CEO and president Terdema Ussery, who left the Mavericks in 2015. On Wednesday, the NBA responded to findings from an outside...

Sources: Butler most interested in Clippers

9:43 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN After registering a trade request with the Minnesota Timberwolves, All-Star Jimmy Butler is most interested in pursuing a future with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told ESPN. Butler’s ability to partner on the Clippers with a second star player in a deep summer free agency market holds a strong appeal to Butler, league sources said. The Clippers have two max contract slots available in July, and are emerging as a front-runner for Toronto’s All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard when he becomes a free agent in July, league sources said. Butler told Minnesota president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau that he would like to be traded before reporting for Timberwolves media day on Monday and prefers the possibility of the Clippers...

McCarthy: Matthews ‘did everything right’

1:34 PM ET GREEN BAY, Wis. — Mike McCarthy still doesn’t think Clay Matthews did anything wrong. Even after the NFL said not only was the game-changing, roughing-the-passer penalty on the Green Bay Packers linebacker correct but that it also would include the play from Sunday’s 29-29 tie against the Minnesota Vikings on a teaching video to show what not to do. And McCarthy is not alone. The roughing the passer penalty against Clay Matthews wiped out a Jaire Alexander interception. Associated Press Even Redskins coach Jay Gruden, whose team faces the Packers on Sunday, said he did not understand the call on Matthews. “I’m just going to tell you this: We haven’t changed anything with the way we’re coaching our players,” McCarthy said Wednesday....

QB Watson: ‘Not worried’ about racist comments

1:41 PM ET HOUSTON — Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson said he is “not worried” about the racist comments from an East Texas superintendent who wrote Sunday on Facebook that “you can’t count on a black quarterback.” “That’s on him,” Watson said. “May peace be with him. I worry about me, so I’m not worried about what he has to say.” An East Texas school superintendent who wrote “You can’t count on a black quarterback” in reference to the Texans’ Deshaun Watson will have his contract discussed in a special meeting by the school board. The comments came on a post after the Texans’ 27-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Lynn Redden, the superintendent of the Onalaska Independent...