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Sixers’ James Harden declines player option for 2022-23 season

James Harden has declined his player option of approximately $47.4 million for the 2022-23 season, a source confirmed Wednesday to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The Athletic’s Shams Charania first reported the news. Asked after the Sixers’ season-ending loss to the Heat whether he’d exercise his option, Harden said, “I’ll be here, yeah. Whatever allows this team …

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NBA rumors: Blazers to offer Damian Lillard massive extension; Victor Oladipo likely to leave Heat

With the start of free agency now just about 24 hours away, the NBA rumor mill his really heating up. Ahead of the action officially beginning (Thursday at 6 pm ET), here’s a look at some of the latest intel from across the league, including some notes on the futures of Damian Lillard and Victor …

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Sean Strickland knows UFC 276 is ‘purely just a ploy by the UFC’ to get Alex Pereira a title shot

Sean Strickland isn’t blind to the UFC’s intentions with his matchup against Alex Pereira. Strickland is set to meet the former two-division GLORY kickboxing champion on Saturday at UFC 276. The controversial American is a perfect 5-0 since moving up to 185 pounds and is currently MMA Fighting’s No. 8 ranked middleweight in the world. …

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Hornets’ Miles Bridges Arrested For Felony Domestic Violence

Miles Bridgeswho’s set to hit restricted free agency after the hornets tendered him a qualifying offer, was arrested on felony domestic violence charges in Los Angeles on Wednesday, according to TMZ Sports. Bridges was allegedly involved in an argument with a woman that turned into a physical altercation, per TMZ. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ …

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Josh Naylor’s dramatic walk-off blast caps 4-run 10th inning as Guardians shock Twins 7-6

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Trailing Minnesota by three runs in the 10th inning, the Guardians rally behind Amed Rosario’s fourth hit of the game and a dramatic walk-off home run by Josh Naylor for a 7-6 comeback victory Wednesday at Progressive Field. Rosario doubled off Twins reliever Emilio Pagan to score the additional runner, Richie Palacios, …

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Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing to resume Thursday

Deshaun Watson’s hearing before the NFL and NFL Players Association’s jointly appointed disciplinary officer, Sue L. Robinson, has ended for the day and will continue Thursday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday. Watson has been accused by 25 women of actions ranging from sexual assault to inappropriate behavior during massage sessions. The NFL …

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Jalen Brunson to meet with Mavs, Knicks and Heat to open NBA free agency

The Mavericks will have at least one more chance to pitch why Jalen Brunson should re-sign with Dallas. A contingent of Mavericks — including owner Mark Cuban, general manager Nico Harrison, assistant general manager Michael Finley and coach Jason Kidd — will meet with Brunson on Thursday in New York, according to a source. Brunson …

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Former No. 1 pick Mark Appel makes ‘surreal’ MLB debut at age 30, pitches scoreless 9th for Philadelphia Phillies

Former No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel, a month shy of his 31st birthday, made his major debut Wednesday night and pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Philadelphia Phillies. At 30 years and 349 days, Appel — whose baseball career included a three-season absence from the sport — is the oldest ever former top …

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