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AI-powered news aggregator SmartNews has seen a huge spike in users who are downloading the app to read 'hyper-local' coronavirus coverage

Smart News, the AI-powered news aggregation app, says it's seeing an unprecedented spike in downloads in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with usage nearly doubling since the beginning of this month.  The company attributes the recent spike in interest to its close attention to the coronavirus outbreak — the company introduced a "coronavirus channel" that sorts out user-relevant reporting on the pandemic based on a variety of factors including the user's location.  "This is just a remarka...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Japan, China, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnn, Palo Alto, Tom Hanks, Nba, Tokyo


Whose NBA career is better? Gary Payton vs. John Stockton

In this series, we attempt to settle scores of NBA undercard debates — or at least give you fodder for your next “Who is better?” argument.
Tags: News, Sports, Nba, Gary Payton, John Stockton


‘The Last Dance’ Trailer: ESPN’s Michael Jordan Documentary Series Bumped Up to April Release

Even though most of the news these days is terrible, every now and then something good comes out of the coronavirus pandemic. In this case, since ESPN doesn’t have any new sports to air right now, they’ve bumped up the premiere of the 10-part Michael Jordan documentary series The Last Dance. Originally intended to arrive in June, the series will now begin in April, and a new trailer has just arrived. Check it out below and find out when you can start watching The Last Dance on ESPN. Final Mi...
Tags: Documentary, ESPN, Release Dates, Sports, TV Trailer, Chicago Bulls, Michael-Jordan, The Last Dance


Marcus Carr testing NBA Draft? It makes some sense if you consider ...

Gophers men's basketball followers were prepared for one early NBA departure — dominant big man Daniel Oturu — but two? Guard Marcus Carr? That wasn't really on the radar for most of us until Monday night when Carr posted on Instagram that he is declaring for the June NBA draft. Though Carr said he is not hiring an agent, thus making him eligible to return — and our Marcus Fuller reports per sources that Richard Pitino has been told Carr wants to return to the Gophers next season even though he ...
Tags: Instagram, Nba, Carr, Pitt, Gophers, Richard Pitino, Coffey, University of Minnesota, Amir Coffey, Marcus Fuller, G League, Daniel Oturu, Marcus Carr, NBA s Clippers


Morning Docket: 03.31.20

* A federal judge has dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by a tattoo artist who claims his work was copied when the video game NBA 2K depicted Lebron James with his tattoo. That's a fact pattern worthy of a law school exam. [New York Post] * A Nebraska attorney has been disbarred for punching his 83-year old father in the face. [Bloomberg Law] * A federal judge in Texas has blocked the state's ban on non-essential abortions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. [CBS News] * A federal ju...
Tags: New York Post, Texas, Law, Cbs News, Nba, Nebraska, Lebron James, ABA Journal, Reuters, Panera, The Cheesecake Factory, Morning Docket, Bloomberg Law


ESPN Unveils Earlier Launch for Highly-Anticipated Michael Jordan Documentary

ESPN is betting on an old basketball favorite to help save at least a few days on its programming schedule Scrambling to fill its grid in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on live sports, the Disney-owned sports-media giant it would debut “The Last Dance,” a 10-part documentary series centered on NBA […]
Tags: News, Disney, Netflix, Michael Jordan, Nba, Espn, The Last Dance


After 'Tiger King' cameo, Shaquille O'Neal says he is not friends with 'Joe Exotic'

Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, who made an appearance in the Netflix doc "Tiger King," disavowed "Joe Exotic" and the poor treatment of tigers.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Netflix, Nba, Usa Today, Shaquille O Neal, Joe Exotic


The NBA could lose billions this season. Who will eat that loss?

The NBA is one of the world's wealthiest sports leagues affected by the coronavirus, and the disease's economic impact on it could be fierce.
Tags: Cnn, Nba


Analysis: USA Basketball may face roster challenges for 2021

Knowing when the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics will be solves one problem for USA Basketball. Let's assume that the 2020-21 NBA season is over by next July, a premise that also assumes some sort of normalcy returns to the sports world and that the global coronavirus pandemic slows to the point where games can be played again. The NBA summer of 2021 is supposed to be another free agent extravaganza, one where plenty of the league's biggest names and top USA Basketball candidates like LeB...
Tags: Usa, News, Sports, Nba, Tokyo, USA Basketball


Coronavirus: NBA reportedly considering playing out season at single site without fans

30 teams. One arena. No fans. Is this the least bad option amid the coronavirus pandemic?
Tags: News, Sports, Nba


In surprise move, Gophers' Marcus Carr declares for NBA draft

Carr just completed his sophomore season, earning third-team All-Big Ten honors.
Tags: Nba, Carr, Gophers Marcus Carr


Shaquille O’Neal Explains That Controversial ‘Tiger King’ Cameo

The NBA legend is "not friends" with Joe Exotic, he said.
Tags: News, Nba, Shaquille O'Neal, Joe Exotic


NBA classics: Watch iconic games on Yahoo Sports

Until the live games come back, you can relive some incredible NBA performances on Yahoo Sports, starting with Klay Thompson's 60-point eruption in 29 minutes.
Tags: News, Sports, Nba, Klay Thompson


Rumor: NBA considering resuming 2020 season in a single site with shortened playoffs

The NBA is determined to salvage what they can of the 2019-20 season. That includes drastically adjusting the playoff schedule per Marc Berman of the New York Post. Among proposals being considered are best-of-three playoff series. The NBA has all but rejected a single-game elimination tournament. That would only be considered as a last resort
Tags: New York Post, News, Sports, Nba, Marc Berman


Up close and personal: Memories from the Lakers’ 2020 season so far

Editor’s note: This is the March 30 edition of the Purple and Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. Few things remind me of the stark difference between the world we used to live in versus the one we live in now like a moment that happened days before the NBA closed up shop. The NBA had enacted a policy requiring reporters to stand back from the athletes (though notably not standing apart from each other). The press was bundling together still, leaning ...
Tags: Hbo, Cook, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Justin Bieber, Portland, Davis, Nba, New Orleans, Miami, Philadelphia, Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant, Orlando Magic, Memphis


Despite pandemic, gaming is well-positioned to withstand recession

Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 have led to a global economic downturn, but the gaming industry is booming. With hundreds of millions of people sequestered in their homes, game usage has spiked. And while the economic repercussions will persist after people cease physical distancing, gaming is positioned to fare well during a recession. Video game usage increased 75% during peak hours Video game usage during peak hours increased 75% in the first week many Americans began staying home, a...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Gaming, China, Tech, Monetization, Steam, Zynga, Nba, Scopely, National Basketball Association, Ubisoft, Nielsen, King, Growth, Video Game


USC basketball adds grad transfer Chevez Goodwin

USC added its third graduate transfer in the past week on Monday, as former Wofford power forward Chevez Goodwin committed to the Trojans with an announcement on Twitter. Immediately eligible to play next season, Goodwin adds some veteran presence to a USC frontcourt that otherwise consisted entirely of freshmen and sophomores. Goodwin, a 6-foot-9 forward from South Carolina, averaged 11.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game as a junior. He shot 64 percent from the floor and blocked 1.1 shots per g...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Kansas, College sports, Santa Clara, South Carolina, Usc, Goodwin, Trojans, Wofford, Utah Valley, Onyeka Okongwu, Usc-basketball, Isaiah White


Steve Kerr: ‘Very unlikely’ Warriors will play another regular-season game

NBA owners and players are reportedly united on finishing the season.
Tags: News, Sports, Nba, Steve Kerr


Classic NBA games: Klay goes off vs. Pacers

With the NBA season on hold, Yahoo Sports is showing some of the most memorable and iconic games in league history. Our first one is Klay Thompson on absolute fire.
Tags: News, Nba, Klay Thompson, Klay


With no live sports, the TV sports industry struggles, gets creative

It was March 11, and ESPN was in the midst of its busiest month of the sports year. The final weekend of conference basketball tournaments were coming up, to be followed by the 68-team women’s NCAA tournament, the beginning of the Major League Baseball season and continuation of the NBA season. And then, with a coronavirus cough heard all over the globe, the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader in Sports Television suddenly lost its entire schedule of live sports. How big is that? ESPN estimates tha...
Tags: New York, Sports, NFL, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Fox, Soccer, New York Times, Nba, Mlb, Chargers, Tokyo, Cbs, Tom Brady, Ncaa


Onyeka Okongwu reflects on USC career, next steps ahead of NBA Draft

Onyeka Okongwu’s USC career came to its expected conclusion last week. The freshman center from Chino Hills High declared for the NBA Draft, ending his time as a Trojan after earning All-Pac-12 first-team honors in his lone collegiate campaign. He led USC in scoring, rebounding and blocks, but is off to pursue his professional dream. Okongwu spoke with the Southern California News Group about his time at USC and his next steps now that he’s declared for the draft: So how does it feel to be takin...
Tags: Europe, Sports, Sport, Barcelona, Soccer, Nba, Kansas, College sports, Ncaa, States, Oregon State, Usc, Southern California News Group, Chino Hills High, USC USC, Onyeka Okongwu


Pac-12 extends team activity suspension until May 31

The Pac-12 announced Monday morning it has decided to extend its suspension on organized athletic team activities through May 31. The conference originally suspended team activities until March 29 but has revisited the decision. All scheduled sport competitions have already been canceled for the remainder of the academic year and there will continue to be no in-person team activities of any type allowed. There are limited exceptions to the Pac-12’s team activity suspension that are based on stud...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, College sports, Ncaa, Usc, Ucla, Athletic, Onyeka Okongwu, Brandon Campbell, Riverside City College Santiago Canyon


'Tiger King:' Shaquille O'Neal explains his cameo

There are so many head-scratching moments in "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," but one involves former NBA star and current sports analyst Shaquille O'Neal.
Tags: Cnn, Nba, Shaquille O Neal


Joe Harris “definitely” wants to play with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, if the money is right

"I don’t see that there’s anybody in the NBA who wouldn’t want to play with those guys."
Tags: News, Sports, Nba, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant Kyrie Irving


PR firms are scrambling to change their pitches to keep up as the coronavirus crisis upends public-relations strategies

PR pros are adjusting their media plans in an environment consumed by coronavirus coverage so they don't appear tone-deaf, avoiding anything overly commercial or promotional. A private Facebook page shows that some are resorting to unusual methods to get the attention of journalists. Others are narrowly focusing on stories they think would be helpful to readers during the crisis, such as health and wellness products and delivery apps, including Grubhub. Click here for more BI Prime stories. ...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Weber Shandwick, Boston Marathon, Nba, Wright, McBride, GrubHub, Hippo, James Wright, Matt Maloney, EMILY MULLIN, Toyota Burger King, Grubhub Click, Margo Schneider, Shawn McBride


The key factors analysts are watching at 5 major media companies including Disney and Fox to help determine whether their stock will keep falling or rebound

Wall Street analysts are tallying up the toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken media conglomerates like Disney and Fox — and the key drivers that could help them in this period of economic turmoil. Combined, Disney, Fox, ViacomCBS, Discovery, and AMC Networks lost $92 billion in market value since the last market high on Feb. 19, largely thanks to Disney. We break down the impact on each of these companies, based on separate reports released this week by firms Bernstein, CFRA Research, and U...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, China, Amc, Walking Dead, Disney, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Nba, Ubs, Cbs, Fox News, Paramount


Tucker Carlson Wants to Have It Both Ways on Coronavirus

Fox News primetime star Tucker Carlson has been credited with pushing President Donald Trump to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously and has received mainstream media plaudits for seemingly calling out his own colleagues for actively downplaying the outbreak.Yet, while Carlson has been applauded for preaching concern about the viral outbreak while his fellow pro-Trump hosts on the network attempted to dismiss the COVID-19 fears as a partisan ploy, he has actually played both sides for his aud...
Tags: Texas, News, White House, America, Fox, United States, New York Times, Nba, Fox News, Donald Trump, Fox Business, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Patrick, The Washington Times, Tucker


Best Teams Ever bracket: NBA edition, Round 1

Which NBA team was the best of all time? Vote on it in our Best Ever bracket series.
Tags: News, Sports, Nba


Georgetown sophomore Mac McClung to enter 2020 NBA draft, but will maintain eligibility

Georgetown guard Mac McClung decides to enter the 2020 NBA draft.
Tags: News, Sports, Nba, Georgetown, Mac McClung


Georgetown sophomore Mac McClung declares for 2020 NBA Draft

Georgetown sophomore Mac McClung told ESPN Jonathan Givony that he’s declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft. McClung first came to national prominence when his high school highlights blew up on YouTube: In his second season at Georgetown, McClung averaged 15.7 points and 1.4 steals per game. A foot injury in late-January kept McClung out of
Tags: News, Sports, Nba, Espn, Georgetown, McClung, Jonathan Givony, Mac McClung, Georgetown McClung