2-time All-Star will sign with Lakers, but ...

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2-time All-Star will sign with Lakers, but ...

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Antawn Jamison is joining up with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash to chase a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. Jamison will sign a one-year deal with the Lakers, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Lakers hadn't announced the move. The 36-year-old forward will sign for the veteran's minimum salary, likely bolstering the Lakers' woeful bench with scoring and veteran leadership while pursuing the first championship ring in a career largely spent as the best player on bad teams. He won't have that problem with the Lakers, who will have Bryant and newcomer Nash in their backcourt flanked by two elite 7-footers -- although their identities will depend on whether Los Angeles' apparent efforts to land Dwight Howard are successful. Jamison also will be reunited with coach Mike Brown, who was in charge of the Cavaliers when Jamison was traded to Cleveland during the 2009-10 season. Jamison had several suitors for his services, including his hometown Charlotte Bobcats, the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors, his employer for his first five NBA seasons. For a player who has never advanced past the second round of the playoffs in 14 NBA seasons, the Lakers' chance to contend apparently was too enticing to Jamison. The Lakers are the fifth NBA team for Jamison, who averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds for an awful Cavs team last season despite shooting a career-low 40.3 percent. He is averaging an impressive 19.5 points per game in his career, never scoring fewer than 14.8 points per game since his rookie season with Golden State in 1999. Jamison could be a huge upgrade to the Lakers' bench, which repeatedly struggled to hold leads last season when the starters sat down. Matt Barnes was the Lakers' top-scoring reserve with just 7.8 points per game, and Los Angeles had the NBA's lowest-scoring bench with just 20.5 points per game. Jamison has been a reserve just once in his career, but he was good at it: During his only season with the Dallas Mavericks in 2003-04, he was selected the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year while playing alongside Nash. Metta World Peace is likely to be the Lakers' starting small forward, although Brown brought World Peace off the bench early last year. Jamison could back up World Peace and Pau Gasol in a job that would resemble Lamar Odom's responsibilities for the Lakers' last championship team in 2010. Jamison generates his steady scoring from an arsenal of herky-jerky, off-balance shots, including an impressive ability to shoot underhanded. He's also a remarkably consistent 3-point shooter -- hitting between 34 and 35 percent of his attempts in each of the past five seasons -- joining a team that needs perimeter scoring. Bryant knows all about Jamison's unique skills: They were Pacific Division rivals early in their careers, and they engaged in one of the most scintillating scoring duels in NBA history on Dec. 6, 2000, in Oakland. Jamison and Bryant scored 51 points apiece -- Bryant's career high at the time -- as Golden State beat the Lakers in overtime. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak hasn't commented on the club's interest level in Howard, speaking instead about his interest in supplementing his addition of Nash with a handful of veteran bench players. The Lakers will be well over the luxury-tax threshold, forcing Kupchak to seek out new additions willing to put team success ahead of financial rewards.

Report: Hoosiers' Troy Williams to stay in NBA Draft

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Report: Hoosiers' Troy Williams to stay in NBA Draft

Indiana got good news when Thomas Bryant opted to return for his sophomore season rather than pursue a pro career. The news on Troy Williams might not be as pleasing.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Star's Gregg Doyel, Williams will forego his senior season with the Hoosiers and keep his name in the NBA Draft.

Williams averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for Indiana last season, ranking in the top 20 in the Big Ten in both categories. He was a big part of the Hoosiers' high-powered offense that led them to a regular-season conference title. His shooting numbers, though, were significantly lower than they were during his sophomore season. Williams shot 51.3 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from 3-point range after shooting 54 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point range during the 2014-15 season.

Williams' departure would mean the Hoosiers would lose arguably their two best players — graduated senior Yogi Ferrell being the other — from a team that went to the Sweet Sixteen in last season's NCAA tournament.

Still, Crean returns Bryant, as well as last year's breakout freshman O.G. Anunoby.

Juan Uribe 'never forgot what it meant to play' for White Sox

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Juan Uribe 'never forgot what it meant to play' for White Sox

In the few times he has returned to U.S. Cellular Field, Juan Uribe always makes sure to enter on 35th and Shields so he can catch a glimpse of his statue.

Even though he’s eight years and five teams removed, Uribe said Tuesday he fondly recalls his time with the White Sox. In a Game 2 victory on Monday, the Cleveland Indians third baseman homered against his former club for the first time ever in 25 career plate appearances.

Making only his third trip to U.S. Cellular since he left the White Sox for the San Francisco Giants in 2009, Uribe received a nice standing ovation when he batted for the first time.

“I never forgot what it meant to play here,” Uribe said. “They see me and for me it’s a lot of happy. I’m just comfortable when I play in Chicago. I’m a lot of happy, too. My family too. My family comes in when I play in Chicago. My family comes in and they come to see me.”

Uribe played five seasons with the White Sox and reached the postseason twice, including in his final season (2008). He since won a World Series with Giants in 2010 and has reached the postseason in each of the last three years, twice with the Los Angeles Dodgers and again with the 2015 New York Mets.

“Some people think I need to hit .300 or I need to hit .400 and then they are looking to win the game,” Uribe said. “When you do win, the city never forgets. The people never forget.

“The money, you can have it. But the win, you always remember. The people always remember what you do for this city. Look at what happened. I go to Chicago, I go to the Giants and they know me. A lot of people, they know Uribe for the World Series. They don’t know Uribe for how much money he’s making.”

Uribe not only enjoyed the warm welcome and the homer, he also had an opportunity to banter with fans above the home dugout throughout the contest. He said they very much remember the critical role he played on the 2005 World Series team, including throwing to first base for the final out of Game 4 — the moment memorialized on the statue.

And that’s why he doesn’t mind taking the long route into the ballpark when he could very easily go through the players’ entrance in left field.

“The fans they never forgot what you do here,” Uribe said. “For me, it’s unbelievable.

“Every time I come to the ballpark, I come that way and I see it. I tell people when they are in Chicago, ‘Go to the front and you’ll see me there.’”

Report: Illini to play VCU in Miami

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Report: Illini to play VCU in Miami

Illinois will be taking on VCU during the 2016-17 basketball season, according to a Tuesday report.

The game won't be played in Illinois or in Virginia, however. It will be played in Miami. For some reason.

Why the game will be played at the home of the NBA's Miami Heat remains to be seen, but it figures to be a tough test for the Illini.

The Rams were in last season's NCAA tournament field, advancing to the Round of 32, where they lost to eventual Final Four participant Oklahoma.

Illinois and VCU have never played each other in men's basketball. The Rams have been one of the more consistently good mid-major programs in recent years, playing in each of the last six NCAA tournaments and reaching the Final Four in 2011.

It was also announced that Illinois will play a non-conference game against North Carolina State as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.