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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - General manager R.C. Buford is acknowledging star Kawhi Leonard is unhappy with the San Antonio Spurs. He says the team remains optimistic it can salvage the relationship. Leonard has requested a trade from San Antonio because he is unhappy. He has one year remaining on his contract and is eligible to sign a $220 million extension with San Antonio.
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Rockets chose Southern California's De'Anthony Melton with the 46th pick in the NBA Draft following a season where he was ruled ineligible because of an extra benefits scandal. Houston added Purdue forward Vincent Edwards in a trade with Utah after the Jazz selected the senior with the 52nd pick.
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild again, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft Thursday night to get Luka Doncic. The Slovenian guard was selected by Atlanta while the Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5 as part of the deal. The Mavericks are also sending a lottery-protected first-round pick in 2019 to Atlanta.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs have taken shooting guard Lonnie Walker IV of Miami with the 18th overall pick in the NBA Draft. The 6-foot-4 Walker averaged 11.5 points in his lone season with the Hurricanes. With uncertainty surrounding the future of Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs opted to draft the athletic Walker. San Antonio used the 49th overall pick in the second round on Chimezie Metu, a 6-11 standout at Southern California.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - JJ Schwarz hit a two-run homer and Florida built enough cushion to survive Texas Tech's six-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings and eliminate the Red Raiders from the College World Series with a 9-6 win. The Gators have won two straight following a loss to Tech in their CWS opener and moved to the Bracket 2 final against Southeastern Conference rival Arkansas.
DALLAS (AP) - The Montreal Canadiens could make the first real move in the NHL draft with the third overall pick. Most projections are the same about who the first two picks will be in Dallas on Friday night. Play-making Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is expected to be the first overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres. Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov is likely going second to Carolina. Montreal has the third overall selection. It is the first of the Canadiens' 10 picks in the two-day draft.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Jordan Spieth has no idea what it is like to play from behind at the Travelers Championship. The defending champion led after every round last year in his first visit to TPC River Highlands, and a shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to match Zach Johnson for the first-round lead.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Alliance of American Football completed its awarding of franchises by placing a team in San Antonio. Former San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley will be the head coach and former Dallas Cowboys fullback Darryl "Moose" Johnston is the general manager. San Antonio joins Atlanta, Orlando, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Phoenix, Memphis and Birmingham. The new league begins the week after the Super Bowl in February.
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