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Pelicans win top pick in NBA draft lottery, chance to select Zion Williamson

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Tar_Heel_Rob/iStock(NEW YORK) — New Orleans has bucked the odds and won the NBA draft lottery, and now will have the first chance at choosing Zion Williamson next month.

The Pelicans won the lottery for the first time since 2012, when they selected Anthony Davis. And the lottery win comes after a season when Davis wanted a trade — something that might not seem so appealing to him now, with Williamson likely coming to New Orleans.

Memphis will choose second, New York third and the Los Angeles Lakers will pick fourth.

Williamson says he has never been to New Orleans. That might soon change.

“It’s just another positive event for us,” new Pelicans general manager David Griffin said.

The Pelicans were the biggest winners — and the Grizzlies and the Lakers had reason to celebrate as well. They all moved up, much to the chagrin of teams like New York, Cleveland and Phoenix. The Suns, Cavs and Knicks all had the best chance of winning the lottery, and neither even got as much as a number-two pick.

Williamson will have an excellent chance at seeing his name added to the list of other No. 1 picks who entered the league with much fanfare in the lottery era —  players like LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson and Allen Iverson.

Cleveland will pick fifth, Phoenix sixth, Chicago seventh, Atlanta eighth, Washington ninth, Atlanta again at 10th, Minnesota 11th, Charlotte 12th, Miami 13th and Boston 14th. That latter pick was conveyed to the Celtics by Sacramento as part of an earlier trade.

Williamson watched the lottery result unveiling from a stage-side seat, along with Murray State’s Ja Morant, Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, Indiana’s Romeo Langford and more. Williamson was one of three now-former Duke starters at the lottery — R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish were among the invited players as well.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/14/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:


Tampa Bay 4 Miami 0
Colorado 5 Boston 4, 11 Innings
Toronto 7 San Francisco 3


Cleveland 9 Chi White Sox 0
Houston 11 Detroit 4
Minnesota 4 LA Angels 3
Kansas City 11 Texas 5
Seattle 4 Oakland 3
Baltimore at NY Yankees 6:35 p.m., postponed

Chi Cubs 3 Cincinnati 1
NY Mets 6 Washington 2
Milwaukee 6 Philadelphia 1
St. Louis 14 Atlanta 3
Pittsburgh 6 Arizona 2
LA Dodgers 6 San Diego 3


Golden State 116 Portland 94

Boston 2 Carolina 1 (BOS leads 3-1)


Indiana 69 Chicago 58
Atlanta 92 NY Liberty 87
Dallas 71 Connecticut 67

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Dodgers pitcher Urias arrested on domestic battery

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Gabriel Christus/ESPN Images (NEW YORK) — Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery outside of a Los Angeles mall on Monday night, ESPN has learned.

Urias, 22, was arrested after police responded to a report of an argument in a parking lot for the Beverly Center around 7:30 p.m. He was booked for a misdemeanor and spent the night in jail before posting $20,000 bail.

The Dodgers released a statement saying that they are aware of the situation and are cooperating with the authorities and Major League Baseball, but have no further comment at this time.

Urias was recently moved out of the Dodgers’ starting rotation and placed in a bullpen role where he recorded his second save in five days on Monday.

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Sixers bringing back Brown as head coach

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Ben Solomon/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) —  Amid uncertainty surrounding the future of 76ers head coach Brett Brown’s time in Philadelphia, managing partner Josh Harris has set the record straight.

Harris told ESPN on Monday night that Brown will return as the Sixers head coach next year for his seventh season.

Brown met with Harris and GM Elton Brand on Monday  to discuss plans for the franchise’s upcoming offseason. Philadelphia must decide which free agents on their roster to re-sign, including key pieces Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick.

The Sixers owe Brown nearly $15 million on a contract extension, set to start next season.

Recently, Joel Embiid voiced support for Brown remaining as coach after the 76ers Game 7 loss to the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.  

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Cowboys lineman pleads not guilty in bar fight

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of unlawful assembly arising from a bar fight in Panama Beach, Florida, ESPN has found.

According to the online report, the incident took place on March 15. TMZ published a video that appears to show Crawford fighting with security staff members of the Coyote Ugly Saloon.

The charges were summoned on March 27 and Crawford pleaded not guilty on April 12.
Crawford can be subject to a fine or suspension regardless if he is convicted or not, according to the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Last season, the 29-year-old Crawford started in 15 games and recorded a career high 5.5 sacks.  

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