Nets to Acquire Deron Williams From Jazz

Utah JazzA superstar arms race has broken out on both sides of the Hudson River.

A day after the Knicks completed a blockbuster trade for Carmelo Anthony, the Nets responded by acquiring Deron Williams — one of the N.B.A.’s top point guards — from the Utah Jazz.

A player agent on Wednesday confirmed multiple reports in the news media that the Nets would acquire Williams, 26, in exchange for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round picks — a package similar to what the Nets had offered Denver for Anthony.

The trade is a huge boost for the Nets, who need a franchise star to build around as they prepare to move to Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season. Continue reading

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Popovich says Tim Duncan will start All-Star game in place of Yao

Gregg Popovich The Western Conference needs a starting center for the All-Star game in Los Angeles, and Gregg Popovich says he knows the perfect person for the job.

The San Antonio coach selected Spurs star Tim Duncan to replace Yao Ming in the lineup for Sunday’s game at Staples Center, staying in his own locker room instead of picking Clippers star Blake Griffin playing in his home arena or Timberwolves double-double machine Kevin Love.

“I think it’s totally appropriate and obvious that he should be the starter,” Popovich said before the Spurs faced the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. “I don’t have any problem with it.” Continue reading

Game, Like the Name, May Soon Ring a Bell

Open GolfAnother bright new face is making an appearance on the PGA Tour this weekend at the Pebble Beach AT&T National Pro-Am, a tournament that has plenty of space for rookies in the tournament field but not usually on the leader board.

It takes time to figure out the lay of the land on the tournament’s three Monterey Peninsula golf courses. But Keegan Bradley, a 24-year-old graduate of the Nationwide Tour, is quickly making himself at home, both on tour and in contention.

Though he stumbled a bit coming in on Saturday, double-bogeying the 16th hole at Pebble Beach to fall out of the top 10, Bradley is having another good outing in just his fourth event on the PGA Tour. He is six strokes behind the leader, Steve Marino, after shooting a 74 that left him at six under par. Continue reading

Super Bowl 2011: The Big Game Gets Bigger Every Year

In a recent article about the “Never Missed A Super Bowl Club,” one of the members said Super Bowl I cost him less than $100, and that included money spent on his date and travel. Super Bowl

Accounting for inflation, the numbers still don’t add up when the cost of one of the cheapest tickets just to have a bad view of the game is $550. You can buy a ticket to stand outside and watch it on TV for $200, but if you do that, please remove yourself from the gene pool, the world no longer needs your genetics in it.

A suite could cost you $70,000, according to one report, and the “average” Super Bowl ticket is going to be $2,500. Continue reading