New Book Explores the NBA During 'Awkward Teenage Years'

For years the NBA crafted some of basketball's greatest icons like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Larry Bird all of whom heavily i nfluenced the trajectory of professional basketball during the 80s and 90s. Out of it came sold-out arenas, multi-million dollar contracts and lucrative endorsement deals, which can still be seen today. However, it wasn't always that way. The new book “Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete and the Birth of the Modern NBA” takes a look at...

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Two-Minute Drill: Redhawk Basketball Programs Add Future Redhawks

Head coaches Rick Ray and Rekha Patterson have completed a successful spring signing period, and the future of Redhawk men’s and women’s basketball looks very bright.

Coach Patterson signed a pair of student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the spring signing period, including the number five-ranked high school player in Tennessee. Tesia Thompson, a guard from Memphis, is an ESPN Top 100 prospect, and a McDonald's All-American nominee – she is the first ever ESPN Top...

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Job's Effect on Health

"Is anyone going to come through here?"

That's what a Hilton hotel employee asked one of a dozen photographers along the red carpet at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner a couple of hours before the event officially started Saturday evening. But, like a blood-thirsty mosquito on a sweltering night, it was the nagging, persistent thought that seemed to plague attendees throughout the event.

The reason: the vacuum left by the absence of President Donald Trump who had decided to spend his 100th day in office rallying with supporters in Pennsylvania.

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President Donald Trump passed Saturday on one of the biggest events on Washington's annual social calendar and, instead, opted to spend his 100th day in office focused on trade and holding a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, Pa.

A U.S. service member died Saturday from wounds sustained in an explosion outside Mosul, Iraq, according to a statement from the U.S military.

The statement offered no further details.

Iraqi troops — with the aid of U.S. forces — have been fighting to push the Islamic State out of Mosul for the past six months.

It is the second American military fatality since the Mosul operation began, reports The Military Times.

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This weekend marks the release of new music from Gorillaz, the animated music sensation from Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett . It is packed with high-profile guests, including Vince Staples , De La Soul , and Jehnny Beth . It's politically aware, but intentionally does not reference the current administration . It broke the weekend of the inauguration with a video featuring Mercury Prize Winner Benjamin Clementine that mysteriously unfolded like a hijacked television broadcast meant to...

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Psychiatrist Recalls 'Heartbreak And Hope' On Bellevue's Prison Ward

When mentally ill inmates in New York City's Rikers Island jail become too sick, violent, delusional or suicidal for the jail to handle, they're sent to Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward for treatment. The inmates in Bellevue are awaiting trial for a variety of offenses, ranging from sleeping on the subway to murder. But for Dr. Elizabeth Ford, a psychiatrist who treats them, the charges against her patients are secondary. "My job is to try to look past that and ... to care for them, to be...

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