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Rebels’ sturdy recruiting class had Morgan as its foundation

UNLV’s recruiting class, ranked among the nation’s top five in college basketball, started with Dwayne Morgan. The 6-foot-8-inch forward from Baltimore committed in March 2013, when he had no idea who would follow.

Kentucky joins UNLV on list of back-to-back No. 1s

Kentucky was the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 released Friday, becoming the fourth program to earn the honor in consecutive seasons.

Arena builder takes shot at landing NBA for Las Vegas

The groundbreaking for Jackie Robinson’s $1.4 billion arena and hotel project on the Strip on Wednesday fueled talk that the National Basketball Association will have a team in Las Vegas one day.

Lakers rookie likely out for season after broken leg

Rookie forward Julius Randle broke the tibia bone in his right leg during the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ season-opening, 108-90 loss to the Houston Rockets and underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair the fracture.

Hornets player pleads guilty to domestic violence

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misdemeanor domestic assault in connection with his arrest in September at a Michigan hotel, a county prosecutor’s office said.

Jordan ‘back’ on Twitter

But Michael Jordan’s cliche-ridden tweets make us wish he’d stayed off social media.

Randle breaks leg as Rockets rout Lakers

After Lakers rookie Julius Randle left his NBA debut strapped to a wheeled stretcher with a broken right leg, every player at Staples Center gained a sober perspective on the season opener.

Spurs raise banner, beat Mavs in opener

Manu Ginobili hit just 2 of 23 shots during preseason games. But when the games began to matter, Ginobili returned to form. He scored 20 points in the season opener as the Spurs defeated Dallas 101-100 for their 10th straight regular-season victory over the Mavericks.

Davis leads Pelicans past Magic, 101-84

Anthony Davis had 26 points and tied a career high with nine blocked shots while Ryan Anderson added 22 points off the bench to lift host New Orleans to a season-opening win.

Things to watch for as NBA’s 2014-15 season begins

As the 2014-15 season begins, the landscape in the NBA changed dramatically since the San Antonio Spurs hoisted the championship trophy by dominating the Miami Heat. Here are 10 things to watch as the 2014-15 NBA season begins.

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