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Guilty plea in NY in Disney insider trading scheme

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 12:46:53 EDT

NEW YORK -- A man charged with selling secrets about finances at Walt Disney Co. pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to wire fraud charges and conspiracy to commit securities fraud.

Gilbert Arenas's contract will not be voided by Wizards

Sat, 27 Mar 2010 19:22:40 EDT

GM Ernie Grunfeld said the team will not void Gilbert Arenas's contract.

Second Round Is Short on Drama

Fri, 12 May 2006 15:21:07 EDT

Eight teams have been sent home, are gone fishing, are off to Cancun or whatever cliché you want to use. Eight teams remain -- seven if you've already eliminated the Cleveland LeBrons, who breezed past the local five in six but look to be exiting in four.

The Best and Brightest of the NBA's Season

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 10:54:07 EDT

The regular season comes to a close tonight and what have we learned? That the dress code was the most overblown non-story of the season. That thanks to Kobe Bryant, Jerry Stackhouse, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Allen Iverson men don't have to be ashamed to wear tights anymore -- until next season when the league cracks down and begins fining players for embracing their inner ballerina. And, that the league was too concerned with dress codes and tights to actually make a playoff seeding system that makes sense.

Mediocrity Is the Name of the Game in East

Tue, 11 Apr 2006 17:21:08 EDT

The Eastern Conference really has no business being this bad.

Not Much Separates MVP Candidates

Fri, 07 Apr 2006 15:30:09 EDT

It would be so much easier if the usual suspects were in consideration, if Tim Duncan's plantar fasciitis hadn't limited him to being the second-most productive player on his team; if Shaquille O'Neal's age, injuries and persistent foul trouble hadn't restricted him to career lows in minutes, points, rebounds and blocks; or if Kevin Garnett's team hadn't been foundering into another lottery abyss.

Pistons in Need of a Challenge

Tue, 14 Mar 2006 16:03:00 EST

The Detroit Pistons are bored. Saturday night at Verizon Center, the Pistons didn't look like a team that was absorbing an 18-point beat down to the Washington Wizards. A few players were laughing in the final minutes when reserve forward Carlos Delfino made an awkward drive toward the basket. After the game, forward Rasheed Wallace was cracking jokes with guard Richard Hamilton and kidding point guard Chauncey Billups about wearing a corduroy sport jacket on a warm day in Washington. If the loss stung, it didn't show.

No Answer for No "Answer"

Tue, 07 Mar 2006 13:15:09 EST

Go down the list of the all the words. Insulting. Embarrassing. Disrespectful. Shameful. Inexplicable. They all are correct when describing Allen Iverson's omission from the list of 23 players who will vie for a spot on what should be, in theory, the world's best basketball team.

Mavs Finding Challenges, Meeting Them

Tue, 28 Feb 2006 12:57:07 EST

Team of the Week

Garnett Growing, but Still Needs Help

Thu, 23 Feb 2006 20:51:09 EST

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett looked beat down and worn out as he answered questions after his team lost to the Wizards, 90-78, on Tuesday night. Garnett slowly rubbed his head after each inquiry, as if the interrogation was contributing to a massive migraine. When Garnett was finished, he took a deep breathe, stood up and tossed a leather bag on his shoulder.

After 17 Attempts, a Second-Half Look

Thu, 23 Feb 2006 12:40:00 EST

This goes out to New York Knicks rookie Nate Robinson, who needed only 15 attempts to complete his game-winning dunk in the Slam Dunk competition on Saturday night. Robinson gives hope to everybody, and not just because the 5-foot-8 chunk of dynamite showed ridiculous hops while climbing 1986 Slam Dunk Champion Spud Webb and making a 360-degree dunk but because he proved that you should never give up.

Scott Has Hornets Playing Inspired Ball

Tue, 14 Feb 2006 14:39:07 EST

With the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets exceeding the expectations of the city they left behind, the city in which they temporarily dwell, and people throughout the NBA (including the team's owner George Shinn), Coach Byron Scott could easily gloat. He could wag his finger in the face of those who criticized him on the way out of New Jersey for being too lazy and overmatched, and to those who privately giggled at his dismal 18-64 record in New Orleans last season.

Best Players Not Always on Best Team

Tue, 07 Feb 2006 15:33:07 EST

There once was a time when being an elite player meant being on an elite team, or at least lifting your team to elite status. But take a look at the 10 starters for the NBA All-Star Game in Houston next weekend. Half of them are playing on teams that are either well below .500 (Houston's Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady), dead even (Philadelphia's Allen Iverson) or within one game from having a .500 record (the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal). Miami's Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal, Phoenix's Steve Nash and San Antonio's Tim Duncan are the only players from teams that are currently leading their division. LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers are nine games above .500 but they trail the Eastern Conference-leading Detroit Pistons by 11 ½ games in the Central Division (the Pistons, by the way, don't have any players elected to start -- although one will likely be thrown in to replace the injured O'Neal).

A Refreshing Brand of Player

Tue, 31 Jan 2006 15:01:00 EST

In the often whiny world of the NBA, where players begin to pout or make trade demands at the first sign of trouble, a player like Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand is refreshing. Brand has had numerous opportunities -- or perhaps, the right -- to complain or become disgruntled, with his teams losing almost 67 percent of their games in his first six seasons in the league.

Bryant Is Capable of 19 More

Tue, 24 Jan 2006 12:42:07 EST

Kobe Bryant has to go for it. He has to shoot for 100.

Dixon Leading Blazers' Surge

Tue, 17 Jan 2006 15:45:07 EST

Look back, look ahead:

Look Back, Ahead

Tue, 10 Jan 2006 16:09:07 EST

Evaluations, rankings and upcoming matchups of note:

With No Regrets, Harrington Deals With Losing

Tue, 10 Jan 2006 11:18:09 EST

Atlanta Hawks forward Al Harrington tries not to think about how things could've been different -- for himself, for Ron Artest and for the Indiana Pacers -- had he never demanded a trade following the 2003-04 season. Harrington would be lying if he said some "maybe" thoughts never crossed his mind.

Pistons-Heat Rematch Seems Inevitable

Wed, 04 Jan 2006 14:23:00 EST

Can we fast forward to May, already? The Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat are on a collision course for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals once again and if last Thursday's matchup on TNT revealed anything, it's that the next 50 or so games remaining in the regular season are practically irrelevant (with the exception of the Pistons' lofty pursuit of 70 wins).

Nash, Marion and Defense Equals Suns' Success

Fri, 30 Dec 2005 15:30:07 EST

With the Washington Wizards trailing by one point Wednesday at MCI Center, Gilbert Arenas darted into the lane, where Phoenix Suns forward Boris Diaw rejected his shot and batted the ball directly to guard Steve Nash. Nash pushed it up the court, took a few steps past halfcourt and delivered a pretty alley-oop lob from about 40 feet away to the high-flying forward Shawn Marion for a game-clinching dunk.

Three Observations From the Past Seven Days

Fri, 30 Dec 2005 14:12:06 EST

1. Camby could open the door for Duncan

Don't Look Now: The Pistons Are on a Roll

Thu, 29 Dec 2005 12:00:05 EST

Go ahead, wrap yourselves up in the never-ending zaniness of Ron Artest and his flip-flop trade demands. Spend some more time trying to see if Pat Riley really undermined Stan Van Gundy to take over as coach of the Miami Heat. Try examining Kobe Bryant's 62-point barrage to determine if he really could've scored 80 had he played the fourth quarter. Keep fawning over the surprising Los Angeles Clippers or frowning over the disappointing Denver Nuggets.

First Quarter Scores

Tue, 20 Dec 2005 16:12:00 EST

The first quarter of the NBA season is complete and while certain things have gone according to plan -- Detroit and San Antonio, the two participants in the NBA Finals, remain the top two teams; the Raptors, Hawks and Blazers are duking it out for the No. 1 pick in next June's draft; Allen Iverson is still scoring buckets by the boatload and Pat Riley has replaced Stan Van Gundy as coach of the Miami Heat (What? No matter how it was explained, who didn't see this coming?) -- there have been a few alterations to the script.

The Top Five Destinations for Ron Artest

Thu, 15 Dec 2005 14:51:05 EST

The Pacers spent all of last season patting all-star Ron Artest on the back after he embarrassed the franchise -- and the entire league -- with his mad dash into the stands at the Palace of Auburn Hills and subsequent 73-game suspension. Artest has since pulled a switcheroo, grabbing the Pacers' consoling arm, twisting it and demanding that it scream "Uncle!" Artest asked to be traded over the weekend and the Pacers have elected to comply, deactivating the former Defensive Player of Year for three games and making available one of the best values in all of sports -- a top 15 talent earning a salary that's slightly more than the league average. Few teams appear concerned about the excess baggage that comes with NBA's version of Terrell Owens -- more than half of the league's other 29 teams have contacted the Pacers to express interest in Artest. The Pacers are expected to make deal by Monday, but here are a few suggestions:

Riley Stepping In Was Inevitable

Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:21:07 EST

He spoke of the misery and drudgery of being an NBA coach, of the constant wear and tear on both mind and body. "When you're down there in the trenches as a coach, the grind is very difficult. It's in only the two hours a night that you play that you are in a joyful experience. Only the games, I think, for guys who like to compete, are the fun," he said. "In between games, and the road trips, and the preparation, and the practices, and the fact that everything is rushed, you get fatigued. Planes. Buses. That's joyless. Absolutely joyless. That's something I don't have to endure anymore."

Recovering Deng Finds His Stride for Bulls

Tue, 06 Dec 2005 15:33:05 EST

When the Chicago Bulls got steam-rolled through the final four games of their first-round series against the Washington Wizards, all they seemingly needed was another offensive option to assist feisty point guard Kirk Hinrich -- especially when the Wizards stopped awarding birthday presents to Argentine forward Andres Nocioni. Center Antonio Davis began to calcify and Ben Gordon slowly morphed from Ben Jordan in Game 1 to Ben Scoreless in Game 6.

A Decade Later, Iverson Rises to New Level

Thu, 01 Dec 2005 12:33:07 EST

BOSTON -- While most everyone seems prepared to anoint LeBron James as king and Kobe Bryant launches jumper after jumper in his black leotards until his arm turns to rubber, the NBA's leading scorer is another familiar face, with that trademark cornrowed hair and continues to dive head-first toward the basket at age 30 with the same ferocity he did at 20. You remember Allen Iverson?

Moving at a Strange Pace

Tue, 29 Nov 2005 14:03:06 EST

The Washington Wizards have been able to leap tall buildings (San Antonio and Detroit) and trip over small pebbles (Orlando, Charlotte) in a single bound. But while the Wizards' inconsistency has been perplexing at times, no team in the NBA has been more schizophrenic than the Indiana Pacers. Predicted by many in the preseason to win the Eastern Conference and by others to take win the NBA title, the Pacers last week gave the latest reason as to why they are far from being a team that can be taken seriously in the playoffs: The day after they soundly roasted Cleveland -- ending the Cavaliers' eight-game winning streak -- on Thanksgiving, they become the turkeys and lost at home to the Atlanta Hawks. Then, two days after losing to Atlanta, the Pacers recorded an impressive win in Los Angeles against the Pacific Division-leading Clippers (that still is pretty funny to write), which leads to the question: Who are these people? Losing to the Hawks might've been forgivable considering the Pacers were playing without Ron Artest -- except the Hawks entered the game having won just one game on the season, they hadn't won back-to-back games in more than a season and they hadn't beaten the Pacers in more than two years. More troubling, however, is that the loss came less than two weeks after they were blown out by 32 points in Charlotte -- with Artest.

Timberwolves Should Free KG

Tue, 22 Nov 2005 15:36:04 EST

The Minnesota Timberwolves have to start being honest with themselves.

Spurs Looking Strong Despite Hiccup in D.C.

Tue, 15 Nov 2005 14:51:15 EST

Tim Duncan didn't look anything like Tim Duncan on Saturday when the San Antonio Spurs visited Washington for the only time this season, losing 110-95 -- unless, of course, they meet in . . . don't even go there.

Ford Driving Bucks in the Right Direction

Thu, 10 Nov 2005 16:47:59 EST

In his first game after missing the previous 20 months with a spinal cord injury, Milwaukee Bucks point guard T.J. Ford fell hard on his tailbone. He sat still, back hunched over, legs spread out on the court for about 30 seconds. His teammates crowded around, but Ford waved them off.