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Kings VP Divac takes on GM duties

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Vlade Divac has added the title of general manager of the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings announced Monday that Divac will serve as vice president of basketball operations and general manager. Divac was hired in March as vice president of basketball and franchise operations.

The Kings also announced that Mike Bratz will be assistant general manager, Roland Beech will serve as vice president of basketball strategy and Peja Stojakovic will be director of player personnel and development.

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Public has say on Bucks' arena funding

MILWAUKEE (AP) The public's first opportunity to formally comment on part of a $500 million funding plan to build a new Milwaukee Bucks arena attracted an overflow crowd Monday evening, with one group questioning how the city has enough money to help pay for the project but not neighborhood or school investments.

The packed City Hall meeting began the final stage of a process that could see Milwaukee keep or lose an NBA franchise that has called the city home for nearly 50 years. Without a new arena by 2017, the NBA has said it will buy back the team and move it. The Bucks currently play in the 27-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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Clippers sign veteran big man Hayes

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers have signed free agent veteran Chuck Hayes.

The center-power forward averaged 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 29 games for Toronto last season.

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Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins dies at 58

(AP) -- Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers' locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force.

The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something very unique about Dawkins' game.

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Jazz sign free-agent rookie F O'Brien

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz have signed free-agent rookie J.J. O'Brien.

The team announced the signing Friday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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Jent to coach Suns' D-League team

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) Chris Jent will coach the Bakersfield Jam, the Phoenix Suns' affiliate in the NBA Development League.

The Suns and Jam announced the move Thursday. Jent replaced Nate Bjorkgren, now the Suns' assistant coach/player development coordinator.

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Clippers fined $250K for Jordan flap

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers were fined $250,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating the league's rules while trying to re-sign DeAndre Jordan last month.

The league said the Clippers made a presentation to the then-free agent on July 2 that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity. League rules prohibit teams from arranging for others to provide compensation for a player unless it is included in a contract or is otherwise permitted by the collective bargaining agreement.

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Hornets extend Kidd-Gilchrist for $52M

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte coach Steve Clifford can rattle off a dozen reasons why the Hornets gave small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist a big contract extension.

But in Clifford's mind it all came down to one basic fact: "When he's on the floor we play well; when he's not on the floor we don't."

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Ex-Celtics F Tsioropoulos dies at 84

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Lou Tsioropoulos, a member of Kentucky's 1951 NCAA national championship team and the unbeaten `53-54 squad who went on to win two NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, has died. He was 84.

Tsioropoulos' nephew, Michael Johnson, said Wednesday night that his uncle died Saturday in Louisville of natural causes. A memorial service was held there Wednesday. He would have turned 85 on Monday.

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76ers owner donates $3.5M to Philly PAL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The owner of the Philadelphia 76ers has pledged a $3.5 million donation to the Philadelphia Police Athletic League - the largest amount ever recorded by the nonprofit youth group.

The PAL supports disadvantaged youths by pairing them with police officers who volunteer to direct sports, educational and cultural programs.

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