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    Walker Kessler will bring a 7-foot-1 presence and prolific shot-blocking ability to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The T-wolves introduced Kessler and fellow draft picks Wendell Moore Jr. and Josh Minott on Tuesday. Kessler flourished as a rim protector last season at Auburn. But Minnesota didn't just draft Kessler to patrol the paint and guard the pick-and-roll. He also has upside as a scorer. Kessler has bloodlines on his side. His father and his uncle were standouts at Georgia in the 1980s and NBA draft picks. His grandfather was a Minnesota native.

      Buffalo Bills and Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula is “progressing well” while rehabilitating from a health issue. The Pegula family released a statement saying she is resting and they are grateful for the medical professionals providing her care. The statement would not say whether Pegula remains in the intensive care unit of a Florida hospital or specify the medical issue in asking to continue respecting the family’s need for privacy. The statement is the first update on Pegula’s health in two weeks, when the family first revealed she was receiving medical care for what was called some unexpected health issues.

        Steve Clifford is back in familiar surroundings as head coach of the Charlotte Hornets after being formally introduced. Clifford said Tuesday the Hornets  are going to play offensively with a very similar emphasis that they have played with the last couple of years. Clifford wasn’t Charlotte’s first choice. Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson had accepted the job, but later backed out after the Warriors won the NBA title citing personal reasons.

          Two people with knowledge of the move tell The Associated Press the Washington Commanders have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with star wide receiver Terry McLaurin. One person confirmed the new deal is worth up to $71 million with roughly $53 million guaranteed and a $28 million signing bonus. McLaurin had one year left on his rookie contract and skipped offseason workouts while negotiations were ongoing. A third-round pick in 2019, McLaurin has become Washington's best player since breaking into the NFL. Coach Ron Rivera had said it was a matter of time until the team got a deal done with McLaurin's camp.

            There was a stretch of homelessness while growing up. A constant shifting from one high school to another. The cancellation of an NBA draft training program due to the pandemic. A year proving himself with a G League developmental team. MarJon Beauchamp’s journey to the NBA has been fraught with so much adversity, he questioned whether he’d even have the opportunity to get here. That changed when he became a first-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Bucks.

              A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy has accepted an offer to become the coach of the Utah Jazz. Hardy and the Jazz were in the process of finalizing contract language, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side announced the deal publicly. Hardy will become an NBA head coach for the first time. He’ll replace Quin Snyder, who decided to leave the Jazz earlier this month after eight seasons. Hardy spent one season in Boston, helping the Celtics reach the NBA Finals. His previous 11 seasons were spent with the San Antonio Spurs.

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              The NFL insisted on an indefinite suspension while Deshaun Watson’s legal team argued there’s no basis for that punishment as both sides presented their cases in front of a retired judge in Delaware on Tuesday, two people in attendance told The Associated Press. The hearing will continue on Wednesday and Watson is scheduled to be there for the duration, according to the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the hearing isn’t public. Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players’ Association, will determine whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.

              Buffalo Bills and Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula is “progressing well” while rehabilitating from a health issue. The Pegula family released a statement saying she is resting and they are grateful for the medical professionals providing her care. The statement would not say whether Pegula remains in the intensive care unit of a Florida hospital or specify the medical issue in asking to continue respecting the family’s need for privacy. The statement is the first update on Pegula’s health in two weeks, when the family first revealed she was receiving medical care for what was called some unexpected health issues.

              Two people with knowledge of the move tell The Associated Press the Washington Commanders have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with star wide receiver Terry McLaurin. One person confirmed the new deal is worth up to $71 million with roughly $53 million guaranteed and a $28 million signing bonus. McLaurin had one year left on his rookie contract and skipped offseason workouts while negotiations were ongoing. A third-round pick in 2019, McLaurin has become Washington's best player since breaking into the NFL. Coach Ron Rivera had said it was a matter of time until the team got a deal done with McLaurin's camp.

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