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DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I Don’t Respect’ Charles Barkley

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) — Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is not a fan of hall of famer Charles Barkley’s recent comments.

Cousins, who was voted onto the All-Star team, fired back at Barkley this weekend for questioning Cousins’ being consulted for the hiring of head coach George Karl this week.

“It ain’t personal,” Cousins said when asked about Barkley, who is also an analyst on TNT. “I mean, I don’t really respect the guy, but at the same time, I don’t really care what he thinks either. I don’t respect him, and I don’t care what he thinks.”

Barkley wasn’t happy when discussing this topic earlier this week.

“Why are they discussing it with him?” Barkley said during a TNT telecast. “Yeah, I am totally disgusted with that. … He hasn’t done enough to deserve that type of power. [The Kings] stink. Why would you give a guy that young that type of power?

“If you’re a Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon or somebody like that, yeah, you deserved that type of power after you have earned it,” Barkley continued. “Let me just say this either way, that’s just total bulls—. That’s ridiculous.”

The Kings are 18-34 and sit in 13th in the Western Conference.

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Jeff Gordon Wins Daytona 500 Pole

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — In his last season as a full-time driver, Jeff Gordon will start up front at the Daytona 500 next Sunday.

The fourt-time Sprint Cup champion had the fastest qualifying time with a speed of 201.293 miles an hour on Sunday.

Gordon announced last month that this will be his final full-time season, and Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500 will most likely be the final one of his career.

In Sunday’s qualifying session, Gordon and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson locked down the front row, and it’s the first time that’s been done in the knockout round in 57 years.

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Vigneault Wins 500th Game as N.Y. Rangers Defeat Coyotes, 5-1

Comstock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — The New York Rangers (33-16-5; 71pts) defeated the Arizona Coyotes (20-30-7; 47pts), 5-1 on Saturday night to give head coach Alain Vigneault his 500th career win in the NHL.

With the game tied at 1-1, 1:19 into the third period, Rangers forward Rick Nash scored his league-leading 35th goal of the season. New York would tack on three more goals en route to their sixth victory in their last eight games.

Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot stopped 34-of-35 shots he faced while Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith saved 27-of-32.

Before joining as coach of the Rangers in 2013, Vigneault led the Montreal Canadiens (1997-2001) and Vancouver Canucks (2006-2013). His career NHL record stands at 500-355-35-72.

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Stars Place Seguin on IR

Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(DENVER) — Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin was placed on injured reserve Saturday with a lower-body injury.

Star’s general manager Jim Nill announced Seguin will miss three to six weeks.

The 23-year-old Seguin was injured during the team’s win over the Florida Panthers Friday night after getting hit low by Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. Kulikov was ejected from the game, and Seguin had to be helped off the ice.

“It’s a play that I don’t like,” Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said Saturday. “It’s a dirty, low play that I don’t like. The league doesn’t like it, and I want to see the league deal with it.”

Seguin began Saturday third in the NHL in points (58).

The Stars also lost forwards Ales Hemsky and Patrick Eaves to injury Friday night. Like Seguin, Eaves was also placed on the injured reserve.

Dallas recalled forwards Brett Ritchie and Travis Morin from the AHL.

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Stars Place Seguin on IR

Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images(DENVER) — Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin was placed on injured reserve Saturday with a lower-body injury.

Star’s general manager Jim Nill announced Seguin will miss three to six weeks.

The 23-year-old Seguin was injured during the team’s win over the Florida Panthers Friday night after getting hit low by Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. Kulikov was ejected from the game, and Seguin had to be helped off the ice.

“It’s a play that I don’t like,” Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said Saturday. “It’s a dirty, low play that I don’t like. The league doesn’t like it, and I want to see the league deal with it.”

Seguin began Saturday third in the NHL in points (58).

The Stars also lost forwards Ales Hemsky and Patrick Eaves to injury Friday night. Like Seguin, Eaves was also placed on the injured reserve.

Dallas recalled forwards Brett Ritchie and Travis Morin from the AHL.

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Aldridge Will Start in Place of Davis in Sunday’s All-Star Game

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a surprise move, the head coach of the Western Conference All-Stars, Steve Kerr, named Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge a starter for Sunday’s All-Star Game instead of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant.

Kerr originally said Durant would start in place of the injured Anthony Davis but changed his mind on Saturday.

Durant wasn’t going to play much anyways because of nagging injuries. The reigning MVP has missed 27 games this season due to injury. In the 26 games he has played, Durant is averaging 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and four assists per game.

Earlier this season, Aldridge tore a ligament in his thumb and was supposed to have surgery, but instead he missed only two games before deciding to put off the operation and play out the rest of the season.

Aldridge has played in 47 games this season, averaging 23.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

The All-Star Game will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

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2015 Basketball HOF Nominees Announced

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Basketball Hall of Fame announced a group of 12 finalists for its 2015 class Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

The class is headed by Kentucky coach John Calipari, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo.

“I’m at a loss for words,” said Calipari who has reached the Final Four five times. “I want to thank the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame committee for even considering me. The process is by no means over — I’m just a finalist at this point — but to even be mentioned as a finalist among these worthy candidates is an unbelievable honor. I am absolutely humbled by this.”

NBA referee Dick Bavetta, three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, former NBA coach Bill Fitch, and highschool coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews are also finalists.

The Hall of Fame will announce its Class of 2015 on April 6.

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Brogdon Helps No. 2 Virginia Steal Victory from Wake Forest

G Fiume/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Wake Forest’s Codi Miller-McIntyre had a chance to give his team an upset win over No. 2 Virginia, but Malcolm Brogdon had other thoughts.

With the Demon Deacons down by one with seconds to play, Miller-McIntyre tried driving to the hoop, but Brogdon stole the ball to secure the Cavaliers a 61-60 victory.

“I knew he wanted to get by me,” Brogdon said. “He’s not a shooter. He’s a slasher. I knew he was going to try to get into my body and I just tried to square him up and stay in front of him, and he coughed up the ball.”

Virginia led by seven with 4:07 to go after Anthony Gill slammed home two of his game-high 19 points, but Konstantinos Mitoglou proceeded to make two clutch 3-pointers, the second putting Wake Forest down by one with 40 seconds to play.

Miller-McIntyre had a chance to tie the game at the free throw line with 17 seconds remaining but missed the second attempt, resulting in the Demon Deacons needing one final bucket.

Mitoglou led Wake Forest (12-14, 4-9 ACC) with 18 points.

Brogdon had 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block in the win.

Virginia (23-1, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) remains two games ahead of Notre Dame in the loss column for first place in the ACC.

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Steph Curry Wins NBA Three Point Contest

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(NEW YORK) — With a flurry of treys, the hottest shooter in the NBA destroyed the three point contest in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry won Saturday’s Three Point Crown with a score of 27.

Fellow Warrior Klay Thompson gave a valiant effort in the final round but fell well short with only 14 conversions from beyond the arc.

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was the third finals contestant and managed second place with 17 threes.

Curry is tied with the Atlanta Hawks’ Kyle Korver and Portland Trailblazers Wesley Matthews for the NBA lead in three point conversions with 161.

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