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Police working WNBA game quit over team's Black Lives Matter shirts

Four off-duty Minneapolis police officers working a Minnesota Lynx WNBA game reportedly walked off the job after the team wore warm-up shirts supporting Black Lives Matter. 

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"When we look at the facts, it's hard to deny there's a real problem in our society," Lynx player Rebekkah Brunson said during a press conference. 

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the four officers were working security for the game on Saturday but left prematurely and took their names off the list for working future Lynx events. 

Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, commended the officers' actions. He told the outlet, "If [the players] are going to keep their stance, all officers may refuse to work there." 

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The Lynx wore the shirts prior to their game against Dallas. 

The shirts featured the shield for the Dallas Police Department, the name of Alton Sterling and the name of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot by police in nearby Falcon Heights. 

Castile's death has sparked several protests in the Minneapolis area. 

Over the weekend, protesters shut down a major highway in St. Paul for several hours. More than 100 protesters were arrested after police say the gathering got out of hand. 

The Lynx reportedly still had private security at the game after the officers' walkout. 

This video includes images from the Minnesota Lynx and Getty Images.

Dwyane Wade to join Chicago Bulls on two-year, $47 million deal

Dwyane Wade won't be creating a second NBA evil empire with LeBron James in Cleveland. 

The 34-year-old shooting guard is leaving the Miami Heat and joining the Chicago Bulls on a two-year, $47 million deal, ESPN reported.

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In a letter to Heat fans, Wade said: "This has been an extremely emotional and tough decision to come to. ... From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Miami community and especially #HEATNATION for all of their love and support over the years."

Many fans clamored for Wade to join his old buddy James with the Cavaliers after Kevin Durant decided to join the already stacked Golden State Warriors.  

Wade and James played together in Miami from 2010 to 2014, winning two NBA Championships in that four-year span. 

The Wade-to-Cleveland plot thickened after the Cavaliers' Twitter account followed both Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union. 

Instead, Wade will go to a team that's in flux. The team traded Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks in exchange for Robin Lopez and two other players.

Shortly thereafter, they lost Joakim Noah to the Knicks, too, via free agency. 

Still, they've got Jimmy Butler at the helm and prized rookie Denzel Valentine.

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Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade heading for Chicago Bulls

Dwyane Wade announced his return to Miami in 2014 on Twitter, proclaiming himself a “Heat Lifer.” As Wade made his latest free-agent decision Wednesday night, his Twitter account was silent.

The news was that stunning. The man behind the term “Heat Lifer” is leaving Miami.

Wade plans to sign with the Chicago Bulls on a two-year, $47 million contract, according to The Vertical, walking away from the only professional franchise he’s ever played for. The Vertical also reported that the contract contains a one-year option that could make Wade a free agent again next summer.

It’s a homecoming for the 34-year-old, who grew up in Chicago rooting for the Bulls.

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“This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice for myself and my family,” Wade wrote in a letter to Miami, released to The Associated Press.

Contract talks between the Heat and Wade turned ugly this summer and pushed the best player in franchise history to explore his options.

Wade, who spent the first 13 seasons of his career with Miami, was looking for the Heat to prioritize his free agency. Instead, the Heat pursued free agents Hassan Whiteside and Kevin Durant before turning their attention to Wade.

Contract talks were tense last summer as well, but a meeting with Heat owner Micky Arison got Wade to stay on a one-year, $20 million deal.

The Heat used a similar strategy this time, with Arison traveling to New York on Wednesday to meet with Wade in an attempt to repair the organization’s relationship with the 12-time All-Star. Arison reportedly got the final face-to-face meeting with Wade after he met with Bucks and Nuggets officials, but it wasn’t enough to keep him in Miami.

Late Wednesday night, Arison thanked Wade on Twitter for his years in Miami.

“Thank you @DwyaneWade for a great 13 yrs! You’ve had a tremendous impact on our community and our organization. We wish you all the best.”

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Wade was looking for a deal worth around $50 million over two years, according to a report from ESPN on Tuesday. Wade also was interested in a longer deal, as The Vertical reported that he wanted a third year on his contract.

A source confirmed Monday that the Heat offered Wade a two-year, $40 million contract with a player option for the second year. Wade would have made $20 million in each season.

According to The Vertical, the Heat were unwilling to add a third year to their final offer.

With only $20 million of cap space remaining after locking up Whiteside on a max four-year deal, the Heat would have had to trade Josh McRoberts to free up another $5 million in cap space in order to meet Wade’s monetary demands.

Wade held face-to-face meetings with the Bucks, Heat and Nuggets on Wednesday in New York.

Chicago officials also were scheduled to meet with Wade, but it was canceled because the Bulls’ flight “kept getting pushed back,” according to The Vertical. The mishap obviously didn’t hurt Chicago’s chances of landing Wade. The Bulls reportedly were clearing cap space on Wednesday prior to finalizing the deal for Wade.

The news sets up an interesting episode of “Live With Kelly.” Wade is scheduled to co-host “Live With Kelly,” anchored by Kelly Ripa, at 9 a.m. Thursday on ABC.

With Wade out of the picture, Miami still has $20 million in cap space to work with this offseason. The Heat currently have seven players under contract for next season, assuming Whiteside signs his contract when the NBA signing moratorium concludes today: Chris Bosh (due $23.7 million next season), Whiteside (due $22 million next season), Goran Dragic (due $15.9 million next season), McRoberts (due $5.8 million next season), Justise Winslow (due $2.6 million next season), Briante Weber (due $219,000 guaranteed and could earn up to $875,000 next season), and Josh Richardson (due $875,000 non-guaranteed next season).

With Miami’s current cap situation, one option for the Heat is to match Tyler Johnson’s four-year, $50 million offer sheet from the Nets. Miami also can look to retain free agent Udonis Haslem, who earned $2.8 million last season, with the $2.9 million room exception.

After being drafted by the Heat with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, Wade won three championships and built a Hall of Fame legacy with Miami. Wade leaves the Heat as the organization’s all-time leader in games (855), minutes played (30,560), points (20,221), assists (4,944) and steals (1,414).

Without Wade, the Heat will have to build around the core of Bosh, Dragic and Whiteside – if Bosh is able to return from recurring blood clot issues. Whiteside is the only free agent the Heat have locked up this summer.

Kevin Durant is joining the Golden State Warriors

The wait is over. NBA free agent Kevin Durant is now a Golden State Warrior.

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The former Oklahoma City Thunder small forward made the announcement via The Players' Tribune on Monday.

He wrote: "I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors. ... I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. "

Durant now joins a strong core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the West Coast.

Several teams courted Durant and his services this offseason, possibly none harder than the Boston Celtics, who rolled out a celebrity-filled red carpet for the 27-year-old.

The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and more were also rumored to be recruiting Durant.

Durant's decision was the most anticipated of a 2016 NBA free agency period that's seen teams practically giving away money.

As of Monday morning, of the six players scoring massive $100-million-plus deals, only one changed teams — Al Horford going from the Atlanta Hawks to the Boston Celtics.

Durant is a seven-time NBA All-Star and a former MVP. He's expected to highlight a somewhat depleted Team USA basketball team in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympics starting next month.

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Al Horford agrees to 4-year, $113M deal with Celtics

The Al Horford era in Atlanta is over.

>> RELATED STORY: Tom Brady helps Celtics try to recruit Kevin Durant

Horford, who has been a cornerstone for the Hawks for nearly a decade, agreed to a maximum four-year, $113 million deal with the Boston Celtics on Saturday. The Hawks failed to offer the four-time All-Star center a maximum five-year, $153 million deal. Horford will leave the team he joined as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

He announced his decision on social media, posting on Twitter: “Celtic Pride!!!!!" with many shamrock emojis.

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The deal comes hours after news of Tom Brady joining the Celtics contingent in New York as part of a pitch to free agent Kevin Durant.

– WFXT in Boston contributed to this report.

Tom Brady helps Celtics try to recruit Kevin Durant

New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady apparently joined Celtics brass and players in the Hamptons as part of their pitch to recruit Kevin Durant to Boston.

A tweet showed Brady walking down a street with Danny Ainge and a host of Celtics front office members and current Celtics players Saturday afternoon on their way to pitch Durant to come to Boston.

>> RELATED STORY: Al Horford agrees to 4-year, $113M deal with Celtics

In the past, Durant gushed over the Patriots quarterback, calling Brady his favorite athlete of all time. Bringing him into the pitch meeting is a power move for the Celtics. 

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The Celtics are one of five teams Durant is entertaining this weekend, including the Warriors, Clippers, Spurs and Heat.

Durant has spent his entire nine year NBA career with the Oklahoma Thunder. He’s averaged just over 28 points per game and is a seven-time All Star.

Durant is expected to receive a max contract from whichever team he chooses.

Big Papi sent a tweet Saturday saying, “Yo @KDTrey5 sorry I couldn't make the meeting today but Brady will tell u they don't call Boston the City of Champions for nothing.”

Fans, players pay tribute to Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee coach

Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, died Tuesday. She was 64.

The legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach had been battling early-onset Alzheimer's since 2011.

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Celebration of Life service  honoring Summitt will be held July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Thompson -Boling Arene on the University of Tennessee campus.

Fans, players and other notable figures took to social media to pay tribute to Summitt. Click here or scroll down to see what they were saying.

>> Pat Summitt, former Tennessee coach, dead at 64

>> PHOTOS: Pat Summitt through the years

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Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee coach, dead at 64

Legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt has died. She was 64.

Summitt's son, Tyler, announced the news in a statement Tuesday.

>> PHOTOS: Pat Summitt through the years

>> PHOTOS: Notable deaths in 2016

“It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt," he wrote. "She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most."

He added, "Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced. Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease."

A Celebration of Life service  honoring Summitt will be held July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Thompson -Boling Arene on the University of Tennessee campus.

Former players, coaches and fans paid tribute to Summitt on social media, including Peyton Manning.

>>Fans, players pay tribute to Summitt

"She could have coached any team, any sport, men's or women's," he said in a statement. "It wouldn't have mattered because Pat could flat out coach. I will miss her dearly, and I am honored to call her my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Tyler and their entire family."

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On Sunday, news broke that Summitt was reportedly "struggling" and her health was deteriorating. 

Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, left basketball in March 2012, just a few months after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.

"It was hard because I didn't want to, but I felt like I needed to step down," Summitt told ABC

Summitt held a 1,098-208 record over her 38-year coaching career, all as coach of Tennessee. 

She also collected eight NCAA titles over her career — the second most in NCAA women's basketball history. 

In April 2012, she was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Read more here.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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People climbed buildings in Cleveland to celebrate Cavaliers win

It was a win Cleveland waited 50 years to celebrate, and fans showed up in full force.  More than one million people gathered downtown in the city to celebrate the NBA win with a parade Wednesday.

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The parade, a route of 1.3 miles, started at 11 a.m. EST, and finished around 4 p.m

A crowd of approximately 1.3 million fans flooded the route in the streets and on the sidewalks, ESPN reported.

Cavalier fans were even scaling the sides of buildings and standing on top of portable toilets Wednesday for a better look. 

The event was the biggest in the city since the Great Lakes Expo in the 1930s, WKYC reported.

Jim Brown, former fullback for the Cleveland Browns, joined the Cavaliers players and staff on stage. They each took turns speaking before LeBron James took the microphone and addressed fans.

"I'm nothing without you all. I love all of y'all," James said to the fans. "Get ready for next year."

The parade ultimately ended near Cleveland Browns Stadium. There will be another celebratory event in Akron, Ohio, Thursday, in conjunction with the Lebron James Family Foundation.

Read more at ESPN.

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Cleveland Cavaliers fan disses Steph Curry's dad by hitting dab

One Cleveland Cavaliers fan may have made a devastating NBA Finals loss for the Golden State Warriors even more infuriating for fans, teammates, point guard Steph Curry and his father, Dell Curry.

Jennifer Hayashi, who goes by @chilloutjen on Twitter, posted a video of her friend Aaron Smith dissing Dell Curry in what looks like a prank.

In the video, a man walks toward Dell Curry with his hand out, as if going in for a handshake. When Dell Curry puts his hand out to shake in return, the prankster instead dabs.

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Dabbing, made popular in sports by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, is a dance created by hip hop trio Migos.

The dance is essentially lifting an arm bent at a 90 degree angle and bowing your head into your elbow.

The tweet got the attention of ESPN reporter Bomani Jones and Sports Illustrated.

Not everyone found the diss dab funny.

Although Jen dismissed critics by saying, "It's just a joke," she admitted her friend was silly for doing it.

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