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NEW YORK (AP) — The Orlando Magic selected Duke freshman Paolo Banchero Thursday night with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

After leading the Blue Devils to the Final Four in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season, the 6-foot-10 forward was called up first by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to start the draft, beating his colleagues freshman forwards Jabari Smith Jr. and Chet Holmgren. .

The Magic picked first for the fourth time and they did well with their previous picks. They took on Shaquille O’Neal in 1992, traded Chris Webber for Penny Hardaway the following year and went with Dwight Howard in 2004.

Holmgren went second to the Oklahoma City Thunder after the 7-footer led the West Coast Conference in blocked shots, rebounds and shooting percentage at Gonzaga. The Houston Rockets took Smith third overall. Forward Keegan Murray jumped all the way to the No. 4 Sacramento Kings pick. The Detroit Pistons took fifth from Purdue athletic guard Jaden Ivey.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Manning’s latest quarterback, and the nation’s top recruit for next year’s class, has verbally committed to a future SEC school: Arch Manning tweeted Thursday that he planned to play in Texas.

The quarterback’s post included a photo of him stepping back for a pass while wearing a Longhorns shirt.

Manning is starting his senior season at Isidore Newman, a prep school in New Orleans where his Super Bowl MVP uncles Peyton and Eli also played. Arch Manning’s father, Cooper, is Peyton and Eli’s older brother.

Peyton Manning played his college prom in Tennessee. Eli Manning followed their father and Arch’s grandfather, Archie, in playing Ole Miss.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Recent meetings with the IOC have led U.S. officials to believe all signs point to Salt Lake City’s bid for the 2034 Winter Olympics, though they say the Utah’s capital will be ready if asked to host the 2030 Games, too.

US Olympic and Paralympic Committee President Susanne Lyons said she sees Salt Lake City as the leading candidate for the 2034 Olympics. She added that the complexity of hosting 2030 just two years after the Games Los Angeles summer makes that a less likely scenario.

The LA Organizing Committee takes on the marketing duties for the entire US Olympic movement in the lead up to hosting the Games, so it would be difficult to rework some of the arrangements to account for back-to-back Olympics in the same country.


BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — American swimmers Lilly King, Ryan Murphy and the men’s 4×200 freestyle team won three more gold medals for the United States at the world swimming championships on Thursday.

King atoned for missing out on the 100 breaststroke podium by winning the 200 breaststroke final for the first time. The 25-year-old finished strong with a time of 2:22.41 and beat Australian Jenna Strauch by 0.63. Kate Douglass won bronze for the United States king who previously won gold medals in the 50 and 100 breaststroke at the 2017 and 2019 world championships.

Murphy took the Americans’ second gold of the night in the men’s 200 backstroke clocking 1:54.52 to beat Britain’s Luke Greenbank by 0.64 seconds and his American teammate Shaine Casas by 0.83.

In the 4×200 freestyle relay, Americans Drew Kibler, Carson Foster, Trenton Julian and Kieran Smith clocked 7:00.24, finishing more than three seconds ahead of the Australian and British teams.


The New York Racing Association suspended coach Bob Baffert for a year on Thursday for repeated drug violations,

A panel credited Baffert for time served on an initial suspension that makes the two-time Triple Crown winner eligible to saddle horses in New York again on Jan. 26. The final ruling marks the end of a long back-and-forth over Baffert’s status in the state that began in May 2021.

The ban is shorter than the two years Churchill Downs snubbed Baffert after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit tested positive for a substance that is not allowed on race day. Retired New York State Supreme Court Justice O. Peter Sherwood, who served as NYRA’s hearing officer, previously recommended a two-year suspension.


BUENOS AIRES (AP) — An Argentine judge ruled Wednesday that eight medical staff involved in the care of soccer star Diego Maradona will face a public trial for criminal negligence.

Brain surgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov are among those to stand trial for homicide, the judge said. The trial is not expected to begin until late 2023 or early 2024.

The defendants are accused of failing to take care of Maradona as he recovered from surgery that resulted in his death.

Maradona died aged 60 on November 25, 2020, from cardio-respiratory arrest while recovering at a home outside Buenos Aires after surgery for a blood clot in his brain.

Days after his death, Argentine prosecutors opened an investigation into the doctors and nurses involved in his care. In 2021, a medical board appointed to review Maradona’s death concluded that Maradona’s medical team acted “inappropriately, deficiently and recklessly”.


Hugh McElhenny, the elusive Hall of Fame halfback who starred in the San Francisco 49ers’ “Million Dollar Backfield” in the mid-1950s, has died. He was 93 years old.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame said Thursday that McEhlenny died of natural causes on June 17 at his Nevada home, and his son-in-law Chris Permann has confirmed the death.

Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970, McElhenny’s thrilling runs and versatile skills as a runner, receiver and kick returner made him one of the NFL’s finest players of the 1950s. With the 49ers from 1954 to 1956, McElhenny was part of the “Million Dollar Backfield” along with quarterback YA Tittle, halfback John Henry Johnson and fullback Joe Perry – also all Hall of Famers.


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