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Harden, James headline All-NBA first team

NEW YORK (AP) - Cleveland's LeBron James has been named to the All-NBA first team for a record-tying 11th time, and Houston's James Harden is the lone player to be a unanimous first-team selection this season.

Joining Harden and James on the first team were Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans' Anthony Davis. James and Westbrook each got 99 of a possible 100 first-team votes.

Harden made the first team for the third time. Westbrook, Leonard and Davis are now two-time first-teamers.

Golden State's Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were second-team choices, joined by Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Utah's Rudy Gobert and Boston's Isaiah Thomas.

The third All-NBA team includes Chicago's Jimmy Butler, Golden State's Draymond Green, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Washington's John Wall and the Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan.


High Point University president to lead city's growth plans

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) - The president of High Point University will lead the city's effort to develop the downtown area with several projects, including a minor-league baseball stadium.

The News and Record reports that Nido Qubein announced a plan Wednesday to raise $38 million from private donors by mid-September and lead efforts to secure stadium naming rights and attract a baseball team.

Qubein says he has no financial interest or stake in the development project and was asked to head up efforts by Forward High Point, a new nonprofit dedicated to the downtown revitalization and ballpark project. He will remain president of the university.

The city council approved a plan last month to buy four square blocks in downtown and build a $30 million stadium, envisioning it as a catalyst for other projects.


Texas lands top prep recruit Mohamed Bamba

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart has won the recruiting sweepstakes for highly-ranked forward Mohamed Bamba.

The 6-foot-11 Bamba signed with the Longhorns on Thursday, picking Texas over Duke, Kentucky, Michigan and Harvard. Bamba is ranked by national recruiting services as one of the top players in the country and already projected by some as an early 2018 NBA draft pick.

Signing Bamba is a huge boost for Smart after a 22-loss season, Texas' worst in more than 30 years. Freshman center Jarrett Allen has entered this year's NBA draft and freshman guard Andrew Jones is still considering whether to return to Texas.

Bamba average 12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a high school senior in Westtown, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, and was a McDonald's All-American.


Scott McCarron eagles 18th for 65, share of Tradition lead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -Scott McCarron eagled the par-5 18th hole for a 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the Regions Tradition, the first of the PGA Tour Champions' five majors.

Lee Janzen, Jeff Sluman and Miguel Angel Jimenez joined McCarron atop the leaderboard at Greystone.

Sluman and Jimenez closed with birdies, and Janzen had a run of six birdies and a bogey from holes 10-17. McCarron was left with a short eagle putt after his approach bounced off the grandstand on Number 18.

Kenny Perry, the 2014 winner, was a stroke back along with David Frost, Fred Funk, Scott Parel, Marco Dawson and Tommy Armour the Third.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer opened with a 69. John Daly, coming off a victory in the Insperity Invitational, shot a 71.


US women's swim coach Marsh, SwimMAC Carolina part ways

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - David Marsh and Charlotte-based SwimMAC Carolina have agreed to part ways, ending the U.S. Olympic coach's 10-year run with the program.

Marsh had served as CEO and director of coaching for SwimMAC Carolina.

"We would like to thank Coach Marsh for the years he has dedicated to SwimMAC and the coaching guidance he has provided over the past decade," SwimMAC head coach Terry Fritch said in a release Thursday.

The Charlotte Observer first reported the news.

The 59-year-old Marsh coached multiple Olympic medalists while at SwimMAC, including Ryan Lochte and says he's "extremely proud" of the program's development.

Marsh was the 2016 U.S. Olympic women's head swim coach and will continue to direct Charlotte-based Team Elite, which he established in 2007 to train national and international swimmers.

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