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Season gets going

The story lines are as long as a Stephen Curry 3-pointer.

With a superteam in the West, a megastar in the Midwest and stars all around, the NBA season, which starts tonight with three games, could be like no other.

LeBron James holds the title in Cleveland and Kevin Durant moved to Golden State, so the cities that hosted the Finals the past two seasons could do so again.

"I think there is a somewhat an inevitability of this Cleveland-Warriors meeting in the Finals again, which can sometimes make you overlook how enjoyable the regular season can be if you love basketball," ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said.

James seeks a seventh straight trip to the Finals and perhaps a dynasty. Two superstars signed with their hometown teams — Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Dwight Howard in Atlanta. Derrick Rose left home, traded from the Bulls to the Knicks.

"There are a lot of teams, young teams in the development cycle, where I think they would even say realistically they're unlikely to win the championship this season, but they're on the road to winning a championship," commissioner Adam Silver said.

Figure skating

Tumor for Hamilton

Olympic figure skating champion and commentator Scott Hamilton has been diagnosed with a third brain tumor. People magazine reported that Hamilton has a benign pituitary tumor. Hamilton, 58, also survived a bout with testicular cancer.


Soccer: Five-time winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona and three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid were among 30 semifinalists nominated for the annual Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player.

Tennis: Kei Nishikori, back from a three-week injury absence, beat Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 6-1 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors in Basel. … Tomas Berdych's chances of making the ATP Finals were damaged in a 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5 loss to Nikoloz Basilashvili at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

Doping: Yuri Nagornykh, a Russian deputy minister suspended after allegations that he covered up doping cases at the 2014 Winter Olympics, resigned.

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