Mavericks tout title shot with Irving, Luka pairing

Jason Kidd brushed aside questions about Kyrie Irving’s past controversies and future with the team, deciding instead to focus on his belief that the acquisition puts Dallas in a position to contend for a title.

Eagles’ Sirianni still motivated by snub from Reid

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni — a former Kansas City assistant — acknowledged that not being retained as a part of Andy Reid’s staff with the Chiefs after the 2012 season has been a motivating force for him.

Sources: Sides to extend NBA CBA opt-out date

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are expected to extend an early opt-out deadline of Wednesday, allowing the league and union to continue negotiations on a new long-term collective bargaining deal, sources told ESPN on Monday.

Purdue remains No. 1; NC State cracks Top 25

Purdue remained atop the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll despite suffering a loss, while Marquette pushed into the top 10 and NC State made its first poll appearance in four years.

Sources: Steele reunites with Saban as Tide’s DC

Kevin Steele, 64, a 39-year coaching veteran who spent last season as Miami’s defensive coordinator under Mario Cristobal, has agreed to a deal with Alabama to become Nick Saban’s next defensive coordinator, sources told ESPN’s Chris Low on Sunday night.