Booker’s 31 send Suns to Summer League final

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Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker, left, and Chicago Bulls’ Cristiano Felicio battle for the ball during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker, left, and Chicago Bulls’ Cristiano Felicio battle for the ball during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

A trio of former Kentucky basketball players, led by recently drafted guard Devin Booker, have the Phoenix Suns back in the championship game of the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League for the second time in three years.

Booker poured in 31 points, Josh Harrellson tallied 19 points and nine rebounds, and Archie Goodwin added 12 points and six boards in Sunday’s 93-87 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

« I just wanted to get a win, » Booker said. « I always have a winning attitude, and that’s what we’re out here for. »

The Suns advanced to play the San Antonio Spurs, whose roster includes former Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear, at 9 p.m. ET Monday at UNLV’s Thomas…

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Suns’ Devin Booker, Pelicans’ Bryce Dejean-Jones put on a scoring show in Vegas (VIDEO)

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In Sumer League, Devin Booker has looked like a guy the Suns can use come the regular season. He’s scored 16.2 a game and shooting 37 percent from three. There are things to work on for sure, but Booker may well get some run from coach Jeff Hornacek.

He and the Pelicans’ Bryce Dejean-Jones — who has averaged 12.8 points a game and shot 50 percent from three — put on a scoring exhibition Sunday night in Las Vegas. Dejean-Jones finished with 25, but Booker finished with 31 and the Suns got the victory.

Phoenix will take on San Antonio for the Summer League title Monday night (9 p.m. ET on NBA TV).

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Becky Hammon coaches Spurs to Summer League title

Well my 2 favorite NBA teams in the Las Vegas Final of Summer League 2015 !!! Hope the same in NBA next season too ! And great job and credit to Becky Hammon.

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The Spurs have been winning all offseason. They landed LaMarcus Aldridge as a free agent. They got David West to sign with them for pennies on the dollar. They retained Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.

Why not have them win Summer League, too?

Behind 23 points from Jonathon Simmons and 15 from Summer League MVP Kyle Anderson, the Spurs executed when it mattered and pulled away for a 93-90 win and the Las Vegas Summer League championship.

It gives the first woman ever to coach a Summer League team, Becky Hammon, another milestone — the first female coach to win the Summer League title.

Phoenix opened the game fast, pushing out to a 10-point first quarter lead thanks to hot shooting — they knocked down 53 percent of their shots in the first quarter, and that included a three from Devin Booker showing off some sick range.

In the huddle, Hammon…

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The highs and highers of the Tour de France

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Kramon(L).jpg Allez allez: the Tour de France is one of the most gruelling, but rewarding, races

It’s one of the toughest races in the world covering more than 2,000 miles in 21 days. This year’s Tour de France will once again push contestants to the limit, with seven mountain stages, four of them in the French Alps. Gavin Green gets on his bike and experiences the gruelling course first hand

Ride over the summit of the Col du Galibier and all of France seems to lie below. Beneath and around, sharp daggers of granite point skyward and giant glaciers carpet the slopes. Clouds, some far below, cling to nearby peaks, migrating with the wind. There are no trees. It’s too high.

In front, a winding ribbon of tarmac plunges down the mountain, the road bordered by rocks and mounds of snow. Fall and you’ll get hurt.

I’m at 2,645 metres (8,678ft)…

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Tour de France Stage 16: Plaza Gaps the peloton for solo win

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On a day when we were expecting all the action to happen on the descent of the Col de Manse, Rubén Plaza made a brilliant tactical decision and attacked on the ascent. His minute advantage as he crested the summit was more than enough to hold a rampaging Peter Sagan at bay to take the biggest victory of his career and ensured that his Lampre-Merida team get to crack open the bubbly tonight. The GC contenders flexed a few muscles with Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) gaining a few seconds with a trademark attack.

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Chris Froome questions `strange` doping scrutiny

Chris Froome questions `strange` doping scrutiny.

GENERAL: Tour de France earnings

CYCLING – Peter Sagan has earned €46,080 in the first 16 stages of the 2015 Tour de France. This is more than 18 teams have earned so far. Sagan is followed by three time stage winner André Greipel and leader in the general classification Chris Froome.

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