Chris Paul Donating $2.5 Million to Support Wake Forest Basketball Program 🙌

On Tuesday, it was announced that Chris Paul has donated $2.5 million to support the Wake Forest basketball program — the largest donation by an ex-player or any alumnus under the age of 35.

NBA All-Star Chris Paul (@CP3) is donating $2.5 million to Wake Forest Basketball. #GoDeacs #WakeWill

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— Wake Forest Sports (@DemonDeacons) August 7, 2018

According to a statement from Wake Forest Athletics, the money will be used to “transform the men’s and women’s basketball clubhouses with expanded and enhanced locker rooms, nutrition resources and treatment areas.” The new men’s locker room will be named after CP3.

“The locker room transformation project inspired me, because that’s where players build relationships and create a unifying camaraderie that is the foundation of success on the court. Forming lifelong friendships with your teammates is one of the most rewarding aspects of sports,” Paul said.

Men’s head coach Danny Manning expressed his gratitude, via the press release: “We appreciate Chris’ desire to give back to our program and assist our mission to cut down nets. Our goal is to have players who are not just a part of this program for four years but are a part of this program for life. When our alumni are invested in the future success of Demon Deacon basketball, it allows us to build a stronger program.”

During his two seasons at Wake Forest, Paul averaged 15.0 points, 6.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. He currently ranks in the top 10 in school history in career assists (395) and steals (160).

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Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan shown on new teams in NBA 2K19 trailer

Curious to know what Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan look like in their new threads? NBA 2K19 has you covered.

The first official gameplay footage of the new version of the annual basketball simulation shows a glimpse of Leonard in Toronto Raptors red and DeRozan in the San Antonio Spurs silver and black.

Also included in the new trailer is a first look at a virtual LeBron James in Los Angeles Lakers Forum blue and gold.

Leonard was traded to the Raptors on July 18 along with Danny Green in exchange for DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick.

NBA 2K19 releases on Sept. 11 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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Bethel-Thompson headlines CFL top performers for Week 8

Toronto quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson and receiver SJ Green and Calgary receiver Kamar Jorden are the CFL’s top performers for Week 8.

Bethel-Thompson impressed in his first career CFL start, throwing for 302 yards and four touchdowns in Toronto’s 42-41 comeback win over East Division-leading Ottawa on Thursday. He added another 54 yards on the ground in leading the Argonauts back from a 24-point deficit.

Thompson capped Toronto’s huge second half by engineering a last-minute drive that culminated in a 23-yard touchdown pass to Armanti Edwards with one second remaining.

Green emerged as one of Bethel-Thompson’s primary targets. The receiver amassed 134 receiving yards and scored two second-half touchdowns.

Jorden had a career-high 185 receiving yards and a touchdown as Calgary remained undefeated with a 27-18 win over the B.C. Lions on Saturday.

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Canada to face U.S. in U18 FIBA Americas women’s championship game

Look no further than the under-18 championships for evidence of Canada’s ongoing rise in the basketball world.

Last year, Canada’s U19 men’s team — led by No. 1-ranked NBA prospect R.J. Barrett — secured gold at the FIBA world championships, and on Tuesday night the U18 women’s team will be looking to capture gold as well.

On Tuesday night the U18 women’s team will look to capture gold at the FIBA Americas women’s championship in Mexico City in a highly anticipated matchup with the defending champion United States.

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The Americans walloped Colombia 83-47 to secure their spot in the gold-medal game.

Canada’s path was decidedly harder-fought, edging Argentina 77-71 in the semifinals thanks in part to a 7-2 run in the final two minutes. Canada’s Christina Morra leads the team in scoring at the tournament with 14.8 points per game, tied for third among all players. She is also the tourney’s leading rebounder at 11.8 per game.

This is Canada’s third straight finals appearance. In 2016, USA defeated Canada 109-62, and in 2014 the Americans toppled Canada 104-74.

Playing in front of a home crowd this past June, the Canadian U18 men’s team also reached the finals, losing to the U.S. 113-74. Here’s hoping for a better showing from the women on Tuesday night.

You can catch the action beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET on YouTube and Facebook.

We’re going for! Canada takes on USA tonight at 9:30 PM ET in the gold medal game of the #FIBAU18Americas Women’s Championship 2018! Catch the medal match live on our Facebook page or the @FIBA YouTube page! #WeAreTeamCanada pic.twitter.com/zq5WQGsgZA

— Canada Basketball (@CanBball) August 7, 2018

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