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Longtime Milwaukee Bucks broadcaster Jim Paschke to retire at season’s end

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MILWAUKEE — Jim Paschke, the Milwaukee Bucks‘ television play-by-play announcer for the past 35 years, plans to retire at the end of the season.

Paschke announced his decision during an interview with two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo before the Bucks’ Tuesday night game with the Brooklyn Nets.

Paschke’s overall broadcasting career has lasted 48 years. He has called more than 2,000 Bucks games. He also has called games for University of Wisconsin football and basketball, the Milwaukee Brewers and Marquette basketball among other assignments.

He was the 2018 recipient of the NBA’s Todd Harris Award, which recognizes an NBA broadcaster or executive for showing teamwork and providing inspiration. Paschke was only the second person to receive that award.

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Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James expected to miss back-to-back games at Clippers, Blazers to rest ankle

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is expected to miss back-to-back games against the LA Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday and Friday to rest his injured right ankle, sources told ESPN.

It is possible James could miss more games, sources said, as he works through discomfort in the ankle that kept him out six weeks until a two-game return that saw home losses to Toronto and Sacramento over the weekend.

James and the Lakers will continue to evaluate the injury and will proceed cautiously as the Lakers ramp up for the postseason, sources said.

James has experienced some trouble making hard cuts and exploding since his return from six weeks on the sideline with the injury, sources said.

James was held out of the final 6 minutes, 42 seconds of Sunday’s game against the Raptors after experiencing soreness in the ankle and did not play Monday against the Denver Nuggets.

The Lakers (37-28) are a half-game ahead of Dallas for the fifth spot in the Western Conference and a full game ahead of seventh-place Portland with four games against the Clippers, Blazers, Suns and Knicks in the next week. The Lakers are trying to avoid landing in the play-in tournament for seeds No. 7 to No. 10.

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Milwaukee council approves $750,000 settlement with Sterling Brown

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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Common Council on Tuesday approved a $750,000 settlement in a lawsuit brought by former Bucks player Sterling Brown over his 2018 arrest in which he was taken to the ground and shocked with a Taser.

The incident started when Brown was approached by police over a parking violation.

The settlement does not include an admission that Brown’s constitutional rights were violated, which Brown’s attorney had sought in talks with the city. Instead, it has an apology from the city and Milwaukee police that “recognizes that the incident escalated in an unnecessary manner and despite Mr. Brown’s calm behavior.”

The agreement also requires the city to commit to changes in the police department’s standard operating procedures, including fair and impartial policing, training and career development, personnel investigations and body cameras, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

“With this settlement the city turns a page and embraces the 21st century, where we will insist on recognizing citizens’ rights, human rights and developing a police force of peace officers to work with the community to better our city,” said Mark Thomsen, Brown’s attorney.

Brown said in his lawsuit that police used excessive force and targeted him because he is Black when they confronted him for parking illegally in a handicapped-accessible spot in January 2018. He was talking with officers while waiting for his citation when the situation escalated. Officers took him down and used a stun gun because he didn’t immediately follow orders to remove his hands from his pockets.

A spokesman for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the policy and rule changes will help improve policing in the city.

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Sources — Charlotte Hornets’ Miles Bridges enters health and safety protocols

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Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges has entered into the league’s health and safety protocols and there’s a current expectation that he could miss multiple games, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The third-year player is averaging 21.6 points over his past six games. For the season, he’s averaging 12.4 points and career highs of 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Bridges has also become a highlight fixture around the NBA this season with several poster-worthy dunks.

His absence is the latest setback for a Hornets team that enters play Tuesday in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Rookie LaMelo Ball (wrist) and fellow guard Malik Monk (ankle) both returned Saturday from injuries that kept them out for multiple weeks. Gordon Hayward has been out since early April with a sprained right foot. Additionally, P.J. Washington will miss Tuesday night’s game for personal reasons.

Charlotte has lost three of its past four games and plays at Detroit on Tuesday before starting a five-game homestand.

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