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PHILADELPHIA | If championship rings were awarded for No. 1 draft picks, Josh Harris’ fingers might look like Tom Brady’s. The NBA and NHL team owner has two shots at one this weekend — first on Thursday night with the Philadelphia 76ers and then 24 hours later with the New Jersey Devils. Harris, the dual sport owner, and the 76ers already had the top pick in last year’s draft. And this year’s snag of No. 1 in a trade with Boston made them just the fourth team in NBA history to pick first in two straight drafts.


DENVER | Nolan Arenado hit a two-run triple off Zack Greinke in the eighth inning, and the surging Colorado Rockies rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Tuesday night in the opening game of their NL West showdown. Carlos Gonzalez homered and saved a run with a diving catch of David Peralta’s line drive in the fifth to help Colorado win its sixth straight. The NL West leaders extended their advantage over third-place Arizona to two games.


CLEVELAND | Chauncey Billups was clutch as a player, earning the nickname “Mr. Big Shot.” He could soon have a new title. The former All-Star guard met Tuesday with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert about a position in Cleveland’s front office, a person familiar with the encounter told the Associated Press. The meeting took place in Detroit, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.


It’s 116 degrees in the ice hockey capital of the world. For the next few days, Las Vegas is the place to be on skates. The desert gambling mecca is hosting the NHL’s annual postseason awards show on Wednesday, when the league also will reveal the Vegas Golden Knights’ choices in the expansion player draft to stock the club with talent for its inaugural season in the fall.


ATLANTA | Dwight Howard’s Atlanta homecoming was short-lived. The Charlotte Hornets have reached an agreement to acquire Howard from the Hawks. The Hawks are sending Howard and the No. 31 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to Charlotte for center Miles Plumlee, shooting guard Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the trade is not yet official.


CLEVELAND | Nothing ever seems good enough for Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Not a championship. Not three straight appearances in the NBA Finals. Not a rapt fan base. Not being forgiven by LeBron James. He’s demanding. A fearless, risk-taking, casino-owning gambler. Those attributes have made him a billionaire businessman, a tough boss to please and the reason why the Cavaliers are in a current state of chaos.


NEW YORK | Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge says he has been invited to participate in next month’s Home Run Derby. Judge said Tuesday that he received the invitation last week through his agent but had not yet decided whether to accept. The 25-year-old outfielder, a towering presence at 6-foot-7, leads the major leagues with 23 home runs, tops the American League with a .335 batting average and is tied for the AL lead in RBIs at 53 with Seattle’s Nelson Cruz.