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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, watches as fans fall from the stands after a railing broke, while he signs autographs before the start of their game with the Utah Jazz during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Stephen Curry fans fall from stands trying to get autograph


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Four fans trying to get an autograph from Stephen Curry fell out of the stands when a railing dislodged before the Utah Jazz hosted the Golden State Warriors.

Curry had just finished his pregame routine, which draws many fans at Warriors games, when he stopped to take a picture and sign a few autographs at the opening of the tunnel.

A large number of fans lined the stands surrounding the tunnel, holding jerseys and other paraphernalia for Curry to sign. As he did, a railing dislodged and four fans, including three minors, fell onto the floor at Curry’s feet.

One fan went to first aid on his own and the other three were treated, released and returned to their seats.

Curry autographed an item for the three fans that did not leave the scene.

Jazz spokesman Frank Zang said the team will re-evaluate the safety measures around the court.

D’Angelo Russell: “I am sorry I recorded that video. I feel horrible.”


And now comes the D'Angelo Russell apology tour.

Not that there’s much else he can do after a video that he had taken months ago went public. In that video, teammate Nick Young — who is engaged to pop star Iggy Azalea — talks about sleeping with other women. Russell said that Snapchat video was meant to be a private joke, but as of last week it ended up the Twitter account of a celebrity gossip site and went viral from there.

It has led to teammates shunning Russell, according to reports. Azalea liked the video and thanked Russell, which you know is not good news for Young (Russell admitted as much). And if you were a teammate of Russell’s now, wouldn’t you look askance at him?

Russell apologized profusely, both before the media at Staples Center Wednesday, and to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports before that.

“I am sick,” Russell told The Vertical by phone on his drive to the Staples Center on Wednesday. “I am sorry about recording the video. I can’t repeat myself enough on that: I am sorry I recorded that video. I feel horrible. I wish this never happened.”

When asked about how the video left his possession and became public months after it was recorded, Russell told The Vertical: “Honestly, I have no idea. Me and Nick, that’s our friendship: We play around a lot. Anyone who knows him and knows me, they know that about us. But I apologize for recording that video. I never intentionally wanted to hurt anyone. I never wanted what was said in there to get out. It was my fault that it did, but that was never intentional.”

Russell has got a lot of work to do on that trust. He, at least, seems to understand that.

Russell said he apologized to Young, who “heard him out” but didn’t necessarily accept the apology.

Russell repeatedly said he did not know how the video became public, saying he was trying to figure it out. There are reports that Russell posted the video to Snapchat, thinking he could take it down before it was noticed. Russell denied that. If the Snapchat thing were true, that would show a shocking lack of both maturity and understanding of how things work on social media and the Web in general.

Young spoke for less than 30 seconds to the media before Wednesday night’s Laker game.

Don’t worry, Lakers’ coach Byron Scott will underplay the damage.

Dwyane Wade, wife Gabrielle Union, to have home-flipping show on HGTV

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13:  Actress Gabrielle Union (R) and NBA player Dwyane Wade (L) pose at Skylight at Moynihan Station during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 13, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Carter Rinaldi/Getty Images)
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Home-flipping/renovation shows are the bread-and-butter of HGTV — you know, that station your mom watches. “Flip or Flop,” “Property Brothers,” and the like are big hits and the network is spinning off multiple versions of that model.

Enter Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union — they are getting their own home flipping show, a celebrity spin on model, the network announced. Here is the description from their press release announcing the network’s fall lineup.

Actress Gabrielle Union and Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade are beginning a passion project – flipping homes. Follow along as they renovate, revitalize and resell a home in a suburban Florida neighborhood.

Dwyane Wade tweeted this would be his summer workout plan (his brand workout play, at least), but played the show down a little when Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel asked him about it.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Wade said before Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. “It depends on kind of if it’s going to start off as an episode. But it depends on if we want to cut it up, if we want to make a series out of it. All that stuff is still going to be finalized at a later date. But right now we’re green-lighted to get our show going….

“It’s just our love for HGTV,” he said. “We watch it all the time. We’re big fans of all them guys. So we had an opportunity because of our passion of the show and it went from there. It’s something fun and something that we both are excited to take on this summer at some point. So it’ll be cool.”

The house to be flipped has yet to be picked, but Wade said he and his wife would have to do this over the summer when he was off from the team. Wade is also a free agent this summer.

Finally, a show you and your mom can sit down and watch together. Well, besides Game of Thrones.

DeMarre Carroll says he wants to return before regular season ends, is ramping up workouts

Toronto Raptors' DeMarre Carroll left, and Patrick Patterson, right, walk down court in the closing moments of the Raptors 107-101 loss to the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Tuesday came the report that the Raptors don’t think DeMarre Carroll will be back for the end of the regular season and likely only would play if the Raptors make a deep playoff run.

Carroll doesn’t see it that way.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday he said he wanted to be back for a few games of the regular season so he can be ready for the postseason. From Eric Smith, the Raptors’ radio play-by-play guy.

Players are notoriously (at times legendarily) optimistic about their healing powers and ability to come back from injuries. They almost always underestimate the time involved. But Carroll has set his targets, saying he wants to be able to come back and play like a bulldog, not a poodle.

To be clear, there was a setback as was previously reported, and with that you can understand why team officials might be cautious about his return.

The Raptors have set team records for wins in a season the last couple years only to get bumped in the first round of the playoffs. The Raptors are about to set a franchise record for wins again this season, but fans have been hesitant about buying in, even though is a team capable of a run (so are a few others). Carroll returning would give them a reason to believe.

But we’ll see if he plays, and if he does, we’ll see if he’s a bulldog.

Rockets, Pelicans will travel to China for exhibition games next fall

The skyline of Shanghai spreads out below the shadow of the 632-meter (2,073 feet) tall Shanghai Center Tower in Shanghai, China, Sunday, March 22, 2015. The 550-meter (1,804 feet) high observation deck of the tower, which is China's tallest building and has been under construction since 2008, is expected to open to tourists in June. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
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The Houston Rockets have long had a huge following in China — they were the team of Yao Ming.

Now they are heading back to China to play, the 10th time the NBA has sent teams to China for a preseason game.

The Rockets will take on the New Orleans Pelicans Oct. 9 in Yao’s hometown of Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, followed by a rematch in Beijing on Oct. 12 at The LeSports Center.

“We are proud of the special bond our team has with the Chinese fans, and we know the atmosphere at the games will be electrifying,” the Rockets’ James Harden said in a released statement.

This is the first time the Rockets have returned to Shanghai since Yao’s team was there in 2004. This will be New Orleans’ first trip to China.

As always, the NBA has made sure there will be big stars for these Chinese games — Harden of the Rockets, and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans should be on hand. Also, there will be numerous off-the-court activities from the NBA, such as the Fan Appreciation Day presented by Dongfeng Nissan on Oct. 7 in Shanghai.