Major ruling in case involving Shaq sex tape

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Major ruling in case involving Shaq sex tape

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 9, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles County prosecutors have dropped the case against seven gang members accused of kidnapping a music producer who claimed to have a sex tape of Shaquille O'Neal.

At the prosecution's request, a judge Tuesday dismissed kidnapping, assault and robbery charges.

District attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison says prosecutors believed Robert Ross was attacked but his credibility as a witness was undermined by some of his own testimony and behavior outside court. No details were provided.

Mark Overland, Ross's attorney in a lawsuit against O'Neal, says he has confidence in Ross's credibility.

Ross testified that in 2008, following a business dispute, he falsely told O'Neal he had a sex tape. Ross claims that two weeks later he was attacked by gang members who mentioned O'Neal.

O'Neal denied involvement and wasn't charged.

Warriors erase early woes for big win vs Spurs

Warriors erase early woes for big win vs Spurs

BOX SCORE

The Warriors started off down 15-0 Wednesday night vs. the Spurs. It only went up from there as they caught fire and made a statement to the final of 110-98 in San Antonio. 

Steph Curry led all scorers with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Klay Thompson added 23 points with the two combining for eight 3-pointers. 

Former Spur David West played a huge part with 15 points and even nailed one from beyond the arc. 

Andre Iguodala continued to come up huge with 14 points off the bench and six rebounds.

Golden State improved to 61-14 on the season and are now 3.5 games ahead of San Antonio for the No. 1 seed. 

Durant gets taste of competition, plays 1-on-1 with Warriors coach

Durant gets taste of competition, plays 1-on-1 with Warriors coach

For the first time in a month, Kevin Durant got a taste of competition. Well, sort of.

Durant on Wednesday went through one-on-one sessions with Warriors assistant coach Willie Green, who is two years removed from a 12-year career as a guard in the NBA.

“He played full-court one-on-one, played some half-court one-on-one to start and then they stepped it up,” coach Steve Kerr told reporters prior to the Warriors-Spurs game in San Antonio. “Willie said it was a good workout.”

Durant and Green played five games of half-court ball and one with the full court. The active player, for the record, won all six games.

“Kevin got him pretty good, so it’s a good sign,” Kerr said before flashing a bit of humor. “If Willie had beaten him, I would have been very concerned.”

An even better sign for the Warriors is that only one man walked away feeling the burn of competition.

“Willie said he was really sore,” Kerr said. “Not Kevin. Willie.”

Durant has been out since sustaining a medial collateral ligament sprain and bone bruise to his left knee on Feb. 28 at Washington. Though there have been no setbacks in his rehab, there is no firm timetable for his return.

“It’s impossible to predict that stuff,” Kerr said. “But it would be nice for him to get a couple games in at the end of the regular season.”

The Warriors plan to re-evaluate Durant next week, after which they expect to plot out his return. There is optimism that he could be back in time to play two or three regular season games in preparation for the postseason, which begins April 15.