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  • Bill Cosby faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday to determine if his criminal sex-assault case in suburban Philadelphia goes to trial.Prosecutors had declined to charge the comedian-actor over the 2005 complaint, but arrested him in December after his explosive deposition in the woman's lawsuit became public. In the testimony given in that deposition, Cosby is grilled about giving drugs and alcohol to women before sex; making secret payments to ex-lovers; and hosting Andrea Constand at his home. They knew each other through Temple University, where he was a trustee and she managed the women's basketball team. Bill Cosby's wife refused to answer dozens of questions during a combative deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who say the comedian branded them liars after they accused him of sexually assaulting them, according to a transcript released Friday. Camille Cosby was subjected to intense questioning by the women's lawyer, who repeatedly pressed her to say whether she believes her husband "acted with a lack of integrity" during their 52-year marriage. The lawyer also asked if her husband used his position and power "to manipulate young women." Camille Cosby didn't answer those questions and many others after her lawyer cited marital privilege, the legal protection given to communications between spouses. She repeatedly said she had "no opinion" when pressed on whether she viewed her husband's behavior as dishonest and a violation of their marriage vows. About 50 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of forcing unwanted sexual contact on them decades ago. Cosby has denied the allegations. He faces a criminal case in Pennsylvania, where prosecutors have charged him with sexually violating a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand. He has pleaded not guilty. Camille Cosby answered questions in the deposition Feb. 22 and again April 19 after her lawyers argued unsuccessfully to stop it. A judge ruled she would have to give a deposition but said she could refuse to answer questions about private communications between her and her husband. Camille Cosby's lawyer, Monique Pressley, repeatedly cited that privilege and advised her not to answer many questions asked by the women's lawyer, Joseph Cammarata. The exchanges between Cammarata and Cosby became testy at times, and she admonished him: "Don't lecture me. Just keep going with the questions." Using a transcript of a deposition Bill Cosby gave in a civil lawsuit filed by Constand in 2005 and a transcript of an interview she gave to Oprah Winfrey in 2000, Cammarata asked Camille Cosby about extramarital affairs her husband had. "Were you aware of your husband setting up trusts for the benefit of women that he had a sexual relationship with?" Cammarata asked. She didn't answer after her lawyer cited marital privilege. Cammarata asked her about Shawn Thompson, a woman who said Bill Cosby fathered her daughter, Autumn Jackson, in the 1970s. Jackson was convicted in 1997 of attempting to extort money from Bill Cosby to prevent her from telling a tabloid she's his daughter. He acknowledged he had an affair with her mother and had given her money. "Was it a big deal when this came up in the 1970s that your husband had — big deal to you that your husband had an extramarital affair and potentially had a daughter from that extramarital affair?" Cammarata asked. "It was a big deal then, yes," Camille Cosby replied. She said she had "no opinion" on whether her husband's admission he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex violated their marriage vows. Her lawyer objected and instructed her not to answer when Cammarata asked her if she ever suspected she had been given any type of drug to alter her state of consciousness when she had sex with her husband. A spokesman for the Cosbys declined to comment on her deposition. The Cosbys have a home in Shelburne Falls, an hour's drive from Springfield, where the lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages, was filed. An attorney handling a separate lawsuit against Bill Cosby revealed Friday that Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner provided sworn testimony Wednesday. In the sexual battery lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, Judy Huth says Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15. Bill Cosby's former lawyers have accused Huth of attempting to extort him before filing the case and have tried unsuccessfully to have it dismissed. Huth's attorney, Gloria Allred, said Hefner's testimony will remain under seal for now. Hefner also was named as a defendant in a case filed Monday by former model Chloe Goins, who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.   The Associated Press generally doesn't identify people who say they're victims of sexual abuse, but the women accusing Cosby have come forward to tell their stories.___AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
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Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (0), celebrates after making a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Damian Lillard scored 31 points and Portland won for the 16th time in 20 games, beating the short-handed Chicago Bulls 103-95 on Saturday night.

Lillard hit the 30-point mark for the sixth time in seven games, and Mason Plumlee added 16 points and nine rebounds. Gerald Henderson scored 13 and the Trail Blazers got back to winning after blowing a 21-point lead in a home loss to Houston two nights earlier.

"We had a meltdown," Lillard said. "It was a tough loss for us. ... We bounced back. We didn't let it roll over. We didn't come out here and not play well. We answered the call."

Portland led by 10 at halftime and came up with enough stops down the stretch to hand Chicago its second loss in two nights.

The Bulls got a triple-double from Pau Gasol along with big performances from E'Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott, but fell short with Derrick Rose (sore right hamstring) missing his third straight game.

Gasol had 22 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists. Moore scored all but two of his 19 in the second half.

McDermott scored 18, his career-best fifth straight game in double digits. Bobby Portis added 10 points and 16 rebounds for Chicago, but it was an all-too-familiar result for a team that had won three in a row before dropping the past two.

"It's up to us to continue to compete, continue to do the right things on the floor, play like every game is critically important, because it is. And they are," Gasol said.

Damian Lillard goes up against Bulls defenders

PHOTO: Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (0) goes up for a shot against Chicago Bulls' Pau Gasol (16) and E'Twaun Moore (55) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

 

HANGING ON

After McDermott hit three free throws to cut Portland's lead to 86-83 with 7:15 remaining, Henderson nailed a 3-pointer for the Blazers. Lillard then got fouled as he flipped in a 13-foot baseline floater and hit the free throw, and Ed Davis added a layup that made it 94-83 with just under 5 minutes left. Davis also blocked Mike Dunleavy Jr.'s attempted layup with just more than 2 minutes remaining and the lead at six.

"I think that block on Dunleavy down the stretch was so big," Plumlee said.

HURTING

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged the impact injuries are having on his team with four key players missing. That list includes Jimmy Butler (strained left knee) and Nikola Mirotic (appendicitis) as well as Joakim Noah, who had season-ending shoulder surgery last month.

"It's tough," Hoiberg said. "I'd be lying if I told you differently."

Even so, he is seeing more movement on offense. And if that continues when the injured players return, Hoiberg said the Bulls will "have a chance to win some games down the stretch."

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Chicago product Cliff Alexander said he was excited to return home even if he was inactive. "Everybody wanted tickets to the game. I couldn't give everybody tickets," he said. "I have 13. My mom, dad, grandma, my high school coaches." A top recruit, Alexander played a year at Kansas before signing with Portland as an undrafted free agent last summer. Alexander has appeared in just seven games for the Trail Blazers.

Bulls: There was a moment of silence before the game for Eddie Einhorn, a Bulls board member and minority owner of the Chicago White Sox. Einhorn died Tuesday following complications from a stroke. ... Hoiberg said Rose is improving but still experiencing pain when he "tries to explode off" his leg. ... Butler got an encouraging report on his strained left knee, with an MRI showing the swelling is subsiding. Butler has been sidelined since Feb. 5.

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Portland visits Indiana on Sunday.

Chicago visits Miami on Tuesday.

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