Basketball

Ricky Rubio of Spain, right, drives past Jock Landale of Australia during their semifinal match in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 13, 2019 - 3:51 am
BEIJING (AP) — Spain is back into the final of the basketball World Cup with a chance to match the title it won 13 years ago. Marc Gasol scored 33 points to lead Spain over Australia 95-88 in double overtime. Ricky Rubio scored 19 and Sergio Llull added 17. It was two 3-point shots by Llull in the...
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Willy Hernangomez Geuer of the Spain, center, fights for a ball against Poland, rear, during the Basketball World Cup Quarter-Finals between Spain and Poland in Shanghai on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (Wang Zhao/Photo
September 12, 2019 - 8:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — There's plenty of NBA talent left among the World Cup semifinalists, even if that foursome does not include the United States. Spain, France and Australia are stocked with 13 current NBA players. Only Argentina doesn't have one, although its key player is Luis Scola, who had a decade...
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United States' coach Gregg Popovich gestures during a quarterfinal match against France for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Dongguan in southern China's Guangdong province on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. France defeated United States 89-79. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 12, 2019 - 6:13 am
DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The U.S. will leave the World Cup with its worst finish in a major international tournament, assured of finishing no better than seventh after falling to Serbia 94-89 in a consolation playoff game Thursday night. The previous worst finish for a U.S. men's team in 45...
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FILE - In this Sept. 31, 2019, file photo, Fresno State quarterback Jorge Reyna, left, looks to throw a pass as Southern California USC Trojans defensive lineman Christian Rector approaches during an NCAA college football game in Los Angeles. The NCAA’s Board of Governors is urging Gov. Gavin Newsom not to sign a California bill that would allow college athletes to receive money for their names, likenesses or images. In a six-paragraph letter to Newsom, the board said the bill would give California schools an unfair recruiting advantage. As a result, the letter says, the NCAA would declare those schools ineligible for its events. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)
September 11, 2019 - 4:39 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Athletes at California colleges could hire agents and sign endorsement deals under a bill the state Legislature sent to the governor on Wednesday, setting up a potential confrontation with the NCAA that could jeopardize the athletic futures of powerhouse programs like USC...
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September 11, 2019 - 6:05 am
DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships. Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 16 rebounds and France...
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September 10, 2019 - 8:32 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Longtime sportscaster and announcer Fred McLeod has died at 67. McLeod did TV play-by play coverage of the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs said McLeod died suddenly Monday night but did not elaborate. They called him a "great friend and teammate" and a "heart-felt...
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September 09, 2019 - 7:30 am
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The first mission for the U.S. is complete: The Americans are going to the Tokyo Olympics. And now the World Cup quarterfinals are the next task. Kemba Walker and Myles Turner each scored 16 points, and the Americans earned a top seed for the quarterfinals by beating Brazil...
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Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to shoot past Czech Republic's Ondrej Balvin during a phase two match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 09, 2019 - 4:54 am
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo now has a little more time to get ready for the NBA season. That would be an unwanted consolation prize. The reigning NBA MVP's stay at the World Cup is over, even after a victory in the team's finale. Greece needed to beat the Czechs by at least 12...
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Czech Republic's Tomas Satoransky shoots during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)
September 09, 2019 - 4:05 am
Despite losing, the Czech Republic could still reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup if the United States beats Brazil later Monday. The Czechs lost to Greece 84-77. Greece (3-2) needed to win the game in Shenzhen, China, by 12 points or more and then wait and hope that the United States (4-0)...
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Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, holds up the championship trophy after defeating Serena Williams, of the United States, in the women's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
September 08, 2019 - 12:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bianca Andreescu had the U.S. Open trophy in her hands and one thought going through her mind. Don't mess it up. For the first time in two weeks in Flushing Meadows, the 19-year-old looked confused on the court. "I was so clueless out there," she recalled with a laugh. This moment,...
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