Basketball

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers acting coach Larry Drew gives instructions to players during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Cleveland. The Cavaliers signed assistant Drew to a new contract so he can be their coach for the rest of this season. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
November 05, 2018 - 7:16 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Larry Drew's awkward impasse with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over. The team's struggles are getting worse. The Cavs relented to Drew's requests by restructuring his contract and signing him to be their coach for the remainder of this season — and perhaps beyond. Drew and his agent...
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Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
November 04, 2018 - 10:09 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Serge Ibaka outscored the Lakers by himself in the first quarter, and he didn't miss a shot until the third. He beat LA inside and outside on the way to the biggest offensive game of his career. Thanks to Ibaka's brilliance for the Toronto Raptors, Kawhi Leonard wasn't missed by...
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November 04, 2018 - 12:10 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The struggling Los Angeles Kings fired head coach John Stevens on Sunday just 13 games into his second season in charge. Willie Desjardins was named the Kings' interim head coach by general manager Rob Blake. Los Angeles also fired assistant coach Don Nachbaur and hired former...
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Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) drives on Washburn forward Will McKee (23) during the first half of a college basketball exhibition game in Lawrence, Kan., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
November 03, 2018 - 6:24 am
Acquiring a high-profile transfer isn't necessarily a prerequisite for every Final Four contender, but a look at the rosters of AP Top 25 teams sure makes it seem that way. Four of the top five teams in the preseason poll are counting on contributions from at least one transfer. Reigning national...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, defends against Minnesota Timberwolves' Tyus Jones (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
November 02, 2018 - 11:10 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Draymond Green is playing the best coach Steve Kerr has ever seen, doing all the little things on both ends to spark his team. Stephen Curry's shot is on from everywhere, while Kevin Durant is his usual efficient, dominant self. The two-time defending NBA champions know they...
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FILE--In this Jan. 25, 2016, file photo Atlanta Hawks guard Lamar Patterson stand on the court in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. Australian National Basketball League Brisbane Bullets recruit Lamar Patterson was briefly detained after landing in Brisbane on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, with his dog, Kobe. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 01, 2018 - 11:31 pm
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — No matter what Lamar Patterson does for the Brisbane Bullets on the basketball court, he can expect to be dogged by questions about Kobe. The ex-Atlanta Hawks player flew into Brisbane with his French bulldog placed inside his hand luggage and ran afoul of Australia's...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton (22) drives past Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
November 01, 2018 - 9:14 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics went outside and stayed there while knocking off the last of the NBA's unbeatens with a barrage of 3-pointers. The Celtics set a franchise record for 3-pointers with 24 in a 117-113 win over the Bucks on Thursday night, handing Milwaukee its first loss of the season...
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FILE - In this Friday, March 2, 2018 file photo, Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu (20) drives down the court ahead of Colorado's Mya Hollingshed, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Conference women's tournament in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
November 01, 2018 - 9:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu has already broken records at Oregon and she's only starting her junior year. The NCAA career leader for triple-doubles headlines The Associated Press women's basketball preseason All-America team. Ionescu, who has 10 triple doubles in her young career, received 29...
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Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
October 31, 2018 - 11:12 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — On the first day of preseason camp, the Milwaukee Bucks' practice court featured squares on the floor made of blue tape at five roughly equidistant points just behind the 3-point arc. They marked proper spacing in first-year coach Mike Budenholzer's offensive system. The players...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 8, 2018 file photo, Mississippi State's Quinndary Weatherspoon (11) heads to the basket past LSU's Brandon Sampson during the second half in an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament in St. Louis. One look at the preseason rankings provides evidence that next season’s NCAA Tournament could feature plenty of new faces. The Top 25 includes four teams that failed to reach last year’s NCAA Tournament: No. 14 Oregon, No. 18 Mississippi State, No. 23 LSU and No. 25 Washington. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
October 31, 2018 - 11:09 pm
The preseason rankings suggest next season's NCAA Tournament could feature plenty of new faces. The AP Top 25 includes four teams that failed to reach last year's big dance: No. 14 Oregon, No. 18 Mississippi State, No. 23 LSU and No. 25 Washington. In last year's preseason Top 25, the only ranked...
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