Basketball

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones shoots over the Indiana Fever defense during a WNBA basketball game, in Uncasville, Conn. Led by Jones, the Sun (8-1) have won their last six games and have started to put a little distance between themselves and the rest of the league. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)
June 24, 2019 - 5:03 pm
The Indiana Fever had quite an adventure getting back home after finishing off a three-game road trip in Seattle this weekend. Suffice to say, Fever veteran Natalie Achonwa didn't expect the trip would involve an 8 ½-hour bus haul. "Control the controllables. ... outside of that, I'm just along for...
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June 24, 2019 - 4:29 pm
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The biggest names in pro basketball are gathering for the annual NBA Awards show. Shaquille O'Neal presides over the festivities Monday night from Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. The finalists for the Most Valuable Player trophy are Giannis Antetokounmpo of...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Dikembe Mutombo speaks during the opening ceremony of Basketball without Borders Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. U.S. health officials are turning to a basketball hall of famer for help in one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history. Dikembe Mutombo is regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and is a well-known philanthropist in his native Congo. He recorded radio and video spots designed to persuade people to take precautions and get care that might stop the disease’s spread. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
June 24, 2019 - 6:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Unable to send disease fighters to help battle one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history, U.S. health officials are turning to basketball hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo for help. Mutombo, regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and a well-known...
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June 22, 2019 - 9:46 am
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut official says the school is working to return to the Big East for basketball and other sports. The official confirmed there have been talks with the Big East, but said they were not aware any invitation had been extended. The official spoke to The...
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Washington Wizards basketball team introduce Rui Hachimura, the team's first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft during a press conference at Capital One Arena in Washington, Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 21, 2019 - 10:11 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese basketball officials, fans and media hailed the selection of Rui Hachimura in the NBA draft, saying the move will usher in a new era for the sport in Japan. Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, taken with the No. 9...
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Duke's Zion Williamson, right, poses for photographs with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the New Orleans Pelicans as the first pick during the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
June 20, 2019 - 8:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson plays with force and ferocity, a Hulk in hightops who looks as though he'd never show a soft side. Draft night proved otherwise. Williamson was the No. 1 pick of the New Orleans Pelicans — a surprise to nobody who watched basketball this past season. But afterward he...
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Zion Williamson, a freshman from Duke, attends the NBA Draft media availability, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in New York. The basketball draft will be held Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
June 20, 2019 - 3:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Thursday's NBA draft (all times local): 6:30 p.m. The Hawks now have the fourth pick in the NBA draft. A person familiar with deal says Atlanta has acquired the pick from the Pelicans. New Orleans had acquired the rights to the fourth pick in the trade that sent...
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Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse takes questions from the media in Toronto on Sunday, June 16, 2019. The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 20, 2019 - 10:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll consider inviting the NBA champion Toronto Raptors to the White House "if they'd like to do it." Asked whether he'd invite the Canadian team, Trump said Thursday that he hadn't thought about it. Trump said the Raptors played "phenomenal basketball...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert answers a question during a news conference at the Cavaliers training facility in Independence, Ohio. Gilbert has been released from a Detroit-area hospital nearly a month after suffering a stroke. Quicken Loans president CEO Jay Farner says Gilbert was discharged Wednesday, June 19, 2019, from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.(AP Photo/Phil Long, File)
June 20, 2019 - 8:43 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was released from a Detroit-area hospital nearly a month after suffering a stroke and will recover at an in-patient rehabilitation center. Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said Gilbert was discharged Wednesday from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan...
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Zion Williamson, a freshman basketball player from Duke, attends the NBA Draft media availability, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in New York. The basketball draft will be held Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
June 19, 2019 - 2:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson smiled his way through nearly half an hour of questions, trying to portray himself like any player just hoping to be drafted. Suddenly, a tall, thin newcomer pushed his way to the front of the shoulder-to-shoulder swarm surrounding Williamson and shot down that idea...
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