Professional basketball

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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Spanish team players celebrate after defeating Serbia in their Group J second phase match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, at the Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 08, 2019 - 8:16 am
Nigeria and Iran are going to the Olympics. China's World Cup run came to a disappointing end. And Serbia is unbeaten no more, making a third consecutive meeting with the U.S. in a gold-medal game now unlikely. Nigeria clinched the Olympic berth that goes to the top African finisher in the World...
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Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to get past United States' Harrison Barnes 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.United States beat Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 07, 2019 - 7:28 am
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 15 points, Donovan Mitchell scored 10 on his 23rd birthday and the U.S. contained NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, defeating Greece 69-53 in a second-round game at the World Cup on Saturday. Harrison Barnes and Derrick White each scored nine for the U.S. (4-...
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United States' Harrison Barnes tries to steal the ball from Japan's Ryusei Shinoyama during a Group E match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 05, 2019 - 7:22 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, Kemba Walker added 15 and the U.S. World Cup team finally got to enjoy an easy night, rolling past Japan 98-45 Thursday in the Group E finale. Harrison Barnes scored 14 points while Joe Harris and Donovan Mitchell each had 10 for the Americans (3-0),...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo, Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones grabs a rebound against the Phoenix Mercury during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Phoenix. Jones has set up a page on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe , hoping to raise $50,000 for her native Bahamas after the destruction from Hurricane Dorian. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
September 04, 2019 - 9:32 am
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones is raising money for her native Bahamas after the destruction from Hurricane Dorian. Jones has set up a page on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe , hoping to raise $50,000 for the archipelago. She donated $10,000 and the page had just...
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FILE- In this July 14, 2019, file photo, Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves during an an NBA summer league basketball game in Las Vegas. Kurucs was arrested in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend inside his apartment. Police say the 32-year-old woman claims she had a verbal dispute with Kurucs in his apartment on June 27, when he struck and choked her. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
September 03, 2019 - 6:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets player Rodions Kurucs has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend inside his apartment. The 21-year-old Latvian-born small forward turned himself in on Tuesday and was arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge. He's due back in court Oct. 21...
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United States' Kemba Walker is blocked by Turkey's Ersan Ilyasova, second from left and Turkey's Sertac Sanli at right during a Group E match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The United States beat Turkey 93:92.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 03, 2019 - 8:52 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Khris Middleton's two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime saved the United States from what would have been a shocking loss, and the two-time defending champion Americans somehow rallied to beat Turkey 93-92 in a World Cup Group E game on Tuesday night. Turkey went 0...
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United States' Donovan Mitchell dunks during a Group E match against Czech Republic for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. U.S. defeats Czech Republic 88-67. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 01, 2019 - 8:22 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — The first big celebratory reaction from the U.S. bench in this World Cup came just a couple of minutes after tipoff, when Myles Turner blocked a shot at the rim. And with that, the tone was set. There is an emphasis on defense with this U.S. team, and it was evident from the outset...
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In this April 24, 2018, fphoto, Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) drives to the basket past Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the second half of Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Houston. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Houston Rockets and Gordon have agreed on a contract extension. It’s for at least three years, starting in 2020-21, with an option that a fourth season could be added. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
August 30, 2019 - 11:55 pm
SHANGHAI (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says the Houston Rockets and veteran guard Eric Gordon have agreed on a contract extension that could keep him with the team for another five seasons in all. Gordon and the Rockets agreed on a three-year extension, which begins with the 2020-...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo, then-Golden State Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins is shown during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA say they're investigating a claim that center DeMarcus Cousins threatened violence against a former girlfriend. The Lakers issued a statement saying they "take this claim seriously." The team and the NBA both say they're gathering information and looking into the allegations. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
August 30, 2019 - 8:52 am
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama police have issued an arrest warrant for Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge for harassing communications. . The Mobile municipal court website indicates a warrant was issued for harassing communications, but does not list...
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