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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, second from left, attends the semifinal match between Argentina and France in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing. The multibillion-dollar relationship between China and the NBA is strained right now in ways unlike any other since the league first began planting roots there three decades ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
October 07, 2019 - 11:16 am
It wasn't even a month ago that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sat overlooking center court at an arena in Beijing, watching the gold-medal game at the World Cup with other basketball dignitaries. That night was all smiles. Silver's return to China later this week will be much different. The...
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Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry poses during a photo shoot at the Raptors Media day in Toronto, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.(Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
October 07, 2019 - 6:48 am
Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors have agreed on a $31 million, one-year extension that could keep him with the NBA champions through the 2020-21 season. Agent Mark Bartelstein on Monday confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by ESPN. Lowry and the Raptors had been talking for some time...
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Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, grabs at James Harden as they joke around at the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball preseason game against the Shanghai Sharks, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
October 06, 2019 - 11:32 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The National Basketball Association says on its official Chinese social media account that it was "extremely disappointed" by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's "inappropriate" tweet about Hong Kong, which "severely hurt the feelings of Chinese fans." The NBA's Chinese-...
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October 06, 2019 - 7:30 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's official basketball association says it will suspend cooperation with the Houston Rockets following a tweet by the team's general manager in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The Chinese Basketball Association said Sunday on its official Twitter-like Weibo...
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Indiana Pacers player Myles Turner plays against Sacramento Kings at the NBA India Games 2019, in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
October 05, 2019 - 10:39 am
Officially, it's an NBA first: Coaches successfully argued referees' calls Saturday. Sacramento's Luke Walton became the first coach to win a challenge — a new option for coaches to use in the NBA this season — when he asked for a review of an out-of-bounds call during the third quarter of the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler poses during a WNBA basketball news conference in Los Angeles. Toler was fired by the Sparks on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
October 04, 2019 - 12:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks have fired general manager Penny Toler after her postgame tirade when the team lost Game 2 in the second round of the WNBA playoffs. The team announced Friday that Toler was dismissed. She had also served as executive vice president. Eric Holoman, the team'...
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Former amateur basketball league director Merl Code leaves federal court after sentencing, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in New York. Code was sentenced to three months in prison for his role in a college basketball bribery scheme that focused on NBA-bound athletes. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
October 04, 2019 - 9:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — An amateur coach has been sentenced to three months in prison for his role in a college basketball bribery scheme that focused on NBA-bound athletes. Merl Code was sentenced Friday at a federal court in New York. Code was convicted in May of conspiring to pay thousands of dollars in...
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Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers point guard Landry Shamet (20) during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game, Thursday, Oct 3, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
October 04, 2019 - 1:18 am
The Los Angeles Clippers’ new superstar duo isn’t available yet, and the Houston Rockets aren’t ready to use theirs. At some point, those will be two of the teams that following a summer of change around the NBA can put a pair of All-Stars into a championship-contending lineup. In the meantime,...
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Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne reacts after getting fouled while scoring in the second half of Game 1 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Washington. Delle Donne contributed a team-high 22 points to Washington's 95-86 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 03, 2019 - 7:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne has a herniated disk in her back. The league’s MVP left Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night after playing only a few minutes in the first quarter because of back spasms. She didn’t return, and an MRI revealed the herniated disk...
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Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, left, goes to the basket against Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, right, in the first half of Game 2 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
October 01, 2019 - 7:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonquel Jones scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun took advantage of Elena Delle Donne's early injury exit to beat the Washington Mystics 99-87 in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night and even the series. Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and 12...
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