Professional basketball

September 13, 2019 - 5:23 am
BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant played on the Redeem Team in 2008, the one that delivered a gold medal in Beijing after a series of USA Basketball disappointments in big tournaments. Back in Beijing this weekend, Bryant isn't sure another Redeem Team will be so easy to find for the U.S. The five-time...
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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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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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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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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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