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Rick Welts speaks during induction ceremony into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
September 07, 2018 - 7:29 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The latest on the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony (all times local): 10:25 p.m. Ray Allen gave a shoutout to former Celtics teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in his Hall of Fame induction speech. He called his teammates from the 2008 NBA champions "future...
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Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, right, is embraced by Sue Bird after the Storm defeated the Phoenix Mercury 94-84 during Game 5 of a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Seattle. The Storm advanced to the WNBA finals. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
September 05, 2018 - 7:17 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird was on the brink of seeing maybe her last good chance at getting to the WNBA Finals evaporate. She was playing with a broken nose, her team was playing from behind for almost all of Game 5, and against her rival and friend that never loses in these situations. And to make...
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Seattle Storm players gather in a celebratory huddle after a 94-84 win over the Phoenix Mercury during Game 5 of a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Seattle. The Storm advanced to the WNBA finals. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
September 05, 2018 - 12:42 am
Elena Delle Donne has the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, where they'll face Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm. The star forward came to Washington last year to try and lead the Mystics to a championship. She has them one step away. "D.C.'s become home to...
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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith shoots against the Detroit Pistons in the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Cleveland. J.R. Smith has been accused of breaking the cellphone of a fan who tried to videotape him in the middle of the night on a New York City street. Police say the Cavaliers guard turned himself in Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, to face a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge. The NBA champion was given a summons to appear in court at a later date and released. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
August 31, 2018 - 1:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA player J.R. Smith is facing charges he broke the cellphone of a fan who tried to take video of him in the middle of the night outside a Manhattan pizzeria. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard, 32, turned himself to police Friday. He was released with a summons to appear in court at a...
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August 30, 2018 - 1:18 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Sacramento Kings said Thursday that federal authorities are investigating a former top executive after team officials uncovered suspicious financial transactions. The Kings said the FBI and federal prosecutors took formal action Monday to recover money former chief revenue...
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2017, file photo, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) pumps his fist after hitting the winning shot in the final seconds of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, in San Antonio. Ginobili retired at age 41 Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, after a "fabulous journey" in which he helped the San Antonio Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
August 27, 2018 - 1:00 pm
Manu Ginobili has played his final game, and with that a new era awaits the San Antonio Spurs. Ginobili announced his decision to retire on Monday, the 41-year-old wrapping up what he called a "fabulous journey" in which he helped the Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club...
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August 26, 2018 - 1:25 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart has been announced as the WNBA MVP after a season where she finished second in scoring and led Seattle to the best record in the league. Stewart was given the award Sunday prior to Seattle opening its best-of-five semifinal playoff series against...
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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2008, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is seen on the giant replay screen during a baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins at Chase Field in Phoenix. The sight of McCain sitting in the stands at Chase Field became so commonplace few people seemed to even notice. The senator from Arizona would get handshakes and take pictures with fans, but he was there just to be one of them, cheering on the home team. McCain died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, after battling brain cancer and the Arizona sports community mourned him across the Valley of the Sun. He was 81. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 25, 2018 - 8:26 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The sight of John McCain sitting in the stands at Chase Field became so commonplace few people seemed to even notice. The senator from Arizona would get handshakes and take pictures with fans, but he was there just to be one of them, cheering on the home team. McCain died Saturday...
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Washington Mystics guard Elena Delle Donne (11) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Sparks guard Odyssey Sims (1) defends during the first half of a single elimination WNBA basketball playoff game Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
August 24, 2018 - 7:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne had 19 points and 12 rebounds to help the Washington Mystics rout the Los Angeles Sparks 96-64 on Thursday night in the second round of the WNBA playoffs. Los Angeles and Minnesota — the past three WNBA champions — have both been eliminated from the postseason...
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Boston Celtics basketball star Kyrie Irving accepts gifts from students on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota on Thursday, Aug 23, 2018. Irving traveled to the reservation from which his mother came to be honored by the tribe for his heritage and his support of its battle against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (AP Photo/Blake Nicholson)
August 23, 2018 - 1:16 pm
FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — Standing on a bison pelt, Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving was smudged with sacred grasses, presented with traditional quilts and eagle feathers and given a Lakota name that means "Little Mountain" as he was welcomed Thursday into his mother's Standing Rock Sioux tribe. The...
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