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Belgium's Julie Vanloo, left, jumps to shoot as Laura Nicholls of Spain tries to stop her during the Women's basketball World Cup bronze medal match between Spain and Belgium in Tenerife, Spain, Sunday Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)
September 30, 2018 - 11:26 am
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup Championship day (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Spain nearly blew a 12-point second-half lead before holding off Belgium 67-60 on Sunday night to win the bronze medal at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup...
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The Australian team celebrate their victory over Spain, in the Women's basketball World Cup semi final match between Spain and Australia in Tenerife, Spain, Saturday Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo Andres Gutierrez)
September 30, 2018 - 4:06 am
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — It's medal day at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup. The U.S. will face Australia for the gold medal on Sunday night. The Americans have won the last two golds with the Opals winning their lone championship in 2006. The U.S. will need to find a way to...
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Brittney Griner of the United States Team fights a ball against Belgian defender during the Women's basketball World Cup semi final match between Belgium and the U.S.A. in Tenerife, Spain, Saturday Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo Andres Gutierrez)
September 29, 2018 - 3:07 pm
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Just as it has done for most of the tournament, the U.S. used a big third quarter keyed by Diana Taurarsi and Breanna Stewart to pull away from an opponent. This time, it was Belgium, whose one-point halftime deficit turned into 16 by the end of the third...
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Miami Heat NBA basketball player Dwyane Wade uses a weight at the team's training camp in Boca Raton, Fla., Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)
September 29, 2018 - 9:33 am
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Dwyane Wade's first touch of the game was a lob to set up a dunk. His first shot was a corner 3-pointer. And his first trip into the lane resulted in getting his shot swatted away. All three of those plays left him smiling. Wade's 16th and final season — his "last dance," as...
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September 28, 2018 - 12:36 pm
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Women's Basketball World Cup quarterfinals (all times local): ___ 8:15 p.m. Belgium is making its first World Cup appearance one to remember. The Belgians beat France 86-65. Kim Mestdagh scored 23 points and Emma Meesseman added 16 for...
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September 26, 2018 - 2:58 am
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — Win or go home, that's what at stake on Wednesday in the quarterfinal qualifier round. Four games are on the schedule, with Japan against China starting the competition. Nigeria will then play Greece, France faces Turkey and Spain meets Senegal. The two Asian...
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Members of the media follow Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) during media day at the NBA basketball team's practice facility Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
September 25, 2018 - 3:34 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Although the Lakers' first official practice of the LeBron James era was focused on defense and learning new terminology, they ended it with a good old-fashioned 3-point shooting contest. The Lakers' new superstar was just another teammate during the spirited back-and-...
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September 25, 2018 - 3:05 am
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the FIBA Women's World Cup Day 3 (all times local): 11 a.m. The crowds for the opening two days of play at the FIBA Women's World Cup have been strong with games taking place over the weekend. With the final day of the preliminary round on a...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler plays against the Houston Rockets in the first half during Game 3 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series in Minneapolis. With Butler's trade demand swirling like a dark cloud around coach Tom Thibodeau, newly minted super-max player Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves arrive for training camp. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
September 24, 2018 - 11:52 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Training camps for most NBA teams open Tuesday, and with the season fast approaching, here's 10 items of note as the league heads into the 2018-19 campaign: ___ JIMMY BUTLER As media days were ending Monday, Jimmy Butler was still with the Minnesota Timberwolves. It's temporary. The...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) yells for the camera during media day Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 24, 2018 - 2:26 pm
There were some Larry O'Brien trophies on display at Golden State's media day on Monday, shiny golden reminders of the three championships that the Warriors have picked up over the past four years. Their quest for another is about to begin. So will the quest by 29 other teams to thwart them. The...
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