Basketball

May 05, 2019 - 5:54 pm
For all the accolades he's received as a college and professional basketball coach and an even longer career in broadcasting, Dick Vitale insists his greatest accomplishment has been raising money for pediatric cancer research. It's an obsession, he says, that one night each spring transforms his...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving during the first half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
May 05, 2019 - 5:31 pm
The scenario is simple right now for Milwaukee and Golden State: Win a road game on Monday, go home toting a 3-1 series lead and be one win away from a spot in the NBA's version of the Final Four. The scenario is equally simple for Boston and Houston: Win a home game on Monday, or else. Top-seeded...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, then-Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. The Phoenix Suns announced Friday, May 3, 2019, they have hired Williams as their new coach, replacing Igor Kokoskov, who was fired last week after one disappointing season. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 03, 2019 - 11:44 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns are looking for stability after their previous coach lasted just one season. They hope Monty Williams is the man to lead their turnaround. The Suns announced Friday that they had come to terms with Williams, a former head coach and a current assistant in Philadelphia...
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May 03, 2019 - 10:37 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with Cleveland's schedule tells The Associated Press that the Cavaliers will interview San Antonio assistant Ime Udoka to be their coach. The Cavs, who have been taking a methodical approach in finding their next coach, will meet with Udoka on Sunday, said the...
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In this February, 2019 photo, Clemson assistant coach Steve Smith, left, gestures as head coach Brad Brownell, right, looks up, during an NCAA college basketball game in Clemson, S.C. Clemson has parted ways Smith on Friday, May 3, 2019, after his voice was heard on a federal wiretap involving defendant Christian Dawkins on the ongoing trial into college corruption. (Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP)
May 03, 2019 - 9:22 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson has parted ways with men's basketball assistant coach Steve Smith after his voice was heard on a federal wiretap involving defendant Christian Dawkins on the ongoing trial into college corruption. The video from 2017 included Smith commenting about why Clemson's...
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May 02, 2019 - 9:10 pm
In a column May 1 about South African runner Caster Semenya, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Fordham as Fordham United instead of Fordham University. A corrected version of the story is below: Column: Welcome to the world of performance-reducing drugs Column: Ignoring the genetic gifts...
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FILE - This Sept. 1, 2008, file photo, shows former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen in Des Moines, Iowa. Federal prosecutors are seeking the equivalent of a life sentence for the former elite Iowa youth basketball coach who sexually abused and exploited 400 boys over a decade. In a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday, April 18, 2019, prosecutors asked a judge to sentence the former Iowa youth basketball coach to 180 years in prison. (Michael Zamora/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)/The Des Moines Register via AP)
May 02, 2019 - 7:12 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge sent an influential youth basketball coach to prison for the rest of his life on Thursday, saying he secretly collected sexual images of 440 boys and molested more than a dozen over a 20-year period. U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams sentenced former Iowa...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Canada goaltender Shannon Szabados watch as U.S. players celebrate a win during the Four Nations Cup hockey gold-medal game in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. More than 200 of the top female hockey players in the world have decided they will not play professionally in North America next season, hoping their stand leads to a single economically sustainable league. The announcement Thursday, May 2, 2019, comes after the Canadian Women's Hockey League abruptly shut down as of Wednesday, leaving the five-team, U.S.-based National Women's Hockey League as the only pro league in North America. The group of players, led by American stars Hilary Knight and Kendall Coyne Schofield and Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados, hopes their move eventually pushes the NHL to start its own women's hockey league as the NBA did with the WNBA. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 02, 2019 - 6:23 pm
Hilary Knight would rather risk missing a year of playing meaningful hockey than settle for the status quo. The star American forward is among more than 200 of the world's top female players who announced Thursday that they will not play professional hockey in North America at all this year in a...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden watches from the bench during the first half of Game 2 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 02, 2019 - 6:14 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden squinted under the bright lights of the Toyota Center court on Thursday and parts of both eyes remained a garish, bloody red. It was clear Houston's superstar was still dealing with injuries to his eyes after being hit by Golden State's Draymond Green in Game 2. Harden...
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May 02, 2019 - 5:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets All-Star D'Angelo Russell was detained at LaGuardia Airport after a small amount of marijuana was found in his luggage by TSA personnel. A spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Russell was issued a summons for possession of less than 50...
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