Basketball

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marshall on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia beat Marshall 100-64. (AP Photo/Zack Wajsgras)
January 01, 2019 - 12:42 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It's time to find out just how well the nonconference schedule has prepared AP Top 25 teams for the rigors of league play. Four of the power conferences — the Atlantic Coast, the Southeastern, the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences — will play their first league games this week,...
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New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) drives to the basket around Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
January 01, 2019 - 3:16 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton has played in only seven games this season, and his team has won six of them. The latest one came Monday night as he returned from a broken finger that caused a 22-game absence over six weeks. "It felt good, man. It felt better to finish a game,"...
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File-This Dec. 22, 2018, file photo shows UCLA head coach Steve Alford and his players watching during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State, in the fifth annual CBS Sports Classic, in Chicago. Alford has been fired as UCLA basketball coach after six seasons, with the Bruins mired in a four-game skid that included losses at home to Belmont and Liberty. Athletic director Dan Guerrero said Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, that assistant Murry Bartow will serve as interim coach through the end of the season. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
December 31, 2018 - 6:11 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Alford was fired as UCLA basketball coach in his sixth season on Monday, with the Bruins mired in a four-game skid that included losses at home to Belmont and Liberty. Athletic director Dan Guerrero said assistant Murry Bartow will serve as interim coach through the end of...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, Japan's Minister in Charge of Tokyo Olympics Yoshitaka Sakurada arrives at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Sakurada, also the minister in charge of cybersecurity, is in the spotlight for acknowledging he had never used a computer and making comments showing he had no idea what a USB port might be. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
December 31, 2018 - 3:39 pm
There was a soup thrower in the locker room. There was a tickler on the hockey rink. There were science deniers swallowing their hot air. There was a hint of doomsday on a golf course. Sports drifted into strange places in 2018. Sometimes everyone seemed lost. The Scottish soccer team Brechin...
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December 31, 2018 - 3:32 pm
They were touchstones of sports in the 1960s, and sports lost three of the best in 2018: Stan Mikita, the embodiment of powerful Chicago Blackhawks teams; Jim Taylor, the punishing Green Bay Packers fullback; and big-hitting Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants. Each arrived as the 1950s was...
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December 31, 2018 - 3:30 pm
They were touchstones of sports in the 1960s, and sports lost three of the best in 2018: big-hitting Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants; Jim Taylor, the punishing Green Bay Packers fullback; and Stan Mikita, the embodiment of powerful Chicago Blackhawks teams. Mikita, the first to play in...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) makes a touchdown catch against Georgia during overtime of the NCAA college football playoff championship game in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
December 31, 2018 - 3:26 pm
This was a year when many of the most memorable games required working overtime. There was Alabama's sudden victory in the college football championship, not to mention the U.S. women capturing Olympic gold in a thrilling hockey shootout. Of course, we'll long remember that 18-inning marathon at...
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Alabama head coach Nick Saban and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, throw oranges to the team during the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game trophy presentation, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Alabama defeated Oklahoma 45-34. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
December 31, 2018 - 12:30 pm
Don't worry about preparing for the shockers of 2019 because by now there's little in sports that is truly shocking. All we can really do is brace ourselves for what the new year will bring, even if it comes in unexpected ways. With that in mind, here's a look at some of the fun that may be ahead...
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Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw, right, stands with players Arike Ogunbowale, left, Jessica Shepard, second from left, Marina Mabrey, center, and Brianna Turner as they pose for photos during a celebration of McGraw's 900th career win following Notre Dame's victory over Lehigh in an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
December 31, 2018 - 2:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Muffet McGraw earned a milestone win against the school where she got her coaching start. McGraw became the fourth-fastest coach to reach 900 victories on Sunday when No. 2 Notre Dame beat Lehigh 95-68. McGraw only needed 1,172 games to reach the milestone. Only Geno Auriemma (1,034...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) passes the ball around New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
December 31, 2018 - 2:37 am
James Harden and the Houston Rockets were one half away from the NBA Finals last time they played at Oracle Arena. The way the Rockets are rolling now, they might just get another shot at the champs this postseason. The Rockets try to wrap up a perfect month at home Monday against Memphis, then...
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