Professional basketball

Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg shakes his head as he walks back to the sideline after Indiana scored a 3-point shot in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Lincoln, Neb. (Kenneth Ferriera/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)
January 17, 2021 - 5:38 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Oklahoma City Thunder's scheduled home game Sunday night against the Philadelphia 76ers has been postponed. Because of ongoing contact tracing within the 76ers, the NBA said the team does not have the league-...
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FILE - Pitbull performs prior to a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale Ariz., in this Sunday, March 8, 2020, file photo. New NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing has brought entertainer Pitbull on as an ownership partner for an organization making its debut next month at the Daytona 500. “Mr. Worldwide” joins NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan as celebrity owners entering NASCAR this year. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)
January 15, 2021 - 5:03 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — “Mr. Worldwide” is coming to NASCAR. Pitbull has become an ownership partner in new NASCAR team Trackhouse Racing, set to make its debut next month at the Daytona 500. Trackhouse made the Friday announcement with a video on Twitter in which the Grammy winner is featured...
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FILE - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with members of the media before being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Washington, in this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, file photo. Like the NBA, the NHL is going forward with a season without a bubble. Commissioner Gary Bettman, Players' Association executive director Don Fehr and other top officials explain how hockey got to this point with a CBA that may have only staved off headaches and playing in mostly empty home arenas to start. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
January 12, 2021 - 7:43 pm
When the NHL charter flight back from the Edmonton bubble landed in New Jersey, Gary Bettman's phone started ringing. The commissioner thought he'd get a couple of weeks to exhale after awarding the Stanley Cup to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Instead, it was back to work. Of course, planning for the...
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Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) dunks against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
January 08, 2021 - 10:37 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Dallas Mavericks players Jalen Brunson, Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith are listed as out on the NBA’s injury report for the team's next game because of health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. Two...
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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts after his team turns the ball over during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, in South Bend, Ind. Duke won 75-65. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
January 01, 2021 - 11:53 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Hours after No. 20 Duke said coach Mike Krzyzewski would sit out Saturday against No. 18 Florida State on Saturday after coming into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. the game was...
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FILE - San Francisco 49ers assistant Katie Sowers talks with free safety D.J. Reed (32) and wide receiver Richie James (13) before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, Calif., in this Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, file photo. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
December 31, 2020 - 4:08 pm
It was a milestone year for women in sports, starting with Katie Sowers becoming the first woman to coach in the Super Bowl and ending with Becky Hammon serving as an NBA head coach. In between was a series of breakthroughs for women who just wanted a chance — and got it. Sarah Fuller became the...
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FILE - Members of the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets kneel around a Black Lives Matter logo during the national anthem before the start of an NBA basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Friday, July 31, 2020, file photo. As the NBA neared its restart in late July, its players vowed to keep the calls for social justice reform at the forefront in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.(AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool, File)
December 30, 2020 - 1:30 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As the NBA neared its restart in late July, its players vowed to keep the calls for social justice reform at the forefront in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The basketball stars weren't the only athletes to act. In a most unusual year...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Browns middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) celebrates after the Browns defeated the Indianapolis Colts 32-23 during an NFL football game, in Cleveland. The Browns will try to earn a playoff spot without starting linebacker B.J. Goodson, who will miss the game on Sunday, Dec. 27, against the New York Jets after testing positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)
December 29, 2020 - 2:26 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Cleveland Cavaliers will be allowed roughly 2,000 fans at home games after being granted a state variance. The NBA team had been permitted only 300 fans inside Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse due to COVID-19...
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FILE - Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles, in this Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, file photo. Bryant is the game’s fourth-leading scorer. He spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, 18 as an All-Star, and won five titles. Then came the helicopter crash in the fog-shrouded California hills that reverberated across sports and across continents. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
December 29, 2020 - 1:21 pm
There were so many this year. Sports in 2020 was an unending state of mourning. It was as if every week, sometimes days, another luminary fell, bringing a cascade of condolence and remembrance. It began New Year’s Day, a harbinger of what the year held, with the deaths of David Stern and Don Larsen...
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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, right, talks to assistant coaches Becky Hammon, center, and Will Hardy during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 119-114. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
December 28, 2020 - 6:26 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ East Tennessee State will allow 10% of capacity for basketball games starting Wednesday night at the Buccaneers’ men’s game with Western Carolina. School officials announced the decision Monday for games at...
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