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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) holds up the trophy after the team's 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. The Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 26, 2019 - 1:23 am
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry stole the ball and pushed it ahead, then waited for Kawhi Leonard to arrive before feeding his All-Star teammate for a thunderous one-handed slam over Giannis Antetokounmpo . "The building exploded after that dunk," Leonard said. It sure did. Now imagine how it will sound...
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Drake reacts to a 3-point basket during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 25, 2019 - 11:47 pm
The first NBA game was in Toronto. And now, the NBA Finals are headed there. Finally. The NBA Finals are set after the Toronto Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship on Saturday night and earned the right to play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors. For the Raptors, it'll...
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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard shoots in front of Milwaukee Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff finals Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Raptors won 105-99 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
May 25, 2019 - 3:02 am
TORONTO (AP) — There's no escaping the reality of what's at stake when the Toronto Raptors host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. The surging Raptors have won three straight, putting them on the brink of the first NBA Finals berth in team history. The...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2018 file photo, Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart in action against the Phoenix Mercury in a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision says that Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season and be paid by the league after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles over the winter and is out for the year. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Thursday night, May 23, 2019, because no official announcement has been made. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
May 24, 2019 - 8:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Breanna Stewart will be a paid ambassador for the WNBA this season. The reigning MVP tore her right Achilles tendon while playing overseas this winter and because the league has no injury list for teams, the Seattle Storm suspended Stewart without pay to free up a roster spot. The...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa, right, points to teammates during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech in Lawrence, Kan. De Sousa will be eligible to play next season after the NCAA's reinstatement committee agreed Friday with an appeal filed by the school. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
May 24, 2019 - 5:08 pm
Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa finally got some good news from the NCAA on Friday. His education and career had been in limbo after the organization ruled in February that De Sousa was ineligible this past season and next season. But after the school appealed what it considered overly harsh...
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May 24, 2019 - 1:57 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Sports legends were in Boston to honor one basketball great own John Havlicek. Former Celtics and Bruins stars gathered at Trinity Church in Boston on Thursday for a memorial service. The Hall of Fame Celtics player died in April at the age of 79. The Boston Herald reports that...
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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard shoots past Milwaukee Bucks' Brook Lopez during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff finals Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Raptors won 105-99 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
May 24, 2019 - 1:08 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kawhi Leonard arrived in Toronto thinking he could pick up another championship to go with the one he already has. One more victory and he'll play for another ring. And dominant performances like he put up Thursday night are a big reason why. Leonard scored 35 points and the...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 8:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden got the most votes, and Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker also were big winners when the All-NBA teams were announced. Those guards can cash in with supermax contracts based on their selections to one of the three All-NBA teams that were...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Howard has agreed to a five-year deal to take over as Michigan men's basketball coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, May 22, 2019, because the announcement had not been made. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 22, 2019 - 9:25 pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Juwan Howard is coming back to Michigan. The former member of the Fab Five agreed to a five-year deal, which will pay him $2 million in his first year, on Wednesday to lead the Wolverines. "As a 'Michigan Man' I know the place our program has in college basketball and I...
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Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) moves the ball pass Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 22, 2019 - 8:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and MVP finalists Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George were the leading vote-getters for the All-Defensive first team. Boston's Marcus Smart and Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe rounded out the first team that was announced Wednesday. Gobert...
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