International basketball

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the net past Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during first half NBA Eastern Conference finals basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 2:43 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year. The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local...
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich prepares for Game 5 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 29, 2019 - 4:56 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs suffered through an odd, erratic season filled with injuries, strife and drama before a second straight ouster from the playoffs in the first round. Gregg Popovich enjoyed it so much he is coming back for a 24th season as coach in San Antonio. Normally extremely private...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, St. John's coach Chris Mullin shouts during the second half of the team's NCAA basketball game against Butler, in Indianapolis. Mullin felt in his heart that it was time to move on from St. John’s. Mullin stepped down as coach of the school he starred at as a player in the 1980s earlier this month after four years on the job. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
April 22, 2019 - 3:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Mullin felt in his heart it was time to leave St. John's. He stepped down this month after four years as coach at the school where he starred in the 1980s. "It got to a certain point for me to do something different," Mullin told The Associated Press on Monday. "Straight from...
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Toyota’s basketball robot Cue 3 demonstrates Monday, April 1, 2019 at a gymnasium in Fuchu, Tokyo. The 207-centimeter (six-foot-10) -tall machine made five of eight three-pointer shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual. Toyota Motor Corp.’s robot, called Cue 3, computes as a three-dimensional image where the basket is, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a swish.(AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)
April 01, 2019 - 2:26 am
TOKYO (AP) — It can't dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota's basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a 3-pointer. The 207-centimeter (six-foot, 10-inch)-tall machine made five of eight 3-point shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than...
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Former NBA basketball player and FIBA World Cup Ambassador Kobe Bryant, left, passes a trophy to former NBA basketball player and Chinese Basketball Association president Yao Ming during the draw ceremony for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province, Saturday, March 16, 2019. The competition will take place in 8 cities across China later this year. (Chinatopix via AP)
March 16, 2019 - 11:02 pm
USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China. Their first three opponents, however, are finally set. The Americans' quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic,...
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Former NBA basketball player and FIBA World Cup Ambassador Kobe Bryant, center, speaks during the draw ceremony for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province, Saturday, March 16, 2019. The competition will take place in 8 cities across China later this year. (Chinatopix via AP)
March 16, 2019 - 12:07 pm
Kobe Bryant has a message for USA Basketball going into the FIBA World Cup: Be ready. Bryant, the two-time Olympic gold medalist for the U.S. and one of the global ambassadors for this summer's World Cup, spent part of his Saturday night at the tournament draw ceremony in China with his hands on...
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Duke's RJ Barrett (5) and Tre Jones react with Alex O'Connell, left, following a play against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Duke won 71-70. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
March 05, 2019 - 10:19 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — No. 4 Duke again didn't have Zion Williamson. The Blue Devils also didn't have their best version of Cameron Reddish — and for a few uneasy minutes also were without Tre Jones. The Blue Devils did have RJ Barrett, and that — plus a fortunate bounce on the final shot — was just...
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich give referee Tony Brothers (25) and earfull during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. The Knicks defeated the Spurs 130-118. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
February 26, 2019 - 2:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Now the U.S. really is Gregg Popovich's team. He's been the Americans' national team coach for a few years but there was never a guarantee he'd actually get to lead them in competition. The U.S. first had to qualify for the Basketball World Cup, where the Americans can then play...
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February 25, 2019 - 11:18 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Reggie Hearn is not going to play in China at the FIBA World Cup this summer. He got a memory that'll last a lifetime anyway. Hearn hit a long jumper from the right corner as time expired, and the United States defeated Argentina 84-83 on Monday night in the final qualifying...
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February 22, 2019 - 11:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Dario Saric says basketball's World Cup qualifying system "doesn't make any sense" to him after Croatia was eliminated from contention Friday. The Croatians had a strong run in the 2016 Olympics, winning their group and reaching the quarterfinals. But they will be sitting home this...
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