Professional basketball

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry attends a news conference at Langston Golf Course in Washington, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, where Curry announced that he would be sponsoring men's and women's golf teams at Howard University. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 19, 2019 - 1:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry is helping Howard University launch a Division I golf program. The Golden State Warriors star guard and the school announced the six-year partnership Monday. The specifics of his contribution were not disclosed. Howard officials say they plan to have...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Joe Tsai speaks to reporters during a news conference before a WNBA exhibition basketball game between the New York Liberty and China in New York. Tsai has agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center from Mikhail Prokhorov in deals that two people with knowledge of the details say are worth about $3.4 billion. Terms were not disclosed Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, but the people told The Associated Press that Tsai is paying about $2.35 for the Nets — a record for a U.S. pro sports franchise — and nearly $1 billion in a separate transaction for the arena. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 16, 2019 - 1:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday. Joe Tsai already had purchased 49 percent of the team...
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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2018, file photo, then-New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins lies on the court while being tended to after an injury during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans. A person with knowledge of the situation says Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins is undergoing tests to confirm a preliminary diagnosis of a ligament tear in his knee. Cousins was injured in a workout in Las Vegas this week, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, because no official diagnosis has been released publicly. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
August 15, 2019 - 8:19 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is facing rehab from another major injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured their first big problem of a season with championship expectations. Cousins was diagnosed Thursday with a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury that could sideline the six-...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, head coach head coach Gregg Popovich speaks with the media during a training camp for USA Basketball, in Las Vegas. USA Basketball opened training camp Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, for the FIBA World Cup, which starts Aug. 31 in China. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 15, 2019 - 7:17 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. and Spain are facing off Friday night, a matchup of the two top-ranked basketball teams in the world and a possible precursor to a medal-round meeting next month at the World Cup. That might sound exciting. To the teams, not so much. Both the Americans and the...
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LeBron James speaks during the debut of the new basketball court at I Promise School, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. The NBA superstar is spending more than $1 million on various upgrades for the school. (Jeff Lange/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 9:44 pm
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James went back to school and back in time on Wednesday. Joined by four high school teammates, the NBA superstar dedicated a multicolored outdoor basketball court at the I Promise School, which he founded last year for underprivileged children in his hometown. James took a...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2019, file photo, Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner competes in the skills challenge during the WNBA All-Star festivities in Las Vegas. The Mercury have been ravaged by injuries lately and may be without Brittney Griner for three games because of her role in the fight that occurred against Dallas last Saturday, Aug. 10. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 13, 2019 - 9:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mercury center Brittney Griner will miss the next three games after the WNBA suspended her Tuesday for her role in a fight in the Dallas-Phoenix game over the weekend that resulted in six players getting ejected. The league punished Griner for throwing punches, escalating the...
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August 12, 2019 - 6:03 pm
Kyle Lowry of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors has withdrawn from the pool of candidates USA Basketball is considering to take to the FIBA World Cup later this month. Lowry said his surgically repaired thumb isn't ready to allow him to participate in on-court workouts. He had surgery last month to...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks at a news conference after Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif. Kerr knows that a new era of Warriors basketball is about to begin. He just doesn't know what that means yet. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
August 12, 2019 - 2:52 pm
The NBA schedule is a little bit easier on players. Fans might be catching a break — and some more sleep — as well. The league announced its 2019-20 schedule on Monday, featuring another dip in back-to-back games for teams and a major change in the number of nationally televised games starting at...
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August 11, 2019 - 12:49 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner and five other players were ejected after a fight broke out midway through the fourth quarter of Dallas' 80-77 win over Phoenix on Saturday night. With 6:23 left in the final period, Griner and Wings forward Kristine Anigwe got tangled up in the lane and a scuffle...
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Team White forward Jarrett Allen (36) goes up for a dunk against Team Blue forward Thaddeus Young (55) during the first half of the U.S. men's basketball team's scrimmage in Las Vegas, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
August 10, 2019 - 12:50 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The first order of business for USA Basketball on Friday night was thanking its fans, so Donovan Mitchell grabbed a microphone to deliver the pregame message. He got right to the point. "We look forward to going out to China, representing the USA, and winning the gold," Mitchell...
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