Professional basketball

September 10, 2019 - 10:32 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Longtime sportscaster and announcer Fred McLeod has died at 67. McLeod did TV play-by play coverage of the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs said McLeod died suddenly Monday night but did not elaborate. They called him a "great friend and teammate" and a "heart-felt...
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Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to shoot past Czech Republic's Ondrej Balvin during a phase two match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 09, 2019 - 6:54 am
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo now has a little more time to get ready for the NBA season. That would be an unwanted consolation prize. The reigning NBA MVP's stay at the World Cup is over, even after a victory in the team's finale. Greece needed to beat the Czechs by at least 12...
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Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to block United States' Donovan Mitchell during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beats Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 07, 2019 - 10:58 am
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The MVP was good. The USA was better. And the Antetokounmpo getting talked about most by the Americans when this much-anticipated World Cup matchup was over wasn't Giannis — but rather Thanasis, the younger brother, who sent U.S. forward Harrison Barnes sprawling with an ill-...
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Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones, left, and Dallas Wings center Kristine Anigwe dive to the floor after a loose ball during a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)
September 04, 2019 - 9:17 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones spent a few hours Wednesday night playing basketball, the rest of this week her focus has been on family and friends in her native Bahamas and the destruction from Hurricane Dorian Jones has not been able to talk to her parents for...
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United States' Kemba Walker is blocked by Turkey's Ersan Ilyasova, second from left and Turkey's Sertac Sanli at right during a Group E match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The United States beat Turkey 93:92.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 03, 2019 - 10:52 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Khris Middleton's two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime saved the United States from what would have been a shocking loss, and the two-time defending champion Americans somehow rallied to beat Turkey 93-92 in a World Cup Group E game on Tuesday night. Turkey went 0...
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In this April 24, 2018, fphoto, Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) drives to the basket past Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the second half of Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Houston. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Houston Rockets and Gordon have agreed on a contract extension. It’s for at least three years, starting in 2020-21, with an option that a fourth season could be added. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
August 31, 2019 - 1:55 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says the Houston Rockets and veteran guard Eric Gordon have agreed on a contract extension that could keep him with the team for another five seasons in all. Gordon and the Rockets agreed on a three-year extension, which begins with the 2020-...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2002, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, and Shaquille O'Neal celebrate after winning Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs, in Los Angeles. Bryant downplayed talk of a reignited feud with Shaquille O'Neal, saying there is "nothing new" that has been said recently between the former teammates. Bryant had recently said that if O'Neal had worked harder, they could have won 12 rings together with the Los Angeles Lakers. O'Neal fired back on social media that they could have won more if Bryant had passed him the ball more often. But Bryant said Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, during a visit to the U.S. Open tennis tournament that the comments don't mean they are fighting again. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
August 29, 2019 - 3:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kobe Bryant downplayed talk of a reignited feud with Shaquille O'Neal, saying Thursday there is "nothing new" that has been said lately between the former teammates. Bryant had recently said that if O'Neal had worked harder, they could have won 12 rings together with the Los Angeles...
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From left, Cora Dutschke, 3, Audrey Brouillette, 3, Darrell Brouillette, 8, and Emily Brouillette, 6, grandchildren of Slidell's Mary Beth and Doug Meyer, wear intrigued looks as they put their hands on the new world-record grapefruit, before the Meyers were presented with framed certificates from the Guinness Book of World Records by Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, for the seven pound, 14.64 ounce grapefruit that they grew, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 in a ceremony held at LDAF offices in Baton Rouge, La. The grapefruit was 13.6 ounces (385.6 grams) heavier and 1¼ inches (3.2 centimeters) bigger around than the 2006 record, set in Brazil. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP)
August 27, 2019 - 2:24 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A basketball-sized grapefruit has brought two world records to a Louisiana couple. The giant citrus grew in the yard of Mary Beth and Doug Meyer of Slidell. The Guinness Book of World Records says it's the world's heaviest and largest in circumference. It weighed 7 pounds,...
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United States' Donovan Mitchell jumps up to dunk the ball against Canada during their exhibition basketball game in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
August 26, 2019 - 4:59 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Order restored. After losing for the first time in nearly 13 years two days earlier, the United States rebounded to outclass Canada 84-68 in a pre-World Cup exhibition basketball game Monday. At the same arena where the Americans won Olympic gold at the Sydney 2000 Games the U.S...
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Australia's Patty Mills celebrates after shooting a 3-pointer during their exhibition basketball game against the U.S in Melbourne, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
August 24, 2019 - 4:26 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The World Cup is a week away, and the United States is no lock for gold. Australia delivered that message to the world on Saturday. For the first time in nearly 13 years, a U.S. roster of NBA players played an international game — and lost. Patty Mills scored 30 points,...
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