Professional basketball

File-This Aug. 4, 2017, file photo shows Kanoa Igarashi, of Huntington Beach, Calif., surfing in his heat at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif. His father grew up surfing in Japan before moving to Huntington Beach, to be in the heart of surf country. The 22-year-old Igarashi has dual citizenship and elected to compete for Japan where's already a household name and been featured in a reality TV show. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)
December 30, 2019 - 4:25 pm
Some are already on the ascent (rock climber Brooke Raboutou). Others are currently making waves (surfer Kanoa Igarashi) or shooting for the stars (skateboarder Poppy Starr Olsen). The names of Raboutou, Igarashi and Olsen may not ring a bell now. That could change in a few months when their sports...
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New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) shoots a three-point basket against Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. (4) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
December 29, 2019 - 11:36 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lonzo Ball pulled up decisively from left wing to sink his career-high seventh 3-pointer in a single game, then glided back toward the Pelicans' defensive end, slapping the extended hand of coach Alvin Gentry as a thunderous roar filled the arena. Showing increasing confidence in...
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Virginia Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall, left, and Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen, right, pose for a photograph during a news conference for the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Florida plays Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Mario Houben)
December 29, 2019 - 1:12 pm
MIAMI (AP) — University of Virginia junior Charles Snowden recalls that when he first arrived on campus, new acquaintances were disappointed to learn he was a linebacker rather than a power forward. “I was 6-7 and 190 pounds, real skinny," Snowden said. "And people would say, ‘Are you on the...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, dunks against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
December 29, 2019 - 12:02 pm
He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals. No NBA player won more games or more MVP awards over the last 10...
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LSU Offensive Coordinator Steve Ensminger watches teams warm up before the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA semifinal college football playoff game between LSU and Oklahoma, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Atlanta. Ensminger's daughter-in-law, Carley McCord, died in a plane crash Saturday in Louisiana on the way to the game. (AP Photo/John Amis)
December 28, 2019 - 9:55 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Steve Ensminger wiped tears from his eyes after first walking onto the football field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for LSU's pregame warmups. The Tigers assistant was still fighting his emotions when he quickly left the field after the top-ranked team in the country earned a spot in the...
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This photo provided by AcadianNews shows first responders looking over the site of a plane crash near Feu Follet Road and Verot School Road in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Authorities confirmed the accident but details on whether anyone was injured was not immediately known. (AcadianNews via AP)
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December 28, 2019 - 9:54 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A small plane en route to a college football playoff game crashed into a post office parking lot in Louisiana shortly after takeoff Saturday, killing five people, including a well-known sports reporter who was the daughter-in-law of one of the team's coaches. The two-engine Piper...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, then-New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown looks on before the start of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Antonio Brown has apologized to the Patriots and team owner Robert Kraft for any negative attention he brought to the team during his brief stint in New England. The four-time All-Pro receiver posted his apology on Instagram Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP, File)
December 27, 2019 - 5:38 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Prolific but embattled free-agent receiver Antonio Brown got his chance to show the New Orleans Saints how he could help them in the playoffs. Whether Brown winds up catching passes from record-setting quarterback Drew Brees during a potential Super Bowl run remains to be seen...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, and Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (2) chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 111-106. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
December 27, 2019 - 12:05 pm
He was the Fun Guy. The board man who got paid. He overcame injury to reclaim his rightful place as one of the very best basketball players on the planet. He conquered the NBA world for a second time, bringing a championship to Canada. And then he joined the Los Angeles Clippers, ready to start...
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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
December 26, 2019 - 9:57 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic returned to the Dallas lineup after missing four games to injury and scored 24 points to help the Mavericks beat the San Antonio Spurs 102-98 on Thursday night. Doncic finished with 10 rebounds and eight assists and barely missed adding to his NBA-leading total of eight...
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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) reacts after injuring his ankle as Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) defends him during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Dec 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
December 26, 2019 - 6:26 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic returned to the Dallas Mavericks’ lineup Thursday night against the San Antonio Spurs after missing four games because of a sprained right ankle. Doncic leads the NBA this season with eight triple-doubles. The reigning rookie of the year entered the game averaging 29.3...
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