Professional basketball

Kawhi Leonard, center, and Paul George , second right, holding their new team jerseys, pose with Los Angeles Clippers President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank, left, head coach Doc Rivers, second left, and team chairman Steve Ballmer during a press conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Nearly three weeks after the native Southern California superstars shook up the NBA by teaming up with the Los Angeles Clippers, the dynamic duo makes its first public appearance. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
July 24, 2019 - 7:31 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George laughed and cheered along with the crowd when the multibillionaire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers waved his arms, stomped his feet and screamed his new players' praises in a cracking voice. "Pretty cool! Pretty cool!" Steve Ballmer shouted with...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in San Antonio. Duncan is back with the Spurs, this time as an assistant coach. Duncan won five championships in a 19-year career with the Spurs. Popovich, in a release distributed by the team, says “it is only fitting, that after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
July 22, 2019 - 5:16 pm
Tim Duncan is back with the San Antonio Spurs, this time as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich. Duncan, the Spurs' all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots — and the only player to be on all five of San Antonio's NBA championship teams — officially returned to the franchise Monday...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, of Greece, poses for a photo during the NBA basketball team's media day in Dallas. The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim. The Lakers announced the move Monday, July 22, 2019, to acquire the 21-year-old brother of Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert, File)
July 22, 2019 - 2:25 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim. The Lakers announced the move Monday to acquire the 21-year-old brother of Milwaukee Bucks star and league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Kostas Antetokounmpo played in two games for...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 201 file photo, Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams, right, dribbles against Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins (7) in the first half of a single elimination WNBA basketball playoff game in Washington. The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident, the longest suspension in league history. The WNBA handed down the suspension Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
July 17, 2019 - 8:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams was suspended without pay by the WNBA on Tuesday for 10 games — nearly a third of the season — for a domestic violence incident. Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual...
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FILE - This June 27, 2019 file photo shows Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice-President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., on the second night of the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
July 16, 2019 - 1:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The political equivalent to NBA first pick Zion Williamson is unclear, but CNN this week brings the showmanship of sports draft lotteries to the presidential campaign by televising its drawing to set the lineup for the second Democratic debate. CNN will unveil stage positions...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward and 2019 NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, signs shoes for New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia before a baseball game between the Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays, Monday, July 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
July 15, 2019 - 9:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In hoops, Giannis Antetokounmpo is court royalty. But in baseball, he's a complete rookie. In fact, the 24-year-old from Greece said he'd never even touched a baseball before he did so Monday night at Yankee Stadium. The reigning NBA MVP was shocked. "It was really heavy,"...
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Brooklyn Nets' Caris LeVert (22) defends against Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York. Durant and Kyrie Irving gave the Nets two big victories in one night. In the first hours of free agency, the team added two of the best players available to a young roster that made the playoffs, giving them hope of not only contention for an NBA title, but to be the biggest basketball team in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
July 15, 2019 - 4:03 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bob Myers has accepted Kevin Durant's departure for the Brooklyn Nets with an appreciation for all the superstar forward accomplished with the franchise, even if the Golden State general manager would have loved to keep KD around a little longer. "I have a peace about it,"...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2019, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons reacts after dunking during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York. A person familiar with the situation says the Philadelphia 76ers and star guard Ben Simmons have agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension. The max deal is the latest big commitment by the team. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday, July 15, 2019, because the contract is not official. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
July 15, 2019 - 1:37 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers and star guard Ben Simmons have agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The max deal is the latest big commitment by a team expected to make a serious push at its first NBA...
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July 14, 2019 - 8:22 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Natasha Howard scored 14 points a day after abuse allegations were raised against her to help the Seattle Storm beat the New York Liberty 78-69 on Sunday. The team says it is looking into allegations on social media that Howard physically threatened and abused her wife. No charges...
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Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard, right, and Dallas Wings' Glory Johnson (25) reach for the ball during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 12, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
July 14, 2019 - 4:59 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Storm say Natasha Howard will play Sunday night against the New York Liberty, a day after her wife posted a video that alleged abuse. The team issued a statement hours before the game that the All-Star forward would be in the lineup. Seattle is still looking into...
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