Professional basketball

Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, attempts a layup against Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
December 23, 2019 - 12:13 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buoyed by a perfect five-game homestand, the Denver Nuggets hit the road and kept on winning. Paul Millsap scored 21 points and the Nuggets dominated the second half in defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, who were without LeBron James, 128-104 on Sunday night for their sixth win in...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) dribbles downcourt against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
December 22, 2019 - 8:48 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander matched his career high with 32 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 118-112 on Sunday night. Oklahoma City trailed by 18 points in the second quarter, making it the third time in seven days the Thunder overcame a...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Wesley Matthews shoots past Indiana Pacers' Aaron Holiday during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
December 22, 2019 - 8:42 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 19 rebounds and nine assists, and the Bucks spoiled Malcolm Brogdon's return to Milwaukee with a 117-89 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night. Wesley Matthews scored 19 points for NBA-leading Milwaukee, which has won three in a row...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Wesley Matthews during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
December 22, 2019 - 7:46 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James won't play for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Denver Nuggets, the first game he's missed this season. The 34-year-old superstar sat out Sunday night because of a thoracic muscle strain. He's listed as day-to-day and coach Frank Vogel had no estimate on how long...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) late in the second half of the NFC championship NFL football game in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
December 22, 2019 - 8:52 am
The New Orleans Saints looked around in disbelief, searching for a yellow flag that never came during the NFL playoffs. The Auburn Tigers were sure they'd get the ball after a Virginia player appeared to double-dribble in the closing seconds of a thrilling Final Four game, but the refs let it go...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) looks to pass the ball as he gets past Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes, left, and guard Devin Booker, second from left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
December 21, 2019 - 11:34 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The James Harden-Russell Westbrook combo is starting to become everything the Houston Rockets hoped it would be. The two superstar guards bring different speeds to the offense, and the Phoenix Suns couldn't stop either one Saturday. “Russell is go, go, go, go,” Rockets coach Mike D'...
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Memphis' James Wiseman, second from right, watches the team's NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
December 20, 2019 - 7:38 pm
Congratulations to James Wiseman, a wise young man indeed. He didn't need one-and-done. None-and-done will work just fine (we rounded down from the three actual games he played at Memphis). After tussling with those tyrants at the NCAA, Wiseman told the guardians of an unjust system what they could...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, Japan. A person familiar with the negotiations says the NBA is working with the players’ union and its teams on a plan to shorten the regular season, possibly to 78 games. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
December 20, 2019 - 7:21 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The NBA has sent a proposal to teams calling for a 78-game regular season, along with an in-season tournament for all teams and a reseeding of the playoffs when the field is cut to the final four clubs. A copy of the proposal was obtained by The Associated Press on Friday. The plan...
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Daiya Seto celebrates after his swim in the the men's 400-meter individual medley during an International Swimming League event Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
December 20, 2019 - 6:20 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a darkened arena on the Las Vegas Strip, swimming is being reinvented. Some of the sport's biggest names are competing in the grand finale of the International Swimming League, with flashing lights, pulsating music spun by an on-deck DJ and action-packed racing in a concept the...
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Villanova head coach Jay Wright confers with guard Justin Moore (5) during the second half of the Never Forget Tribute Classic NCAA college basketball game against Delaware, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)
December 20, 2019 - 6:11 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Kansas vs. Villanova rivalry has become glorious to view for college hoops fans. The two championship programs are intertwined, as much as nonconference teams can be, since the start of the century. Through snowstorms and court stormings, NCAA championship runs and a father-...
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