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US opens basketball worlds vs Finns and their fans

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — They are the biggest thing in Bilbao, backed by 8,000 fans — not to mention some Angry Birds — whose free-spending boosters are such believers they've already started lining up transportation to the second round.

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Familiar names in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

Familiar names in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. will play its first-round games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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Weakened US team aims for world basketball title

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest.

August 28, 2014 12:18 pm

Chiney Ogwumike of Sun wins WNBA rookie of year

Chiney Ogwumike always enjoyed following her sister's path. Now the Connecticut Sun player joins her as a winner of the WNBA rookie of the year award.

August 28, 2014 10:55 am

What to watch in Basketball World Cup group stage

The U.S. and Spain played a pair of classics in the last two Olympic gold-medal games — the Americans winning both — and fans would love to see them meet again in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

August 28, 2014 2:53 am

Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension

Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years.

August 27, 2014 2:58 pm Photos

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Delle Donne's late jumper rallies Sky past Dream

Delle Donne's late jumper rallies Sky past Dream

ATLANTA | Despite trailing by 17 early in the fourth quarter, the Chicago Sky weren't ready to give up on their season. Instead, they kept their focus and pulled off the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in WNBA playoff history.

August 26, 2014 10:40 pm

Love struck: Kevin Love pledges commitment to Cavs

Love struck: Kevin Love pledges commitment to Cavs

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love's phone rang in July and LeBron James asked the All-Star forward if he wanted to play with him in Cleveland.

August 26, 2014 4:49 pm Photos

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Davis, US beat Slovenia in basketball exhibition

LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski's big men had barely finished pushing around Slovenia when he was asked how they would match up with Spain's imposing frontcourt.

August 26, 2014 4:18 pm

NBA unveils new rules to make baselines safer

NBA unveils new rules to make baselines safer

The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety.

August 26, 2014 1:21 pm

Bavetta looks back on a lifetime in basketball

Bavetta looks back on a lifetime in basketball

Dick Bavetta never missed a game.

August 25, 2014 2:33 am Photos

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McCoughtry powers Dream past Sky

ROSEMONT | Angel McCoughtry scored a career-high 39 points, and the Atlanta Dream beat the Sky 92-83 on Sunday night to even their WNBA playoff series at one game apiece.

August 24, 2014 8:30 pm

Lovefest: Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

Lovefest: Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

CLEVELAND | Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again.

August 23, 2014 4:32 pm

Lovefest: Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

Lovefest: Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

CLEVELAND (AP) — Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again.

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US basketball decides bigger is better with roster

US basketball decides bigger is better with roster

NEW YORK (AP) — A desire for a bigger look made Andre Drummond necessary. The belief in Derrick Rose's health made Damian Lillard expendable.

August 23, 2014 10:27 am Photos

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US picks 12-man roster for basketball World Cup

US picks 12-man roster for basketball World Cup

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has picked the 12 players it believes can defend its world basketball title.

August 23, 2014 9:41 am Photos

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Wiggins: rare No. 1 pick traded before rookie year

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The wait is almost over.

August 22, 2014 10:06 pm

US beats Puerto Rico 112-86 in hoops exhibition

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 17 points and the U.S. national team pulled away in the second half to beat Puerto Rico 112-86 on Friday night in its final home exhibition game before the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

August 22, 2014 8:14 pm

US beats Puerto Rico 112-86 in hoops exhibition

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 17 points and the U.S. national team pulled away in the second half to beat Puerto Rico 112-86 on Friday night in its final home exhibition game before the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

August 22, 2014 8:14 pm

US beats Puerto Rico 112-86 in hoops exhibition

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 17 points and the U.S. national team pulled away in the second half to beat Puerto Rico 112-86 on Friday night in its final home exhibition game before the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

August 22, 2014 8:14 pm

Mercury's Brondello, Griner earn WNBA awards

Mercury's Brondello, Griner earn WNBA awards

Sandy Brondello guided the Phoenix Mercury to the best record in WNBA history and Brittney Griner's defense was a big reason why.

August 22, 2014 9:57 am Photos

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Cancer-stricken Cooper leads Dream into playoffs

ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Cooper remembers the day well. The sun was shining bright, yet the notorious Atlanta heat wasn't too stifling. The sky was a brilliant blue, speckled with only a few puffy white clouds.

August 22, 2014 9:14 am

Source: Wolves get Young as part of Love trade

Source: Wolves get Young as part of Love trade

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves secured the final piece they wanted in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade.

August 22, 2014 8:13 am

AP Source: Phoenix has top coach, defensive player

Phoenix's Sandy Brondello is the WNBA's coach of the year and Mercury center Brittney Griner is the defensive player of the year, said a person close to the situation.

August 21, 2014 10:47 pm

Lynx's Moore wins WNBA MVP award

Lynx's Moore wins WNBA MVP award

Maya Moore put up incredible numbers all season for Minnesota. Now she's got her first WNBA MVP award.

August 21, 2014 9:09 am

AP source: Lynx's Moore has won WNBA MVP award

Minnesota's Maya Moore has won the WNBA most valuable player award, a person close to the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

August 21, 2014 2:45 am

US routs Dominicans in exhibition as Rose rests

US routs Dominicans in exhibition as Rose rests

NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose heard the fans chanting his name, and yes, he would've loved to give them what they wanted.

August 20, 2014 9:17 pm Photos

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Rose sits out US exhibition vs Dominican Republic

Rose sits out US exhibition vs Dominican Republic

NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose is sitting out the U.S. national's team exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night, with coach Mike Krzyzewski saying he wants to look at other guards.

August 20, 2014 6:11 pm Photos

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7 charged with trespassing at Ray Allen's home

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Seven people accused of walking through an unlocked door at the home of former Miami Heat player Ray Allen have been charged with trespassing.

August 20, 2014 3:30 pm

Fever, Sky favored in opening round of WNBA playoffs

Fever, Sky favored in opening round of WNBA playoffs

A look at the four first-round series in the WNBA playoffs, which start today:

August 20, 2014 2:04 pm

As Durant steps back, US team is moving forward

As Durant steps back, US team is moving forward

NEW YORK (AP) — While Kevin Durant takes a step back, the U.S. national team is moving forward.

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Midwest Elite Prep expands basketball program

Midwest Elite Prep expands basketball program

MERRILLVILLE | When Glen "Red" Heffernan came to Midwest Elite Preparatory Academy last year to coach its post-graduate men's basketball team, he had at least one thing going for him.

August 18, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point

Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — On the first day of classes at the United States Military Academy, he was clearly the big man on campus.

August 18, 2014 8:22 pm Photos

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Steve Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner

Steve Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sweating, clapping and shouting until he was nearly hoarse, Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally on Monday celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.

August 18, 2014 5:53 pm Photos

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Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point

Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — On the first day of classes at the United States Military Academy, he was clearly the big man on campus.

August 18, 2014 5:27 pm Photos

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Griner helps Mercury set WNBA record with 29th win

SEATTLE (AP) — Brittney Griner isn't surprised by the Phoenix Mercury's success this season. Not even her team's record-setting 29 wins.

August 17, 2014 11:42 pm

Griner helps Mercury set WNBA record with 29th win

SEATTLE (AP) — Brittney Griner had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Phoenix Mercury set a WNBA record with their 29th win, beating the Seattle Storm 78-65 in the season finale Sunday night.

August 17, 2014 10:12 pm

Stars beat Sky, Fever falls to Liberty in regular-season finales

ROSEMONT | Danielle Adams led a balanced offense with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Stars beat the Sky 84-72 in the regular-season finale for both teams Sunday.

August 17, 2014 8:30 pm

AP Source: Marion to sign with Cavaliers

AP Source: Marion to sign with Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shawn Marion wanted another shot at an NBA title. He'll get it playing with LeBron James.

August 17, 2014 1:39 pm

Rose hears cheers as US beats Brazil 95-78

Rose hears cheers as US beats Brazil 95-78

CHICAGO (AP) — The roars for Derrick Rose started with the pregame introductions and did not fade until the final buzzer.

August 16, 2014 11:43 pm Photos

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Griner helps Mercury beat Sparks for 28th win

PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 19 points to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Los Angeles Sparks 76-69 Saturday night, tying the WNBA record for wins.

August 16, 2014 11:28 pm

Griner helps Mercury beat Sparks for 28th win

PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 19 points to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Los Angeles Sparks 76-69 Saturday night, tying the WNBA record for wins.

August 16, 2014 11:25 pm

Griner helps Mercury beat Sparks for 28th win

PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 19 points to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Los Angeles Sparks 76-69 Saturday night, tying the WNBA record for wins.

August 16, 2014 11:27 pm

Stars clinch playoff spot, extend Hammon's career

Stars clinch playoff spot, extend Hammon's career

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Becky Hammon's historic new career will have to wait. Her teammates with the San Antonio Stars are not ready to let their beloved teammate exit the WNBA just yet.

August 16, 2014 11:36 am Photos

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WNBA players Griner, Johnson engaged

WNBA players Griner, Johnson engaged

PHOENIX (AP) — Women's basketball stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are engaged.

August 15, 2014 9:18 pm Photos

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For Rose, new journey starts at home

For Rose, new journey starts at home

CHICAGO (AP) — For Derrick Rose, it is a new beginning. And it starts on his home court.

August 15, 2014 5:24 pm Photos

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George still hopeful of returning this season

George still hopeful of returning this season

INDIANAPOLIS | Paul George beat the odds to become an NBA star. He'll have to do it all over again to play next season.

August 15, 2014 5:00 pm

Paul George still hopeful of returning this season

Paul George still hopeful of returning this season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George beat the odds to become an NBA star. He'll have to do it all over again to play next season.

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US Basketball: No Africa trip after Ebola outbreak

The U.S. national team has canceled a trip to Senegal after the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

August 15, 2014 2:17 pm

Kings sign 1st NBA player of Indian descent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to sign a contract with an NBA team Friday, inking a deal to join the Sacramento Kings in training camp.

August 15, 2014 11:43 am
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