NBA says Chinese wanted Morey’s firing; China denies claim

World 10/18/19, 08:34

The rift between the NBA and China appeared to widen again Friday, as the fallout over Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong continued. A day after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Morey fired, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry ...

LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

Asia & Pacific 10/15/19, 13:39

When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James' face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered. They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn. James' standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a ...

NBA postpones media sessions in Shanghai amid China rift

U.S. 10/09/19, 19:10

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and ...

Police: 4 shot, 3 arrested at Raptors rally in Toronto

Sports 06/17/19, 19:53

Gunfire broke out and a stampede ensued as fans celebrated at a rally Monday for the NBA champion Raptors, leaving four people shot and thousands fleeing less than a block from where the players and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat on stage. Three people were arrested and two guns were ...

Update: Kerr indicates Durant won’t play before Game 3

Sports 05/30/19, 13:26

The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors (all times local):2:25 p.m.Golden State star Kevin Durant will miss Game 1 of the NBA Finals with his strained calf muscle, and Game 2 might not be in his plans either.Warriors coach ...

Warriors say center DeMarcus Cousins available for Game 1

Sports 05/30/19, 11:41

Golden State coach Steve Kerr says center DeMarcus Cousins is available for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.Kerr made the announcement at the team's shootaround practice Thursday. Cousins has not been on the Warriors' active roster since injuring his right quadriceps muscle early in Game 2 of ...

Howard sheds tears of joy as takes the reins at Michigan

Basketball 05/30/19, 11:33

Juwan Howard was overcome with tears of joys as he was introduced as Michigan's new men's basketball coach.The former member of the Fab Five has a five-year contract that will pay him $2 million in his first year.The former Miami Heat assistant coach had been a candidate to be a ...

From the NBA Finals: Kerr, Nurse break down title series

Basketball 05/30/19, 10:20

Toronto coach Nick Nurse says his team expected to be in the NBA Finals all along, and Golden State coach Steve Kerr discusses the motivation level of his team on the latest episode of PodcastOne Sports Now .Nurse details how he knew Raptors star Kawhi Leonard had another gear for ...

Things to know about these most-international NBA Finals

Sports 05/30/19, 01:42

Sometime in the next couple weeks, either the Toronto Raptors or Golden State Warriors will proclaim themselves to be world champions.They won't be true "world" champions, of course.But these NBA Finals have a very distinct international feel.Golden State Warriors basketball guard Stephen Curry takes part in practice for the NBA ...

Warriors’ new NBA Finals road goes to Canada to face Raptors

Basketball 05/29/19, 16:46

Dynasty versus dinosaurs.The Golden State Warriors' road to a fifth straight NBA Finals has detoured to a new destination — and this one requires a passport.The Toronto Raptors, a team that arrived in the NBA 24 years ago as the dinosaur-logoed basketball franchise in a hockey-loving country, have finally made ...

Warriors’ plan for stopping Kawhi is throw everything at him

Sports 05/29/19, 15:58

Draymond Green believes he's the best defensive player in basketball. Klay Thompson sought inclusion on the NBA's all-defensive team for years. Andre Iguodala, even at 35 years old, can still neutralize just about any opponent.Golden State has some big-time defenders, without question.And they all respect Kawhi Leonard's offensive game.Golden State ...

Florida point guard Nembhard returning for sophomore season

Basketball 05/29/19, 15:34

Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard is returning to school for his sophomore year, a move that should have a positive impact on the Gators next season.Nembhard announced his decision on social media Wednesday, hours before the deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft.Nembhard had one final workout for NBA teams ...

Update: NCAA lower divisions to evaluate new agent rule

Basketball 05/29/19, 13:38

The Latest on underclassmen who hired an agent before entering the NBA draft (all times local):2:35 p.m.The NCAA has says Division II and Division III schools will evaluate the new rule that allows college basketball players to sign with agents but maintain college eligibility while declaring for the NBA draft.FILE ...

NCAA transfer waivers by the numbers

Sports 05/29/19, 03:00

A breakdown of transfer waiver results over the last five years, according to data provided to The Associated Press by the NCAA:ALL SPORTS2014-15Graphic shows the number of requested and approved NCAA transfer waivers since 2014 across various sports;; 1c x 7 1/4 inches; 46.5 mm x 184 mm;— 246 waiver ...

New agent rule leaves college basketball player in limbo

Basketball 05/29/19, 02:33

The new NCAA rule designed to help players explore their NBA draft potential by allowing them to sign with an agent and still return to school surprisingly doesn't apply to all college players.It was a stunning revelation for Phil Bledsoe from tiny Division II Glenville State in West Virginia when ...

Toronto’s Jurassic Park adds college vibe to NBA Finals

Sports 05/29/19, 02:25

There's nothing quite like Jurassic Park anywhere else in the NBA.The college vibe of the writhing, rowdy mass of bodies crammed into an area that covers about two city blocks to cheer for their beloved Raptors outside their downtown Toronto arena makes for one of basketball's best parties."It's so energetic," ...

LSU basketball coach regrets not meeting with LSU officials

Basketball 05/28/19, 17:53

LSU men's basketball coach Will Wade acknowledged making "some mistakes" when he refused to speak with school officials in March regarding a leaked FBI wiretap transcript that raised questions about whether he committed recruiting violations.Wade spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since March 7, the day before he was ...

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