Basketball

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives around New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in New York, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
October 17, 2019 - 3:11 pm
Bradley Beal signed a two-year extension worth nearly $72 million with Washington on Thursday, a major victory for the Wizards and a move that will keep the All-Star guard out of free agency for at least the next three summers. Beal still had two years left on his existing contract. The extension...
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October 15, 2019 - 6:28 pm
Good evening! Here’s a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up today in the Deep South. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to: The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org The Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org The...
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A demonstrator wearing Houston Rockets jersey holds up his hand with fellow demonstrators during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong have thrown basketballs at a photo of LeBron James and chanted their anger about comments the Los Angeles Lakers star made about free speech during a rally in support of NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests touched off a firestorm of controversy in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
October 15, 2019 - 12:38 pm
The Rockets are not engaging in the conversation on LeBron James's criticism of Houston general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. Before practice in Houston on Tuesday coach Mike D'Antoni and three players, including James Harden, all avoided getting...
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In this photo provided by the Korea Football Association, South and North Korean, wearing red uniforms, players play during their Asian zone Group H qualifying soccer match for the 2022 World Cup at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. South Korea soccer officials say they can't see a telecast of the historic World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang between their national team and North Korea, and think the game was proceeding at an empty Kim Il Sung Stadium. (The Korea Football Association via AP)
October 15, 2019 - 9:49 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea held South Korea to a 0-0 draw Tuesday in a World Cup qualifying soccer match, though it is unclear how many people saw the game in Pyongyang. South Korean soccer officials were unable to watch a telecast of the historic game and believe it was played in an...
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In this Oct. 4, 2019 photo, Marty Small speaks at a swearing-in ceremony in Atlantic City, N.J. that installed him as acting mayor following the resignation of Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr.who admitted stealing $87,000 from a youth basketball team. On Tuesday Oct. 15, 2019, the City Council is expected to choose Small to be mayor until the Nov. 2020 general election. Listening is his daughter Jada, left. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
October 15, 2019 - 8:20 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — For over a decade, things had been quiet in Atlantic City, the seaside gambling resort known as much for its colorful political corruption as for its slot machines and saltwater taffy. But that came to an end this month when Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. pleaded guilty to wire...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James in action during a match against Brooklyn Nets at the NBA China Games 2019 in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 (Color China Photo via AP)
October 14, 2019 - 10:10 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation" regarding the potential consequences of his actions when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. In his first public comments...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, and Russell Westbrook share a light moment during warmups for the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Saitama, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 13, 2019 - 3:13 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Rockets are back home in Houston, looking to leave behind the distractions from their trip to Asia. Their two games in Japan were overshadowed by the aftermath of a tweet by general manager Daryl Morey in support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, angering fans and...
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Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud, left, forward Elena Delle Donne and guard Kristi Toliver celebrate during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 11, 2019 - 11:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics capped an eventful WNBA season with the team's first championship. A year that began with the league missing some of its top players because of injuries and rest ended with a compelling five-game championship series. Delle Donne battled...
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In this Oct. 9, 2019, photo, a worker takes down a billboard advertising an NBA preseason basketball game on Thursday between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China. The NBA has postponed Wednesday's scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. (AP Photo/File)
October 11, 2019 - 6:37 am
The NBA will complete its trip to China in silence. Saturday's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets to end this year's NBA China Games series will be played as scheduled in Shenzhen, though there will be no news conferences for players or coaches before or after that contest...
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Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, right, drives against Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 10, 2019 - 9:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship, getting 22 points from Emma Meesseman and 21 from banged-up league MVP Elena Delle Donne to beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday night. It was a fitting conclusion to an entertaining series and...
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