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In this Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, photo, a man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo. Asian shares were mixed Thursday, Oct. 10, following broad gains on Wall Street as investors pondered mixed reports on the likelihood of progress in resolving the trade war between the U.S. and China. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
October 10, 2019 - 6:56 am
TOKYO (AP) — World stock markets were mostly lower on Thursday as investors looked ahead to the re-opening of trade talks between the U.S. and China. Markets have grown increasingly jittery in recent days over the talks as conflicting rumors swirled and rifts surfaced between the Chinese government...
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Activists hold up a sign before an NBA exhibition basketball game between the Washington Wizards and the Guangzhou Loong-Lions, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
October 09, 2019 - 10:10 pm
Protesters handed out T-shirts and held up signs in support of Hong Kong on Wednesday night when the Washington Wizards hosted a team from the Chinese Basketball Association. The Wizards beat the Guangzhou Long-Lions 137-98 in a game that included more than a half-dozen protests inside Capital One...
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Washington Mystics' Elena Delle Donne, right, celebrates a play with Ariel Atkins, left, and Natasha Cloud, center, during the second half in Game 4 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 09, 2019 - 1:54 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The WNBA will crown a first-time champion Thursday night when the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics play the decisive Game 5 of the Finals. It's a series that has had its share of drama. There is an injured superstar playing in pain, a head coach facing the program he...
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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, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. 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)
October 09, 2019 - 10:44 am
The NBA called off scheduled media sessions Wednesday for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. The teams were practicing in Shanghai, where at least two other NBA events in advance of the start of the...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, center right, celebrates with Ben Simmons, center left, after he shot a 3-pointer to end the second quarter as Guangzhou Loong-Lions' CJ Harris, right, looks on during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 09, 2019 - 1:48 am
From Chris Paul in Oklahoma City to the Portland Trail Blazers back at Memorial Coliseum, the NBA schedule had the feel of something old on Tuesday. And it had something new, with Ben Simmons making a 3-pointer for the first time as a pro. Simmons' shot just before halftime was celebrated wildly in...
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Connecticut Sun's Courtney Williams gets a lift from her father Don Williams after the Sun defeated the Washington Mystics in Game 4 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 08, 2019 - 10:27 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — With the season on the line, Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun turned up their defense to stop the Washington Mystics and force a decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. Thomas had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and the Sun held the Mystics without a point over...
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North Carolina coach Roy Williams answers a question during the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
October 08, 2019 - 3:21 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest from ACC men's basketball media day on Tuesday (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The Atlantic Coast Conference wrapped up media day with coaches and two players from each team participating in the event. Next up for the ACC will be to announce the results of its media...
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A man walks past statues of NBA players Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, left, and Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers holding Chinese flags in the entrance of an NBA merchandise store in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV announced Tuesday it will no longer air two NBA preseason games set to be played in the country. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
October 08, 2019 - 12:13 pm
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the NBA's relationship with China (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says ordinary people have already expressed their position after a tweet unraveled the country's relationship with the NBA. Geng says "how can it be possible to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2019, file photo, Yao Ming, head of the Chinese Basketball Association and former NBA player, watches as China and Venezeula compete during their group phase basketball game in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing. Yao is now president of the Chinese Basketball Association, which announced over the weekend it is suspending its ties with the Rockets in retaliation for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
October 08, 2019 - 10:11 am
TOKYO (AP) — Yao Ming could be the man in the middle if the NBA and China are going to mend fences. Yao is a former Houston Rockets great and a basketball Hall of Famer. At home, the towering center is even larger as head of the Chinese Basketball Association and one of the most recognizable...
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A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
October 08, 2019 - 7:15 am
TOKYO (AP) — Shares fell in Europe on Tuesday as Brexit negotiations faltered and as tensions between the U.S. and China rose ahead of trade talks between the world's two largest economies. Market sentiment was dented after the British government said that the chances of a Brexit deal with the...
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