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FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks at a news conference after Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif. Kerr knows that a new era of Warriors basketball is about to begin. He just doesn't know what that means yet. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
August 12, 2019 - 1:52 pm
The NBA schedule is a little bit easier on players. Fans might be catching a break — and some more sleep — as well. The league announced its 2019-20 schedule on Monday, featuring another dip in back-to-back games for teams and a major change in the number of nationally televised games starting at...
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August 10, 2019 - 11:49 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner and five other players were ejected after a fight broke out midway through the fourth quarter of Dallas' 80-77 win over Phoenix on Saturday night. With 6:23 left in the final period, Griner and Wings forward Kristine Anigwe got tangled up in the lane and a scuffle...
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Team White forward Jarrett Allen (36) goes up for a dunk against Team Blue forward Thaddeus Young (55) during the first half of the U.S. men's basketball team's scrimmage in Las Vegas, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
August 09, 2019 - 11:50 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The first order of business for USA Basketball on Friday night was thanking its fans, so Donovan Mitchell grabbed a microphone to deliver the pregame message. He got right to the point. "We look forward to going out to China, representing the USA, and winning the gold," Mitchell...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, head coach head coach Gregg Popovich speaks with the media during a training camp for USA Basketball, in Las Vegas. USA Basketball opened training camp Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, for the FIBA World Cup, which starts Aug. 31 in China. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 06, 2019 - 5:35 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich typically has a month of NBA training camp and a half-dozen or so preseason games before he picks a San Antonio team, and then gets a few more months of the regular-season grind to mold those Spurs into playoff shape. These aren't the Spurs...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons interviewed by 76ers sideline reporter Serena Winters following the second half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, in Philadelphia. Simmons has explained a social media post that seemed to imply he'd been racially profiled by security staff at a Melbourne casino by saying he and his friends felt "singled out." Simmons posted a video on Instagram in which he asked why he and two black friends were asked for identification but another person in their group who is white was not. He deleted the post Tuesday morning, Aug. 6, 2019, when it started making news and after the casino issued a statement saying its security staff routinely did ID checks on anyone who appears younger than 25. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
August 06, 2019 - 9:39 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons has explained a social media post that seemed to imply he'd been racially profiled by security staff at a Melbourne casino by saying he and his friends felt "singled out." Simmons posted a video on Instagram in which he asked why he...
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File-This June 13, 2019, file photo shows Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) dunking over Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. A person familiar with the situation says the Warriors and Green have agreed on a four-year extension worth nearly $100 million, meaning the three-time All-Star is under contract through the 2023-24 season. Green and the Warriors intend to make the deal official imminently, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because it has not been finalized. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, Pool, File)
August 03, 2019 - 2:01 pm
Draymond Green entered this offseason vowing that the Golden State Warriors would remain a contender for NBA titles. His opinion hasn't changed. Green and the Warriors have agreed on the terms of a four-year extension worth nearly $100 million, a person familiar with the situation told The...
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees signs autographs for fans after training camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Monday, July 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
August 01, 2019 - 6:34 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn't see himself and Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson as an odd couple from different generations and sports. Brees sees key parallels in the timing of each of their arrivals on New Orleans' pro sports scene, and is eager to share what he...
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BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE - In this Sunday, July 21, 2019 photo, Argentine boxer Hugo Santillan is placed on a stretcher after he collapsed at the end of a WBC title fight against Uruguay's Eduardo Abreu in San Nicolas, Argentina. Santillan died Thursday, July 25, from head trauma suffered during the fight. (AP Photo/Jorge Feres)
July 31, 2019 - 8:05 am
Boxing is the topic on the latest installment of PodcastOne Sports Now , where co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke discuss how difficult it is to reconcile a love for the sport with the deaths of two fighters in recent weeks. Dahlberg talks about his latest column on the subject and how he has seen...
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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left with back facing camera, greets NBA basketball New Orleans Pelicans draft picks Zion Williamson, left, Jaxson Hayes, center, and head coach Alvin Gentry during training camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Friday, July 26, 2019. With them are Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, center with back to camera, and former Saints head coach Jim Mora, right. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
July 29, 2019 - 7:15 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says Zion Williamson's athleticism and physical stature would make the Pelicans rookie and top NBA draft choice an intriguing NFL prospect at a handful of positions, starting with the defensive line or tight end. But Williamson is making a case for...
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Indiana Fever's Erica Wheeler, of Team Wilson, cries as she holds the MVP trophy after winning the honor at the WNBA All-Star basketball game Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
July 27, 2019 - 5:55 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Erica Wheeler hoped to make her All-Star debut an unforgettable one. She certainly did, walking away with the MVP award. Wheeler, who was the first undrafted player to debut in the league since 2003 to earn an All-Star spot, scored 25 points and led Team Wilson to a 129-126 victory...
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