Professional basketball

February 20, 2019 - 10:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two leading advocates for retired NFL players have teamed up in pushing for increased pension benefits for pre-1993 retirees. The Pro Football Retired Players Association, a nonprofit chaired by Hall of Famer Jim Brown, donated $100,000 to Fairness for Athletes in Retirement, a...
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Team LeBron's Karl-Anthony Towns, of the Minnesota Timberwolves, heads to the hoop against Team Giannis' Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 17, 2019 - 11:33 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word. Oh, this mattered to...
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Team LeBron's LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates a basket against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 17, 2019 - 9:58 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on All-Star Weekend. (all times local) 10:55 p.m. Kevin Durant had 31 points and seven rebounds, LeBron James added 19 points and Team LeBron overcame a big game from Giannis Antetokounmpo to defeat Team Giannis 178-164 on Sunday night in the All-Star game. Team...
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Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo leaps over former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. Diallo won the contest. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 16, 2019 - 9:52 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Boston's Jayson Tatum got his gamewinner from midcourt. Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo went over Shaquille O'Neal to help win his trophy. And Brooklyn's Joe Harris made all the shots at all the right times to deny Golden State's Stephen Curry a storybook ending in his...
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Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 16, 2019 - 9:33 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo is the NBA's slam dunk champion. Going over Shaquille O'Neal in the first round, then getting a boost from rapper Quavo in the finale, Diallo soared to the crown by topping New...
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the NBA All-Star festivities, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The 68th All-Star game will be played Sunday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
February 16, 2019 - 8:09 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Milwaukee has the best record in the NBA, Denver has its coaching staff at the All-Star Game and Sacramento is in position to end the league's longest current playoff drought. Overseeing a league that has wanted competitive balance, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver likes what he'...
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Duke's RJ Barrett (5) celebrates after a score while North Carolina State's Torin Dorn (2) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)
February 16, 2019 - 8:04 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — RJ Barrett always seems to do it all for No. 2 Duke. This time, it showed up on the stat sheet. The freshman had the program's first triple-double in 13 years, finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high 10 assists in the Blue Devils' 94-78 victory over North...
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U.S. Team's Kyle Kuzma, of the Los Angeles Lakers holds the MVP trophy after the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game between the World Team and the U.S. Team, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The U.S. Team won 161-144. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 15, 2019 - 10:15 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Boston's Jayson Tatum get to the NBA All-Star Game and partake in what's become the preferred run-and-fun style where defense is discouraged at virtually all costs, this much is clear. They'...
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U.S. Team's Kyle Kuzma, of the Los Angeles Lakers heads to the hoop for a dunk against the World Team during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 15, 2019 - 9:59 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 35 points, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics added 30 and the U.S. beat the World team 161-144 in the Rising Stars game for first- and second-year players at All-Star...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket past New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)
February 14, 2019 - 9:41 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Julius Randle capped a 33-point, 11-rebound performance with three clutch baskets in the final minutes, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-122 on Thursday night despite losing All-Star Anthony Davis to a shoulder injury after the first half. Davis was...
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