Basketball

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 201 file photo, Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams, right, dribbles against Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins (7) in the first half of a single elimination WNBA basketball playoff game in Washington. The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident, the longest suspension in league history. The WNBA handed down the suspension Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
July 16, 2019 - 6:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams was suspended without pay by the WNBA on Tuesday for 10 games — nearly a third of the season — for a domestic violence incident. Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual...
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FILE - This June 27, 2019 file photo shows Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice-President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., on the second night of the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
July 16, 2019 - 1:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The political equivalent to NBA first pick Zion Williamson is unclear, but CNN this week brings the showmanship of sports draft lotteries to the presidential campaign by televising its drawing to set the lineup for the second Democratic debate. CNN will unveil stage positions...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward and 2019 NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, signs shoes for New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia before a baseball game between the Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays, Monday, July 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
July 15, 2019 - 6:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In hoops, Giannis Antentokounmpo is court royalty. But in baseball, he's a complete rookie. In fact, the 24-year-old from Greece said he'd never even touched a baseball before he did so Monday night at Yankee Stadium. The reigning NBA MVP was shocked. "It was really heavy,"...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith dribbles to the basket during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Cleveland. The Cavaliers waived Smith, ending his eventful tenure with the team. Cleveland tried to trade Smith, but could not find the right package and released him to cut space under the salary cap and avoid paying any luxury taxes. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin, File)
July 15, 2019 - 5:01 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith's never-a-dull-moment run with the Cavaliers is over. Cleveland released the colorful shooting guard Monday before his $15.6 million contract for next season became guaranteed. The Cavs had been trying to trade Smith for months, but the team was unable to find the right...
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July 14, 2019 - 8:22 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Natasha Howard scored 14 points a day after abuse allegations were raised against her to help the Seattle Storm beat the New York Liberty 78-69 on Sunday. The team says it is looking into allegations on social media that Howard physically threatened and abused her wife. No charges...
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Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard, right, and Dallas Wings' Glory Johnson (25) reach for the ball during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 12, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
July 14, 2019 - 4:59 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Storm say Natasha Howard will play Sunday night against the New York Liberty, a day after her wife posted a video that alleged abuse. The team issued a statement hours before the game that the All-Star forward would be in the lineup. Seattle is still looking into...
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Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard, right, and Dallas Wings' Glory Johnson (25) reach for the ball during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, July 12, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
July 13, 2019 - 5:47 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Storm say they are looking into allegations on social media that Natasha Howard physically threatened and abused her wife. Howard's wife posted a minute-long, expletive-filled video on Twitter from March on Saturday in which she yelled at Howard about being threatened by...
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Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team general manager Rob Pelinka, left, and Head Coach Frank Vogel, right, introduce Anthony Davis at a news conference at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, Calif., Saturday, July 13, 2019 (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
July 13, 2019 - 5:01 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Davis' year of uncertainty finally felt finished when he stood in the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex and proudly held up his new gold jersey while LeBron James looked on approvingly. After months of upheaval around his departure from New Orleans, the...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 5, 2014 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives against Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) in the first quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, a shake up of top point guards and a move that reunites Westbrook with James Harden, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
July 11, 2019 - 10:35 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook and James Harden are together again, and Chris Paul is leaving Houston to make that reunion happen. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Paul in a swapping of top point guards. The...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, looks to pass the ball around Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Los Angeles Clippers will be landing Kawhi Leonard as a free agent after they acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a massive trade for players and draft picks. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
July 10, 2019 - 6:09 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are now officially with the Los Angeles Clippers, moves that bring both of them back to their native Southern California. It might not be forever: Both can become free agents in only two years. The Clippers completed their blockbuster trade with the...
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