Basketball

FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo, Nastia Liukin arrives at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Liukin is part of the 2019 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame class that will be inducted later this year. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
September 23, 2019 - 10:20 am
When she was a kid, Nastia Liukin watched the Olympics on TV and thought how cool it might be to one day meet some of America's greatest athletes. Then, she became one. Now, she'll be in the Hall of Fame with them. The champion gymnast and once-shunned track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos were...
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United States' coach Gregg Popovich, left talks to United States' Donovan Mitchell, center and United States' Kemba Walker at right for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Dongguan in southern China's Guangdong province on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. The U.S. will leave the World Cup with its worst finish ever in a major international tournament, assured of finishing no better than seventh after falling to Serbia 94-89 in a consolation playoff game on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 19, 2019 - 6:06 am
USA Basketball has kept its No. 1 spot in the FIBA world men's rankings, even after a disappointing seventh-place showing in the World Cup that ended earlier this week. It's now nine-years-and-counting in the top spot for the U.S., which has held the No. 1 ranking since winning the 2010 world...
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2016, file photo, Louisville NCAA college basketball head coach Rick Pitino answers a question during the Atlantic Coast Conference media day in Charlotte, N.C. The University of Louisville Athletic Association and Rick Pitino have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit, with the former Cardinals men's basketball coach's changing his termination to a resignation. The settlement unanimously approved Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, by the ULAA states that Pitino has received compensation and the school agrees not to pursue further legal action. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, FIle)
September 18, 2019 - 10:29 am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A fiercely competitive coach on the court, Rick Pitino didn't want to fight in one anymore. So the University of Louisville Athletic Association and Pitino settled lawsuits stemming from his departure from the school, with the former men's basketball coach's personnel file...
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September 17, 2019 - 6:36 pm
The New York Liberty won the WNBA lottery on Tuesday night and will have the first pick in next spring's draft. It's the first time in franchise history that the Liberty will have the first pick. The team had a 44.2% chance of winning the lottery after finishing with the worst combined record over...
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Virginia coach Tony Bennett speaks at the start of a celebration of Virginia's NCAA men's basketball title, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Charlottesville, Va. A banner was raised at John Paul Jones Arena. (Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress via AP)
September 16, 2019 - 2:18 pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia men's basketball coach Tony Bennett has declined a pay raise offered by the school and instead asked school officials for additional compensation for his staff and program improvement. University officials said in a news release Monday that Bennett did sign a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore, left, shoots against Indiana Fever's Jazmon Gwathmey during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis. Moore shocked the basketball world when she stepped away from the WNBA earlier in 2019 before the season began. She’s spent a lot of her time away from the game trying to help a family friend, Jonathan Irons, get his conviction overturned. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
September 16, 2019 - 9:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Moore startled basketball when she stepped away from the WNBA before the season. She has spent a lot of her time trying to help a family friend overturn a conviction. Jonathan Irons has been incarcerated since 1997, convicted in the nonfatal shooting of a homeowner during a...
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Spanish fans cheers during their FIBA Basketball World Cup Finalmatch against Argentina, at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 15, 2019 - 10:10 am
BEIJING (AP) — Marc Gasol looked to the sky as confetti fell, some sticking to his massive shoulders, and then cradled and kissed the giant golden chalice that goes to the World Cup champions. He's getting good at hoisting trophies. Gasol got to bask in a championship celebration for the second...
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Heissler Guillent of Venezuela reacts during the final moments of their victory over China in their group phase game in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
September 15, 2019 - 5:58 am
BEIJING (AP) — FIBA will look at adjusting travel demands on teams at the next World Cup, after this tournament in China led to many complaints about the distances that nations participating in the knockout stages had to cover without much time to prepare for games. Some teams faced major travel...
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September 14, 2019 - 12:08 pm
BEIJING (AP) — NBA teams could be fined up to $10 million for tampering and up to $6 million for entering into unauthorized agreements with players, a person with knowledge of the league's plans told The Associated Press on Saturday. Other maximum-fine levels could be raised significantly as well,...
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United States' coach Gregg Popovich chats with United States' Brook Lopez during a consolation playoff game against Poland for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. U.S. defeated Poland 87-74 (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 14, 2019 - 9:13 am
BEIJING (AP) — Their final game at the World Cup had been over for several minutes, and every member of the U.S. team and coaching staff were still lingering together on the court. They were ready to go home. They just weren't ready to go their separate ways. For USA Basketball, summer ended...
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