Basketball


  • WNBA Roundup: Mystics beat Fever 87-82, clinch playoff berth FILE - In this June 26, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, left, shoots over Connecticut Sun forward Camille Little during the second half of an WNBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Ogwumike is the WNBA Most Valuable Player, the league announced, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles scored 19 points, Epiphanny Prince added 15 and the New York Liberty beat the short-handed Minnesota Lynx 70-61 on Sunday to clinch a playoff spot. The Liberty (17-12) have won five straight, beating the WNBA’s top three teams in the past three. Maya Moore scored 22 points to lead the Lynx ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Glory Johnson leads Wings past Dream, 90-86 Members of the Minnesota Lynx, from left, Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen celebrate during the second half in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals against the Los Angeles Sparks, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Lynx won 85-79. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Glory Johnson had 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Dallas Wings beat the Atlanta Dream 90-86 on Saturday night. Skylar Diggins-Smith added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Theresa Plaisance had 12 points and 10 rebounds to help Dallas (14-16) end a two-game losing streak. Atlanta (10-20) has dropped nine straight. Tiffany ...
  • NBPA awards: Russell Westbrook, LeBron James headline award winners Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket in front of Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter in game three of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena.(Photo: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   Though all the NBA’s official awards were announced at the end of June, the National Basketball Players Association released their award winners, voted on by the players themselves, on Friday morning. Russell Westbrook earned MVP honors, just as he did earlier this summer at the league’s award show. Westbrook, known for his boundless energy and ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Stewart scores 22 points, Storm escape with 79-78 win WNBA Storm 201708182051750773035ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 25 points and the Minnesota Lynx shattered the WNBA record for margin of victory at 59 points, beating the Indiana Fever 111-52 on Friday night. The Lynx set another league record with a 37-0 run that began at 4:54 of the first quarter when Minnesota led 22-9 and ...
  • NBA Roundup: US men’s basketball enters a new world _ without its stars United States' DeMarcus Cousins (12) celebrates a basket against Argentina during an exhibition basketball game Friday, July 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    The jerseys say USA, though that’s about all that will be recognizable. When the U.S. men’s basketball team returns to action later this month, fans might be left wondering, “the red, white and who?” The Americans are cautiously entering a whole new basketball world, one in which not only are the best ...
  • NBA Roundup: Commissioner Adam Silver focuses on player rest, health with new NBA schedule FILE - In this April 28, 2017, file photo, Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward arrives for Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Salt Lake City. Hayward has chosen to sign with the Boston Celtics and reunite with coach Brad Stevens, making the announcement Tuesday evening, July 4, on The Players' Tribune site. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)    —-    In a 1,230-game NBA season, the league made significant changes aimed at giving players optimal rest and focusing on player health over six months. The NBA on Monday released its full schedule that begins on Oct. 17 with Boston at Cleveland and Houston and Golden State and ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Players show support for Charlottesville victims Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker, left, complains about a call to referee Roy Gulbeyan during the second half in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Lynx won 85-79. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)WASHINGTON (AP) — Candace Parker scored 21 points and the Los Angeles Sparks eased by the Washington Mystics 95-62 on Wednesday night. Odyssey Sims had 18 points, seven assists and four steals for Los Angeles (20-8), and Nneka Ogwumike also had 18 points. Parker and Ogwumike combined to make 17 of 23 field goals. The Sparks shot ...
  • NBA schedule: Breaking down all the top games of the 2017-18 season -NBA-LOS-ANGELES-CLIPPERS-AT-PHOENIX-SUNS-90407860(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    A brief glance at the NBA schedule, with a breakdown of the must-see games as seen by USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick. The champs and their victory lap Ring night: The Golden State Warriors are back on top of the NBA mountain, having won the title in two of the ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Storm hope coaching change can lift team; Lynx lead AP poll Minnesota Lynx’s Jia Perkins, right, breaks up a play by Los Angeles Sparks’ Jantel Lavender during the first quarter of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball finals Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)NEW YORK (AP) — Struggling Seattle hopes the coaching change last week to replace Jenny Boucek with Gary Kloppenburg helps the team turn things around. Kloppenburg got off to a good start with the Storm winning at Phoenix in his first game in charge. The Storm are still on the outside of the playoff chase, tied ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Lynx C Fowles staking her claim in the WNBA MVP race FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles (34) shoots over Atlanta Dream forward Sancho Lyttle (20) during the third quarter of a WNBA basketball game, in St. Paul, Minn. . (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Chelsea Gray scored 23 points, Candace Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 70-64 on Friday night. Minnesota’s Rebekkah Brunson caught Maya Moore’s airball and put it in to get the Lynx within 66-63 with 49.3 seconds left. Nneka Ogwumike answered with ...
  • NBA Roundup: Warriors-Rockets, Cavs-Celtics on NBA’s early opening night FILE - In this April 27, 2017, file photo Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph warms up before an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis, Tenn. Police say Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Randolph was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill,File)(Photo: The Associated Press)NEW YORK (AP) — The Golden State Warriors will open their title defense by hosting Houston in Chris Paul’s Rockets debut on Oct. 17, the NBA’s earliest opening night in 37 years. Cleveland and Boston will play an Eastern Conference finals rematch earlier that night to begin the 2017-18 season, the league announced Thursday. The Warriors and ...
  • NBA Roundup: Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers plan NBA regular season game in London -NBA-All-Star-Game-Jam-SessionLONDON (AP) — The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will travel to London in January for a game at The O2 arena. The Sixers are the home team for the Jan. 11 game. Tickets for the NBA London Game 2018 game go on sale in October. The game will mark the NBA’s eighth regular-season game in London ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Fowles’ 27 points, 13 boards lead Lynx by Dream 81-72 Tamika Catchings heads onto the court for pregame warmups, about a half hour before the Indiana Fever's last regular season home game for Catchings and head coach Stephanie White, in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Indiana plays against the Dallas Wings. (Robert Scheer/The Indianapolis Star via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDITATLANTA (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 27 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 81-72 on Tuesday night. Fowles became the 10th player in WNBA history to reach 2,500 rebounds. Minnesota had a 66-64 lead entering the fourth quarter and held the Dream to just eight points the rest of the way. ...
  • NBA sent memo to teams about adding more rest into schedule -NBA-LOS-ANGELES-CLIPPERS-AT-PHOENIX-SUNS-90407860(PhatzRadio Sports /USA Today Sports)    —-   NBA commissioner Adam Silver has made adding more rest into the schedule one of his missions, and this week the league sent a memo to teams outlining ways to make that happen. When the new seven-year deal was reached on the collective bargaining agreement in December, one of the key ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Dupree, Larkins lift Fever to 84-82 win over Lynx lynx_1498883715404_9948985_ver1.0INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Candice Dupree scored a season-high 31 points, Erlana Larkins made a putback with 8.2 seconds left and the Indiana Fever beat the Minnesota Lynx 84-82 on Sunday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Dupree made a career-high 15 field goals on 21 attempts and Briann January scored had 14 points and six ...
  • NBA Roundup: Team World beats Team Africa in NBA Africa Game Team World's Jaylen Brown of Boston Celtics, gives away his shoes after playing the NBA Africa Game between Team Africa and Team World, at the Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)(Photo: The Associated Press)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, leading Team World to a 108-97 victory over Team Africa on Saturday in the NBA Africa Game. Team World put away the NBA’s second exhibition in South Africa by scoring the final 10 points to win a ...
  • WNBA Weekend Roundup: Plum paces Stars past Storm with 23 pts in an 87-80 OT win Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker, left, looks to pass the ball against Chicago Sky guard Jamierra Faulkner, right, during the first half of Game 4 of the WNBA basketball semifinals, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in Rosemont, Ill. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Courtney Vandersloot tied her career high with 26 points and Stephanie Dolson scored all of her 18 points in the second half to help the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 91-86 on Saturday night. Vandersloot added 10 assists and seven rebounds, Allie Quigley had 15 points, six assists and three blocks ...
  • Top Pro Football Hall of Fame candidates for 2018: Ray Lewis highlights field Jason Taylor waves to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (Scott Heckel/The Canton Repository via AP)CANTON, Ohio (AP) — For several members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2017, it was a time to campaign while celebrating. Terrell Davis wants more attention paid to the running game, and stronger hall consideration for running backs — something similar to this year, when both he and LaDainian Tomlinson were selected. Morten ...
  • NBA offseason grades: Which teams won the summer? Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, and Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) battle for a loose ball during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Now that the majority of the NBA offseason is in the books and the basketball world begins to count the days until the 2017-18 campaign tips off, USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick, Jeff Zillgitt, Michael Singer and AJ Neuharth-Keusch give their summer grades for each team. Eastern Conference Atlanta Hawks: B New Hawks general manager Travis ...
  • NBA Roundup: DeMarcus Cousins already saying he won’t talk about free agency / NBA News NBA--New-Orleans-Pelicans-Press-Conference(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today)   —-   When they traded for DeMarcus Cousins at the All-Star break last season, the New Orleans Pelicans were hoping for a second-half push toward the playoffs. With Cousins, a 21-point, 11-rebound career player teaming with Anthony Davis and his 22-point, 10-rebound career average, it was a twin bigs tandem that could ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Minnesota Lynx clinch playoff spot, remain atop power poll Minnesota Lynx’s Jia Perkins, right, breaks up a play by Los Angeles Sparks’ Jantel Lavender during the first quarter of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball finals Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   The Minnesota Lynx have already clinched a playoff berth and there’s still a third of the season left to play. The Lynx (19-2) tied the franchise record for fewest games needed to secure a postseason spot when they beat Seattle on Sunday. Minnesota, which remained atop The Associated Press WNBA power ...
  • NBA Roundup: Golden State Warriors bring back fan favorite JaVale McGee FILE - In this March 3, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks' Derrick Rose drives down court during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. Two people familiar with the negotiations say former MVP Derrick Rose is meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose is discussing a potential contract with Cleveland on Monday, July 24, 2017, according to the people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are keeping all three of their centers from a championship season, re-signing 7-footer JaVale McGee to a one-year deal Tuesday for the veteran minimum of about $2.3 million. McGee is a fan favorite for his ability to deliver on alley-oop dunks when Stephen Curry and the others find ...
  • NBA Roundup: Celtics sign free agent guard Shane Larkin ShaneLarkin_Nets2-660x400BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics have signed free agent guard Shane Larkin. The deal was announced by the team on Monday. Larkin was the 18th overall pick in the 2013 draft by Atlanta before being traded to Dallas on draft night. He played in Spain last season, splitting time between the ACB league, Euroleague and the Spanish ...
  • NBA Roundup: Los Angeles Lakers sign rookie C Thomas Bryant Apr 23, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) works for the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the second quarter in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY SportsEL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have signed rookie center Thomas Bryant after his promising performance for their Las Vegas summer league team. The Lakers announced the deal Sunday night. Los Angeles acquired Bryant on draft night from the Utah Jazz, who chose him with the 42nd overall pick. The 6-foot-10 Bryant averaged 12.6 points ...
  • NBA Roundup: Knicks, point guard Sessions agree to deal Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, right, smiles as Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis walks off the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 3, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 115-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks and Ramon Sessions have agreed to a deal. The Knicks finally found the veteran point guard they were seeking by giving the well-traveled Sessions a one-year deal Friday worth $2.3 million. The person confirmed the deal, first reported by The ...

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