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  • NBA Roundup: Andrew Wiggins banks in 3-pointer at buzzer, Timberwolves top Thunder Rick Carlisle, Sean Kilpatrick, Harrison Barnes, Fred Hoiberg, Trey Burke, Meyers Leonard, Joe Harris, Draymond Green, Shabazz Napier, Otto Porter, Quincy Acy, Sheldon McClellan, Bradley Beal, Billy Donovan, Tom Thibodeau, Phil Jackson, Memphis, Tennessee, NBA Southwest Division, NBA Western Conference, NBA Playoffs, NBA basketball, Men's basketball, Sports, Professional basketball, Basketball, Men's sports, Marc Gasol, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA Pacific Division, Zach Randolph, New York, Utah, Florida, Indiana, Miami, Indiana Pacers, NBA Southeast Division, NBA Eastern Conference, NBA Central Division, Mike Conley, National Basketball Association, Athlete injuries, Athlete health, New York City, Los Angeles, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, San Antonio, Paul George, Portland, Kyrie Irving, Cleveland, Toronto, Men's soccer, Soccer, Professional soccer, Houston, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, NBA Atlantic Division, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston, Golden State Warriors, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA Northwest Division, Thabo Sefolosha, MLS Western Conference, Kawhi Leonard, Orlando, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Toronto Raptors, George Hill, Jeremy Lin, Major League Soccer, DeAndre Jordan, Orlando Magic, Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Atlanta Hawks, Jeff Teague, Oscar Robertson, John Wall, Gordon Hayward, Taj Gibson, Klay Thompson, Houston Rockets, Carmelo Anthony, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, Washington Wizards, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, Eric Gordon, Damian Lillard, Gerald Green, J.J. Redick, Goran Dragic, Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas, Tristan Thompson, Ersan Ilyasova, Jordan Crawford, Jimmy Butler, LaMarcus Aldridge, Devin Harris, Jose Juan Barea, Jonas Valanciunas, Wesley Matthews, Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris, Jose Calderon, Brooklyn Nets, Ish Smith, Shelvin Mack, Norman Powell, Jerami Grant, Trevor Booker, Steve Kerr, Jordan Clarkson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Elfrid Payton, Patrick Beverley, Aaron Gordon, Willie Reed, Jeff Hornacek, Rudy Gobert, Giannis Antetokounmpo, New Orleans Pelicans, Karl-Anthony Towns, Noah Vonleh, Tim Quarterman, Hassan Whiteside, Clint Capela, Cheick Diallo, Nicolas Brussino, Nikola Jokic, Paul Zipser, Minnesota United FC (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —    Andrew Wiggins banked in a 3-pointer from a few steps inside halfcourt as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. Oklahoma City’s Carmelo Anthony hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to give the Thunder the lead before the ...
  • NBA Roundup: Rockets rally to spoil defending champion Warriors return NBA commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green during a ring ceremony prior to the basketball game against the Houston Rockets Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)(Photo: The Associated Press)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Confetti began to fall and the Golden State Warriors thought they had pulled off a wild opening-night win. The Houston Rockets emphatically signaled otherwise — insisting that Kevin Durant’s baseline jumper had swished through the net after the buzzer. After one official got hurt, two remaining referees reviewed the play and ruled the ...
  • NBA Preview: Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests again FILE - This Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, and Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry battling for a loose ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Cleveland. The Warriors and Cavaliers are being penciled in to meet in the NBA Finals once again. They're going to drive most of the conversation this season, a fact that is not lost on the league or its TV partners. When the season tips off Tuesday, Cleveland will take the center stage first, followed by the Warriors. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Minutes after LeBron James lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four months ago, he vowed to return to the gym right away with plans to get back to the big stage. To win another ring. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant heard it yet already knew it — and everybody ...
  • Parade, rally held for WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen points toward her jersey during a victory rally Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, the day after the team won the WNBA championship. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the fourth time in seven seasons, the Minnesota Lynx and their fans celebrated a WNBA championship with a parade. The Star Tribune reports fans lined the street Thursday evening as Maya Moore and other Lynx players slowly made their way toward a rally at Williams Arena in the back of several convertibles. At ...
  • Minnesota Lynx capture WNBA championship by holding off Los Angeles Sparks Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen acknowledges the crowd in the final seconds of the second half of Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.(Photo: Aaron Lavinsky, AP)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx are no strangers to celebration. Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and a proud core have danced in the confetti and bathed in bubbly four times now. Boring? Hardly. If anything, the champagne tastes sweeter than ever. Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and broke her own WNBA Finals record by grabbing 20 rebounds ...
  • WNBA Finals: Lynx and Sparks set for another Game 5 Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore reacts after she makes a shot and gets a foul called on the Los Angeles Sparks during the second half in Game 4 of the WNBA basketball finals, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lynx won 80-69. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)(Photo: The Associated Press)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike has a bandage under her right eye to mask the stitches she took from an elbow in the paint. Sylvia Fowles’ right eye is red and bloodshot from the battles being waged on the glass. The WNBA Finals rematch between the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx has pushed both teams ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Staley ready for USA women’s hoops camp FILE - In this March 10, 2017, file photo, Dawn Staley addresses the media during a news conference in Columbia, S.C. Staley is excited to lead her first USA Basketball camp as coach of the national team. She will oversee three days of training in Santa Barbara, Calif., this weekend. Originally 30 players were supposed to attend, but that number is down to 18 because of the WNBA Finals and some injuries. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)NEW YORK (AP) — Dawn Staley is excited to lead her first USA Basketball camp as head coach of the national team. She will oversee three days of training in Santa Barbara, California, this weekend. Originally 30 players were supposed to attend, but that number is down to 17 because of the WNBA Finals and some ...
  • WNBA Finals: Lynx force decisive Game 5 with 80-69 win over Sparks Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson, left, keeps her dribble, but falls to the floor against Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike during the first half in Game 4 of the WNBA basketball finals, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)(Photo: The Associated Press)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sylvia Fowles and the Minnesota Lynx weren’t about to let their season end in Los Angeles. The WNBA MVP helped the Lynx force a decisive fifth game in the WNBA Finals by scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as Minnesota beat Los Angeles 80-69 on Sunday night. It’s the second consecutive ...
  • WNBA Finals: Los Angeles Sparks a win away from repeating as WNBA champs Minnesota Lynx forward Natasha Howard, left, shoots as Los Angeles Sparks center Jantel Lavender defends during the first half in Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)(Photo: The Associated Press)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Sparks star Nneka Ogwumike was sporting a clear bandage under her eye Saturday. It wasn’t hiding the five stitches she received after Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles used her arm to attempt track down a rebound in the fourth quarter in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. Ogwumike was quick ...
  • WNBA Finals: Sparks beat Lynx, move within a win of back-to-back titles Minnesota Lynx guard Jia Perkins (7) loses the ball out of bounds for a turnover while being defended by Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) in the first half in Game 3 of a WNBA basketball finals game, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike came up big to move the Los Angeles Sparks within one win of repeating as WNBA champions. Parker had 13 points and five steals while Ogwumike had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help the Sparks beat the Lynx 75-64 in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals ...
  • WNBA Finals: Sparks plan to continue protest for Game 3 of WNBA Finals Los Angeles Sparks' Candace Parker, left, holds the ball at arm's length as Minnesota Lynx's Lindsay Whalen, right, defends during the second half of Game 2 in the WNBA basketball finals Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Lynx won 70-68. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)(Photo: The Associated Press)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks received a letter from a Minnesota fan who thanked them for taking a stand and going into the locker room for the national anthem before the first two games of the WNBA Finals. While there were a lot of boos before Game 2, the fan wanted to make ...
  • WNBA Finals: Sylvia Fowles sets WNBA Finals record as Lynx even series with Sparks Lynx v Sparks Game 2-USATSI-10310972MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx were still stinging two days after they failed to grab a single rebound in the first quarter of their WNBA Finals-opening loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. So Sylvia Fowles decided to grab them all in Game 2. Fowles grabbed a Finals-record 17 rebounds and scored 13 points to lead the ...
  • Report: Rick Pitino out as Louisville coach -C01-PITINO-89658477(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has scheduled a news conference during which officials are expected to address the university’s involvement in a federal bribery investigation, the latest scandal involving the Cardinals men’s basketball program. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino is not mentioned in the federal indictment announced Tuesday that resulted in the ...
  • WNBA Finals: Reeve blasts her Lynx after Game 1 loss to Sparks Los Angeles Sparks center Candace Parker (3) celebrates with teammate forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) after their team won 85-84 in Game 1 in the WNBA basketball finals against the Minnesota Lynx, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)(Photo: The Associated Press)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last thing Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve wanted to talk about was a moral victory. She had no time for pats on the back after her team came back from 26 points down in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. In the end, the Lynx are down 1-0 to the defending champion ...
  • 2017 WNBA Finals: Gray’s jumper helps Sparks avoid collapse in Game 1 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)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chelsea Gray got a sliver of daylight and let a 14-foot jumper fly — Game 1 of the WNBA Finals and what would have been a dubious piece of history for the Los Angeles Sparks hanging in the balance. When it splashed through there may have been a few sighs of relief sprinkled ...
  • WNBA Finals: Sparks, Lynx set for WNBA Finals rematch File- This Oct. 16, 2016, file photo shows Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver, right, shooting as Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore defends during the second half in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals, in Los Angeles. The Washington Mystics have signed free agent guard Toliver. The move on Tuesday, Feb.7, 2017, caps a busy week for the Mystics, who traded for former league MVP Elena Delle Donne on Thursday. Washington also traded away Kia Vaughn and Bria Hartley to clear salary cap space to sign Toliver. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No one on the Los Angeles Sparks or Minnesota Lynx really likes to talk about it, but deep down inside most of them knew this is how it was going to end. The two best teams in the WNBA meeting in the finals again. Ready to go at each other like a year ...
  • WNBA Finals Preview: Wings’ Allisha Gray wins WNBA Rookie of the Year award WNBA Wings Playoffs 2017NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray is the WNBA Rookie of the Year. The league announced Tuesday that Gray received 30 votes from a national media panel while Atlanta Dream guard Brittney Sykes got 10. Gray averaged 13 points and 3.9 rebounds and led all rookies with 1.53 steals per game. The 6-foot Gray, ...
  • WNBA Playoffs: Moore, Fowles help Lynx sweep Mystics, return to WNBA Finals Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) drives past Washington Mystics guard Elena Delle Donne (11) and center Krystal Thomas (34) to score during the first half of Game 3 of the WNBA basketball semifinals, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)(Photo: The Associated Press)PHOENIX (AP) — Candace Parker’s driving layup with 2.9 seconds to play gave the Los Angeles Sparks an 89-87 win and three-game sweep of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA semifinals Sunday. Parker finished with 21 points and 11 assists. Brittney Griner missed a shot as time expired and the Sparks celebrated with shouts and embraces in ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Candace Parker helps Sparks beat Mercury 86-72 in Game 2 Los Angeles Sparks' Nneka Ogwumike drives to the basket against Phoenix's Mercury's Diana Taurasi, left, and Brittney Griner during the first half of Game 2 of WNBA basketball playoff semifinal, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Long Beach, Calif. (Stephen Carr//Los Angeles Daily News via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Newly crowned MVP Sylvia Fowles scored 25 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 93-83 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals Thursday night. Fowles made 12 of 16 shots and the Lynx shot 51 percent from the floor to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five ...
  • WNBA Playoffs: Sparks rally to beat Phoenix 79-66 in WNBA playoff opener Los Angeles Sparks guard Odyssey Sims (1) defends against Phoenix Mercury's Leilani Mitchell (5) during the second half of a WNBA basketball playoff game Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Sparks won 79-66.(Stephen Carr/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike scored 19 points to lead five starters in double figures, and the Los Angeles Sparks opened defense of their WNBA championship with a 79-66 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the semifinals. Candace Parker added 15 points while playing with five fouls. Ogwumike overcame ...
  • WNBA Playoffs: Phoenix and Washington rally to advance in WNBA playoffs FILE - In this June 30, 2017 fie photo, the Los Angeles Sparks' Candace Parker passes the ball during a WNBA basketball game against the Atlanta Dream in McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. The waiting is almost over for Parker and the defending WNBA champion Sparks. After being off for over a week, the Sparks finally know they'll be playing the Phoenix Mercury in the semifinals starting Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Buhler, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)NEW YORK (AP) — Phoenix and Washington don’t have much time to rest after pulling off double-digit comebacks to advance in the WNBA playoffs. Both teams open the semifinals on the road Tuesday night with the fifth-seeded Mercury visiting No. 2 Los Angeles and the sixth-seeded Mystics at No. 1 Minnesota. The Mercury and Mystics needed big ...
  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams Nick Galis speaks during his enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as Bob McAdoo listens, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Springfield, Mass. Galis won a European Championship gold medal and European Championships MVP in 1987 and was named as one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports / AP)    —-   When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Taurasi, Bird among 30 players invited to US training camp 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)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    A look at the two second-round games in the WNBA playoffs: No. 4 Connecticut (21-13) vs No. 5 Phoenix (18-16) Season Series: Sun, 2-1. Connecticut: It’s the first playoff game for the franchise since 2012, and the young, surprising four-seed is primed to continue its remarkable season. The Sun struggled down the stretch ...
  • WNBA attendance grows to highest level since 2011 FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles bumps chests with guard Renee Montgomery (21) during the fourth quarter of the team's WNBA basketball game against the Atlanta Dream, in St. Paul, Minn. Fowles had a stellar year to lead Minnesota to the top seed in the WNBA playoffs. Her efforts earned her Associated Press WNBA Player of the Year honors on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)/Star Tribune via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA metrics are strong again, with attendance up for the second straight year. The league had nearly 1.6 million fans this season and averaged 7,716 per game, the highest total since 2011. “The success of the 2017 WNBA regular season clearly demonstrates that we have further strengthened our connection with our fans and ...
  • WNBA Playoffs Roundup: Griner’s double-double helps Mercury past Storm 79-69 Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) looks to pass as Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, left, defends during the first half of a first-round WNBA playoff basketball game, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)(Photo: The Associated Press)TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Britney Griner had 23 points and 11 rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury advance to the second round of the playoffs with a 79-69 victory over the Seattle Storm on Wednesday night. Phoenix will play at No. 4 Connecticut on Sunday. Late in the fourth quarter, Diana Taurasi dribbled down the clock and ...

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