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Legendary UNC coach Smith dies

Feb 9, 2015

Legendary UNC coach Smith dies

Dean Smith was more than simply a basketball coach. Yes, the retired Hall of Famer left North Carolina as the winningest coach in men’s history after capturing two national titles along with the 1976 Olympic gold medal and coaching some of the sport’s biggest ...

Feb 8, 2015

Cinq Reves slump to 17th straight loss

by Ed Odeven

The Tokyo Cinq Reves won three of their first five games this season. It appeared to be a positive sign for the third-year franchise, which went 18-34 in 2012-13 and 13-39 last season. Since then, the team, led by third-year bench boss Motofumi Aoki, ...

Davis hurts shoulder in Pelicans' loss to Bulls

Feb 8, 2015

Davis hurts shoulder in Pelicans' loss to Bulls

Anthony Davis stood in a hallway outside the Pelicans’ and Bulls’ locker rooms, wearing a gray sweatsuit and smiling as he engaged Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau in a good-natured postgame chat. After a hard, awkward fall on an alley-oop dunk had sidelined Davis with ...

Feb 7, 2015

Defense, fan support fuel Akita's success on road

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets have rattled off 16 victories in their past 17 games. What’s more, first-year bench boss Makoto Hasegawa’s team now has a jaw-dropping 16-2 record in road games after a 97-74 dismantling of the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday afternoon. Akita, ...

Hawks soar in matchup of NBA's best

Feb 7, 2015

Hawks soar in matchup of NBA's best

The Atlanta Hawks climbed back to the top of the NBA standings by leaning on their depth. Jeff Teague scored 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks overcame Golden State’s one-two backcourt punch with balance, beating the Warriors 124-116 on Friday night in a showdown ...

Paul denies criticism based on gender

Feb 7, 2015

Paul denies criticism based on gender

Chris Paul made it clear: His problem with referee Lauren Holtkamp was with her call. He left it to others to say it wasn’t about her gender. His criticism of the rookie official drew a rebuke from the referees union Friday followed by strong ...

Johnson secures victory for Broncos at free-throw line

Feb 6, 2015

Johnson secures victory for Broncos at free-throw line

by Ed Odeven

Without defenders’ hands in his face, contesting his shot and trying to disrupt his timing, Saitama Broncos forward Gary Johnson was a potent weapon on Friday night at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium. Johnson capitalized on his frequent visits to the free-throw line in the bj-league ...

Magic fire Vaughn

Feb 6, 2015

Magic fire Vaughn

For several weeks, Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has felt the team has been stuck in a rut. He’s hoping a change of leadership on the bench will get them out of it. Citing a “stalled” growth process, the Magic fired Jacque Vaughn ...

Feb 6, 2015

Gunma cuts Morrison, signs Murray

The Gunma Crane Thunders terminated guard Marcus Morrison’s contract on Thursday and signed guard Andre Murray a day later, the bj-league team announced. Morrison, 30, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession on Tuesday at his home in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, and has been ...

Westbrook drops 45 on Pelicans

Feb 5, 2015

Westbrook drops 45 on Pelicans

The way Russell Westbrook saw it, Wednesday night’s game at New Orleans was a must win. The Thunder had lost four of their past six and were missing forward Kevin Durant — out with a sprained left big toe — for the fourth time ...

Warriors flex muscle in victory over Kings

Feb 4, 2015

Warriors flex muscle in victory over Kings

Pick a category: Defense. Shooting. Ball movement. Efficiency. Togetherness. In four games this season, the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings showed in just about every way how much of a difference there is between the NBA’s Northern California clubs. Stephen Curry had 23 ...