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Cleveland welcomes LeBron home

Oct 2, 2014

Cleveland welcomes LeBron home

The crowd’s deafening roar was so loud LeBron James couldn’t hear his name announced. Unsure of whether to walk out onto the floor, he looked around and realized he was the last one left on the bench. Seconds later, James knew he was home. ...

Kobe ready for rebound

Sep 30, 2014

Kobe ready for rebound

After the longest offseason of his career, Kobe Bryant pulled on his familiar gold jersey Monday and went back to work with the Los Angeles Lakers, quietly believing his 19th NBA season will be better than almost anybody expects. “I’m trying to see if ...

New-look Cavs eye shot at title

Sep 27, 2014

New-look Cavs eye shot at title

LeBron James threw his right arm around Kevin Love and rested the other on Kyrie Irving’s shoulder. They laughed, smiled and posed for photos — together. And that’s how they plan to win an NBA championship. The trio of All-Stars, aligned this summer to ...

Suns keep Bledsoe in five-year, $70 million deal

Sep 25, 2014

Suns keep Bledsoe in five-year, $70 million deal

The Phoenix Suns and point guard Eric Bledsoe have reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract, capping a long, sometimes-tense negotiation to keep him in the desert. The deal Wednesday is considerably more than the four-year, $48 million the Suns initially offered but ...

Sep 20, 2014

Chapman arrested for shoplifting

Former NBA guard Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale and then selling the items at a pawn shop. Police took the 46-year-old Chapman into custody Friday afternoon after officers stopped his vehicle ...

Dream Team's triumph in Barcelona still resonates across globe

Sep 15, 2014

Dream Team's triumph in Barcelona still resonates across globe

Officially, it was the U.S. Olympic team, together for just a few weeks. To the basketball world, it was the Dream Team, and its gold-medal run changed hoops forever. An American sport was transformed into a global phenomenon when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry ...

Hawks' Ferry on leave

Sep 13, 2014

Hawks' Ferry on leave

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence Friday, making the move under fire for his racially charged comments about a player. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin has resisted calls for Ferry to be dismissed, but said the 47-year-old GM asked ...

U.S. reaches final round

Sep 12, 2014

U.S. reaches final round

Madrid awaits. Spain doesn’t. The gold-medal matchup seemingly everyone wanted in the Basketball World Cup — maybe even some U.S. players — won’t be happening. The Spanish were upset in the quarterfinals, ending the predicted No. 1 vs. No. 2 game on Sunday on ...

Hawks owner selling stake after racist email

Sep 8, 2014

Hawks owner selling stake after racist email

Less than one month after the Clippers’ sale ended Donald Sterling’s ugly downfall, another NBA team is on the market following a racially charged disclosure from its owner. Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson said Sunday he is selling his controlling interest in the team, ...

U.S. dominant in victory over New Zealand

Sep 3, 2014

U.S. dominant in victory over New Zealand

American players paused from their warmups to stand and face their New Zealand opponents as they performed the haka, their traditional war dance challenge. The U.S. response wasn’t nearly as interesting. Just pound the ball inside and outmuscle an overmatched opponent. Anthony Davis had ...

Aug 28, 2014

Clippers give Rivers five-year extension

Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years. In Steve Ballmer’s first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Ballmer said Wednesday it was one of his ...

Love hopes to help deliver long-awaited title to Cleveland

Aug 27, 2014

Love hopes to help deliver long-awaited title to Cleveland

Kevin Love’s phone rang in July and LeBron James asked the All-Star forward if he wanted to play with him in Cleveland. “I’m in,” Love told James. For the long haul. Getting used to a new city and new team after being acquired by ...