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Passing skills elevate Sendai's game

| Apr 7, 2016

Passing skills elevate Sendai's game

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Building an offense around good ball movement isn’t a revolutionary concept in basketball. It’s a proven formula for success at all levels. Good passing always helps to create scoring opportunities. The Sendai 89ers rely on gifted passers to generate their high-powered offense. That approach ...

UConn routs Syracuse for fourth straight title

Apr 6, 2016

UConn routs Syracuse for fourth straight title

Peerless again. Perfect again. Connecticut senior Breanna Stewart capped off her brilliant career with a fourth straight national championship — a feat never accomplished before in Division I women’s basketball. “It was the perfect ending,” Stewart said. “We had a goal coming in as ...

Timberwolves surge past record-chasing Warriors in OT

Apr 6, 2016

Timberwolves surge past record-chasing Warriors in OT

Coach Steve Kerr knows just what his players are going through down the stretch of a potentially record-setting season. Having stumbled to the finish of a 72-win season as a player with the Chicago Bulls two decades ago, Kerr is watching his Golden State ...

Mutombo encourages more Asians to follow Yao's lead

Apr 5, 2016

Mutombo encourages more Asians to follow Yao's lead

Dikembe Mutombo on Tuesday hailed the induction of “best friend” Yao Ming into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and urged more Asians to follow the Chinese star’s lead. Mutombo said more Asian players should leave their comfort zone and take risks just ...

Iverson, Shaq, Yao elected to Hall

Apr 5, 2016

Iverson, Shaq, Yao elected to Hall

Despite being elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, Allen Iverson knows he still won’t be able to shake his infamous rant about practice. “I’m in the Hall of Fame and I can go outside today and go to a restaurant or ...

Villanova wins national title on buzzer-beater

Apr 5, 2016

Villanova wins national title on buzzer-beater

One good shot deserved another. Kris Jenkins of Villanova wasn’t about to be outdone. Jenkins overcame the shock of watching North Carolina’s Marcus Paige hit a double-clutch 3 to tie it by spotting up behind the right side of the arc and draining a ...

Apr 3, 2016

HeatDevils pound hapless Lightning

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The Hiroshima Lightning are getting outscored by 42.3 points per game this season. Which means that a 58-36 halftime deficit on Sunday is only a minor snapshot of their woes. As expected, things fell part for Hiroshima in the second half against the visiting ...

Spurs get franchise-record 64th win

Apr 3, 2016

Spurs get franchise-record 64th win

The San Antonio Spurs got exactly what they were hoping for against the Toronto Raptors — a scare. Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 33 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 15 rebounds and the Spurs held off the Raptors 102-95 Saturday night for ...

North Carolina reaches title game

Apr 3, 2016

North Carolina reaches title game

This looked like an inside job all the way for North Carolina. Out of nowhere, Marcus Paige figured out how to hit from 3-point land and the Tar Heels found themselves one win away from the program’s sixth national title. Using layups, floaters and ...

Apr 2, 2016

Hamamatsu relies on outside shooting to edge Iwate

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Strong 3-point shooting carried the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix past the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday night. The Phoenix recorded a 69-68 victory in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture. The defending champions (31-14) shot 12-for-27 from beyond the arc. Seven Phoenix players made at least one 3-pointer. ...

Celtics halt Warriors' record 54-game home winning streak

Apr 2, 2016

Celtics halt Warriors' record 54-game home winning streak

Everybody expected Stephen Curry to make the 3 from way out with the clock winding down, just as he always does. Instead, this time Curry missed a long 3-pointer to tie it with 5.3 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors suffered their first ...