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Announcer Breen's love of game carried him to top of profession

Jun 7, 2015

Announcer Breen's love of game carried him to top of profession

Mike Breen recalls the riveting Game 7s, still marvels at some memorable performances. It’s a lot of NBA Finals basketball to think about — more than anyone else who has sat in his center court seat. While Stephen Curry and LeBron James are squaring ...

Injured Irving out for rest of NBA Finals

Jun 6, 2015

Injured Irving out for rest of NBA Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has a fractured left kneecap and will have surgery that rules him out of the rest of the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers said Friday that an MRI exam at Stanford Sports Medicine Clinic revealed the injury and that Irving’s ...

Jun 5, 2015

Aoki named Yokohama B-Corsairs coach

by Ed Odeven

After two seasons as a Yokohama B-Corsairs assistant coach, Taketo Aoki has been promoted to bench boss, the bj-league squad announced on Friday. Aoki, 41, worked under ex-coach Michael Katsuhisa during the past two seasons. A Kanagawa Prefecture native, he retired as a player ...

Jun 5, 2015

'Bevo' Francis, 113-point scorer, dies at 82

Clarence “Bevo” Francis, who had 113 points for Rio Grande College in a 1954 game and was one of college basketball’s great scorers, has died. He was 82. He died Wednesday at his southern Ohio home, Roberts Funeral Home said. Rio Grande said he ...

Tokashiki earns spot with the Seattle Storm

Jun 5, 2015

Tokashiki earns spot with the Seattle Storm

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan ace Ramu Tokashiki has made the Seattle Storm’s opening-day roster, the WNBA club announced Thursday. The 23-year-old Tokashiki, who signed with the club in April, will become the third Japanese player to ever don a WNBA jersey. Mikiko Hagiwara played for the now-defunct ...

Warriors get by Cavaliers in OT thriller

Jun 5, 2015

Warriors get by Cavaliers in OT thriller

After an eight-day break, the NBA’s top teams and biggest stars put on quite a show. Only one kept it up for 53 minutes. And only one survived without a serious injury. Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight assists, and the Golden State ...

Jun 4, 2015

Celtics slated to play in Milan again

The Boston Celtics will play a preseason game in October at Olimpia Milano in a showdown of two of the most successful U.S. or European basketball clubs. The Oct. 6 meeting at Milan’s Mediolanum Forum, part of the NBA Global Games Europe series, will ...

| Jun 4, 2015

Disgraceful treatment of coaches must end

by Ed Odeven

Now, more than ever, the coaching profession is on impossibly shaky ground in the bj-league. Job security is, well, only a theory. Already this offseason, 12 head coaches from the 22 teams who competed in the 2014-15 season have parted ways with their clubs. ...

LeBron a favorite in Vegas even if Cavs are not

Jun 4, 2015

LeBron a favorite in Vegas even if Cavs are not

LeBron James will do more than just make a lot of people in Cleveland happy if he can find a way to lead the Cavaliers over Golden State in the NBA Finals. He’ll also make a lot of people a pretty good return on ...

Bulls introduce Hoiberg as new coach

Jun 3, 2015

Bulls introduce Hoiberg as new coach

Fred Hoiberg looked at Chicago and saw a deep and talented roster with a chance to contend for a championship — an opportunity that was too good to pass up. The long-rumored pairing of Hoiberg and the Chicago Bulls became official on Tuesday when ...

Warriors mull ways to stop LeBron

Jun 3, 2015

Warriors mull ways to stop LeBron

LeBron James believes there is nobody in the world who can stop him. He is too strong, too fast, too skilled. For the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA title, they will need to get past James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the ...