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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 ...

Cavs finally complete deal for Love

Aug 24, 2014

Cavs finally complete deal for Love

Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again. Cleveland has craved a championship for 50 years. One drought over. One to go. On the first day they were able to complete the long-discussed blockbuster ...

Aug 22, 2014

Young to join T-Wolves from 76ers

The Minnesota Timberwolves have secured the final piece they were looking for in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Timberwolves will receive Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as part of the ...

Rose watches while U.S. crushes Dominicans

Aug 21, 2014

Rose watches while U.S. crushes Dominicans

Derrick Rose heard the fans chanting his name, and yes, he would’ve loved to give them what they wanted. But after missing most of the past two years and with still a long summer of basketball ahead, he’s willing to take this return slowly. ...

U.S. moving on from KD

Aug 20, 2014

U.S. moving on from KD

While Kevin Durant takes a step back, the U.S. national team is moving forward. Durant stunned the Americans when he decided to withdraw after practicing with the team during its first week of training camp. Now that they’ve had time to get over the ...

George hopes to return next season

Aug 16, 2014

George hopes to return next season

Paul George beat the odds to become an NBA star. He’ll have to do it all over again to play next season. Two weeks after a gruesome compound fracture of his right leg, George said Friday he remains hopeful that he can make it ...

Cousins suffers minor knee injury in practice

Aug 15, 2014

Cousins suffers minor knee injury in practice

DeMarcus Cousins had a big bag of ice on his right knee while he watched the end of practice Thursday. He briefly covered his face with a towel as trainers milled around his table next to the folded gym bleachers. Just making it to ...