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JBA hopeful new plan helps strengthen men's national team

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The Japanese Basketball Association recently announced plans to hold training camps more often as it becomes more serious, and desperate, about developing the men’s national team ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. On Wednesday, the sport’s national governing body unveiled a 68-man training camp ...

| Dec 6, 2016

Ex-referee Vanak helped improve job with courage

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John Vanak was a quiet revolutionary. The humble, simple man from his beloved Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania, about 145 km northwest of Philadelphia, was one of the four men who defied the National Basketball Association and, effectively, created modern refereeing in the NBA. Vanak, a 30-year ...

Thompson drops 60 on listless Pacers

Dec 6, 2016

Thompson drops 60 on listless Pacers

Klay Thompson wanted one more quarter. He wanted to score 80, and thinks he absolutely could have. Hard to argue that one: He went off for 60 points in 29 head-shaking, jaw-dropping, defense-breaking minutes. “Who knows? I know he would have kept shooting,” coach ...

Dec 6, 2016

Evessa start fast, hold off Grouses

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The Osaka Evessa took an 18-point lead into the second quarter and held on for an 85-79 home win over the Toyama Grouses on Monday night in the B. League. Former University of Kentucky and NBA big man Josh Harrellson paced the Evessa (11-9) ...

Westbrook notches another triple-double

Dec 5, 2016

Westbrook notches another triple-double

A few weeks ago, Michael Jordan helped induct Russell Westbrook into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and called himself a fan of the Thunder guard’s game. Now, Westbrook has accomplished something no one has since Jordan — he became the first player with five ...

Brex edge SeaHorses in heavyweight matchup

Dec 4, 2016

Brex edge SeaHorses in heavyweight matchup

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Both Tochigi Brex-SeaHorses Mikawa games lived up to their lofty expectations over the weekend. The powerhouse basketball clubs exchanged down-to-the-wire wins, not unlike two heavyweight boxers trading knockout punches in back-to-back title bouts. On Sunday, it was Tochigi’s turn to chalk up a number ...

Curry leads charge in win over Suns

Dec 4, 2016

Curry leads charge in win over Suns

Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 31 points in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors ran their NBA-record streak of regular season games without consecutive losses to 106 by beating the Phoenix Suns 138-109 on Saturday night. “It’s an incredible mark of ...

Albirex edge Lakestars, improve to 10-10

Dec 3, 2016

Albirex edge Lakestars, improve to 10-10

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The Niigata Albirex BB overcame Lakestars star Julian Mavunga’s 41-point performance and escaped with a 92-91 road victory on Saturday over Shiga. Tenyoku You nailed a pair of free throws with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Albirex in front 92-85. ...

Bulls deal Cavs third straight loss

Dec 3, 2016

Bulls deal Cavs third straight loss

LeBron James wasn’t holding back. Cleveland’s superstar had plenty to say after the Cavaliers gave up 78 points in the paint on the way to another loss. The condensed version was this: It’s time to start playing like a championship team again. Jimmy Butler ...

Brave Thunders cruise past Levanga

Dec 2, 2016

Brave Thunders cruise past Levanga

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There’s nothing new about Nick Fazekas scoring points in bunches. It happens all the time. The former NBA big man did it again on Friday night — 33 points to be precise. The Kawasaki Brave Thunders center also grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out ...

Dec 2, 2016

LeBron named SI's Sportsperson of Year

LeBron James delivered on a promise and ended decades of Cleveland sports misery in 2016. For leading the Cavaliers to an NBA title and ending the city’s 52-year title drought, James was chosen Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year on Thursday, joining Tiger Woods ...

Warriors see win streak ended at 12 by Rockets

Dec 2, 2016

Warriors see win streak ended at 12 by Rockets

Kevin Durant just missed the garbage can with his postgame ice bag, and that told the story of Golden State’s long night. Then, Draymond Green expressed his disgust with the officiating. James Harden notched his fourth triple-double of the season with 29 points, 15 ...