Basketball

February 23, 2019 - 3:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Rockets star James Harden has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating. The NBA announced the penalty Saturday, two days after Harden said he didn't think official Scott Foster should be allowed to work any Rockets games. Harden fouled out in Houston's...
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February 23, 2019 - 3:46 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Eight University of Mississippi men's basketball players kneeled during the national anthem Saturday in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena. Minutes before the game against Georgia, both teams formed lines for the anthem. As soon as "The Star-Spangled Banner" began,...
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February 23, 2019 - 3:09 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — De'Andre Hunter was hungry to do his part. The hard part was waiting nearly 9 1/2 minutes on the bench with two fouls. Once Hunter returned, he couldn't miss and all was right for No. 3 Virginia on Saturday as it rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit against No. 18...
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February 23, 2019 - 2:52 pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari surpassed Joe B. Hall on the school's all-time wins list and is second behind Adolph Rupp after an 80-53 victory over Auburn on Saturday. Calipari is 298-68 in 10 seasons with the Wildcats. Hall compiled a 297-100 record in 13 seasons and led the...
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February 23, 2019 - 2:32 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Javonte Smart capped a career-best 29-point performance with a crucial rebound and go-ahead free throws in the final seconds, and No. 13 LSU outlasted fifth-ranked Tennessee 82-80 in overtime on Saturday. Smart, a freshman who grew up near Baton Rouge, began to take over the...
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February 23, 2019 - 11:00 am
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says freshman star Zion Williamson won't play against Syracuse because of a mild knee sprain sustained earlier in the week. Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge disclosed Williamson's status on Saturday, about 7 hours before the top-ranked Blue Devils (23-2, 11-2 Atlantic Coast...
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February 23, 2019 - 10:41 am
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Cori Close emerged from the UCLA locker room with her shoes in her hand and a big smile on her face. It seems the Bruins coaxed a victory dance from their reticent coach after all. Kennedy Burke had a career-high 29 points and UCLA came back from a 22-point deficit to knock off...
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February 23, 2019 - 1:45 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George cut through two defenders, lofted a shot over 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert and waited just like everyone else. George's high-arching lob fell with less than a second remaining in double-overtime, capping a 45-point night with the winning shot in the Oklahoma City Thunder's...
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February 22, 2019 - 10:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Dario Saric says basketball's World Cup qualifying system "doesn't make any sense" to him after Croatia was eliminated from contention Friday. The Croatians had a strong run in the 2016 Olympics, winning their group and reaching the quarterfinals. But they will be sitting home this...
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February 22, 2019 - 10:07 pm
TORONTO (AP) — A crucial turnover brought a sour end to DeMar DeRozan's first game back in Toronto. Kawhi Leonard stole the ball from DeRozan to score the go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left and the Raptors beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-117 on Friday night, spoiling the former Toronto star's return...
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