Basketball

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid celebrates after making a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
December 10, 2019 - 11:18 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid threw the ball over his shoulder into the basket and celebrated the no-look shot with a little shake and shimmy for the crowd. It was vintage Embiid — and something the fun-loving center wants to do more. Yes, the 76ers are winning. But their star big man wants to be...
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Texas Tech guard Avery Benson (24) defends against a shot by Louisville forward Jordan Nwora (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Jimmy V Classic, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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December 10, 2019 - 9:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Texas Tech's scruffy walk-on Avery Benson tried to crowd surf at Madison Square Garden and coach Chris Beard thrust his fist in the air at many of the same rabid fans who had told security they were going to rush the court. The fans were held at bay after No. 1 Louisville went down...
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Penn State guard Myles Dread, right, beats Maryland forward Donta Scott (24) to a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in State College, Pa., on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)
December 10, 2019 - 9:26 pm
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — At 6-foot-9, Mike Watkins always stands out in a crowd. Even one that’s made up of hundreds of screaming fans. Watkins pumped his fists as swarms of his classmates poured onto the court after Penn State joined a series of unranked teams to knock off top-5 opponents this...
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Wires go to microphones above a logo of the Russian Olympic Committee during President of the Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov's news conference in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Russia from the Olympics and other major sporting events for four years, though many athletes will likely be allowed to compete as neutral athletes. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
December 10, 2019 - 12:15 pm
Russia cranked up a state-sponsored, industrial-scale doping operation ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games worthy of its own gold medal. It swept up more than 1,000 athletes and stretched from lowly lab technicians to the highest reaches of the nation’s sports ministries. And despite getting busted twice...
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Baylor head coach Scott Drew argues a foul call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona in Waco, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
December 10, 2019 - 2:11 am
Butler's trip to Baylor this week probably wouldn't have mentioned a merit when a list of intriguing nonconference matchups was generated before the college basketball season tipped off. Now, their game Tuesday night might well deserve top billing. The No. 18 Bulldogs, who finished with a losing...
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New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) shoots next to Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 10, 2019 - 2:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — RJ Barrett was asked to explain something that would have been unusual to a 10-year veteran, let alone someone who had played 21 NBA games. Was it strange to have a coach run practice, only to fire him after it ended? “I mean, I have no idea. I just got here," Barrett said. “I don’t...
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Orlando Magic's Michael Carter-Williams shoots past Milwaukee Bucks' Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
December 09, 2019 - 10:32 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — After outscoring opponents by an average of 34 points in their previous four games, the Milwaukee Bucks found out right away things would be tougher Monday when their first two shots were blocked. That slowed the Bucks down, but they still can’t be stopped. Giannis Antetokounmpo...
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Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is introduced in the starting line up prior to the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Hayward returned to play after breaking his left hand in early November. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
December 09, 2019 - 9:55 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics forward Gordon Hayward started Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers and scored 14 points, returning to the Boston lineup ahead of schedule in his return from a broken hand. Hayward received a loud ovation when he was introduced and got his first basket on a fast-break...
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New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) attempts a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)
December 09, 2019 - 5:56 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State is challenging NCAA charges based on allegations that an Adidas representative paid $40,000 to the family of former basketball star Dennis Smith Jr. through a former Wolfpack assistant coach to ensure Smith's commitment to the school. N.C. State is arguing...
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Connecticut's Megan Walker takes off with a steal from Notre Dame's Katlyn Gilbert, left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
December 09, 2019 - 12:05 pm
Connecticut jumped to No. 2 behind Stanford in The Associated Press women's Top 25 rankings released Monday after another week filled with upsets. The Cardinal garnered 27 of the 30 first-place votes Monday from the national media panel. UConn jumped up two spots, seven points in front of No. 3...
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