Basketball

Newly acquired player Kristaps Porzingis, left, responds to questions as head coach Rick Carlisle, center, and team owner Mark Cuban, right, listen during a news conferences where the newly acquired players were introduced in Dallas, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
February 04, 2019 - 6:59 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis won't play for the Mavericks this season while continuing his recovery from a knee injury after Dallas acquired the 2018 All-Star in a blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks. As for the next 20 years, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Monday he envisions Porzingis...
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Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, right, speaks with Crystal Dangerfield (5) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
February 04, 2019 - 12:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — UConn has dropped to fifth in The Associated Press women's basketball poll — its lowest ranking in nearly 12 years — after suffering its second loss of the season. The Huskies (19-2) lost to then-No. 3 Louisville last week and fell to their worst ranking since Feb. 12, 2007. UConn...
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Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner (1) drives around Texas A&M guard Jay Jay Chandler, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
February 04, 2019 - 11:03 am
Tennessee remains at No. 1 for the third straight week and the top four are unchanged in The Associated Press men's basketball poll. Losses by Michigan and Michigan State led to a shake-up in the rest of the top 10. The Volunteers received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll...
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FILE- In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo Cleveland Cavaliers' Rodney Hood, left, drives past Washington Wizards' Tomas Satoransky, from Czech Republic, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. The Cavaliers traded Hood to the Portland Trail Blazers. In exchange for Hood, Cleveland received guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin and a second-round pick in 2021 and 2023. The teams agreed to the deal on Sunday and completed their trade conference call with the NBA on Monday, Feb. 4. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
February 04, 2019 - 9:52 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have traded forward Rodney Hood to the Portland Trail Blazers. Cleveland is rebuilding and received guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin and a second-round pick in 2021 and 2023. The teams agreed to the deal Sunday and completed a conference call with the NBA on...
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Kansas forward David McCormack (33) rebounds with guard Ochai Agbaji (30) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Texas Tech center Norense Odiase, back, is boxed out on the play. Kansas defeated Texas Tech 79-63. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
February 03, 2019 - 6:41 pm
Kansas made a late-season push to clinch its record 14th straight Big 12 title a year ago. The Jayhawks may need a similar run to make it 15 in a row. The Big 12 race has tightened up heading into the final month of the regular season, with five teams within a game of the lead. The 11th-ranked...
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, right, defends against Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
February 03, 2019 - 3:51 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving had 30 points and 11 assists, Marcus Morris scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics snapped the Oklahoma City Thunder's league-best seven-game win streak with a 134-129 victory Sunday. Marcus Smart added 18 points and seven assists, Al Horford scored 17 points and Daniel...
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Villanova's Phil Booth, left, goes up for a shot over Georgetown's Mac McClung during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
February 03, 2019 - 3:02 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Villanova had reminders everywhere of how just successful it's been in recent seasons: two national championship trophies were displayed for photo ops and former great Jalen Brunson was honored in a pregame ceremony. Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels gave the Wildcats a...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket as Utah Jazz's Jae Crowder, left, and Ricky Rubio (3) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
February 03, 2019 - 12:13 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once James Harden figures out the best way to take over a game, there isn't much other NBA teams can do to stop him. Harden attacked on both ends of the court and quickly filled up the stat sheet to power the Houston Rockets to a 125-98 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday...
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Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone calls to players in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
February 02, 2019 - 11:20 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denver coach Michael Malone is headed to the All-Star Game, where he will coach the team that will be picked by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. Malone clinched his first All-Star coaching nod Saturday night, when the Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-106. The...
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San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) drives around New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
February 02, 2019 - 11:02 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 14 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs withstood another bat intrusion — with a nifty play from the team's coyote mascot — and held off the depleted New Orleans Pelicans 113-108 on Saturday night. The Spurs led for all but the opening basket in...
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