NBA Basketball

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (0) drives past New York Knicks' Noah Vonleh (32) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Cleveland. Love relaxed on the beach under the warm Caribbean sun during the All-Star break. He’s hoping it keeps shining on him and the Cavaliers in the second half of a depressing, gloomy season.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
February 20, 2019 - 2:36 pm
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love relaxed on the beach under the warm Caribbean sun during the All-Star break. He hopes it finally shines on him and the Cavaliers in the second half of a depressing, gloomy season. Offering optimism about his future and Cleveland's, Love returned to the practice...
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Joel Embiid, de los 76ers de Filadelfia, reacciona durante la segunda mitad del partido ante los Knicks de Nueva York, el miércoles 13 de febrero de 2019 (AP Foto/Frank Franklin II)
February 20, 2019 - 1:20 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will miss at least a week with a sore left knee. Embiid underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapy until he is evaluated again next week. The 24-year-old Embiid is...
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February 20, 2019 - 10:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two leading advocates for retired NFL players have teamed up in pushing for increased pension benefits for pre-1993 retirees. The Pro Football Retired Players Association, a nonprofit chaired by Hall of Famer Jim Brown, donated $100,000 to Fairness for Athletes in Retirement, a...
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Former President Barack Obama, left, hugs Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Curry after speaking at the My Brother's Keeper Alliance Summit in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
February 20, 2019 - 9:21 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place. Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother's Keeper...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Brad Stevens looks down during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. The Celtics were expected to challenge the Warriors for the NBA crown, and that could still happen though right now they’re looking up at Milwaukee and Toronto in the East. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
February 19, 2019 - 1:35 pm
BOSTON (AP) — One way or another, the spotlight was always going to shine on the Boston Celtics in an Eastern Conference without LeBron James. After back-to-back losses to James' Cavaliers in the past two conference finals, his departure West to join the Los Angeles Lakers seemed to clear the path...
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February 19, 2019 - 9:51 am
USA Gymnastics is turning to NBA executive Li Li Leung to help turn the embattled program around. The organization named Leung as its new president and chief executive officer on Tuesday as it fights to retain its status as the national governing body for the sport after the Larry Nassar sexual...
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Team LeBron's Karl-Anthony Towns, of the Minnesota Timberwolves, heads to the hoop against Team Giannis' Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 17, 2019 - 11:33 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word. Oh, this mattered to...
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CORRECTS TO THE LAKERS, NOT THE CAVALIERS - Team LeBron's LeBron James, of the Los Angeles Lakers, celebrates a basket against Team Giannis during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 17, 2019 - 9:58 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on All-Star Weekend. (all times local) 10:55 p.m. Kevin Durant had 31 points and seven rebounds, LeBron James added 19 points and Team LeBron overcame a big game from Giannis Antetokounmpo to defeat Team Giannis 178-164 on Sunday night in the All-Star game. Team...
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Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo leaps over former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. Diallo won the contest. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 16, 2019 - 9:52 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Boston's Jayson Tatum got his gamewinner from midcourt. Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo went over Shaquille O'Neal to help win his trophy. And Brooklyn's Joe Harris made all the shots at all the right times to deny Golden State's Stephen Curry a storybook ending in his...
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Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 16, 2019 - 9:33 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo is the NBA's slam dunk champion. Going over Shaquille O'Neal in the first round, then getting a boost from rapper Quavo in the finale, Diallo soared to the crown by topping New...
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