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» Sunday, June 26, 2016

NBA, WNBA first pro leagues with float in NYC pride parade

NEW YORK (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA President Lisa Borders marched in New York City's pride parade Sunday.

Whiteside hoping to decide his free-agent future on July 1

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside cannot wait to become a free agent.

NBA top draft Simmons’ cousin killed in NJ hit-and-run

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) The cousin of Ben Simmons, who was picked first by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA draft, died after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in a New Jersey neighborhood, family members said.

NBA top draft Simmons’ cousin killed in NJ hit-and-run

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) The cousin of Ben Simmons, who was picked first by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA draft, died after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in a New Jersey neighborhood, family members said.

Whiteside hoping to decide his free-agent future on July 1

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside is hoping that he's not a free agent for long.

Shaq brings US basketball diplomacy to Cuban capital

HAVANA (AP) The Shaq show came to Havana on Sunday as NBA great Shaquille O'Neal put on a basketball clinic for local youngsters, becoming the latest emissary for American outreach to the people of Cuba.

Shaq brings US basketball diplomacy to Cuban capital

HAVANA (AP) NBA great Shaquille O'Neal has become the latest emissary for American outreach to the people of Cuba.

AP source: Irving, Barnes finish US Olympic basketball team

The U.S. basketball team has its roster for Rio.

NBA top draft Simmons’ cousin killed in NJ hit-and-run

HOBOKEN, New Jersey (AP) Family members say the cousin of Ben Simmons, who was picked first by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA draft, has died after being struck by a car in a New Jersey neighborhood.

NBA top draft Simmons’ cousin killed in NJ hit-and-run

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) Family members say the cousin of Ben Simmons, who was picked first by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA draft, has died after being struck by a car in a New Jersey neighborhood.

» Saturday, June 25, 2016

Wizards’ Beal is latest to decline Rio Olympics invite

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has declined an invitation to play for the United States in the Rio Olympics.

» Friday, June 24, 2016

Former No. 5 pick Exum, Hill to compete for minutes on Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Dante Exum has been consistently called the point guard of the future after being drafted No. 5 overall in 2014 by the Utah Jazz. That doesn't mean he'll be the starter next season.

Phoenix Suns accelerate rebuilding process with 2016 draft

PHOENIX (AP) Marquese Chriss wanted to play in Phoenix but figured his chance had passed when the Suns used the No. 4 overall pick of the NBA draft on Dragan Bender.

Hield feeling the heat in New Orleans, and liking it

METAIRIE, La. (AP) When Buddy Hield flew into south Louisiana on Friday to begin his NBA career, among the first things he noticed was how hot it was - and he had no complaints.

Pick 6: Celtics end draft with plenty of ’NBA bodies’

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) The Boston Celtics had an extra-long table lined up for their post-draft news conference Friday, a day after they picked six players.

Kris Dunn’s harrowing journey takes him to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) John Seldon had just finished watching his son, Kris Dunn, finish an introductory press conference as the newest member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Phoenix Suns accelerate rebuilding process with 2016 draft

PHOENIX (AP) Marquese Chriss wanted to play in Phoenix but figured his chance had passed when the Suns used the No. 4 overall pick of the NBA draft on Dragan Bender.

No matter position, Simmons centerpiece of 76ers’ offense

PHILADELPHIA (AP) No matter what position he ends up playing, Ben Simmons is going to be the centerpiece of the Philadelphia 76ers' offense.

Rose hoping for ’something special’ after trade to New York

NEW YORK (AP) Derrick Rose isn't just leaving his team. He's leaving home.

Former No. 5 pick Exum, Hill to compete for minutes on Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Dante Exum has consistently been called the point guard of the future after being drafted No. 5 overall in 2014 by the Utah Jazz but that doesn't mean he'll be the starter next season.

Bucks get 2 important pieces in Maker and Brogdon

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks got two important pieces for the future in Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon, whose paths to the NBA were decidedly different.

Olympics could make Michael Gbinije’s summer a busy one

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Michael Gbinije has already enjoyed his share of excitement in 2016. He played in the Final Four for Syracuse, and now he's been drafted by the Detroit Pistons.

Ainge isn’t worried about fan reaction to Celtics draft

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) Celtics general manager Danny Ainge's biggest regret from draft night is that he didn't go out and face the boos from the Boston fans personally.

Championship ring: President calls Cavs coach after title

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue got a unique championship ring - from the White House.

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Trades are part of NBA draft day

NEW YORK (AP) The long wait to find out which NBA team would be in his future was over in a hurry for Domantas Sabonis.

76ers take Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons went from Down Under to the top of the NBA draft, and a record number of international players followed.

Column: If Ben Simmons is the question, Who’s ’The Answer’?

If Ben Simmons is the question, who's The Answer?

Draft over, and now the Summer of Durant has arrived

MIAMI (AP) Draft night belonged to Ben Simmons.

Thunder send Ibaka to Magic for Oladipo, Sabonis

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder might finally have found their shooting guard in Victor Oladipo.

Grizzlies take Baldwin with 17th pick in ’whirlwind’ draft

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies hope they have finally found help for their long-range shooting woes.

Rockets select Onuaku and Zhou in 2nd round of NBA draft

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets added a pair of big men in the second round of the NBA draft on Thursday night in Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku and Chinese center Zhou Qi.

Cavaliers acquire rights to point guard Kay Felder in draft

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers added a point guard to the party.

Jazz select Baylor F Taurean Prince No. 12 for Hawks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz made their biggest move of the offseason by trading for Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill, leaving the team without a first-round pick in the NBA draft on Thursday.

Simmons’ former high school coach Down Under lauds No 1 pick

A long, long way from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, a loud cheer erupted when Australian-born Ben Simmons was chosen No. 1 in the NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Blazers trade with Orlando for 47th pick

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired the rights to Jake Layman out of Maryland, who was selected by the Magic with the 47th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

Pelicans choose Hield with 6th overall pick in NBA draft

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans held on to their first-round choice in the NBA draft for the first time since 2012, then used it to select a relatively mature rookie who was among college basketball's best long-range shooters this past season.

Nuggets select Jamal Murray with No. 7 pick in NBA draft

DENVER (AP) Jamal Murray can score. The Denver Nuggets desperately needed a scorer.

Bulls select Denzel Valentine with 14th pick in the draft

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls found their Valentine after trading away their Rose.

Kings take Papagiannis, Labissiere, Richardson after 2 deals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) When the point guards the Sacramento Kings were targeting went off the board before they were set to pick at No. 8, general manager Vlade Divac didn't hesitate to trade down and bolster his frontcourt instead.

The Latest: Bow ties, international picks dominate NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

Celtics resist overtures, pick Jaylen Brown with third pick

BOSTON (AP) With little mystery surrounding how the first two picks would go in Thursday's NBA draft, the Celtics responded to wider theories about selection No. 3 by keeping things simple.

Warriors select Vanderbilt’s Damian Jones in first round

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors got the big man they were looking for and then went looking for a supplemental pick.

Magic land Serge Ibaka in draft-night trade with Thunder

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic were looking to get a proven veteran and a rim protector this offseason and they came out with both in Thursday night's NBA draft.

Magic land Serge Ibaka in draft-night trade with Thunder

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic were looking to get a proven veteran and a rim protector this offseason and they came out with both in Thursday night's NBA draft.

Mavs take 7-foot Purdue center A.J. Hammons with 46th pick

DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks need a starting center and figure to use free agency to find one.

Pacers select LeVert for Nets at No. 20 to complete deal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard couldn't wait for the draft to start remaking the Pacers roster.

Cavaliers acquire rights to point guard Kay Felder in draft

CLEVELAND (AP) Still in party mode after winning the NBA championship, the Cavaliers spent most of Thursday watching the draft before acquiring the rights to point guard Kay Felder from Atlanta in the second round.

Suns get Marquese Chriss after trade with Kings

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns knew they'd be choosing between Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss in the NBA draft.

Spurs take Washington guard Dejounte Murray at No. 29

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs realized they needed to get younger and more athletic when a historic season ended in a disappointing early exit from the playoffs.

For 1st time in club history, Wizards make no draft picks

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards sat out the NBA draft entirely, the first time in the franchise's 55-year history that the team did not make a selection.

Clippers draft North Carolina’s Brice Johnson with 25th pick

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers had North Carolina power forward Brice Johnson in mind when the NBA draft began on Thursday.

Nets to get LeVert after dealing Young to Pacers for No. 20

NEW YORK (AP) The draft-pick starved Brooklyn Nets traded their way into the first round and came away with an oft-injured player whose recovery they know a lot about.

76ers take Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons went from Down Under to the top of the NBA draft, and a record number of international players followed.

Heat make no picks in NBA draft

MIAMI (AP) For the second time in four years, the Miami Heat had no picks in the NBA draft.

Trades are part of NBA draft day

NEW YORK (AP) The long wait to find out which NBA team would be in his future was over in a hurry for Domantas Sabonis.

Timberwolves draft Friars’ Kris Dunn with 5th overall pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kris Dunn wanted Minnesota and that's exactly what he got.

The Latest: Crotian 7-footer can’t wait to meet Kobe

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

The Latest: Tyrone Wallace the final pick of the draft

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

Agent: LeBron James to skip Rio Olympics

AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has all the gold he needs this summer.

Pistons select Marquette forward Henry Ellenson in 1st round

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Team executives talk all the time about how shocked they are that somebody fell to them in the draft.

Grizzlies select Wade Baldwin with 17th pick in NBA draft

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have selected Wade Baldwin of Vanderbilt with the 17th pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.

Celtics resist overtures, pick Jaylen Brown with third pick

BOSTON (AP) With little mystery surrounding how the first two picks would go in Thursday's NBA draft, there was much anticipation surrounding what could happen when the Celtics went on the clock at No. 3.

Rockets select Onuaku and Zhou in 2nd round of NBA draft

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets added a pair of big men in the second round of the NBA draft on Thursday night in Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku and Chinese center Zhou Qi.

Hawks pick DeAndre Bembry still mourning brother’s death

ATLANTA (AP) Former St. Joseph's standout DeAndre Bembry will be playing for his late brother as he launches his NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks.

Bucks select big man Thon Maker with 10th pick in NBA draft

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) Thon Maker's journey to the NBA has taken him thousands of miles across the globe, from his native South Sudan to Australia to Canada.

The Latest: Davis exits Green Room, then hears named called

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

Raptors select Utah center Jakob Poeltl with No. 9 pick

TORONTO (AP) For the second straight year, the Toronto Raptors have looked West.

Nuggets select Jamal Murray with No. 7 pick in NBA draft

DENVER (AP) Jamal Murray can score. The Denver Nuggets desperately needed a scorer.

Trades are part of NBA draft day

NEW YORK (AP) The long wait to find out which NBA team would be in his future was over in a hurry for Domantas Sabonis.

» Thursday, June 23, 2016

Pelicans choose Hield with 6th overall pick in NBA draft

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans held on to their first-round choice in the NBA draft for the first time since 2012, then used it to select a relatively mature rookie who was among college basketball's best long-range shooters this past season.

Mavs take 7-foot Purdue center A.J. Hammons with 46th pick

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks have taken 7-foot center A.J. Hammons of Purdue with the 46th overall pick in the second round of the NBA draft.

Bucks select big man Thon Maker with 10th pick in NBA draft

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) Thon Maker's journey to the NBA has taken him thousands of miles across the globe, from his native South Sudan to Australia to Canada.

76ers take LSU’s Simmons with the No. 1 pick in NBA draft

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons was signing 76ers jerseys and eating cheesesteaks before he was even drafted.

Spurs take Washington guard Dejounte Murray at No. 29

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs selected guard Dejounte Murray of Washington with the 29th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night as they enter another uncertain offseason.

Just a kid from Akron, LeBron James honored in hometown

AKRON, Ohio (AP) His voice hoarse from days of nearly nonstop celebrating, LeBron James waited until the end of yet another party to remind a crowd filled with family, friends and fans why they came.

Bulls select Denzel Valentine with 14th pick in the draft

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls found their Valentine after trading away their Rose.

Magic land Serge Ibaka in draft-night trade with Thunder

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic were looking to get a proven veteran and a rim protector this offseason and they came out with both in Thursday night's NBA draft .

AP Source: Hornets get Belinelli from Kings for No. 22 pick

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho said last week the team was thinking of trading out of the NBA draft.

76ers take Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons went from Down Under to the top of the NBA draft, and a record number of international players followed.

The Latest: Draft more proof basketball truly a global game

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

Pacers select LeVert for Nets at No. 20 to complete deal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Larry Bird couldn't wait for the NBA Draft to start remaking the Pacers roster.

Hawks pick DeAndre Bembry still mourning brother’s death

ATLANTA (AP) Former St. Joseph's standout DeAndre Bembry said he will be playing for his late brother as he launches his NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks.

LA Lakers choose Duke’s Brandon Ingram with No. 2 pick

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Brandon Ingram's teenage frame is remarkably skinny. The Los Angeles Lakers still think he can shoulder the burden of being a franchise cornerstone.

Clippers draft North Carolina’s Brice Johnson with 25th pick

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers selected North Carolina power forward Brice Johnson with the No. 25 overall pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night.

Suns get Marquese Chriss after trade with Kings

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns were believed to be choosing between Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss for their first pick in the NBA draft.

Pistons select Marquette forward Henry Ellenson in 1st round

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Team executives talk all the time about how shocked they are that somebody fell to them in the draft.

Warriors select Vanderbilt’s Damian Jones in first round

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors made Vanderbilt center Damian Jones their first-round pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.

Thunder send Ibaka to Magic for Oladipo, Sabonis

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have traded forward Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the newly drafted Domantas Sabonis, perhaps tweaking the roster to appeal to soon-to-be free agent Kevin Durant.

Draft more proof basketball truly a global game

Basketball has truly become a global game, and this NBA draft has only proven that further.

Kings take Papagiannis, Labissiere, Richardson after 2 deals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac had a busy draft night Thursday, trading the rights to eighth pick Marquese Chriss and backup guard Marco Belinelli in two separate deals that gave the rebuilding Kings three first-round picks.

Timberwolves draft Friars’ Kris Dunn with 5th overall pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kris Dunn wanted Minnesota and that's exactly what he got.

Grizzlies select Wade Baldwin with 17th pick in NBA draft

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have selected Wade Baldwin of Vanderbilt with the 17th pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.

Raptors select Utah center Jakob Poetl with No. 9 pick

TORONTO (AP) For the second straight year, the Toronto Raptors have looked West.

Nets to get LeVert after dealing Young to Pacers for No. 20

NEW YORK (AP) The Nets will acquire Michigan shooting guard Caris LeVert from the Indiana Pacers after Brooklyn traded Thaddeus Young to Indiana earlier in the day for the No. 20 draft pick.

Hawks select St. Joseph’s wing player DeAndre Bembry

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks added a wing player who they hope can contribute at more than one position by selecting St. Joseph's DeAndre Bembry with the No. 21 overall pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night.

Clippers draft North Carolina’s Brice Johnson with 25th pick

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers selected North Carolina power forward Brice Johnson with the No. 25 overall pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night.

Bucks select big man Thon Maker with 10th pick in NBA draft

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) Thon Maker's journey to the NBA has taken him thousands of miles across the globe, from his native South Sudan to Australia to Canada.

Celtics resist overtures, pick Jaylen Brown with third pick

BOSTON (AP) With little mystery surrounding how the first two picks would go in Thursday's NBA draft, there was much anticipation surrounding what could happen when the Celtics went on the clock at No. 3.

Raptors select Utah center Jakob Poetl with No. 9 pick

TORONTO (AP) For the second straight year, the Toronto Raptors have looked West.

76ers take LSU’s Simmons with the No. 1 pick in NBA draft

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons was signing 76ers jerseys and eating cheesesteaks before he was even drafted.

Just a kid from Akron, LeBron James honored in hometown

AKRON, Ohio (AP) His voice hoarse from days of nearly nonstop celebrating, LeBron James waited until the end of yet another party to remind a crowd filled with family, friends and fans why they came.

The Latest: Long night for some invited guests at NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

Pistons select Marquette forward Henry Ellenson in first

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons selected Marquette forward Henry Ellenson with the No. 18 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.

SU’s Richardson taken No. 22 overall, will head to Kings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have selected forward Malachi Richardson from Syracuse with the 22nd overall pick in the NBA draft, but he will be dealt to the Sacramento Kings.

Kings take Greek center Papagiannis after trading down

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac had a busy draft night Thursday, trading the rights to eighth pick Marquese Chriss and backup guard Marco Belinelli in two separate deals that gave the rebuilding Kings three first-round picks.

Pacers select LeVert for Nets at No. 20 to complete deal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers took Michigan forward Caris LeVert with the No. 20 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night and will send him to the Brooklyn Nets to complete a trade for forward Thaddeus Young.

Grizzlies select Wade Baldwin with 17th pick in NBA draft

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have selected Wade Baldwin of Vanderbilt with the 17th pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.

Nuggets select Jamal Murray with No. 7 pick in NBA draft

DENVER (AP) Jamal Murray can score. The Denver Nuggets desperately needed a scorer.

76ers take Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons climbed on stage to the sound of cheers from a Philly-filled crowd hoping he could turn around the 76ers.

Nets to get LeVert after dealing Young to Pacers for No. 20

NEW YORK (AP) The Nets will acquire Michigan shooting guard Caris LeVert from the Indiana Pacers after Brooklyn traded Thaddeus Young to Indiana earlier in the day for the No. 20 draft pick.

Pelicans choose Hield with 6th overall pick in NBA draft

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans held on to their first-round choice in the NBA draft for the first time since 2012, then used it to select a relatively mature rookie who was among college basketball's best long-range shooters this past season.

Pistons select Marquette F Henry Ellenson in first round

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have selected forward Henry Ellenson of Marquette with the No. 18 pick in the NBA draft.

Raptors select Utah center Jakob Poetl with No. 9 pick

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors selected Utah center Jakob Poetl with the ninth overall pick in the draft Thursday night.

Grizzlies select Wade Baldwin with 17th pick in NBA draft

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have selected Wade Baldwin of Vanderbilt with the 17th pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.

Simmons’ former high school coach Down Under lauds No 1 pick

A long, long way from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, a loud cheer erupted when Australian-born Ben Simmons was chosen No. 1 in the NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Magic select Domantas Sabonis, who says he is headed to OKC

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Magic have selected Gonzaga's Domantas Sabonis with the 11th pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, but Sabonis says the Magic will deal him to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a proposed trade.

Jazz select Baylor F Taurean Prince No. 12 for Hawks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz took forward Taurean Prince with the No. 12 selection in the NBA draft on Thursday but will move the pick to the Atlanta Hawks.

Kings take Greek center Papagiannis after trading down

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac had a busy draft night Thursday, trading the rights to eighth pick Marquese Chriss and backup guard Marco Belinelli in two separate deals that gave the rebuilding Kings three first-round picks.

Celtics resist overtures, pick Jaylen Brown with third pick

BOSTON (AP) With little mystery surrounding how the first two picks would go in Thursday's NBA draft, there was much anticipation surrounding what could happen when the Celtics went on the clock at No. 3.

The Latest: Denzel Valentine waited a bit longer than usual

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

Bulls select Denzel Valentine with 14th pick in the draft

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls drafted Michigan State small forward Denzel Valentine with the 14th overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

AP Source: Suns get Marquese Chriss after trade with Kings

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns reportedly were choosing between Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss for their first pick in the NBA draft.

LA Lakers choose Duke’s Brandon Ingram with No. 2 pick

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Brandon Ingram's teenage frame is remarkably skinny. The Los Angeles Lakers still think he can shoulder the burden of being a franchise cornerstone.

The Latest: Wyc Grousbeck hearing some boos in Boston

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

Bucks select big man Thon Maker with 10th pick in NBA draft

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have taken Thon Maker with the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft, a 19-year-old big man who could be a long-term project.

76ers take Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers selected LSU freshman Ben Simmons with the No. 1 pick Thursday night as the NBA draft opened with three straight freshmen.

The Latest: Once again, NBA draft is a family affair

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

Raptors select Utah center Jakob Poetl with No. 9 pick

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors selected Utah center Jakob Poetl with the ninth overall pick in the draft Thursday night.

Timberwolves draft Kris Dunn with 5th overall pick

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Providence point guard Kris Dunn with the fifth overall draft pick Thursday night. Whether he remains in Minnesota remains to be seen.

AP Source: Hornets get Belinelli from Kings for No. 22 pick

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets have traded out of the NBA draft - for now.

The Latest: Thon Maker takes the long way to the stage

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

Bucks select big man Thon Maker with 10th pick in NBA draft

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have taken Thon Maker with the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft, a 19-year-old big man who could be a long-term project.

76ers take LSU’s Simmons with the No. 1 pick in NBA draft

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons was signing 76ers jerseys and eating cheesesteaks before he was even drafted.

AP Source: Suns get No. 8 pick from Kings, select Chriss

PHOENIX (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the Phoenix Suns made a trade with the Sacramento Kings for the No. 8 pick in the NBA draft, Washington forward Marquese Chriss.

Pelicans choose Hield with 6th overall pick in NBA draft

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans held on to their first-round choice in the NBA draft for the first time since 2012, then used it to select a relatively mature rookie who was among college basketball's best long-range shooters this past season.

AP source: Kings take Chriss 8th before trading him to Suns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings drafted Washington forward Marquese Chriss with the eighth overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday and immediately sent his rights to Phoenix.

Nuggets select Jamal Murray with No. 7 pick in NBA draft

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets selected Kentucky shooting guard Jamal Murray with the No. 7 pick in the NBA draft as they try to turn around a franchise that's missed the playoffs the past three seasons.

76ers take Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers selected LSU freshman Ben Simmons with the No. 1 pick Thursday night as the NBA draft opened with three straight freshmen.

Celtics select Jaylen Brown with No. 3 overall pick in draft

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have selected Jaylen Brown with the third pick in NBA draft.

76ers take Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers selected LSU freshman Ben Simmons with the No. 1 pick Thursday night as the NBA draft opened with three straight freshmen.

76ers take LSU’s Simmons with the No. 1 pick in NBA draft

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons was signing 76ers jerseys and eating cheesesteaks before he was even drafted.

LA Lakers choose Duke’s Brandon Ingram with No. 2 pick

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers selected Duke forward Brandon Ingram with the second overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, adding another talented teenager to the rebuilding club's young core.

Philadelphia 76ers select LSU forward Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) Philadelphia 76ers select LSU forward Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick in NBA draft.

AP Source: Hornets get Belinelli from Kings for No. 22 pick

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Hornets have acquired shooting guard Marco Belinelli from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the 22nd pick in the NBA draft.

The Latest: Proud college coaches all smiles at NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

Agent: LeBron James to skip Rio Olympics

AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James has all the gold he needs this summer.

The Latest: Players go with bow ties at the NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

The Latest: All eyes on Boston on this draft night

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from the NBA draft at Barclays Center in New York.(all times local):

AP Source: Pacers acquire Thad Young from Nets

Thaddeus Young is on his way to Indiana, bringing his versatile game to a Pacers team looking to get faster.

AP Source: Pacers acquire Thad Young from Nets

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Indiana Pacers have acquired veteran forward Thaddeus Young from the Brooklyn Nets for the 20th overall pick.

LeBron’s hometown Akron celebrates his NBA title with Cavs

AKRON, Ohio (AP) One day after a parade fit for a king, LeBron James is being honored where he first bounced a basketball.

Simmons, Ingram and intrigue highlight Thursday’s NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram say they haven't been told who Philadelphia will take with the No. 1 pick, so all they can go on is what they've heard.

Hammon excited to have jersey retired by San Antonio Stars

NEW YORK (AP) Becky Hammon is having a pretty good week.

Feel-good story ends with Rose traded from Bulls to Knicks

CHICAGO (AP) It was once the ultimate feel-good story, with the electrifying Derrick Rose leading his hometown Chicago Bulls to heights they had not reached since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were racking up championships.

Simmons, Ingram and intrigue highlight Thursday’s NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram say they haven't been told who Philadelphia will take with the No. 1 pick, so all they can go on is what they've heard.

Massive crowd engulfs Cleveland, champion Cavs at parade

CLEVELAND (AP) Following a parade choked to a crawl by a massive crowd, after proclamations, speeches and fanfare, Cleveland watched a symbolic passing of the trophy - and the torch.

» Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Massive crowd engulfs Cleveland, champion Cavs at parade

CLEVELAND (AP) Following a parade choked to a crawl by a massive crowd, after proclamations, speeches and fanfare, Cleveland watched a symbolic passing of the trophy - and the torch.

Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose traded from Bulls to Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) Derrick Rose was once writing a great NBA story, the hometown kid leading the Chicago Bulls to their greatest heights since Michael Jordan.

Suns face multiple options with 3 first-round picks

PHOENIX (AP) After a sixth straight season of watching playoff basketball rather than playing it, the Phoenix Suns face a multitude of choices with three first-round picks in Thursday night's draft - No. 4, No. 13 and No. 28.

Workouts used as a strategy to manipulate NBA draft position

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Being a lottery pick and getting guaranteed money was not enticement enough for some players to work out for the Utah Jazz.

Pacers, Jazz swap point guards while Hawks get No. 12 pick

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Pacers traded one Indianapolis native for another Wednesday, sending George Hill to Utah and acquiring Jeff Teague in a point guard swap that also includes Atlanta.

The Latest: 1 person shot after Cavs victory celebration

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade and rally for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):

Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose traded from Bulls to Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks acquired Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, hoping the former NBA MVP can be their answer at point guard.

Crowd swarms Cleveland for Cavs title parade, rally

CLEVELAND (AP) Cheered by a sea of fans spilling off sidewalks and choking the streets, LeBron James and the Cavaliers paraded and rallied as NBA champs in a once in a generation party for Cleveland.

’I think I’m ready:’ Simmons hopes to be NBA draft top pick

NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons has the sneaker deal and the TV show, so off the court he already has the look of a star.

The Latest: LeBron says Cleveland title hasn’t sunk in yet

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):

Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose traded from Bulls to Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks acquired Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, hoping the former NBA MVP can be their answer at point guard.

The drama of NBA draft looks to begin with No. 3 pick

NEW YORK (AP) While the first two picks in Thursday's NBA draft are essentially locked in, where the drama should start to unfold is pick No. 3.

Massive crowd swarms Cleveland for Cavs’ NBA title parade

CLEVELAND (AP) Cheered by a sea of wine-and-gold dressed fans spilling off sidewalks and choking the streets, LeBron James and the Cavaliers are parading as NBA champions.

AP sources: Knicks acquiring Derrick Rose from Bulls

NEW YORK (AP) Two people with knowledge of the deal say the New York Knicks are acquiring former NBA MVP Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls.

The Latest: Cavs hit stage for rally after delayed parade

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):

Who’s No. 1? 76ers have LSU’s Simmons in sight in NBA draft

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons may as well have walked right into a Philadelphia 76ers pep rally when he took a seat on ''The Tonight Show'' stage.

Massive crowd swarms Cleveland for Cavs’ NBA title parade

CLEVELAND (AP) Cheered by a sea of wine-and-gold dressed fans spilling off sidewalks and choking the streets, LeBron James and the Cavaliers are parading as NBA champions.

The Latest: James tells reporters he plans to stay with Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):

The Latest: Police urge fans to clear Cavs parade route

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):

Massive crowd swarms Cleveland for Cavs’ NBA title parade

CLEVELAND (AP) Cheered by a sea of wine-and-gold dressed fans spilling off sidewalks and choking the streets, LeBron James and the Cavaliers are parading as NBA champions.

The Latest: LeBron poses with outstretched arms near banner

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):

Massive crowd packs Cleveland for Cavs’ NBA title parade

CLEVELAND (AP) Cheered by a sea of wine-and-gold dressed fans spilling off sidewalks and choking the streets, LeBron James and the Cavaliers are parading as NBA champions.

The Latest: Cavs parade begins with Ohio State coaches, band

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):

Massive crowd packs Cleveland for Cavs’ NBA title parade

CLEVELAND (AP) Cheered by a sea of wine-and-gold dressed fans spilling off sidewalks into the streets, LeBron James and the Cavaliers are parading as NBA champions.

The Latest: After Cleveland parade, rally for James in Akron

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):

The Latest: Fans line Cleveland streets ahead of Cavs parade

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on the parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made a historic comeback to win the NBA title (all times local):

Cleveland parties as Cavs’ NBA title celebrated with parade

CLEVELAND (AP) A parade held somewhere else for more than a half-century is rolling through Cleveland.

Cleveland parties as Cavs’ NBA title celebrated with parade

CLEVELAND (AP) A parade held somewhere else for more than a half-century is rolling through Cleveland.

» Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Heat star Dwyane Wade a cover model for ESPN body issue

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade has been in the public eye for most of his life.

Luke Walton finally reports to Lakers, sees bright future

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Luke Walton realizes he is reporting to his dream job a little late.

Heat star Dwyane Wade a cover model for ESPN body issue

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade has been in the public eye for most of his life.

Von Miller, Wade, Arrieta to appear in ESPN ’Body Issue’

NEW YORK (AP) Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, 12-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade and NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta will be featured in ESPN The Magazine's eighth annual ''Body Issue.''

Celtics’ draft night likely busy thanks to cache of picks

BOSTON (AP) Danny Ainge became a marvel among his fellow league executives in 2007 when he pulled together the megadeal that became Boston's Big Three and led to an NBA title.

Warriors GM Bob Myers has little time to ponder finals loss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) After the heartbreak of a Game 7 defeat and a championship that somehow got away, Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers went home late Sunday and had a rare glass of whiskey with his wife and ate a grilled cheese sandwich.

Milwaukee Bucks sign Jason Kidd to 3-year contract extension

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have signed coach Jason Kidd to a three-year contract extension, keeping him in his position through the 2019-20 season, the team said Tuesday.

Luke Walton finally reports to Lakers, sees bright future

EL SEGUNDO, California (AP) Luke Walton realizes he is reporting to his dream job a little late.

76ers work out potential No. 1 pick Ben Simmons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons has worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers, who could make him the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

AP Source: Knicks’ Afflalo, Williams to become free agents

NEW YORK (AP) A person with knowledge of the details says New York's Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams have opted to become free agents.

Luke Walton finally reports to Lakers, sees bright future

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Luke Walton realizes he is reporting to his dream job a little late.

From Simmons down, international players will fill NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) Cleveland had one. So did Golden State.

76ers work out potential No. 1 pick Ben Simmons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons has worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers, who could make him the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

Milwaukee Bucks sign Jason Kidd to 3-year contract extension

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have signed coach Jason Kidd to a three-year contract extension.

New Wolves Thibs, Layden expect draft night to be a wild one

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden are expecting their first draft night as leaders of the Minnesota Timberwolves to be a wild one.

New Wolves Thibs, Layden expect draft night to be

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden are expecting their first draft night as leaders of the Minnesota Timberwolves to be a wild one.

Celtics’ draft night likely busy thanks to cache of picks

BOSTON (AP) Danny Ainge became a marvel among his fellow league executives in 2007 when he pulled together the megadeal that became Boston's Big Three and led to an NBA title.

LeBron, Cavaliers ready to parade city streets as champions

CLEVELAND (AP) While playing in Miami, LeBron James regretted not winning an NBA title in Cleveland.

Newspaper overwhelmed by demand for Cavs’ victory reprints

CLEVELAND (AP) Overwhelming demand for a piece of history has prompted The Plain Dealer newspaper to print nearly 500,000 copies of its Monday edition proclaiming the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA champions.

Cleveland set to hold parade for NBA champion Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) A parade that has only been in Clevelanders dreams is a reality.

A look at how freshmen have fared with NBA one-and-done rule

NEW YORK (AP) Last season was the year of the senior in college basketball. Thursday's NBA draft is not.

Heat star Dwyane Wade a cover model for ESPN body issue

MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade has been in the public eye for most of his life.

Cleveland set to hold parade for NBA champion Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) A parade on hold for 52 years will finally roll through Cleveland's streets.

Von Miller, Wade, Arrieta to appear in ESPN ’Body Issue’

NEW YORK (AP) Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, 12-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade and NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta will be featured in ESPN The Magazine's eighth annual ''Body Issue.''

Von Miller, Wade, Arrieta to appear in ESPN ’Body Issue’

NEW YORK (AP) Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, 12-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade and NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta will be featured in ESPN The Magazine's eighth annual ''Body Issue.''

LeBron blasts critics on social media after winning title

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James ended his social media blackout by throwing a knockout punch at his critics.

» Monday, June 20, 2016

LeBron blasts critics on social media after winning title

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James ended his social media blackout by throwing a knockout punch at his critics.

Off the plane but still sky-high, LeBron brings title home

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James stepped off the plane and into a blizzard of red-and-gold confetti before hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy. It gleamed in the bright summer sun, a symbol of hope and history.

Disappointed Warriors vow to get back to NBA Finals stage

OAKLAND, California (AP) Draymond Green wants to maintain the momentum from a special season that fell short by competing in the Rio Olympics. Klay Thompson plans to take his mind off basketball and missed chances entirely and watch his brother Trayce play baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Stephen Curry's toddler daughter, Riley, helped the crestfallen MVP begin to put things in perspective by telling him ''It's OK'' to lose.

Off the plane but still sky-high, LeBron brings title home

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James stepped off the plane and into a blizzard of red-and-gold confetti before hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy. It gleamed in the bright summer sun, a symbol of hope and history.

Off the plane but still sky-high, LeBron brings title home

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James stepped off the plane and into a blizzard of red-and-gold confetti before hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy. It gleamed in the bright summer sun, a symbol of hope and history.

Cleveland rocks after Cavs’ win - and it’s also on a roll

CLEVELAND (AP) With the city's 52-year-old championship drought finally over, bleary-eyed fans next look forward to a Wednesday parade for the victorious Cavaliers and northeast Ohio's homegrown star, LeBron James.

Cleveland rocks after Cavs’ win - and it’s also on a roll

CLEVELAND (AP) With the city's 52-year-old championship doubt finally over, bleary-eyed fans next look forward to a Wednesday parade for the victorious Cavaliers and northeast Ohio's homegrown star, LeBron James.

Off the plane but still sky-high, LeBron brings title home

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James stepped off the plane and into a blizzard of red-and-gold confetti before hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy. It gleamed in the bright summer sun, a symbol of hope and history.

Game 7 draws top NBA Finals rating since Jordan’s last title

NEW YORK (AP) Game 7 between the Cavaliers and Warriors drew the highest television rating for the NBA Finals since Michael Jordan's last championship.

Game 7 draws top NBA Finals rating since Jordan’s last title

NEW YORK (AP) Game 7 between the Cavaliers and Warriors has drawn the highest television rating for the NBA Finals since Michael Jordan's last championship.

LeBron James brings title home to Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James came home with the trophy he promised, and the championship Cleveland has coveted for 52 years.

LeBron ends the debate, no one can deny his greatness now

The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well.

Sports stars, celebs react to Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA title

Quotes from social media following the Cleveland Cavaliers' victory in the NBA Finals

Fan falls over railing during fight after Warriors loss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Authorities say a man fell over a railing inside Oracle Arena following the Golden State Warriors loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA finals.

Cavs stop for Vegas party on way home to Cleveland

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated their NBA championship Vegas-style on their way back home.

All In: Cleveland rocks as title drought ends with NBA crown

CLEVELAND (AP) More tears. Only this time, tears of joy.

Richard Jefferson says he’s retiring as a champion

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Richard Jefferson is an NBA champion, and that's how he says his career will end.

Sports stars, celebs react to Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA title

Quotes from social media following the Cleveland Cavaliers' victory in the NBA Finals

The End: Cleveland rocks as title drought ends in NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) More tears. Only this time, tears of joy.

Cavaliers announce championship parade on Wednesday

CLEVELAND (AP) The championship parade and celebration for the newly crowned NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers will be held on Wednesday.

LeBron ends the debate, no one can deny his greatness now

The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well.

The End: Cleveland rocks as title drought ends in NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) More tears. Only this time, tears of joy.

James and Cavaliers win thrilling NBA Finals Game 7, 93-89

OAKLAND, California (AP) LeBron James cradled the shiny gold trophy and struggled to sum up what might be his sweetest championship yet, the one he is so proudly bringing home to his native northeast Ohio just as he promised to do when he returned to the Cavaliers two summers ago.

Cavaliers announce championship parade on Wednesday

CLEVELAND (AP) The championship parade and celebration for the newly crowned NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers will be held on Wednesday.

Cavaliers announce championship parade on Wednesday

CLEVELAND (AP) The championship parade and celebration for the newly crowned NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers will be held on Wednesday.

The End: Cleveland rocks as title drought ends in NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) More tears. Only this time, tears of joy.

Warriors cap greatest Finals collapse with Game 7 loss

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry tried to shake Kevin Love with a dribble and let loose with one of those long 3-pointers he seemed to make at every big moment this season.

Fan critical after falling from deck after NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Authorities say a fan fell from the second to the first deck of Oakland's Oracle Arena after the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 7 victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

» Sunday, June 19, 2016

The End: Cleveland rocks as title drought ends in NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) More tears. Only this time, tears of joy.

Warriors cap greatest Finals collapse with Game 7 loss

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry tried to shake Kevin Love with a dribble and let loose with one of those long 3-pointers he seemed to make at every big moment this season.

LeBron James wins NBA Finals MVP for 3rd time

OAKLAND, California (AP) LeBron James is a champion again and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player again.

James and Cavaliers win thrilling NBA Finals Game 7, 93-89

OAKLAND, California (AP) LeBron James and the Cavaliers pulled off an improbable NBA Finals comeback, giving Cleveland a title again at long last.

The End: Cleveland rocks as title drought ends in NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) More tears. Only this time of joy.

Cavaliers win Cleveland’s first major title since 1964, beating Golden State 93-89 in Game 7

OAKLAND, California (AP) Cavaliers win Cleveland's first major title since 1964, beating Golden State 93-89 in Game 7.

The Latest: LeBron, Cavs beat Warriors 93-89, capture title

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cavaliers win Cleveland's first major title since 1964, beating Golden State 93-89 in Game 7.

The Latest: Warriors up 85-83 midway through 4th quarter

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The Latest: Warriors lead Cavs 76-75 at end of 3rd quarter

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The Latest: It’s a game of runs, Warriors, Cavs tied at 71

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The Latest: Cavaliers get their first 3 at the right time

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The Latest: Cavs, Warriors tied at first break in Game 7

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The Latest: Festus Ezeli starts for Golden State in Game 7

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The Latest: Wade expects LeBron to be locked in for Game 7

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The Latest: LeBron seems to always rise up in Game 7s

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The Latest: Hot yoga helps Kerr get into ’right mindset’

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Small plane crashes on San Francisco Bay Area train tracks

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) A small plane crashed on commuter train tracks in the San Francisco Bay Area, killing the pilot and disrupting train service.

The Latest: Cavaliers’ fans turn out for Game 7 in Cleveland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Bay Area braces for yet another title game

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Small plane crashes on San Francisco Bay Area train tracks

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) A small plane crashed on commuter train tracks in the San Francisco Bay Area, killing the pilot and interrupting train service.

High stakes for Warriors, Cavaliers in Game 7 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry knows that the record-setting 73 wins, awards and memorable moments that highlighted Golden State's special season will only be footnotes if the Warriors can't quickly find their missing game.

High stakes for Warriors, Cavaliers in Game 7 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry knows that the record-setting 73 wins, awards and memorable moments that highlighted Golden State's special season will only be footnotes if the Warriors can't quickly find their missing game.

» Saturday, June 18, 2016

High stakes for Warriors, Cavaliers in Game 7 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry knows that the record-setting 73 wins, awards and memorable moments that highlighted Golden State's special season will only be footnotes if the Warriors can't quickly find their missing game.

Milwaukee Bucks break ground on downtown arena project

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks had yet to go through the formalities of breaking ground on their downtown arena when co-owner Jamie Dinan wondered what else might be in store: Maybe another celebration in a few years.

High stakes for Warriors, Cavaliers in Game 7 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry knows that the record-setting 73 wins, awards and memorable moments that highlighted Golden State's special season will only be footnotes if the Warriors can't quickly find their missing game.

Milwaukee Bucks break ground on $500 million downtown arena

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks had yet to go through the formalities of breaking ground on their downtown arena when co-owner Jamie Dinan wondered what else might be in store: Maybe another celebration in a few years.

James will come to play, without pressure of Cleveland title

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Right near the start Saturday, LeBron James faced a question about whether his legacy might be riding on Game 7 of these NBA Finals.

Iguodala plans to play Game 7 for Warriors despite bad back

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala says he plans to play Game 7 of the NBA Finals despite a balky back that limited him the previous game.

Milwaukee Bucks break ground on $500 million downtown arena

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks had yet to go through the formalities of breaking ground on their downtown arena when co-owner Jamie Dinan wondered else might be in store: Maybe another celebration in a few years.

Hield, Dunn headline group of upperclassmen in NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) A couple of one-and-done freshmen will take center stage at the NBA draft on Thursday night, but do not discount upperclassmen.

Ex-Michigan State player Appling faces more weapons charges

DETROIT (AP) Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been arrested again on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon.

Ex-Michigan State player Appling faces more weapons charges

DETROIT (AP) Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been arrested again on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Ayesha Curry latest sports spouse to lash out on Twitter

With a click, Ayesha Curry made herself a part of the NBA Finals story.

Outside shot: LeBron lifts Cavs, Cleveland to cusp of title

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James' family, closest friends and some hangers-on who wanted a glimpse waited for him in the arena's hallways like they have since he was an unequalled Ohio high school star, the best player on any court.

Timberwolves, Lynx CEO Rob Moor steps down

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Rob Moor, the longtime CEO of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, is stepping down, owner Glen Taylor announced on Friday.

Warriors limping to finish, hope home-court helps in Game 7

CLEVELAND (AP) The level of tension is growing rapidly for the Golden State Warriors. Someone gets suspended, someone gets hurt, someone gets ejected, and lots of someones make no effort to hide their frustration. A comfortable two-game lead in the NBA Finals becomes a dicey one-game lead, then no lead at all.

» Friday, June 17, 2016

Saints, Pelicans owner settles case involving heirs’ trust

METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson has reached a settlement in a lawsuit involving his attempt to remove shares of his pro teams from trusts for his estranged daughter and her two children.

With another lopsided score, NBA Finals audience down again

NEW YORK (AP) With another lopsided score in Game 6, viewership is down again from last year for the NBA Finals.

Ayesha Curry latest sports spouse to lash out on Twitter

With a click, Ayesha Curry made herself a part of the NBA Finals story.

Timberwolves, Lynx CEO Rob Moor steps down

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Rob Moor, the longtime CEO of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, is stepping down.

Having 8 free agent complicates Hornets decisions in draft

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets aren't sure who they're going to be able to re-sign in free agency, making it difficult for owner Michael Jordan's team to know who they're going to select with the 22nd pick in next week's NBA draft.

Saints, Pelicans owner settles case involving heirs’ trust

METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson says he's reached a settlement in a lawsuit centered on his attempt to remove shares of his pro teams from trusts for his estranged daughter and her two children.

Warriors limping to finish, hope home-court helps in Game 7

CLEVELAND (AP) The level of tension is growing rapidly for the Golden State Warriors. Someone gets suspended, someone gets hurt, someone gets ejected, and lots of someones make no effort to hide their frustration. A comfortable two-game lead in the NBA Finals becomes a dicey one-game lead, then no lead at all.

Column: Gamers redefining what it means to be an athlete

ATLANTA (AP) Right across the street from the spaceship-looking studio where teams of video gamers are competing in a frenetic shoot-'em-up known as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the arena where Georgia Tech plays basketball.

Outside shot: LeBron lifts Cavs, Cleveland to cusp of title

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James' family, closest friends and some hangers-on who wanted a glimpse waited for him in the arena's hallways like they have since he was an unequalled Ohio high school star, the best player on any court.

Pistons acquire F Bairstow from Bulls for G Dinwiddie

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have acquired forward Cameron Bairstow from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

Blazers hire Calabro as new play-by-play announcer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have hired veteran television broadcaster Kevin Calabro as their new play-by-play announcer.

Kerr, Curry each fined $25,000 for Game 6 incidents

CLEVELAND (AP) Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry let their frustrations with Game 6 of the NBA Finals be known, and it came at a price.

Groundbreaking set for new Milwaukee Bucks arena

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks will mark a milestone in the history of the NBA franchise when ground is broken for a new $524 million arena in downtown Milwaukee.

For Steph and LeBron, an ultimate game to decide NBA title

CLEVELAND (AP) It's the two-time reigning MVP who is trying to finish off a record setting season with a second straight title, against a two-time champion who is tantalizingly close to finally ending Cleveland's 52-year title drought.

LeBron, Cavaliers down Warriors 115-101, force Game 7

CLEVELAND (AP) From the edge of elimination to the brink of history.

For Steph and LeBron, an ultimate game to decide NBA title

CLEVELAND (AP) It's the two-time reigning Most Valuable Player who is trying to finish off a record-setting season with a second straight NBA title, against a two-time champion who is tantalizingly close to finally ending Cleveland's 52-year title drought.

Curry gets ejected late, Warriors lose Game 6 of NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) Ayesha Curry was angry about getting into Game 6 of the NBA Finals later than she planned. Stephen Curry was steaming when he left the game earlier than he wanted.

LeBron has heartfelt exchange with Craig Sager after win

CLEVELAND (AP) After taking down one of the best teams in NBA history, LeBron James had a heartfelt moment with one of the game's most popular sideline reporters.

LeBron, Cavaliers down Warriors 115-101, force Game 7

CLEVELAND (AP) From the edge of elimination to the brink of history.

Curry gets ejected late, Warriors lose Game 6 of NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) Ayesha Curry was angry about getting into Game 6 of the NBA Finals later than she planned. Her husband was steaming when he left the game earlier than he wanted.

» Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Latest: Cavaliers force Game 7, beat Warriors 115-101

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The Latest: Frustrated Curry ejected with Cavs in control

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The Latest: Warriors trail Cavs 80-71 after 3rd quarter

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The Latest: Cavs enjoying themselves with big lead Game 6

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The Latest: Cavs lead Warriors 59-43 at halftime of Game 6

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The Latest: Cavs respond to Warriors’ burst, maintain lead

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The Latest: Warriors fight back, cut into Cavs’ big lead

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The Latest: Cavs in full control, up 31-11 after 1st quarter

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The Latest: Ayesha finally arrives, Warriors late showing up

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Iguodala remains in starting lineup for Warriors

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Kerr says Green didn’t owe him an apology

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: After LeBron, Curry, Trump’s got next at ’The Q’

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Steve Kerr thrilled Craig Sager covering Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Former NBA player Kermit Washington pleads not guilty

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Former NBA player Kermit Washington has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges accusing him of embezzling nearly a half million dollars from his Project Contact Africa charity.

Bogut says playing for Australia in Rio ’very unlikely’

CLEVELAND (AP) Andrew Bogut all but ruled himself out of the Rio Olympics on Thursday, saying the bone bruises around his left knee almost certainly will not be healed in time for him to play for Australia this summer.

Bogut says playing for Australia in Rio ’very unlikely’

CLEVELAND (AP) Golden State center Andrew Bogut says it is ''very unlikely'' that his injured left knee will recover in time to allow him to play for Australia in this summer's Rio Olympics.

Dray Day: Green vows to be better for Warriors in Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) For all the criticism of Golden State's Draymond Green and his penchant for committing flagrant fouls during these playoffs, Wednesday may have brought the harshest words yet.

Pau Gasol to consider freezing sperm to avoid Zika

MADRID (AP) Spain's Pau Gasol says he will consider freezing a sperm sample because of concerns over Zika if he decides to play in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

’I’m ready’: Stephen Curry says he’s poised for Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) Stephen Curry has had his shoulder wrapped in this series, and been questioned about his level of fatigue.

’I’m ready’: Stephen Curry says he’s poised for Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) Stephen Curry has had his shoulder wrapped in this series, been questioned about his level of fatigue, even had his choice of footwear shredded on Twitter.

» Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dray Day: Green vows to be better for Warriors in Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) For all the criticism of Golden State's Draymond Green and his penchant for committing flagrant fouls during these playoffs, Wednesday may have brought the harshest words yet.

Longtime Blazers broadcasters Barrett and Rice won’t return

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Longtime Trail Blazers television broadcasters Mike Barrett and Mike Rice will not return to the team next season.

LeBron, Cavaliers pushing for ’best words ever, Game 7’

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has watched ''The Godfather'' trilogy over and over during these playoffs. The Oscar-winning films about crime, family, honor - and revenge - soothe and motivate him. He can't get enough.

LeBron, Cavaliers pushing for ’best words ever, Game 7’

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has watched ''The Godfather'' trilogy over and over during these playoffs. The Oscar-winning films about crime, family, honor - and revenge - soothe and motivate him. He can't get enough.

If these Finals go the distance, they’ll match NBA’s longest

CLEVELAND (AP) If it seems like these NBA Finals have lasted awhile, there's a reason for that.

If these Finals go the distance, they’ll match NBA’s longest

CLEVELAND (AP) If it seems like these NBA Finals have lasted awhile, there's a reason for that.

Dray Day: Green vows to be better for Warriors in Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) For all the criticism of Golden State's Draymond Green and his penchant for committing flagrant fouls during these playoffs, Wednesday may have brought the harshest words yet.

LeBron, Cavaliers pushing for ’best words ever, Game 7’

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has watched ''The Godfather'' trilogy over and over during these playoffs. The Oscar-winning films about crime, family, honor - and revenge - soothe and motivate him. He can't get enough.

Dray Day: Green vows to be better for Warriors in Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) For all the criticism of Golden State's Draymond Green and penchant for committing flagrant fouls during these playoffs, Wednesday may have brought the harshest words yet.

Bogut out for remainder of NBA Finals with left knee injury

CLEVELAND (AP) Golden State center Andrew Bogut will need six to eight weeks to recover from a left knee injury, ruling him out for the remainder of the NBA Finals and almost certainly affecting his Olympic plans as well.

ESPN adds Craig Sager to NBA Finals coverage for Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) Craig Sager is going to work his first NBA Finals game.

Grizzlies guard Jordan Adams getting cartilage transplant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies guard Jordan Adams is having cartilage transplanted into his right knee, the one he had surgery on last August after tearing the meniscus in an offseason workout.

Bogut out for remainder of NBA Finals with left knee injury

CLEVELAND (AP) Golden State center Andrew Bogut will need six to eight weeks to recover from a left knee injury, ruling him out for the remainder of the NBA Finals and almost certainly affecting his Olympic plans as well.

ESPN adds Craig Sager to NBA Finals coverage for Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) Craig Sager is going to work his first NBA Finals game.

ESPN adds Craig Sager to NBA Finals coverage for Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) Craig Sager is going to work his first NBA Finals game.

After 5 games of Finals, Love still seeking his rhythm

CLEVELAND (AP) Numbers may not necessarily lie, though they can deceive.

After 5 games of Finals, Love still seeking his rhythm

CLEVELAND (AP) Numbers may not necessarily lie, though they can deceive.

» Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Warriors remain confident of winning second straight title

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry sat on the bench and buried his head in his hand. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson wrapped a towel around his face.

Warriors still confident of winning second straight title

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry sat on the bench and buried his head in his hand. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson wrapped a towel around his face.

City approves $22 M tax reimbursement for Jazz arena upgrade

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The city approved $22.7 million in tax incentives Tuesday for the Utah Jazz's planned $125 million arena upgrade.

Warriors remain confident of winning second straight title

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry sat on the bench and buried his head in his hand. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson wrapped a towel around his face.

Warriors still confident of winning second straight title

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry sat on the bench and buried his head in his hand. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson wrapped a towel around his face.

City approves $22 M tax reimbursement for Jazz arena upgrade

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The city approved $22.7 million in tax incentives Tuesday for the Utah Jazz's planned $125 million arena upgrade.

Crash Brothers: Irving, LeBron wreck Warriors in Game 5

CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving's now-you-see-it-now-you-don't, ankle-breaking crossover dribble happened at almost the exact spot where his first NBA Finals ended brutally last year with his left leg buckling and kneecap shattering.

LeBron drops the hammer on Golden State to force Game 6

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) So much noise surrounded LeBron James heading into Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

LeBron drops the hammer on Golden State to force Game 6

OAKLAND, California (AP) So much noise surrounded LeBron James heading into Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

LeBron drops the hammer on Golden State to force Game 6

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) So much noise surrounded LeBron James heading into Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Draymond-less Warriors overwhelmed by Cavaliers in Game 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Like everyone else, Draymond Green could only watch as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sent the NBA Finals back to Cleveland.

Draymond-less Warriors overwhelmed by Cavs in Game 5 loss

OAKLAND, California (AP) Like everyone else, Draymond Green could only watch as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sent the NBA Finals back to Cleveland.

Draymond-less Warriors overwhelmed by Cavaliers in

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Like everyone else, Draymond Green could only watch as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sent the NBA Finals back to Cleveland.

Draymond-less Warriors overwhelmed by Cavaliers in Game 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Like everyone else, Draymond Green could only watch as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sent the NBA Finals back to Cleveland.

Draymond-less Warriors overwhelmed by Cavs in Game 5 loss

OAKLAND, California (AP) Like everyone else, Draymond Green could only watch as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sent the NBA Finals back to Cleveland.

» Monday, June 13, 2016

The Latest: Cavaliers beat Warriors 112-97, force Game 6

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Irving, James, Cavs closing in on forcing Game 6

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Bogut out for rest of Game 5, MRI scheduled

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Cavs leading Warriors 93-84 after 3 quarters

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Cleveland grabbing some control in 3rd quarter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Bogut helped off court in Game 5 with left knee injury

OAKLAND, California (AP) Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut had to be helped off the court in the third quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals with an injured left knee.

The Latest: Cavaliers, Warriors tied 61-61 at halftime

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Bogut helped off court in Game 5 with left knee injury

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut had to be helped off the court in the third quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals with an injured left knee.

The Latest: Warriors’ Bogut out, goes down grabbing knee

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Draymond Green expects to watch Game 5 next door in Coliseum

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Suspended Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green watched Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night in a baseball suite next door to Oracle Arena at the Oakland Coliseum, where the Athletics hosted the Texas Rangers.

The Latest: Spectacular plays all around in 2nd quarter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Warriors leading Cavs 32-29 after 1st quarter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Kevin Eastman retires

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Kevin Eastman is retiring.

The Latest: Warriors off to fast start in Game 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Moment of silence in tribute to Orlando victims

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Warriors’ Iguodala, Cavs’ Love to start Game 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: LeBron’s playoff road-win streak in jeopardy

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Warriors fans trumpeting Draymond Green hashtag

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Draymond Green expects to watch Game 5 next door in Coliseum

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Suspended Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green planned to watch Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night in a baseball suite next door to Oracle Arena at the Oakland Coliseum, where the Athletics are playing the Texas Rangers.

The Latest: Steve Kerr mum on Warriors’ starting lineup

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

AP sources: Bucks, Kidd close to finalizing extension

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks and coach Jason Kidd are going for three.

The Latest: Draymond Green to watch finals at Oakland A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Draymond Green expects to watch Game 5 next door in Coliseum

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Suspended Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green planned to watch Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night in a baseball suite next door to Oracle Arena at the Oakland Coliseum, where the Athletics are playing the Texas Rangers.

76ers wait on Simmons as they work out Ingram ahead of draft

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Brandon Ingram dined and dunked in Philadelphia and did all but demand he become the No. 1 overall pick of the NBA draft.

AP sources: Bucks, Kidd close to finalizing extension

MILWAUKEE (AP) Three people with direct knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks are close to reaching a three-year contract extension with coach Jason Kidd.

Draymond Green expects to watch Game 5 next door in Coliseum

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Suspended Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was expected to watch Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night in a baseball suite next door to Oracle Arena at the Oakland Coliseum, where the Athletics are playing the Texas Rangers.

Draymond Green expects to watch Game 5 next door in Coliseum

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Suspended Warriors star Draymond Green is expected to watch Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night in a baseball suite next door to Oracle Arena at the Oakland Coliseum, where the Athletics are playing the Texas Rangers.

With Green suspended, Cleveland must seize Finals chance

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green and LeBron James might make up, get over this moment and become friends again one day.

Pistons extend contract of general manager Jeff Bower

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have extended the contract of general manager Jeff Bower.

With Green suspended, Cleveland must seize Finals chance

OAKLAND, California (AP) Draymond Green and LeBron James might make up, get over this moment and become friends again one day.

With Green suspended, Cleveland must seize Finals chance

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green and LeBron James might make up, get over this moment and become friends again one day.

» Sunday, June 12, 2016

Warriors star Draymond Green suspended for Game 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Through all of the criticism and accusations of dirty play, Draymond Green vowed to keep pushing as hard as he possibly could to help deliver another championship to Golden State.

Warriors look to close out Cavs without emotional star Green

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr could have used a little more notice on this one. A heads-up about Draymond Green's suspension sure would have been preferable and far more convenient for his planning purposes.

Sports world reacts to mass shooting in Orlando

The sports world reacted strongly Sunday to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Warriors star Draymond Green suspended for Game 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State star Draymond Green was suspended for Monday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals after the league assessed a Flagrant 1 foul from his scuffle with Cleveland's LeBron James.

Warriors star Draymond Green suspended for Game 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State star Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals after the league assessed a Flagrant 1 foul from his scuffle with Cleveland's LeBron James.

Warriors star Draymond Green suspended for Game 5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State star Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals after the league assessed a Flagrant 1 foul from his scuffle with Cleveland's LeBron James.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green suspended for Game 5 of NBA Finals after receiving fourth flagrant foul

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green suspended for Game 5 of NBA Finals after receiving fourth flagrant foul.

Magic Johnson asks Lakers to eliminate honorary title

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) At Magic Johnson's request, the Los Angeles Lakers have eliminated his honorary title of vice president and removed his name from the staff directory.

» Saturday, June 11, 2016

With new schedule for NBA Finals, viewership down for Game 4

NEW YORK (AP) With a new schedule for the NBA Finals, viewership is down for Game 4.

Golden State’s Draymond Green in another playoff dustup

CLEVELAND (AP) Draymond Green has found himself in another thorny playoff situation.

In the NBA Finals, the losses linger more than the wins

Often lost in the euphoria of confetti blizzards and champagne showers of an NBA Finals triumph is the crushing despair just down the hall.

At a bar or on a couch, all sports viewers could soon count

NEW YORK (AP) A line snaked out the door Wednesday night at Finnerty's, a Manhattan bar that bills itself as the ''Home for Bay Area Sports.'' A man in an Andre Iguodala jersey waited to get in to watch Game 3 of the NBA Finals and join the fellow Golden State Warriors fans packed shoulder to shoulder, who gazed up at TVs and groaned in unison at an unfavorable call.

Golden State’s Draymond Green in another playoff dustup

CLEVELAND (AP) Draymond Green has found himself in another thorny playoff situation.

A repeat NBA title now just one win away for Golden State

CLEVELAND (AP) Golden State has won 88 games this season, when factoring in the regular season and the playoffs. That's another NBA record to add to its collection, one more than the Chicago Bulls totaled in their 1995-96 season.

A repeat NBA title now just 1 win away for Golden State

CLEVELAND (AP) Golden State has now won 88 games this season, when factoring in the regular season and the playoffs. That's another NBA record to add to its collection, one more than the Chicago Bulls totaled in their 1995-96 season.

Golden State’s Draymond Green in another playoff dustup

CLEVELAND (AP) Draymond Green has found himself in another thorny playoff situation.

LeBron, Cavaliers on the ropes after Game 4 loss to Warriors

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James said Game 4 was another ''do-or-die'' scenario for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron, Cavaliers on the ropes after Game 4 loss to Warriors

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James said Game 4 was another ''do-or-die'' scenario for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

» Friday, June 10, 2016

The Latest: Warriors beat Cavs 108-97 now lead finals 3-1

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Splash Brothers get going, Warriors lead 72-69

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

James Harden joins list of US players skipping Olympics

HOUSTON (AP) James Harden has added his name to a growing list of NBA stars passing on the Olympics.

The Latest: Warriors, Cavs in tight chess match in Game 4

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Wiggins withdraws from Team Canada for Olympic qualifying

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Wiggins will not play for Canada in the Olympic qualifying tournament this July, instead preferring to spend his summer gearing up for his third season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Cavs’ Love cleared to play in Game 4, will come off bench

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love will play, but not start in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

The Latest: Cavs, Warriors used to one-sided playoff games

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Westbrook says he won’t play for US basketball in Olympics

The U.S. Olympic basketball team has lost an All-NBA backcourt this week.

Cavs’ Love cleared to play in Game 4 following concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers are at full strength in the NBA Finals.

The Latest: Kerr was part of Cleveland’s title drought

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Westbrook says he won’t play for US basketball in Olympics

Russell Westbrook says he won't play in the Olympics, leaving the U.S. basketball team without another of its best players.

Wiggins withdraws from Team Canada for Olympic qualifying

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Wiggins says he is withdrawing from Team Canada and will not participate in Olympic qualifying this summer so he can focus on his upcoming season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Brooks Thompson, 1st-round NBA pick, dies at 45 in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Brooks Thompson, a first-round NBA draft pick and former Texas-San Antonio men's basketball coach, has died. He was 45.

Brooks Thompson, 45, first-round NBA pick, dies in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Brooks Thompson, a first-round NBA draft pick and former Texas-San Antonio men's basketball coach, has died.

Love takes part in Cavs’ shootaround, could play in Game 4

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cavaliers may be back to full strength in the NBA Finals.

Love takes part in Game 4 shootaround, game status unclear

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love remains questionable for Game 4 of the NBA Finals as he recovers from a concussion.

Steve Kerr has a history of making all the right moves

CLEVELAND (AP) Steve Kerr has a certain charm that belies a clear toughness. The coach of the Golden State Warriors is someone who famously got into a fistfight with Michael Jordan as a player, and got into a fistfight with a clipboard earlier in these playoffs.

Steve Kerr has a history of making all the right moves

CLEVELAND (AP) Steve Kerr has a certain charm that belies a clear toughness. The coach of the Golden State Warriors is someone who famously got into a fistfight with Michael Jordan as a player, and got into a fistfight with a clipboard earlier in these playoffs.

» Thursday, June 9, 2016

Viewership down after another rout in Game 3 of NBA Finals

NEW YORK (AP) With Game 3 of the NBA Finals turning into another rout, viewership is down from last year's much closer contest.

Pacers new coach staying busy with hectic offseason

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) New Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan has been a busy man the past few weeks.

Brandon Ingram gets a look at possible new home with Lakers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Brandon Ingram very well could be the next big piece in the Los Angeles Lakers' increasingly interesting young core.

McMillan planning to keep Burke, Jones on Pacers’ staff

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) New Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan says he will keep assistant coaches Dan Burke and Popeye Jones on his coaching staff next season.

Curry says he needs to play better, and Warriors say he will

CLEVELAND (AP) Turns out, Stephen Curry has not entered some level of basketball infallibility.

Curry says he needs to play better, and Warriors say he will

CLEVELAND (AP) Turns out, Stephen Curry has not entered some level of basketball infallibility.

Love lost? Cavs wait for Kevin Love’s return in NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love smiled as he walked onto the court, sharing a handshake and laugh with teammate Jordan McRae. Love then worked on his drop-step, dunked, fired up a few outside shots and practiced free throws.

Bucks name Justin Zanik assistant general manager

MILWAUKEE (AP) Justin Zanik has been named the assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks after holding the same position with the Utah Jazz the last three seasons.

Cavs’ Love continuing way through concussion protocol

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love has resumed non-contact basketball activities, which could be the final step before the Cleveland Cavaliers get their starting power forward back in these NBA Finals.

After another blowout, now Warriors need to respond

CLEVELAND (AP) It's been the postseason of blowouts.

After another blowout, now Warriors’ need to respond

CLEVELAND (AP) It's been the postseason of blowouts.

After another blowout, now ’soft’ Warriors’ need to respond

CLEVELAND (AP) It's been the postseason of blowouts.

Curry, Warriors start slow, and Game 3 of Finals gets away

CLEVELAND (AP) Stephen Curry's only basket in the first 30 minutes came off a broken play. He found himself in foul trouble again. His jumper was nowhere to be found until it was essentially too late.

LeBron scores 32, Cavs wallop Warriors 120-90 in Game 3

CLEVELAND (AP) Crawling on the floor after a loose ball, LeBron James gathered himself and quickly got to his feet.

» Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Curry, Warriors start slow, and Game 3 of Finals gets away

CLEVELAND (AP) Stephen Curry's only basket in the first 30 minutes came off a broken play. He found himself in foul trouble again. His jumper was nowhere to be found until it was essentially too late.

The Latest: James leads Cavs to 120-90 win vs. Warriors

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Cavaliers extend their lead against Warriors

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Cavaliers lead Warriors 51-43 at halftime

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Warriors show life, Cavs still leading Game 3

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Kyrie Irving helps Cavs jump out to 33-16 lead

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Warriors closing in on postseason 3-point record

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Rooks remembered for passion, enthusiasm for basketball

Sean Rooks was remembered Wednesday for his enthusiasm and passion for basketball by the teams he worked for and others who were considering hiring him.

Cavs’ Love out for Game 3 of NBA Finals with concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love can't help the Cavaliers climb back into the NBA Finals just yet.

The Latest: Steve Kerr deeply saddened by loss of Sean Rooks

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Cavs’ Love out for Game 3 of NBA Finals with concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love can't help the Cavaliers climb back into the NBA Finals just yet.

Utah’s Taylor, BYU’s Fischer try to impress at Jazz workout

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Brandon Taylor and Chase Fischer know the odds are against them continuing their basketball careers in the NBA, but the pair isn't shutting it down. The two - from Utah and BYU, respectively - worked out for the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, mostly so the team could have some competition for Washington guard Dejounte Murray, as they search for an opportunity.

The Latest: A 3-0 hole in NBA Finals usually becomes a sweep

CLEVELAND (AP) The Latest on Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Oklahoma energy magnate’s death accidental; implications few

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The fiery one-car crash in which energy industry magnate Aubrey McClendon died was an accident, with no alcohol in his system and only traces of a drug commonly used in sleep aids, the Oklahoma medical examiner's office ruled Wednesday.

Bickerstaff, Van Exel joining Fizdale’s Grizzlies staff

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) New Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale has added J.B. Bickerstaff and Nick Van Exel to his staff.

Grizzlies’ Carter wins Twyman-Stokes Teammate of Year award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter has won the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award.

Pelicans hire Ferry as adviser to GM Demps

METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps says he's hired former NBA player and front office executive Danny Ferry as a special adviser.

Autopsy: Oklahoma energy magnate’s death accidental

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The fiery car crash in which energy industry magnate Aubrey McClendon died was an accident, the Oklahoma medical examiner's office ruled Wednesday, also noting that he had traces of a drug in his system commonly used in sleep aids.

Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks has offseason knee, ankle surgery

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and ankle to clean out debris in the joints, and he's expected to be ready by the start of training camp.

Cavs’ Love out for Game 3 of NBA Finals with concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love can't help the Cleveland Cavaliers climb back into the NBA Finals just yet.

Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks has offseason knee, ankle surgery

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and ankle to clean out debris in the joints, and he's expected to be ready by the start of training camp.

Cavs’ Love out for Game 3 of NBA Finals with concussion

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers say forward Kevin Love won't play in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors because of a concussion.

Cavs’ Love takes part in shootaround, could play in Game 3

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Kevin Love may be a step closer to returning to the NBA Finals.

Cavs’ Love takes part in shootaround, could play in Game 3

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Kevin Love may be a step closer to returning to the NBA Finals.

Autopsy: Oklahoma energy magnate’s death accidental

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma medical examiner's office has ruled that the fiery car crash in which energy industry magnate Aubrey McClendon died was an accident.

76ers coach says Rooks had promising career before death

PHILADELPHIA (AP) 76ers coach Brett Brown said Wednesday that Sean Rooks had promising prospects for his coaching career before his death.

Pressure point: Irving, Cavs face crucial Game 3 in finals

CLEVELAND (AP) One day before his first NBA Finals game at home, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving spent time after practice trying out some one-on-one moves against assistant coach James Posey.

NBA Referees union seeks end of Last 2 Minute reports

NEW YORK (AP) NBA referees are calling for the end of the league's Last 2 Minute reports that rule if calls were correct.

» Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Former NBA center, 76ers assistant Sean Rooks has died

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former NBA center and Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Sean Rooks died Tuesday after interviewing earlier in the day for a job with the New York Knicks. He was 46.

Former NBA center, 76ers assistant Sean Rooks has died

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former NBA center and Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Sean Rooks has died. He was 46.

Thompson acknowledges Zika concern, but wants to play in Rio

CLEVELAND (AP) Not even Zika worries will deter Klay Thompson from playing in the Olympics if asked.

Down 2-0, Cavs may be without Love in Game 3 of NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) Already underdogs, the Cavaliers may also be undermanned for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

A little magic: Magic Johnson helping SC State raise $2.5M

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) NBA great Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson will work with South Carolina State University to raise $2.5 million for scholarships that bear his name.

Warriors, Cavs both know The Finals can turn quickly

CLEVELAND (AP) Golden State has won the first two games of the NBA Finals, both of those wins coming by double figures and with a few dominant stretches of basketball in there.

Promising start for NBA Finals on ABC

NEW YORK (AP) The second straight NBA Finals matchup between Golden State and Cleveland got off to a promising start for ABC, but the network has to be hoping the series becomes more competitive in a hurry.

Raptors confirm coach Casey’s 3-year contract extension

TORONTO (AP) Dwane Casey has guided the Toronto Raptors in their journey from the NBA hinterlands to the Eastern Conference final.

Cavs’ Kevin Love doesn’t practice, Game 3 status uncertain

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love remains in concussion protocol and uncertain for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Kevin Love not on floor as Cavaliers begin Tuesday practice

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love was not with his Cleveland teammates when they took the floor for practice Tuesday morning in advance of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against Golden State.

With Curry out, US Olympic basketball team waits on LeBron

With Stephen Curry out of the running for the Olympics, attention shifts to the other superstar in the NBA Finals.

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Shaq: Cavs need better Irving, ’punked’ Love in NBA Finals

NEW YORK (AP) Shaquille O'Neal played on the last team to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the NBA Finals, so he knows what it takes.

With Curry out, US Olympic basketball team waits on LeBron

With Stephen Curry out of the running for the Olympics, attention shifts to the other superstar in the NBA Finals.

Stephen Curry won’t be on US Olympic basketball team in Rio

Stephen Curry has withdrawn from consideration from the Olympics, leaving the U.S. basketball team without the NBA's MVP.

Spurs’ Aldridge won’t play for US Olympic basketball team

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio forward LaMarcus Aldridge has pulled out of consideration for the U.S. Olympic basketball team after a finger injury late in the season.

» Monday, June 6, 2016

NBA names Arnon de Mello as new head of NBA Latin America

As Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the Summer Olympics in August, the NBA has named a new head of NBA Latin America to continue growing the game in the region.

An extra rest day in NBA Finals seems timely for Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) Under the long-used former NBA Finals format, Game 3 of this Golden State-Cleveland matchup would have been played Tuesday night.

Intense or dirty? Draymond Green walking line in NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) He flexes his muscles and he barks at the crowd. He blocks shots and he kicks opponents. He hits 3s and he devours rebounds.

Thunder GM confident Kevin Durant will stay with team

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder general manager Sam Presti sounds confident that Kevin Durant will remain with the team.

An extra rest day in NBA Finals seems timely for Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) Under the long-used former NBA Finals format, Game 3 of this Golden State-Cleveland matchup would have been played Tuesday night.

Stephen Curry won’t be on US Olympic basketball team in Rio

Stephen Curry has withdrawn from consideration from the Olympics, leaving the U.S. basketball team without the NBA's MVP.

Love travels with Cavs, status for rest of finals unclear

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love was cleared to fly. His playing status remains up in the air.

Viewership down after rout in Game 2 of NBA Finals

NEW YORK (AP) With Game 2 of the NBA Finals turning into a rout, viewership is down from last year's overtime contest.

Stephen Curry won’t be on US Olympic basketball team in Rio

Stephen Curry has withdrawn from consideration from the Olympics, leaving the U.S. basketball team without the NBA's MVP.

Kevin Love travels with Cavaliers following concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has been cleared to travel after suffering a concussion in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Wait: Cleveland rocks, aches for sports championship

CLEVELAND (AP) The tire-swallowing potholes are fixed. A few new luxurious hotels dot the skyline. Flowers and trees seem to have sprouted through cement, brightening downtown and making it almost unrecognizable to even the locals.

As NBA Finals move to Cleveland, Warriors looking unbeatable

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When the Golden State Warriors returned to Cleveland in January for the first time since clinching the championship there last June, Stephen Curry raised a little stir when he said he hoped the visiting locker room ''still smells a little bit like champagne.''

Warriors blow Cavs out 110-77, lead Finals 2-0

OAKLAND, California (AP) Golden State's quest for back-to-back championships after a record-setting season moved a step closer as the Warriors ran away in the second half to beat Cleveland 110-77 on Sunday, taking a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals.

Cavs get hammered in Game 2, Love leaves with concussion

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Love lay on the court grabbing the back of his head after taking an elbow from Harrison Barnes.

» Sunday, June 5, 2016

Cavs get hammered in Game 2, Love leaves with concussion

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Love lay on the court grabbing the back of his head after taking an elbow from Harrison Barnes.

Warriors blow Cavs out 110-77, lead Finals 2-0

OAKLAND, California (AP) Golden State ran away in the second half to beat Cleveland 110-77 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals.

Cavs get hammered in Game 2, Love leaves with concussion

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Love lay on the court grabbing the back of his head after taking an elbow from Harrison Barnes.

Warriors blow Cavs out 110-77, lead Finals 2-0

OAKLAND, California (AP) Golden State ran away in the second half to beat Cleveland 110-77 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals.

The Latest: Warriors blow Cavs out 110-77, lead Finals 2-0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Kevin Love leaves Game 2 in third quarter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has left Game 2 of the NBA Finals in the third quarter.

The Latest: Love to locker room, Curry in foul trouble

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Cavaliers lead Warriors 21-19 after 1st quarter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Curry doesn’t sink 1 from tunnel during warmups

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Warriors could match 2 more NBA records

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

In 10th NBA Finals, ’Coach’ Van Gundy clearly a broadcaster

Jeff Van Gundy was riding a bus bound for the border, far from the glamorous side of NBA life.

» Saturday, June 4, 2016

Jerry West, LeBron, Curry reflect on Ali at NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When Jerry West went to Rome with the U.S. basketball team for the 1960 Olympics, the basketball star got to know a promising young boxer on the rise named Cassius Clay.

Jerry West defends LeBron, calls critics ’ridiculous’

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Logo has no patience for critics of LeBron James.

No stranger to adversity, Cavs have more of it in NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers know what's being whispered - and sometimes shouted - at the NBA Finals.

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» Friday, June 3, 2016

Cavs looking for more ball movement in Game 2 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As gifted as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are with the ball in their hands and one defender to beat, that is not what got the Cleveland Cavaliers to a second straight NBA Finals.

Cavs looking for more ball movement in Game 2 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, California (AP) As gifted as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are with the ball in their hands and one defender to beat, that is not what got the Cleveland Cavaliers to a second straight NBA Finals.

Livingston, close-knit band of backups bring best in Game 1

OAKLAND, California (AP) Shaun Livingston put up nearly 100 free throws at the end of Friday's NBA Finals practice, and that is somewhere around his norm.

Livingston, close-knit band of backups bring best in Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Shaun Livingston put up nearly 100 free throws at the end of Friday's NBA Finals practice, and that is somewhere around his norm.

Cavs looking for more ball movement in Game 2 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As bad as it looked for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, it's just one game. No need to panic. No need to make wholesale changes to what got them back to the big stage.

ABC scores with NBA Finals rating

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Game 1 of the NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland was the most-watched and highest-rated opening game on ABC, with 19.2 million people tuning in for an 11.1 U.S. household rating.

Big overnight ratings for NBA Finals Game 1 on ABC

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Game 1 of the NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland drew a 13.1 overnight rating, the highest-rated Game 1 broadcast on ABC.

New coach Jeff Hornacek eager to make Knicks a winner

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Jeff Hornacek competed against Phil Jackson for years, and he remembers only a couple of short, painful conversations.

Babies born at Akron hospital get gifts during NBA finals

AKRON, Ohio (AP) Newborns at the Ohio hospital where LeBron James and Stephen Curry were born will get some special gifts during the NBA finals as those stars face off.

Kerr pushes all the right buttons in Game 1 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even as he spent the first 43 games of the season on the sideline while recovering from back problems, Steve Kerr always kept his finger on the pulse of the Golden State Warriors.

Wheels and onesies! Promotion honors Akron’s LeBron, Curry

AKRON, Ohio (AP) Newborns at the Ohio hospital where LeBron James and Stephen Curry were born will get some special gifts during the NBA finals as those stars face off.

Kerr pushes all the right buttons in Game 1 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even as he spent the first 43 games of the season on the sideline while recovering from back problems, Steve Kerr always kept his finger on the pulse of the Golden State Warriors.

Kerr pushes all the right buttons in Game 1 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even as he spent the first 43 games of the season on the sideline while recovering from back problems, Steve Kerr always kept his finger on the pulse of the Golden State Warriors.

Holding Warriors’ stars down not enough for Cavaliers

OAKLAND, California (AP) LeBron James sat down on the bench in the fourth quarter as the game slipped away, threw his hands up and grimaced in frustration.

Kerr pushes all the right buttons in Game 1 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even as he spent the first 43 games of the season on the sideline while recovering from back problems, Steve Kerr always kept his finger on the pulse of the Golden State Warriors.

Warriors’ supporting cast leads Game 1 NBA Finals win

OAKLAND, California (AP) Stephen Curry realizes every last man on the bench can mean so much to winning a championship.

Holding Splash Brothers down not enough for Cavaliers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James sat down on the bench in the fourth quarter as the game slipped away, threw his hands up and grimaced in frustration.

Holding Warriors’ stars down not enough for Cavaliers

OAKLAND, California (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers kept the ''Splash Brothers'' at bay during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Holding Splash Brothers down not enough for Cavaliers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers kept the Splash Brothers at bay during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The Latest: Warriors beat Cavs 104-89, take Game 1 of Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

» Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Latest: Warriors beat Cavs 104-89, take Game 1 of Finals

OAKLAND, California (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Silver: NBA needs progress by end of summer on NC law

OAKLAND, California (AP) Adam Silver has steadfastly refused to set any deadlines for when the NBA would decide on moving the 2017 All-Game in Charlotte if a hotly debated North Carolina law hasn't been changed.

The Latest: Warriors lead Cavs 74-68 after 3rd quarter

OAKLAND, California (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Cavs make a run, cut into Warriors’ lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Silver: NBA needs progress by end of summer on NC

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Adam Silver has steadfastly refused to set any deadlines for when the NBA would decide on moving the 2017 All-Game in Charlotte if a hotly debated North Carolina law hasn't been changed.

The Latest: Barbosa gets 7 quick points, goes to locker room

OAKLAND, California (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Silver: NBA needs progress by end of summer on NC law

OAKLAND, California (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA needs to see definitive progress toward changing a hotly debated North Carolina law by the end of summer to ensure that the 2017 All-Star Game will remain in Charlotte.

The Latest: Warriors lead 28-24 after 1st quarter of Game 1

OAKLAND, California (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: A little history from Cavs’ Richard Jefferson

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Silver: NBA needs progress by end of summer on NC law

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA needs to see definitive progress toward changing a hotly debated North Carolina law by the end of summer to ensure that the 2017 All-Star Game will remain in Charlotte.

The Latest: Harrison Barnes back in Golden State’s lineup

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

Biyombo suspended for 2016-17 opener for flagrant fouls

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA says Toronto center Bismack Biyombo will be suspended without pay for the opener of the 2016-17 season for accumulation of flagrant foul points in the playoffs.

The Latest: International Finals creates sleepless nights

OAKLAND, California (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Strength In Numbers T-shirts blanket arena

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

The Latest: Green ’aware’ of technicals, mum on the topic

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):

AP Source: Casey gets 3-year, $18M extension from Raptors

Dwane Casey spent five years turning the Toronto Raptors into a contender in the Eastern Conference.

AP Source: Casey gets 3-year, $18M extension from Raptors

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Toronto Raptors have agreed to terms with coach Dwane Casey on a three-year, $18 million contract extension.

Jeff Hornacek hired as Knicks coach after 32-50 season

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks have hired Jeff Hornacek, who emerged last month as Phil Jackson's surprising coaching choice.

John Legend to perform anthem at Game 1 of NBA Finals

NEW YORK (AP) Grammy-winning singer John Legend will perform the national anthem for Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Warriors feeling more calm going into second straight Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) There's a comfort level for MVP Stephen Curry and his teammates this time around on the big stage.

» Wednesday, June 1, 2016

George continues comeback by earning video game cover

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George didn't like his video game rating.

Round 2: LeBron, Curry square off again in NBA Finals

OAKLAND, California (AP) LeBron versus Steph. King James versus the Baby-faced Assassin.

News flash: Stephen Curry uses Uber

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When it comes to getting around town, two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry says he is just like everybody else: He uses Uber.

Andre Iguodala’s defense keys Warriors’ return to NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) All season long, MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green drew the attention and accolades.

Celtics extend contracts of Ainge, Stevens

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) Establishing continuity has always been at the core of the Boston Celtics' 17 NBA championships.

Rockets put premium on experience in new coach D’Antoni

HOUSTON (AP) Of all of Mike D'Antoni's strengths, the Houston Rockets valued his experience above all else.

Thunder star Kevin Durant not rushing to decide on future

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant has a lot to consider in the next month.

Rockets put premium on experience in new coach D’Antoni

HOUSTON (AP) Of all of Mike D'Antoni's strengths, the Houston Rockets valued his experience above all else.

Thunder’s Kevin Durant not rushing to decide on future

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Finally, Kevin Durant and the Thunder have to face their moment of truth.

Celtics extend contracts of Ainge, Stevens

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) The Boston Celtics have extended the contracts of coach Brad Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

Thunder assistant Monty Williams will not return to team

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams will not return to the team.

Celtics extend contracts of Ainge, Stevens

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) The Boston Celtics have extended the contracts of coach Brad Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

Warriors-Cavaliers are the 14th NBA Finals rematch

MIAMI (AP) It'll either be repeat or redemption.

Warriors-Cavaliers are the 14th NBA Finals rematch

MIAMI (AP) It'll either be repeat or redemption.

Warriors-Cavaliers are the 14th NBA Finals rematch

MIAMI (AP) It'll either be repeat or redemption.

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