Basketball

Jabari Parker smiles during a news conference where he was introduced as the newest member of the Chicago Bulls Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in his hometown of Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
July 18, 2018 - 4:51 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Jabari Parker recalled playing on the court with the Chicago Bulls' logo as a young child. It was at the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club where his dad was a supervisor and not the nearby United Center. But it sure felt big time to him. "It was like our United Center, that gym," he...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2018, file photo, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard handles a ball before an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in San Antonio. Two people familiar with the situation say San Antonio and Toronto have reached an agreement in principle on a trade that will send Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors and DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs. One of the people says the Spurs also are sending Danny Green to the Raptors as part of the deal. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday, July 18, 2018, because the deal has not been finalized. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
July 18, 2018 - 12:06 pm
San Antonio has traded 2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to Toronto for four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan in a blockbuster deal. The trade was finalized Wednesday. The Spurs are also sending Danny Green to the Raptors, who are shipping Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick to San...
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July 17, 2018 - 6:44 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has received a contract extension following the franchise's repeat championship and third title in four years during his tenure. Kerr and general manager Bob Myers, who are close friends and colleagues, said when the season ended that...
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Los Angeles Lakers' Josh Hart, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton battle for the ball during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
July 17, 2018 - 1:47 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wash. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers will meet in the NBA Summer League championship for a second straight season. Last year Kyle Kuzma dropped a game-high 30 points to lead the Lakers to a 110-98 victory over Portland. This year it'll be...
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New Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman speaks at an introductory press conference in East Lansing, Mich., Monday, July 16, 2018. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP)
July 16, 2018 - 4:15 pm
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The new athletic director at Michigan State faces issues beyond just trying to win games and compete for championships. That much is obvious, and Bill Beekman acknowledged it. "The last several years have been among the darkest in our history," Beekman said. "Among the...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 19, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Isaiah Thomas argues a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. No fewer than 33 players will make more during the 2018-19 season than Thomas has made in his entire career. "It's all good though.... I'll just stay on that slow grind," Thomas said on social media after agreeing with the Nuggets. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
July 16, 2018 - 11:57 am
Even after roughly $1.5 billion in new contracts were hammered out during the first two weeks of free agency, there is still plenty of shopping for NBA teams to do over the coming weeks. Most of it will be for bargains. The biggest deals of NBA summer — like Chris Paul, Paul George and LeBron James...
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July 14, 2018 - 1:14 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls have agreed to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team. Agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed the deal Saturday after the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer. That made Parker an...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2017, file photo, Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) passes the ball as Philadelphia 76ers guards Ben Simmons, right, and JJ Redick (17) defend during the third quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Uniondale, N.Y. A person with knowledge of the details says the Nets have agreed to trade Lin to the Atlanta Hawks. The Nets made the move to ease an overcrowded point guard spot early Friday morning, July 13, 2018, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
July 13, 2018 - 5:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy Lin's injury-plagued stint in Brooklyn is over. The Nets have agreed to trade Lin to Atlanta, the Hawks announced Friday. The move helps clear up the Nets' logjam at point guard and sends Lin to another team that is also pretty crowded at the position. ESPN first reported the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley is shown before an NBA basketball game between the Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers, in Cleveland. Casino regulators in Nevada are accusing former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley of gambling fraud. The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Thursday, July 12, 2018, said Oakley was arrested Sunday at the Cosmopolitan casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip on suspicion of committing or attempting to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
July 12, 2018 - 5:18 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley is being accused of gambling fraud after a wager at a Las Vegas casino last weekend, casino regulators said Thursday. Oakley was arrested Sunday at the Cosmopolitan casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip on suspicion of committing or...
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Croatia's Dejan Lovren celebrates after Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scored his side's second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
July 12, 2018 - 11:37 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia's biggest ever game. "We love to be the underdogs," Lovren said in the wake of Croatia's England 2-1 extra-time win over England. With...
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