Basketball

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra gestures toward players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
January 24, 2019 - 2:31 am
MIAMI (AP) — Erik Spoelstra still vividly remembers getting a short speech from his father, a sage piece of advice that came about a year into his time in the employ of the Miami Heat. "Don't screw it up," Jon Spoelstra said. Almost 25 years later, the mantra still applies. Erik Spoelstra coached...
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Tennessee forward Grant Williams (2) shoots a free throw against Vanderbilt in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Williams scored a career-high 41 points and was 23 for 23 at the free-throw line as Tennessee won 88-83 in overtime. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
January 23, 2019 - 11:22 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams had the game of his life and the best free throw shooting performance by a college player in six decades. Tennessee needed every last point in its first outing this season as the nation's top-ranked team. Williams scored a career-high 43 and made all 23 free...
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Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is taken off the court on a stretcher after he was injured during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
January 23, 2019 - 11:05 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A promising season for the Indiana Pacers was instantly transformed when Victor Oladipo's leg buckled and he fell to the floor in pain. Indiana showed earlier this season it can win without the All-Star guard, at least in the short term. Now, the third-best team in the Eastern...
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Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is taken off the court on a stretcher after he was injured during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
January 23, 2019 - 8:43 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers lost All-Star guard Victor Oladipo to a serious right knee injury in the second quarter of Wednesday night's game against Toronto. Oladipo's leg bent awkwardly as he fell to the floor while trying to disrupt an outlet pass to the Raptors' Pascal Siakam. The...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Georgia quarterback Justin Fields (1) tries to escape from Georgia Tech linebacker Victor Alexander (9) in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga. The NCAA quietly made a big change last year that helped quarterback Shea Patterson play for Michigan and will determine whether Justin Fields is eligible this fall at Ohio State. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
January 23, 2019 - 5:24 pm
Last year, a high-profile overhaul of NCAA transfer rules stopped short of creating free agency in college sports. A much quieter change, however, helped quarterback Shea Patterson play for Michigan and will determine whether Justin Fields is eligible this fall at Ohio State. The modification to...
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Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) shoots ahead of New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic (3) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
January 23, 2019 - 2:11 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Guard Mike Conley says Grizzlies owner Robert Pera had told both he and center Marc Gasol that they will be mentioned in potential trade talks before reports that Memphis will be listening to offers for the NBA's longest-tenured teammates. Conley said Wednesday after shoot-...
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Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver, left, tries to steal the ball from Kansas State's Dean Wade during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 58-45. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
January 22, 2019 - 11:14 pm
MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) — Kansas State and Texas Tech have two of the four highest-rated defenses in the country. They didn't disappoint Tuesday night. In a preview of the tough test that awaits Big 12 opponents, the Wildcats ground down the 14th-ranked Red Raiders 58-45 on Tuesday night. Kansas...
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Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis (13) reacts to earning a free throw after making a basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Minnesota at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Michigan won 59-57. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
January 22, 2019 - 10:23 pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The ball bounced right to Charles Matthews, who dribbled once and squared up to shoot as the game clock — and more importantly, the shot clock — neared zero. "I saw the clock when I did get the ball. I'm not sure exactly how much time, but I did know that there was time on...
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Auburn forward Horace Spencer (0) drives to the hoop against South Carolina forward Alanzo Frink (20) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
January 22, 2019 - 9:14 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Chris Silva had a career-high 32 points, and Felipe Haase's 3-pointer with 30.3 seconds left put South Carolina ahead for good in an 80-77 victory over No. 16 Auburn on Tuesday night. The Gamecocks (10-8, 5-1) continued their improbable SEC run. They entered league play with a...
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Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, center, celebrates after making a 3-point basket next to Los Angeles Lakers' Ivica Zubac (40) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
January 22, 2019 - 2:56 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nothing could stop Klay Thompson, certainly not the Lakers' defense. The Golden State Warriors made sure of it, too, setting screens and calling plays for the star guard, who tied an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range on his way to scoring 44 points in...
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