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A sign marking the entrance to ESPN's Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World is seen Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. The NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season at Disney. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

AP source: NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan

Jun. 4, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

The NBA’s Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the league season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, another major step toward getting teams back onto the court and playing games again. The format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff...

AP source: NBA Board of Governors approves 22-team format in major step to league restarting its virus-delayed season

Jun. 4, 2020 1:59 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — AP source: NBA Board of Governors approves 22-team format in major step to league restarting its virus-delayed season.
This combination of photos shows logos for social media platforms, from left, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Lost jobs over social media statements that seemed like a good idea at the time have become a common occurrence, but the tense environment of nationwide protests against racism and police brutality with the backdrop of a pandemic have made Twitter, Instagram and Facebook especially dangerous for those who want to remain among the employed. (AP Photo)

Ill-considered posts lead to lost jobs amid protests, crisis

Jun. 4, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A writer from a “Law & Order" spin-off and the play-by-play broadcaster for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings found themselves out of jobs after making social media posts this week that their bosses found too incendiary or insensitive, highlighting an apparent surge in such...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga poses during an NCAA college football media day in Stillwater Okla. Oklahoma State University officials said Wednesday, June 3, 2020, that  three returning student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 although they were not showing symptoms. Among them is OSU linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga, who said on Twitter he tested positive for the virus after he attended a protest in Tulsa. The 21-year-old Ogbongbemiga says he protected himself during the protest. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

The Latest: Detroit Pistons set to reopen practice facility

Jun. 3, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Detroit Pistons are set to reopen their practice facility, starting Thursday. The Pistons announced that the team’s performance center will enter its first phase of reopening, for voluntary, individual workouts....

A sign marking the entrance to ESPN's Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World is seen Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. The NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season at Disney. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart

Jun. 3, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

The NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season to the league’s board of governors on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The teams that will be going to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2010, file photo. an unidentified passenger participates in a full-body scan at the El Paso International Airport in El Paso, Texas. The metal detectors that greet sports fans at the gates might soon be accompanied by thermal body scanners, in the gargantuan task of better protecting venues from virus spread in order to bring the games back for in-person viewing. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP, File)

Stadium virus prevention steers spotlight toward fan privacy

Jun. 3, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

The metal detectors every sports fan has become accustomed to at the gate might soon be accompanied by thermal body scanners as part of the gargantuan task of preventing the spread of the new coronavirus and other airborne diseases. And that might be just one thing the public will need to be comfortable with in...

Mike Miller leaves Memphis coaching staff to focus on family

Jun. 3, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Miller is leaving Memphis coach Penny Hardaway's staff after two seasons, saying he needs to spend more time with his family. Miller announced his decision Wednesday on social media. “As much as I’ve loved this job and had a blast being part of the special program...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 4, 2019, file photo, then-Golden State Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins is seen during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Longtime Sacramento Kings broadcaster Grant Napear has resigned after he tweeted “ALL LIVES MATTER” when asked by DeMarcus Cousins for his opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement. The 60-year-old Napear also was fired by KTHK Sports 1140 in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Kings broadcaster resigns after tweet to Cousins

Jun. 3, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Longtime Sacramento Kings TV broadcaster Grant Napear resigned Tuesday after he tweeted “ALL LIVES MATTER” when asked by DeMarcus Cousins for his opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement. The 60-year-old Napear also was fired by KTHK Sports 1140 in Sacramento. He...

FILE - In this June 20, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens speaks during a news conference in Boston. Stevens says he supports the decisions of several of his players, including Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Enes Kanter, who have taken part in recent protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Stevens says he wrote a letter to his players letting them know he was with them and that he hopes the recent demonstrations around the country can help lead to healing and help to create sustainable change. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Celtics coach: Empathy means more than basketball right now

Jun. 2, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens believes the best way he can be helpful to his players right now is by listening to them. Boston players including Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier have been among several NBA players to participate in recent protests following the death...

FILE - In this April 13, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant smiles during the first half of his last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was gearing up for a great year: not just the certain election of NBA superstars like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, but also a chance to unveil a completely renovated museum. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the reopening has been pushed back two months to July 1 and the induction ceremony is being postponed, either to October or the spring. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Hoops Hall mulls date for Bryant, Class of 2020 induction

Jun. 2, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was gearing up for a great year: not just the all-but-certain election of NBA superstars like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, but also a chance to unveil a completely renovated museum. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the reopening has been pushed back...