Latest International basketball News

Mississippi St's McCray-Penson steps down for health reasons

Oct. 12, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Nikki McCray-Penson says she is stepping down as Bulldogs coach immediately after one season to focus on her health. The Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer said in a release Tuesday that she has been...

Thomas to IR, Reyes could be 1st Chilean to play in NFL game

Oct. 06, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Sammis Reyes grew up poor as the son of a physical education teacher and insurance adjuster in Chile dreaming of what he could make out of life. When the opportunity presented itself as a teenager to play basketball in the United States, his family...

Veteran Pau Gasol announces retirement from basketball

Oct. 05, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Wishing his “older brother” Kobe Bryant could be there by his side, Pau Gasol finally put an end to a basketball career that went “way beyond my dreams and expectations.” Gasol announced his retirement from basketball on Tuesday after a career that...

Plum, Aces hold off Mercury in Game 1 of WNBA semifinals

Sep. 29, 2021 01:53 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In any level of basketball, whether he's played or coached, Bill Laimbeer has always thought guards decide playoff games. That's exactly what his guards did Tuesday night. Kelsey Plum scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half,...

At NBA media days, COVID and vaccines remain dominant topics

Sep. 27, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

Utah center Rudy Gobert revealed that after much deliberation, he decided to become vaccinated. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has gotten his booster shot already. Boston coach Ime Udoka had his shots and tested positive for COVID-19 anyway. And Brooklyn guard Kyrie...

Larry Bird museum planners assembling memorabilia collection

Sep. 19, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Organizers of a planned museum about basketball great Larry Bird in Terre Haute are starting to assemble thousands of items ahead of its expected opening next year. The museum will be part of the new Terre Haute Convention Center, which remains...

Pierce leads class of 16 into basketball Hall of Fame

Sep. 10, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

If it didn’t really sink in when he slipped to the 10th pick in the 1998 NBA draft, Paul Pierce got the message when he went home to Los Angeles to play in the All-Star Game and got booed by his hometown fans. “That’s just the story of my career: Being the underdog,...

Ga Tech signs hoops coaches Pastner, Fortner to extensions

Sep. 10, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has signed basketball coaches Josh Pastner and Nell Fortner to contract extensions. Pastner received a three-year extension through the 2025-26 season after leading the Yellow Jacket to their first Atlantic Coast Conference men's championship...

Tunisia tops Ivory Coast 78-75 to repeat as AfroBasket champ

Sep. 05, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Former Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri scored 22 points to help Tunisia repeat as African basketball champion in a 78-75 victory over Ivory Coast on Sunday. The veteran squad included former UCLA star Michael Roll, a naturalized citizen who had...

Tunisia, Ivory Coast win to advance to AfroBasket final

Sep. 04, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Naturalized citizen Matt Costello had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help Ivory Coast beat Senegal 75-65 to advance to the final of the African basketball championship against defending champion Tunisia on Saturday. Costello, who played briefly for...