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Trump to consider inviting Raptors 'if they'd like to do it'

Jun. 20, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll consider inviting the NBA champion Toronto Raptors to the White House "if they'd like to do it." Asked whether he'd invite the Canadian team, Trump said Thursday that he hadn't thought about it. Trump said the Raptors played "phenomenal basketball" to win...

'Jeopardy!' champ Holzhauer a winner in TV ratings, too

Jun. 20, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A case can be made that "Jeopardy!" savant James Holzhauer is one of the year's biggest TV stars, although a short-lived one. An estimated 14.5 million people watched him on June 3, when the professional gambler from Las Vegas lost for first time after 32 consecutive wins and $2,464,216 in...

AP source: Pelicans pick up team option for Okafor

Jun. 20, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans have picked up a team option on center Jahlil Okafor's contract through next season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team did not announce the transaction. The...

AP source: Pistons getting Snell, pick from Bucks for Leuer

Jun. 20, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a trade that would send Jon Leuer to the Bucks in exchange for Tony Snell and the 30th pick in Thursday night's draft. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade is not yet...

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert out of hospital after stroke

Jun. 20, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was released from a Detroit-area hospital nearly a month after suffering a stroke and will recover at an in-patient rehabilitation center. Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said Gilbert was discharged Wednesday from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. The...

Hachimura hopes his success helps growth of Japan basketball

Jun. 20, 2019 2:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rui Hachimura used to adore a manga and anime series called "Slam Dunk," which followed a high school basketball team's trials and tribulations and helped bring the sport into the Japanese consciousness. Though Hachimura was born in Toyama Prefecture two years after the series ended in...

Duke's Williamson set to lead off NBA draft

Jun. 20, 2019 2:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA draft is all about Zion Williamson. The draft begins Thursday night with the Duke freshman projected to go first overall to the New Orleans Pelicans. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward was the biggest star the college level has seen in years, filling highlight reels with thunderous...

Marketing firm files its own lawsuit against Williamson, CAA

Jun. 19, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — There's a second lawsuit in the marketing fight over former Duke star Zion Williamson. Prime Sports Marketing LLC and company president Gina Ford filed a lawsuit Wednesday in a Florida court, accusing Williamson and the agency now representing him of breach of contract. It cites...

After lottery setback, Hawks look to add to young core

Jun. 19, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The NBA draft lottery didn't go their way. Still, the Atlanta Hawks are poised to take another big step forward in their massive rebuilding job. With a pair of picks in the top 10 — or perhaps a single selection that's higher than what they have now, should they work out a trade...

With short window after season's end, Warriors turn to draft

Jun. 19, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Late last week, Bob Myers could barely even wrap his mind around the idea he needed to start thinking about the NBA draft. The Golden State general manager just tried to cope, somehow, with the shock and sadness of losing two star players to serious injuries in the last two games of...