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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks at convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. On Aug. 7, 2020, Falwell stepped down, at least temporarily, from his role as the president of the school. (Jay Westcott/The News & Advance via AP)

Liberty University and Falwell: A bond that's hard to break

Aug. 14, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. has been toppled, at least temporarily, from the presidency of evangelical Liberty University, but whether he will break permanently with the Christian institution that is synonymous with his family name is another matter. Falwell apologized after posting a vacation...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 9, 2019, file photo, Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, in Chicago. The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, as the new front office begins its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again.(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

Bulls fire coach Jim Boylen after missing playoffs again

Aug. 14, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, the new front office beginning its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again. The Bulls, who finished 22-43 this season, were one of the eight teams that didn't qualify for the NBA's restart at Walt Disney World. That meant they wouldn't make the...

Jim Boylen fired as Chicago Bulls coach

Aug. 14, 2020 9:32 AM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Jim Boylen fired as Chicago Bulls coach.
The Sacramento Kings take the court against the New Orleans Pelicans prior to the start of the game of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

Into the unknown: NBA teams face concerns outside of bubble

Aug. 14, 2020 2:37 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Luke Walton was trying to find the right words to motivate his players to finish the season strong. The Sacramento Kings had been eliminated from playoff contention, which was nothing new for the team with the NBA’s longest streak of missing the postseason. Yet, even...

Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, left, falls while chasing the ball against Brooklyn Nets' Caris LeVert during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Lillard, Blazers escape Nets, advance to play-in series

Aug. 14, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — With the season threatening to slip away, Damian Lillard decided it was time to shoot, even though he was so far his foot was touching the logo near midcourt. A few minutes later, he flung his body to the floor near the same spot, coming up with a steal that was the biggest...

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) controls the ball against New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes, front left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Magic snap 5-game skid with 133-127 victory over Pelicans

Aug. 14, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the floor and the Orlando Magic tuned up for the postseason by beating the New Orleans Pelicans 133-127 on Thursday to snap a five-game skid. Both teams were missing many of their top players in a regular-season finale...

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) dribbles as Dallas Mavericks' Trey Burke defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Suns top Mavs to finish 8-0 in bubble, but fail to advance

Aug. 13, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Phoenix Suns did all they could in the bubble. It still wasn't enough. Devin Booker scored 27 points and Phoenix beat the Dallas Mavericks 128-102 on Thursday to finish as the only team to win all eight games seeding games. That kept the Suns alive for a few hours, but...

Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks (24) drives against Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo, top right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Grizzlies roll past Bucks 119-106, reach West play-in round

Aug. 13, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — With their season on the line, Jonas Valanciunas and Ja Morant teamed up to make history and keep the Memphis Grizzlies’ playoff hopes alive. Valanciunas and Moranth had triple-doubles, Dillon Brooks scored 31 points and the Grizzlies beat the Milwaukee Bucks 119-106 on...

Las Vegas Aces' A'ja Wilson drives between Minnesota Lynx's Kayla Alexander (40) and Napheesa Collier during the first half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Aces top Lynx 87-77 for sole possession of 2nd place

Aug. 13, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A’ja Wilson had 23 points and eight rebounds, Angel McCoughtry scored 21 points and the Las Vegas Aces topped the Minnesota Lynx 87-77 on Thursday night for sole possession of second place. Kayla McBride added a season-high 17 points and Jackie Young had 16 points for Las...

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich calls a timeout during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

It's over: For first time in 23 seasons, Spurs miss playoffs

Aug. 13, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Popovich didn't put much thought into San Antonio's playoff streak when it was rolling along. He's not thinking about it now, either. The Spurs' record-tying run of 22 consecutive playoff appearances is over, and the longest season in team history — almost 300...