Latest Basketball News

A Japanese chartered plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan, China, landed at Haneda international airport in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Cases of new virus in China top its total for SARS

Jan. 29, 2020 6:01 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China, with 5,974 cases of a new virus, has more infections than it did in with SARS, though the death toll is still lower. China had 5,327 cases of SARS in the 2002-2003 outbreak. China reported another large jump in cases Wednesday and a rise in the death toll to 132. That compares to 348...

Merrill scores 14 to lead Utah State past Wyoming 68-45

Jan. 29, 2020 4:11 AM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Sam Merrill had 14 points as Utah State romped past Wyoming 68-45 on Tuesday night. Alphonso Anderson had 13 points for Utah State (17-6, 6-4 Mountain West Conference). Brock Miller added 11 points. Utah State totaled 25 first-half points, a season low for the team. Kwane Marble II had...

Medical workers in protective gear talk with a woman suspected of being ill with a coronavirus at a community health station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. China on Monday expanded sweeping efforts to contain a viral disease by extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection. (Chinatopix via AP)

Virus in China affects sports events, Olympic qualifiers

Jan. 29, 2020 3:51 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Amid growing concern at the spread of a new virus outbreak in China, international sports have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments are being taken elsewhere. The international ski federation on Wednesday canceled the first World Cup races scheduled for testing the mountain venue...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 30, 1996 file photo, Brazil's Oscar Schmidt (14) drives past Scottie Pipen (8) of the United States during the quarterfinals of basketball competition at the Centennial Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. For little Kobe Bryant growing up in Italy the player that amazed him as a child was skinny and half-bald Brazilian guard Oscar Schmidt.  (AP Photo/Hans Deryk, File)

Kobe's boyhood hero Oscar Schmidt celebrates 'annoying kid'

Jan. 29, 2020 3:43 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — For little Kobe Bryant growing up in Italy, the player that amazed him as a child was a skinny and half bald Brazilian guard that often beat his father's teams with long distance shots. Oscar Schmidt, one of basketball's all-time leading scorers with almost 50,000 points, played with...

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid goes up for a shot against Golden State Warriors' Omari Spellman during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

'He was special': The NBA tributes continue for Kobe Bryant

Jan. 29, 2020 3:40 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — In Philadelphia, Joel Embiid paid tribute to Kobe Bryant by wearing one of his jersey numbers. Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie and Orlando’s Terrence Ross are showing their respect by no longer doing so. Boston’s Kemba Walker is considering such a change. And coaches around...

In this image taken Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, and provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB investigators Adam Huray, right, and Carol Hogan examine wreckage as part of the NTSB’s investigation of a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif. The Sunday, Jan. 26 crash killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others (James Anderson/National Transportation Safety Board via AP)

Crash-warning device might not have saved Bryant helicopter

Jan. 29, 2020 1:48 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to land but it’s not clear it would have averted the crash that killed nine as the aircraft plummeted toward a fog-shrouded hillside, federal regulators and...

Auburn guard Tyrell Jones (0) and forward Isaac Okoro (23) react after the team's 83-82 double-overtime win over Mississippi in an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

No. 17 Auburn rallies for double-overtime win at Mississippi

Jan. 29, 2020 1:20 AM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — It was so wild Auburn coach Bruce Pearl called it the craziest game he had seen in a long time. When it finally ended, the Tigers had a hard-fought victory. Barely. Isaac Okoro converted a big three-point play with 1:41 left in the second overtime, and No. 17 Auburn topped Mississippi...

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Coach K remembers Kobe, berates fans as Duke beats Pitt

Jan. 29, 2020 12:42 AM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — It was a topsy-turvy night for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Freshman center Vernon Carey Jr. had 26 points and 13 rebounds in the ninth-ranked Blue Devils' 79-67 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, a game that included tributes to Kobe Bryant and an outburst by Coach K at his own...

Butler guard Kamar Baldwin (3) dribbles the ball next to Georgetown guard Terrell Allen (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Baldwin heats up again, No. 16 Butler beats Georgetown 69-64

Jan. 29, 2020 12:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamar Baldwin found some more second-half magic and another way to lead a comeback. He scored 12 of his 13 points after halftime to help No. 16 Butler erase a double-digit deficit and beat Georgetown 69-64 Tuesday night. Baldwin didn't quite go off like Friday against Marquette, but...

Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (3) goes for a slam dunk as Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (42) and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Booker, Ayton lead Suns to 133-104 blowout of Mavericks

Jan. 29, 2020 12:12 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — All Devin Booker can do now is wait for the announcement of All-Star reserves. The last impression for the Phoenix guard was a good one. Booker scored 20 of his 32 points in a decisive third quarter, Deandre Ayton had a season-high 31 points and the Suns never trailed in a 133-104 dismantling...