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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, David Stern, a member of the 2014 class of inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame, listens to a question during a news conference in Springfield, Mass. A tribute to late NBA Commissioner Stern is to be held at New York's Radio City on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Magic Johnson at Stern memorial: I'm going to miss my angel

Jan. 21, 2020 4:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern was remembered Tuesday as a mentor and a leader, a Little League parent and a loyal friend. To Magic Johnson, he was an angel. Johnson tearfully recalled Stern’s firm support after the Hall of Fame player learned he had HIV, and how it was the former NBA commissioner...

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against the Toronto Raptors during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Toronto won 112-110 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

It's halftime in the NBA, and time to look at some trends

Jan. 14, 2020 1:45 AM EST

It’s halftime. The midway point of the NBA regular season arrives this week -- there are 1,230 games between October and April, and after Thursday night’s slate goes into the books 618 games will have been played with 612 left to go. Making statistical judgments after a few games, or even a few...

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert, left, drives past Loyola Marymount guard Eli Scott, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Top-ranked Gonzaga cruises to win over Loyola Marymount

Jan. 11, 2020 7:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a pair of close calls last week, Gonzaga coach Mark Few felt it was the right time to once again stress what is associated with being the top-ranked team in the country. His young Bulldogs definitely received the message. Gonzaga rolled to its second straight easy victory...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 file photo, Former Boston Celtics basketball player Bill Russell, left, hugs National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern during an award ceremony for the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, FGile)

Remembering David Stern, and some of his top accomplishments

Jan. 2, 2020 5:01 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Nick Nurse has quite a few reasons to be thankful for David Stern. The coach of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors first encountered Stern around 20 years ago. Nurse, who was coaching in London, met Stern — then the NBA commissioner — through a mutual friend and remembers how...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2005, file photo, President Bush awards baseball legend Frank Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, died Feb. 7, 2019. He was 83.  (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

Sports losses in 2019: Newcombe, Robinson, Starr, Havlicek

Dec. 31, 2019 11:52 AM EST

They ran the next legs, taking the baton from Jackie Robinson as black players claimed their place in the game. The deaths in 2019 of Don Newcombe and Frank Robinson left baseball not only without two pillars on the diamond but two pillars in its fight against iniquities. Newcombe, a pitcher for the Brooklyn...