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Miami Heat's Meyers Leonard (0) cheers on the team from the sideline during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Leonard, once a starter, now helping Heat from the sideline

Sep. 20, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Meyers Leonard was bent forward at the waist, standing a few feet away from Miami coach Erik Spoelstra on the Heat sideline, screaming with every bit of the volume that his deep and booming voice can generate. This is his role right now for the Heat. His only role. Leonard is...

Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward (20) attempts a shot during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Miami Heat on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Hayward returns to Celtics for Game 3 of East finals

Sep. 20, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gordon Hayward has been part of Boston teams that have made the Eastern Conference finals twice in the past three seasons. He’s finally gotten to play in that playoff round. Hayward returned to the Celtics’ rotation in Game 3 of their East title series against...

Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, left, and Miami Heat's Jae Crowder (99) exchange words as Kemba Walker (8) attempts to calm the situation during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics top Heat 117-106, cut East finals deficit to 2-1

Sep. 20, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Getting big leads has been relatively easy for the Boston Celtics in these Eastern Conference finals. This time, they also found a way to finish the job. And just like that, the East title series got a whole lot closer. Jaylen Brown scored 26 points, Jayson Tatum added 25 and...

South Korean K-pop group BTS members salute to their national flag during a ceremony marking the National Youth Day at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Lee Jin-wook/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea's daily virus total drops slightly

Sep. 19, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

South Korea __ South Korea’s new coronavirus tally has fallen below 100 for the first time in more than a month, as the country’s recent viral resurgence is gradually easing. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Sunday that the newly counted 82 cases took the country’s total...

Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray, left, Michael Porter Jr. (1) and Nikola Jokic (15) defend as Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) dunks the ball during the second half an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers vow not to let up against resilient Nuggets

Sep. 19, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

With one comeback after another in the playoffs, the Denver Nuggets showed themselves to be a team that falls down but doesn't stay down. The Los Angeles Lakers noticed. They watched the Nuggets repeatedly rally from big deficits against Utah and then the Los Angeles Clippers — and, obviously, are aware...

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo shouts from the bench in the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Miami Heat Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Historic year: Antetokounmpo wins 2nd straight NBA MVP award

Sep. 19, 2020 12:45 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo’s historic year earned him a historic awards sweep. The Milwaukee forward is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season, receiving that award Friday. He got the Defensive Player of the Year award earlier in these NBA...

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron Jame makes a pass during the second half an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers roll past Nuggets 126-114 in West finals opener

Sep. 19, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Slow starters in the first two rounds, the Los Angeles Lakers appeared to be in a hurry to put away the Denver Nuggets. It was a strong statement to their opponent — and maybe to the NBA's MVP voters. Anthony Davis had 37 points and 10 rebounds, LeBron James added 15...

A bicyclist makes his way past Baylor University's McLane Stadium, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Waco, Texas.  Baylor’s season opener against Houston, scheduled less than a week ago, was one of two FBS NCAA college football games postponed Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, the day before before they were supposed play.  (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

Baylor-Houston, FAU-Ga Southern postponed day before games

Sep. 18, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

Baylor's season opener against Houston, scheduled less than a week ago, was one of two Bowl Subdivision games postponed Friday — the day before before they were supposed to play. Florida Atlantic's opener against Georgia Southern was postponed earlier in the day, following the results of FAU's COVID-19...

Ronnie Hogue dies, UGa's 1st Black scholarship hoops player

Sep. 18, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Ronnie Hogue, the first Black scholarship athlete on the Georgia Bulldogs men's basketball team, died Friday, the school announced. He was 69. Hogue was a native of Washington, D.C., and lived in Maryland. No cause of death was given. Arriving at Georgia in 1969, Hogue averaged 20.5...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the seating area at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is viewed in Indianapolis after the Big Ten Conference announced that remainder of the men's NCAA college basketball games tournament was canceled. Indianapolis city leaders want the college basketball world to know it is open for business. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, Indiana Sports Corp, a local, year-round organizing committee, publicly released a 16-page proposal to convert convert about half of the city convention center's exhibition halls and meeting rooms into basketball courts and locker rooms, providing expansive safety measures and daily COVID-19 testing. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

College basketball bubbles brewing with season on horizon

Sep. 18, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With the coronavirus pandemic already forcing changes for college basketball, a bubble may be brewing in Indianapolis. Indiana Sports Corp. released a 16-page proposal Friday that calls for turning the city convention center's exhibition halls and meeting rooms into basketball courts...