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NBA's Steph Curry helps Howard U. start Division I golf team

Aug. 19, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What started as an innocuous conversation during a public event has evolved into a golf partnership between an NBA superstar Stephen Curry and Howard University. The two-time NBA MVP announced Monday that he is helping Howard re-establish a golf program. Curry is providing a donation that...

With Villanova and USA Basketball, Jay Wright on double-duty

Aug. 19, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

Jay Wright immediately accepted a chance to be an assistant coach with USA Basketball for this year's World Cup. And then he checked his calendar. Villanova students are headed back to school this week — while the Villanova men's basketball coach will be halfway around the world for the next month or so....

Former Cleveland coach David Blatt diagnosed with MS

Aug. 19, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In a statement posted Monday on the website of Greek club Olympiakos, Blatt said he was diagnosed with condition, which attacks the central nervous system, "a few months ago" and has experienced...

Analysis: Popovich faces tough numbers game for World Cup

Aug. 17, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When Gregg Popovich was cut from the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball roster, those making the decision took the easiest way out. They posted a note. "Clueless people," Popovich said, 47 years later, grinning to at least try to suggest it doesn't still bother him too much. It'll soon be...

Kings' De'Aaron Fox removes himself from World Cup plans

Aug. 17, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — De'Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings surprisingly withdrew from USA Basketball's national team Saturday, meaning the Americans now have 13 candidates for the 12-man World Cup roster. Fox told USA Basketball of his choice a few hours before the team was to fly to Australia for final...

AP sources: Alibaba exec to buy Nets, arena for $3.4 billion

Aug. 16, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday. Joe Tsai already had purchased 49 percent of the team from...

Lakers' Cousins tears ACL in left knee, awaiting surgery

Aug. 15, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is facing rehab from another major injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured their first big problem of a season with championship expectations. Cousins was diagnosed Thursday with a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury that could sideline the six-time...

USA, Spain set to meet in a World Cup warmup

Aug. 15, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. and Spain are facing off Friday night, a matchup of the two top-ranked basketball teams in the world and a possible precursor to a medal-round meeting next month at the World Cup. That might sound exciting. To the teams, not so much. Both the Americans and the Spaniards...

Michael Avenatti blames arrest on 'vindictive' prosecutors

Aug. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyer Michael Avenatti wants a judge to dismiss criminal charges that he extorted Nike, and he is blaming his arrest on what he calls vindictive prosecutors as he releases material his attorneys say support his claims the sportswear company was paying amateur athletes. Avenatti's attorneys...

King's court: LeBron dedicates court at his hometown school

Aug. 14, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James went back to school and back in time on Wednesday. Joined by four high school teammates, the NBA superstar dedicated a multicolored outdoor basketball court at the I Promise School, which he founded last year for underprivileged children in his hometown. James took a break...