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Hornets acquire Gordon Hayward, 2 draft picks from Celtics

Nov. 29, 2020 5:28 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have acquired forward Gordon Hayward and unprotected 2023 and 2024 second-round draft picks from the Boston Celtics in exchange for a heavily protected 2022 second-round draft pick as part of a sign-and-trade transaction. The Celtics will only get...

Bias leads 6 players, 2 coaches into college hoops Hall

Nov. 29, 2020 5:27 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Maryland basketball star Len Bias, who was chosen No. 2 by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft before dying days later of a drug overdose, was chosen for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Bias leads a group of six players and two coaches...

In this image provided by Vanderbilt Athletics, Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller, right, slaps hands with a teammate during NCAA college football practice, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Fuller, a goalkeeper on the Commodores' women's soccer team, will don a football uniform on Vanderbilt's sideline and she is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 game when the Commodores take on Missouri.  (Vanderbilt Athletics via AP)

Column: Sports hanging by the thread of the almighty dollar

Nov. 27, 2020 7:40 PM EST

The games will go on, hanging by the thread of the almighty dollar. Even as the coronavirus rages out of control over wide swaths of the country, and some facets of society are beginning to shut down again in hopes of stemming the deadly tide, there are no plans to shutter sports like they did back in March. Too...

Cavs acquire another second-round pick in trade with Jazz

Nov. 27, 2020 6:56 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are loading up for the future. Cleveland acquired another second-round pick Friday — this one in 2027 — from the Utah Jazz, who also sent the Cavs shooting guard Rayjon Tucker in exchange for cash considerations. It's the third second-round selection added by...

Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu (11) pushes past Ohio's forward Dwight Wilson III (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Dosunmu scores 24 as No. 8 Illinois holds off Ohio 77-75

Nov. 27, 2020 4:40 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, Kofi Cockburn had 13 points and 11 rebounds and No. 8 Illinois rallied to beat Ohio 77-75 on Friday. It was Cockburn’s 15th double-double in 35 games for Illinois (3-0). Jason Preston scored 31 points for Ohio (2-1). Ben Vander Plas added 20...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, Nigeria's Ike Diogu, right, drives to the basket ahead of Spain's Pau Gasol during a basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  In the 2005 NBA Draft Ike Diogu was the only Nigerian-American, but now fifteen years later, Nigerians are setting records in last week's Draft with two players from Nigeria as first-rounders, and another six who have at least one Nigerian parent were also picked. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Former NBA lottery pick saw wave of Nigerian players coming

Nov. 27, 2020 11:08 AM EST

Fifteen years after Ike Diogu was a first-round NBA draft pick, Nigerians are setting records. Diogu was the lone Nigerian-American among a group of international players selected back in 2005. This year, a whole starting five and then some could be built from all the picks with Nigerian ties. “I saw the...

Sacramento Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

What an offseason! Hawks bulk up big time in free agency

Nov. 25, 2020 8:01 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Just like that, the Atlanta Hawks transformed themselves into a playoff contender. A team that averaged less than 25 wins the last three seasons added to its impressive young core with a whirlwind of free-agent signings, capped by the news late Tuesday that Sacramento would not match a...

NBA moves Indianapolis' All-Star weekend to 2024

Nov. 25, 2020 1:21 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis will host the NBA All-Star weekend in 2024, the league said Wednesday, formally rescheduling the plans for that city to be the site of the league’s midseason showcase this season. Cleveland will play host in 2022 and Salt Lake City will do so in 2023, both of those...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley, left, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Brandon Knight defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Bradley still has serious concerns about the coronavirus, particularly because one of his children has struggled with respiratory illnesses. Those concerns kept him from the NBA’s restart bubble. They won’t keep him from this season. Bradley has finalized his new contract with the Miami Heat and says he will be ready to go when camp starts next week. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

After opting out of bubble, Bradley ready to play again

Nov. 25, 2020 2:13 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Avery Bradley still has serious concerns about the coronavirus, particularly because one of his children has struggled with respiratory illnesses. Those concerns kept him from the NBA’s restart bubble. They won’t keep him from this season. Bradley has finalized his new contract...

Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams plays against the Boston Celtics during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March, 8, 2020, in Boston. Adams has agreed to a two-year extension with the Pelicans following his trade to New Orleans as part of a four-team deal that also sent guard Jrue Holiday from the Pelicans to Milwaukee. A person familiar with the deal says Adams’ extension is worth $35 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 because financial terms have not been announced. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Pelicans acquire Adams as final piece of 4-team Holiday deal

Nov. 25, 2020 12:50 AM EST

Veteran 7-foot NBA center Steven Adams has agreed to a two-year extension with the Pelicans following his trade to New Orleans as part of a four-team deal that also sent guard Jrue Holiday from the Pelicans to Milwaukee. Adams' extension is for $35 million, said a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke...