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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2016, file photo, Belarus guard Lindsey Harding (12) controls the rebound next to teammate Yelena Leuchanka, center, and Australia center Liz Cambage, rear, during the second half of a women's basketball game at the Youth Center at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has been a difficult last few months for former Belarus star basketball player Leuchanka. She spent 15 days in jail in October after peacefully protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed re-election and then contracted the coronavirus earlier this month while she has been in Greece. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Yelena Leuchanka reflects on jail time for Belarus protest

Nov. 24, 2020 3:04 AM EST

It's been a difficult last few months for former Belarus basketball star Yelena Leuchanka. She spent 15 days in jail in October after peacefully protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko's disputed reelection, and then contracted the coronavirus earlier this month while she's been in Greece. “I...

Billy Evans, 88, member of 1956 gold medal U.S. team, dies

Nov. 23, 2020 9:05 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Billy Evans, a member of the 1956 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team and Kentucky Hall of Famer who helped the Wildcats go 25-0 in 1953-54, has died. He was 88. The school announced Evans’ death on Sunday upon confirmation from his family. He had 716 points and 549 rebounds...

Pistons trade Bradley to 76ers for Zhaire Smith

Nov. 23, 2020 7:58 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have traded center Tony Bradley to Philadelphia for guard Zhaire Smith. The Pistons announced the deal with the 76ers on Monday. Detroit acquired Bradley in a recent trade with Utah. Bradley appeared in a career-high 58 games last season, averaging 4.9 points and 4.6...

A fan wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus cheers during Game 2 of the Korean Series, the Korea Baseball Organization's championship round, between Doosan Bears and NC Dinos at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: UAlbany women's hoops postpones first 3 games

Nov. 23, 2020 7:18 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The University at Albany women’s basketball team has postponed its first three games following a surge of the novel coronavirus in the university community. UAlbany enacted a full campus pause on Nov. 10 and the women's...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova (18) passes against San Antonio Spurs' Bryn Forbes (11) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. The Cavaliers are nearing a deal with free agent guard Dellavedova, one of the Cavs' most popular players. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Cavs complete trade for McGee, agree to re-sign Dellavedova

Nov. 23, 2020 6:23 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have found either a temporary replacement for Tristan Thompson or an asset to bring in other talent. Cleveland announced Monday it has acquired center JaVale McGee and a 2026 second-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers for forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell....

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) drives to the basket Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Harrell says he decided to move from the Clippers to the crosstown rival Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent partly because the champion Lakers pursued him much more aggressively. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Montrezl Harrell: Lakers wanted me more than Clippers did

Nov. 23, 2020 6:17 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Montrezl Harrell did not make the trip lightly when he moved down the Staples Center hallway last weekend to join the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year realizes the gravity of his decision to leave the Los Angeles Clippers after three seasons — and to...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2018 file photo, Washington Wizards guard John Wall walks off the court during a timeout during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Houston.  The Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard says on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, he has no plans to trade John Wall and is looking forward to seeing the point guard reunited in the backcourt with Bradley Beal.(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)

Wizards GM says John Wall not on trading block: 'No issues'

Nov. 23, 2020 5:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard dropped by point guard John Wall’s workout Monday and they chatted. About their kids. About Thanksgiving Day plans. About their favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys. What they didn’t discuss, according to Sheppard, was the...

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he recited from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

NBA players hailed by pope at Vatican for demanding justice

Nov. 23, 2020 4:36 PM EST

Pope Francis met with NBA players at the Vatican on Monday, lauding them as “champions" and saying he supported their work on social justice. The five players — Marco Belinelli, Sterling Brown, Jonathan Isaac, Kyle Korver and Anthony Tolliver — were joined in the delegation by NBA players'...

Blazers re-sign Anthony and Hood, sign Jones

Nov. 22, 2020 11:26 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have re-signed 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony. It was one of several anticipated moves that Portland formally announced Sunday. The Blazers also re-signed forward Rodney Hood, who was injured for much of last season, and signed free-agent forward Derrick...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' JaVale McGee passes the ball during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Looking to replace Tristan Thompson, the Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired McGee and a future draft pick from the Lakers for forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

AP source: Cavaliers acquire McGee, 2026 pick from Lakers

Nov. 22, 2020 8:57 PM EST

CLEVEAND (AP) — Looking to replace Tristan Thompson, the Cavaliers have acquired center JaVale McGee and a future draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers for forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday night. The Cavs will get a second-round...