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Bird, Taurasi earn spots on fifth US Olympic basketball team

Jun. 21, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi will try and become the first five-time Olympic gold medalists in basketball as they lead the U.S women's team at the Tokyo Games. The duo was selected for their fifth Olympics on Monday, joining Teresa Edwards as the only basketball players in...

Bust the Process: Hawks head to 1st East final since 2015

Jun. 21, 2021 02:26 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — John Collins got a trip to the Eastern Conference finals -- and an XL last laugh - in Philly. Collins sat down for an interview after a victorious Game 7 wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a photo of himself dunking on Philadelphia's Joel Embiid from...

Son of church shooting victim draws on tragedy to share hope

Jun. 21, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Sometimes, standing before his audience, Chris Singleton likes to tell the story of the father and son walking the beach after a hurricane has destroyed their home. Strewn across the sand are hundreds of starfish, washed up by the storm and on the verge of death. ...

Charlotte artist paints sneakers for sports media stars

Jun. 21, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeremy Recoon’s life in Charlotte could have been described as nondescript. For years, it was. He’s a young guy in his late 20s who followed his fiancée here for a job, working in sales at CommScope as he chips away at his MBA. Tryon Street...

Hawks head to East finals after Game 7 win in Philadelphia

Jun. 20, 2021 23:48 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Trae Young ripped off his jersey and bounded up the steps to toss his dad the souvenir from the first Game 7 road victory in Hawks history. Young's going to need a new uniform. He shook off a cold shooting night and improbably...

Halfway there: Bucks reach East finals after outlasting Nets

Jun. 20, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Once they could finally get off the court, the Milwaukee Bucks feasted their eyes on a welcome sight in the locker room. The No. 8 on their board signified the number of victories remaining to win a championship, following a sweep of Miami followed by a...

Liberty hold on to beat Sparks in WNBA celebratory matchup

Jun. 20, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 24 years to the day that the New York Liberty tipped off the WNBA with a win over the Los Angeles Sparks, Rebecca Allen made sure that the Liberty prevailed again. Allen scored a season-high 17 points and had two blocked shots in the final...

Booker has first triple-double, Suns beat Clippers 120-114

Jun. 20, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker's first exposure to playoff basketball continues to be a revelation. Not necessarily for him, but for the rest of the NBA. Booker had 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double and the...

NBA fines 76ers' Embiid $35,000 for Game 6 altercation

Jun. 20, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was fined $35,000 by the NBA for escalating an on-court altercation in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Atlanta. Embiid fell on top of John Collins on the court in Game 6. Collins then shoved...

Nets had the shooting and scoring, but needed more health

Jun. 20, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets had all the shooting and scoring any team could ever want. They just didn't have the health that every team needs. Kevin Durant was spectacular in his first postseason in Brooklyn, but by the end of it a Big Three...