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FILE - In this March 24, 2013, file photo, Florida Gulf Coast's Chase Fieler, top, dunks over San Diego State's Deshawn Stephens during the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Philadelphia. The Dunk City Effect, as it's called, accounted for a 35 percent increase in freshman applications following the NCAA run, boosted enrollment from about 13,000 to  more than 15,000, and the academic reputation has been enhanced with higher caliber students being admitted. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

NCAA's storied party crashers includes 'Dunk City,' Loyola

Mar. 26, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

If not for those magical eight days seven years ago, Florida Gulf Coast might still be that upstart school trying to create an identity in the Sunshine State, never mind nationally. Dunk City changed everything. The high-flying Eagles and their showstopping offense earned their place in NCAA Tournament lore when,...

FILE - In this April 7, 1969, file photo, President Richard Nixon and Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, center-left, join Washington Senators manager Ted Williams, left, in a round of laughter before the chief executive tossed out the first ball in an opening day baseball game at RFK Stadium in Washington. (AP Photo/File)

Opening day memories: From Seaver to Scully, Ted to the Ted

Mar. 25, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

No game today. On what was supposed to be opening day all around the majors, ballparks will be shut Thursday because of the coronavirus pandemic. So while we wait and hope for baseball this year, some present and past sports writers for The Associated Press reflect on their favorite opening day memories, on and...

BC-BBO--This Date in Baseball

Mar. 24, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

March 27 1973 — Minnesota pitcher Jim Perry became the first player to use the "10 and 5 rule" when he OK'd his own trade to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher Dan Fife and cash. 1986 — Major League Baseball's Rules Committee voted to change the designated hitter rule for the World Series...

A visitor looks down an empty hallway at The Fashion Mall at Keystone, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Indianapolis. Simon Property Group, the largest owner of shopping malls in the nation, is closing all of its malls and retail properties because of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Latest: Pro Motocross cancels season-opening event

Mar. 19, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

The Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Pro Motocross Championship has canceled the season-opening Hangtown Classic due to concerns over the coronavirus. The race outside of Sacramento, California, had been slated for May 16. MX Sports Pro Racing, which operates...

FILE - In this March 19, 2019, file photo, spectators watch from the stands during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament between Temple and Belmont, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NCAA tournaments are on _ for now _ but mostly without fans

Mar. 11, 2020 11:32 PM EDT

The NCAA basketball tournaments are on — for now — though the buzzer-beaters, upsets and all the other shining moments will take place in mostly empty arenas. Trying to avoid spreading the new coronavirus that has become a global pandemic, the NCAA on Wednesday decided the men’s and...

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters (11) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet (20) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Lakers sign former Heat, Cavs guard Dion Waiters

Mar. 6, 2020 3:48 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Dion Waiters for their postseason push. The Western Conference-leading Lakers made the move Friday before they hosted the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks. Waiters is an eight-year NBA veteran who had been a free agent since Memphis waived him last...

Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) celebrates with center DeAndre Jordan (6) late in overtime of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

LeVert scores 51 points, Nets stun Celtics 129-120 in OT

Mar. 3, 2020 11:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant called it a masterpiece. The Celtics called it an unacceptable collapse. The Brooklyn Nets were just happy it ended up as a victory. Caris LeVert scored 37 of his career-high 51 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to help the Nets erase a 21-point, second-half deficit and...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, celebrates with Anthony Davis (3) and Jared Dudley during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Lakers' Davis, Caruso out against Pelicans

Mar. 1, 2020 7:47 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Lakers have ruled out forward Anthony Davis and guard Alex Caruso for their game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night. The Lakers said Davis, who played his first seven seasons in New Orleans, has a sore right knee. Caruso has a sore right hamstring. Both players started...

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) drives to the basket while defended by Memphis Grizzlies guards De'Anthony Melton (0) and Dillon Brooks (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman)

De'Aaron Fox scores 25 points, Kings beat Grizzlies 104-101

Feb. 29, 2020 12:11 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — De’Aaron Fox didn’t decide until shortly before game time that he would play against the Memphis Grizzlies. His appearance moved the Sacramento Kings closer to the playoffs. Fox, who sat out Thursday’s loss at Oklahoma City with lower right abdominal tightness,...

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) drives as Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

Ingram, Williamson lead Pelicans past Cavaliers 116-104

Feb. 28, 2020 11:55 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lonzo Ball launched a long two-handed chest pass from one foul line to the other, where Zion Williamson caught it in stride above his head, took a step and dunked with two hands. That play, less than three minutes into Friday night's contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers, seemed to...