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Editorial Roundup: US

Jan. 15, 2020 4:41 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 15 The Los Angeles Times on the International Olympic Committee banning athletes from making political statements such as kneeling or wearing political messages: Among the many inspiring displays at the National Museum of African American...

North Carolina guard Cole Anthony (2) reacts from the sidelines with an injury during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Yale in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Injured NBA prospects deal with shut-it-down conversations

Jan. 15, 2020 4:10 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — When college stars like Cole Anthony are injured, they are faced with the question of whether they should they return or just sit out the season to protect their looming draft prospects. Like Anthony, who has said he plans to return to action with North Carolina, most want to...

Auburn guard Samir Doughty celebrates a foul call against Vanderbilt during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

Auburn exceeds expectations as one of last unbeaten teams

Jan. 14, 2020 5:40 PM EST

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers haven't missed a step — or lost a game — after losing their three best players from last season's Final Four team. The fourth-ranked Tigers have ascended 20 spots in the AP Top 25 since the season began, won their first 15 games and sailed through the...

Minnesota center Daniel Oturu (25) shoots in front of Purdue forward Trevion Williams (50) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Minnesota pushes sophomore Daniel Oturu as NBA prospect

Jan. 8, 2020 6:54 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Of all the evidence from the past two decades that Minnesota has been mostly a middle-of-the-pack program, the lack of a presence in the NBA has been one of the biggest knocks against the Gophers. Daniel Oturu could be the next one to turn pro and start that process of catching up. Even...

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, talks with New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson, left, and guard Lonzo Ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 123-113. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Pelicans' Zion Williamson now in full-court, 5-on-5 drills

Jan. 7, 2020 4:47 PM EST

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When Zion Williamson finished his first full-court, five-on-five work since returning to practice last week, he spent extra one-on-one time with assistant coach Fred Vinson on the free throw line. After all, the Pelicans are going to need Williamson to make free throws that matter...

Michigan head coach Juwan Howard gives instructions to his team as they played against UMass-Lowell during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Michigan's Howard to face Spartans for 1st time as coach

Jan. 4, 2020 6:54 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Juwan Howard is set to make his coaching debut in the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry. It won't be his first experience in the highly charged series. The former Fab Five star helped the Wolverines go 5-1 against the Spartans over three seasons before he entered the 1994 NBA...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2013, file photo, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, right, helps NBA Commissioner David Stern put on a hard hat presented to him during ceremonies at the Kings NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in Sacramento, Calif. David Stern was a guy in the big city who did some of his best work fighting for the little guys. Teams in cities such as Sacramento and New Orleans might be playing elsewhere if not for the efforts of the former NBA commissioner who died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross, File)

Stern was a big-city guy and a friend to the small markets

Jan. 3, 2020 1:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern had been NBA commissioner for barely a year when the Knicks won the 1985 draft lottery, sending Patrick Ewing on the way to New York. Skeptics cried conspiracy, that the league rigged the result to bail out the faltering franchise in its largest market. Stern would shrug it off,...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 file photo, Former Boston Celtics basketball player Bill Russell, left, hugs National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern during an award ceremony for the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, FGile)

Remembering David Stern, and some of his top accomplishments

Jan. 2, 2020 5:01 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Nick Nurse has quite a few reasons to be thankful for David Stern. The coach of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors first encountered Stern around 20 years ago. Nurse, who was coaching in London, met Stern — then the NBA commissioner — through a mutual friend and remembers how...

Injured New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson, left, and guard Jrue Holiday watch from the bench during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Denver. The Pelicans won 112-100. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Zion Williamson returns to practice, raising Pelicans' hopes

Jan. 2, 2020 2:28 PM EST

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson returned to practice with the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday for the first time since he had arthroscopic knee surgery shortly before the season. But the NBA's top overall draft choice out of Duke cannot yet say when he'll make his regular-season debut “I felt...

FILE - In this April 2, 2012, file photo, Kentucky players celebrate at the end of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kansas, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Kentucky's 2012 college hoops team voted best of decade

Jan. 1, 2020 2:39 PM EST

The decade of college basketball started with Duke outlasting Butler in an epic national title game and ended with Virginia earning redemption after being on the wrong side of history the year before. Two great teams, but were they good enough to be among the five best of the 2010s? The Associated Press asked its...