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FILE - In this July 17, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry shoots over Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, in Uncasville, Conn. McCoughtry, a two-time WNBA scoring champion, is testing free agency for the first time in her career. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP, File)

Dream allowing Angel McCoughtry to test WNBA free agency

Jan. 28, 2020 12:36 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Dream two-time WNBA scoring champion Angel McCoughtry is testing free agency for the first time in her career. McCoughtry missed last season with a knee injury. She has reached an agreement with the Dream, which will not use its core designation to retain exclusive negotiating rights...

Students walk beside a giant mural of former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna at a basketball court in Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Artists in this tenement building gathered and painted this image after learning of Bryant's death. Bryant, his daughter and 7 others died in a helicopter crash. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

'Citizen of the world': Bryant promoted basketball globally

Jan. 28, 2020 10:40 AM EST

ROME (AP) — At a Lakers preseason game in Beijing in 2013, the arena rang out with chants of “Kobe! Kobe!” — despite the injured superstar not even having suited up. From Los Angeles to Italy, Asia and beyond, Kobe Bryant was bigger than just a basketball player. He was the...

Detroit Pistons forward Sekou Doumbouya (45) falls onto Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Love's big first half lifts Cavaliers past Pistons 115-100

Jan. 27, 2020 11:44 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Before his team took the court, Cavaliers star Kevin Love spent some of his day looking back at Kobe Bryant's life and career. “I watched his short film, I watched all of his highlights, I watched his interviews,” Love said. “I have videos on my phone, from the Olympics,...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, tries to make his move on Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Lakers' next game postponed after Kobe Bryant's death

Jan. 27, 2020 10:27 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NBA has postponed the Los Angeles Lakers' next game against the Clippers on Tuesday night after the deaths of retired superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash. The league announced the decision in a statement Monday, saying it “was made out of...

United States' Breanna Stewart, center, shoots between Connecticut's Christyn Williams, left, and Connecticut's Anna Makurat, right, in the second half of an exhibition basketball game, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Stewart returns, US beats UConn 79-64 in women's basketball

Jan. 27, 2020 10:23 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Breanna Stewart laced up her sneakers that were dedicated to Kobe Bryant and his daughter and took the court for her first game in nine months after rupturing her right Achilles tendon. She liked the results. “The first step was getting out there and playing, Obviously there...

Minnesota Lynx and former Connecticut player Maya Moore, left, puts her arm around former Connecticut teammate and New York Liberty player Tina Charles during a ceremony honoring their championship team before an exhibition basketball game between Connecticut and the United States, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Maya Moore at peace with decision to skip second WNBA season

Jan. 27, 2020 10:16 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore sees missing a second consecutive WNBA season as an extension of her decision to skip last year. The 30-year-old told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday that her work pushing criminal justice reform wasn't done yet. “I think when I...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 1996, file photo Kobe Bryant dunks the ball at his Lower Merion, Pa., high school gym during a practice. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

Bryant hailed as 'true Olympic champion' by IOC president

Jan. 27, 2020 8:24 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Kobe Bryant was “an outstanding and true Olympic champion,” IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. The basketball great, who was killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday, helped the United States win Olympic gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games and...

United States' Coco Gauff, left, and compatriot Caty McNally wear a tribute to Kobe Bryant on their shoes during their doubles match against Japan's Shuko Aoyama amd Ena Shibahara at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Bryant's death draws tributes from Asian fans, politicians

Jan. 27, 2020 5:00 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant was a hugely popular figure in Asia, no more so than in China where basketball rivals soccer as the most popular sport. However, his death Sunday in a helicopter accident comes at an awkward time between the country and the league. National broadcaster CCTV pulled all NBA games...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2002 file photo Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant points to a teammate during an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)

In appreciation: Kobe Bryant, a life defined by hard work

Jan. 27, 2020 12:31 AM EST

It was April 14, 2016. It was the first full day of Kobe Bryant’s new chapter as a retired NBA player. All he had done the night before was score a mind-boggling 60 points in his farewell game, not getting out of Staples Center until around midnight. His staff at Kobe, Inc. were certain they would beat...

Kobe Bryant left deep legacy in LA sports, basketball world

Jan. 26, 2020 11:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with sublime skills and an unquenchable competitive fire. He earned Los Angeles’ eternal adoration during his two decades as the fierce soul of the beloved Lakers, and he was respected by basketball fans from every...