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Lynx hire former star Katie Smith as assistant coach

Jan. 14, 2020 3:10 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx hired Katie Smith, the franchise's third-leading all-time scorer and Hall of Fame player, as the lead assistant Tuesday on coach Cheryl Reeve's staff. Smith was head coach of the New York Liberty the past two seasons. She was replaced by Walt Hopkins, who was an...

FILE - In this June 5, 2016, file photo, Indiana Fever's Tamika Catchings brings the ball up during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Catchings is among 12 finalists announced Thursday, Jan. 9, for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020.p (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Catchings, Jackson finalists for women's hoops Hall of Fame

Jan. 9, 2020 9:06 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Tamika Catchings and Lauren Jackson headline the list of 12 finalists Thursday for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Catchings was a four-time Olympic gold medalist for the U.S. and also a five-time winner of the WNBA defensive player of the year award. She led the...

Stewart set to return for Team USA in exhibition vs UConn

Jan. 8, 2020 5:43 PM EST

Breanna Stewart is set to return to competition when she leads USA Basketball against her alma mater at the end of month. Stewart and the women's national team will play exhibition games against UConn in Hartford on Jan. 27 and against Louisville in Kentucky on Feb. 2. Her return would come about nine months...

FILE -  In this June 7, 2009, file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern announces Los Angeles will be the site of the 2011 NBA All-Star basketball game, at a news conference, in Los Angeles. 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/Matt Sayles, File)

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern dies at 77

Jan. 2, 2020 2:32 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern had basketball as a passion and law as a profession, one he figured he could return to if a job at the NBA didn’t work out. He never did. Instead he went to Europe, Asia and plenty of other places around the world, bringing with him a league that was previously an...

FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, United States' Megan Rapinoe lifts up a trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match between U.S. and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. “We’ve done exactly what we set out to do, done exactly what we wanted to do, said what we feel,” said Rapinoe. “I know sometimes my voice is louder, but everybody is in this together.” (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Karma had a hand in top 5 'feel-good' sports moments of 2019

Dec. 25, 2019 7:35 AM EST

Karma had a career year in 2019. She draped a green jacket on Tiger Woods, handed soccer’s World Cup to a tough-as-nails U.S. Women’s National Team, shipped the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy to a cool-as-they-come rookie coach and players from the Great White North, righted a wrong that...

Mary Fenlon, mentor to Georgetown basketball, dies at 81

Dec. 16, 2019 3:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mary Fenlon, Georgetown's longtime men's basketball academic coordinator, has died She was 81. She died Sunday in Henderson, Nevada, after a battle with cancer, the school said Monday. Fenlon spent 27 years at Georgetown, where for many seasons she was a fixture on the bench during...

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making a 3-pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Draws take place for Olympic basketball qualifying tourneys

Nov. 27, 2019 9:45 AM EST

If Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to compete in the Olympics next summer, Greece will have to win a few games in Canada first. The draws to see which countries will grab the remaining basketball berths in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — four men’s spots and 10 women’s spots in the 12-team fields...

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown yells instructions to players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Cleveland. The 76ers won 114-95. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

76ers’ Brett Brown to coach Australia at Tokyo Olympics

Nov. 26, 2019 5:24 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown will guide the Australian men’s team at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Basketball Australia said Wednesday he will succeed Andrej Lemanis, who coached the Boomers to the semifinals at the 2016 Olympics — the team’s...