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Liberty's Asia Durr has hip surgery; rookie missed 16 games

Sep. 18, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Liberty guard Asia Durr underwent hip surgery on Wednesday, the team announced. Durr, a rookie guard selected second overall by New York in this year's draft, missed 16 games with a groin injury. She started in 15 of her 18 games played, averaging 9.7 points, 1.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds....

UConn men's coach Hurley back at work after spinal surgery

Sep. 18, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley says he spent his life believing that when it came to his health, he was bulletproof. But that was before being told by doctors in August that he had a degenerative spinal condition that could have left him paralyzed. Hurley returned to work...

Grandmother of slain 9-year-old Chicago boy testifies

Sep. 18, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee's grandmother took the witness stand in the trial of two men charged with murder in the boy's slaying to recount for jurors how the fourth grader told her he loved her before racing off to play basketball on the day he was shot to death. The Chicago Tribune reports...

Pitino settles with Louisville, ready for 'new chapter'

Sep. 18, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A fiercely competitive coach on the court, Rick Pitino didn't want to fight in one anymore. So the University of Louisville Athletic Association and Pitino settled lawsuits stemming from his departure from the school, with the former men's basketball coach's personnel file changing...

Lynx boss Cheryl Reeve chosen WNBA Executive of the Year

Sep. 18, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx general manager and coach Cheryl Reeve has been chosen WNBA basketball executive of the year after steering the team to a ninth straight appearance in the playoffs despite losing several longtime stars. The award announced Wednesday was based on voting by one executive per...

West Virginia to open Big 12 basketball schedule at Kansas

Sep. 18, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will open the Big 12 basketball season on the road at Kansas on Jan. 4. The Big 12 released the league portion of the schedule Wednesday. After playing the Jayhawks, West Virginia plays at Oklahoma State on Jan. 6 before playing its home league opener against Texas...

Tsai completes purchase of Nets, arena, hires Levy as CEO

Sep. 18, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have a new owner and a new CEO. Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai completed his purchase of the team and Barclays Center on Wednesday, then announced that he had hired former Turner Broadcasting President David Levy to oversee both. Tsai's purchase of the Nets was unanimously...

Wizards' Isaiah Thomas out 6-8 weeks after thumb surgery

Sep. 18, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas underwent thumb surgery and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. The team says Thomas ruptured the radial collateral ligament in his left thumb during routine workouts Monday and had surgery Wednesday. General manager Tommy Sheppard says it is "an...

Seton Hall hires Ka-Deidre Simmons assistant hoops coach

Sep. 18, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Former Seton Hall standout Ka-Deidre Simmons has been hired as an assistant women's basketball coach. Coach Anthony Bozzella announced the hiring on Wednesday, noting Simmons will serve as a coordinator of basketball operations. A native of Newark, Simmons helped the Pirates to a...

Delle Donne, Meesseman help Mystics edge Aces, 97-95

Sep. 18, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Mystics were thrilled to pull out a close win in the playoffs. Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points and hit a crucial turnaround jumper late, Emma Meesseman added a career postseason high 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Mystics held on for a 97-95 victory over the Las...