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Syracuse's Tiana Mangakahia makes Australian national team

Jul. 14, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse guard Tiana Mangakahia has been picked for the Australian women's national team. “I just feel honored for this opportunity,” said Mangakahia, a native of Brisbane who missed last season with the Orange while undergoing treatment for breast cancer....

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Indianapolis. Formulating a plan to get a team ready for the restart of the NBA season wasn’t as difficult as one might expect for McMillan. Turns out, he’s been through something similar to this before. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

A long summer of basketball isn't new for everyone in NBA

Jul. 14, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Formulating a plan to get a team ready for the restart of the NBA season wasn’t as difficult as one might expect for Indiana coach Nate McMillan. Turns out, he’s been through something similar to this before. Spending an extended stretch away from home during the...

New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, left, leaves the field after a bullpen session with catcher Gary Sanchez after a bullpen session during a baseball summer training camp workout Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Latest: Pop keeping eye on Japan, and Olympic hopes

Jul. 11, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, the U.S. men’s basketball coach, says he is watching how Japan — the site of the next Olympics — is handling the coronavirus. “They seem to be doing a pretty good...

FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson passes the ball at the team's training facility in Boston. A person familiar with the situation says Duke is in talks with Boston Celtics assistant coach and former WNBA All-Star Lawson to lead the Blue Devils women’s basketball program. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, July 10, 2020, because the school has not commented publicly on its search. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Duke hires Celtics' Lawson to lead women's basketball team

Jul. 11, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

Duke has turned to Boston Celtics assistant coach and former WNBA All-Star Kara Lawson to lead its women’s basketball program. The school announced the hiring in a social media post Saturday, a little more than a week after Joanne P. McCallie announced she wouldn’t return for a 14th season as she...

FILE - In this June 6, 2006, file photo, college players scrimmage during an NBA pre-draft basketball camp at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, Fla. Most of the 22 remaining NBA teams were taking the court for the first mandatory workouts in nearly four months Wednesday, July 1, 2020, as the league continued prepping for the restart of the season at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. Workouts are still individual in nature, but are no longer voluntary.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Asterisk on the NBA title? Coaches, players say not a chance

Jul. 1, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

The 2020 NBA champion, if one is crowned, will have emerged as the ultimate winner from a season that lasted more than a full year from start to finish. A season that saw political unrest between the NBA and China, the deaths of David Stern and Kobe Bryant,racial issues across the nation and, if that...

FILE - In this April 24, 2018, file photo, coach Dawn Staley talks with players and assistant coaches during a practice for the U.S. women's basketball team in Seattle. Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed Olympics are held next year.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Coach Dawn Staley awaits Olympics, focuses on South Carolina

Jul. 1, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call Wednesday with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed...

Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter, right, hugs former Hawk Dominique Wilkins as he leaves the court following an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Vince Carter, 43, retires after record 22 NBA seasons

Jun. 25, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

Vince Carter made his retirement official on Thursday, announcing on his podcast that his 22-year NBA career, the longest in league history, has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because the 43-year-old Carter had said many times over the course of this season that this would be his last in...

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) President Yao Ming receives an interview in Beijing on June 4, 2020. The Chinese basketball league has restarted after an almost five-month shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, with fewer foreign players and no fans in the stands. The CBA was suspended on Jan. 24, 2020 after the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, a week before it was scheduled to return following a spring break at the end of the regular season. The semifinals stage started Saturday, June 20, 20202 with 20 teams divided into two divisions and limited venues to reduce travel. All stadiums are closed to fans. League chairman and former NBA star Yao praised the work of the clubs and health authorities for helping get the CBA season restarted. (Meng Yongmin/Xinhua via AP)

Basketball restarts in China after coronavirus shutdown

Jun. 20, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese basketball league has restarted after an almost five-month shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, with fewer foreign players and no fans in the stands. The CBA was suspended on Jan. 24 after the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, a week before it was scheduled to return following a...

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reacts toward officials during the second half of his team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in San Francisco, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Kerr, Nurse among NBA coaches wondering about Olympic plans

Jun. 10, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

Golden State coach Steve Kerr was supposed to be in Tokyo for the Olympics this summer. And now he’s supposed to be there for the rescheduled version next summer. Then again, Kerr isn't certain if he — or anyone else from the NBA — will be there at all. With the next NBA season not expected...

The gates of St. Edwards' Lewis-Chen Family Soccer Field are locked and marked closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Austin, Texas. In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, St. Edwards says they are cutting cut six sports programs including men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf and men's soccer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Latest: Three South Carolina coaches taking salary cuts

May. 19, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ South Carolina’s highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn...