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NBA's Steph Curry helps Howard U. start Division I golf team

Aug. 19, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What started as an innocuous conversation during a public event has evolved into a golf partnership between an NBA superstar Stephen Curry and Howard University. The two-time NBA MVP announced Monday that he is helping Howard re-establish a golf program. Curry is providing a donation that...

Mercury guard Diana Taurasi medically cleared to play

Aug. 19, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi has been medically cleared to play after missing most of the season with a back injury. The team said Monday that the WNBA's all-time leading scorer will be activated and serve a one-game suspension during Tuesday's game. She was suspended after leaving...

With Villanova and USA Basketball, Jay Wright on double-duty

Aug. 19, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

Jay Wright immediately accepted a chance to be an assistant coach with USA Basketball for this year's World Cup. And then he checked his calendar. Villanova students are headed back to school this week — while the Villanova men's basketball coach will be halfway around the world for the next month or so....

Former Cleveland coach David Blatt diagnosed with MS

Aug. 19, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In a statement posted Monday on the website of Greek club Olympiakos, Blatt said he was diagnosed with condition, which attacks the central nervous system, "a few months ago" and has experienced...

Balanced attack leads Storm to 82-74 win over Lynx

Aug. 18, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Jordin Canada scored 14 points to and the Seattle Storm never trailed in an 82-74 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday. Jewell Loyd and Natasha Howard had 13 points apiece, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 11 and Mercedes Russell and Alysha Clark scored 10 apiece for Seattle (15-13). Clark...

Bonner has 30 points, 10 rebounds; Mercury beat Liberty

Aug. 18, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — DeWanna Bonner scored 17 of her 30 points in the fourth quarter and had 10 rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury beat New York 78-72 on Sunday, extending the Liberty's losing streak to eight games. Leilani Mitchell scored 17 points, and Yvonne Turner added 13 for Phoenix (13-13), which was...

Jones, Sun beat Wings 78-68, clinch playoff spot

Aug. 18, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Courtney Williams scored 18 points and the Connecticut Sun beat the Dallas Wings 78-68 on Sunday to clinch a playoff berth. Jonquel Jones had 16 points and 10 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season, and Jasmine Thomas added 16 points and nine assists. Connecticut (19-8)...

Mystics break WNBA record with 18 3s, beat Fever 107-68

Aug. 18, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points and hit three of Washington's WNBA-record 18 3-pointers in the Mystics' 107-68 victory over the Indiana Fever on Sunday. The Mystics (20-7) scored the most points in a WNBA games this season. They have won six in a row, averaging 95.3 points during the...

Obama's high school basketball jersey sells for $120,000

Aug. 18, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A basketball jersey believed to have been worn by former President Barack Obama while he was at a Honolulu prep school has sold at auction for $120,000. Heritage Auctions said the jersey sold Saturday night in Dallas to a collector of American and sports artifacts who didn't wish to be...

Inaugural Aurora Games ready to kick off in Albany, NY

Aug. 18, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — When former UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field was asked to be part of the inaugural Aurora Games, she jumped at the chance. Celebrating the female athlete is right up her alley. "The thing that really struck me is that we do celebrate these high-level athletes so infrequently...