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Perseverance paying off for older rookies in the WNBA

May. 20, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Yvonne Anderson understood that making a WNBA roster as an undrafted rookie was going to be tough and getting that chance a decade after she left college would be even tougher. But the former Texas standout, now 32, was invited to camp this spring by the...

Jackie Young scores 25 for Aces in 93-87 win over Lynx

May. 20, 2022 00:36 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jackie Young scored a season-high 25 points, A'ja Wilson added 17 points and nine rebounds and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Minnesota Lynx 93-87 on Thursday night. Chelsea Gray scored 17 points and added seven assists for Las Vegas (5-1), while Dearica Hamby...

Ogunbowale scores 37 to help Wings beat Mercury 94-84

May. 20, 2022 00:28 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored a season-high 37 points, Marina Mabrey added 13 points and a career-best 10 assists and the Dallas Wings beat the Phoenix Mercury 94-84 on Thursday night. Diana Taurasi led Phoenix (2-3) with 31 points — her 50th career game scoring at...

Celtics roll past Heat 127-102, tie Eastern finals at 1-1

May. 19, 2022 23:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — His team was down by 10 in the opening minutes, and Boston coach Ime Udoka was making no effort to hide his level of disappointment. His message was simple. “Wake up," he told his team. Oh, they listened. And the Eastern Conference...

Colton scores late, Lightning beat Panthers 2-1 in Game 2

May. 19, 2022 23:39 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — In four games over a pressure-filled week, the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone from the brink of playoff elimination to a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Ross Colton scored with 3.8 seconds remaining, giving the two-time defending Stanley Cup...

NBA prospects see value of college despite other options

May. 19, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — TyTy Washington Jr. remembers being in awe gazing at the banners in Madison Square Garden as he watched the New York Knicks meet the Cleveland Cavaliers and the feeling he had two days later when Kentucky faced Duke at the famed arena. Something else he won't forget?...

Horford and Smart cleared to play, White out for Celtics

May. 19, 2022 19:20 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Boston Celtics are closer to whole for the Eastern Conference finals. Al Horford's stay in the NBA's health and safety protocols ended Thursday, a few hours before tipoff of Game 2 of the series against the Miami Heat. And Defensive Player of the Year Marcus...

AP source: Timberwolves in talks with Nuggets' Tim Connelly

May. 19, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are talking to Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly about their vacant president of basketball operations role, The Associated Press has confirmed. The talks were confirmed by a person familiar with the discussions, who spoke with AP on...

Kidd, rekindled Mavs on familiar turf down 1-0 at Warriors

May. 19, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

Jason Kidd has been here before in his first season as coach of the Mavericks, down 1-0 in a third consecutive NBA playoff series. The Bay Area native is looking for another bounce-back from Luka Doncic and company in his first trip to the conference finals as a coach, which just...

Hornets GM Kupchak signs multiyear contract extension

May. 19, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mitch Kupchak has signed a multiyear contract extension to remain the Charlotte Hornets' general manager. Kupchak’s contract was set to expire this summer. “For better or for worse, I will be here for the next couple of years,” Kupchak...