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Baylor guard Davion Mitchell, left, breaks away from West Virginia guard Jermaine Haley for a fast break in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)

Top of AP poll steady as Baylor, Kansas set collision course

Feb. 17, 2020 12:13 PM EST

Baylor and Kansas just keep winning, setting up a monumental showdown Saturday between the top-ranked Bears and No. 3 Jayhawks that could help decide not only the Big 12 title but the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament. The two teams were separated once again by Gonzaga in the latest college basketball...

POLL ALERT: Baylor remains No. 1 in Top 25 poll

Feb. 17, 2020 12:07 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — POLL ALERT: Baylor remains No. 1 in Top 25 poll.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

For NBA players, a little rest now before a hectic finish

Feb. 17, 2020 10:23 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — And now, they rest. Until Thursday, anyway. That’s when the NBA comes back for a frantic eight-week sprint to the finish of the regular season, with teams having from anywhere between 25 and 29 games left to play before the 16-team field for the playoffs is filled and set. The...

Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers holds up his NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award after the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

Kawhi Leonard wins first Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award

Feb. 17, 2020 1:05 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard made it look effortless, nailing one 3-pointer after another and nearly matching an All-Star Game record. The tough part came afterward. Finding the right words to express how he felt after becoming the first Kobe Bryant MVP award winner wasn't so easy. Leonard scored 30 points...

John Klinnert, 72, of Fergus Falls officiates a boys' basketball game between Pelican Rapids Vikings and Barnesville Trojans in Pelican Rapids, Minn., on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Klinnert officiated his first basketball game in 1977. (Matt Mikus/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

3,000 games and counting, this ref still loves the game

Feb. 17, 2020 1:02 AM EST

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — John Klinnert doesn’t exactly remember why he decided to become a referee more than 40 years ago. "I suppose I figured I could do better than some of the refs that I had," he said with a chuckle. He officiated his first basketball game in 1977, and last year stepped onto...

Oregon's Will Richardson, center, shoots between Utah's Both Gach, left, and Branden Carlson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

Pritchard scores 25 as No. 17 Oregon beats Utah 80-62

Feb. 17, 2020 12:36 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Payton Pritchard had a simple explanation for Oregon’s outside shooting spree. “The 3-ball was going our way early and so if they are there, take them,” the senior guard said. Pritchard scored 25 points and sparked an early 3-point barrage as the No. 17 Ducks rolled...

Common performs before the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

Column: Kobe, Ex-Comish Stern Waked as Only NBA Can

Feb. 17, 2020 12:29 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — It's been almost a month since Kobe Bryant died, almost two months since NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern preceded him. If one measure of a man is how much he's missed, well, the Windy City wake honoring both was raucous enough to shake the heavens. The NBA All-Star weekend is supposed...

Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

Last shot wins: Team LeBron wins All-Star Game 157-155

Feb. 17, 2020 12:14 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Players were taking charges, bodies were hitting the floor, calls and non-calls were being screamed about on both ends. The fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star Game was as intense as the final moments of a playoff game, the biggest stars in the league holding absolutely nothing back. And in...

Jennifer Hudson sings a tribute to former NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who were killed in a helicopter crash Jan. 26, before the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

All-Star weekend, as expected, was about honoring Kobe

Feb. 16, 2020 11:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — It has become one of the NBA’s most revered traditions: On the morning of the NBA All-Star Game, the league pays tribute to retired players with what is called the Legends Brunch. It brings together about 3,000 guests, and every year a recent retiree with ties to the game’s...

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)

Leonard, LeBron, Davis lead Team LeBron over Team Giannis

Feb. 16, 2020 11:42 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game (all times local): 10:35 p.m. Kawhi Leonard scored 30, LeBron James scored 23 and Chicago product Anthony Davis finished with 20 points after hitting the winning free throw to lift Team LeBron to a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis in the...