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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots as Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors (15) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

AP sources: USA Basketball eyeing 60 players in Olympic pool

Jan. 23, 2021 4:38 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — USA Basketball is casting a wider-than-usual net in its roster selection for this summer's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, two people with knowledge of the situation said Saturday. Additions to the list in recent weeks include New Orleans’ Zion Williamson, Atlanta’s Trae Young,...

3x3 basketball player from Switzerland comes out as gay

Jan. 15, 2021 9:48 AM EST

ZURICH (AP) — A player on Switzerland’s 3x3 basketball team publicly came out as gay on Friday. Marco Lehmann announced his sexuality one month after playing at the 3x3 World Tour finals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. “This is for the future generations so they can live a free sporting life without...

Fox, Rodman selected with the top picks in the NWSL draft

Jan. 13, 2021 10:02 PM EST

North Carolina defender-midfielder Emily Fox was the first player taken in the National Women's Soccer League draft Wednesday night, going to expansion team Racing Louisville. With the second pick, the Washington Spirit selected 18-year-old forward Trinity Rodman, daughter of former NBA player Dennis Rodman and...

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma talks to his team during a timeout in the first half against DePaul in an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Storrs, Conn. (David Butler II/Pool Photo via AP)

Auriemma has better perspective as he approaches Summitt

Jan. 8, 2021 10:06 AM EST

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Geno Auriemma, in the middle of his own Hall-of-Fame career, famously incurred the wrath of Tennessee fans 18 years ago when he jokingly referred to Pat Summitt's women's program as the “Evil Empire.” But after 11 national titles at UConn and on the verge of tying Summitt...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures to teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Los Angeles.  James was announced Saturday, Dec. 26,  as the winner of The Associated Press’ Male Athlete of the Year award for a record-tying fourth time.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Still The King: James wins AP Male Athlete of Year award

Dec. 26, 2020 11:53 AM EST

LeBron James told the world in 2020 that Black Lives Matter. He helped convince many who had never voted to finally head to the polls. He found more ways to continue elevating the lives of people in his hometown. If that weren't enough, he won another NBA championship. James’ on-court performance this year...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1988, file photo, former Boston Celtics teammates Bill Russell, Sacramento Kings coach, left, and K.C. Jones, Celtics coach, meet before the start of the Kings-Celtics NBA basketball game at the Boston Garden in Boston. Basketball Hall of Famer K.C. Jones, who won eight NBA championships as a Celtics player in the 1960s and two more as the coach of the Bostons team that took the titles in 1984 and '86, has died. He was 88. (AP Photo/Mike Kullen, File)

Boston Celtics Hall of Famer K.C. Jones dies at 88

Dec. 25, 2020 5:57 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer K.C. Jones, an Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champion who won eight straight NBA titles during the Celtics' Bill Russell era and then coached the Boston teams with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish to two more championships in the 1980s, has died....

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Madison Square Garden  in New York sits  empty after NCAA college basketball games in the men's Big East Conference tournament were cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus. With the virus raging in March, several conferences called off their postseason basketball tournaments, and the NCAA canceled the billion-dollar bonanza known as March Madness, proceeds from which trickle down in some form to almost every Division I school in America. 
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

COVID, legislation, lawsuits signal change in college sports

Dec. 23, 2020 12:45 PM EST

The coronavirus was only one factor in a chain of events that consumed college sports in 2020, and is poised to do more of the same in 2021 and beyond. The virus, combined with the harsh spotlight that shined on racial inequality in the United States, further exposed the exploitative side of a system that relies...

FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court building in Washington. As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide, the Supreme Court late Wednesday, Nov. 25, temporarily barred New York from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The court’s action won’t have any immediate impact since the two groups that sued as a result of the restrictions, the Catholic church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues, are no longer subject to them.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The Latest: Coronavirus vaccine provided to US Supreme Court

Dec. 17, 2020 9:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON — The justices on the U.S. Supreme Court are being provided with doses of the coronavirus vaccine. That is according to a letter by Capitol Physician Brian Monahan, which says the court, along with Congress and executive branch agencies are being given a limited supply of doses “for...

FILE 0- In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Real Madrid's Facundo Campazzo, right, drives to the basket as Red Star's Lorenzo Brown blocks him during their Euroleague basketball match in Belgrade, Serbia. Campazzo made his training-camp debut with the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, and the Nuggets are hoping that the flashy, diminutive guard adds a new toughness to their roster this season. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Nuggets hope adding Campazzo gives them a new edge

Dec. 6, 2020 9:41 PM EST

To help the returning Denver Nuggets learn about their new teammates, coach Michael Malone started Sunday’s first group practice of the season with a video that showed highlight-reel plays from the seven additions to the roster. Malone saved Facundo Campazzo’s clips for last. And Nuggets center...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, U.S. coach Gregg Popovich talks to players before a Group E match against the Czech Republic in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Shanghai. Popovich, coach of the San Antonio Spurs, knows that the NBA schedule and how it comes very close to the start of the rescheduled Tokyo Games will be a challenge for USA Basketball to navigate next year when choosing the 12 players who will try to win a fourth consecutive men’s Olympic gold medal. Popovich will be head coach of the Olympic team for the first time. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Popovich knows filling US Olympic roster may be a challenge

Dec. 2, 2020 2:18 AM EST

Game 7 of the 2021 NBA Finals, as of now, would be played on July 22. The opening cermony of the Tokyo Olympics, as of now, would be the next day. And when presented with this potential scheduling conundrum, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich — who will coach USA Basketball men’s national team at the...