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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo, fans in Los Angeles celebrate after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals to win the championship. A backlog in coronavirus testing results hid a recent rise in infections in Los Angeles County, the county's top health official said Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, warning that fans gathering to watch recent championship sporting events may have increased the spread. (AP Photo/Jintak Han, File)

Lakers, Dodgers fans helping drive uptick in LA virus cases

Oct. 26, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

The success of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers are bringing fans together in the LA area and that may be helping drive an uptick in coronavirus cases, Los Angeles County's top health official said Monday, The Lakers won the NBA championship two weeks ago and the Dodgers are one game away from winning the...

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, left, announces aggravated murder charges against Adam Antonio Spencer Durborow, 29, pictured on computer screen, in the 2010 death of Sherry Black during a news conference at the district attorney's office in Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Gill was joined at the event by other officials involved in the case. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)

Charges filed in bookstore owner's decade-old slaying

Oct. 26, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Prosecutors filed murder charges Monday in slaying of a bookstore owner 10 years ago. DNA evidence, including a sample collected secretly by investigators, played a key role in solving the woman's homicide, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said. Still, he did not specify...

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Review: A memoir of a friend and a Knicks fan for the ages

Oct. 26, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

“Our Last Season: A Writer, a Fan, a Friendship,” by Harvey Araton (Penguin Press) In 2018, the sportswriter Harvey Araton wrote an obituary for The New York Times about a diehard New York Knicks fan whose choice seats behind the team bench had made her as much of a fixture at Madison Square Garden...

Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry, left, and guard George Hill walk through a Milwaukee neighborhood during a voter canvassing effort Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Hill and Lasry joined volunteers from the Milwaukee-based Common Ground organization to remind local residents to vote.  (AP Photo/Steve Megargee)

Bucks' George Hill returns to Milwaukee, encourages voting

Oct. 24, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill said the importance of Wisconsin in the upcoming election caused him to fly back here this weekend to assist in a local voting drive. Hill, who lives in San Antonio, worked alongside about 50 volunteers from the Milwaukee-based organization Common Ground...

Voters line up in front of the Yonkers Public Library in Yonkers, N.Y., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 as the first day of early voting in the presidential election begins across New York state. (Mark Vergari/The Journal News via AP)

In-person early voting begins across New York

Oct. 24, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In-person voting in the presidential election began across New York state with long lines building as polling stations were flooded Saturday with people who simply couldn't wait another moment to cast a ballot. In some spots, voters reported waiting for hours. The line to vote snaked for a...

Miami Heat's Goran Dragic (7) shoots during the second half in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Riley talks Heat future, and plans for keeping core intact

Oct. 23, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Pat Riley is always looking around for ways to make the Miami Heat better. This offseason has him wondering if that improvement might come from within. The Heat president said Friday that the top offseason priority of the Eastern Conference champions “is to take care of the players that...

The Los Angeles Lakers players celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

AP source: NBA targeting Dec. 22 as start to coming season

Oct. 23, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

The NBA may be back before Christmas and fans could return to games at some point next season, if one plan considered by the league's board of governors becomes reality. The board is targeting a Dec. 22 start to what would be a season of 70 to 72 games, with the NBA Finals ending in June again as has been in the...

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Graceland expansion plans

Oct. 23, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Elvis Presley Enterprises against the city of Memphis over a delay in approval for expansion plans at Graceland. U.S. District Judge Samuel Mays dismissed the complaint Thursday, saying the company had suffered “no immediate...

Jen Cox poses for a photo on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, after voting early at State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta. The arena, where the NBA's Atlanta Hawks play, is one of many professional sports venues around the country that has opened its doors for voting or other election-related activities. With dozens of voting machines and ample space for social distancing, they provide a safe and efficient way to vote during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Kate Brumback)

Arenas, stadiums find new life as safer options for voting

Oct. 22, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With long waits making headlines during early voting across the country, professional sports venues have emerged as bright spots, repurposing huge spaces mostly devoid of fans into efficient and relatively safe polling places. Featuring rows and rows of voting machines, ample space for...

Home of NBA's Nuggets, NHL's Avalanche renamed Ball Arena

Oct. 22, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The home of the NBA's Denver Nuggets and the NHL's Colorado Avalanche is being renamed Ball Arena as part of a global partnership with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. The arena has been known as the Pepsi Center since it opened on Oct. 1, 1999. It also holds concerts and family...