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Japan's judoka stars look to calm nation's Olympic angst

Jul. 23, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The first day of full competition of the Tokyo Games could mark the turning point for an uneasy Japanese public that overwhelmingly disapproved of the Olympics being held during the pandemic. The first medal of the Games will go to the winner of the...

Green headlines list of shooting guards in NBA draft

Jul. 23, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

Jalen Green bypassed college to get the jump on his professional career. The next step comes in Thursday’s NBA draft. Green is among the shooting guards in this year’s draft and looks set to be a top-four pick. He leads a position that includes a pair of top prospects...

US players learning differences between Olympic hoops, NBA

Jul. 23, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. men’s basketball team was about to start playing its final warm-up for the Tokyo Olympics a few days ago in Las Vegas, and Spain’s Ricky Rubio found himself in a pregame conversation with American guard Zach LaVine. Rubio has well over a decade...

The Latest: Australia state declares emergency over COVID-19

Jul. 22, 2021 23:59 PM EDT

SYDNEY — An Australian state government on Friday declared an emergency due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney. The New South Wales state government reported one fatality and 136 new infections in the latest 24-hour period, the biggest daily tally of new cases since the...

Milwaukee Bucks' fans celebrate NBA championship with parade

Jul. 22, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Thousands of fans lined downtown Milwaukee streets on Thursday to catch a glimpse of their beloved Bucks in a parade to celebrate the city’s first NBA championship in half a century. Six police officers on horseback clopped past cheering fans at the...

Cunningham, Suggs headline list of point guards in NBA draft

Jul. 22, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

Cade Cunningham arrived at Oklahoma State as the expected No. 1 overall NBA draft pick and did nothing to change that in one season as the Cowboys’ floor leader. He’s the headliner in this draft among the point guards and overall among all prospects, while Gonzaga...

Pelicans hire Suns assistant Willie Green as new head coach

Jul. 22, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green as their new head coach. Green, a former NBA player who turns 40 on July 28, is a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant coach the past five years — first with...

Bill Russell to auction most of his prized NBA memorabilia

Jul. 22, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The most decorated man in NBA history will be giving the public a chance to own some of the prized memorabilia from his Hall of Fame career. Bill Russell announced Thursday he is offering hundreds of items from his personal collection, including trophies,...

Rhoades, VCU agree to contract extension

Jul. 22, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball coach Mike Rhoades has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him on the Rams' sideline through the 2026-27 season. Athletic director and vice president Ed McLaughlin made the...

Milwaukee Bucks' fans celebrate NBA championship with parade

Jul. 22, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people were expected to squeeze into downtown streets on Thursday to catch a glimpse of the Milwaukee Bucks in a parade that celebrates the city’s first NBA championship in half a century. The team’s ascendance has...