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Thunder GM Presti hopes Holmgren is latest star draft pick

Jun. 25, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder general manager Sam Presti has a stunningly successful history with high draft picks. Back when the Thunder were still the Seattle SuperSonics, Presti made Kevin Durant the No. 2 overall pick in 2007 and Russell Westbrook No. 4 overall in 2008. The team...

Mercury, Charles agree to part ways after 18 games

Jun. 25, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Tina Charles' stint in the desert was a short one. The Phoenix Mercury announced Saturday they agreed to terms on a contract divorce with Charles after 18 games. “After discussions with Tina and her agent, it was best for both parties to go our...

Athletes react to the Supreme Court's abortion decision

Jun. 25, 2022 00:43 AM EDT

U.S. national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe expressed her anger Friday over the Supreme Court's decision to strip the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion, decrying an erosion of rights that women have had for a generation. “I think the cruelty is the point because...

Vonn urges athletes use platform for good 'especially today'

Jun. 24, 2022 23:13 PM EDT

Lindsey Vonn used her induction speech into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame on Friday to urge athletes to put their platform to good use, “especially today,” the day the Supreme Court overturned the landmark ruling that guaranteed a women's constitutional right to abortion. ...

Ionescu, Howard power Liberty to 89-77 win over Dream

Jun. 24, 2022 21:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu scored 21 points, Natasha Howard had 19 and Marine Johannes added 17 as the New York Liberty defeated the Atlanta Dream 89-77 on Friday night. The Liberty(8-10) made a season-high 16 3-pointers, with five each by Ionescu and Johannes. Howard had 10...

AP source: Clifford to return as head coach of the Hornets

Jun. 24, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Steve Clifford is heading back to Charlotte. Clifford has agreed to a multiyear contract to return as head coach of the NBA’s Hornets, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity...

Grizzlies confirm trade with 76ers netting Roddy, Green

Jun. 24, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies announced Friday the final pieces of their draft night trade sending guard De'Anthony Melton to the Philadelphia 76ers for the draft rights to forward David Roddy and wing Danny Green. The 6-foot-6 Green has started 709 of 819 regular...

A person familiar with the situation says Steve Clifford has agreed to return to the Charlotte Hornets as head coach

Jun. 24, 2022 17:49 PM EDT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Steve Clifford has agreed to return to the Charlotte Hornets as head coach.

Banchero arrives in Orlando, a day after becoming No. 1 pick

Jun. 24, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The secret about how Orlando was going to take Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft was incredibly well-kept. Among those who didn’t know: Banchero himself. Banchero said even he was kept out of the Magic decision loop until...

Column: The bar where women's sports come to play

Jun. 24, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

Jenny Nguyen and about a dozen of her friends wanted to watch the NCAA women’s basketball championship game, which didn’t seem too much to ask at a sports bar with 32 televisions. “None of them had that game on,” Nguyen recalled, “which is shocking to me.” ...