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No. 21 UNC aims to end skid vs. Virginia in key ACC matchup

Sep. 16, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

A shaky opening-night performance dealt a quick blow to North Carolina’s goal of winning its Atlantic Coast Conference division championship. The 21st-ranked Tar Heels know they can’t afford another early stumble with yet another loss to Virginia. The Tar Heels and...

Bucks hire Lisa Byington as TV play-by-play broadcaster

Sep. 15, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lisa Byington is making history as the Milwaukee Bucks’ new play-by-play voice on their television broadcasts. The Bucks announced the hiring Wednesday and said Byington is the first woman to work as a full-time television play-by-play announcer for...

Lakers add Fizdale, Lucas III to Vogel's coaching staff

Sep. 15, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Knicks head coach David Fizdale has joined his hometown Los Angeles Lakers as the lead assistant coach on Frank Vogel's staff. The Lakers also hired John Lucas III as an assistant coach and named Roger Sancho their head athletic trainer...

Celtics get Hernangómez from Grizzlies for Edwards, Dunn

Sep. 15, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics have acquired forward Juancho Hernangómez from the Grizzlies in exchange for guards Carsen Edwards and Kris Dunn. Boston announced the deal Wednesday. As part of the transaction, Memphis will have the right to swap a 2026 second-round draft...

Timberwolves re-sign Jarred Vanderbilt, Jordan McLaughlin

Sep. 15, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have filled out their roster by re-signing forward Jarred Vanderbilt and guard Jordan McLaughlin, both of whom were restricted free agents. The contracts were agreed to last week and finalized on Wednesday, with Vanderbilt...

Grizzlies waive Marc Gasol days after trading for his rights

Sep. 15, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have waived center Marc Gasol days after acquiring his rights in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Grizzlies announced the move Wednesday. They acquired Gasol from the Lakers along with a 2024...

Aaron Gordon, Nuggets agree to 4-year, $92 million extension

Sep. 14, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Forward Aaron Gordon and the Denver Nuggets have agreed on a four-year, $92 million contract extension. His agent, Calvin Andrews, confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on Tuesday. The deal contains a player option for Gordon for the ’25-26...

NBA goes ahead with plan to test unvaccinated players often

Sep. 14, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

For NBA players, the scenario this season is simple: Get vaccinated or get tested, and often. The league told its teams on Tuesday that it is going ahead with a plan where those who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will not need to submit to regular testing....

Pacers lose backup PG Edmond Sumner to torn Achilles tendon

Sep. 14, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have lost backup point guard Edmond Sumner indefinitely with a torn left Achilles tendon. Team officials announced the injury Tuesday by acknowledging Sumner was injured during an offseason workout. They said he had surgery Monday...

Pro-team license plates earn $13M for Illinois schools

Sep. 12, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Specialty license plates promoting Chicago and St. Louis professional sports teams have contributed $13 million to public schools. Secretary of State Jesse White says there are 71,299 license plates on the road in Illinois featuring the logos...