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Ice Cube pushing for sports fans to ride along with Big3

Jul. 29, 2021 05:19 AM EDT

Ice Cube tweeted a Big3 clip of famous faces — fighters, NFL and NBA players, and, yes, that was Kanye West in a ski mask — that pop up at Big3 games. The brightest star of the 3-on-3 basketball league, of course, remains Ice Cube, the revolutionary rapper turned...

Slovenia too much for Japan, wins 116-81 to move to 2-0

Jul. 29, 2021 03:41 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Rui Hachimura did whatever he could. Blocking shots, hitting tough jumpers, logging big minutes, the best player on Japan’s roster simply held nothing back with hopes of giving his country its first Olympic men’s basketball win in 45 years. ...

Mike D'Antoni won't return as Nets assistant coach

Jul. 28, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike D'Antoni is leaving the Brooklyn Nets, forcing Steve Nash to make another change on his coaching staff. Nash announced the 70-year-old D'Antoni's decision in a statement Wednesday, saying having the two-time Coach of the Year was “invaluable” in...

Downtown Oklahoma City arena renamed Paycom Center

Jul. 28, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have announced an exclusive 15-year naming rights partnership to rename the city's downtown arena after Paycom, a local company that offers online payroll and human resources services to employers. The arena was renamed to...

Cunningham headlines list of top prospects in NBA draft

Jul. 28, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

Cade Cunningham spent years honing his game for a shot at becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft. The Oklahoma State one-and-done star could accomplish that goal Thursday night as the headliner of a class that includes scorers, playmakers and potentially elite...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Jul. 28, 2021 07:13 AM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. July 27, 2021. Editorial: Wisconsin leaders’ antics are getting old Earlier this week, Gov. Tony Evers called for a special legislative session to vote on increasing funding for Wisconsin schools and universities....

US bounces back from Olympic-opening loss, routs Iran 120-66

Jul. 28, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — It wasn't just that the U.S. had been losing. It was that the level of play was practically un-American. Playing passively and passing up open shots isn't the way its players became basketball's best. And when it resulted in them dropping their...

Gallo's bat, arm help Rangers edge D-backs 5-4 to end skid

Jul. 28, 2021 00:37 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo hit his first home run since the break, a towering three-run shot to put Texas ahead, and also had two more assists from right field as the Rangers ended a 12-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday...

The play-in tournament officially returning to NBA in 2022

Jul. 27, 2021 21:35 PM EDT

The NBA’s play-in tournament is back for at least one more season. As expected, the league’s board of governors gave approval Tuesday to the plan that would bring back the event in April 2022. The format will be the same as it was this past season: the teams that...

New coach Green sees Pelicans primed to ascend as Suns have

Jul. 27, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Pelicans coach Willie Green sees New Orleans as a team on the cusp of contending — a conclusion he explains by referencing his past two years with the Phoenix Suns. “This situation actually reminds me a lot of Phoenix,” Green said during...