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NBA fines Knicks $50,000 over feud with New York Daily News

Jun. 24, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA fined the New York Knicks $50,000 on Monday for violating media rules by not allowing the New York Daily News to cover one of the team's news conferences. The Knicks held a news conference on Friday to introduce their new draft picks, sending out an advisory announcing the details...

Dikembe Mutombo records Ebola messages for US officials

Jun. 24, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Unable to send disease fighters to help battle one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history, U.S. health officials are turning to basketball hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo for help. Mutombo, regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and a well-known philanthropist...

Yelich: Giannis winning NBA MVP in Milwaukee would be 'cool'

Jun. 23, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich first met Giannis Antetokounmpo last month in downtown Milwaukee. The encounter happened inside a hallway at Fiserv Forum after Antetokounmpo and the Bucks eliminated the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The meeting of the Milwaukee stars occurred about...

AP sources: UConn in talks to move back into Big East

Jun. 22, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut official says the school is working to leave the American Athletic Conference and return to the Big East for basketball and other sports. The official confirmed Saturday that there have been talks with the Big East, but said they were not aware any...

Larry looks back: Bird on Magic, free agency and shooting 3s

Jun. 22, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

Larry Bird's place in NBA history stretches from the record book to the rule book. A Hall of Fame player later became a successful coach and team executive. Along the way, he watched free agency transform from something rarely discussed to practically a year-round conversation — with his own name one of...

Japan hails Hachimura's NBA selection as new era for sport

Jun. 22, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese basketball officials, fans and media hailed the selection of Rui Hachimura in the NBA draft, saying the move will usher in a new era for the sport in Japan. Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, taken with the No. 9 overall...

Free or not? Washingtonians have say on fate of '80s kingpin

Jun. 22, 2019 12:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before it became a tranquil middle-class neighborhood scattered with pride flags, the area around 7th Street and Orleans Place near Gallaudet University in northeast Washington was a 24/7 open-air drug market that police generally avoided. And Rayful Edmond was the undisputed boss....

California hires familiar face in Charmin Smith as coach

Jun. 21, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California found a familiar face in Charmin Smith to replace Lindsay Gottlieb as women's basketball coach. Smith returns to a campus where she most recently served as associate head coach since 2012 before joining the WNBA's New York Liberty as an assistant coach in April. Gottlieb...

The draft is over, and now on the clock: Free agency

Jun. 21, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

Now on the clock: Chaos. The NBA offseason is about to kick into high gear. A draft that had good bits of intrigue — at least after New Orleans' Zion Williamson, Memphis' Ja Morant and New York's R.J. Barrett were chosen first, second and third in moves that were widely expected for weeks — is now...

Williamson welcomed to New Orleans by a grateful franchise

Jun. 21, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson and his family were met with applause and traditional New Orleans jazz as they walked into the Pelicans' headquarters. The practice gym was filled with team employees and executives eager to welcome the player who has infused the franchise with so much more promise than...