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Kanter, Siakam among players starring in their support roles

Apr. 25, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

Just a few months ago, Enes Kanter was toiling for a New York Knicks team that was heading nowhere. Now, he's a significant contributor for a Portland Trail Blazers team heading to the Western Conference semifinals. Kanter is one of several players starring in their supporting roles and helped put their...

Wade bonus forfeiture, Woodward $8M deal before LSU board

Apr. 25, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Will Wade will forfeit $250,000 in incentive bonuses and new athletic director Scott Woodward will receive a six-year, $8 million pay package under contracts recommended for approval by the university's board of supervisors. Wade is paid about $2.5 million annually and his...

Rockets advance, wait to see if they'll get shot at Warriors

Apr. 25, 2019 3:10 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Minutes after the Houston Rockets eliminated the Utah Jazz to advance to the Western Conference semifinals for the third straight season they were already looking ahead to the possibility of getting another shot at the Golden State Warriors. "That's what I want," center Clint Capela said. "I...

Lou Williams, Clippers force Game 6 against champ Warriors

Apr. 25, 2019 2:12 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lou Williams again came off the bench and knocked down big shot after big shot. Patrick Beverley crashed the boards at every chance. Danilo Gallinari drove the lane with authority. The Los Angeles Clippers took the Warriors right out of their comfort zone by beating the two-time...

Spurs seeking a Game 7; Nuggets look to advance

Apr. 25, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich goes to the playoffs every season. And he usually sticks around for a while. The Spurs have never gone back-to-back years without a trip to the second round of the playoffs during the Popovich era. But the Denver Nuggets are one win away from changing that, as they'll take a 3-2...

Harden helps Rockets eliminate Jazz with 100-93 win

Apr. 25, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — In a series where their shots weren't falling like normal, the Houston Rockets managed to close it out with some tough defense. James Harden scored 26 points and the Rockets outlasted the Utah Jazz 100-93 on Wednesday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1. Houston advanced to the...

Blake Griffin has arthroscopic surgery on left knee

Apr. 24, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin had surgery arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, an injury that forced him to miss the first two games of the playoffs. The Pistons say the procedure Wednesday in Los Angeles was to address the issue that caused soreness in the knee across the last two weeks of the regular...

White House voices support for embattled Fed choice

Apr. 24, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior White House official expressed support Wednesday for one of President Trump's picks for the Federal Reserve board, Stephen Moore, two days after a second choice withdrew from consideration. "We continue to back Stephen Moore," Larry Kudlow, director of the president's National...

Prized Jamaican big man Kofi Cockburn signs with Illinois

Apr. 24, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has signed prized big man Kofi Cockburn to a national letter of intent. The Fighting Illini announced Wednesday the addition of the 7-foot, 290-pounder from Kingston, Jamaica — the highest rated post player to join the program since Meyers Leonard in 2010. Cockburn...

Witness at NCAA trial says he paid football recruits

Apr. 24, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A key prosecution witness at a trial highlighting corruption in college basketball testified for a second day Wednesday about money he paid to college football players to secure them as clients as he described how vulnerable young athletes become prey for vulture-like agents and managers....