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San Diego State to retire Kawhi Leonard's jersey

Jan. 15, 2020 10:27 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard will become the first San Diego State player to have his jersey retired when the No. 7 Aztecs honor him Feb. 1 during a game against Utah State. Leonard helped lead the Aztecs to national prominence during his two seasons, including reaching their first Sweet 16 and finishing...

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against the Toronto Raptors during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Toronto won 112-110 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

It's halftime in the NBA, and time to look at some trends

Jan. 14, 2020 1:45 AM EST

It’s halftime. The midway point of the NBA regular season arrives this week -- there are 1,230 games between October and April, and after Thursday night’s slate goes into the books 618 games will have been played with 612 left to go. Making statistical judgments after a few games, or even a few...

Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus (87) makes a catch against Ohio State cornerback Cameron Brown (26) during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Indianapolis ramping up prep work for 2022 championship game

Jan. 8, 2020 2:38 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Susan Baughman will spend this weekend getting learning the nuances of putting on a national championship game. Then the Indianapolis College Football Playoff host committee president will spend the next two years using those lessons to come up with a game plan. On Wednesday, Baughman...

FILE -  In this June 7, 2009, file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern announces Los Angeles will be the site of the 2011 NBA All-Star basketball game, at a news conference, in Los Angeles. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern dies at 77

Jan. 2, 2020 2:32 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern had basketball as a passion and law as a profession, one he figured he could return to if a job at the NBA didn’t work out. He never did. Instead he went to Europe, Asia and plenty of other places around the world, bringing with him a league that was previously an...

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, drives to the basket as Philadelphia 76ers' Josh Richardson, left, will accidentally pokes him in the eye during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 121-109. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

The NBA's East is loaded at the top, and might stay that way

Dec. 31, 2019 10:10 AM EST

The West is used to being loaded at the top. The East, not so much. But a new year is arriving with a new look in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The league will wake up on Wednesday — the first day of 2020 — with six teams with winning percentages of .600 or better, the first time...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, dunks against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The King reigns: LeBron James is AP's male athlete of decade

Dec. 29, 2019 1:03 PM EST

He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals. No NBA player won more games or more MVP awards over the last 10 years than he did....

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, and Los Angeles Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (2) chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 111-106. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Fun Guy: Kawhi Leonard is the AP's male athlete of 2019

Dec. 27, 2019 1:06 PM EST

He was the Fun Guy. The board man who got paid. He overcame injury to reclaim his rightful place as one of the very best basketball players on the planet. He conquered the NBA world for a second time, bringing a championship to Canada. And then he joined the Los Angeles Clippers, ready to start anew. “What...

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) and teammate forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (4) celebrate after defeating the Dallas Mavericks in NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

The NBA on Christmas: Things to know about league showcase

Dec. 25, 2019 9:28 AM EST

A six-pack of Christmas nuggets to know going into this year’s slate of showcase NBA games on the holiday: Boston at Toronto, Milwaukee at Philadelphia, Houston at Golden State, the Los Angeles Clippers at the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans at Denver. HELLO, TORONTO It’s not a rule, but the NBA...

FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, United States' Megan Rapinoe lifts up a trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match between U.S. and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. “We’ve done exactly what we set out to do, done exactly what we wanted to do, said what we feel,” said Rapinoe. “I know sometimes my voice is louder, but everybody is in this together.” (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Karma had a hand in top 5 'feel-good' sports moments of 2019

Dec. 25, 2019 7:35 AM EST

Karma had a career year in 2019. She draped a green jacket on Tiger Woods, handed soccer’s World Cup to a tough-as-nails U.S. Women’s National Team, shipped the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy to a cool-as-they-come rookie coach and players from the Great White North, righted a wrong that...

Los Angeles Lakers injured guard LeBron James cheers his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 128-104. James sat out the game because of a thoracic muscle strain. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

The NBA's showcase day -- Christmas -- has arrived

Dec. 24, 2019 3:08 PM EST

The MVP is playing. So are the reigning champions, north of the border. And out in LA, the NBA’s newest dynamic duos will square off as well. On the 65th day of the season, with 454 games — more than one-third of the schedule — already in the books, the NBA’s unofficial start date has...