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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2007, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, top, goes up for a shot between Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as members of the 2020 enshrinement class for the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, File)

The Class of 2020: A look at basketball's new Hall of Famers

Apr. 4, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

A look at the newest members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, announced on Saturday: KOBE BRYANT Key stats: 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists per game in 20 NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Career accomplishments: Five-time NBA champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010), 18-time...

A resident is removed from the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in San Antonio, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Multiple people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Wake-up call: More than 140 infected at 2 Texas care homes

Apr. 3, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Coronavirus outbreaks at two Texas nursing homes have infected more than 140 residents, and Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that Texas has doubled its number of available hospital beds in the past two weeks. But hospital officials say not enough protective gear is available for doctors...

CONCACAF Nations semis off, World Cup qualifying next for US

Apr. 3, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The CONCACAF Nations League semifinals and final in June were called off on Friday, a decision that leaves the U.S. men to play their fewest matches in a year since 2007. The U.S. had been scheduled to play Honduras on June 4 in Houston, with Mexico meeting Costa Rica in the other semifinal....

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 1998, file photo, Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich signals his team during the first quarter against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago. The votes are in, and word is about to come if this finally is the year that former Rockets coach Tomjanovich gets the call from the Basketball Hall of Fame. He's got support from many within the NBA, and his resume has far more than two NBA titles won as coach of the Rockets. The Hall will announce this year's enshrinement class on Saturday. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green, File)

Analysis: It's time for Tomjanovich to get the Hall's call

Apr. 3, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

The votes are in, and word is about to come if this, finally, is the year that former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich gets the call from the Basketball Hall of Fame. He's due. “Long overdue,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. The opinions that matter are held by the 24 people who...

Texas city orders residents to cover mouth, nose amid virus

Apr. 2, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Residents in one Texas city are being required to wear something that covers their nose and mouth when they’re out in public during the coronavirus pandemic — or face a fine of up to $1,000. Starting Thursday, all people in Laredo over the age of 5 will have to wear some kind...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, flanked by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, speaks during a press conference at the state Capitol about the state's response to the coronavirus on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Texas closes school through May, extends social restrictions

Mar. 31, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that Texas' schools will stay closed through at least May and imposed restrictions that doctors and even his critics say amount to a stay-at-home order for the state — despite Abbott refusing to call it that. Most governors have now...

FILE - In this April 4, 1983, file photo, a high jumping Cozell McQueen (45), left center, and teammates celebrate defeating Houston 54-52 in the NCAA college basketball championship game in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/File)

AP Was There: NC State stuns Houston 54-52 for '83 title

Mar. 29, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

A panel of Associated Press sports writers voted in March 2020 on the top 10 men's basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament. They are being republished because the sport has been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The following game was voted No. 3 and the following story was sent April...

FILE - This Friday, March 20, 2020 file photo shows a closed sign near an entrance to a playground at an elementary school in Walpole, Mass., amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Child welfare agencies in the U.S. have a difficult mission in the best of times, and now they're scrambling to confront new challenges during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Coronavirus roils every segment of US child welfare system

Mar. 28, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Child welfare agencies across the U.S., often beleaguered in the best of times, are scrambling to confront new challenges that the coronavirus is posing for caseworkers, kids and parents. For caseworkers, the potential toll is physical and emotional. Child welfare workers in several...

Chris Shepherd, a James Beard award-winning chef who owns four restaurants in Houston, talks about the changes they've had to make at his Georgia James restaurant Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Houston. For Shepherd, it's been

Hustle, hard choices for Houston restaurant amid pandemic

Mar. 28, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Running a restaurant is difficult under normal circumstances. During a pandemic, it’s almost impossible. For Houston chef Chris Shepherd, it’s been “an all-out hustle” to survive after local officials limited restaurants to takeout and delivery, a business...

FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas. The state of Texas has filed suit against a Houston auctioneer, accusing him of price-gouging in his auctioning of 750,000 medical-grade and N95 face masks, Paxton's office announced Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

Price-gouging allegation leaves 750,000 face masks in limbo

Mar. 26, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The state of Texas sued a Houston auctioneer on Thursday after halting an auction of 750,000 medical-grade and N95 face masks, alleging price gouging in the sale of the masks commonly used by health professionals who are on the front lines battling against the new coronavirus. The lawsuit...