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Miami Heat's Goran Dragic (7) greets Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet (23) after an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Raptors won 107-103. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

VanVleet scores career-best 36, Raptors top Heat 107-103

Aug. 3, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Fred VanVleet made another case for a big payday later this year VanVleet scored a career-high 36 points and made seven 3-pointers, and the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors added to their strong restart with a 107-103 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday. VanVleet, who...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 1936, file photo, American athlete Jesse Owens, left, breaks the tape in a record time of 21.1 seconds in the elimination heats of the men's 200-meter race at the Olympic Games race in Berlin, Germany. Canada's Lee Orr, center, finished second. (AP Photo/File)

Black Americans star in front of Hitler at Berlin Olympics

Jul. 31, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

The name of sprinter Mack Robinson may not be as well-known as Jesse Owens, the star of the 1936 Berlin Games. Robinson’s not even the most famous person in his own family, a distinction that goes to his younger brother, Jackie, who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Mack...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau smiles in the waning moments as his team defeats the Orlando Magic in an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. Thibodeau is back in New York as the Knicks’ new coach. The former NBA Coach of the Year was hired Thursday, July 30,2020, returning to the team he helped lead to the NBA Finals as an assistant coach. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Knicks bring Tom Thibodeau back to New York as new coach

Jul. 30, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Thibodeau brought the Chicago Bulls to their greatest success since Michael Jordan. He returned the Minnesota Timberwolves to the playoffs after a 13-year absence. All the while, there was one challenge he sought. He has seen what it's like in New York when the Knicks win and wanted to...

Jordan announces first donations from $100 million pledge

Jul. 29, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan has started sharing details of where some of his $100 million pledge to the Black community will be allocated. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted Peoples and Families Movement...

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Nomination surprises: 'The Mandalorian,' Quibi get Emmy love

Jul. 28, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Emmy Award nominations announced Tuesday included some snubs and surprises. THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE “The Mandalorian” — maybe thanks to Baby Yoda — snagged a surprising 15 nominations, mostly technical nods for things like production design,...

FILE - In this May 7, 1995, file photo, Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan (45) and forward Scottie Pippen (33) walk back to the bench during a timeout in the closing seconds of an NBA basketball playoff game in Orlando. Pippen says he’s talked with Jordan since “The Last Dance” documentary aired in the spring and downplayed any rift between the retired Bulls stars. (AP Photo/Robert Baker, File)

Pippen downplays rift with Jordan in wake of 'Last Dance'

Jul. 28, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

Scottie Pippen says he’s talked with Michael Jordan since “The Last Dance” documentary aired in the spring and downplayed any rift between the retired Chicago Bulls stars. “Why would I be offended by anything that happened 30 years ago?” Pippen said. Jordan widely praised Pippen...

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2017, file photo, Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo (4) adjusts his arm sleeve after entering during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Orlando, Fla. Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press Friday, July 24, 2020, that an ownership group led by longtime NBA player Arron Afflalo is putting together a bid to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is still in the process of being submitted. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

AP Sources: Afflalo headlines group bidding to buy Wolves

Jul. 24, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An ownership group led by longtime NBA player Arron Afflalo is putting together an offer to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves, two people with knowledge of the bid said. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal was still in the process of...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson walks onto the court during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in New Orleans. The rookie sensation’s availability to play remained unclear as the season’s resumption in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, approached. He left the NBA’s so-called “bubble” setup on July 16 to attend to an unspecified family medical matter. A week later, the club had yet to provide an update on his possible return.  (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza, File)

West preview: It'll be a wild race for eighth — and ninth

Jul. 24, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Add this plot twist to an unusual NBA season: To get the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, a whole bunch of teams will enter the final two weeks of the regular season trying to finish ninth. Yes, ninth. All the drama in the West when the NBA season resumes at Walt Disney...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) reacts after an assist to center Jonas Valanciunas (17) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Memphis, Tenn. The young Grizzlies want to finish what they started, and that's accelerating the rebuilding process by earning the franchise's first playoff berth since 2017.  (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

Grizzlies eager to speed up rebuilding with West's 8th seed

Jul. 23, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

The young Memphis Grizzlies want to finish what they started, and that's accelerating the rebuilding process by earning the franchise's first playoff berth since 2017. The NBA started its hiatus March 11 with Memphis close to getting three key players back in the lineup. The Grizzlies had won four of their last...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers already have just about guaranteed themselves the top two playoff seeds and face a delicate balancing act when the NBA returns to action. They must try to shake off the rust after a 4 ½-month hiatus while also staying as healthy as possible for the postseason. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

NBA says races for the season's individual trophies are over

Jul. 17, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s MVP race is over. So is the battle for every other individual regular-season trophy. The league told teams Friday that none of the seeding games will be taken into consideration for any postseason award, and that voting for those honors — such as...