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The name on the back matters: NHL is now marketing its stars

Apr. 24, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

Connor McDavid is eager to shrug off personal stats, awards and achievements and put the focus on his team in Edmonton. Yet there he is on the cover of a video game or in a commercial for a bank. Auston Matthews is the face of the franchise in Toronto. But he also got razzed by his Maple Leafs teammates for doing...

76ers season has gone south with each visit to Toronto

Apr. 24, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 76ers have gone south in Toronto. Sixers coach Brett Brown wants the season series to come with an asterisk. Sure, the Raptors went 3-1 against the Sixers, but Philadelphia has evolved thanks to a pair of splashy trades this season that could skew the perception that Toronto has...

Lillard has 50 and Blazers oust Thunder in 5 games

Apr. 24, 2019 2:50 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After Damian Lillard hit his walk-off 3-pointer to send the Trail Blazers along in the playoffs, he waved goodbye to the Thunder bench. "That was the last word," he afterward. "That was having the last word." Lillard finished with a franchise playoff-record 50 points and Portland...

Siena star frosh Jalen Pickett to test NBA waters

Apr. 24, 2019 1:47 AM EDT

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Jalen Pickett had a hard time getting schools to notice him before he signed with Siena a year ago. Now, he already has workouts scheduled with NBA teams after entering his name into consideration for the upcoming draft. "I'm going to go out there and see where I stand with all the...

Jokic, Murray lead Nuggets' 108-90 romp of Spurs

Apr. 24, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — After a sputtering start to their postseason, the Denver Nuggets are starting to look like the team that ended a six-year playoff drought in such dramatic fashion. Nikola Jokic has a lot to do with it. Jokic had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and fed Jamal Murray (23 points)...

Kings coach Luke Walton accused of sex assault in lawsuit

Apr. 23, 2019 11:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton has been accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit by a former sports reporter. "I thought he was going to rape me," Kelli Tennant said at a news conference Tuesday, one day after TMZ reported that she was suing Walton. Tennant alleges that Walton...

Simmons, Embiid usher 76ers past Nets and into 2nd round

Apr. 23, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid showed no mercy. He buried a 3-pointer that gave the 76ers a 24-point lead and waved his arms like a boss, exhorting an already jacked crowd to get louder. Philly obeyed its most popular player and went wild — and the All-Star center believes the good times have only...

Leonard has 27 as Raptors rout Magic 115-96, clinch series

Apr. 23, 2019 11:10 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors turned in another dominant defensive effort, extending their playoff winning streak to a team-record four and clinching a berth in the second round. Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam added 24 and the Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 115-96 on Tuesday night,...

The Latest: Accuser details claim against Luke Walton

Apr. 23, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit that accuses Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton of sexual assault (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A former sports reporter who is suing Luke Walton for sexual assault says the new Sacramento Kings coach held her down, kissed and groped her in a hotel room,...

Warriors will try to eliminate Los Angeles at home

Apr. 23, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr drove home from a stunning 35-point defeat at Oracle Arena one night last month and thought of something on the bright side: He can't recall very many ugly losses during Golden State's sensational five-year run. This season has brought a handful of embarrassing...