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Chicago uses stellar defensive effort to rout Phoenix 86-50

Oct. 16, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Kahleah Copper provided the offense and the Chicago Sky used a dominant defensive effort to move within a win of the franchise’s first WNBA championship. Copper scored 20 of her 22 points in the first half and Chicago routed the Phoenix Mercury 86-50 on...

Fans watch UConn basketball teams in person on First Night

Oct. 15, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn held its first “First Night” celebration in two years on Friday, filling Gampel Pavilion with students for the annual unofficial start to the basketball season after having to cancel the event last year because of the pandemic. COVID-19...

South Carolina awards Staley 7-year, $22.4 million contract

Oct. 15, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It certainly was a big day for Dawn Staley. South Carolina's national championship coach thought it was just as important for women's basketball and gender equity. Staley and the school announced a new, seven-year contract that will pay her $2.9...

Right on Cue: NBA finds high-tech option for virus testing

Oct. 15, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

If so inclined, an NBA player could now test himself for the coronavirus and get results on his phone in no more than 20 minutes. And the league is convinced those tests are both fast enough and accurate enough. It’s a high-tech answer to the issue...

Bucks sign general manager Jon Horst to contract extension

Oct. 15, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks general manager Jon Horst has signed a multi-year contract extension after helping Milwaukee win its first NBA title in a half-century. The move comes less than two months after the Bucks signed coach Mike Budenholzer to an extension. Milwaukee...

NCAA close to expanding women's field to 68 teams

Oct. 14, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

The NCAA women's basketball tournament is close to expanding its field to 68 teams — equaling the men's bracket. Both the Division I women's basketball committee and the oversight committee unanimously voted to approve a proposal to add four teams to the NCAA...

Breanna Stewart undergoes minor surgery on Achilles tendon

Oct. 14, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart underwent surgery for a minor repair and reinforcement of the Achilles tendon in her left leg, the team announced Thursday. Stewart had the surgery performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley in New York on Wednesday. Stewart...

Pelicans' Williamson out at first week of regular season

Oct. 14, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is now expected to miss at least the first week of the regular season because his recovery from surgery to repair a right foot fracture is taking longer than anticipated. “Nothing has gone wrong and there is no...

Kansas tabbed by Big 12 coaches as preseason favorite

Oct. 14, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Kansas has been picked by Big 12 head coaches as the favorite to win the conference title after Baylor won the league title last season and went on to win its first national championship. The Jayhawks got eight of 10 first-place votes and 80 of 81...

With fans back, NBA reiterates need for appropriate behavior

Oct. 14, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — At Miami’s first preseason game of the year, something caught Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s attention as he stood in his customary spot between his team’s bench and the scorer’s table. Fans, he noticed, were just a couple feet away again. ...