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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler, left, gives autographs during a spring training baseball workout in Clearwater, Fla. Wheeler's last start before his 30th birthday could have come against his former team. Wheeler, who struck out 24% of the batters he faced last season with the Mets, left New York in free agency last winter for a $118 million, five-year deal with the NL East rival Phillies.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

What Would Have Been: Zack against Mets and Motor City golf

May. 25, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

The Major League Baseball season would be about one-third of the way through its 162-game schedule if not for the coronavirus pandemic, and the NBA and NHL would have been closer to crowning their champions. While NASCAR is running live races without spectators, The Associated Press looks at some of the other...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 1974, file photo, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton (10) poses with coach Bud Grant in an unknown location. Grant was the first coach to reach four Super Bowls. Also the first to lose four Super Bowls. Grant built a powerhouse team over 18 seasons with the Vikings, reaching the playoffs 12 times. But his squads always flopped badly on the biggest stage, losing each of their four title games by double-digit margins. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman, File)

Column: Sloan, other coaching greats who were denied a title

May. 23, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

Jerry Sloan was undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. Yet there’s one glaring omission on an otherwise stellar resume. A championship. Sloan, who died Friday at age 78, isn’t the only coaching guru lacking a trip to a title. Let’s take a look at the 10 best coaches and...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2010, file photo, Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan is shown during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. The Utah Jazz have announced that Jerry Sloan, the coach who took them to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 on his way to a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame, has died. Sloan died Friday morning, May 22, 2020, the Jazz said, from complications related to Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. He was 78. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Jerry Sloan, coaching great of Jazz glory days, dies at 78

May. 22, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

Jerry Sloan walked up the steps to the stage at the Basketball Hall of Fame to give his enshrinement speech in 2009, almost as if he were dreading what the next few minutes would bring. He never wanted the spotlight. “This is pretty tough for me,” Sloan said that night. Talking about himself, that...

This June 14, 1998 file photo shows Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan shooting the game-winning shot in the closing seconds of Game 6 of an NBA Finals basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City to give Chicago their sixth NBA Championship. Craig Ehlo still believes he played great defense. He shared an ultimate moment with Michael Jordan, and Jordan came out on top each time. He’ll be on highlight reels forever and “The Last Dance” — the ESPN and Netflix 10-part documentary series about Jordan’s Chicago Bulls that ends on Sunday, May 17, 2020 only freshened the familiarity fans have with two of the most-replayed shots in NBA history. (Robert Deutch/USA Today via AP, file)

ESPN to show film about Game 6 of 1998 NBA Finals

May. 18, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

The final episodes of “The Last Dance” have aired, yet ESPN has one more program to show about the Chicago Bulls' sixth championship. ESPN will show “Game 6: The Movie” on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EDT, following a rebroadcast of episodes nine and 10 of “The Last Dance." The...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles. Brown's job status is a hot topic around the NBA and a daily debate in Philly. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

76ers coach Brown knows tenuous job fate lies in NBA restart

May. 15, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Almost fitting for his seven-year tenure coaching the Philadelphia 76ers, Brett Brown had an injury to report: his 16-year-old dog pulled a hamstring on one of their daily walks. But for the banged-up Sixers’ Big Dogs? Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are coming along just fine from...

FILE - This Aug. 18, 2012 file photo shows Jasmine Jordan, daughter of Chicago Bulls basketball great Michael Jordan, at the Shannon Brown Wood-Star Foundation Dinner in Chicago. Jordan is getting an intimate look into the psyche of her heralded father, Michael, just like the rest of the world. The 27-year-old wasn’t born when her dad won the first two of his six championships with the Chicago Bulls, so like many watching “The Last Dance,” there are some things she’s learning for the first time. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Invision/AP, File)

Michael Jordan's daughter learns more about her dad

May. 14, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

Jasmine Jordan is getting an intimate look into the psyche of her heralded father, Michael, just like the rest of the world. The 27-year-old wasn’t born when her dad won the first two of his six championships with the Chicago Bulls, so like many watching “The Last Dance,” there are some...

Ex-NBA guard Mo Williams takes over Alabama State program

May. 13, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former NBA point guard Mo Williams is Alabama State's new head coach. The historically black college announced his hiring on Tuesday. Williams spent 14 seasons in the NBA, winning a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He played with Utah as a rookie and had stints...

Former Celtics, Canisius guard Johnny McCarthy dies at 86

May. 13, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John McCarthy, who won an NBA title with 1964 Boston Celtics and helped the Canisius Golden Griffins to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in the 1950s, has died. He was 86. Canisius announced that McCarthy died Saturday of natural causes in the Buffalo suburbs, where he grew up and...

FILE -This June 14, 1998 file photo shows Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan looking up at the score during the third quarter of their NBA Finals game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. “The Last Dance,” ESPN’s docuseries detailing the 1998 and final season of the Chicago Bulls championship dynasty, has served as a reminder to basketball fans of the greatness of Michael Jordan on the court. It also shed light on his worldwide marketing allure. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

'Be Like Mike' jingle almost didn't happen, says creator

May. 12, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Last Dance,” ESPN’s docuseries detailing the 1998 and final season of the Chicago Bulls championship dynasty, has served as a reminder to basketball fans of the greatness of Michael Jordan on the court. While it’s showcased Jordan’s dominance between...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2000, file photo, Chicago Bulls' B.J. Armstrong celebrates the Bulls' 77-66 win over the Washington Wizards in Chicago. Armstrong earned three rings with the Chicago Bulls, as part of their NBA championship teams in 1991, 1992 and 1993. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)

A breakfast in '95 played a role in Jordan's return to Bulls

May. 11, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

B.J. Armstrong might have played a role in the Chicago Bulls getting their 1996, 1997 and 1998 titles — even though he wasn't on those teams. Armstrong was the person who, at a breakfast chat over pancakes in Chicago, nudged Michael Jordan to stop by the Bulls’ practice facility one morning late in...