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Analysis: Popovich faces tough numbers game for World Cup

Aug. 17, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When Gregg Popovich was cut from the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball roster, those making the decision took the easiest way out. They posted a note. "Clueless people," Popovich said, 47 years later, grinning to at least try to suggest it doesn't still bother him too much. It'll soon be...

Kings' De'Aaron Fox removes himself from World Cup plans

Aug. 17, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — De'Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings surprisingly withdrew from USA Basketball's national team Saturday, meaning the Americans now have 13 candidates for the 12-man World Cup roster. Fox told USA Basketball of his choice a few hours before the team was to fly to Australia for final...

AP sources: Alibaba exec to buy Nets, arena for $3.4 billion

Aug. 16, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday. Joe Tsai already had purchased 49 percent of the team from...

Lakers' Cousins tears ACL in left knee, awaiting surgery

Aug. 15, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is facing rehab from another major injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured their first big problem of a season with championship expectations. Cousins was diagnosed Thursday with a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury that could sideline the six-time...

USA, Spain set to meet in a World Cup warmup

Aug. 15, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. and Spain are facing off Friday night, a matchup of the two top-ranked basketball teams in the world and a possible precursor to a medal-round meeting next month at the World Cup. That might sound exciting. To the teams, not so much. Both the Americans and the Spaniards...

Michael Avenatti blames arrest on 'vindictive' prosecutors

Aug. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyer Michael Avenatti wants a judge to dismiss criminal charges that he extorted Nike, and he is blaming his arrest on what he calls vindictive prosecutors as he releases material his attorneys say support his claims the sportswear company was paying amateur athletes. Avenatti's attorneys...

King's court: LeBron dedicates court at his hometown school

Aug. 14, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James went back to school and back in time on Wednesday. Joined by four high school teammates, the NBA superstar dedicated a multicolored outdoor basketball court at the I Promise School, which he founded last year for underprivileged children in his hometown. James took a break...

Stephen Curry embraces Warriors' change, praises Durant

Aug. 14, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Someday, years or even decades from now, at one of those celebratory reunions teams like to do, Stephen Curry knows he and Kevin Durant will reminisce with fondness about their three insanely successful years together on the Golden State Warriors. They will reflect on the greatness,...

Wizards hire Antwan Jamison as director of pro personnel

Aug. 14, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Wizards are continuing their front office overhaul by hiring Antawn Jamison as director of pro personnel. Jamison returns to Washington, where he played for six seasons as part of his 17-year NBA career. He spent the past two seasons as a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers. Jamison will...

Thanks for playing: G Leaguers back in USA Basketball camp

Aug. 13, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

There were more than 50 players from the G League who helped USA Basketball get into the FIBA World Cup by winning enough games during the tournament's qualifying rounds. A few of them are getting a thank-you this week. USA Basketball invited some of those qualifying players to the final week of World Cup...