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Jazz will focus on adding offensive punch in offseason

Apr. 25, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Few teams could match the Utah Jazz in their ability to dominate on defense this season. An inability to generate consistent offense, however, ultimately doomed Utah in the postseason. After getting knocked out of the first-round of the postseason by the Houston Rockets, change is in...

Oklahoma adds Molinari as basketball assistant

Apr. 25, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma has added Jim Molinari as an assistant basketball coach. Molinari has more than three decades of college coaching experience, including 20 seasons as a Division I head coach with stops at Northern Illinois, Bradley, Minnesota (interim) and Western Illinois. He compiled more...

Likely NBA top pick Zion Williamson referenced at NCAA trial

Apr. 25, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The player widely projected to be the NBA draft's top overall pick came up at a college basketball corruption trial Thursday as jurors heard a recording of a Clemson coach who seemed eager for help from an aspiring agent. The charismatic Zion Williamson played one year at Duke before...

OKC's Westbrook defiant after another first-round exit

Apr. 25, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After a drama-filled and disappointing season for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook remains as defiant as ever. The All-Star point guard averaged a triple-double for the third straight season and nearly averaged one in the playoffs. But Portland bounced the Thunder in five...

Vanderbilt announces it has signed guard Scotty Pippen Jr.

Apr. 25, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse's first signee as Vanderbilt's head coach is the son of a Hall of Famer. Vanderbilt announced Thursday that Scotty Pippen Jr, the son of six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Commodores. Pippen...

LeBron's new LA jersey supplants Curry's as NBA's top seller

Apr. 25, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Though LeBron James didn't make the playoffs in his first season in Los Angeles, his move to the Lakers paid off in jersey sales. The NBA announced Thursday that James had the most popular individual jersey during the regular season and that the Lakers sold the most team merchandise. They...

Mercury star Taurasi likely out 12 weeks after back surgery

Apr. 25, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi has undergone back surgery to alleviate symptoms from a disk protrusion and will miss the start of the season. The team said in a statement Thursday that Taurasi had the procedure on Wednesday. Taurasi had been experiencing pain and muscle weakness during...

As Houston waits, Warriors will try again to oust Clippers

Apr. 25, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

Golden State was looking ahead to facing Houston. At least, Klay Thompson acknowledged that was the case. Kevin Durant said he wasn't sure about that. And Stephen Curry flatly dismissed the notion. The Warriors weren't in sync for Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series against the Los Angeles...

For Raptors, guard Kyle Lowry might be as valuable as ever

Apr. 25, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

The biggest play Kyle Lowry made in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs might have been overlooked. Game 3 in Orlando, time winding down, Toronto clinging to a three-point lead. Kawhi Leonard's jumper was well short, barely grazing the front of the rim. The rebound hits the floor and ricochets...

UNC guard Woods announces plans to transfer from program

Apr. 25, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina point guard Seventh Woods plans to transfer. In a post on social media Thursday, Woods says "it's time for a change" for his final season of eligibility. The 6-foot-2 junior from Columbia, South Carolina, battled nagging injuries through his first two years at UNC,...