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Raptors' president encounter with deputy being investigated

Jun. 15, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Prosecutors will decide whether to charge Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of shoving and hitting a sheriff's deputy in the face while trying to join his team on the court to celebrate their first NBA championship. Alameda County...

Plum scores 19, Aces cruise to 100-65 win over Liberty

Jun. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kelsey Plum scored a season-high 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting and the Las Vegas Aces never trailed in a 100-65 win over the New York Liberty on Friday night. Kayla McBride had 18 points, Liz Cambage scored 17 and A'ja Wilson 14 for the Aces. All 10 players who saw action for Las Vegas...

Gray, Sparks used big third quarter to beat Mercury 85-68

Jun. 15, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Chelsea Gray had 21 points and a season-high nine assists, Nneka Ogwumike scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half and the Los Angeles Sparks pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Phoenix Mercury 85-68 on Friday night. Chiney Ogwumike added 14 points — 12 after halftime...

Loyd hits late jumper, Storm rally to beat Mystics 74-71

Jun. 14, 2019 11:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 14 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 8.6 seconds left, and the defending champion Seattle Storm overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Washington Mystics 74-71 on Friday night in a rematch of the WNBA Finals. This time, the Storm were without...

Jones, Sun beat Lynx 85-81 for fifth win in a row

Jun. 14, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jonquel Jones had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Shekinna Stricklen and Alyssa Thomas also scored 16 points apiece and the Connecticut Sun pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Minnesota Lynx 85-81 on Friday night for their fifth consecutive victory. Jones had her fifth double-double...

Idaho fires coach Don Verlin following investigation

Jun. 14, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has fired basketball coach Don Verlin after he was placed on administrative leave following a consultant's report that found potential NCAA violations. Idaho announced the firing Friday. Verlin was placed on administrative leave May 28. The school said the decision was made after...

Raptors' title sees Canada set viewing, spending records

Jun. 14, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The final numbers are in, and the NBA Finals were a smashing success for Canada all the way around. The NBA said Friday that 56% percent of the Canadian population watched at least some part of the NBA Finals, with an average viewership of about 8 million for the Toronto Raptors'...

No longer champs, injured Warriors brace for unclear summer

Jun. 14, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr still considers Golden State an ideal fit for Kevin Durant. Whether Durant sees it that way going into free agency next month, Kerr isn't about to guess. Especially now that the two-time NBA Finals MVP is headed for what could be a yearlong recovery from surgery for a...

The Latest: Deputy taken to hospital after championship game

Jun. 14, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into whether the president of the Toronto Raptors pushed and hit a sheriff's deputy in the face (all times local): 3:50 p.m. A California sheriff's spokesman says a deputy involved in an encounter with the president of the Toronto Raptors complained of...

Canada inspired in World Cup by Toronto Raptors NBA title

Jun. 14, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Inspired by Canada's first NBA title, the country's national women's soccer team is aiming to emulate the Toronto Raptors' magical run. The fifth-ranked Canadians were fast asleep in France when the Raptors won early Friday morning. But the players copped to immediately checking the results...