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Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler waits between plays during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

NBA sees seven of the eight first-round matchups set

Aug. 13, 2020 2:59 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoff bracket is nearly set. Wednesday’s results filled in five of what were the six unknown matchups for Round 1 of the postseason, which starts next week at Walt Disney World. In the Western Conference: Houston and Oklahoma City will meet in the first round,...

San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) drives past Houston Rockets forward Robert Covington (33) off a screen by center Jakob Poeltl (25) during the second half of a NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Spurs keep playoff hopes alive with 123-105 win over Rockets

Aug. 11, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Spurs aren’t out of it yet. Keldon Johnson had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio kept alive its chances of becoming the first team in NBA history to make 23 consecutive playoff appearances with a 123-105 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. San...

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker, left, tries to shoot past Oklahoma City Thunder's Abdel Nader, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

Booker's 35 help Suns top Thunder, remain perfect in restart

Aug. 10, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Devin Booker scored 35 points, and the Phoenix Suns rolled past the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder 128-101 on Monday to improve to 6-0 in the restart and improve their playoff chances. The Suns have surged in the Western Conference standings. They entered the day just 1...

Houston Rockets' Austin Rivers (25) passes over Sacramento Kings' DaQuan Jeffries (19) and Harry Giles III (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Rivers has career-high 41 as Rockets down Kings 129-112

Aug. 9, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Austin Rivers scored a career-high 41 points off the bench and the Houston Rockets used a big third quarter to pull away and cruise to a 129-112 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. “He’s been playing well and obviously, tonight was his night,"...

Appeals court sides with teen who spoke out against assault

Aug. 7, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court was justified in blocking the suspension of a Maine high school student who posted a note in a bathroom to draw attention to sexual assault. Cape Elizabeth schools suspended Aela Mansmann, then a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape...

Anfernee Simons, left, of the Portland Trail Blazers knocks the ball away from Russell Westbrook, right, of the Houston Rockets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Lillard, Anthony help Blazers over Rockets, 110-102

Aug. 5, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 21 points and Carmelo Anthony hit a big 3-pointer late to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a 110-102 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. The Blazers led by one before Lillard made one of two free throws. Anthony’s 3 then extended...

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to move the ball against the Houston Rockets during an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

Westbrook scores 31 as Rockets get 120-116 win over Bucks

Aug. 3, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets used strong defense down the stretch for a 120-116 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night. It was the 36th straight game with at least 20 points for Westbrook, who led Houston's offense on a night James...

A seal pokes his head out of the water in Casco Bay, Thursday, July 30, 2020, off Portland, Maine. Seals are thriving off the northeast coast thanks to decades of protections. Many scientists believe the increased seal population is leading to more human encounters with white sharks, who prey on seals. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

More seals means learning to live with sharks in New England

Jul. 30, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Seals are thriving off the Northeast coast thanks to decades of protections, and that victory for wildlife has brought a consequence for humans — more encounters with sharks. Seals are a favorite prey of large sharks such as the great white. The death this week of swimmer...

A member of a TV crew adjusts their camera while filming near the shore of Bailey Island, Maine, where a woman swimming off the coast was killed in an apparent shark attack Monday, July 27, 2020. Two kayakers helped the person get to shore, and an ambulance provided further assistance, but she was pronounced dead at the scene, Marine Patrol said. (AP Photo/Jim Gerberich)

Shark that killed New York woman off Maine was great white

Jul. 28, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine said Tuesday the shark that killed a woman in a rare attack off the state's coast was a great white, the same type of shark that served as the inspiration for the movie “Jaws.” The shark bite killed Julie Dimperio Holowach, 63, of New York City,...

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Alex Caruso (4) goes to basket under pressure from Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (32) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Caruso was averaging 5.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 17.8 minutes wen the hiatus began. With Avery Bradley opting out of the restart and Rajon Rondo breaking his thumb in practice this month, the 6-foot-5 Caruso should have a greater role in the Lakers’ bench during the restart. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Depth could be even more critical in teams' NBA title chase

Jul. 27, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

NBA teams recognize that bench strength will likely be more of a factor than usual during this pandemic-delayed title chase in which a positive coronavirus test could sideline an elite player at any moment. “Depth is going to be at a premium for everyone,” New Orleans Pelicans general manager David...