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Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, speaks at the NBA All-Star basketball game media day, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

All-Star notes: Africa unveils teams, LeBron brings students

Feb. 15, 2020 4:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA-backed Basketball Africa League on Saturday announced the 12 teams that will compete in the inaugural season. The clubs, from a dozen African nations, are: Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers (Algeria), Petro de Luanda (Angola), Forces Armées et Police (Cameroon), Zamalek...

Franklin retakes US indoor triple jump record

Feb. 14, 2020 11:56 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Moments after Tori Franklin saw her women’s U.S. indoor triple jump record fall Friday in the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships, she took it back. Franklin went 48-feet, 1/2-inch on her final jump to surpass Keturah Orji’s jump of 47-10¾ from her second...

Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages testifies, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Lansing, Mich., during her trial where she faces two counts of lying to police. A jury on Friday found Klages guilty of lying to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997, nearly 20 years before he was charged.  She faces up to four years in prison. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

How the Larry Nassar scandal has affected others

Feb. 14, 2020 6:39 PM EST

A former Michigan State University gymnastics coach was convicted Friday on charges that she lied to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997. It's the latest fallout from the scandal that has rocked the school. Kathie Klages, 65, was found...

Summer Britcher from the USA cheers at the finish line after finishing third at the luge world cup in Oberhof, Germany, Sunday, Feb.2, 2020. (Martin Schutt/dpa via AP)

USA Luge hopeful heading into world championships

Feb. 13, 2020 3:38 PM EST

USA Luge has been waiting for its breakthrough moment this season. If recent results are any indication, the team might be peaking at the right time. Luge’s world championships start Friday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia — the track used for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. And the Americans are coming off a...

FILE - In this April 9, 2007 file photo, former Olympic figure skating gold medalist Scott Hamilton arrives for Figure Skating In Harlem's annual gala

1980 Lake Placid Olympics still resonate four decades later

Feb. 13, 2020 1:39 PM EST

Scott Hamilton gets goosebumps at the mention of Lake Placid. He was a 21-year-old Olympic newcomer and sitting in a darkened theater when he felt a tap on his shoulder. “Halfway through the movie I get pulled out by our team captains," the figure skating great recalled. "They tried to make me think that...

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

At All-Star Game, Africa's potential will be showcased

Feb. 12, 2020 2:11 PM EST

The moment was not lost on Giannis Antetokounmpo. The NBA's reigning MVP, a Greek of Nigerian descent who is now starring in Milwaukee, was about to make his first two selections of this year's All-Star Game draft and understood how significant his words would be when they resonated across the world's...

In this Jan. 16, 2020 photo, skateboarder Oskar Rozenberg poses for a photo, at Bryggeriet Malmo Skatepark in Malmo, Sweden. Skateboarding is coming to the Olympics for the first time at this year's Tokyo Games and a Swedish star known for his creativity and spontaneous routines might be the breakout star. Oskar Rozenberg is the reigning two-time skateboarding world champion from the Vans Park Series Pro Tour. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

Swedish star fronts skateboarding's move to mainstream

Feb. 11, 2020 6:15 AM EST

MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Oskar Rozenberg nonchalantly drifts around the skate park before unleashing a series of high-energy tricks — mounting a wall, sliding down a railing with his arms outstretched, vaulting a stairwell, accelerating into a ramp and giving it some air. “I’m just warming...

Nathan Chen performs his men's free skate program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Lynn Hey)

Is figure skating becoming acrobatics on ice?

Feb. 11, 2020 3:29 AM EST

There are times when Brian Boitano marvels at what he sees on the ice. And there are times — far too many times nowadays — when he shakes his head and wonders where figure skating is headed. Boitano was one of the sport's greats as a competitor, winning four straight U.S. titles, two world...

LeBron James among 44 US Olympic basketball team finalists

Feb. 11, 2020 2:30 AM EST

LeBron James is considering a return to the Olympics. James — a two-time gold medalist and three-time Olympian — was among 44 players announced by USA Basketball on Monday as finalists for the team that will play in the Tokyo Games this summer. James played in 2004, 2008 and 2012, helping the U.S....

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012, file photo, Chicago Sky's Swin Cash, right, shoots while guarded by Connecticut Sun's Tina Charles in the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Tamika Catchings, Lauren Jackson and Cash are headed to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. The trio headline the Class of 2020. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Catchings, Jackson headline women's hoops Hall of Fame class

Feb. 10, 2020 8:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tamika Catchings, Lauren Jackson and Swin Cash are headed to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. The trio headline the Class of 2020. Joining the three former WNBA stars are Carol Callan (contributor), Carol Stiff (contributor), Sue Donohoe (contributor) and Debbie Brock (veteran player)....