Basketball

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson sits on the sideline with his wife, Gayle Benson, before an NFL football game in New Orleans. An Associated Press review of public tax documents found that the Bensons' foundation has given at least $62 million to the Archdiocese of New Orleans and other Catholic causes over the past dozen years, including gifts to schools, universities, charities and individual parishes. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)
July 15, 2020 - 1:08 am
News outlets including The Associated Press headed to court Wednesday seeking to unseal court records involving the mental competency of billionaire Tom Benson when he rewrote his will to give his third wife ownership of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans sports franchises. Public interest in the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) looks to pass while defended by Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. Harrison Barnes became the latest NBA player to reveal that he has coronavirus, making the announcement Tuesday, July 14, 2020, and saying he has hopes to join his team at the league’s restart later this summer. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman, File)
July 14, 2020 - 8:06 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings became the latest NBA player to reveal that he has the coronavirus, making the announcement Tuesday and saying he has hopes to join his team for the league’s restart later this summer. Barnes is the only player who has started...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Indianapolis. Formulating a plan to get a team ready for the restart of the NBA season wasn’t as difficult as one might expect for McMillan. Turns out, he’s been through something similar to this before. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)
July 14, 2020 - 5:23 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Formulating a plan to get a team ready for the restart of the NBA season wasn’t as difficult as one might expect for Indiana coach Nate McMillan. Turns out, he’s been through something similar to this before. Spending an extended stretch away from home during the...
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Rodney Johnson of Chesapeake, Va., stands with his truck outside FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Monday, July 13, 2020. The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday that it will drop the "Redskins" name and Indian head logo immediately, bowing to decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 14, 2020 - 3:39 pm
When the University of North Dakota moved on from being the Fighting Sioux like Washington’s NFL team is doing from Redskins, the new name could’ve been anything. More than 1,600 suggestions were submitted, ranging from the realistic to the ridiculous, like the “Abdominal Snowman.” Dan Snyder isn’t...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, the Washington Redskins NFL football team logo is seen on the field before an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md. The recent national conversation about racism has renewed calls for the Washington Redskins to change their name. D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser called the name an "obstacle" to the team building its stadium and headquarters in the District, but owner Dan Snyder over the years has shown no indications he'd consider it. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 14, 2020 - 9:54 am
Try to think of a more deserving guy in all of sports than Dan Snyder to get his name-change plans caught in a vise. Go ahead, we’ll wait. In the meantime, let’s all savor this quote from the owner of the Washington NFL franchise formerly-known-as-the … (which was precisely the problem) the last...
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FILE- In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker holds her daughter Lailaa Nicole Williams after Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals against the Minnesota Lynx in Los Angeles. The Sparks won 75-64. Parker and her 11-year-old daughter are braving the start of an unprecedented WNBA season together in Florida. The Los Angeles Sparks All-Star knows it’s a calculated risk to stay in the coronavirus hot spot, where all 12 teams will play games in the WNBA “bubble” of Bradenton. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
July 14, 2020 - 8:21 am
Candace Parker and her 11-year-old daughter are braving the start of an unprecedented WNBA season together in Florida. The Los Angeles Sparks All-Star knows it’s a calculated risk to stay in the coronavirus hot spot, where all 12 teams will play games in the WNBA “bubble” of Bradenton. “We’re a...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, left, and guard Courtney Williams, right, huard Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals in Washington. Delle Donne is waiting to have her case heard by the league's independent panel of doctors to see if she'll be medically excused for the season, according to the Mystics. The Mystics star, who was the league Most Valuable Player last year, has battled Lyme Disease since 2008 and would potentially be at a higher risk for serious illness if she contracted the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 13, 2020 - 11:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Elena Delle Donne's request to be medically excused from the WNBA season was denied, according to the league's reigning MVP. The Washington Mystics star said in a statement Monday that the independent panel of doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, dribbles next to Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore. Westbrook said Monday, July 13, 2020, that he has tested positive for coronavirus, and that he plans to eventually join his team at the restart of the NBA season. Westbrook made the revelation on social media. As recently as Sunday, the Rockets believed that Westbrook and James Harden — neither of whom traveled with the team to Walt Disney World near Orlando last week — would be with the team in the next few days. In Westbrook's case, that now seems most unlikely. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File)
July 13, 2020 - 8:31 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Houston's Russell Westbrook hasn't made it to the NBA restart yet. The coronavirus did — but health protocols seemed to work as the league and its players hoped they would. On a day of troubling news for the league — Westbrook revealing that he has tested positive for...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now Ross is a first-year skipper trying to guide his team through a brand new experience full of testing and protocols and an unforgiving 60-game season. How well he navigates the unprecedented situation is an important slice of the Cubs' hopes for returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)
July 13, 2020 - 8:04 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Rugby players in Ireland earning more than 25,000 euros ($28,000) a year have agreed to reduce their salary by 10% and defer 10% more until 2021. The Irish Rugby Football Union and Rugby Players Ireland agreed on...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo, Washington Mystics guard Kara Lawson (20) tries to move around the defense of New York Liberty center Avery Warley-Talbert, front right, and guard Candice Wiggins during the first half of Game 3 of a WNBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal series in New York. Lawson has always wanted to coach at Duke, a fact the first-time college coach had not shared with many people. Once the job opened up earlier this month, the Boston Celtics assistant jumped at the opportunity. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)
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July 13, 2020 - 5:02 pm
Kara Lawson has always wanted to coach at Duke — a fact the first-time college coach hadn't shared with many people. Once the job opened up earlier this month, the Boston Celtics assistant jumped at the opportunity. “I knew that if it ever came open I’d try and put my best foot forward and try to...
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