Basketball

In this Sunday, June 16, 2019, photo, Carrie Underwood, left, performs "The Champion" with Indiana Fever's Erica McCall onstage during Underwood's concert in Indianapolis. McCall, who said she started rapping in high school and had the nickname Medium E, auditioned for the guest spot at the urgings of team vice president Tamika Catchings. (Jessica Hoffman/Indiana Fever via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 3:08 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Erica McCall is still in a state of shock. She can't believe that she got to perform on stage with Carrie Underwood at a concert. The Indiana Fever center sang the guest verse of "The Champion" at the country music star's show Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "It's up there,...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 27, 2019 file photo, Michigan's Ignas Brazdeikis smiles while running through a drill during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Anaheim, Calif. With only a few days remaining before the NBA draft, Iggy Brazdeikis enjoyed a reunion of sorts when he worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That meant a chance to catch up with John Beilein. The NBA draft is on Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
June 19, 2019 - 3:06 am
With only a few days remaining before the NBA draft, Iggy Brazdeikis enjoyed a reunion of sorts when he worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That meant a chance to catch up with John Beilein. "It was so cool. It honestly kind of felt like home, seeing him there," Brazdeikis said. "It just felt...
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This Feb. 22, 2019, photo shows the exterior of the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, N.J. New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a bill that would enable the casino to accept sports bets on NBA games that do not involve the Houston Rockets, which casino owner Tilman Fertitta also owns. The Golden Nugget is currently prohibited from taking any NBA bets because of Fertitta's ownership of the Rockets. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
June 18, 2019 - 6:47 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering loosening their sports betting restrictions to allow the owner of the Golden Nugget casino to accept bets on most National Basketball Association teams. Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta owns the casino — and also owns the NBA's...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2013 file photo, Andy Pope hits from the shadows on the fifth fairway during the first round of the Tampa Bay Championship golf tournament in Palm Harbor, Fla. Pope has qualified for four of the last five US Opens despite never earning a PGA Tour card. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
June 18, 2019 - 6:20 pm
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — For some players, U.S. Open qualifying can be one of the toughest days of the year. It's the one test Andy Pope keeps passing. Pope closed out his fourth U.S. Open appearance with an even-par 71 to tie for 58th and leave with hope, if not satisfaction. This was the...
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Toronto Police secure the scene where shots were fired during the Toronto Raptors NBA basketball championship parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Andrew Lahodynskyj/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 6:13 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Police are looking for a fourth person and haven't recovered the gun involved in a shooting at a rally for the NBA champion Raptors that wounded four people and sent thousands fleeing, authorities said Tuesday. Toronto Police Chief Marc Saunders said they are looking for a male who...
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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, center right, holds Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 5:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The two top winter sports crowned their champions as summer neared, separated by exactly 10 million viewers. The sixth game of the NBA Finals, where the Toronto Raptors dethroned the depleted Golden State Warriors, was seen by 18.76 million viewers in the United States, according to...
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June 18, 2019 - 4:42 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A deputy suffered a concussion and is on medical leave after an altercation with the president of the Toronto Raptors as he tried to join his team on the court to celebrate their NBA championship, a lawyer said Tuesday. The 20-year-veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2019, file photo, California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb instructs her team in the first half of a first round women's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, in Waco, Texas. The Cavaliers have hired former California coach Lindsay Gottlieb as an assistant on John Beilein’s staff. Gottlieb joins Beilein’s staff after serving eight years as the University of California, Berkeley women's basketball head coach, where she led the Golden Bears to a combined 179-89 (.668) record (86-58, .597 in Pac-12) since taking over the helm in 2011-12. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
June 18, 2019 - 3:52 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A diversity report shows the NBA still leads men's professional sports leagues in racial and gender hiring practices. The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida on Tuesday indicated almost identical scores from last...
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FILE - In this June 16, 2019, file photo, Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller, with assistant coach Brandi Poole behind, argues a call with the officials during play against the Seattle Storm in a WNBA basketball game, in Uncasville, Conn. No team has gotten off to a hotter start then the Connecticut Sun. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 2:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — No team has gotten off to a hotter start then the Connecticut Sun. Led by Jonquel Jones, the Sun (8-1) have won their last six games and have started to put a little distance between themselves and the rest of the league. Connecticut has benefited from having an entirely healthy...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, Texas forward Jaxson Hayes (10) dunks the ball over Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Ames, Iowa. Hayes needed only a year at Texas to put himself at the front of the class of big men in the NBA draft coming Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
June 18, 2019 - 10:08 am
Jaxson Hayes needed only a year at Texas to put himself at the front of the class of big men in Thursday's NBA draft. The freshman could go late in the lottery, headlining a list of intriguing talents as the role of the big man has evolved in the NBA to embrace more flexibility and ability to roam...
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