Basketball

Los Angeles Clippers center Marcin Gortat, left, reaches in on Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
January 19, 2019 - 2:36 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins couldn't wipe the smile off his face. The usually scowling big man was back Friday night after being sidelined for nearly a year. He scored 14 points in his Warriors debut, a 112-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. "I felt like a kid on Christmas," Cousins...
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Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center, passes around New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. The Trail Blazers won 128-112. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
January 19, 2019 - 1:28 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 22 points and eight assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 128-112 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. CJ McCollum and reserve forward Jake Layman scored 20 points each for the Trail Blazers. Layman got all his points in the second...
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Arizona State's Robbi Ryan, left, Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, ASU's Reili Richardson, Oregon's Maite Cazorla and Taylor Chavez, top right, converge on a loose ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Jan 18, 2019, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)
January 19, 2019 - 12:52 am
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon coach Kelly Graves knew his team would find out what Baylor, Louisville and Stanford already learned in close calls against Arizona State. Beating the Sun Devils wouldn't come without a measure of discomfort for the Ducks. Sabrina Ionescu scored 31 points and No. 5 Oregon...
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San Antonio Spurs' Rudy Gay, left, drives as Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins, center tries to get around Pau Gasol of Spain in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
January 19, 2019 - 12:34 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Under coach Gregg Popovich, the San Antonio Spurs have been consistent winners. That includes when they go on the road — and anywhere they play the Minnesota Timberwolves. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, Rudy Gay added 22 and the Spurs held on to give Popovich another...
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Brooklyn Nets' D'Angelo Russell celebrates after making a 3-point shot during the final moments of the team's NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
January 18, 2019 - 11:17 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — This winning thing has become a habit for the Brooklyn Nets — and apparently no deficit is too large to overcome lately. D'Angelo Russell matched his career high with 40 points and the Brooklyn Nets came back after trailing by as many as 21 points to beat the Orlando Magic 117-...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018, file photo, Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie watches from the sideline during the first half an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn. The University of Connecticut has announced it is self-imposing penalties, including the loss of a scholarship for the 2019-20 season, for violations of NCAA rules under former basketball coach Kevin Ollie, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. The school said it also will restrict its recruiting and pay a fine of $5,000.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
January 18, 2019 - 10:29 pm
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut announced Friday that it is self-imposing penalties, including the loss of a scholarship for the 2019-20 season, for violations of NCAA rules by its basketball program under former coach Kevin Ollie. UConn fired Ollie after a 14-18 season a year...
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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) shoots as Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
January 18, 2019 - 10:02 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons overcame an early exit by injured Andre Drummond to beat the Miami Heat 98-93 on Friday night. Dwyane Wade scored 20 points for the Heat, but missed badly on an off-balance 3-pointer in the final seconds that could...
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Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving goes to the basket past Memphis Grizzlies' JaMychal Green during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
January 18, 2019 - 9:59 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 38 points in the third quarter and the Boston Celtics held off the Memphis Grizzlies 122-116 on Friday night. Marcus Smart had 20 points and Al Horford finished with 18 for the Celtics, who have won two straight since a three-game losing streak. Irving...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2018, file photo, Miami's Dewan Hernandez speaks to the media during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C. Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga says junior forward Dewan Hernandez deserves to be declared eligible by the NCAA because he unwittingly became entangled in a college basketball corruption case when he was duped by an AAU coach. Larranaga spoke at length about Hernandez’s status for the first time Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, as the school awaited an NCAA ruling. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
January 18, 2019 - 4:27 pm
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga says junior forward Dewan Hernandez deserves to be declared eligible by the NCAA because he unwittingly became entangled in a college basketball corruption case when he was duped by an AAU coach. Hernandez has sat out the first 16 games...
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Duke's Tre Jones (3) tangles with Syracuse's Frank Howard during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Jones was injured on the play and left the court. No. 1-for-now Duke will have to figure out how to play without perhaps its most irreplaceable player now that point guard Tre Jones is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
January 18, 2019 - 4:12 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Top-ranked Duke hopes its team defense doesn't slip without point guard Tre Jones — for however long he's out. The Blue Devils were just getting back to playing the kind of tough man-to-man defense that had been their trademark after several years of struggles. Now they're...
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