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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Howard has agreed to a five-year deal to take over as Michigan men's basketball coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, May 22, 2019, because the announcement had not been made. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 22, 2019 - 9:25 pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Juwan Howard is coming back to Michigan. The former member of the Fab Five agreed to a five-year deal, which will pay him $2 million in his first year, on Wednesday to lead the Wolverines. "As a 'Michigan Man' I know the place our program has in college basketball and I...
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Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) moves the ball pass Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 22, 2019 - 8:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and MVP finalists Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George were the leading vote-getters for the All-Defensive first team. Boston's Marcus Smart and Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe rounded out the first team that was announced Wednesday. Gobert...
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FILE - In this March 10, 2019, file photo, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy gives instructions during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. Cassidy's Bruins will face the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, May 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 22, 2019 - 7:31 pm
BOSTON (AP) — It's been more than three months since the last championship parade in Boston, and the city is getting antsy. Sure, the Red Sox won the World Series last October. And the New England Patriots earned their sixth Super Bowl victory in February. But since then: Nothing. And Boston's...
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Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka battles for the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 22, 2019 - 7:23 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Bucks are back in Milwaukee looking to regain momentum in the Eastern Conference finals. Coach Mike Budenholzer believes the play of his bench will be a major factor in what happens in Game 5 on Thursday. The Bucks reserves played so well in the first two games of the series...
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Phoenix Suns new NBA basketball head coach Monty Williams speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
May 22, 2019 - 10:15 am
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have gone through coaches like tear-away racing visors, the count up to five in five years. The instability has hurt them on the court, the run of playoff-less appearances stretching to nine straight seasons with this year's 19-63 finish. Monty Williams, the man GM...
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Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka battles for the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 21, 2019 - 11:06 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 7-2 at home this...
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May 20, 2019 - 7:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The sister of former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was accused on Monday of threatening a woman who testified against him at his New York City gun-possession trial. Octavia Telfair was charged in federal court in Brooklyn with transmitting an interstate threat and released on $100,...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts as following the Raptors win in Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals in Toronto on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 6:42 pm
TORONTO (AP) — For Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors, Monday was all about rest and recovery. Coming off a season in which he sat out 22 regular-season games and never played on back-to-back nights as part of a plan to manage his workload, Leonard played a playoff career-high 52 minutes in Toronto's...
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Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team general manager Rob Pelinka, left, introduces Frank Vogel as the Lakers new head coach at their training facility in El Segundo, Calif., Monday, May 20, 2019. (Scott Varley/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 6:39 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Frank Vogel's determination to build "organizational togetherness" within the Los Angeles Lakers met the reality of the team's current dysfunction Monday. Vogel's introduction as the Lakers' coach was almost overshadowed by comments made earlier by Magic Johnson. The...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the net past Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during first half NBA Eastern Conference finals basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 2:43 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year. The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local...
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