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Sparks win 10th straight at home, top Fever 98-65

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nneka Ogwumike had 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 98-65 on Thursday night for their 10th straight win at home.

The Sparks, 11-2 at Staples Center this season, became the fourth WNBA team to clinch a ...

Collier’s 19 points, 4 steals lead Lynx past Wings 86-70

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Napheesa Collier scored 19 points, Damiris Dantas had 17 points and a career-high eight assists, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Dallas Wings 86-70 on Thursday night.

Minnesota scored the first five points of the game, never trailed and led by as many as 23 points to ...

Cavs owner Gilbert back home following stroke

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been home for nearly a week in Detroit as he continues to recover from a stroke suffered in May.

Gilbert had spent the past two months in a rehabilitation center in Chicago. On Thursday, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner provided a brief ...

Hoosiers hire former player Roberts as assistant coach

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana coach Archie Miller says he has hired former Hoosiers player Mike Roberts as an assistant coach.

Roberts coached previously at UNC Greensboro, Rice and California. He fills the void left by Ed Schilling's departure.

His Indiana roots run deep.

He returned to his home state ...

Gilgeous-Alexander prepares to help fill Westbrook’s role

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wants to temper expectations. Maybe that is understandable.

He is preparing to step into the point guard position Russell Westbrook held for 11 years for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 10.8 points and 3.3 assists as a rookie for the Los Angeles Clippers ...

Celtics great Bob Cousy receives Medal of Freedom

President Trump awarded the nation's highest civilian honor Thursday to NBA great Bob Cousy for his achievements on the court and solidarity with black teammates affected by racial segregation.

Mr. Cousy was known to take an overnight train or bus with black teammates who were forced into other accommodations.

"Bob ...

Avenatti seeks trial delay amid effort to prove Nike claims

NEW YORK (AP) - California attorney Michael Avenatti hopes to show that charging Nike $25 million to probe corruption at the sportswear giant was a bargain rather than extortion, his lawyer told a judge Thursday.

Avenatti was seated and quiet as attorney Scott Srebnick asked that a trial for his ...

Trump awarding Medal of Freedom to NBA star Bob Cousy

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is to present basketball legend Bob Cousy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in an Oval Office ceremony on Thursday.

Cousy, 91, played for the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, winning six league championships and the 1957 MVP ...

Trial in former NBA player’s slaying postponed by judge

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A trial in the fatal shooting of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been postponed to allow defense attorneys to review additional evidence presented in the case.

Billy Turner had been scheduled to face trial Sept. 16 on first-degree murder and other charges. But Judge Lee ...

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HOUSTON (AP) - Justin Verlander pitched a two-hitter and lost, allowing homers to John Hicks and Ronny Rodriguez as the Detroit Tigers beat the Houston Astros 2-1.

Hicks led off the ninth with a tiebreaking blast to left-center field off Verlander (15-5), who leads the majors in strikeouts with ...

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