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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 ...

NWSL players say investment key to sustaining World Cup bump

While record crowds at National Women's Soccer League games are evidence of a World Cup bump, players want the momentum to extend beyond the ticket office.

Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, and last weekend Sky Blue ...

CC Sabathia relishes final baseball trip through Bay Area

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - CC Sabathia spent a day off handing out his 50,000th backpack to first-graders and second-graders at home in Vallejo as kids returned to school.

The veteran major leaguer has been doing thoughtful things in Vallejo for years, and this marked the 11th year he has donated ...

Street in front of Memorial Gym renamed for Perry Wallace

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The street in front of Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium is being renamed "Perry Wallace Way" to honor the first black basketball player on scholarship in the Southeastern Conference.

Vanderbilt announced Wednesday that the portion of 25th Avenue South will be renamed ceremonially to honor Wallace, who died ...

Larry Bird mural will have tattoos removed

INDIANAPOLIS — Larry Bird likes the mural but not the tats.

An artist says she'll remove most tattoos from a large painting of the former NBA star on an Indianapolis multi-family residence. The tattoos include two rabbits mating on his right arm and a spider web on a shoulder.

Artist ...

Dismissed Arkansas forward Osabuohien transfers to WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Former Arkansas forward Gabe Osabuohien has transferred to West Virginia.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins announced the transfer of Osabuohien (Oh-sah-BOY-en) on Wednesday. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman dismissed Osabuohien from the Razorbacks last week without disclosing the reason.

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Not a ‘tattooed guy’: Larry Bird mural will be changed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Larry Bird likes the mural but not the tats.

An artist says she'll remove most tattoos from a large painting of the former NBA star on an Indianapolis multi-family residence. The tattoos include two rabbits mating on his right arm and a spider web on a shoulder.

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Loyola’s Sister Jean celebrated on her 100th birthday

CHICAGO (AP) - Jean Dolores Schmidt, better known as Sister Jean, is now a centenarian. And the students and staff of Loyola University-Chicago gathered Wednesday to celebrate the chaplain of school's men's basketball team.

Sister Jean became a sensation during the 2018 NCAA Tournament, when the Ramblers made their first ...

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