Professional basketball

Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 25, 2019 - 11:50 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan helped San Antonio overcome a huge effort by Nikola Jokic and force a Game 7 against Denver. Aldridge scored 26 points and DeRozan added 25 to help the Spurs beat the Nuggets 120-103 on Thursday night. "They've been great at throwing a punch at...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 1970 file photo, Boston Celtics' John Havlicek (17) protects the ball with his body from Atlanta Hawks' Walt Hazzard (42) during an NBA basketball game in Boston. The Boston Celtics say Hall of Famer John Havlicek, whose steal of Hal Green’s inbounds pass in the final seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference finals against the Philadelphia 76ers remains one of the most famous plays in NBA history, has died. The team says Havlicek died Thursday, April 25, 2019 at age 79. (AP Photo/File)
April 25, 2019 - 11:11 pm
BOSTON (AP) — John Havlicek's legacy was built over 16 years with the Boston Celtics, eight of them as NBA champions, making him among the best to ever play the game. One play immortalized him forever. "Havlicek stole the ball! "Havlicek stole the ball!" Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most screamed...
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Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
April 25, 2019 - 10:41 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and DeMar DeRozan added 25 to help the San Antonio Spurs overcome Nikola Jokic's 43 points and beat the Denver Nuggets 120-103 on Thursday night, forcing a Game 7 of the opening round series. Jokic had 27 points in the second half to post the...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Duke forward Zion Williamson warms up before the start of an NCAA men's East Regional final college basketball game against Michigan State, in Washington. The player widely projected to be the NBA draft’s top overall pick came up at a college basketball corruption trial as jurors heard a recording of a Clemson coach who seemed eager for help recruiting him. The charismatic Zion Williamson played one year at Duke before entering the draft scheduled for June. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
April 25, 2019 - 5:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The player widely projected to be the NBA draft's top overall pick came up at a college basketball corruption trial Thursday as jurors heard a recording of a Clemson coach who seemed eager for help from an aspiring agent. The charismatic Zion Williamson played one year at Duke...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans. The Sacramento Kings have hired Luke Walton as their coach just days after he parted ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons. The Kings announced Monday, April 15, 2019, that Walton will replace Dave Joerger. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)
April 25, 2019 - 2:30 pm
The Sacramento Kings and the NBA began a joint investigation Thursday into allegations that coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted a woman. The Kings and the league said they will be looking into the accusations from a lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles by former sportscaster Kelli Tennant...
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Keith Wachtel, right, CRO and executive vice president of the NHL, speaks as Joe Januszewski, CRO and executive vice president of the Texas Rangers baseball team, listens during a panel discussion talking about sponsorship revenue during the Betting On Sports America conference, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Secaucus, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 25, 2019 - 2:29 pm
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — American professional sports leagues used to fight sports betting as an existential threat until the U.S. Supreme Court handed them a loss. They widely lost again when state legislatures rejected their pleas to be cut in on the action under new laws. Now, nearly a year after...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans. The Sacramento Kings have hired Luke Walton as their coach just days after he parted ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons. The Kings announced Monday, April 15, 2019, that Walton will replace Dave Joerger. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)
April 25, 2019 - 1:08 pm
The Sacramento Kings and the NBA have begun a joint investigation into allegations that coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted a woman. The Kings and the league said Thursday they will be looking into the accusations contained in a lawsuit filed earlier in this week in Los Angeles by former...
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Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell (5) scores as Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut (12), Klay Thompson, second from right, and Andre Iguodala watch during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
April 25, 2019 - 2:11 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lou Williams again came off the bench and knocked down big shot after big shot. Patrick Beverley crashed the boards at every chance. Danilo Gallinari drove the lane with authority. The Los Angeles Clippers took the Warriors right out of their comfort zone by beating the two-...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, right, drives the ball against Los Angeles Clippers' Lou Williams during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
April 25, 2019 - 1:24 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lou Williams hit a fadeaway jumper with 1:29 left and finished with 33 points and 10 assists, the Warriors uncharacteristically clanked shots much of the second half and couldn't make key stops, and the Los Angeles Clippers sent their first-round series back home with a 129-...
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich prepares for Game 5 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 25, 2019 - 1:10 am
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich goes to the playoffs every season. And he usually sticks around for a while. The Spurs have never gone back-to-back years without a trip to the second round of the playoffs during the Popovich era. But the Denver Nuggets are one win away from changing that, as they'...
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