Basketball

Duke's Zion Williamson (1) falls to the floor with an injury while chasing the ball with North Carolina's Luke Maye (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
February 21, 2019 - 1:12 am
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman sensation Zion Williamson was knocked out of the North Carolina-Duke rivalry game with a knee sprain after his Nike shoe blew out during the top-ranked Blue Devils' opening possession Wednesday night. While describing the sprain as mild and the knee as stable, coach...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) and Minnesota Timberwolves' Jeff Teague battle for the ball as Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (32) looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
February 13, 2019 - 11:01 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James Harden was Josh Okogie's responsibility for much of Wednesday night. Even though Harden piled up 42 points, Okogie's teammates were full of praise for the Nigerian rookie. "It wasn't a good 42," Karl-Anthony Towns said. "It wasn't a 42 that he's been getting recently, you...
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Andrew Wiggins in the post
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February 09, 2019 - 12:55 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis didn't need long to win back the crowd after being booed during his pregame introduction and the first few chances he had to handle the ball. But the Pelicans sought to close out a tight game without Davis on the court anyway — and narrowly pulled it off. Playing...
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February 05, 2019 - 2:38 pm
In a letter written on the playerstribune.com, Lynx All-Star Maya Moore announced she will not play professional basketball in 2019. Moore says, "My focus in 2019 will not be on professional basketball, but will instead be on the people in my family, as well as on investing my time in some ministry...
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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) celebrates as he walks up court during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
January 26, 2019 - 6:19 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It took a bear — Jazz Bear — to catch a bat and leave the high-flying hijinks to the NBA players. A wayward bat flew around the court inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena about an hour before Utah's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, interrupting the pregame...
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Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis (13) reacts to earning a free throw after making a basket in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Minnesota at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Michigan won 59-57. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
January 22, 2019 - 9:23 pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The ball bounced right to Charles Matthews, who dribbled once and squared up to shoot as the game clock — and more importantly, the shot clock — neared zero. "I saw the clock when I did get the ball. I'm not sure exactly how much time, but I did know that there was time on...
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Storming the court
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January 22, 2019 - 5:32 am
The rivalry never disappoints. Playing before a roaring sellout crowd in St. Paul, St. Thomas beat arch-rival St. John's in overtime 74-72, the Johnnies' last-ditch shot for the win bouncing off the rim as Tommie fans rushed the court in celebration. Anders Nelson put St. Thomas ahead for good with...
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Wisconsin players and fans celebrate Wisconsin's 64-54 upset victory over Michigan in an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
January 19, 2019 - 8:30 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ethan Happ and the Wisconsin Badgers finally closed out a tight game. Against No. 2 Michigan, too. Happ had 26 points and 10 rebounds as Wisconsin handed the Wolverines their first loss of the season, breaking away in the final minute for a 64-54 victory Saturday. Fans rushed...
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Apple Valley standout Tre Jones is hurt
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January 14, 2019 - 10:05 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Syracuse packed its patented 2-3 zone defense around Zion Williamson, and dared a depleted Duke team to win from the 3-point line. Without shooter Cameron Reddish, the top-ranked Blue Devils couldn't do it. And without point guard Tre Jones, their defense couldn't pressure the...
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Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau directs his team against the Orlando Magic in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
January 06, 2019 - 6:42 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have fired coach Tom Thibodeau, halfway into his third season with the team that began with turmoil surrounding All-Star Jimmy Butler. The person spoke to the AP on condition of...
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