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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Shaun Livingston (34) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton (2) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Livingston announced his retirement Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, following 15 NBA seasons, an expected move. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
September 13, 2019 - 4:40 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Shaun Livingston's career nearly ended 12 years ago far ahead of his schedule because of a gruesome knee injury. Now, he gets to retire on his own terms — and with three championships after playing a key role during the Golden State Warriors' recent title runs. The 34-year-...
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FLE - In this March 21, 2019, file photo, Kobe Bryant speaks with students at Andrew Hamilton School in Philadelphia. Kobe Bryant played on the Redeem Team in 2008, the one that delivered a gold medal in Beijing after a series of USA Basketball disappointments in big tournaments. Back in Beijing this weekend, Bryant isn't sure another Redeem Team will be so easy to find for the U.S. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
September 13, 2019 - 8:07 am
BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant played on the Redeem Team in 2008, the one that delivered a gold medal in Beijing after a series of USA Basketball disappointments in big tournaments. Back in Beijing this weekend, Bryant isn't sure another Redeem Team will be so easy to find for the U.S. The five-time...
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Willy Hernangomez Geuer of the Spain, center, fights for a ball against Poland, rear, during the Basketball World Cup Quarter-Finals between Spain and Poland in Shanghai on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (Wang Zhao/Photo
September 12, 2019 - 10:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — There's plenty of NBA talent left among the World Cup semifinalists, even if that foursome does not include the United States. Spain, France and Australia are stocked with 13 current NBA players. Only Argentina doesn't have one, although its key player is Luis Scola, who had a decade...
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FILE - In this Sept. 31, 2019, file photo, Fresno State quarterback Jorge Reyna, left, looks to throw a pass as Southern California USC Trojans defensive lineman Christian Rector approaches during an NCAA college football game in Los Angeles. The NCAA’s Board of Governors is urging Gov. Gavin Newsom not to sign a California bill that would allow college athletes to receive money for their names, likenesses or images. In a six-paragraph letter to Newsom, the board said the bill would give California schools an unfair recruiting advantage. As a result, the letter says, the NCAA would declare those schools ineligible for its events. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)
September 11, 2019 - 8:14 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Athletes at California colleges could hire agents and sign endorsement deals under a bill the state Legislature sent to the governor Wednesday, setting up a potential confrontation with the NCAA that could jeopardize the athletic futures of powerhouse programs like USC,...
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September 11, 2019 - 8:05 am
DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships. Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 16 rebounds and France...
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Connecticut Sun guard Courtney Williams puts up a shot around Chicago Sky guard Diamond DeShields in WNBA Eastern Conference action Friday, September 6, 2019 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun dropped the 109-104 loss in overtime in their home season finale. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)
September 11, 2019 - 2:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — After a wild regular season, the WNBA postseason gets underway with a pair of first-round games. Top seeds Washington and Connecticut don't play for another week, as the teams earned double byes to the semifinals. Los Angeles and Las Vegas don't play until Sunday against the winners...
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September 10, 2019 - 10:32 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Longtime sportscaster and announcer Fred McLeod has died at 67. McLeod did TV play-by play coverage of the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs said McLeod died suddenly Monday night but did not elaborate. They called him a "great friend and teammate" and a "heart-felt...
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Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to shoot past Czech Republic's Ondrej Balvin during a phase two match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 09, 2019 - 6:54 am
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo now has a little more time to get ready for the NBA season. That would be an unwanted consolation prize. The reigning NBA MVP's stay at the World Cup is over, even after a victory in the team's finale. Greece needed to beat the Czechs by at least 12...
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Spanish team players celebrate after defeating Serbia in their Group J second phase match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, at the Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 08, 2019 - 10:16 am
Nigeria and Iran are going to the Olympics. China's World Cup run came to a disappointing end. And Serbia is unbeaten no more, making a third consecutive meeting with the U.S. in a gold-medal game now unlikely. Nigeria clinched the Olympic berth that goes to the top African finisher in the World...
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Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to block United States' Donovan Mitchell during phase two of the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. United States beats Greece 69-53. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 07, 2019 - 10:58 am
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The MVP was good. The USA was better. And the Antetokounmpo getting talked about most by the Americans when this much-anticipated World Cup matchup was over wasn't Giannis — but rather Thanasis, the younger brother, who sent U.S. forward Harrison Barnes sprawling with an ill-...
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