Professional basketball

FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo a giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant is draped around Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)
Associated Press
January 26, 2020 - 8:35 pm
Reaction from the basketball world and beyond on the death of retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in a helicopter crash on Sunday: “Words can't describe the pain I am feeling. I loved Kobe — he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will...
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AFC quarterback Lamar Jackson, of the Baltimore Ravens, (8) looks to pass, during the first half of the NFL Pro Bowl football game against the NFC, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Associated Press
January 26, 2020 - 6:01 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Green Bay linebacker Za’Darius Smith hastily organized an homage to Kobe Bryant minutes before the Pro Bowl. Smith and his NFC teammates learned about Bryant's death while they were in the locker room getting ready for the NFL's all-star game Sunday. Smith suggested the best...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2013 file photo, David Stern, NBA Commissioner, right, and Adam Silver, Deputy Commissioner, speak before the start of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat in Miami. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
Associated Press
January 02, 2020 - 1:27 am
Reaction from the basketball world and beyond to the death of former NBA Commissioner David Stern on Wednesday at age 77: “For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action. He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends. We spent countless hours in the office, at arenas and on planes...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013 file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern takes a question from a reporter during a news conference following an NBA Board of Governors meeting in Dallas. The NBA says former Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 and underwent emergency surgery. The league says in a statement its thoughts and prayers are with the 77-year-old Stern's family. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
Associated Press
December 17, 2019 - 11:32 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern remains in serious condition following emergency brain surgery last week. The league said Tuesday that Stern is surrounded by his loved ones and receiving great care. The NBA says both the league and Stern's family appreciate the outpouring of...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, near Tokyo. When major corporations have angered Chinese authorities in recent years, the playbook calls for one thing: an apology. The NBA, with billions at stake, has resisted that for now, though some experts wonder if such a move is inevitable. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Associated Press
October 17, 2019 - 7:57 pm
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Chinese officials wanted Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to be fired for his tweet supporting anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and the league emphatically dismissed the request. Silver also said that the league is already feeling "substantial"...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2010, file photo, a ball flicks through the net in front of the NCAA logo on the marquis during an NCAA college basketball practice in Pittsburgh. Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday, Sept. 30, that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
Associated Press
September 30, 2019 - 8:16 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defying the NCAA, California opened the way Monday for college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsement deals with sneaker companies, soft drink makers, car dealerships and other sponsors, just like the pros. The first-in-the-nation law, signed by Democratic...
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From left, Cora Dutschke, 3, Audrey Brouillette, 3, Darrell Brouillette, 8, and Emily Brouillette, 6, grandchildren of Slidell's Mary Beth and Doug Meyer, wear intrigued looks as they put their hands on the new world-record grapefruit, before the Meyers were presented with framed certificates from the Guinness Book of World Records by Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, for the seven pound, 14.64 ounce grapefruit that they grew, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 in a ceremony held at LDAF offices in Baton Rouge, La. The grapefruit was 13.6 ounces (385.6 grams) heavier and 1¼ inches (3.2 centimeters) bigger around than the 2006 record, set in Brazil. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP)
Associated Press
August 27, 2019 - 2:24 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A basketball-sized grapefruit has brought two world records to a Louisiana couple. The giant citrus grew in the yard of Mary Beth and Doug Meyer of Slidell. The Guinness Book of World Records says it's the world's heaviest and largest in circumference. It weighed 7 pounds,...
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This combination of photos shows Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade after an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York on March 30, 2019, left, and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during an NBA basketball game in New Orleans on March 16, 2019. Video game company 2K Sports announced that Davis will be the cover athlete for the NBA 2K20’s standard and deluxe editions. Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade, who recently retired, will cover the legend edition. (AP Photo/Nicole Sweet, left, and Tyler Kaufman)
July 01, 2019 - 7:03 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis will be the cover athlete for the second time of a popular 2K Sports basketball video game. The game company announced Monday that Davis will be featured on the front of NBA 2K20's standard and deluxe editions. The six-time All-Star shared the cover with Stephen...
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Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles the ball in a game against the Wizards.
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June 19, 2019 - 1:18 pm
The Memphis Grizzlies traded away the final piece of the franchise’s best years on Wednesday, sending veteran point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for a trio of players, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Grizzlies swapped Conley for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver and...
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Toronto Police secure the scene after a shots were fired during the Toronto Raptors NBA basketball championship parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Andrew Lahodynskyj/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 7:53 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Gunfire broke out and a stampede ensued as fans celebrated at a rally Monday for the NBA champion Raptors, leaving four people shot and thousands fleeing less than a block from where the players and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat on stage. Three people were arrested and...
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