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  • Spain, Greece move to 3-0, Senegal upsets Croatia

    Spain, Greece move to 3-0, Senegal upsets Croatia

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:30:53 GMT
    By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer Spain beat Brazil in a battle of unbeatens to take the lead in Group A, while Greece also improved to 3-0 in a Group B that Senegal shook up with the big...
    By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer Spain and Greece are headed to the round of 16, and Senegal is in position to join them after shaking up Group B with an upset Monday at the Basketball World Cup.
  • Moore rallies Lynx past Mercury 82-77

    Moore rallies Lynx past Mercury 82-77

    Sunday, August 31 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-08-31 23:50:44 GMT
    Maya Moore scored 13 of her 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Lynx avoided elimination by beating the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.
    After playing her worst game of the season, Maya Moore recovered to keep the Minnesota Lynx season alive.
  • Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds

    Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds

    Sunday, August 31 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 22:51:20 GMT
    Kenneth Faried scored 22 points, Anthony Davis all of his 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey 98-77 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.
    They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier.
  • US dominates Finland 114-55 in basketball worlds

    US dominates Finland 114-55 in basketball worlds

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:01:13 GMT
    The U.S. held Finland without a basket in the second quarter, opening defense of its title with a 114-54 romp Saturday in the Basketball World Cup.
    As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland's players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation.
  • Mo'Ne Davis heads to WNBA conference finals

    Mo'Ne Davis heads to WNBA conference finals

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:43:19 GMT
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Little League World Series sensation Mo'Ne Davis is heading to the conference finals in Minnesota on Sunday.
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Little League World Series sensation Mo'Ne Davis is heading to the conference finals in Minnesota on Sunday.
  • Sterling says Clippers deal started with 2 numbers

    Sterling says Clippers deal started with 2 numbers

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:31:11 GMT
    When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced NBA team owner Donald Sterling did not know who he was. But in before long she...
    When asked how much money she wanted to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling handed a piece of paper to her lawyer with two numbers: $1.5 to $2.
  • US opens basketball worlds vs Finns and their fans

    US opens basketball worlds vs Finns and their fans

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:50:24 GMT
    They are the biggest thing in Bilbao, backed by 8,000 fans - not to mention some Angry Birds - whose free-spending boosters are such believers they've already started lining up transportation to the second round.
    They are the biggest thing in Bilbao, backed by 8,000 fans - not to mention some Angry Birds - whose free-spending boosters are such believers they've already started lining up transportation to the second round.
  • Familiar names in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

    Familiar names in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 08:00:59 GMT
    Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. will play its first-round games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
    Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. will play its first-round games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
  • High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

    High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:04:33 GMT
    Two high school buddies who loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends both converted to Islam in early adulthood and were somehow recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for...
    The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist...
  • Weakened US team aims for world basketball title

    Weakened US team aims for world basketball title

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:29:03 GMT
    The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest.
    The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest.
  • Chiney Ogwumike of Sun wins WNBA rookie of year

    Chiney Ogwumike of Sun wins WNBA rookie of year

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:59:33 GMT
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Chiney Ogwumike always enjoyed following her sister's path. Now the Connecticut Sun player joins her as a winner of the WNBA rookie of the year award.
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Chiney Ogwumike always enjoyed following her sister's path. Now the Connecticut Sun player joins her as a winner of the WNBA rookie of the year award.
  • What to watch in Basketball World Cup group stage

    What to watch in Basketball World Cup group stage

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:59 AM EDT2014-08-28 07:59:12 GMT
    By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer The U.S. and Spain played a pair of classics in the last two Olympic gold-medal games - the Americans winning both - and fans would love to see them meet...
    By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer The U.S. and Spain played a pair of classics in the last two Olympic gold-medal games - the Americans winning both - and fans would love to see them meet again in the...
  • Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension

    Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:09:22 GMT
    Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years.
    Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years.
  • Love struck: Kevin Love pledges commitment to Cavs

    Love struck: Kevin Love pledges commitment to Cavs

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:58:36 GMT
    The Cavaliers are getting some Love.
    Kevin Love's phone rang in July and LeBron James asked the All-Star forward if he wanted to play with him in Cleveland.
  • Davis, US beat Slovenia in basketball exhibition

    Davis, US beat Slovenia in basketball exhibition

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:27:43 GMT
    Anthony Davis scored 18 points and teamed with forward Kenneth Faried to dominate the inside, leading the U.S. national team to a 101-71 victory over Slovenia on Tuesday in its final exhibition game before the FIBA...
    Mike Krzyzewski's big men had barely finished pushing around Slovenia when he was asked how they would match up with Spain's imposing frontcourt.
  • NBA unveils new rules to make baselines safer

    NBA unveils new rules to make baselines safer

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:28:10 GMT
    By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player...
    By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety.
  • Bavetta looks back on a lifetime in basketball

    Bavetta looks back on a lifetime in basketball

    Monday, August 25 2014 3:37 AM EDT2014-08-25 07:37:53 GMT
    By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Dick Bavetta never missed a game.
    By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Dick Bavetta never missed a game.
  • Lovefest: Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

    Lovefest: Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

    Sunday, August 24 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-24 21:37:06 GMT
    A person familiar with the trade says Kevin Love is finally teaming up with LeBron James.
    Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again.
  • US basketball decides bigger is better with roster

    US basketball decides bigger is better with roster

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:36:11 GMT
    A desire for a bigger look made Andre Drummond necessary. The belief in Derrick Rose's health made Damian Lillard expendable.
    A desire for a bigger look made Andre Drummond necessary. The belief in Derrick Rose's health made Damian Lillard expendable.
  • US picks 12-man roster for basketball World Cup

    US picks 12-man roster for basketball World Cup

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:35 AM EDT2014-08-23 05:35:08 GMT
    Stephen Curry scored 20 points and the U.S. national team pulled away in the second half to beat Puerto Rico 112-86 on Friday night in its final home exhibition game before the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
    The U.S. has picked the 12 players it believes can defend its world basketball title.
  • Wiggins: rare No. 1 pick traded before rookie year

    Wiggins: rare No. 1 pick traded before rookie year

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:14:56 GMT
    The Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers can finally complete the long-discussed blockbuster trade that will send Kevin Love to Cleveland on Saturday.
    The wait is almost over.
  • Mercury's Brondello, Griner earn WNBA awards

    Mercury's Brondello, Griner earn WNBA awards

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:05:05 GMT
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Phoenix's Sandy Brondello is the WNBA's coach of the year for guiding the Mercury to a league-record 29 wins this season, and Mercury center Brittney...
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Sandy Brondello guided the Phoenix Mercury to the best record in WNBA history and Brittney Griner's defense was a big reason why.
  • Source: Wolves get Young as part of Love trade

    Source: Wolves get Young as part of Love trade

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:25 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:25:17 GMT
    The Minnesota Timberwolves have secured the final piece they were looking for in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade.
    The Minnesota Timberwolves secured the final piece they wanted in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade.
  • AP Source: Phoenix has top coach, defensive player

    AP Source: Phoenix has top coach, defensive player

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:54:15 GMT
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Phoenix's Sandy Brondello is the WNBA's coach of the year and Mercury center Brittney Griner is the defensive player of the year, said a person close...
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Phoenix's Sandy Brondello is the WNBA's coach of the year and Mercury center Brittney Griner is the defensive player of the year, said a person close to the...
  • AP source: Griner's WNBA defensive player of year

    AP source: Griner's WNBA defensive player of year

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:34:25 GMT
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer A person close to the situation says Phoenix's Brittney Griner has won the WNBA defensive player of the year award.
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer A person close to the situation says Phoenix's Brittney Griner has won the WNBA defensive player of the year award.
  • Cancer-stricken Cooper leads Dream into playoffs

    Cancer-stricken Cooper leads Dream into playoffs

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:24:25 GMT
    Michael Cooper remembers the day well. The sun was shining bright, yet the notorious Atlanta heat wasn't too stifling. The sky was a brilliant blue, speckled with only a few puffy white clouds.
    Michael Cooper remembers the day well. The sun was shining bright, yet the notorious Atlanta heat wasn't too stifling. The sky was a brilliant blue, speckled with only a few puffy white clouds.
  • Lynx's Moore wins WNBA MVP award

    Lynx's Moore wins WNBA MVP award

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:14:15 GMT
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Minnesota's Maya Moore has won the WNBA most valuable player award after leading the league in scoring.
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Maya Moore put up incredible numbers all season for Minnesota. Now she's got her first WNBA MVP award.
  • Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

    Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:24:33 GMT
    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, bringing to a close 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles...
    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant.
  • AP source: Lynx's Moore has won WNBA MVP award

    AP source: Lynx's Moore has won WNBA MVP award

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:53:30 GMT
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer A person close to the situation says Minnesota's Maya Moore has won the WNBA most valuable player award.
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Minnesota's Maya Moore has won the WNBA most valuable player award, a person close to the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
  • US routs Dominicans in exhibition as Rose rests

    US routs Dominicans in exhibition as Rose rests

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:23:29 GMT
    Kyrie Irving made all five shots and scored 12 points starting in place of Derrick Rose, and the U.S. national basketball team beat the Dominican Republic 105-62 on Wednesday night in an exhibition game.
    Derrick Rose heard the fans chanting his name, and yes, he would've loved to give them what they wanted.
  • Rose sits out US exhibition vs Dominican Republic

    Rose sits out US exhibition vs Dominican Republic

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:23:48 GMT
    Derrick Rose is sitting out the U.S. national's team exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night, with coach Mike Krzyzewski saying he wants to look at other guards.
    Derrick Rose is sitting out the U.S. national's team exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night, with coach Mike Krzyzewski saying he wants to look at other guards.
  • As Durant steps back, US team is moving forward

    As Durant steps back, US team is moving forward

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:45:35 GMT
    Kevin Durant says he needed a break this summer, though withdrawing from the U.S. national team was "definitely tough."
    While Kevin Durant takes a step back, the U.S. national team is moving forward.
  • Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis knows hoops, too

    Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis knows hoops, too

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:14:21 GMT
    Fans have lined the grassy hills beyond the playing field at the Little World Series to see Mo'ne Davis. The concession stands have sold out of the powder-blue T-shirts of her Mid-Atlantic team.
    Fans have lined the grassy hills beyond the playing field at the Little World Series to see Mo'ne Davis. The concession stands have sold out of the powder-blue T-shirts of her Mid-Atlantic team.
  • MAC Commissioner: ESPN deal brings stability

    MAC Commissioner: ESPN deal brings stability

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:25:02 GMT
    By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher says the league's new 13-year media rights agreement with ESPN provides long-term stability to...
    By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher says the league's new 13-year media rights agreement with ESPN provides long-term stability to the...
  • Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point

    Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point

    Monday, August 18 2014 9:33 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:33:43 GMT
    On the first day of classes at the United States Military Academy, he was clearly the big man on campus.
    On the first day of classes at the United States Military Academy, he was clearly the big man on campus.
  • Steve Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner

    Steve Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-08-18 23:03:14 GMT
    Steve Ballmer has introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.
    Sweating, clapping and shouting until he was nearly hoarse, Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally on Monday celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.
  • Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point

    Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:35:33 GMT
    On the first day of classes at the United States Military Academy, he was clearly the big man on campus.
    On the first day of classes at the United States Military Academy, he was clearly the big man on campus.
  • Griner helps Mercury set WNBA record with 29th win

    Griner helps Mercury set WNBA record with 29th win

    Monday, August 18 2014 12:52 AM EDT2014-08-18 04:52:31 GMT
    Brittney Griner had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Phoenix Mercury set a WNBA record with their 29th win, beating the Seattle Storm 78-65 in the season finale Sunday night.
    Brittney Griner isn't surprised by the Phoenix Mercury's success this season. Not even her team's record-setting 29 wins.
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