Men's basketball

THIS CORRECTS THE IDENTIFICATION TO BRIAN BOWEN SR., AND NOT MERL CODE, AS ORIGINALLY SENT - Brian Bowen Sr. arrives at federal court, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in New York. When Brian Bowen Jr., one of America's brightest high school basketball stars, announced in June 2017 that he would attend the University of Louisville, a school that had not been on anyone's radar as his possible destination, sportswriters called it a coup that "came out of nowhere." In a trial that began Monday, federal prosecutors will argue that the signing wasn't luck at all but the result of a payoff to Bowen's father. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
October 09, 2018 - 1:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The father of a blue-chip college basketball recruit testified Tuesday that an assistant coach at the University of Louisville gave him a secret payment of $1,300 as part of a deal to get the son to sign with the school. At a criminal trial about corruption in big-time basketball,...
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October 09, 2018 - 6:36 am
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Has Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star-turned pal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, been benched for Chinese hoop legend Yao Ming? The former Houston Rockets center and eight-time NBA all-star took center court in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, on Tuesday as...
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San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray (5) grabs a rebound next to teammate Bryn Forbes, left, and Houston Rockets' Chris Paul (3) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
October 08, 2018 - 1:52 pm
Dejounte Murray was driving past James Harden and on his way to the basket, showing one of the skills that made the San Antonio Spurs convinced he's the right point guard for their team. And then Murray's knee gave out. In an instant, the entire trajectory of the Spurs' season might have changed...
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In a photo provided by NBAE, Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri, of Tunisia, lifts a participant during the NBA Cares Special Olympics Basketball Clinic, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai. At left is Mavericks guard J.J. Barea. (Randy Belice/NBAE via AP)
October 05, 2018 - 7:57 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — JJ Redick didn't miss a shot. Dirk Nowitzki didn't miss a note. Redick made all 10 of his shots and scored 28 points, Joel Embiid finished with 22 points and the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Dallas Mavericks 120-114 on Friday night in the opener of the NBA China Games. Redick was 7...
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THIS CORRECTS THE IDENTIFICATION TO BRIAN BOWEN SR., AND NOT MERL CODE, AS ORIGINALLY SENT - Brian Bowen Sr. arrives at federal court, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in New York. When Brian Bowen Jr., one of America's brightest high school basketball stars, announced in June 2017 that he would attend the University of Louisville, a school that had not been on anyone's radar as his possible destination, sportswriters called it a coup that "came out of nowhere." In a trial that began Monday, federal prosecutors will argue that the signing wasn't luck at all but the result of a payoff to Bowen's father. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
October 04, 2018 - 3:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The father of a top college basketball prospect has testified that his son was offered thousands of dollars to play at several major programs. Brian Bowen Sr. testified Thursday at a federal trial in New York that aspiring agent Christian Dawkins told him he could get $50,000 to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra speaks during media day at the NBA basketball team's practice facility, in Miami. Spoelstra's rule for training camp has usually been that there's a strict players-only policy at team events. He even has preferred getting out of Miami for camp, just so the team can be around each other without distraction. But this year, everything changed. Spoelstra and his wife Nikki became parents six months ago, and the Heat coach has new rules. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
October 03, 2018 - 10:44 am
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has never been through a training camp like this. Spoelstra's rule for training camp has usually been that there's a strict players-only policy at team events. He even has preferred getting out of Miami for camp, just so the team can be around each other without...
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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony (7) rubs the ball before the start of the game against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
October 02, 2018 - 10:55 pm
Carmelo Anthony fit right in and James Harden and Chris Paul picked up right where they left off. The Houston Rockets' offense looks like it will keep on rolling. Anthony scored 13 points in his Rockets debut, Harden and Paul both had at least 20, and Houston beat Memphis 131-115 on Tuesday night...
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October 02, 2018 - 4:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Big time college basketball was cast at the opening of a criminal trial Tuesday as a corrupt enterprise where major schools and their heralded coaches rely on athletic gear giants to do their dirty work, paying cash to struggling families of top-tier high school athletes to guide...
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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving reacts during the first quarter of a preseason basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
October 01, 2018 - 4:55 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving offered a simple message to science teachers Monday. "I'm sorry," the Boston Celtics star said. And with that, Irving made clear that he regrets publicly saying that the Earth is flat. Speaking Monday at the Forbes Under 30 summit in Boston, the flat-Earth topic that...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2018, file photo, standout college basketball recruit Brian Bowen is photographed before an NCAA college basketball game in Columbia, S.C. A recruiter, a coach and a former Adidas executive are scheduled to go on trial in New York in a criminal case that exposed corruption in several top U.S. college basketball programs. It also led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino of Lousiville and sidelined the playing career of Bowen. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)
October 01, 2018 - 3:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — What some call the sleezy side of college basketball recruiting will be on display at a criminal trial starting Monday in New York. The trial features an aspiring sports agent, an Amateur Athletic Union coach and an Adidas executive. They've pleaded not guilty and their lawyers say...
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