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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty, right, celebrates with teammate Daniel Ponce de Leon after the Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 13-1 in Game 5 of their National League Division Series baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
October 10, 2019 - 1:58 am
ATLANTA (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals turned the diamond into a giant pinball machine, dinging hits all over SunTrust Park. By the time the Atlanta Braves finally got the third out, it was the most productive first inning in postseason history. The Cardinals scored 10 runs their first time up and...
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A worker takes down a billboard advertising an NBA preseason basketball game on Thursday between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. The NBA has postponed Wednesday's scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. (AP Photo)
October 09, 2019 - 5:10 pm
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2019, file photo, traffic warden and securities stand guard near a TV screen broadcasting live of President Xi Jinping's opening speech, outside a shopping mall in Beijing. Companies who do business with China walk a fine line to stay aligned with U.S. values such as freedom of speech and democracy while avoiding offending China, where they stand to make billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
October 08, 2019 - 2:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The furor over a tweet by the Houston Rockets general manager in support of Hong Kong protesters is highlighting the fine line that U.S. companies must walk when doing business with China. The NBA is trying to manage that delicate relationship after Daryl Morey posted a now-deleted...
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Saitama, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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October 08, 2019 - 3:58 am
TOKYO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, even after China's state broadcaster canceled plans to show a pair of preseason games in...
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A man walks past statues of NBA players Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, left, and Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers holding Chinese flags in the entrance of an NBA merchandise store in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV announced Tuesday it will no longer air two NBA preseason games set to be played in the country. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
October 08, 2019 - 2:19 am
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the NBA's relationship with China (all times local): 6:10 p.m. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league "will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues." Silver's statement was sent out...
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) scores during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
October 07, 2019 - 8:10 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Zion Williamson may not be quite as tall as billed. He still soared in his first NBA preseason game Monday night. Showing off the high-flying talents that made him one of the most anticipated rookies in years, Williamson turned in a ferocious slam less than 2 minutes into his debut...
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) throws during the first inning of Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series against the Houston Astros, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, Pool)
October 07, 2019 - 4:01 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Morton to the rescue, again. Kevin Kiermaier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as Tampa Bay teed off on Zack Greinke, and the Rays got another clutch playoff performance from Morton to beat the Houston Astros 10-3 Monday and cut their AL Division Series deficit to...
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Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, left, grabs at James Harden as they joke around at the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball preseason game against the Shanghai Sharks, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
October 07, 2019 - 1:31 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The NBA put out one statement reacting to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of the Hong Kong protest movement. Depending on which language it was read in, the league's words had very different meaning. A politically charged disagreement over Morey's tweet...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, second from left, attends the semifinal match between Argentina and France in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing. The multibillion-dollar relationship between China and the NBA is strained right now in ways unlike any other since the league first began planting roots there three decades ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
October 07, 2019 - 11:16 am
It wasn't even a month ago that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sat overlooking center court at an arena in Beijing, watching the gold-medal game at the World Cup with other basketball dignitaries. That night was all smiles. Silver's return to China later this week will be much different. The...
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Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry poses during a photo shoot at the Raptors Media day in Toronto, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.(Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
October 07, 2019 - 6:39 am
Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors have agreed on a $31 million, one-year extension that could keep him with the NBA champions through the 2020-21 season. Agent Mark Bartelstein on Monday confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by ESPN. Lowry was entering the final year of a $100 million...
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