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Longtime Minnesota sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at 100

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota sports columnist and radio personality Sid Hartman, an old-school home team booster who once ran the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers and...

Dolphins turn up heat on Jets and embattled Gase, 24-0

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick blocked on a running play, improvised a left-handed completion and led cheers for his replacement during mop-up...

A-10 commissioner: NCAA penalties against UMass unfortunate

The NCAA is stripping Massachusetts of victories in men’s basketball and women’s tennis for overpaying 12 athletes about $9,100 in financial aid over three...

Scheuer, Philly sports media denizen for decades, dies at 88

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jack Scheuer, the go-to guy at courtside, on the field and in the press box, who covered Philadelphia sports from the...

General manager Daryl Morey leaving Rockets on Nov. 1

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down on his own accord, a little over a year after sparking a...

AP source: Tyronn Lue agrees to become next Clippers coach

Tyronn Lue has agreed to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. ...

The Latest: Men’s hoops back on the court at Purdue

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

After NIL, next NCAA challenge is restructuring Division I

As the NCAA moves toward landmark changes that will empower athletes more than ever, the next big debate within college sports is on the...

AP source: Tyronn Lue agrees to become next coach of Los Angeles Clippers, succeeding...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — AP source: Tyronn Lue agrees to become next coach of Los Angeles Clippers, succeeding Doc Rivers.

Former AP sports writer Ken Rappoport dead at age 85

Some people light up a room with their smile. Ken Rappoport could energize an entire arena or stadium with his laugh. ...

California panel recommends limits to police crowd control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Days after police and members of an unruly crowd were injured following the Los Angeles Lakers' latest basketball championship, Gov....

Cable news ratings up 72 percent over 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — It's not difficult to figure out which television networks are benefiting from the presidential election, and which ones should worry...

Indie bookstores launch anti-Amazon ‘Boxed Out’ campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — With many independent bookstore owners facing the most dire financial crisis in their lifetimes, the American Booksellers Association has teamed...

The NBA offseason begins, with 1 major question: Now what?

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The season’s first big development came with the Los Angeles Lakers on a long road trip, in a...

76 arrests as fans, some rowdy, cheer Lakers win in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seventy-six people were arrested and more than 30 buildings and businesses were damaged when a downtown celebration turned chaotic after...

Analysis: LeBron James has done it again, and did it his way

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — He went to Miami and became a champion. ...

Fans, some rowdy, cheer Lakers win outside Staples Center

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police and California Highway Patrol officers shut down ramps leading to the Los Angeles downtown area after the Lakers won...

Bubble Kings: Lakers run past Heat for 17th NBA championship

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The ultimate anguish. The ultimate joy. ...

Butler loses last game in the bubble after memorable run

Jimmy Butler finally has to take his business elsewhere. ...

Finals notebook: Lakers tie Celtics for most NBA titles

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Move over, Boston Celtics. ...

NBA Finals get intense, and Game 6 of Lakers-Heat looms

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Miami’s Jae Crowder both ended up on the floor midway through the third...

Lakers didn’t like calls, but NBA says they were right ones

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA said Saturday that two calls that sent Jimmy Butler to the line in the final minute...

King James scores 40, but a Lakers coronation has to wait

LeBron James flexed his muscles high above his Lakers black jersey, looking too strong to stop. ...

Heat force Game 6, top Lakers to stave off elimination

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler was slumped over a video board behind the baseline in the final seconds, exhausted, gasping for...

Wichita State investigating men’s basketball coach

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University is conducting an internal investigation into allegations that men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall mistreated players, the school...

Finals notebook: Around the world, fans are watching

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Miami coach Erik Spoelstra makes no effort to hide his excitement or appreciation when journalists from the Philippines...

Rondo, a champ in Boston, on brink of getting a Lakers ring

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — They were rivals once, Rajon Rondo and LeBron James. Rondo was in Boston. James was in Cleveland and...

Finals notebook: Mamba jerseys back, Heat facing must-win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Mamba jerseys are coming back for a closeout opportunity. ...

Lakers will look to close Heat out in Game 5 of NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The trophy ceremony plans are getting finalized. Boxes are being shipped out of the NBA bubble in advance...

As election draws closer, the NBA continues calls to vote

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Udonis Haslem is honest about it: Elections simply have not been overly important to him. ...

A moment of rest finally arrives at the NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James got back to his hotel suite after Game 4 of the NBA...

Lakers top Heat 102-96, take 3-1 lead in NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James woke up from his gameday nap Tuesday and decided it was time to send his Los...

Stewart and Storm could be poised to win more WNBA titles

Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm never really got a chance to defend their 2018 championship because of key injuries. ...

Adebayo back in Heat lineup for Game 4; Dragic still out

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Bam Adebayo returned for the Miami Heat. Goran Dragic is still waiting. ...

Stewart leads Seattle to 2nd WNBA title in 3 years

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird helped Seattle finish off a dominant season with another championship. ...

Milwaukee scraps early voting plans at Fiserv, Miller Park

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Election officials said Tuesday that they scrapped their plans to use the Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers' stadiums as early voting...

Adebayo upgraded to questionable for Game 4 of NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Bam Adebayo might be on his way back to the NBA Finals. ...

Coffee talk: Butler, Heat look to even up the NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler, perhaps the NBA’s best-known barista, is not adjusting the prices at the coffee shop that he’s...

Rivers runs through it? 76ers count on championship with Doc

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz got backhanded compliments from NBC's Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on Sunday night for supposedly...

Butler’s big night helps Heat cut Lakers’ Finals lead to 2-1

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Biggest moment of his career. Best game of his life. ...

Comforts of NBA bubble not lost on Lakers’ Danny Green

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Game 3 of the NBA Finals would have been in Miami. There would have been 20,000 screaming fans...

James’ turnovers, Davis’ fouls doom Lakers in Game 3 loss

LeBron James powered into the lane, looking to take another step toward an NBA title. ...

Stewart, Bird help Storm rout Aces; go up 2-0 in WNBA Finals

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Breanna Stewart and a record-setting unselfish offense have the Seattle Storm on the verge of another WNBA championship, ...

Heat rule Dragic, Adebayo out of Game 3 of NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Bam Adebayo headed out to the court a couple hours before Game 3 of the NBA Finals, getting...

Aces hope for winning hand in Game 2 of WNBA Finals

Bill Laimbeer has usually found ways for his team to bounce back after they've been routed in playoff games. ...

Lakers picked a good time for a winning streak over Heat

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The first 10 matchups between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat all were basically the same. The...

Game 3 of NBA Finals looms, Lakers leading Heat 2-0 so far

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — For the Los Angeles Lakers, the mission is simple: Get two more wins and become NBA champions. ...

Halfway home: Lakers top Heat 124-114 for 2-0 Finals lead

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis got most of his points with a feathery shooting touch. LeBron James flexed his muscle to...

Short-handed Heat fight hard, but not good enough in Game 2

Udonis Haslem stood. He pointed. He screamed. ...

Stewart lifts Storm to Game 1 WNBA Finals win over Aces

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Seattle Storm's lead down to two with a quarter left, Breanna Stewart took over. ...

Heat rule Adebayo, Dragic out for Game 2 of NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic were both ruled out of Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Friday...

Del Harris receives 2020’s Chuck Daly achievement award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Del Harris was a small-college player and once those days were over his life’s goal was to be...

Heat are ailing, but insist NBA Finals vs Lakers aren’t over

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler had a bandage on his right knee and a wrap on his left ankle. His team’s...

AP source: 76ers set to hire Rivers as new coach

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There's a new Doc in Philadelphia — one charged with reviving a 76ers organization that fell far short of NBA championship...

Secret to Lakers’ superstar pairing? No jealousy, James says

LeBron James believes the secret to the success of his partnership with Anthony Davis goes far beyond talent. ...

For Kobe: These NBA Finals are very much with Bryant in mind

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The jerseys will be hanging in their lockers when the Los Angeles Lakers arrive for Game 2 of...

Adebayo, Dragic leave with injuries as Heat routed in Game 1

The Miami Heat were not only badly beaten. They were beaten up. ...

Lakers, LeBron roll in Game 1 of finals, top Heat 116-98

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James finally got an easy Game 1 in the NBA Finals. ...

Heat’s Dragic doubtful for second half with left foot injury

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Miami guard Goran Dragic is doubtful to play in the second half of Game 1 of the NBA...

James, Herro see popularity rise in the NBA playoffs

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James’ popularity, even in his 17th season, cannot be argued. ...

Silver: NBA still hoping to open next season in arenas

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Wednesday that the league's hope is to begin next season with teams in...

The NBA Finals: Why the Lakers will win the championship

LeBron James believed he could win every time he advanced to the NBA Finals. ...

Rookie Smith hopes to build on successful Thorns debut

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Thorns rookie Sophia Smith laughs when she recalls the conversation with her dad back in high school about her...

Rondo, Howard back for another NBA Finals shot with Lakers

Last time the Los Angeles Lakers ruled the NBA, Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard were trying to beat them. ...

No matter who wins the finals, Kentucky will have champions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Lakers primarily wear purple and gold. The main Heat colors are red and black. ...

Bereft of scripted shows, opening week ratings down for TV

NEW YORK (AP) — The surest sign of how the coronavirus shutdown has devastated the television industry is the fourth-place finish of CBS in...

LeBron and the Heat, together again at the NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James wants to beat the Miami Heat. The Miami Heat want to beat LeBron James. ...

Lakers-Heat NBA Finals Preview Capsule

Preview capsule for the Lakers-Heat NBA Finals that start Wednesday: ...

Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The joyful yells from the bench could be heard in the empty arena in the final seconds and the roar...

Lakers, Heat start their preparations for NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Bam Adebayo woke up on Monday with the realization that only two teams still have a chance to...

Doc Rivers out as Clippers’ coach, after seven seasons

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Doc Rivers would easily be considered the best coach in Los Angeles Clippers history. Most wins. Most playoff...

Doc Rivers says on social media he is no longer the coach of the...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers says on social media he is no longer the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, thanks fans for...

LaMelo Ball’s long basketball journey to soon reach the NBA

LaMelo Ball has played around the world, from high school in California to pro ball in Australia. ...

At long last, Lakers’ Frank Vogel set to see the NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel was smiling when he was asked what it felt like to finally...

Back to the Finals: Heat oust Celtics, move to title series

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It was exactly one year ago Sunday when Jimmy Butler walked into the Miami Heat practice gym, took...

The Finals are set: LeBron, Lakers will meet Butler, Heat

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James vs. the Heat. ...

Miami Heat advance to NBA Finals against Los Angeles Lakers, beating Boston Celtics 125-113...

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Miami Heat advance to NBA Finals against Los Angeles Lakers, beating Boston Celtics 125-113 in Game 6 of...

James, Lakers beat Nuggets in Game 5 to reach NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James wore out the path to the NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference, making annual trips out...

Celtics’ singular goal: Stop Heat 3’s to force Game 7

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — There have been two undeniable truths about the Miami Heat this season. ...

Celtics control second half, top Heat to win Game 5 in East

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Their season saved for at least two more days, Boston coach Brad Stevens offered the most succinct assessment...

Another NBA Finals await James if Lakers can finish Nuggets

LeBron James can reach a 10th NBA Finals, done by only three greats of the game. ...

Davis, Lakers beat Nuggets to take 3-1 lead in West finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers are a victory away from returning to the NBA Finals — and only another...

Pandemic-proof: Fall college football revived on West Coast

A major college football season that was in peril six week ago as conferences succumbed to concerns about COVID-19 is reconstituting. ...

For Donovan, job with Bulls ‘came out of left field’

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls weren't on Billy Donovan's radar when he and the Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways after five successful seasons. ...

He’s a Herro: Heat top Celtics, move a game from NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Herro should still be in college. He's not, but is still a student. ...

For NBA players, Taylor grand jury decision ‘not enough’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James sent the word to the Los Angeles Lakers in a group text on Wednesday afternoon, and...

Back to work: NBA’s non-Disney clubs start team workouts

Kevin Love was back on the court in Cleveland. Karl Anthony-Towns got to work in Minnesota and his old coach started to mold his...

Lakers try to regain control vs confident Nuggets in Game 4

The Denver Nuggets don't sound like an underdog. ...

Murray, Nuggets hang on in Game 3, cut Lakers’ lead to 2-1

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — They had just lost a playoff heartbreaker, and two nights later the Denver Nuggets quickly went from in...

Bulls snag big name in coaching search, hire Billy Donovan

CHICAGO (AP) — Billy Donovan wasn't on the market for long — hardly a shocker given he's won everywhere he's coached. ...

Something unusual is missing among Nielsen’s top programs

NEW YORK (AP) — There's something missing in the Nielsen company's listing of last week's 20 most popular prime-time programs, something that once would...

Game on! Seattle, Minnesota set to start WNBA playoff series

The Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx will take the court Tuesday night, two days after Game 1 of their WNBA playoffs semifinals was postponed...

Syracuse’s Carrier Dome turns 40 years old, gets new look

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University's Carrier Dome opened 40 years ago with an overflow crowd that set an attendance record that still stands....

Vanessa Bryant sues LA sheriff over helicopter crash photos

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vanessa Bryant, the widow of basketball star Kobe Bryant, has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff claiming...

Silver to CNN: A later NBA season may disrupt Olympic plans

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that his “best guess” is that next season will not start until...

Hamlin, Michael Jordan partner on NASCAR team for Wallace

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has joined Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to form a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver,...

Back to work: Celtics, Heat start getting ready for Game 4

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Getting angry worked wonders for the Boston Celtics. ...

Davis hits 3 at buzzer, Lakers edge Nuggets for 2-0 lead

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis has never been this deep in the playoffs, never had the chance to take such an...

Celtics top Heat 117-106, cut East finals deficit to 2-1

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Getting big leads has been relatively easy for the Boston Celtics in these Eastern Conference finals. ...

Lakers vow not to let up against resilient Nuggets

With one comeback after another in the playoffs, the Denver Nuggets showed themselves to be a team that falls down but doesn't stay down. ...

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