Professional basketball

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with Pat Connaughton (24) and Khris Middleton (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
March 29, 2019 - 12:12 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to fight through a right ankle injury that has hampered him over the last two weeks. But the Milwaukee Bucks forward may need some rest to get fully healthy before the playoffs start in mid-April. And his status was of prime concern after the Bucks' 128-...
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North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread poses for a portrait at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., Thursday, March 28, 2019. Godfread, who claims he is 6-foot-11 3/4 inches, is challenging New York City councilman Robert Cornegy Jr., a 6-foot-10 councilman from Brooklyn's claim of being the tallest male politician in the world. Comegy was certified by Guinness World Records in January. But wait, Brad Sellers, a former Ohio State and Chicago Bulls star listed at 7 feet, also says he has a claim. Sellers is now the mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. (AP Photo/James MacPherson).
March 28, 2019 - 8:55 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It didn't take long for a New York City councilman's claim that he's the world's tallest male politician to draw some challenges. Robert Cornegy Jr., a 6-foot-10 (208 centimeter) councilman from Brooklyn, was certified by Guinness World Records in January and honored for the...
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Ted Leonsis, owner of the NHL Capitols and NBA Wizards, addresses the American Gaming Association's Sports Betting Executive Summit, at the MGM Grand National Harbor Casino, in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The Supreme Court ruled last May 14 that any state can legalize sports betting if it chooses, and since then the action has been swift. Sports gambling is now legal in eight states, with more than 20 others at least considering legalization. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
March 28, 2019 - 5:08 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — A year ago, Nevada was the only state where single-game sports bets were legal, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expected to be successful in persuading the Supreme Court to maintain that status quo. Listen to him now. "What we've learned is it's another point of engagement...
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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell squirts liquid onto Joe Ingles, seated, following the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
March 28, 2019 - 2:43 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Before the game even started, Joe Ingles was exhausted. Shooting videos with son Jacob, emotional meetings with other families affected by autism and generally doing all he could to promote Autism Awareness Night was almost too much. "I told the guys before the game, I really...
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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) gets a shot off and is fouled by Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 28, 2019 - 2:18 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker has scored 109 points in the past two games and every last one of them went to waste. Status quo for the last-place Phoenix Suns. Booker became the youngest player in NBA history with consecutive 50-point games, but his latest scoring binge was squandered once again by...
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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots over Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
March 28, 2019 - 12:01 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Durant had the best shooting night of his career to help the Golden State Warriors take the outright Western Conference lead. Durant and Stephen Curry each scored 28 points, with Durant going 12 of 13 from the field, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe tries to fake Houston Rockets' Clint Capela during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 108-94. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
March 27, 2019 - 2:53 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe stole the show in a marquee matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. With top-billing going to MVP front-runners Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, the feisty Bucks' guard turned in one his best all-around performances of the...
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Los Angeles Clippers' Patrick Beverley, right, knocks the ball away from Minnesota Timberwolves' Dario Saric in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
March 26, 2019 - 10:44 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 122-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Coach Doc Rivers' club is back in the postseason after falling short last year. Los Angeles finished 42-40 last season, missing...
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Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, center, was injured and left the court on a stretcher as the Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime, 148-144, during an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Randy L. Rasmussen)
March 26, 2019 - 2:35 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — They had just clinched a playoff spot, though there were no cheers or celebrations from the Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, just silence and prayers for Jusuf Nurkic. The gruesome injury suffered by their center overshadowed everything else Monday night. "Devastating,"...
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Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty, left, sends Calgary Flames' Derek Ryan flying during second-period NHL hockey game action in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, March 25, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
March 26, 2019 - 12:52 am
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The team in last place in the West tripped up the conference leaders Monday night. Backup goaltender Jack Campbell made 42 saves in his second shutout of the season as the Los Angeles Kings beat the conference-leading Calgary Flames 3-0. Jonny Brodzinski and defenseman Derek...
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