Professional basketball

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry speaks at a news conference after Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. The Warriors won 122-103. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
June 06, 2018 - 9:12 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year. No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon. On the day when the Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be there to...
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(From left) Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr., center Kevin Love and forward Jeff Green cool down after practice Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. LeBron James and the Cavaliers have spent this strange season in one predicament after the next. And while they've successfully overcome all types of adversity, a 2-0 deficit in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors represents their biggest challenge yet. (Joshua Gunter /The Plain Dealer via AP)
June 05, 2018 - 6:04 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James laughed as he came around the backstage partition after arriving fashionably late for his crowded, post-practice news conference. As he stepped onto the podium, back among friendly faces and in the building where he has done some of his finest work, James seemed at...
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Delaware Gov. John Carney speaks in front of a tote board, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, as he introduces sports gaming inside the Race and Sports Book at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Del. The market for legal sports gambling in the United States widened significantly on Tuesday with the expansion of single-game sports bets in Delaware, less than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to accept the bets. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
June 05, 2018 - 4:57 pm
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The market for legal sports gambling in the United States widened significantly on Tuesday with expanded betting in Delaware, putting legal wagering within driving distance of three major East Coast cities less than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2017, file photo, Western Conference's Nneka Ogwumike, left, of the Los Angeles Sparks, drives past Eastern Conference's Elizabeth Williams, of the Atlanta Dream, in the second half of the WNBA All-Star basketball, in Seattle. The WNBA is changing its All-Star Game format this season. In a similar format to the one the NBA used this past season, two captains will draft the All-Star teams from the pool of players voted to participate in the game. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
June 05, 2018 - 2:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is finished with East vs. West in the All-Star game. The mid-season showcase will feature the 22 top players voted into the game, and captains will sort out the rosters from there. Under the league's new format, two captains will draft teams from the players who voted as...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks' Sterling Brown poses for photos during NBA basketball team media day in Milwaukee. Newly released police videos showing the stun gun arrest of Bucks guard Sterling Brown show one officer stepping on Brown's ankle while he was handcuffed on the ground and others discussing the potential backlash of taking down an African American professional basketball player. Brown was arrested for a parking violation in Milwaukee in January.(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
June 04, 2018 - 9:26 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Newly released police videos showing the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown show one officer stepping on Brown's ankle while he was handcuffed on the ground and others discussing the potential backlash of taking down an African American professional basketball...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
June 04, 2018 - 5:12 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry backpedaled in pure joy. He skipped, hollered and let the ball fly from everywhere with that feeling he gets when there's no way it will miss — unwavering even with a defender's hand in his face. Curry dazzled in outdueling LeBron James as the two superstars...
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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson laughs at a news conference after Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. The Warriors won 122-103. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
June 04, 2018 - 2:21 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Draymond Green saw Klay Thompson limping on his tender left ankle a day before Game 2 of the NBA Finals and quickly texted Nick Young to tell him the Golden State Warriors would need big minutes from the backup. But Golden State's most durable player and understated star once...
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Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and center JaVale McGee during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Pool)
June 03, 2018 - 11:40 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — J.R. Smith turned from villain to Warriors' fan favorite thanks to his memorable blunder. Unfortunately for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Smith was a nonfactor Sunday night after his late-game mistake in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. After he inexplicably dribbled out the clock at the...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gestures after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
June 03, 2018 - 10:29 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the NBA Finals from Sunday's Game 2 (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Stephen Curry has tied the NBA Finals record with eight 3-pointers and the Warriors have blown open Game 2. Curry matched the record set by Ray Allen for Boston against the Lakers on June 6, 2010...
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James leaves a news conference after Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. The Warriors won 124-114 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
June 03, 2018 - 4:49 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — All the chatter is that underdog Cleveland could be completely deflated from the way it flopped in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Determined and as motivated as ever might be more appropriate and fitting whenever LeBron James is in the mix. "It's one of the toughest losses I've...
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