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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, center, shoots as Houston Rockets' Gerald Green (14) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
March 14, 2019 - 12:23 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 30 points, DeMarcus Cousins had a season-high 27 and the Golden State Warriors snapped Houston's nine-game winning streak Wednesday night with a 106-104 victory over the Rockets. Playing without injured star Kevin Durant, the Warriors bounced back after a loss to...
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook gets into a heated verbal altercation with fans in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
March 12, 2019 - 7:07 pm
NBA star Russell Westbrook will play in Utah again one day. When he does, a fan who allegedly made racial taunts against him will not be there to watch. A day after the Oklahoma City Thunder standout directed vulgar comments — which were captured on video and went viral — toward two fans, the Utah...
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FILE - At left, in a March 18, 2014, file photo, James Dolan, executive chairman of Madison Square Garden, listens to a question at a news conference, in New York. At right, in an April 11, 2017, file photo, former New York Knicks basketball player Charles Oakley talks to the press after an appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court, in New York. New York Knicks great Charles Oakley is tired of "bully" team owner James Dolan threatening to ban fans from Madison Square Garden. Oakley, the former NBA enforcer and rebounding machine with the Knicks, said Dolan was wrong to mouth off at a fan who encouraged him to sell the team during a loss at MSG. (AP Photo/File)
March 12, 2019 - 7:15 am
Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley says team owner James Dolan is a "bully" for threatening to ban fans from Madison Square Garden. Oakley, a longtime NBA enforcer and rebounding machine, said Dolan was wrong to mouth off at a fan who told him to sell the team during a loss at MSG. Oakey...
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook gets into a heated verbal altercation with fans in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
March 12, 2019 - 2:12 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook got into a heated verbal altercation with a fan and the man's wife during the second quarter of Oklahoma City's 98-89 victory over Utah on Monday night. Early in the quarter, Westbrook stood up from the bench when he felt both fans directed a racial taunt at...
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United States' Tobin Heath, second from right, is congratulated on her goal by Mallory Pugh (11), Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan (13) during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Brazil Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
March 11, 2019 - 3:12 am
While Serena Williams admittedly doesn't follow soccer, the U.S. women's national team caught her attention with its lawsuit seeking equitable pay. The players accuse the U.S. Soccer Federation of "institutionalized gender discrimination" that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men...
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Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Johnson, right, tries to control the ball on the floor as he is guarded by Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
March 11, 2019 - 12:24 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State's topsy-turvy, three-peat quest took another ugly turn. Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBA's longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by...
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Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) sprints to the basket past Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left rear, as Austin Rivers (25) and Devin Harris, right, watch in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
March 10, 2019 - 10:57 pm
DALLAS (AP) — This time, James Harden was reduced to a supporting role for the Houston Rockets. Eric Gordon and Chris Paul led the way. Gordon scored 26 points and Paul blocked Jalen Brunson's jumper in the final seconds, sending the streaking Rockets to a 94-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) goes up for a shot past Indiana Pacers' Kyle O'Quinn (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
March 10, 2019 - 7:33 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid mouthed "I'm back" to a roaring 76ers crowd that had missed the popular big man. The Sixers will need him to stick around to get back among the NBA's elite. Embiid had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in nearly a month, leading Philadelphia past the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Kurt Busch greets fans during driver introductions prior to the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. Kurt Busch arrived at Phoenix this weekend feeling like he was holding a full house. The Las Vegas native is coming off a second consecutive top-five run, this time at his home track, and felt as if his Chip Ganassi Racing team _ and their Chevrolet power plants _ were finally catching up to the Ford and Toyota teams that have dominated the early part of the Cup season. To top it off, his No. 1 team announced Friday, March 8, 2019, a new sponsorship deal with Global Poker, one of the world’s leading online gaming sites _ no small news when motorsports backing is hard to find. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
March 10, 2019 - 1:33 pm
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Turn on the Xbox, fire up the Playstation and get ready for the green flag to drop. After long embracing esports as a way to grow motorsports and engage young fans, NASCAR is taking the experience to another level. It joined 704 Games and the Race Team Alliance in victory...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers' James Ennis III (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 8, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
March 09, 2019 - 2:37 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden will play on Sunday night when the Houston Rockets visit the Dallas Mavericks after X-rays on his injured right wrist were negative. Harden first injured it last Sunday in a win over Boston and aggravated it on Friday night in a fall in the first half of a victory over...
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