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FILE- In this Jan. 12, 2019, file photo New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. Davis' agent says the five-time All-Star has told the New Orleans Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a contending team. Agent Rich Paul confirmed the request to The Associated Press early Monday, Jan. 28. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
January 28, 2019 - 2:50 pm
Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans. And the NBA might soon see a blockbuster trade to come together. The five-time All-Star has told the Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a championship-contending team and will not sign an extension with New Orleans, agent Rich Paul told The Associated...
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals' Eric Winston (73) throws his gloves to a fan following an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis. Avoiding a work stoppage in 2021 could depend on whether players can secure more guaranteed money in the next collective bargaining negotiations with the NFL. Winston says the best way to ensure more guaranteed money for players is to get them to free agency sooner. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)
January 28, 2019 - 3:28 am
Though the next labor fight between the NFL and its players is more than two years off, one issue is already clear. Avoiding a work stoppage in 2021 could depend on whether players can secure more guaranteed money in the next collective bargaining negotiations with the league. "You can't look at it...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles around Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
January 27, 2019 - 9:43 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 40 points, including five critical ones down the stretch to lead the Houston Rockets to a 103-98 comeback win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night. Houston trailed by as many as 16 and never led until there were about four minutes remaining. The game was tied...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry drives against Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Boston. The Warriors won 115-111. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
January 27, 2019 - 3:08 am
BOSTON (AP) — After beating the Lakers without LeBron James and the Wizards without John Wall, the Golden State Warriors were eager to test themselves against a full-strength opponent. The Boston Celtics were just what they were looking for. Kevin Durant had 33 points and nine rebounds, Stephen...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, works the ball inside as Philadelphia 76ers forward Mike Muscala defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
January 27, 2019 - 12:40 am
DENVER (AP) — If Nikola Jokic was fired up over his one-game suspension, it was hard to tell. "He came back and did what we expect him to do," coach Michael Malone said after Jokic's seventh triple-double of the season led the Denver Nuggets past the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 126-100 Saturday...
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Duke women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie, right, and former Tennessee player Chamique Holdsclaw speak to Duke players during the team's NCAA college basketball practice in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Coach McCallie and Duke hope to erase the stigma of mental health issues with their inaugural "Mental Wealth Day." (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
January 26, 2019 - 3:31 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie was attending the funeral of an ex-teammate's daughter who died by suicide when she knew she had to do something. McCallie and the Blue Devils are hosting what they say is women's college basketball's first "Mental Wealth Day" before and during...
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Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey yells to his players as Notre Dame's D.J. Harvey (5) defends against Virginia's De'Andre Hunter during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
January 26, 2019 - 3:11 pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — De'Andre Hunter scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 3 Virginia routed Notre Dame 82-55 rout on Saturday. Junior guard Kyle Guy, Indiana's 2016 Mr. Basketball at Lawrence Central near Indianapolis, scored 15 points, all in the first half on 6-of-8...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry smiles on the bench during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
January 26, 2019 - 11:25 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA's All-Star weekend is shaping up to be quite the family affair, with the Curry brothers facing each other in the 3-point contest. Stephen Curry told ESPN he and brother Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers will square off Feb. 16 in Charlotte, their hometown. The...
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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) celebrates as he walks up court during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
January 26, 2019 - 7:19 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It took a bear — Jazz Bear — to catch a bat and leave the high-flying hijinks to the NBA players. A wayward bat flew around the court inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena about an hour before Utah's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, interrupting the pregame...
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Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender, left, battles for control of the ball with Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
January 26, 2019 - 12:58 am
DENVER (AP) — When the NBA handed down Nikola Jokic's one-game suspension Friday afternoon, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone called for two things: an explanation from the league and a second shootaround from his players. He appreciated the first and was satisfied with the second after the...
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