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Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver (23) drives against Virginia's Ty Jerome (11) and De'Andre Hunter (12) during the overtime in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 09, 2019 - 1:16 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jarrett Culver walked slowly around the perimeter as the final buzzer sounded, in a bit of a daze as he tugged his jersey to his chin. Texas Tech's sophomore star looked as if he were surveying the scene of his struggles. Culver missed 17 of his 22 attempts from the floor,...
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Vanderbilt basketball coach Jerry Stackhouse answers questions at a news conference Monday, April 8, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Stackhouse was hired to replace Bryce Drew as head. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 08, 2019 - 4:28 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jerry Stackhouse was preparing to interview for NBA jobs, not take over the struggling Vanderbilt men's basketball program. He had a couple of interviews for NBA head coaching jobs lined up, but then he got a call from the Commodores' new athletic director. The mutual...
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Brooklyn Nets' D'Angelo Russell reacts after a Brooklyn basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Indianapolis. Brooklyn won 108-96. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
April 08, 2019 - 2:24 am
A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with three days remaining in the regular season: EASTERN CONFERENCE Finally, a lot of clarity. On Sunday, two of the remaining three spots got grabbed. Three more seeds were locked in, as was the first official matchup for when the playoffs...
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Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier (10) dunks against Boston Celtics' Daniel Theis (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 07, 2019 - 11:04 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Nothing has come easy for the Orlando Magic over the last seven years. They endured four different head coaches, five seasons with 50-plus losses and took many turns in the NBA draft lottery. So when the horn sounded on their 116-108 win over the Celtics on Sunday night to clinch the...
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Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (17) pulls down a rebound between Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender (35) and guard Elie Okobo (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
April 07, 2019 - 10:25 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — In a game that was decided by halftime, Houston's prolific 3-point shooting added a little excitement in the last few minutes. James Harden scored 30 points in just three quarters as the Rockets broke their NBA record by making 27 3-pointers in a 149-113 win over the Phoenix Suns on...
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San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers' Jordan Clarkson (8) battle for a rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 07, 2019 - 6:34 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Nothing is decided about the Spurs' playoff situation except that they're in. And that's all that matters. LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 13 rebounds as San Antonio, locked in a three-team scramble to determine playoff seeding in the Western Conference, extended Cleveland's...
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April 07, 2019 - 4:38 pm
Arkansas has hired Nevada's Eric Musselman as its next men's basketball coach. The 54-year-old Musselman led a dramatic turnaround in Reno, leading the Wolf Pack to three NCAA Tournament in four years after a nine-year absence. Nevada reached the Sweet 16 in 2018, but lost in the first round to...
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Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) wipes her eye during the second half of a women's Final Four NCAA college basketball semifinal tournament game against the Baylor, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 06, 2019 - 10:03 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu is returning for her senior season. The Ducks star bylined a story on The Players Tribune titled "Unfinished Business" on Saturday night, minutes after the deadline for her to declare for the WNBA draft expired. She was eligible to enter the draft...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2003, file photo, Sacramento Kings center Vlade Divac, top, fights to keep his balance after New Jersey Nets forward Kenyon Marton tried to steal the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. NBA stars Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma are the headliners of the 2019 class for the Basketball Hall of Fame. The honorees were announced Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis before the Final Four. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)
April 06, 2019 - 6:22 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The longest active streak of missing the NBA playoffs belongs to Sacramento, where general manager Vlade Divac has been trying to return the Kings to the league's elite over the last four seasons. Back when the slick-passing Serbian big man was in the paint, the Kings had quite...
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, rear, looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, and guard Gary Harris defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 119-110. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 06, 2019 - 2:24 am
DENVER (AP) — Michael Malone stopped when he saw Tim Connelly standing nearby and gave his boss a bear hug. Connelly returned the hug and congratulated his head coach. "That was awesome," the Nuggets' president of basketball operations said. After four years of building the team, Malone and...
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