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  • Atlanta mayor: Talked to 6 possible Hawks owners

    Atlanta mayor: Talked to 6 possible Hawks owners

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:52:44 GMT
    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:55:48 GMT
    Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed says he has talked with six potential buyers of the Atlanta Hawks after a racially charged email prompted owner Bruce Levenson to announce he's selling the team.
    Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed says he has talked with six potential buyers of the Atlanta Hawks after a racially charged email prompted owner Bruce Levenson to announce he's selling the team.
  • Senator ties NFL tax status to Redskins name

    Senator ties NFL tax status to Redskins name

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:52:17 GMT
    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:53:09 GMT
    A U.S. senator says she will introduce a bill to eliminate the NFL's tax-exempt status because the league has not taken action over the Washington Redskins name.
    A U.S. senator threatened the NFL with legislation over Washington's nickname, a letter was dispatched to the other 31 team owners, and the issue was linked to the league's others recent troubles Tuesday as the...
  • FIBA: Players can wear religious head coverings

    FIBA: Players can wear religious head coverings

    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer International basketball's governing body says players will be allowed to wear religious head coverings, such as hijabs or turbans, on a trial basis.
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer International basketball's governing body said Tuesday that players will be allowed to wear religious head coverings, such as hijabs or turbans, on a trial basis...
  • US basketball reigns in Spain, awaits Rio Olympics

    US basketball reigns in Spain, awaits Rio Olympics

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-09-15 16:51:07 GMT
    Monday, September 15 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-09-15 16:51:20 GMT
    It feels like so long ago, though it's been only a decade.
    It feels like so long ago, though it's been only a decade.
  • USA wins basketball worlds, 129-92 over Serbia

    USA wins basketball worlds, 129-92 over Serbia

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-09-14 22:50:30 GMT
    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-09-14 22:51:02 GMT
    Kyrie Irving made all six 3-pointers and scored 26 points, and the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.
    With golden confetti raining on their heads and "Party in the U.S.A" ringing in their ears, it must have been hard for the U.S. basketball players to hear anything.
  • Hawks apologize for racially charged comments

    Hawks apologize for racially charged comments

    Sunday, September 14 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-09-14 19:20:25 GMT
    Sunday, September 14 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-09-14 19:20:34 GMT
    The Atlanta Hawks have released an open letter of apology to the team, fans and city of Atlanta, saying the organization "did not do the right thing" to correct racially inflammatory words and innuendos.
    The Atlanta Hawks released an open letter of apology to fans and city of Atlanta on Saturday, saying the organization "did not do the right thing" to correct racially inflammatory words and innuendos "over a period of years."
  • Hawks GM Ferry takes indefinite leave of absence

    Hawks GM Ferry takes indefinite leave of absence

    Saturday, September 13 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-09-14 01:30:04 GMT
    Saturday, September 13 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-09-14 01:30:13 GMT
    Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence after making racially charged comments about a potential free agent.
    Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence Friday, making the move under fire for his racially charged comments about a player.
  • Mercury in good shape after 3rd WNBA title

    Mercury in good shape after 3rd WNBA title

    Saturday, September 13 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-09-13 20:39:41 GMT
    Saturday, September 13 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-09-13 20:39:41 GMT
    When the Phoenix Mercury used their No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft to select Brittney Griner, they became instant favorites to win the next WNBA championship.
    When the Phoenix Mercury used their No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft to select Brittney Griner, they became instant favorites to win the next WNBA championship.
  • Mercury finish sweep of Sky for third WNBA title

    Mercury finish sweep of Sky for third WNBA title

    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:49 AM EDT2014-09-13 04:49:02 GMT
    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:49 AM EDT2014-09-13 04:49:03 GMT
    Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 24 points each and the Phoenix Mercury, playing without star center Brittney Griner, beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals...
    The Phoenix Mercury were without star center Brittney Griner. However, they still had Diana Taurasi.
  • US beats Lithuania to reach basketball world final

    US beats Lithuania to reach basketball world final

    Thursday, September 11 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-09-11 23:08:19 GMT
    Thursday, September 11 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-09-11 23:08:50 GMT
    James Harden and the U.S. sprinted into the championship game of the Basketball World Cup, riding a huge third quarter to a 96-68 victory over Lithuania on Thursday night.
    Madrid awaits. Spain doesn't.
  • Phoenix hopes to close out Chicago in WNBA Final

    Phoenix hopes to close out Chicago in WNBA Final

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:58:34 GMT
    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:59:04 GMT
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer After dominating the Chicago Sky in the first two games of the WNBA Finals, Diana Taurasi and her Phoenix Mercury know that closing out the series won't...
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer After dominating the Chicago Sky in the first two games of the WNBA Finals, Diana Taurasi and her Phoenix Mercury know that closing out the series won't be as easy.
  • Phoenix hopes to close out Chicago in WNBA Final

    Phoenix hopes to close out Chicago in WNBA Final

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:29:19 GMT
    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:31 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:31:10 GMT
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer After dominating the Chicago Sky in the first two games of the WNBA Finals, Diana Taurasi and her Phoenix Mercury know closing out the series won't be easy.
    By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer After dominating the Chicago Sky in the first two games of the WNBA Finals, Diana Taurasi and her Phoenix Mercury know closing out the series won't be easy.
  • George apologizes for Twitter comments on Ray Rice

    George apologizes for Twitter comments on Ray Rice

    NBA star Paul George defended Ray Rice on Twitter, then backtracked less than an hour later by deleting the posts and apologizing to women and victims of domestic violence.
    NBA star Paul George defended Ray Rice on Twitter, then backtracked less than an hour later by deleting the posts and apologizing to women and victims of domestic violence.
  • Coach K: Basketball World Cup is big deal

    Coach K: Basketball World Cup is big deal

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:28:01 GMT
    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:29:19 GMT
    The name was changed to sound more like soccer. The date was changed to get away from soccer.
    The name was changed to sound more like soccer. The date was changed to get away from soccer.
  • Hawks cancel meeting with civil rights leaders

    Hawks cancel meeting with civil rights leaders

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:07:57 GMT
    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:08:26 GMT
    A scheduled meeting between Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin and Atlanta civil rights leaders has been cancelled, leading one of the leaders to say his community was greatly offended.
    A scheduled meeting between Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin and Atlanta civil rights leaders has been cancelled, leading one of the leaders to say his community was greatly offended.
  • Your Top Plays for Today

    Your Top Plays for Today

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 3:17 AM EDT2014-09-10 07:17:44 GMT
    Wednesday, September 10 2014 3:18 AM EDT2014-09-10 07:18:31 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
    By The Associated Press Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
  • Hawks discipline GM Ferry for racist comments

    Hawks discipline GM Ferry for racist comments

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:46:39 GMT
    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:46:42 GMT
    Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has been disciplined by CEO Steve Koonin for making racially charged comments about Luol Deng when the team pursued the free agent this year.
    The Atlanta Hawks are sticking with general manager Danny Ferry even though the team's new majority owner wants him fired for racially charged comments about Luol Deng.
  • US beats Slovenia 119-76 to reach semis at worlds

    US beats Slovenia 119-76 to reach semis at worlds

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:37:11 GMT
    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:37:44 GMT
    Klay Thompson scored 20 points and James Harden had 12 of his 14 in the third quarter after a scoreless first half, helping the U.S. turn a close game into a 119-76 rout of Slovenia on Tuesday in the quarterfinals...
    James Harden and Stephen Curry went into halftime with no points and no panic.
  • International basketball not the same as US game

    International basketball not the same as US game

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 3:56 AM EDT2014-09-09 07:56:19 GMT
    Tuesday, September 9 2014 3:56 AM EDT2014-09-09 07:56:20 GMT
    The ball was bouncing away, threatening New Zealand's last-chance possession, though if a player could just dive on the floor and corral it, any NBA fan would know what to do.
    The ball was bouncing away, threatening New Zealand's last-chance possession, though if a player could just dive on the floor and corral it, any NBA fan would know what to do.
  • Phoenix dominates WNBA Finals opener

    Phoenix dominates WNBA Finals opener

    Monday, September 8 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-09-09 01:56:07 GMT
    Monday, September 8 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-09-09 01:56:12 GMT
    Brittney Griner swatted her way into the record books. Candice Dupree made just about every shot she took. Diana Taurasi dominated in all aspects.
    Brittney Griner swatted her way into the record books. Candice Dupree made just about every shot she took. Diana Taurasi dominated in all aspects.
  • US knows where Slovenians are on the court

    US knows where Slovenians are on the court

    Monday, September 8 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-09-08 16:57:34 GMT
    Monday, September 8 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-09-08 16:57:41 GMT
    On a map, Slovenia is a mystery to the U.S. basketball team.
    On a map, Slovenia is a mystery to the U.S. basketball team.
  • FIBA probes Australia for tanking at World Cup

    FIBA probes Australia for tanking at World Cup

    Monday, September 8 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-09-08 13:37:15 GMT
    Monday, September 8 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-09-08 13:37:43 GMT
    Basketball's governing body is investigating if Australia deliberately lost a World Cup game to delay a possible matchup with the United States.
    Basketball's governing body is investigating if Australia deliberately lost a World Cup game to delay a possible matchup with the United States.
  • DuPree, Griner, Taurasi lead Mercury rout of Sky

    DuPree, Griner, Taurasi lead Mercury rout of Sky

    Sunday, September 7 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-09-08 01:25:03 GMT
    Sunday, September 7 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-09-08 01:25:05 GMT
    Brittney Griner set the tone for a dominating Phoenix performance with a playoff record eight blocked shots, five in the first quarter, and the Mercury routed the Chicago Sky 83-62 on Sunday in Game 1 of the WNBA...
    Brittney Griner swatted away just about everything within reach in the first quarter, setting the stage for a Phoenix rout.
  • Hawks' owner Levenson to sell interest in team

    Hawks' owner Levenson to sell interest in team

    Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson says he is selling his controlling interest in the team, in part due to an inflammatory email he says he wrote in an attempt "to bridge Atlanta's racial sports divide."
    Less than one month after the Clippers' sale ended Donald Sterling's ugly downfall, another NBA team is on the market following a racially charged disclosure from its owner.
  • Curry's 6 3s send US to basketball worlds quarters

    Curry's 6 3s send US to basketball worlds quarters

    Saturday, September 6 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-09-06 20:24:23 GMT
    Saturday, September 6 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-09-06 20:24:23 GMT
    Stephen Curry made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, leading the U.S. national team into the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup with an 86-63 victory over Mexico on Saturday.
    They have a gold medal to chase and a golden U.S. basketball legacy to protect, so the Americans knew they had to bring their best to Barcelona.
  • Back in Barcelona, Coach K looks back, ahead

    Back in Barcelona, Coach K looks back, ahead

    Friday, September 5 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-09-05 21:03:26 GMT
    Friday, September 5 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-09-05 21:03:32 GMT
    Mike Krzyzewski held out his arm, showing that just talking about the 1992 Olympics caused goose bumps.
    Mike Krzyzewski held out his arm, showing that just talking about the 1992 Olympics caused goose bumps.
  • Mo'ne Davis 'sad' about UConn NCAA violation

    Mo'ne Davis 'sad' about UConn NCAA violation

    Friday, September 5 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-09-05 17:57:57 GMT
    Friday, September 5 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-09-05 17:58:12 GMT
    Little League star Mo'ne Davis says she's "sad" that Connecticut received a secondary NCAA rules violation for coach Geno Auriemma's congratulatory phone call to her during the Little League World Series.
    Little League star Mo'ne Davis says she's "sad" Connecticut received a secondary NCAA rules violation for coach Geno Auriemma's congratulatory phone call to her during the Little League World Series.
  • Spain, US look like favorites at basketball worlds

    Spain, US look like favorites at basketball worlds

    They set out in different directions, with every reason to believe they are headed for the same destination.
    They set out in different directions, with every reason to believe they are headed for the same destination.
  • US tops Ukraine to finish basketball worlds group

    US tops Ukraine to finish basketball worlds group

    Thursday, September 4 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-09-04 20:02:53 GMT
    Thursday, September 4 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-09-04 20:03:26 GMT
    James Harden scored 17 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and the unbeaten U.S. national team wrapped up pool play with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine on Thursday at the Basketball World Cup.
    The bags were already packed and the Americans had already checked out of their rooms.
  • Sky headed to WNBA Finals after beating Fever

    Sky headed to WNBA Finals after beating Fever

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-09-04 02:52:58 GMT
    Wednesday, September 3 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-09-04 02:53:01 GMT
    Allie Quigley scored 24 points and the Chicago Sky advanced to the WNBA Finals with a 75-62 win over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night, ending the career of Hall of Fame coach Lin Dunn.
    With a trip to the WNBA Finals on the line, Allie Quigley came through when her Chicago Sky teammates needed her the most.
  • 10 Things to Know for Thursday

    10 Things to Know for Thursday

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-09-04 01:42:33 GMT
    Wednesday, September 3 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-09-04 01:42:52 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
  • US beats Dominicans 106-71 at basketball worlds

    US beats Dominicans 106-71 at basketball worlds

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-09-03 23:02:18 GMT
    Wednesday, September 3 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-09-03 23:03:28 GMT
    Kenneth Faried kept up his sharp shooting with 16 points and the U.S. national team rolled to a 4-0 start with a 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night.
    They were expected to be in Barcelona. They hope to finish their trip in Madrid.
  • By talking basketball, nothing lost in translation

    By talking basketball, nothing lost in translation

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 3:22 AM EDT2014-09-03 07:22:24 GMT
    Wednesday, September 3 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-09-03 07:24:31 GMT
    The guy who tells Ukraine what plays to run speaks English. So does the guy who tells the Dominican Republic what their opponents will do.
    The guy who tells Ukraine what plays to run speaks English. So does the guy who tells the Dominican Republic what their opponents will do.
  • Taurasi lifts Mercury to 96-78 win over Lynx

    Taurasi lifts Mercury to 96-78 win over Lynx

    Diana Taurasi had 31 points, including a 50-footer at the end of the third quarter, to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 96-78 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday night, putting the Mercury into the WNBA Finals.
    Diana Taurasi has always had a knack for playing her best in the biggest games.
  • Unbeaten US routs New Zealand 98-71 at worlds

    Unbeaten US routs New Zealand 98-71 at worlds

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:01 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:01:35 GMT
    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:02:42 GMT
    Anthony Davis scored 21 points, Kenneth Faried had 15 and the U.S. remained unbeaten at the Basketball World Cup by beating winless New Zealand 98-71 on Tuesday.
    American players paused from their warmups to stand and face their New Zealand opponents as they performed the haka, their traditional war dance challenge.
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