Thursday, March 30, 2017

Basketball

Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler shoots the ball over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, left, and Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

BY ERIK GARCIA GUNDERSEN PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jusuf Nurkic knows what his former team is missing. He illustrated that Tuesday night and got serenaded by his new fans in ...
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is greeted by Goran Dragic (7) while lifted by teammate James Johnson after his last second shot to beat the Detroit Pistons 97-96 during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

BY CHRIS NELSEN AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Hassan Whiteside used his good hand to push the Miami Heat closer to a most unlikely playoff berth Tuesday night. Whiteside tipped ...
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams thanks the fans after North Carolina beat Kentucky 75-73 in the South Regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

BY ERIC OLSON Coaches for Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga concede Roy Williams and his North Carolina players have an advantage when it comes to knowing how to deal with ...
Mississippi State's Morgan William (2) celebrates at the conclusion of the regional final of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament against Baylor, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

BY DOUG FEINBERG BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies have been on an unprecedented Final Four run, making it there 10 straight years. This trip might ...
Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, right, jokes with Katie Lou Samuelson, left, Napheesa Collier, second from left, and Gabby Williams as the clock winds down on their 90-52 win over Oregon in a regional final game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

BY DOUG FEINBER BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Everything UConn lost to graduation made another Final Four even more special for Geno Auriemma and his Huskies. Napheesa Collier scored 28 points, ...
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, left, guards Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

BY RAUL DOMINGUEZ SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Cavaliers acknowledged having heavy legs, yet there is something far weightier on the minds of the defending NBA champions. Cleveland is in ...
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) takes his last shot of the game during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, March 27, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

BY SCHUYLER DIXON DALLAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook rescued Oklahoma City with a stunning rally and guaranteed the first losing record for Dallas in 17 full seasons under owner Mark ...
South Carolina's Kaela Davis, center, hugs associate head coach Lisa Boyer, right, in celebration after defeating Florida State, 71-64, in a regional final game of the women's NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Stockton, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

BY JANIE McCAULEY STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Before they climbed the ladder to take their turn cutting the nets, Kaela Davis and A’ja Wilson started dancing. And dancing. The band ...
In this March 3, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss sits in the stands prior to an NBA basketball game between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

BY ANTHONY McCARTNEY LOS ANGELES (AP) — A battle over control of the Los Angeles Lakers is over after an agreement was reached to have Jeanie Buss serve as controlling ...
South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson, center, goes to the basket between Quinnipiac's Paula Strautmane, left, and Sarah Shewan during the first half of a regional semi-final round game of the women's 's NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Stockton, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

BY DOUG FEINBERG NEW YORK (AP) — Kelsey Plum left quite the mark at Washington. Now the senior guard, who became the NCAA’s all-time career leading scorer this season, is ...
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