Athlete health

Indiana Pacers player Myles Turner plays against Sacramento Kings at the NBA India Games 2019, in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
October 15, 2019 - 1:16 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Myles Turner looks around the Indiana Pacers locker room and sees a whole new team. Paul George and Lance Stephenson left long ago. Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison said goodbye during the summer and two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo is still recovering from...
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks to referee Nick Buchert during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
October 15, 2019 - 12:27 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan is keenly aware it is not going to be easy to keep up this season. The Western Conference is once again flooded with talent, but that isn't what concerned DeRozan entering training camp. No, DeRozan was not sure how he is going to keep pace on a...
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton (2) fouls Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker, left, during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
October 15, 2019 - 12:05 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Expectations are nothing new for the Boston Celtics. Not living up to them despite having such a stacked roster the past two seasons was a little tougher to digest. The Celtics took a chance trading for All-Star Kyrie Irving with no guarantee he would re-sign when he became a free...
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New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton throws in the outfield before Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
October 15, 2019 - 11:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Hicks returned to the New York Yankees' starting lineup on Tuesday for the first time since Aug. 3 and Giancarlo Stanton remained out for the second straight game when the AL Championship Series resumed with the Yankees and Astros tied 1-all. Hicks took over in center field...
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard poses during the NBA basketball team's media day at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Sam Ortega)
October 15, 2019 - 11:33 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trail Blazers got a taste of playoff success last season and that's shifted their mindset. Simply making the playoffs is no longer the goal, a championship is. Damian Lillard is once again joined in the backcourt by CJ McCollum but the supporting cast changed in the...
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Brooklyn Nets guard Dzanan Musa, left, and /guard Kyrie Irving, center, greet forward Taurean Prince (2) as he comes into the bench during a timeout in the first half of an exhibition NBA basketball game against the Sesi/Franca Basketball Club, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
October 15, 2019 - 11:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — What was apparent in July became clearer to Nets coach Kenny Atkinson in September. With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on board, things are looking up in Brooklyn. "People showed up to our press conference. My press conference the first year, it was like crickets," said Atkinson,...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2019, file photo, then Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard takes a photo while holding his playoffs MVP trophy during the NBA basketball championship team's victory parade in Toronto. The NBA's balance of power has shifted to the Los Angeles Clippers, who have never advanced beyond the second round let alone won a championship. All that is expected to change behind Leonard and Paul George, both regarded as two of the best two-way players in the league. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
October 15, 2019 - 11:00 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers shocked the NBA by landing two superstars to go with a proven supporting cast. Only one of them will be on the floor to start the season. Joining his third team in three years, Kawhi Leonard is healthy. Paul George is still rehabbing after two offseason...
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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) leaps for a layup during the first half of the team's preseason NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
October 15, 2019 - 10:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Now Bradley Beal finally gets his chance to be the focal point for the Washington Wizards from the get-go, on and off the court. The main issues of interest with this club at the moment are whether Beal's play takes another step up and whether his future with the franchise will be...
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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein, left, talks with Kevin Love in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against San Lorenzo, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
October 15, 2019 - 9:53 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein stood at midcourt with his arms folded and watched as the Cavaliers pushed through practice drills that the former Michigan coach developed and perfected during 37 years at the college level. With each bounce of the ball, every pass and shot, Beilein's head bobbed ever...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry gestures against the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason NBA basketball game in San Francisco. Curry knows how different this season will be. He realizes how many aren't even considering the Golden State Warriors a for-sure contender following five straight trips to the NBA Finals. No Kevin Durant. No Andre Iguodala. No Shaun Livingston. And that's just to name a few of the departed players who made such key contributions to the franchise's recent runs of success. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File )
October 15, 2019 - 9:49 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry knows how different this season will be. He realizes many aren't considering the Golden State Warriors a clear contender even following five straight trips to the NBA Finals. No Kevin Durant. No Andre Iguodala. No Shaun Livingston. And that's just to name a few of...
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