Government and politics

In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, photo, Brooklyn Nets' Theo Pinson, left, drives against Los Angeles Lakers' Danny Green, right, near a Chinese national flag during a preseason NBA game at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. When Houston Rocket's general manager Daryl Morey tweeted last week in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, everything changed for NBA fans in China. A new chant flooded Chinese sports forums: "I can live without basketball, but I can't live without my motherland." (AP Photo, File)
October 11, 2019 - 10:10 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The patriotic fervor buoyed by Chinese companies suspending their NBA partnerships followed a celebration marking 70 years of Communist Party rule in China. President Xi Jinping has rallied the populace around the promise of a Chinese Dream and national rejuvenation. It is a vision...
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October 11, 2019 - 9:35 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Imprisoned former NFL star Darren Sharper is pressing on with his attempts to reduce his 18-year federal sentence in a sexual assault case. An on-again-off-again appeal was revived Friday at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. It follows a U.S. district judge's...
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Iranian women cheer during a soccer match between their national team and Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Azadi (Freedom) Stadium in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Iranian women were freely allowed into the stadium for the first time in decades. The decision follows the death of a young woman who set herself on fire after hearing she could face prison time for sneaking into an Iranian soccer match disguised as a man. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
October 10, 2019 - 4:16 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — They had to sit well apart from the men, and the stadium was practically empty, but thousands of Iranian women in merry jester hats and face paint blew horns and cheered Thursday at the first FIFA soccer match they were allowed to freely attend in decades. In what many...
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A worker takes down a billboard advertising an NBA preseason basketball game on Thursday between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. The NBA has postponed Wednesday's scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. (AP Photo)
October 09, 2019 - 5:10 pm
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and...
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Washington State's CJ Elleby, left, and Jeff Pollard speak during the Pac-12 NCAA college basketball media day Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
October 08, 2019 - 2:33 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Washington State big man Jeff Pollard is popular all over Pullman and easily recognized back home in Bountiful, Utah. You can't miss him: He's 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds. Pollard realizes he could probably earn some money from his image and likeness — a hot topic at Pac-12 media...
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North Carolina coach Roy Williams answers a question during the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
October 08, 2019 - 1:21 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest from ACC men's basketball media day on Tuesday (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The Atlantic Coast Conference wrapped up media day with coaches and two players from each team participating in the event. Next up for the ACC will be to announce the results of its media...
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, talks to Houston Rockets' P. J. Tucker while Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet talks to Rakuten, Inc. Chairman & CEO Mickey Mikitani, right, during a welcome reception for the NBA Japan Games 2019 between the Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
October 07, 2019 - 3:14 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The NBA put out one statement reacting to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of the Hong Kong protest movement. Depending on which language it was read in, the league's words had very different meaning. A politically charged disagreement over Morey's tweet...
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Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott speaks to reporters during the Pac-12 Conference women's NCAA college basketball media day, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
October 07, 2019 - 1:36 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has expressed serious concerns about a new law that would allow college athletes in California to hire agents and be compensated for the use of their names or likenesses through endorsement deals or other money-making opportunities. The law...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, a player runs across the NCAA logo during practice at the NCAA tournament college basketball in Pittsburgh. The NCAA is on its heels again, playing defense of its archaic amateurism rules after missing an opportunity to get out in front of an issue. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
October 07, 2019 - 11:29 am
The NCAA is on its heels again, playing defense of its archaic amateurism rules after missing an opportunity to get out in front of an issue. Five years ago, a federal judge ruled against the NCAA in an antitrust lawsuit brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, who claimed the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, second from left, attends the semifinal match between Argentina and France in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing. The multibillion-dollar relationship between China and the NBA is strained right now in ways unlike any other since the league first began planting roots there three decades ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
October 07, 2019 - 11:16 am
It wasn't even a month ago that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sat overlooking center court at an arena in Beijing, watching the gold-medal game at the World Cup with other basketball dignitaries. That night was all smiles. Silver's return to China later this week will be much different. The...
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