International basketball

FILE - In trhis Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Charlotte Hornets' Tony Parker laughs on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio. Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker has announced he's retiring after 18 seasons. The 37-year-old guard played 17 said on Twitter Monday, June 10, 2019, that it was an emotional decision and that it has been an "incredible journey." He played 17 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and made the postseason every year of his career before joining the Hornets last season and missing the playoffs. He was selected to the All-Star team six times and was named second-team All-NBA three times. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
June 10, 2019 - 11:21 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker's impressive career is over. Parker announced Monday he's retiring from basketball after 18 seasons in the NBA. The 37-year-old guard said on Twitter it was an emotional decision. "It's with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it...
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 30, 2019 - 6:33 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The NBA is closely monitoring the ongoing trade dispute and tariff rift between the U.S. and China, though the league is not yet worried that it will interfere with any business happening with the world's most populous nation. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver even went as far Thursday...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2017, file photo, Debbie Antonelli, a women's college basketball analyst for ESPN, listens before a women's NCAA college basketball game between Duke and Notre Dame in Conway, S.C. Antonelli wanted to do something to help raise money and awareness for South Carolina Special Olympics. So about a year ago she came up with the concept of ’24 Hours of Nothing But Net”. She vowed to make 2,400 free throws for 24 straight hours. She did just that over the weekend, making 2,400 of 2,553 free throws, hitting at 94% accuracy, at the Mount Pleasant Town Hall gym. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)
May 21, 2019 - 12:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Special Olympics has always been near and dear to basketball analyst Deb Antonelli. Her 21-year-old son Frankie is a Special Olympics athlete who just completed his sophomore year in Clemson University's LifeProgram. She wanted to do something to help raise money and awareness for...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the net past Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during first half NBA Eastern Conference finals basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 11:43 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year. The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local...
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The New York Liberty's new owner, Joe Tsai, right, high-fives the Liberty players as they arrive at the bench at the end of a WNBA exhibition basketball game against China, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in New York. Tsai saw the team's exhibition game against the Chinese national team as a chance to grow relations between the two countries. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
May 10, 2019 - 6:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Liberty's new owner Joe Tsai saw the team's exhibition game against the Chinese national team Thursday night as a chance to grow relations between the two countries. The co-founder of Chinese multinatioinal conglomerate AliBaba said he travels a lot for work and at each...
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich prepares for Game 5 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 29, 2019 - 1:56 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs suffered through an odd, erratic season filled with injuries, strife and drama before a second straight ouster from the playoffs in the first round. Gregg Popovich enjoyed it so much he is coming back for a 24th season as coach in San Antonio. Normally extremely private...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019,file photo, St. John's head coach Chris Mullin in action during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against Butler in Indianapolis. Chris Mullin has "stepped down" as basketball coach at St. John's. Athletic Mike Cragg director announced the decision, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 saying in a statement the team "progressed well" during Mullin's four years. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
April 22, 2019 - 11:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Mullin felt in his heart it was time to leave St. John's. He stepped down this month after four years as coach at the school where he starred in the 1980s. "It got to a certain point for me to do something different," Mullin told The Associated Press on Monday. "Straight from...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2019, file photo, Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) takes a shot as Auburn's Samir Doughty (10) was called for a foul during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, in Minneapolis. Guy sank all three free throws and Virginia defeated Auburn 63-62. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 08, 2019 - 4:43 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The toilet paper was already flying at Toomer's Corner, the spot where the biggest celebrations go down when Auburn's sports teams win big. Then, the whistle blew. A foul. Three free throws. A comeback win transformed into a devastating loss. And within seconds, the pain and...
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Texas Tech's Davide Moretti warms up during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
April 08, 2019 - 4:15 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The plains of West Texas are a long way from the bustling piazzas and porticos of northern Italy, where Davide Moretti was raised in a soccer culture and basketball was just a niche. NBA fans in Italy can now look to the likes of Danilo Gallinari and his 20-point scoring average...
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Virginia's Mamadi Diakite (25) shoots during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 05, 2019 - 2:17 pm
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — There were a few things Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite had to do to have a shot in the world of basketball. He had to listen to his dad. He had to stop kicking a ball around in his hometown of Conakry in the West African country of Guinea. And after giving up soccer for a...
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