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Houston Rockets' James Harden celebrates his three-point basket during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Saitama, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 15, 2019 - 11:43 am
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and Russell Westbrook are thrilled to be reunited in Houston and can't wait to prove they will work just fine together. And Harden knows the rest of the team is excited about the addition of the eight-time All-Star as well. "I enjoy it but I know that everybody else...
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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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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) gestures after a foul wasn't called during the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
October 15, 2019 - 11:30 am
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks now belong to the young European pairing of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and maybe for as long as German superstar Dirk Nowitzki led the franchise while spending a record 21 seasons with the same team. Since Dallas once again fell short trying to add a big...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz's Ed Davis during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
October 15, 2019 - 11:19 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Last season's loss to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals stung Giannis Antetokounmpo. So much so that the NBA MVP admitted it took several days for him to be able to sleep at night after he and the Milwaukee Bucks blew a 2-0 lead against the eventual NBA champion Raptors...
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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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October 15, 2019 - 10:42 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Raiders are partnering with a California-based tribal casino on their new stadium in Las Vegas. The Raiders say the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will become a "founding partner" of the still-under-construction Allegiant Stadium. The $2 billion, 65,000-seat stadium is...
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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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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)
October 15, 2019 - 8:20 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Playing rugged defense has helped Utah become a consistent playoff team. Now the Jazz seek to become a bigger postseason threat with a more versatile offense. Utah made a flurry of offseason moves designed to bolster the team's outside shooting and give coach Quin Snyder...
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Houston Astros Game 3 starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws on the field at Yankee Stadium, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in New York, after the team arrived to prepare for the American League Championship Series which continues Tuesday against the New York Yankees. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
October 15, 2019 - 8:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole walked into a conference room after one of his first spring training workouts with the Houston Astros in February 2018 and was met by about 10 people. "There was charts, video, matching charts," Cole recalled. "It was all new then, but it's pretty straightforward to me...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2019, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ throws against the Houston Astros during the 11 inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series in Houston. Happ is likely to be among the pitchers the Yankees use in Game 4, manager Aaron Boone said Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Happ gave up a game-ending home run to Houston’s Carlos Correa in Game 2. ( AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
October 14, 2019 - 5:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees and Astros plan all-bullpen games from the start in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series in a sign of the times. With the best-of-seven series tied 1-1, New York's Luis Severino starts Game 3 on Tuesday against Gerrit Cole. Masahiro Tanaka began the opener for the...
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