Kobe ready for rebound

After the longest offseason of his career, Kobe Bryant pulled on his familiar gold jersey Monday and went back to work with the Los Angeles Lakers, quietly believing his 19th NBA season will be better than almost anybody expects. “I’m trying to see if I can prove to myself that ...

Sep 28, 2014

Blatt gets down to work with Cavs

Cavaliers coach David Blatt got right to business Saturday in his first NBA practice after two decades working overseas. “I’m a basketball coach, and I do it with passion and with pleasure,” Blatt said. “This isn’t intimidating to me at all. It’s an honor ...

New-look Cavs eye shot at title

Sep 27, 2014

New-look Cavs eye shot at title

NBA LeBron James threw his right arm around Kevin Love and rested the other on Kyrie Irving’s shoulder. They laughed, smiled and posed for photos — together. And that’s how they plan to win an NBA championship. The trio of All-Stars, aligned this summer ...

Sep 26, 2014

Qatar hoops squad quits in protest

The Qatar women’s basketball team at the center of protests over wearing hijab headscarves has left the Asian Games before its final match on Friday, officials said. The 11 women and their coaches arrived back in Doha early Friday, a team spokesman said. The ...

Turkish Airlines becomes top sponsor

| Sep 25, 2014

Turkish Airlines becomes top sponsor

by Ed Odeven

In a move that could have a profound impact on the professional basketball landscape in Japan, Turkish Airlines has agreed to become the title sponsor for the bj-league. The league, entering its 10th season, announced the blockbuster agreement, a contract for two seasons, on ...

Suns keep Bledsoe in five-year, $70 million deal

Sep 25, 2014

Suns keep Bledsoe in five-year, $70 million deal

The Phoenix Suns and point guard Eric Bledsoe have reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract, capping a long, sometimes-tense negotiation to keep him in the desert. The deal Wednesday is considerably more than the four-year, $48 million the Suns initially offered but ...

Sep 25, 2014

Milicic launches kickboxing career

Former Serbian center Darko Milicic, known as one of the biggest flops in the history of the NBA Draft, is switching from basketball to kickboxing. The 29-year-old Milicic, who has been without an NBA contract for nearly two years, signed a deal on Wednesday ...

Sep 22, 2014

France stuns U.S. women's team

Sandrine Gruda had 26 points and 15 rebounds to help France stun the U.S. women’s national basketball team 76-72 in an exhibition game on Sunday. It’s the first loss by the Americans in an international game since falling to a team from the Czech ...

Sep 21, 2014

U.S. women's team routs China

Nneka Ogwumike scored 16 points and Jantel Lavender added 14 to help the U.S. women’s national team beat China 99-75 on Saturday in an exhibition game. The U.S. scored nine of the first 11 points and led 27-10 after the first quarter thanks to ...

Sep 20, 2014

Chapman arrested for shoplifting

Former NBA guard Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale and then selling the items at a pawn shop. Police took the 46-year-old Chapman into custody Friday afternoon after officers stopped his vehicle ...

Krzyzewski defends dual coaching roles

Sep 19, 2014

Krzyzewski defends dual coaching roles

Mike Krzyzewski says his side job as coach of U.S. national team does not give him an unfair advantage at Duke. Krzyzewski met with media in Durham on Thursday for the first time since leading the Americans to the gold medal at the FIBA ...