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Gregg Popovich defends team, U.S. beats Poland for 7th at World Cup

USA Basketball finishes World Cup in 7th place, tops Poland 87-74 in finale – with Gregg Popovich offering a strong defense afterward


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019, 5:07 p.m.

Kobe Bryant: Easy days for USA Basketball are over

Kobe Bryant played on the Redeem Team in 2008, the one that delivered a gold medal in Beijing after a series of USA Basketball disappointments in big tournaments.


U.S. loses to Serbia 94-89 at FIBA World Cup, assuring worst big-tourney finish

The U.S. came to China looking to again be the best in the world. It will go home with the worst tournament showing in program history.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

Jordin Canada, Jewell Loyd lead Seattle Storm past Minnesota, into second round of WNBA playoffs

Jordin Canada scored a career-high 26 points and the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm beat the seventh-seeded Minnesota Lynx 84-74 Wednesday night in a first-round, winner-take-all playoff game in Everett.


Analysis: USA Basketball’s World Cup plan went awry long ago

USA Basketball’s plan for a third consecutive World Cup title started going off the rails long before this tournament even began, after just about everyone who was originally asked to …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

A shocker: United States beaten 89-79 by France in FIBA World Cup quarters

U.S. will not medal at the basketball World Cup, falling 89-79 to France in the quarterfinals.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

AAU basketball strives to become more inclusive

The Amateur Athletic Union – or AAU – is often associated with travel teams, money and LaVar Ball. The Spokane Hoops Association is looking to change the negative connotations that …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Los Angeles Sparks dominate Seattle Storm 102-68, take No. 3 seed

Candace Parker scored 20 points, Nneka Ogwumike added 14 points and 10 rebounds and the Los Angeles Sparks wrapped up the No. 3 seed with a 102-68 victory over the …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

Vlade Divac, Jack Sikma are centers of attention at Hall of Fame

Vlade Divac and Jack Sikma were big men who could pass and shoot, helping redefine the post position in the NBA. The pair now await induction to the Naismith Memorial …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 6:53 p.m.

Rising star: Former Gonzaga standout Rui Hachimura proving himself on FIBA World Cup stage

Japan is winless in two World Cup games, but the stage has not been too big for Rui Hachimura.


Dwight Howard eager to make most of 2nd chance with Lakers

Dwight Howard says he is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers with a new outlook on basketball and his place in it. The veteran center hopes the Lakers fans who …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Natasha Howard scores 22, Seattle Storm beat Mercury 82-70

Natasha Howard scored 11 of her 22 points in the first quarter and the Seattle Storm got off to a strong start en route to an 82-70 win over the …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

FIBA World Cup: U.S. gets past Turkey 93-92 in OT; Jayson Tatum injured

Khris Middleton’s free throws late save U.S., as Americans top Turkey in World Cup.


For Gregg Popovich, leading USA Basketball is a true calling

U.S coach Gregg Popovich remains a military man. Nearly a half-century after his graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, he still recalls the lessons learned there, such as how …


Nets’ Wilson Chandler suspended 25 games for positive drug test

Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler has been suspended 25 games without pay by the NBA for testing positive for a drug that increases the release of a growth hormone. The …


WNBA’s Kayla Alexander writes and illustrates children’s book

Kayla Alexander loved to draw since she was a child, when she was inspired by a patient teacher. She continued to blossom as an artist as she grew up, attending …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 8:06 p.m.

Former Gonzaga standout Courtney Vandersloot breaks own WNBA single-season assists record

On Tuesday night, the former Gonzaga All-American had 10 assists to bring her single-season total to 263 and break her WNBA record set last year.


Alyssa Thomas has 22 points, 11 rebounds, Sun beat Storm 89-70

Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double, Courtney Williams scored 17 points and the Connecticut Sun beat the Seattle Storm 89-70. Connecticut is a game …


USA rebounds to beat Canada after 78-game win streak was snapped

The United States rebounded from a rare loss two days earlier to outclass Canada 84-68 in a pre-World Cup exhibition basketball game. At the same arena where the Americans won …


Analysis: Gregg Popovich faces tough numbers game for World Cup

It’ll soon be time for Gregg Popovich to pare USA Basketball’s roster from 13 players to 12 in time for the FIBA World Cup this month.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 8:46 p.m.

Shekinna Stricklen, Sun rally to beat Storm 79-78

Shekinna Stricklen scored 24 points and made a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds left to help the Connecticut Sun rally from a late seven-point deficit and beat the …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 11:08 a.m.

AP sources: Alibaba exec to buy Nets, arena for $3.4 billion

The co-founder of Alibaba has agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov. Two people with knowledge of the …


Napheesa Collier having stellar rookie season for the Minnesota Lynx

Napheesa Collier wanted to make her mark as a rookie for the Minnesota Lynx. With nine games left in the regular season, she’s done just that, putting herself on the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins tears ACL in left knee, awaiting surgery

DeMarcus Cousins is now facing rehab from another major injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured their first big problem heading into a season with championship expectations. Cousins was …


As World Cup gets closer, USA Basketball working on bonding

USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t have many rules for his World Cup team. They’re more like suggestions, such as the one about limiting phone usage when the team is …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

King’s court: LeBron James dedicates court at his hometown school

LeBron James has dedicated a basketball court at the school he founded for underprivileged children in his hometown. Joined by his former teammates from nearby St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, …


Stephen Curry embraces Warriors’ change, praises Kevin Durant

Stephen Curry knows he and Kevin Durant will reminisce someday about their three insanely successful years together on the Golden State Warriors. For now, Curry is embracing new beginnings as …


Around the WNBA: Liberty hosts third annual UNITY Day; Mystics sit atop poll

Tina Charles is pleased how the New York Liberty ownership group has continued to support the players’ activism involving social issues. The team hosted its third annual UNITY Day game …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

WNBA suspends Brittney Griner 3 games for fight; 4 others punished

The WNBA has suspended Mercury center Brittney Griner three games for her role in a fight in the Dallas-Phoenix game Saturday that resulted in six players getting ejected. The league …


Playing for Gregg Popovich big perk for USA Basketball hopefuls

Seventeen players in consideration for the 12 spots on the USA Basketball team are focused on training camp. They all want to play for new USA coach Gregg Popovich. Most …