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 July 22, 2014; Updated: 1:06 am

Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay off debts

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Slumping Sparks fire Carol Ross as coach

 July 21, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Carol Ross has been fired as coach of the slumping Los Angeles Sparks, and will be replaced by general manager Penny Toler for the rest of the season.The team made the move Sunday. The Sparks are in fourth place in the Western Conference,...

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Leslie headlines 2015 women’s Hall of Fame class

 July 20, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie headlines the 2015 women's basketball Hall of Fame induction class announced Saturday.She is joined by former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain, University of Georgia standout Janet Harris,...

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Napier signs rookie deal with Heat for $1.2 million

 July 19, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Shabazz Napier has signed his rookie deal with the Miami Heat.Napier's deal got finalized Friday, hours before Miami's final game of its summer league schedule in Las Vegas. The point guard will make about $1.2 million this season after...

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Mercury torch the Sun

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 5:01 pm

Phoenix — The league-leading Phoenix Mercury have the offensive firepower to overwhelm any team in the WNBA.

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NBA’s Bill Russell collapses during Tahoe speech

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Celtics officials say NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe.Team spokesman Brian Olive says the 80-year-old Russell felt faint after the Thursday morning fall at the Hyatt...

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WNBA roundup

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 11:48 pm

Fever 82, Sky 64The message on the board in the Indiana locker room was "Finish Strong," something the Fever have struggled to do.

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WNBA Roundup

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Lynx 93, Shock 82After a rocky midseason stretch, Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve believes the defending-champion Lynx have just started to play their best basketball.Former UConn star Maya Moore scored 32 points and the Lynx handed...

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NBA Notes

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 11:50 pm

AP Source: Hornets land StephensonLance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte.

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Balanced NBA field will make title chase tougher

 July 16, 2014; Updated: 2:54 am

Las Vegas — Patrick Ewing sees the parallels between then and now.

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Drummond one of 19 chosen for USA men’s basketball camp

 July 15, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Coach Mike Krzyzewski hopes Derrick Rose's NBA comeback begins in a USA uniform.Even if Rose isn't ready, the Americans have plenty of talent for another run at a world championship.Rose and four returnees from the 2012 Olympic...

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NBA roundup

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 2:09 am

AP source: James signs two-year contractFirst, the Cavaliers got LeBron James' word. Then they got his signature.

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LeBron's path leads back home

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 1:50 am

Cleveland — If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go.

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AP sources: Bosh agrees to max deal with Heat

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 4:19 am

Chris Bosh said countless times in recent weeks that he did not want to leave Miami.Not even LeBron James’ departure changed his mind.

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NBA roundup

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 12:03 am

Lakers acquire Lin from Rockets, still pursuing Anthony

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He's back: LeBron James says he's returning to Cavaliers

 July 11, 2014; Updated: 12:54 pm

James told Sports Illustrated in a first-person story: "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now."

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WNBA roundup

 July 10, 2014; Updated: 2:08 am

Stars 80, Liberty 66

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AP sources: Riley, LeBron meet, no decision yet

 July 10, 2014; Updated: 2:04 am

Las Vegas — Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think.

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James, Cavs owner could mend differences, reunite

 July 8, 2014; Updated: 3:57 am

Cleveland — There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation. The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter.

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Will James find his way back to Cavs?

 July 8, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Cleveland - There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation. The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter.But now, as James considers a return to the team he abandoned four years ago...

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WNBA roundup

 July 7, 2014; Updated: 12:01 am

Liberty 87, Lynx 80It's all starting to click for Tina Charles and the New York Liberty.

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NBA teams are keeping plans close to the vest

 July 4, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Miami - At this time four years ago NBA free agency was a circus. LeBron James was joining Twitter and Chris Bosh was offering regular updates on his free-agent wooing.It's a touch different this time around.Teams are holding...

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Anthony continues his free agent tour, visits Houston

 July 3, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Prized free agent Carmelo Anthony visited the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and was greeted with images of him in two different uniforms of the franchise.A day after visiting the Bulls, the New York Knicks' star continued his tour in...

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Kidd named as coach of Bucks; Nets receive draft picks in exchange

 July 2, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

The Milwaukee Bucks hired Jason Kidd as coach on Tuesday after completing a deal with the Brooklyn Nets.The Bucks sent the Nets two second-round picks for Kidd, who went 44-38 in his only season as Brooklyn coach.Milwaukee fired...

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NBA teams prepare to chase stars in free agency

 July 1, 2014; Updated: 12:21 am

The people of Cleveland burned LeBron James' jersey when he jilted the Cavaliers four years ago. They cursed his name and swore he was no son of theirs any longer. They cheered his defeats on South Beach with more enthusiasm than they cheered his...

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