Bill Russell, NBA great and Celtics legend, dies at 88

BOSTON (AP) — Bill Russell, the NBA great who anchored a Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 years — the last two as the first Black head coach in any major U.S. sport — and marched for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., died Sunday. He was 88. His family posted […]

Nikola Jokic captures 2nd straight NBA MVP title

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic plays for Denver. And for Serbia. Both places can once again make the same claim: For the second consecutive season, they’re home to the best player in the NBA. The league announced Wednesday night that Jokic had captured back-to-back MVP awards. The Nuggets’ big man is the second consecutive international […]

LeBron suspended 1 game, Stewart 2 games for altercation

Los Angeles (AP) – LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended for one game and Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart was suspended two games for their roles in an ugly incident during Sunday’s Lakers-Pistons game. The NBA announced the suspensions Monday, and both will affect games on Tuesday. James will not play when the […]

Scrubbed: March Madness leads long list of canceled sports

New York (AP), March 13 – The world’s sports schedule cratered at warp speed Thursday, with one of the biggest events on the U.S. calendar, the fun-filled and colorful college basketball tournament known as March Madness, becoming the first mega-event to be scrubbed due to fear of the spread of the coronavirus. Leaders at all […]

Rockets face tough Playoffs

MIAMI (AP) — The last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons. Their reward: A series against MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The drama of the regular season went all the way to the very end of the regular season, with seven of the eight first-round playoff matchups not […]

Houston’s Harden wins NBA MVP over James and Davis

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — James Harden of the Houston Rockets was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, beating out four-time winner LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA Awards on Monday night. Harden joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds […]

Gordon leads Rockets over Warriors 98-94 to take series lead

HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul’s grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination. Now the Houston Rockets must wait to see if his injured leg is strong enough to help them take one last step to the NBA Finals.Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 24 points […]

Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2

BOSTON (AP) — Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this postseason with their 10th straight victory […]

On time, on target: LeBron, Cavs pound Celtics in Game 3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside Cleveland’s locker room and pounded his chest with both hands. The Celtics got thumped next. James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home […]