International basketball

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich prepares for Game 5 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 29, 2019 - 1:56 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs suffered through an odd, erratic season filled with injuries, strife and drama before a second straight ouster from the playoffs in the first round. Gregg Popovich enjoyed it so much he is coming back for a 24th season as coach in San Antonio. Normally extremely private...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, St. John's coach Chris Mullin shouts during the second half of the team's NCAA basketball game against Butler, in Indianapolis. Mullin felt in his heart that it was time to move on from St. John’s. Mullin stepped down as coach of the school he starred at as a player in the 1980s earlier this month after four years on the job. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
April 22, 2019 - 12:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Mullin felt in his heart it was time to leave St. John's. He stepped down this month after four years as coach at the school where he starred in the 1980s. "It got to a certain point for me to do something different," Mullin told The Associated Press on Monday. "Straight from...
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Toyota’s basketball robot Cue 3 demonstrates Monday, April 1, 2019 at a gymnasium in Fuchu, Tokyo. The 207-centimeter (six-foot-10) -tall machine made five of eight three-pointer shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual. Toyota Motor Corp.’s robot, called Cue 3, computes as a three-dimensional image where the basket is, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a swish.(AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)
March 31, 2019 - 11:26 pm
TOKYO (AP) — It can't dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota's basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a 3-pointer. The 207-centimeter (six-foot, 10-inch)-tall machine made five of eight 3-point shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than...
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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reacts to a call from a referee during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 109-83. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
March 16, 2019 - 8:04 am
USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China. Their first three opponents, however, are finally set. The Americans' quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic,...
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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich give referee Tony Brothers (25) and earfull during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. The Knicks defeated the Spurs 130-118. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
February 25, 2019 - 11:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Now the U.S. really is Gregg Popovich's team. He's been the Americans' national team coach for a few years but there was never a guarantee he'd actually get to lead them in competition. The U.S. first had to qualify for the Basketball World Cup, where the Americans can then play...
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February 25, 2019 - 8:18 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Reggie Hearn is not going to play in China at the FIBA World Cup this summer. He got a memory that'll last a lifetime anyway. Hearn hit a long jumper from the right corner as time expired, and the United States defeated Argentina 84-83 on Monday night in the final qualifying...
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February 22, 2019 - 8:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Dario Saric says basketball's World Cup qualifying system "doesn't make any sense" to him after Croatia was eliminated from contention Friday. The Croatians had a strong run in the 2016 Olympics, winning their group and reaching the quarterfinals. But they will be sitting home this...
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Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 16, 2019 - 7:33 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo is the NBA's slam dunk champion. Going over Shaquille O'Neal in the first round, then getting a boost from rapper Quavo in the finale, Diallo soared to the crown by topping New...
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February 14, 2019 - 5:35 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during a Greek Cup semifinal game against rival Panathinaikos following complaints over the refereeing. Olympiakos forfeited the game at Olympic Stadium in Athens on Wednesday, leaving at halftime...
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FILE -In this Jan. 7, 2017, file photo, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino reacts on the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Pitino has won his first game in Greece, lifting troubled Panathinaikos to a win Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, over CSKA Moscow in Europe's main competition. The victory comes two days after he arrived in Athens to take over the club. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
December 28, 2018 - 2:30 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Rick Pitino has won his first game in Greece, coaching troubled Panathinaikos to a 96-84 victory over CSKA Moscow on Friday night in Europe's main competition. The victory came two days after he arrived in Athens to take over Panathinaikos (pronounced pa-nath-een-eye-KHOS). He...
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