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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 - 10:33 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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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the NBA All-Star festivities, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The 68th All-Star game will be played Sunday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
February 16, 2019 - 9:09 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Milwaukee has the best record in the NBA, Denver has its coaching staff at the All-Star Game and Sacramento is in position to end the league's longest current playoff drought. Overseeing a league that has wanted competitive balance, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver likes what he'...
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FILE - In this May 12, 2015, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps speaks during an NBA basketball news conference at the team's practice facility in Metairie, La. A person familiar with the situation says the Pelicans have fired general manager Dell Demps. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, because the club has not announced it. Demps did not immediately return voice and text messages left with him Friday morning. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
February 15, 2019 - 7:54 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have decided to fire ninth-year general manager Dell Demps and start the process of finding someone to deal with the fallout of All-Star Anthony Davis' recent trade demand. Demps' dismissal comes after Davis said in late January that he would not sign an...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, in Charlotte, N.C. Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have reached settlements on their collusion lawsuits against the NFL, the league said Friday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)
February 15, 2019 - 6:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — With a public hearing looming and the threat of owners and league officials facing depositions, the NFL settled collusion cases brought by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. The league, about to celebrate its 100th season, faced criticism from all sides thanks to the protest movement...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, looks at the baseball field from their dugout before the start of the Nationals last home game of the season against the Miami Marlins in Washington Spring training has started, yet two of baseball's biggest stars, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, are sitting at home. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
February 15, 2019 - 4:39 pm
Spring training has started, yet two of baseball's biggest stars, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, are sitting at home. For those who think this is a strong indication that the national pastime is headed toward another paralyzing labor dispute, do not fret. There's too much money at stake — on all...
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In this Feb. 9, 2019, photo, invitees listen during an orientation for volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries, and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn’t be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers, and monarchs. That’s the case at next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics where about 80,000 will be needed. Just over 200,000 have applied with orientation and interviews for Japan residents starting this month. (Mizuki Ikari/Kyodo News via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 3:22 am
TOKYO (AP) — Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn't be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers and monarchs. The billion-...
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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, center, yells at referee Ken Mauer, left, after being called for a technical foul, while guard Stephen Curry, right, watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. The Blazers won 129-107. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
February 14, 2019 - 7:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Golden State coach Steve Kerr has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for verbally abusing and confronting a referee. The penalty announced Thursday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, was for Kerr's actions in a 127-107 loss at Portland on...
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February 12, 2019 - 8:15 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Raiders have had their first talks about returning for one final season in Oakland since the city filed suit over the team's planned move to Las Vegas. Oakland Coliseum executive director Scott McKibben said Tuesday that he met with Raiders president Marc Badain last week...
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Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 12, 2019 - 12:43 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan says James Harden's streak of 30 straight 30-point games and Russell Westbrook's 10 straight triple-doubles are both impressive and tough to accomplish. But the Charlotte Hornets owner said Tuesday — flashing a big grin — that there is one accomplishment...
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February 11, 2019 - 6:06 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has told Louisiana's governor there was an error in the officiating that helped the Los Angeles Rams go to the Super Bowl instead of the New Orleans Saints, but there's nothing he can do about it. Goodell wrote to Gov. John Bel Edwards saying a...
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