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FILE - In this April 26, 2019, file photo, traffic warden and securities stand guard near a TV screen broadcasting live of President Xi Jinping's opening speech, outside a shopping mall in Beijing. Companies who do business with China walk a fine line to stay aligned with U.S. values such as freedom of speech and democracy while avoiding offending China, where they stand to make billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
October 08, 2019 - 5:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The furor over a tweet by the Houston Rockets general manager in support of Hong Kong protesters is highlighting the fine line that U.S. companies must walk when doing business with China. The NBA is trying to manage that delicate relationship after Daryl Morey posted a now-deleted...
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A man walks past statues of NBA players Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, left, and Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers holding Chinese flags in the entrance of an NBA merchandise store in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV announced Tuesday it will no longer air two NBA preseason games set to be played in the country. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
October 08, 2019 - 1:13 pm
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the NBA's relationship with China (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says ordinary people have already expressed their position after a tweet unraveled the country's relationship with the NBA. Geng says "how can it be possible to...
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October 07, 2019 - 6:55 pm
DETROIT (AP) — On the day the Detroit Pistons opened their new training facility, owner Tom Gores discussed his hopes for the upcoming season. Not surprisingly, he'd like more progress after the team made a brief playoff appearance a season ago. "We have to do more," Gores said. "Coach said it up...
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FILE - In this July 25, 1996 file photo, Jim 'Mattress Mack' McIngvale listens during a press conference at the the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce building in Atlanta. Jim McIngvale, a mattress store owner from Houston who calls himself "Mattress Mack,” plans to bet at least $1.5 million on the Astros in New Jersey on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. (Richard Carson/Houston Chronicle via AP)
October 07, 2019 - 4:12 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mattress Mack is the kind of character who fits nicely into the Las Vegas betting scene, skipping from sports book to sports book in search of a big score. That he was placing a $3.5 million bet on his beloved Houston Astros in Mississippi last week — and an additional $1.5 million...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2011, file photo, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey discusses the direction of the team with the media during a basketball news conference, in Houston, after the decision to part ways with NBA basketball head coach Rick Adelman. Morey tried Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 to defuse the rapidly growing fallout over his deleted tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters, saying he did not intend to offend any of the team's Chinese fans or sponsors. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
October 07, 2019 - 2:14 am
BEIJING (AP) — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tried Sunday to defuse the rapidly growing fallout over his deleted tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters, saying he did not intend to offend any of the team's Chinese fans or sponsors. A short time after Morey...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2019, file photo, Magic Johnson speaks to reporters prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazer in Los Angeles. Johnson might actually miss the Lakers if he was not always checking up on them. Johnson quit as the team's president of basketball operations at the end of the last season, leaving him out of a gym, but not out of the loop, as Los Angeles opened training camp. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
October 05, 2019 - 3:16 am
Magic Johnson might actually miss the Los Angeles Lakers if he wasn't always checking up on them. Johnson quit as the team's president of basketball operations at the end of the last season, leaving him out of a gym, but not out of the loop, as Los Angeles opened training camp. "I'm working like I'...
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This October 2018 photo provided by the NWHL shows National Women’s Hockey League founder Dani Rylan at TRIA Rink in St. Paul, Minn. Dani Rylan has a blunt message for her detractors in preparing to open her fifth season. To those questioning the league's stability after several franchises lost their local NHL teams' backing, and some of the world’s top players opted to sit out this year, Rylan is defiant by insisting there will be a sixth season next October, a seventh one after that, and so on. "We're not going anywhere. We're just growing," she told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview last month. (Kirsten Burton/NWHL via AP)
October 04, 2019 - 12:13 pm
National Women's Hockey League founder and commissioner Dani Rylan has a blunt message for her detractors in preparing to open her fifth season. "We're not going anywhere. We're just growing," she told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview last month. There are questions about the league...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 1949, file photo, Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks Bob Waterfield, left, and Norm Van Brocklin warm up at a practice session in Hershey, Pa. Waterfield was the NFL MVP in 1945 as a rookie while leading the Cleveland Rams to the championship. Then the former UCLA player got to go home to California when the franchise moved to Los Angeles following that title season. Waterfield was a three-time All-Pro and led the league in passing twice. (AP Photo/File)
October 04, 2019 - 10:30 am
A look at the NFL's third decade, the 1940s: FRANCHISES The NFL reached the West Coast for the first time when the defending champion Cleveland Rams moved to Los Angeles for the 1946 season. After stabilizing for the first time in the late 1930s, the league was mostly unchanged in its third decade...
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October 03, 2019 - 7:49 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Minshew Mania meet Anonymous Allen. Two young backup quarterbacks with different looks but similar styles have taken over in Jacksonville and Carolina, energizing their teams with back-to-back victories after 0-2 starts. On Sunday, Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew and Carolina’...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler, left, newly named head coach Derek Fisher, center, and two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player Candace Parker pose for a photo during a news conference in Los Angeles. The WNBA is looking into an obscenity-laced speech that included racial epithets made by Los Angeles general manager Penny Toler in the locker room after the Sparks lost Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals in Connecticut. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
October 03, 2019 - 3:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is looking into an obscenity-laced speech that included racial epithets made by Los Angeles general manager Penny Toler in the locker room after the Sparks lost Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals in Connecticut. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said on ESPN on Thursday “we...
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