• July 27, 2016

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Kevin Durant shines in first game at new home arena

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oh yeah, Kevin Durant fully planned on putting up the initial shot for the U.S. as he played his first game at Oracle Arena since joining the Golden State Warriors.

Amare Stoudemire retires from NBA

NEW YORK (AP) — Amare Stoudemire's greatest NBA success was in Phoenix, where as Steve Nash's pick-and-roll partner he was one of the NBA's most fearsome finishers.

US women's hoops team wraps up 3 exhibitions at Garden

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. women's basketball team continues its pre-Olympic tour with a three-city exhibition series that wraps up Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Woman shares her sexual assault story with Baylor players

WACO, Texas (AP) — A woman who said she was raped by two Oregon State football players and two other men in 1998 shared her story with the Baylor football team Monday.

AP sources: Dion Waiters to Miami on 1-year deal

Dion Waiters has been looking for a team that can offer him a prominent scoring role.

AP source: Lue, Cavs agree to multiyear contract extension

CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the contract says Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is getting a multiyear extension with the NBA champions.

WNBA president on rescinded fines: We needed to move forward

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA President Lisa Borders says she hopes that rescinding the fines the league imposed over black warmup shirts worn in solidarity for shooting victims will lead to a fresh start on social activism for the players and their union.

Jordan gives $2M; looks to build trust between blacks, cops

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan finally spoke out on Monday about racial tensions in America in hopes of easing conflicts between blacks and law enforcement.

Boos to cheers: Durant heads home to Oakland with Team USA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even in a jersey with "USA" on the chest, Kevin Durant got some boos at Staples Center on Sunday night.

Durant leads US to second exhibition rout, 106-57 over China

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 19 points, Klay Thompson added 17 and the U.S. basketball team rolled to a second straight blowout exhibition victory, 106-57 over China on Sunday night.

Foreign athletes use Brazilian connections to make it to Rio

SAO PAULO (AP) — Rugby player Isadora Cerullo never lived in Brazil. Fencer Ghislain Perrier speaks very little Portuguese. Golfer Miriam Nagl played abroad most of her life.

WNBA withdraws fines for teams that wore black warmup shirts

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is withdrawing its fines for teams and players that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warmup shirts before and during games.

WNBA president lauds activism, wishes it was kept off court

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA President Lisa Borders applauds the league's players for taking a stance on social issues. She just wishes the activism was kept off the court.

Fans in Vegas miss Olympic hoops exhibition due to glitch

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thousands of fans expecting to see the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team play against Argentina inside a Las Vegas arena were left outside because of a ticketing snafu.

US romps over Argentina in first Olympic exhibition

LAS VEGAS (AP) — New team. Same old result.

OSU officials: Coger died after 40-minute outdoor workout

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died from an enlarged heart after a 40-minute team workout on the football stadium stairs in hot weather, officials said Friday.

Top Massachusetts lawmaker makes play for NBA All-Star Game

BOSTON (AP) — Boston is apparently out of the running for the 2017 NBA All-Star game, which became available after the league decided to move the event out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

With Charlotte out, New Orleans favorite for NBA All-Star

NEW YORK (AP) — As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars the festivities would bring to the local economy.

UConn AD preparing pitch, waiting to hear from Big 12

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn's new athletic director says he's waiting to hear from the Big 12 about its interest level in the school before reaching out with an official pitch to join the conference.

Warriors' Draymond Green settles assault case before Rio

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers say Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green will pay $560 for a noise violation in a deal that gets rid of a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge in East Lansing, Michigan.

NBA moving All-Star Game out of Charlotte, cites LGBT law

The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

WNBA fines 3 teams, players for shirts in wake of shootings

NEW YORK (AP) — Social activism is coming at a cost for WNBA players.

ACC, ESPN extend deal to 2036 that includes new ACC Network

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford said Thursday the league has extended its media deal with ESPN through the 2035-36 season, which includes the eventual launch of an ACC TV channel.

Star South Korean pitcher charged in gambling case

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have indicted a star baseball player for allegedly manipulating games for gambling purposes in what could be another blow to the reputation of the country's professional sports leagues.