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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The abuse has followed Timo Werner for months, gathering pace as rapidly as the striker has amassed goals.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A year ago, uncertainty surrounded Russell Westbrook.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Allen Iverson plans to be more spectator than scorer in the Big3.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Shavonte Zellous is thrilled that the New York Liberty will have a float in Sunday's pride parade, the first for a sports franchise in the city.

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Magic Johnson pointed a long index finger at the wall of the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex, where the 16-time NBA champions' nine retired numbers hang over the practice court.

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Blake Griffin has decided to test free agency, telling the Los Angeles Clippers that he is opting out of the final year of his contract.

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NEW YORK (AP) — John McEnroe had a ringside seat for the ugliest bout at Madison Square Garden last season.

As draft night approached, some of the heavy hitters in the NBA — Cleveland, San Antonio, Houston, Boston, the Clippers among them — were jockeying, making calls and looking for deals to try to position themselves to make a run at the Golden State juggernaut.

HOUSTON (AP) — Former NBA player Marcus Camby has been named defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit over the drowning of his 9-year-old autistic nephew in a pond on Camby's Houston-area property last Thanksgiving.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — On the 45th anniversary of Title IX, women and people of color remain on the outside when it comes to hiring head coaches in women's college sports, according to a report Friday by sports institutes.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Markelle Fultz already has his first turnover as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have donated $875,000 in proceeds from NBA Finals watch parties to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Ice Cube is not planning an old timer's tour. He isn't interested in All-Star Game intensity.

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MIAMI (AP) — Lauri Markkanen had a special accessory sewn into the lining of his suit jacket at the NBA draft.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ever since Tom Thibodeau took over in Minnesota last summer, a reunion with Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler seemed destined to happen.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Thursday night's NBA draft (all times local):

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NEW YORK (AP) — Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the NBA arrived Thursday night.

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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers put The Process in the hands of Washington guard Markelle Fultz.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — No pick. No picker.

NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers select Washington guard Markelle Fultz with No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Markelle Fultz is still expected to be the No. 1 pick, though the destination has changed.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Chauncey Billups once competed against the Cleveland Cavaliers as a player. He could be joining them as an executive.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is bringing back its 3-point contest to the All-Star Game.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Multiple stars from last summer's Rio Olympics highlight this year's nominees for best male and female athletes for The ESPYS.

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Spending on men's and women's athletic programs has doubled over the past decade across all three NCAA divisions and the greatest gap between the two can be found in Division I, according to a report released Wednesday marking the 45th anniversary of the Title IX ruling that bars discriminat…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Markelle Fultz is ready for the NBA draft. He's already learned about life at the trade deadline.

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In the often unpredictable world of the NBA, there is some symmetry in Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons likely becoming teammates as pros.

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DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado came through with another big swing for the Colorado Rockies.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Dwight Howard's Atlanta homecoming was short-lived.

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Dwight Howard and Brook Lopez are on the move. Dwyane Wade is opting in. Pau Gasol is opting out. The Los Angeles Lakers provided the clearest indication yet that Lonzo Ball is their guy.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Nothing ever seems good enough for Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Chauncey Billups was clutch as a player, earning the nickname "Mr. Big Shot."

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people with knowledge of the deal say the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade point guard D'Angelo Russell and high-priced center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for big man Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in the upcoming draft.

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Pau Gasol has declined the option on his contract for next season with the San Antonio Spurs, but it's doubtful he's going anywhere.

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MIAMI (AP) — Isaiah Hartenstein's NBA odyssey will start at the draft.

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BOSTON (AP) — Sixty NBA draft hopefuls will hear their names called Thursday night as members of the 2017 rookie class.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The top forwards in Thursday's NBA draft needed only a season in college to secure their position in the lottery.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Connecticut Sun have made the most of a brutal early season schedule.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are getting into the jersey advertisement game with a Fitbit patch in a three-year deal.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The top shooting guards in Thursday night's NBA draft certainly offer plenty of high-scoring punch. They also come with some question marks.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — One year ago, David Griffin celebrated the biggest win in Cavaliers history.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Famer Jerry West, fresh off helping the Golden State Warriors win another NBA championship, is now officially a consultant with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Davon Reed has crisscrossed the country almost nonstop for the last few weeks, playing anywhere he could with hopes of raising his NBA draft stock.

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History will say the Boston Celtics passed on the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA draft, not only trading it away but doing so in a deal with one of the team's fiercest rivals.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Dethroned last week as NBA champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers are stepping into a summer already off to a strange start.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Teams looking for point guard help in Thursday night's NBA draft are in luck — as long as they have a high pick, that is.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By now the entire basketball world knows Lonzo Ball is a singular talent with a unique parent.

The Indiana Pacers' timeline for making a decision on star forward Paul George just kicked into overdrive.

About the only thing missing from Diana Taurasi's record-setting day was a victory.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 19 points to break the WNBA career scoring record in the Phoenix Mercury's 90-59 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Taurasi became the WNBA's career scorer leader, passing Tina Thompson's mark of 7,488 on Sunday against Los Angeles.

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