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Atkins scores 22, Mystics spoil Parker's return, rout Sparks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 10:43pm

Ariel Atkins hit five 3-pointerss and scored 22 points Tuesday night to lead the Washington Mystics to an 81-52 win over Los Angeles, spoiling the return of former MVP Candace Parker to the Sparks' lineup.

New Jersey may let Golden Nugget casino take some NBA bets

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 4:34pm

New Jersey lawmakers are considering loosening their sports betting restrictions to allow the owner of the Golden Nugget casino to accept bets on most National Basketball Association teams.

Andy Pope does his best work getting to US Opens

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 4:21pm

For some players, U.S. Open qualifying can be one of the toughest days of the year.

Study: NBA earns overall A grade in diversity hiring

Aaron Beard, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 1:26pm

A diversity report shows the NBA still leads men's professional sports leagues in racial and gender hiring practices.

Attorney: Deputy in clash with Raptors exec has concussion

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 12:59pm

A deputy suffered a concussion and is on medical leave after an altercation with the president of the Toronto Raptors as he tried to join his team on the court to celebrate their NBA championship, a lawyer said Tuesday.

High 5: Cavaliers mulling options with 5th pick in NBA draft

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 12:42pm

The Cavaliers barely survived a stormy season and then watched the NBA's postseason from afar.

Connecticut off to hot start, sits atop WNBA standings

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 12:34pm

No team has gotten off to a hotter start then the Connecticut Sun.

AP source: Celtics' Horford to be unrestricted free agent

Kyle Hightower, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 12:32pm

A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Boston Celtics center Al Horford will decline his player option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent.

Toronto police seek 4th person in Raptors rally shooting

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 9:17am

Police are looking for a fourth person and haven't recovered the gun involved in a shooting at a rally for the NBA champion Raptors that wounded four people and sent thousands fleeing, authorities said Tuesday.

Leonard quiet on future as Raptors celebrate with parade

Ian Harrison, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 1:11am

Fresh off leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, Kawhi Leonard received the key to the city at Monday's championship parade and rally.

Pelicans extend coach Gentry's contract through 2021

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 9:42pm

New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin says the club is exercising its option to extend coach Alvin Gentry's contract through the 2020-21 season.

LaMelo Ball, 17, signs with Australian team to prep for NBA

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 4:21pm

American teenager LaMelo Ball has signed with the Illawarra Hawks for the upcoming National Basketball League season, the second top U.S. prospect to join the Australian league under its Next Stars Program.

Police: 4 shot, 3 arrested at Raptors rally in Toronto

Rob Gillies and Ian Harrison, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 4:04pm

Gunfire broke out and a stampede ensued as fans celebrated at a rally Monday for the NBA champion Raptors, leaving four people shot and thousands fleeing less than a block from where the players and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat on stage.

Toronto police say 2 people shot and wounded at rally for NBA champion Raptors; 2 people arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 2:36pm

Toronto police say 2 people shot and wounded at rally for NBA champion Raptors; 2 people arrested .

The Latest: Police: 4 shot at Raptors rally in Toronto

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 2:24pm

The Latest on a shooting at a rally for the NBA champion Raptors in Toronto (all times local):

Pelicans primed to draft Zion -- and another top-5 prospect

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 1:47pm

Now that six-time All-Star Anthony Davis' trade request has been honored, it's time for the New Orleans Pelicans to start a new era by drafting the next face of the franchise.

For fantasy sports players, Harden is the NBA MVP

Jimmy Golen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 11:32am

Giannis Antetokuonmpo may have helped his team win 60 games and earn the No. 1 seed in the NBA during the regular season.

McBride scores 22, Aces rally past Lynx 80-75

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 7:40pm

Kayla McBride scored seven of her 22 points in a 14-3 closing run and the Las Vegas Aces overcame a sloppy start and beat the Minnesota Lynx 80-75 on Sunday.

Thomas helps Sun win franchise-record 12th in a row at home

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 3:52pm

Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun are tough to beat this season, especially at home.