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Mercury rising, as Phoenix nears mark

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury are closing in on one of the greatest records in WNBA history, the Los Angeles Sparks' 18-game winning streak.To equal that mark, the Mercury need to win two more games, starting with defending...

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WNBA roundup

 July 30, 2014; Updated: 12:22 am

Liberty 80, Mystics 76 (OT)Bill Laimbeer and his New York Liberty are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

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NBA players union elects new executive director

 July 30, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

The National Basketball Players Association has elected Michele Roberts as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American pro sports union.Roberts received 32 of 36 votes in a process that was completed in the...

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Sale of Clippers to go forward

 July 29, 2014; Updated: 4:19 am

Los Angeles — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

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Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

 July 28, 2014; Updated: 6:13 pm

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WNBA Roundup

 July 28, 2014; Updated: 11:54 pm

Mystics 77, Dream 67

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WNBA Roundup

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Lynx 112, Dream 108Former UConn star Maya Moore scored a franchise-record 48 points, the second most in WNBA history, to help Minnesota beat Atlanta in double overtime on Tuesday night.Moore hit 16 of 30 shots from the field,...

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NBA notes

 July 22, 2014; Updated: 1:06 am

Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay off debts

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Slumping Sparks fire Carol Ross as coach

 July 21, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Carol Ross has been fired as coach of the slumping Los Angeles Sparks, and will be replaced by general manager Penny Toler for the rest of the season.The team made the move Sunday. The Sparks are in fourth place in the Western Conference,...

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Leslie headlines 2015 women’s Hall of Fame class

 July 20, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie headlines the 2015 women's basketball Hall of Fame induction class announced Saturday.She is joined by former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain, University of Georgia standout Janet Harris,...

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Napier signs rookie deal with Heat for $1.2 million

 July 19, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Shabazz Napier has signed his rookie deal with the Miami Heat.Napier's deal got finalized Friday, hours before Miami's final game of its summer league schedule in Las Vegas. The point guard will make about $1.2 million this season after...

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Mercury torch the Sun

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 5:01 pm

Phoenix — The league-leading Phoenix Mercury have the offensive firepower to overwhelm any team in the WNBA.

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NBA’s Bill Russell collapses during Tahoe speech

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Celtics officials say NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe.Team spokesman Brian Olive says the 80-year-old Russell felt faint after the Thursday morning fall at the Hyatt...

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WNBA roundup

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 11:48 pm

Fever 82, Sky 64The message on the board in the Indiana locker room was "Finish Strong," something the Fever have struggled to do.

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WNBA Roundup

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Lynx 93, Shock 82After a rocky midseason stretch, Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve believes the defending-champion Lynx have just started to play their best basketball.Former UConn star Maya Moore scored 32 points and the Lynx handed...

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NBA Notes

 July 17, 2014; Updated: 11:50 pm

AP Source: Hornets land StephensonLance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte.

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Balanced NBA field will make title chase tougher

 July 16, 2014; Updated: 2:54 am

Las Vegas — Patrick Ewing sees the parallels between then and now.

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Drummond one of 19 chosen for USA men’s basketball camp

 July 15, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Coach Mike Krzyzewski hopes Derrick Rose's NBA comeback begins in a USA uniform.Even if Rose isn't ready, the Americans have plenty of talent for another run at a world championship.Rose and four returnees from the 2012 Olympic...

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NBA roundup

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 2:09 am

AP source: James signs two-year contractFirst, the Cavaliers got LeBron James' word. Then they got his signature.

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LeBron's path leads back home

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 1:50 am

Cleveland — If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go.

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AP sources: Bosh agrees to max deal with Heat

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 4:19 am

Chris Bosh said countless times in recent weeks that he did not want to leave Miami.Not even LeBron James’ departure changed his mind.

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NBA roundup

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 12:03 am

Lakers acquire Lin from Rockets, still pursuing Anthony

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He's back: LeBron James says he's returning to Cavaliers

 July 11, 2014; Updated: 12:54 pm

James told Sports Illustrated in a first-person story: "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now."

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WNBA roundup

 July 10, 2014; Updated: 2:08 am

Stars 80, Liberty 66

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AP sources: Riley, LeBron meet, no decision yet

 July 10, 2014; Updated: 2:04 am

Las Vegas — Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think.

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