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Northwestern center Barret Benson, center, reacts as he celebrates with guard Bryant McIntosh, left, and forward Vic Law after scoring a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won 68-55. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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  • Northwestern center Barret Benson, center, reacts as he celebrates with guard Bryant McIntosh, left, and forward Vic Law after scoring a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won 68-55. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Rolling Northwestern dreaming of 1st NCAA Tournament berth

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Bryant McIntosh is close enough he can see it when he closes his eyes. They all can, up and down the coaching staff and throughout the roster. With every 3-pointer, every shutdown performance, they move one step closer to the sweetest of uncharted territory for Northwestern. At long last, the NCAA […]
  • FILE - In this Friday, March 26, 2010, file photo, Tennessee's J.P. Prince, top, and Ohio State's Kyle Madsen fight for a rebound during an NCAA Midwest Regional college basketball game, in St. Louis. Eric Fleisher, the agent for Prince and fellow American basketball player Joseph Jones, said Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, he hopes they will be able to return to the country to finish their season. Prince and Jones remain in Dubai, where they were during a break when President Donald Trump temporarily suspended immigration from seven majority Muslim countries. Iran is among them and officials there threatened retaliation against the U.S., including limiting visas to U.S. citizens. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    2 US basketball players hope to return to team in Iran

    The agent for two Americans who play professional basketball in Iran hopes they will be able to return to the country to finish their season. J.P. Prince and Joseph Jones remain in Dubai, where they were during a break when President Donald Trump temporarily suspended immigration from seven majority Muslim countries. Iran is among them […]
  • Liberty acquire Vaughn and Hartley as part of 3-team trade

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bria Hartley made a replica New York Liberty jersey when she was 12 after attending one of their games at Madison Square Garden. Now the New York native will get to put on a real one after being traded with Kia Vaughn to the Liberty on Monday as part of a […]
  • UConn still No. 1 in AP women’s hoops poll

    NEW YORK (AP) — UConn still sits at No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll Monday after cruising to two more easy victories. The Huskies (20-0) have won an NCAA record 95 consecutive games and visit Temple on Wednesday before hosting Tulsa on Sunday. Following UConn is Baylor, Maryland, South Carolina and Mississippi […]
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, left, drives against Oklahoma City Thunder' Andre Roberson in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Kevin Love’s back problem could be big pain for Cavs

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love’s back flared up just when things were starting to calm down for the Cavaliers. Love was to have an MRI and medical evaluation Monday to see what’s causing the back spasms that have bothered him for several weeks. The All-Star forward, who left Sunday’s win over Oklahoma City in the […]
  • Gonzaga coach Mark Few yells at an official during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Pepperdine, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Malibu, Calif.. Gonzaga won 96-49. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

    Gonzaga moves to No. 1 for second time in school history

    Gonzaga, the last unbeaten team in Division I, moved to No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the second time in school history. The Zags (22-0) jumped up from third when Villanova and Kansas both were beaten in a week when seven of the top 10 lost. Gonzaga received 46 first-place votes […]
  • FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd talks with Giannis Antetokounmpo during an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo, the do-it-all franchise cornerstone for the Milwaukee Bucks, has blossomed into an NBA All-Star nearly a year after coach Kidd made him the team’s primary ball-handler. The 6-foot-11 forward is a tough matchup for his athleticism and wingspan. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, File)

    Giannis blossoms into playmaking All-Star for Bucks

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — As Giannis Antetokounmpo read the defense at the top of the lane, towering over his defender, John Hammond couldn’t help but think of another tall, dynamic ball-handler. The Milwaukee Bucks general manager often resists making comparisons. But in that one moment, the way that the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo handled the ball and surveyed […]
  • Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau yells during the third quarter of the team's NBA basketball against the Brooklyn Nets in Minneapolis, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. The Timberwolves defeated the Nets 129-109. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

    Belichick has quite a fan in Minnesota’s Thibodeau

    Tom Thibodeau has won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics, a gold medal with Team USA and been hired to take over the Minnesota Timberwolves and remake them to fit a vision he has carefully honed over the last two decades. Among all those sporting highs over a long career, one day stands out […]
  • Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr yells out at his team during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The Warriors won the game 113-111. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

    Warriors coach derides Trump administration’s travel ban

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed dismay over President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans citizens of seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States. Kerr spoke about the administration’s travel ban following a 113-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night, calling it a “horrible idea.” “As someone […]
  • Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson celebrates with Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant after hitting a shot late in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The Warriors won the game 113-111. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

    Curry out, but Warriors hold off Blazers 113-111

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Warriors coach Steve Kerr was already thinking of his next play when Evan Turner’s potential go-ahead 3-pointer was in the air. It wasn’t needed, as the shot bounced off the rim and Golden State held off the Portland Trail Blazers 113-111 on Sunday night without Stephen Curry. “I was drawing up […]