• FILE- In this June 17, 2011, file photo, Virginia coach Brian O'Connor speaks during a news conference in Omaha, Neb. Virginia has reached the College World Series four of the last seven years, finished as the runner-up in 2014 and as national champion in 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file)

    Defending champ Virginia not taking trips to CWS for granted

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Virginia has reached the College World Series four of the last seven years, finished as the runner-up in 2014 and as national champion in 2015.

  • In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) drives past New York Knicks' Langston Galloway (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto. All-Stars Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have pushed the Raptors to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference at the break, giving their dedicated and vocal fan base reason to pack the Air Canada Center. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

    NBA All-Star weekend highlights Canada’s growing hoops love

    TORONTO (AP) — When Greg Anthony arrived in Vancouver to join the inaugural Grizzlies team in 1995, the cash in his pocket wasn’t the only currency that he needed to exchange.

  • Indiana's Yogi Ferrell (11) passes over Iowa's Peter Jok (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Hoosiers use late surge to upset No. 4 Hawkeyes 85-78

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana’s Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell wanted the ball Thursday night.

  • Washington Wizards' Otto Porter Jr. (22) goes up for a shot against Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

    Bucks go into All-Star break with 99-92 win over Wizards

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 27 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Washington Wizards 99-92 on Thursday night.

  • Thunder fans drop off flowers at a memorial for Ingrid Williams, the wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams, who died Wednesday as the result of a car accident Tuesday, before an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016.  Ingrid Williams' photo is on display at left.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Thunder hold moment of silence for assistant Williams’ wife

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder held a moment of silence for assistant coach Monty Williams’ wife before their game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night, a day after she died following a car crash.

  • In this June 15, 2004, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O'Neal (34) dunks the ball against the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Auburn Hills, Mich. This year's Hall of Fame class includes a star-studded field of potential finalists, including Shaquille O'Neal, Yao Ming and Allen Iverson. That trio should be a lock to get in. (AP Photo/ Michael Conroy, File)

    Shaq wishes he had a farewell tour like Kobe is getting

    TORONTO (AP) — Shaquille O’Neal has watched former teammate Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour this season from afar. And even though Bryant hasn’t been the consistently dynamic player he once was while playing for a Los Angeles Lakers team that is losing games by the bucketful, O’Neal couldn’t help but be a little envious of the way Bryant has been able to say goodbye.

  • NBA All-Star MVP voting to include use of player emojis

    TORONTO (AP) — Voting for the NBA All-Star Game MVP will include Twitter — using emojis.

  • In this  Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant gestures to fans as he walks off of the court after an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. The final NBA All-Star Game for Bryant and the first to be staged outside the U.S. is in Toronto, the city that staged the first NBA game 70 years ago and is so enthusiastic for basketball now that it could no longer be ignored no matter what the thermometer says. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)

    Kobe’s last, Toronto’s 1st as NBA All-Star goes outside US

    TORONTO (AP) — Of all the goodies Kobe Bryant collects in his farewell season, one this weekend might be particularly useful.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder's Dion Waiters (3) drives past Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker, left, for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Suns’ Booker replaces 76rs’ Noel in Rising Stars Challenge

    TORONTO (AP) — Phoenix Suns rookie Devin Booker has replaced injured Philadelphia player Nerlens Noel on the U.S. team roster in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

  • Suns assign McRae to Bakersfield of D-League

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns assigned guard Jordan McRae to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League on Thursday, and said he will play in the D-League All-Star Game on Saturday in Toronto.