• Durant leads US to second exhibition rout, 106-57 over China

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just two games into the U.S. basketball team’s pre-Olympic tour, coach Mike Krzyzewski already sees the start of something big.

  • Thunder sign Spanish guard Alex Abrines

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed guard Alex Abrines to a multiyear contract.

  • In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016 file photo, members of the New York Liberty basketball team await the start of a game against the Atlanta Dream in New York. The WNBA is withdrawing its fines for teams and players that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warmup shirts before and during games. WNBA President Lisa Borders said in a statement Saturday, July 23, the league was rescinding penalties given to the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and their players for wearing the shirts–which was a uniform violation. The players started wearing them to show solidarity after shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    WNBA withdraws fines for player protests

    NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is withdrawing its fines for teams and players that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warmup shirts before and during games.

  • In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a worker attaches a banner to a scaffolding in New Orleans in preparation of the NBA All-Star basketball game. The league took the 2017 game out of Charlotte on Thursday, July 21, 2016,  because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars they would bring to the local economy. New Orleans is the favorite, with one official familiar with the discussions telling The Associated Press that the league and city are “deep in negotiations” to stage the game there for a third time.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    Blame game follows NBA’s removal of Charlotte All-Star game

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game’s exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far.

  • In this April 14, 2016 file photo, Connecticut's Moriah Jefferson, right, and WNBA President Lisa Borders hold a San Antonio Stars jersey after Jefferson was selected with the second pick in the WNBA basketball draft  in Uncasville, Conn. WNBA President Borders applauds the league's players for taking a stance on social issues. She just wishes the activism was kept off the court. Borders spent the past two weeks talking with the union and its executive council, trying to come up with ways that both the league and its players could constructively address the Black Lives Matters movement. Nothing concrete was decided.  (Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant via AP, File)

    WNBA president talks about fining players over warmup shirts

    NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA President Lisa Borders applauds the league’s players for taking a stance on social issues. She just wishes the activism was kept off the court.

  • McCoughtry, Gray help Dream hold on for 93-88 win over Wings

    ATLANTA (AP) — Reshanda Gray had 22 points and 10 rebounds — both career highs — and Angel McCoughtry scored five points during a decisive late run to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Dallas Wings 93-88 on Friday night.

  • Ogwumike leads Sparks to 95-75 win over Mystics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Candace Parker added 18 points and six assists and the Los Angeles Sparks ended a two-game skid with a 95-75 win over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.

  • Pelicans sign Jones for 1 year, Frazier for 2 years

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say they have signed free-agent forward Terrence Jones and re-signed guard Tim Frazier.

  • Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe discusses his new contract with the team at a news conference at the team's practice facility in Tualatin, Ore., Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Anne M. Peterson)

    Crabbe and Leonard discuss new contracts with the Blazers

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Allen Crabbe was upset three years ago when he wasn’t selected until the second round of the NBA draft. His new contract with the Blazers alleviates some of that disappointment.

  • In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a worker attaches a banner to a scaffolding in New Orleans in preparation of the NBA All-Star basketball game. The league took the 2017 game out of Charlotte on Thursday, July 21, 2016,  because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars they would bring to the local economy. New Orleans is the favorite, with one official familiar with the discussions telling The Associated Press that the league and city are “deep in negotiations” to stage the game there for a third time.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    With Charlotte out, New Orleans favorite for NBA All-Star

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars the festivities would bring to the local economy.