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As expected, team finds Spain on road to gold

RIO DE JANEIRO - The U.S. men's basketball team expected this. Whether it was for the gold medal, as in the last two Olympics, or just along the road to gold, the Americans figured they would see the Spanish again. Read more

LeBron out of Olympics, leaving Melo to chase history

NEW YORK - With LeBron James taking a pass, Carmelo Anthony alone will have a chance to become the most-decorated Olympian in men's basketball history. Read more

Curry won't be on US Olympic team in Rio

Stephen Curry has withdrawn from consideration from the Olympics, leaving the U.S. basketball team without the NBA's MVP. Curry said Monday in a statement that he has decided to pull out for "several factors - including recent ankle and knee injuries. Read more

After lots of losing, 76ers hope to win big in lottery

NEW YORK - The Philadelphia 76ers lost plenty the previous two seasons, though never managed to lose the most. This season, they finally fell all the way to the bottom. Read more

NBA to begin selling jersey sponsorships, could gain $100M

NEW YORK - The NBA will begin putting sponsorship logos on player uniforms in 2017-18, a move that could generate at least $100 million annually and a step that the NFL, Major League Baseball and NHL have yet to take. Read more

Picking Olympic roster is tough task for US men's basketball

TORONTO - In another Olympic sport, the U.S. might be dreaming of a gold-silver-bronze medals sweep. But in basketball, countries only get one. "We could send over three teams, I think we'd be successful," Golden State's Klay Thompson said. Read more

Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Derek Fisher had just finished a long playing career when Phil Jackson picked him to coach the New York Knicks. Just 1½ seasons later, Jackson decided he needed someone else. Read more

NBA stars support campaign to end gun violence in new spot

NEW YORK - Stephen Curry heard about a shooting involving a 3-year-old girl over the summer. "My daughter Riley is that age," he said. Read more

Warriors move to 22-0 by topping Nets

NEW YORK - Golden State's first game against the Nets went down to the wire, and the rematch seemed headed the same way. With one of his electrifying flurries, Stephen Curry changed things in a hurry. Read more

Year after George's injury, US set for exhibition

LAS VEGAS - Paul George's broken leg in a USA Basketball exhibition game here last year shook up teammates and renewed the debate about whether NBA players should even be competing internationally in the offseason. Read more

NBA leaning toward no playoff guarantee for division winners

NEWARK, N.J. - A division title might soon mean a banner but no assurance of a playoff spot in the NBA. Read more

Towns, Okafor top NBA draft

NEW YORK - Karl-Anthony Towns hoisted a child high up toward his shoulders, letting the youngster at an NBA community service event feel what it was like to rock the rim with a dunk. Read more

NBA lottery still creating hope, headlines after 30 years

NEW YORK - Phil Jackson remembers watching old teammate Dave DeBusschere pound his fist in triumph, when the Knicks and NBA were dual winners. The first draft lottery in 1985 gave New York the No. Read more

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