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Arizona big man Deandre Ayton leaving early for NBA

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:34pm

Arizona freshman big man Deandre Ayton is leaving early for the NBA after one dominating season.

Visitation for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson begins

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:52am

Dozens lined up outside a New Orleans seminary to pay their final respects to Saints owner Tom Benson.

Cavs' Korver leaves team following brother's death

Tom Withers, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:42am

Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver has been excused from the team to be with family following the death of a younger brother.

Ex-Hawks employee sues, claims discrimination against whites

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:48am

A former Atlanta Hawks employee is accusing the professional basketball club of discriminating against white people and firing her after she complained.

Rockets win 115-111 to snap Blazers' 13-game winning streak

Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:26am

James Harden says he's constantly working on his step-back 3-pointer. It paid off against Portland.

McCutchen hopes meetings with players show refs' commitment

Brian Mahoney, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:20am

As Monty McCutchen visits NBA teams on behalf of referees, he's hearing plenty of what he calls constructive criticism, delivered in a professional way.

Griffin narrowly misses triple-double, Pistons rout Suns

Bob Baum, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:40pm

Blake Griffin always seemed to hurt the Suns when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Connor lifts Jets in OT; Laine leaves with lower-body injury

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:16pm

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice used a joke to ease any panic regarding an injury to Patrik Laine.

Davis' 37 points leads Pelicans past Mavs, 115-105

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:29pm

The moment Anthony Davis initiated a spin move to create separation in the paint between him and Mavericks center Nerlens Noel, Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo sent a lob from the left wing to the far side of the rim.

Marcus Morris' 3 lifts Celtics over Thunder, 100-99

Kyle Hightower, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:10pm

The Celtics have spent most of the past month short-handed, with several of their key players sidelined by injuries.

Towns, Wiggins lead Timberwolves past Clippers 123-109

Dave Campbell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:08pm

The intensity for Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves that has been inconsistently present with Jimmy Butler out was on full display.

Raptors use strong defense in 4th to beat Magic 93-86

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 9:08pm

Toronto's reserves proved again they can be a factor in deciding a game, delivering a stellar fourth-quarter defensive effort.

Holiday out with illness vs. Mavs, Hill starting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:12pm

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says Jrue Holiday has the flu and is not in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against Dallas.

Stephen Curry medically cleared to return to full practice

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:30pm

Stephen Curry has been medically cleared to resume full practice beginning Wednesday with the hope he can return from his latest right ankle injury later in the week.

Texas freshman Mo Bamba leaving school for NBA draft

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:03pm

No more Mo Bamba for Texas.

Penny Hardaway takes over as Memphis' new basketball coach

Clay Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:52pm

In hopes of revitalizing its struggling basketball program, Memphis has turned to a favorite son to bring back fans and regain the school's recruiting leverage in the basketball-rich city.

NBA fines Rockets' Green $25K, Celtics' Morris $15K

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:50am

The NBA has fined Gerald Green of the Houston Rockets $25,000 for shoving an opponent and Marcus Morris of the Boston Celtics $15,000 for verbally abusing an official.

Oklahoma's Trae Young leaving for NBA after freshman season

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 9:48am

Oklahoma star Trae Young is leaving for the NBA after a standout freshman season that ended with him leading the nation in scoring and assists.

Leagues, casinos lobby states for cut of legal sports bets

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:42am

With the Supreme Court poised to rule on a case that could end the federal ban on sports gambling, more than a third of U.S. states are considering legislation to get in on the action, and professional leagues and casino interests are lobbying against each other for the biggest cut of the winnings.