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The NBA at 75: From a very modest beginning, to a behemoth

It started in 1946 with 11 teams and 160 players. The shot clock was nearly a decade away, the 3-point line was a couple generations away. Buildings were smaller. So were the players. And it wasn't even called the National Basketball Association. The NBA, 75 years ago, was different in almost ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Blue bloods chasing No. 2 Bearcats

A look at the top of The Associated Press college football poll might produce this reaction: One of these things is not like the other. Cincinnati sits at No. 2 in the latest AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, right behind top-ranked Georgia and ahead of No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 4 Alabama and No. ...

NBA preview: Silver says he hopes Irving gets vaccinated

Adam Silver, the basketball fan, would prefer to see Kyrie Irving on the court again with the Brooklyn Nets as soon as possible. Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, would prefer to see Irving vaccinated. Silver said Monday he hopes Irving — one of the few players in the league who has not ...

NHL suspends Evander Kane 21 games for COVID violations

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The NHL has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane for 21 games for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. The league on Monday announced the suspension without pay and said Kane will not be eligible to play until Nov. 30 at New Jersey. Kane will forfeit ...

Prescott says calf injury not an issue as Cowboys enter bye

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott promised not to miss any time after straining his right calf on the touchdown pass in overtime that gave the Dallas Cowboys their first win at New England since 1987. The star quarterback believes he can deliver on that vow because the team is going into its ...

Down 2-0, Dodgers have Braves where they want them at home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trailing 2-0 in the NL Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the Atlanta Braves right where they want them. At their house. The Braves' last win at Dodger Stadium was June 9, 2018. They've lost nine straight in Los Angeles, getting swept in a three-game series ...

Schwarber, Red Sox slam Astros 12-3, lead ALCS 2-1

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodríguez walked off the mound with a six-run lead and a message for Carlos Correa and the rest of the Houston Astros: Now it's Boston's time. Tapping his wrist to mimic Correa's Game 1 celebration, Rodriguez rode four more Boston homers — including ...

NBA 2021-22: 10 things to follow throughout the season

In the opening seconds of Stephen Curry's NBA career he got an assist on the first possession, a steal on the second and then tried a 3-pointer for the first time at the professional level. It missed. In that moment, there probably were not very many people expecting he would become the most ...

Fill-ins lead first-place, unrattled Cards & Raiders to wins

DENVER (AP) — The first-place Arizona Cardinals and Las Vegas Raiders each conquered pestilence and hardship as longtime assistants rallied their resilient teams to road victories in Week 6. The sickness the Cardinals had to conquer was COVID-19. The Raiders' scourge was bigotry. Defensive ...

Staying a Sixer: Simmons’ fate looms large in Philadelphia

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers and the team he led to the best record in the Eastern Conference last season put their hands together in the middle of a huddle at the end of practice and counted off, "1-2-3! Together!" Lingering outside the huddle, holding a ...