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US is Popovich’s team now, but he won’t lobby players for it

NEW YORK (AP) — Now the U.S. really is Gregg Popovich‘s team. He’s been the Americans’ national team coach for a few years but there was never a guarantee he’d actually get to lead them in competition. The U.S. first had to qualify for the Basketball World Cup, where the Americans can then play their … Continue reading US is Popovich’s team now, but he won’t lobby players for it

NEW YORK | Roddick returns for exhibition match to start New York Open

NEW YORK — Andy Roddick is trying to get his shoulder ready, hoping he can still bring the high heat on serve. The former U.S. Open champion will be back in town and wants to have his game with him. “Coming back to New York is certainly not a place where I want to not … Continue reading NEW YORK | Roddick returns for exhibition match to start New York Open

NEW YORK | Lomachenko wins unanimous decision for 2nd lightweight belt

NEW YORK — Vasiliy Lomachenko picked up his second lightweight title Saturday night, wearing down Jose Pedraza and winning a unanimous decision. Lomachenko (12-1) knocked down Pedraza twice in the 11th round and though he couldn’t finish him, won easily to add the WBO title to the WBA belt he picked up in May during … Continue reading NEW YORK | Lomachenko wins unanimous decision for 2nd lightweight belt

NEW YORK | Nets end 8-game skid by edging Raptors 106-105 in OT

NEW YORK — D’Angelo Russell scored 29 points, including six in overtime, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 106-105 on Friday night. Brooklyn picked the most unlikely way to end its skid, snapping a 12-game slide against Toronto with its first victory over the Raptors since April … Continue reading NEW YORK | Nets end 8-game skid by edging Raptors 106-105 in OT

NEW YORK | Wilder sees missed opportunity in first viewing of Fury draw

NEW YORK  — Deontay Wilder fired his right hand out from his body, demonstrating the way he should have punched Tyson Fury. He was frustrated with the referee. Disappointed in Floyd Mayweather Jr. Angry with Showtime’s scorer. Mostly, Wilder was mad at himself. Five days later, the WBC heavyweight champion was still bothered by the … Continue reading NEW YORK | Wilder sees missed opportunity in first viewing of Fury draw

NEW YORK | Nets say LeVert could return from foot injury this season

NEW YORK— Caris LeVert’s injury wasn’t as bad as it looked. The Brooklyn Nets said Tuesday their leading scorer suffered only a dislocation of his right foot and no fractures, and he could return this season. That’s far better than what was feared when LeVert’s leg appeared to bend in a gruesome manner after he … Continue reading NEW YORK | Nets say LeVert could return from foot injury this season

NEW YORK | Rough road: Brown says 76ers not yet among East’s ‘royalty’

NEW YORK — At home, they can beat anybody. On the road, the Philadelphia 76ers only beat themselves. That’s what they did Sunday night in Brooklyn, committing an NBA season-high 28 turnovers in a 122-97 loss. A team that was expected to be among the Eastern Conference contenders is only 6-5, and the 76ers are … Continue reading NEW YORK | Rough road: Brown says 76ers not yet among East’s ‘royalty’

NEW YORK | Jayson Tatum scores 24 points, Celtics edge Knicks 103-101

NEW YORK — Jayson Tatum had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics withstood his careless foul with 1.9 seconds left to beat the New York Knicks 103-101 on Saturday night. Tatum had just given the Celtics a three-point lead with two free throws with 7.9 seconds left and the Knicks called their … Continue reading NEW YORK | Jayson Tatum scores 24 points, Celtics edge Knicks 103-101

NEW YORK | LeVert’s basket gives Nets 107-105 win over Knicks

NEW YORK — Caris LeVert had the ball in his hands in the final seconds and the chance to give his team the lead. Two nights earlier, he fumbled it away. He made the most of his second chance Friday. LeVert’s driving layup with a second left gave the Brooklyn Nets their first victory of … Continue reading NEW YORK | LeVert’s basket gives Nets 107-105 win over Knicks

NEW YORK | Knicks overwhelm Young, Hawks 126-107 in Fizdale’s debut

NEW YORK — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 31 points, sparking the Knicks during their franchise-record, 49-point second quarter, and New York beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-107 on Wednesday night in their first game under coach David Fizdale. Hardaway had 16 points in the period, when the Knicks matched the Hawks’ point total for the entire … Continue reading NEW YORK | Knicks overwhelm Young, Hawks 126-107 in Fizdale’s debut

NEW YORK | Canelo Alvarez inks $365M deal with streaming service DAZN

NEW YORK— Canelo Alvarez has signed an 11-fight deal worth $365 million to have his fights shown on the sports-streaming service DAZN, beginning with his next bout. Alvarez will move up in weight to challenge WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Golden Boy Promotions said Wednesday … Continue reading NEW YORK | Canelo Alvarez inks $365M deal with streaming service DAZN

NEW YORK | Canelo Alvarez inks 11-bout deal with streaming service DAZN

NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez has signed an 11-fight deal to have his fights shown on the sports-streaming service DAZN, beginning with his next bout. Alvarez will move up in weight to challenge WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Golden Boy Promotions said Wednesday that Alvarez’s … Continue reading NEW YORK | Canelo Alvarez inks 11-bout deal with streaming service DAZN

NEW YORK | Del Potro falls in US Open, but being back is his reward

NEW YORK  — Juan Martin del Potro stood with his hands on his knees, exhausted from taking the mightiest swings he could with his ferocious forehand. Novak Djokovic kept getting the ball back, so del Potro would take a bigger whack, trying to find some spot in the corner of the court that would be … Continue reading NEW YORK | Del Potro falls in US Open, but being back is his reward

NEW YORK | Nishikori outlasts Cilic, joins Osaka in US Open semifinals

NEW YORK — Kei Nishikori rallied to outlast Marin Cilic on Wednesday at the U.S. Open, giving Japan a men’s and women’s semifinalist at the same Grand Slam for the first time, according to the ATP Tour. Nishikori won the rematch of the 2014 final with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 victory in … Continue reading NEW YORK | Nishikori outlasts Cilic, joins Osaka in US Open semifinals

NEW YORK | Osaka powers into US Open semifinals by routing Tsurenko

NEW YORK  — Naomi Osaka charged into the first Grand Slam semifinal by a Japanese woman in 22 years, routing Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. The No. 20 seed continued what’s been a largely dominant run through the draw by winning in just 57 minutes, the third time in … Continue reading NEW YORK | Osaka powers into US Open semifinals by routing Tsurenko

NEW YORK | Defending champ Stephens knocked out in US Open quarters

NEW YORK — First, there were four break points squandered, along with an early chance for the lead. Next, three more wasted. Pretty soon, Sloane Stephens’ run at a U.S. Open repeat was lost too. The defending champion was eliminated Tuesday, beaten by Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. “I didn’t play the big … Continue reading NEW YORK | Defending champ Stephens knocked out in US Open quarters

NEW YORK | Thiem knocks 2017 finalist Anderson out of US Open

NEW YORK— Kevin Anderson won’t get a second shot at Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open. The 2017 runner-up was beaten by Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (2) on Sunday in a fourth-round match. Anderson was hoping to earn a rematch with Nadal, who beat him last year in the South African’s first Grand Slam … Continue reading NEW YORK | Thiem knocks 2017 finalist Anderson out of US Open

NEW YORK | Serena matches her easiest win over Venus in US Open rout

NEW YORK — Serena Williams equaled her most-lopsided victory ever in 30 professional meetings with sister Venus, beating her 6-1, 6-2 on Friday night in the third round of the U.S. Open. Serena shook off an early ankle injury to win seven straight games and seize control in perhaps her most dominant performance since giving … Continue reading NEW YORK | Serena matches her easiest win over Venus in US Open rout

NEW YORK | Alexander Zverev finally reaches 3rd round at US Open

NEW YORK — Alexander Zverev is finally hanging around for the third round of the U.S. Open. The No. 4 seed beat Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday, winning a second-round match for the first time in his four trips to Flushing Meadows. The German leads the ATP Tour in wins this year, has … Continue reading NEW YORK | Alexander Zverev finally reaches 3rd round at US Open

NEW YORK | Red hot: Players face brutal conditions at steamy US Open

NEW YORK — Players scrambled for relief from the heat and some retired from their matches when they couldn’t find it at an overheated second day of the U.S. Open. Novak Djokovic said he felt sick during a changeover in his match on a day when conditions were so difficult because of the heat that … Continue reading NEW YORK | Red hot: Players face brutal conditions at steamy US Open

NEW YORK | Call it a comeback: Murray, Wawrinka win US Open returns

NEW YORK  — Andy Murray pumped his fist and then did it again, exulting as if he had just won his match. Actually, he was still one point away. But considering all the pain Murray has experienced in his hip, sprinting toward the net to chase down a drop volley and put it away was … Continue reading NEW YORK | Call it a comeback: Murray, Wawrinka win US Open returns

NEW YORK | Fashion flap: Serena OK with French Open despite catsuit ban

NEW YORK— Serena Williams isn’t worried about a dress code at the French Open. Her skin-tight black catsuit won’t be welcome, but Williams had already put it back in the closet. She no longer needs a full-length outfit for health reasons and won’t be wearing it again at the U.S. Open. Besides, for someone with … Continue reading NEW YORK | Fashion flap: Serena OK with French Open despite catsuit ban

NEW YORK | Serena, Venus Williams could meet in US Open 3rd round

NEW YORK— Serena and Venus Williams could be headed toward their earliest Grand Slam meeting in 20 years, facing a potential third-round matchup at the U.S. Open. If the sisters do play each other, the winner might face No. 1-ranked Simona Halep in the fourth round. That is certainly the most intriguing section of the … Continue reading NEW YORK | Serena, Venus Williams could meet in US Open 3rd round