Former NBA basketball player Rasual Butler and his wife Leah LaBelle, whose given name is Leah LaBelle Vladowski, arrive at the NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York.

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash

Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday.

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Kelsall hails from the villages of Fagalii, Letogo, and Vailele

Samoan basketball star ready for Oceania

Samoa enters this year’s F.I.B.A. U18 Oceania Championships aiming to improve on a promising performance in the 2014 tournament, and a lot of their fortunes will be placed on the shoulders of Linda Kelsall 

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) scores against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Atlanta.

AP sources: Bucks agree to $100M deal with Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a contract extension with Giannis Antetokounmpo, locking up one of the most versatile players in the NBA.

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2016 class of inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame Shaquille O'Neal shakes hands with Yao Ming, right, of China, during a news conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Springfield, Mass.

O'Neal, Iverson, Yao headline basketball Hall of Fame class

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will soon welcome two of the sport's game-changing stars — one big and one small.

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United States' Diana Taurasi smiles during a women's gold medal basketball game against Spain at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Good as gold: US women win 6th straight Olympic hoops title

Rio Olympics 2016: Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi shared a long, emotional embrace. Mission accomplished.

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United States' DeMarcus Cousins (12) blocks Australia's Ryan Broekhoff (9) during a men's basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016.

US men's basketball team gets tested, beats Australia 98-88

Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving had the answers in the first test for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team.

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At left is a June 16, 2013,  file photo showing LeBron James. At right is an Oct. 2, 2012,  file photo showing Michael Jordan. LeBron James has often avoided talking about trying to match Michael Jordan’s accomplishment. Now he’s chasing ‘the ghost’ of ar

LeBron tells SI he's motivated by 'ghost' of Michael Jordan

LeBron James has often avoided talking about trying to match Michael Jordan's accomplishments. Now he's chasing "the ghost" of arguably the greatest player in NBA history.

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Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan (15) attempts to block a shot by Savannah State center Tiyonda Davis (44) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., 

No. 9 Mississippi State beats Western Michigan 90-68

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Maybe this bodes well for Mississippi State, with Southeastern Conference play starting next month.

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Toronto Raptors' Bismack Biyombo fouls for a loose ball against Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015.

Rondo, Gay lead Kings over Raptors 104-94

TORONTO (AP) — Rajon Rondo had 19 points and 13 assists, Rudy Gay scored 19 points against his former team and the Sacramento Kings beat the Toronto Raptors 104-94 Sunday night to end a four-game road losing streak.

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Spain protests ref after not qualifying for Rugby World Cup

Ugly scenes marred the end of Spain's surprising loss to Belgium by 18-10 in Brussels on Sunday as Spain players blamed the Romanian referee for their team's failure to automatically qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.


Team Parker on the move in London

World heavyweight champion Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker is on the move in London, as the countdown continues towards his much-anticipated clash with Anthony Joshua. “We’ve been here two days,” said his Trainer Kevin Barry. “We got a light workout Saturday when we got off the plane.  Joe rested up yesterday. 


A Philadelphia Eagles fan chants while waiting for the team to arrive at Philadelphia International Airport a day after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

Mayor hopes 'knucklehead contingent' avoids Eagles parade

An estimated 2 million people celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles' long-awaited first Super Bowl win will descend on the city Thursday as the Vince Lombardi trophy is paraded through five miles of jubilant fans.


FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the FIFA Council Meeting, in Bogota.

FIFA finally approves video review to use at World Cup

FIFA has finally and fully approved video review to help referees at the World Cup.

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