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A worker takes down a billboard advertising an NBA preseason basketball game on Thursday between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. The NBA has postponed Wednesday's scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. (AP Photo)
October 09, 2019 - 7:10 pm
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole waves to fans as he leaves during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the baseball team's American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays in Houston, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
October 09, 2019 - 6:01 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — All those regular season wins for Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros have manager AJ Hinch feeling just fine entering a winner-take-all game with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. "They've got to come into our house and beat us again," Hinch said. "With Cole on the mound, I don't...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Edman doubles to score teammates Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina during the first inning of Game 5 of their National League Division Series baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
October 09, 2019 - 4:51 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have scored a record 10 runs in the first inning of the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. The biggest first inning in MLB playoff history stunned the crowd at SunTrust Park on Wednesday and put the Braves on course to tie a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati. Helsley was disappointed by his first exposure to the Atlanta Braves’ fans use of the Tomahawk Chop for their chants during games. Helsley’s vantage point is different than most players who visit SunTrust Park. He is a member of the Cherokee nation. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)
October 09, 2019 - 4:49 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves did not distribute their traditional red foam tomahawks to fans before Wednesday's Game 5 of their NL Division Series against the Cardinals following criticism by St. Louis pitcher Ryan Helsley. The foam cutouts are used when Braves fans perform their Tomahawk Chop...
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Chinese basketball fans gather outside of a hotel for a press conference that was later postponed ahead of an NBA preseason basketball game on Thursday between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. The NBA has postponed Wednesday's scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. (AP Photo)
October 09, 2019 - 3:26 pm
When major corporations have done something to anger Chinese authorities in recent years, the playbook has called for one thing: an apology. Marriott issued one. So did Delta. Mercedes-Benz, too. The NBA, embroiled in a rift caused by a tweet expressing support for pro-democracy demonstrators in...
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Washington Mystics' Elena Delle Donne, right, celebrates a play with Ariel Atkins, left, and Natasha Cloud, center, during the second half in Game 4 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 09, 2019 - 1:54 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The WNBA will crown a first-time champion Thursday night when the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics play the decisive Game 5 of the Finals. It's a series that has had its share of drama. There is an injured superstar playing in pain, a head coach facing the program he...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2019 file photo, Jim Calhoun, men's basketball coach for the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Conn., accepts the best coach award at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Calhoun has been accused of sexual discrimination by a former associate athletic director at the University of Saint Joseph, the Division III school where he now works. Jaclyn Piscitelli filed a lawsuit Wednesday, Oct. 9 in U.S. District Court against the school, which began admitting men in 2018. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
October 09, 2019 - 1:19 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun has been accused of sexual discrimination by a former associate athletic director at the University of Saint Joseph, the Division III school where Calhoun now works. Jaclyn Piscitelli filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court...
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Artur Dalaloyan of Russia, left, and his teammates celebrate winning the gold medal in the men's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
October 09, 2019 - 12:43 pm
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Nikita Nagornyy shrugged off nearly 30 years' worth of pressure to give Russia its first men's team gymnastics world title since the Soviet era. A year after losing to China by less than five-hundredths of a point, Russia took advantage of a crucial fall by a Chinese...
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Atlanta Braves left fielder Adam Duvall (23) watches his two-run homer against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning during Game 2 of a best-of-five National League Division Series, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Scott Cunningham)
October 09, 2019 - 11:58 am
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are giving Adam Duvall his first start in the decisive game of the NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Braves manager Brian Snitker is starting Duvall instead of Matt Joyce in right field for Wednesday's Game 5 against right-hander Jack Flaherty...
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