M. Gasol on verge of pairing WCup, NBA titles

BEIJING — After a clutch performance Friday, Marc Gasol has a chance to pull off the rare double of winning an NBA championship and a FIBA World Cup title in the same summer. Gasol scored 33 points and made four crucial free throws in Spain’s 95-88 double-overtime victory over Australia in the semifinals. Gasol earned […]


Source: Pistons agree to deal with Joe Johnson

The Detroit Pistons and veteran swingman Joe Johnson have agreed to terms on a deal, according to ESPN and multiple reports. The deal is worth $2.6 million and has $220,000 in guaranteed money, a source told ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The balance of the contract will become fully guaranteed if Johnson is on the roster past […]


Colangelo won’t forget U.S. World Cup pullouts

DONGGUAN, China — USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said Thursday that when the time comes to start assembling the 2020 Tokyo Olympics roster, he won’t forget those who backed out of commitments to play in the World Cup this summer. Of the 35 players originally selected for the U.S. player pool, only four are […]


Cavs play-by-play announcer McLeod dies at 67

Fred McLeod, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ announcer, died Monday night, the team announced. He was 67. McLeod had been the team’s television play-by-play announcer since 2006. No cause of death was given. Before joining the Cavs, McLeod was the Detroit Pistons’ announcer for 22 seasons. He also called games for the Detroit Lions and Tigers. “It […]


U.S. beats Brazil to reach World Cup quarters

SHENZHEN, China — The first mission for the U.S. is complete: The Americans are going to the Tokyo Olympics. The World Cup quarterfinals are the next task. Kemba Walker and Myles Turner each scored 16 points, and the Americans earned a top seed for the quarterfinals by beating Brazil 89-73 on Monday in the final […]


Live NBA games to return to free-to-air in SBS deal

The NBA will be back on free-to-air television this season. SBS has secured a two-season deal to show two live NBA games per week for the 2019-2020 season and the 2020-2021 season along with rights to show one live WNBA game per week from the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The games will be shown in […]