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New Zealand's Thomas Abercrombie, and Kenneth Faried of the U.S, bottom, duel for the ball during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from  last Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

U.S. continues to roll in Basketball World Cup

- Associated Press

Two nights after having to rally from a halftime deficit and pull away in the fourth quarter for a 98-77 victory over Turkey, the U.S. led this one wire to wire. The game was close only for a little more than a quarter.

Shelly Sterling, wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, pauses for photos after an interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. Shelly Sterling negotiated a landmark deal for $2 billion to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Shelley Sterling: Ballmer eager to own Clippers

- Associated Press

When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling did not know who he was. But in short order she convinced him the team was worth an unprecedented $2 billion.

United States men's national basketball team head coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, dines with Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, right, at Washington Hall on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. The team was at the academy for a practice session. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Coach K center of attention as USA Basketball visits West Point

- Associated Press

The basketball was limited on a day Mike Krzyzewski spent more time addressing the crowd than his players during practice. But even with the Basketball World Cup opener just 12 days away, he thought the trip benefited his team no matter how much work the players did.

New Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, center, fires up the crowd as he speaks at the Clippers Fan Festival on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Steve Ballmer fires up Clippers fans at L.A. rally

- Associated Press

Ballmer paid a record $2 billion for the team in a sale that was confirmed by a judge last week. The name of disgraced former owner Donald Sterling, who controlled the team for 33 years before being banned for life by the NBA for racist remarks, was never uttered during the rally.

Dallas Mavericks' DeJuan Blair (45) celebrates scoring against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 28, 2014, in Dallas. The Spurs won 93-89. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

New Wizards big man Blair finds basketball ‘fun again’ after playoff run

- CSNwashington.com

Blair averaged 6.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and a team-high 2.0 steals against the Spurs. Perhaps the key stat is that the ample production came in only 13.5 minutes per game. With the Mavericks trailing 3-2 in the series, he tallied 10 points, 14 rebounds and four steals in a Game 6 win.

John Wall embraces fellow guard Bradley Beal after the Wizards beat the Celtics on April 2 to clinch the franchise's first playoff berth in six years. The pair celebrated an overtime victory in Game 2 of their first-round series against the Bulls (below). Washington clinched the series in five games. (associated press photographs)

LeBron James comes to Washington in November

- The Washington Times

Advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season was enough to push the Wizards more onto the national radar. The 2014-15 NBA schedule was released Wednesday night, and the Wizards will be on national television 10 times.

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College of Charleston names Earl Grant hoops coach

- Associated Press

Clemson assistant Earl Grant has been named the College of Charleston new men's basketball coach, ending a nearly monthlong search since the firing of Doug Wojcik.

NBA Calendar

- Associated Press

Aug. 30-Sept. 14 - FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Spain.

Anthony Davis of the US dunks the ball during their Group C Basketball World Cup match against New Zealand in Bilbao, northern Spain, Tuesday Sept. 2, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition takes place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Unbeaten US routs New Zealand 98-71 at worlds

- Associated Press

American players paused from their warmups to stand and face their New Zealand opponents as they performed the haka, their traditional war dance challenge.

Israeli, Brazilian teams part of NBA preseason

Associated Press

Euroleague champion Maccabi Tel Aviv and two other clubs will be part of what the NBA says will be a record nine preseason games featuring international teams in North America.

Brazil's Larry Taylor, left, shoots over Spain's Sergio Rodriguez during the Group A Basketball World Cup match between Brazil and Spain in Granada, Spain, Monday Sept. 1, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)

Spain, Greece move to 3-0, Senegal upsets Croatia

- Associated Press

Spain and Greece are headed to the round of 16, and Senegal is in position to join them after shaking up Group B with an upset Monday at the Basketball World Cup.

Fowles leads Sky past Fever in 2OT to even series

- Associated Press

Courtney Vandersloot and her Chicago Sky teammates would prefer to take the lead early on. Instead, they have been rallying from big deficits in the WNBA playoffs.

Long journey leads McGhee back to Norman

- Associated Press

Aaron McGhee hadn't seen Lloyd Noble Center until this month since he cleaned out his locker in the spring of 2002. The arena hasn't changed much, but the area around it has transformed in the 12 and a half years since.

Lauren Jackson pulls out of worlds due to injury

Associated Press

Basketball Australia says Seattle Storm star Lauren Jackson has withdrawn from the world championships later this month to undertake further rehabilitation for her knee injury

AP source: ASU extends both basketball coaches

- Associated Press

Arizona State has agreed to contract extensions for men's basketball coach Herb Sendek and women's coach Charli Turner Thorne, a person familiar with the deals told The Associated Press.