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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces Karl-Anthony Towns as the overall first pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) **FILE**

Adam Silver: Playoff changes likely in NBA, moratorium mulled

- Associated Press

Silver said Tuesday the league is leaning toward eliminating any protection for division winners in playoff seeding and instead placing the eight teams in the Eastern and Western Conference brackets based solely by record.

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Hurley hits the ground running with Sun Devils

- Associated Press

Bobby Hurley's arrival at Arizona State created a buzz in the desert and drew national attention to a program often overshadowed by its rival to the south.

Louisville coach Walz, Cardinals' Moore win 2nd USA gold

- Associated Press

Louisville coach Jeff Walz and Cardinals standout Mariya Moore have their eyes set on an NCAA championship after teaming up to lead Team USA to a second consecutive international championship.

Warriors acquire Jason Thompson from 76ers for Wallace

Associated Press

The Golden State Warriors have acquired forward/center Jason Thompson from the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Gerald Wallace, the player they had just received from Boston in the David Lee deal.

NCAA has stay granted in O'Bannon case; payments delayed

- Associated Press

The NCAA was given a respite Friday when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court delayed the implementation of possible payments to athletes for the use of their names, images and likenesses.

FILE - In this March 30, 2011 file photo, Texas Legends head coach Nancy Lieberman, center, leads her team during a time out in an NBA Development League basketball game against the Springfield Armor in Frisco, Texas.  A person with knowledge of the decision says Lieberman has agreed to become an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female NBA assistant coach. The Kings were expected to make a formal announcement later Friday, July 31, 2015, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't made it official. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Lieberman hired by Kings as NBA's second female assistant

- Associated Press

New Sacramento Kings assistant Nancy Lieberman recalls a conversation with Pat Riley a couple of years back when she explained to the Miami Heat executive how much she wanted to keep coaching at basketball's highest level.

In this Tuesday, July 28, 2015 photo, mourners leave the funeral service for 18-year-old Justin Meckle at Ray Lutheran Church in Ray, N.D. Meckle, a 2015 graduate of Ray High School who lost his life in a tragic accident last week, was the fourth student from the school to die this year. (Elizabeth Hackenburg/Williston Herald via AP)

North Dakota town of Ray dealing with a year of tragedy

- Associated Press

The sanctuary inside Ray Lutheran Church was packed Tuesday morning as family, friends and a community gathered to bid farewell to a teenager who lost his life in a tragic accident last week.

Mercury close on 19-5 spurt to beat Shock 78-66

Associated Press

DeWanna Bonner had 24 points and nine rebounds, Candice Dupree scored 20 and the Phoenix Mercury beat Tulsa 78-66 on Thursday night in the Shock's first game since their Dallas relocation announcement.

Suns make series of coaching, front-office moves

Associated Press

The Phoenix Suns have added Nate Bjorkgren and former NBA players Earl Watson and Corey Gaines to Jeff Hornacek's coaching staff and shifted Mark West from the bench back to the front office as vice president of player relations.