Olympics: Zion on the ‘Dream Team’? Athletes confused over qualifying for Games

But after first enduring the emotional grinder of not knowing if the 2020 Games would go ahead as planned or how to prepare, for the nearly 5,000 athletes who have not earned their place the cancellation of the global sports calendar threatens to disrupt the qualifying process late into the year and beyond.

Toppin, Howard, Powell among finalists for Wooden Award

The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the 10-member Wooden All American team on Wednesday. In addition to the five finalists, the other members are: Devon Dotson of Kansas, Malachi Flynn of San Diego State, Filip Petrusev of Gonzaga, Payton Pritchard of Oregon and Cassius Winston of Michigan State.

Kobe, Duncan, Garnett Headline Basketball Hall of Fame Class

They all got into the Hall in their first year as finalists, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings. Others had to wait a bit longer for the good news: Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich finally got his call, as did longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time […]

Kobe Byrant elected to 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame less than 4 months after death

Catchings was a 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist. Tomjanovich, who had overwhelming support from NBA peers who couldn’t understand why it took so long for his selection, was a five-time All-Star as a player, guided Houston to back-to-back titles and took the 2000 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal.

On this day in sport: NBA record falls, Asia enjoys basketball breakthrough, and England lose landmark rugby clash

He passed Wilt Chamberlain to reach the summit and went there in style in a match against the Utah Jazz that was played in Las Vegas, feeding off a pass from Magic Johnson and landing a sky-hook shot. It took him to 31,421 points, as he became the first of six players to date to […]

Kobe Bryant’s Wife Vanessa Speaks out on Posthumous Basketball Hall of Fame Induction

When Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, he was not yet enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. However, Chairman Jerry Colangelo released a statement saying that he would be honored with the 2020 class. The late NBA icon was officially elected to the […]

Cal basketball assistant coach fired in sexual harassment case

“You’re talking about a guy that’s a part of your staff, a family member,” Martin said in a teleconference with reporters late Monday morning. “You continue to push forward. There are always bumps in the road. … It’s not an easy thing, but we’ll find our way.”

After trying year, Dayton rallies around college hoops team

With no major-league-level pro sports teams in Dayton, the Flyers have long been popular in the city, which annually hosts the “First Four” games to begin the NCAA Tournament. A record 14 sellouts this season of the 13,409-seat arena have helped keep the Flyers fired up.

Study: racial graduation-rate gap grows for men’s NCAA teams

The men’s and women’s college basketball studies are part of a series of annual reports by TIDES. Those include racial and gender hiring practices in college athletics as well as for professional leagues such as the NFL, NBA, WNBA, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer.

New York museum honors city’s rich basketball history

King grew up in Brooklyn and starred for the Knicks in the 1980s. He went to college at Tennessee and joked that Hall of Fame St. John’s coach Lou Carnesecca tried to recruit him, but King said no. Although he did get a good Italian dinner out of the deal, because, “how could you say […]