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Asterisk on the NBA title? Coaches, players say not a chance

07/02/2020

The 2020 NBA champion, if one is crowned, will have emerged as the ultimate winner from a season that lasted more than a full year from start to finish. A season that saw political unrest between the…

Lakers add veteran J.R. Smith for Orlando championship push

07/02/2020

LOS ANGELES  — J.R. Smith has joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for their championship push. The Lakers announced their long-anticipated signing of Smith as a substitute player Wednesday, the first day allowed under the…

Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

07/01/2020

NEW YORK  — Baseball’s minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday, June 30,2020, because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing…

Vince Carter, 43, retires after record 22 NBA seasons

06/26/2020

Vince Carter made his retirement official on Thursday, June 25, 2020, announcing on his podcast that his 22-year NBA career, the longest in league history, has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because…

Space agencies unveil site showing lockdown changes to Earth

06/26/2020

You can now see how coronavirus lockdowns have changed air pollution, hospital lights and even white asparagus harvests. Using data from 17 satellites, three space agencies have created a website that serves as a global dashboard for…

NBA, NBPA say sparking social change will be goal of restart

06/25/2020

NEW YORK  — The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said Wednesday, June 24, 2020, that dealing with racial matters will be a shared goal during the resumed season. The league and union announced they will…

JK Rowling responds to critics over her transgender comments

06/11/2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling said she refuses to “bow down” to criticism about her recent comments on transgender people. Rowling published a lengthy post on her blog website Wednesday in response to…

SpaceX’s historic encore: Astronauts arrive at space station

MARCIA DUNN 06/01/2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk’s company. With…

Cancer, coronavirus are a dangerous mix, new studies find

05/29/2020

New research shows how dangerous the coronavirus is for current and former cancer patients. Those who developed COVID-19 were much more likely to die within a month than people without cancer who got it, two studies found.…

NASA chief “all in” for Tom Cruise to film on space station

05/28/2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is rolling out the International Space Station’s red carpet for Tom Cruise to make a movie in orbit. The space agency’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said before Wednesday’s planned launch of two…

JK Rowling publishes first chapters of new story online

05/27/2020

LONDON (AP) — J.K. Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The “Harry Potter” author said Tuesday…

Radcliffe, Beckham to read first ‘Harry Potter’ fantasy book

05/06/2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Celebrities including Daniel Radcliffe, David Beckham and Dakota Fanning will take part in chapter-by-chapter readings of J.K. Rowling’s first “Harry Potter” book. Rowling’s Wizarding World announced Tuesday on Twitter that all 17 chapters of “Harry…

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