Canadian star Barrett has 34 points in Duke exhibition debut

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian star R.J. Barrett scored 34 points in his first exhibition game for Duke, helping the Blue Devils rout Ryerson 86-67 on Wednesday night in his hometown. “It was great to get to go out there with my brothers in my hometown. It was special for me,” Barrett said. “A lot of excitement, a little nervous with it being the first time wearing a Duke jersey. But for me, playing in front of the fans is great. I got to see mom and dad in the…

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UConn greats expect program to climb back to elite status

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Don’t tell Jim Calhoun or his former players that UConn is no longer an elite basketball program. Yes, the Huskies have missed the NCAA Tournament three times in four years and are 30-35 the past two seasons while playing outside a power conference. UConn is under investigation by the NCAA, and has accused former coach Kevin Ollie of recruiting violations, prompting his firing in March and sparking at $10 million contract dispute. But the Hall of Fame coach Calhoun says the program Dan Hurley has inherited…

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Court dismisses Rick Pitino’s lawsuit against Adidas

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed former Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s lawsuit against Adidas, agreeing with the sportswear maker that his claim requires arbitration and should be heard out of court. Pitino sued Adidas last October in U.S. District Court for breach of contract, alleging that the Oregon-based company deliberately ruined his reputation. Adidas had terminated its personal services contract with Pitino hours after Louisville’s Athletic Association fired him for cause following the school’s acknowledgement of its involvement in a federal bribery investigation of college basketball. Pitino…

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Storm’s magic number down to 1 with 81-72 win over Lynx

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Natasha Howard scored 21 points, Breanna Stewart had 17 points and a season-high 17 rebounds and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-72 on Sunday night. Seattle maintained its two-game lead over second-place Atlanta and reduced its magic number for the top seed in the playoffs to one. Seattle and Atlanta each have two games remaining. Stewart scored eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, during an 11-0 run that gave the Storm (24-8) a 73-58 lead with 4:54 left. Jewell Loyd added 12 points, eight…

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Montgomery hits 6 3s, scores 24 to help Dream beat Wings

ATLANTA (AP) — Renee Montgomery was 6 of 7 from 3-point range and scored 24 points to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Dallas Wings 92-82 on Saturday. Elizabeth Williams had 18 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, Tiffany Hayes added 15 points, seven boards and five assists and Jessica Breland scored 13 points for Atlanta. The Dream (21-10), who learned Thursday that all-star forward Angel McCoughtry will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury, have won five games in a row and 13 of their…

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Montgomery hits 6 3-pointers, Dream beat Wings 92-82

ATLANTA (AP) — Renee Montgomery was 6 of 7 from 3-point range and scored 24 points to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Dallas Wings 92-82 on Saturday. Elizabeth Williams had 18 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, Tiffany Hayes added 15 points, seven boards and five assists and Jessica Breland scored 13 points for Atlanta. The Dream (21-10), who learned Thursday that all-star forward Angel McCoughtry will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury, have won five games in a row and 13 of their…

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Taurasi, Mercury never trail in 94-74 win over Fever

PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi and Stephanie Talbot scored 14 points apiece to lead five Phoenix players in double figures and help the Mercury beat the Indiana Fever 94-74 on Friday night. Coach Sandy Brondello recorded her franchise-record 100th win with the Mercury. DeWanna Bonner had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Brittney Griner added 12 and nine and Yvonne Turner scored 10 points for Phoenix (17-14). The Mercury, which won for just the second time since beating the Fever 101-82 on July 15, snapped a five-game home losing streak. Taurasi…

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Moore scores 34, Lynx clinch 8th straight playoff spot

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Maya Moore scored 34 points, Sylvia Fowles broke her own franchise single-season rebounding record and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Las Vegas Aces 89-73 on Thursday night to clinch their eighth straight playoff spot. Moore was 12-of-19 shooting, with five 3-pointers, for her second straight 30-plus game and Fowles had 10 points and 19 rebounds for her 18th double-double of the season. Fowles topped her rebounding total of 354 from last season. Tanisha Wright added 16 points off the bench for Minnesota (17-13). Danielle Robinson made…

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