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Minnesota's interest in Suns guard Eric Bledsoe may be futile

Paul Coro 4:36pm With only a few days before training camp, Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe appears to have found a team with interest in giving him the maximum-level deal that he has desired.


Bendigo to Istanbul in a day, Gabe Richards flies out to replace Opals star Liz Cambage

Gabe Richards (right) hadn't really thought her emergency role would be worth anything.

Roy Ward 7:47pm Gabe Richards expected her weekend would include a trip to the Bendigo Football League grand final and a family get-together for her great aunty's 89th birthday.

Brisbane will rejoin NBL next season after lengthy absence

Glory days: Brisbane Bullets celebrate their 2007 grand final triumph.

Brisbane will have a team in the NBL next season for the first time since 2008.

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Lauren Jackson backs Liz Cambage to bounce back for Australian Opals after heartbreaking world championship injury

Liz Cambage: Ruled out for a year with injury.

CHRIS DUTTON Opals star Liz Cambage to miss up to a year after rupturing her Achilles tendon.

Cambage ruled out of World Championships

The Australian women's basketball team have suffered a massive blow with star Liz Cambage ruled out of the World Championships with injury.

Australian Opals centre Liz Cambage out indefinitely with a ruptured Achilles tendon

Out for a long spell: Opals centre Liz Cambage.

Roy Ward Australian Opals centre Liz Cambage is out of the world championships and WNBL season.


Opals beat France in World Championship warm-up

Erin Phillips led the way in attack for the Opals.

The Australian women's basketball team have gotten their World Championship preparations back on track with a convincing 71-55 win over France in Paris on Saturday.

Phoenix Suns' Slovenian guard Goran Dragic should be the one to get max contract

Star performer: Goran Dragic does his best for Slovenia against the USA at the World Cup.

Bob Young It's about time for the Suns to get moving, put their priorities in order, take the advice of LeBron James and "break bread."


Melbourne United's NBA star Jordan McRae makes dashing debut

Roy Ward NBA draft pick Jordan McRae makes a great debut at the NBL Blitz as Melbourne United go 1-1.


Former NBA star Rex Chapman accused of stealing more than $14,000 in Apple products

In strife: Former NBA guard Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale and then selling the items at a pawn shop.

Daniel Wallis Police arrested former Phoenix Suns basketball player Rex Chapman on Friday for allegedly shoplifting more than $14,000 worth of products over several months from an Apple store in Scottsdale, Arizona, authorities said.


Dallas Mavericks centre Tyson Chandler upset with how he was portrayed with New York Knicks

Mavericks return: Tyson Chandler shoots for the Knicks against the Clippers earlier this year.

Dwain Price For Tyson Chandler, the news made him feel like someone had stuck a knife in his back and was driving it not-so-gently down his spine.


New Zealand Breakers import Cedric Jackson says team can rebound up NBL ladder

Back in the swing of things: Cedric Jackson is back with the NZ Breakers.

Robert Lowe Cedric Jackson might be the New Zealand Breakers' star addition, but the point guard sees himself as just one piece of the jigsaw.


Opals star Liz Cambage in doubt for world championships

Liz Cambage

Roy Ward Opals star Liz Cambage will have scans on an Achilles tendon injury.

US women beat Australia in World Championship warm-up

Belinda Snell top scored for the Opals.

Australia warmed up for the women's basketball World Championship with a gallant 72-66 loss to Team USA in Paris on Friday.

US women beat Australia 72-66 in Paris

Liz Cambage injured as Australia's Opals lose 72-66 to the US in a warm-up for the women's basketball World Championship in Paris.

Lauren Jackson says she 'doesn't have point to prove to anyone' in WNBL injury return with Canberra Capitals

A passion for the game: Lauren Jackson.

JON TUXWORTH Lauren Jackson insists she can return to her best after a "nightmare" injury run. 

Australian Boomer Joe Ingles links with NBA's Clippers

Joe Ingles.

Star Boomers small forward Joe Ingles has reportedly sealed a deal to join NBA franchise the Los Angeles Clippers.


Boomer Ingles links with NBA's Clippers

Finding the way: Joe Ingles ducks between Lithuania centre Darjus Lavrinovic and guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas.

Joe Barton Boomers small forward Joe Ingles will reportedly sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, becoming the eighth Australian in the NBA this season.

Reports say Boomers star Joe Ingles to sign with LA Clippers

Joe Ingles has been on the NBA radar for a few seasons.

Roy Ward US media reports say Australian Boomers swingman Joe Ingles will sign with LA Clippers for the upcoming NBA season.


Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson rises to NBA elite with golden off-season

Patriotic: US guard Klay Thompson argues with a Lithuanian player at the semi-final won by the Americans 96-68.

Sam Amick Klay Thompson leapt out of the celebratory Team USA locker room, his feet floating forward but his eyes focused downward on the new piece of memorabilia that he carried like a newborn. It was the kind of basketball you never bounce.


Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams has new spring in step on repaired ankles

Rebuilt from the ground up: Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams.

Andrew Keh Last September, Deron Williams hobbled down the red carpet of his annual charity dodgeball event with a boot around his right foot. It was an ominous sight that set the tone for yet another frustrating season for the Brooklyn Nets point guard.


Canberra Capitals recruit Abbey Wehrung ready to step up

Capitals recruit Abbey Wehrung.

CHRIS DUTTON Canberra Capitals' recruit Abbey Wehrung insists she's ready to step up and boss around Lauren Jackson.

New York Knicks owner James Dolan taking a new track and a new tack

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: James Dolan attends TAO Downtown Grand Opening on September 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for TAO Downtown)


Scott Cacciola New York Knicks owner James Dolan is taking a new tack in his bid to break the New York Knicks' NBA title drought.


Team USA pay tribute to Paul George after FIBA World Cup win

MVP: Kyrie Irving drives to the basket against Serbia.

Sam Amick As Kyrie Irving waited to walk outside the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad doors late Sunday night, hordes of screaming fans and a rumbling bus both demanding his presence, he was well aware of what lie ahead.


Team USA rout Serbia to win basketball World Cup

James Harden.

The United States retained their basketball World Cup title after overcoming an early deficit to beat the tournament's surprise package Serbia 129-92 in a one-sided final on Sunday.


France third in basketball World Cup

France's guard Antoine Diot gets a pass away.

France claimed their first-ever podium finish at the Basketball World Cup on Saturday beating Lithuania 95-93 in a third-place thriller.

Opals coach Brendan Joyce defends selection of Tessa Lavey over Nat Hurst for Turkey

Natalie Hurst takes on Leilani Mitchell during an Australian Opals training camp at the AIS in January.

JON TUXWORTH Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce has backed his shock decision to select rookie point guard Tessa Lavey over Canberra's Nat Hurst for the world championships, labelling her the team's 'quickest and most explosive athlete'. 

Aussie trio win WNBA title following Phoenix's win over Chicago

Group effort: The Phoenix Mercury hold the WNBA championship trophy.

Sarah Trotto Australian star Penny Taylor has guided home the final two free throws as she and Opals teammate Erin Phillips claimed the WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury.


WNBA title winners Penny Taylor, Erin Phillips turn attention to Opals' campaign

Sweeping success: Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi (left) and Penny Taylor celebrate winning the WNBA title.

Roy Ward Opals coach Brendan Joyce says WNBA title winners Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips face big tasks to adjust to the national team after winning the US championship.

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Brondello coaches Phoenix to WNBA title

Australians Sandy Brondello, Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips are celebrating after the Phoenix Mercury won the WNBA title.

Inspired Serbia oust France to join US in basketball World Cup final

Surprise packets Serbia will meet the powerhouse US in the World Cup final.

Dark horses Serbia powered into the basketball World Cup final and will meet holders United States in Sunday's showdown after beating European champions France 90-85 on Friday.

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry takes indefinite leave after racism controversy

Embattled: Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry.

Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry, under fire for making racially charged remarks, has taken an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA team said on Friday.


Team USA beats Lithuania in basketball World Cup

US guard Kyrie Irving rounds Sarunas Vasiliauskas.

Tim Hanlon Holders United States showed no sign of missing their top players as they breezed into the basketball World Cup final with a commanding 96-68 win over Lithuania on Thursday.

Melbourne United in the navy as new colours revealed for NBL season

Melbourne United's new colours revealed.

Roy Ward Melbourne United will wear a dark navy singlet and a white singlet this coming NBL season.

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Opals centre Liz Cambage looks up to no rival on the basketball court

Liz Cambage

Towering Australian Opals centre Liz Cambage learned the hard way four years ago not to look up to any rival.

France stun Spain as Serbia rout Brazil at basketball World Cup

Spanish players during the loss against France.

Huge upsets lit up the basketball World Cup as France beat hosts Spain 65-52 while Serbia thumped Brazil 84-56 to set up an intriguing semi-final clash.

At 203cm, Cambage looks up to no rival

Roger Vaughan Australian basketball star Liz Cambage says the Opals want a medal at this year's world championship.

Canberra Capitals assistant coach Simon Pritchard puts work on hold to chase WNBL goal


CHRIS DUTTON New Capitals assistant Simon Pritchard puts work on hold to pursue his WNBL coaching passion.

Australian Opals look to next generation at FIBA world championships in Turkey

Running hot: Australia’s Penny Taylor lays down the law to her Phoenix Mercury teammates.

Roy Ward The Opals are still aiming for a medal despite heading to a major tournament without Lauren Jackson or Kristi Harrower for the first time since the 1996 Olympics.


Opals to take new-look squad to women's basketball world championships

Sitting this one out: Opals superstar Lauren Jackson is missing the world championship due to a knee injury.

LUCY CORMACK Injuries and retirements have opened the floor to a new generation of Opals this coming women's basketball world championship in Turkey.


Cleveland Cavaliers sign NBA veteran Shawn Marion

Shawn Marion, right, joins the Cavalier's strong support cast for LeBron James.

Adding championship experience in the wake of landing superstar LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced they have signed forward Shawn Marion, who helped Dallas win the 2011 NBA crown.

Lithuania and USA to play in basketball World Cup semi-final

Kyrie Irving of the US drives to the basket past Slovenia's Edo Muric.

David Hein Barcelona: Lithuania will face title holders the United States in a repeat of their World Cup semi-final four years ago after both came safely through their quarter-finals on Tuesday.


Childress draws comparison with NBL greats

Adrian Warren Former NBA player Josh Childress could have the same impact on the Sydney Kings as legendary import Chris Williams, according to Brian Goorjian.

Josh Childress brings 'class element' to Sydney Kings

Excited to be here: Former NBA star Josh Childress is looking forward to playing with the Sydney Kings.

LUCY CORMACK Josh Childress could just be the two-metre key to success for the Sydney Kings, but the former NBA star said his name is only as big as the media makes it.


Basketball Australia to fight FIBA on manipulation claims

Australia's Chris Goulding vies with Angola's  Roberto Fortes during the match between the two countries on September 4.

Roy Ward Basketball Australia will make a strong and detailed case after FIBA accuses the Boomers of deliberately losing to Angola at the world cup.

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Andrew Gaze: FIBA probe into Boomers' loss to Angola at Basketball World Cup a waste of time

Andrew Gaze:

Liam FitzGibbon, Roje Adaimy Basketball great Andrew Gaze has labelled the investigation into Australia's controversial World Cup loss to Angola a waste of time, but believes if the Boomers are guilty of tanking, "people should be fired".

BA hits back as Boomers face tanking probe

Liam FitzGibbon and Roje Adaimy Basketball Australia has strongly rejected claims the Boomers deliberately lost a World Cup match, but says it will co-operate with FIBA's investigation.

Australian Boomers investigated over alleged tank in loss to Angola

The Australian Boomers face an investigation into their loss to Angola.

The Boomers' World Cup nightmare has worsened after basketball's governing body FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Australia over allegations they deliberately lost a group match against Angola in order to delay an encounter with the USA.

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Abby Bishop backs Canberra Capitals to step up early without Lauren Jackson

Ready to go: Abby Bishop with niece Zala earlier this year.

JON TUXWORTH Losing one of the world's best players always hurts, but Canberra Capitals forward Abby Bishop says she can shoulder the extra workload until Opals superstar Lauren Jackson returns from injury.

Tank for nothing: Boomers suffer heartbreak at World Championships


Julian Drape The Boomers have suffered a heart-breaking one-point loss to Turkey to crash out of the basketball World Cup in Barcelona.

Boomers investigated over alleged tank

The Australian men's basketball team is being investigated over allegations it tanked a match against Angola to avoid playing the US.

NBA Hawks' owner to sell control of team, cites racially insensitive remarks

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson.

Kevin Murphy The owner of the Atlanta Hawks announced on Sunday he will sell his controlling interest in the National Basketball Association franchise because of racially insensitive remarks he made, in an echo of a scandal involving the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team.

US and Spain on course at basketball world championships

US centre DeMarcus Cousins.

Holders the United States and hosts Spain remained on course to reach the basketball World Cup final after powering into the last eight where they were joined by France and Slovenia on Saturday.

Boomers ready for Turkey challenge

Australia's men's basketball team is gunning for a first World Cup quarter-final appearance in 20 years when they meet Turkey in Barcelona.

Australian Boomers take risky path to World Cup knockout stage

Australia's guard Chris Goulding (left) vies with Angola's guard Armando Costa.

Roy Ward The Boomers battle Turkey on Monday morning for a place in the FIBA world cup quarter finals.


Australian stars Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips aim for WNBA championship

Erin Phillips wants to add this season's WNBA title to the one she won with Indiana Fever in 2012.

Roy Ward Australian Opals guard Erin Phillips and her WNBA side Phoenix Mercury are three wins from a championship.


Lauren Jackson aims for WNBL success and 2016 Olympic Games despite another surgery setback

Frustrating period: Lauren Jackson.

CHRIS DUTTON Basketball champion Lauren Jackson says she has to learn how to trust her body again.

US to meet Mexico in World Cup last 16

Australian-born Kyrie Irving (R) vies with Ukraine's guard Eugene

Zoran Milosavljevic Holders United States and hosts Spain ended the Basketball World Cup preliminary stage with 5-0 records after emphatic wins on Thursday that pitted them against modest opposition in the first knockout round.

Boomers' World Cup loss to minnow Angola enables them to miss USA side of draw

Angola's centre Yanick Moreira, left, celebrates next to Australia's forward Brock Motum

Roy Ward The Boomers upset loss to Angola has seen them avoid Team USA and score a showdown with Turkey in the knockout rounds.

Boomers deny tanking after loss to Angola at world championships

Australia v Angola

Joe Barton The Boomers have rejected suggestions their shock loss to Angola at the basketball World Cup was a tank job to avoid a quarter-final showdown with Team USA.

We're not tankers, say Boomers

Joe Barton Australia have fallen to a shock loss to Angola to close out the group stage of the basketball World Cup, but coach Andrej Lemanis insists they aren't tankers.

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