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Boomers to take pressure off Dante Exum in FIBA World Cup

Roy Ward Australian veteran Joe Ingles says Dante Exum just needs to play his role at first major tournament.

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Donald Sterling out of legal options to unwind LA Clippers' sale

Gone for good: Donald Sterling.

Nathan Fenno 10:06am Donald Sterling is finally out of legal options to unwind the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers signs contract extension

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8:54am Los Angeles Clippers' new owner Steve Ballmer has persuaded head coach Doc Rivers to remain with the team for another five years.

Team USA rout Slovenia in final World Cup tune-up

Powerful stuff: Anthony Davis dominated the Slovenian side.

The United States completed their preparations for the upcoming World Cup with a 101-71 mauling of Slovenia on Tuesday that gave them a perfect record in warm-up games ahead of the 24-nation event in Spain.

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Utah Jazz sign Boomers forward Brock Motum

Stepping up: Brock Motum in action for the Boomers against China in May.

Australian Boomers forward Brock Motum has been signed by the Utah Jazz, joining teenage countryman Dante Exum at the NBA club.

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Utah Jazz sign Boomers' Motum

Australian Boomers forward Brock Motum has been signed up by NBA club Utah Jazz.

Kevin Love plus LeBron James equals Cavaliers on cusp of new NBA dynasty

Slimline: LeBron James has shed some weight in the off-season since announcing his switch from Miami to the Cavaliers.

Jason Lloyd In a city built on sports heartbreak and despair, in a town with a river named Chagrin, it's difficult to process days (and summers) like this.

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Damian Lillard graces cover of NBA Live 15

Rising star: Damian Lillard dribbles for Team USA against the Dominican Republic in New York last week.

Brett Molina Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will grace the cover of Electronic Arts pro basketball simulation NBA Live 15.

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New Wollongong Hawks owner James Spenceley believes club will become a powerhouse

Optimistic: New Wollongong Hawks owner James Spenceley with chairman Peter Bahlmann.

John Stensholt BRW Young Rich list member James Spenceley is confident of success in his latest venture, ownership of the National Basketball League team ­Wollongong Hawks.

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Opals close Euro tour with loss to Turkey

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Australians close their six-game European tour with a thrilling four-point overtime loss to Turkey in Istanbul.

Boomers torched by red-hot France

Sport: Australian Opals and Australian Boomers Training Sessions at the AIS, Canberra. Aron Baynes. 8th of August 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Australia have been dealt a harsh reality check in their final match before the basketball World Cup, beaten 73-50 by France.

Opals close Euro tour with loss to Turkey

Opals find form.

Turkey have come from behind to win an overtime thriller 84-80 over the Australian Opals.

Australian Boomers fall to France in last match before FIBA world cup

Aron Baynes takes on France's Mickael Gelabale.

Roy Ward Boomers struggle to make shots as French roll to victory.

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Kevin Love joins Cleveland Cavaliers after trade with Minnesota Timberwolves finally completed

Cleveland bound: Kevin Love has been traded from Minnesota to the Cavaliers.

Scott Cacciola When LeBron James decided to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer, it was a foregone conclusion that the move would have an enormous effect on the NBA for years to come. Such is the power that James wields, and as the start of training camp approaches - a little more than a month from now - the ripples continue to lap at the league's shores.

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Big names missing in final US roster for Spain

Australian-born Kyrie Irivng will line-up for the US.

The United States team will travel to Spain without some of the sport's biggest names to defend their title at the Basketball World Cup after a selection process described as one of the "most difficult" in recent years.

Opals beat Brazil in Zafer Cup in Turkey

Belinda Snell #12 of Australia

The Australian Opals basketball team have held off a determined Brazil for a hard-fought 66-63 win at the TBF Zafer Cup in Istanbul.

Boomers aim for first medal at FIBA world cup

Strong voice: David Andersen in action against the Tall Blacks last year.

Roy Ward The Boomers head to the FIBA world cup in Spain wanting Australia's first senior men's medal.

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Opals suffer European tour loss to Canada

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The Australian Opals have suffered the first setback of their European tour, going down to Canada 62-55 in the TBF Zafer Cup in Istanbul.

Aron Baynes, Ryan Broekhoff fire as Australian Boomers beat Finland

Ryan Broekhoff

Roy Ward Australia has won its second-last lead-up game before the FIBA world cup beating Finland.

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Erin Phillips reunites with Penny Taylor in bid to add WNBA trophy to world crown

Focused: Erin Phillips of the Phoenix Mercury, has the WNBA Championship in her sights.

LUCY CORMACK When the Opals played their first game in the FIBA World Championship in 2006, teammates Erin Phillips and Penny Taylor had barely known each other for a week.

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Wollongong Hawks sign high-flying Houston Rockets Summer League guard Jahii Carson

High flyer: Wollongong Hawks recruit Jahii Carson shoots for the Arizona State Sun Devils against the Texas Longhorns in March.

Tim Keeble The Wollongong Hawks have recruited one of the most talented imports in club history with the signing of NBA prospect Jahii Carson.

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Basketball's turban ban discriminatory: US lawmakers

Basketball

Two US lawmakers have launched a campaign urging FIBA to reconsider their policy after two Sikh players were asked to remove their turbans during an international basketball match.

Australia's Opals enjoy clean sweep of Belarus

Opals find form.

Australia's women have completed a clean sweep of their two-game basketball series with Belarus with 76-60 victory in Minsk.

Opals enjoy clean sweep of Belarus

Leilani Mitchell

The Australian Opals have completed a dominant clean sweep of Belarus with another double-digit victory ahead of the World Championship in Turkey.

NBL chief determined to get a Brisbane team up

Basketball players.

The National Basketball League’s boss says his job is on the line if he does not get a Brisbane team back in the competition.

Australian Opals crush Belarus in Minsk friendly

Dominant force: Liz Cambage.

Australia's women's basketball team have tuned up for next month's World Championship in ruthless fashion, crushing their Group C opponents Belarus 75-43 in a friendly in Minsk.

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Basketball Australia appoints new CEO

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Basketball Australia has appointed Anthony Moore as its new chief executive, replacing former NSW premier Kristina Keneally who quit in April.

Basketball Australia taps former AFL, cricket administrator Anthony Moore as CEO

As a parent and past basketball club coach and president Anthony Moore has seen the game’s drawing power first-hand.

Roy Ward New CEO Anthony Moore is aiming to make Basketball Australia more profitable.

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Australian Boomers score impressive away win over France

Star turn: Matthew Dellavedova, pictured here training in Canberra last month, was a standout for the Boomers in their tight win over France.

Roy Ward NBA centre Aron Baynes leads the Boomers past a strong French team.

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Sim Bhullar makes history with Sacramento Kings deal - first NBA player of Indian descent

Giant customer: Sim Bhullar stands tall while playing for New Mexico State University.

Sim Bhullar inked a contract with the Sacramento Kings on Friday to become the first player of Indian descent to sign for an NBA team.

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Derrick Rose makes triumphant return as Team USA rout Brazil

Back in the groove: Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose distributes for Team USA against Brazil.

Nancy Armour Derrick Rose drove the length of the court and banked a one-handed lay-up in off the glass as the United Centre crowd let out a roar.

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Australia take silver at U17 World Championships after loss to USA

Isaac Humphries

Australia's Under 17 basketballers have finished with silver medals in the World Championship, going down to the USA 99-92 in the final in Dubai.

Another World Cup warm-up win for Boomers

Brock Motum scored 10 points in the Boomers' loss.

Australia's basketballers enjoy second win in the World Cup warm-up tournament in France.

Sharpshooters shine in Boomers win over the Philippines

Aron Baynes

Roy Ward The Boomers have won for a second-straight night with a 97-75 victory over Philippines in Nice, France.

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Australia wins second-straight silver medal at FIBA under-17 world championships

On target: Dejan Vasiljevic takes aim.

Roy Ward Australia's under-17 side pushes USA to the brink before losing gold medal game 99-92.

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Injury has not deterred Paul George from Team USA basketball duties

Optimistic: Injured Pacers star Paul George.

Indiana Pacers star Paul George said Friday the horrific broken leg he suffered in a Team USA training game hasn't turned him off competing for his country.

Melbourne United adds sponsors, stars, but aims for long-term success

On court: David Barlow  in training at the Minerdome.

Roy Ward Melbourne United say its new brand has already proved a commercial success but much works remains to be done.

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USA Basketball cancels Senegal trip due to ebola fears

Kevin Durant

USA Basketball has cancelled the national team's trip to Senegal because of concerns over the deadly Ebola outbreak, the federation chairman confirmed on Friday.

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Ryan Broekhoff inspires Boomers to win over Ukraine

Ryan Broekhoff

A remarkable final-quarter shooting performance from Ryan Broekhoff carried Australia to a 74-65 win over Ukraine in the four-nation men's basketball tournament in Nice on Friday.

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World Cup warm-up win for Boomers

Brock Motum scored 10 points in the Boomers' loss.

Australia's basketballers beat Ukraine 74-65 in a World Cup warm-up event in Nice that also includes France and the Philippines.

Fairytale comeback puts Australian teens into gold medal basketball game at FIBA championships

Tom Wilson of Australia drives against Xabier Lopez-Arosteguj of Spain during the FIBA under 17 World Championships semi-final match.

Roy Ward Australia will play USA in the gold medal game at the FIBA under-17 world championships after coming back from 20 points down in its semi final.

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Melbourne United opens with a win

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Roy Ward Melbourne United has a new name and colours but two returning Melbourne players made sure the club opened a new era with a win on Friday night in front of a big crowd.

Young Aussies Ben Simmons, Thon Maker top US high school prospects poll, tipped for NBA success

Ben Simmons

Peter Mitchell A poll of US coaches has named the top high school basketball prospects in America - and it's extraordinary news for Australia.

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Young Aussies tipped for NBA success

Rising star Ben Simmons.

Peter Mitchell Australian teenagers Ben Simmons and Thon Maker have been named as future NBA stars in a poll of American basketball coaches..

Australia into medal rounds of FIBA under-17 men's world championships

Australian centre Isaac Humphries finished the game with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Roy Ward Australian under-17 boys setup a semi final place and chance at making gold medal game.

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Canberra Capitals re-sign guard Michelle Cosier

Michelle Cosier with her five-month-old son Levi.

DAVID POLKINGHORNE Guard Michelle Cosier is creche-ing her way back onto the Canberra Capitals roster.

Sydney Kings import Josh Childress will breathe easier after getting through customs

Crowd pleaser: Sydney Kings import Josh Childress during his stint with the Phoenix Suns.

TOM DECENT Former NBA star Josh Childress has opened up about his biggest fear when he arrives in Australia to play for the Sydney Kings: whether or not he will be able to get his dog and 800 pairs of shoes through Customs. 

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Wildcats sign another NBA young gun

Hoop dream: Ryan Broekhoff brings a strong outside shooting game to the Boomers world cup squad.

The Perth Wildcats have pulled off another recruiting coup by signing Toronto Raptors small forward DeAndre Daniels for the upcoming NBL season.

LeBron James' Christmas visit highlights Miami Heat schedule

Taking his talents back to South Beach as a Cavalier: LeBron James.

Ira Winderman There will be plenty of LeBron, with the Miami Heat's 2014-15 schedule to feature four games against the player who a month ago walked away from the four-time defending Eastern Conference champions.

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NBA schedule pits San Antonio Spurs against Dallas Mavericks to launch 2014-15 season

Defending champions: Ageless veteran Tim Duncan and his San Antonio Spurs will open their season against Dallas.

Mark Lamport-Stokes Tim Duncan and the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs will host the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 28 as part of a triple-header to launch the 2014-15 season, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced on Wednesday.

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Steve Ballmer is officially new owner of Clippers, NBA says

Steve Ballmer

Ben Bolch, Nathan Fenno and Melissa Rohlin The NBA announced that Steve Ballmer's $2-billion ($A2.15 billion) purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers had closed on Tuesday, making the former Microsoft CEO the undisputed owner of the team.

Boomers downed by Finland ahead of World Cup

Sport: Australian Opals and Australian Boomers Training Sessions at the AIS, Canberra. Aron Baynes. 8th of August 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

HELSINKI: The Australian men's basketball team have suffered a disappointing 87-81 loss to Finland after fighting back in the final quarter to force the game into overtime.

Kings sign biggest import to hit NBL

New challenge: Josh Childress will join the Sydney Kings.

Josh Childress has played NBA alongside Josh Smith, Grant Hill, Marcin Gortat and Steve Nash to name a few, now he's the headline act at the Sydney Kings.

Melbourne United adds Australian big man Daniel Kickert

Melbourne United United has long targeted Daniel Kickert because of his versatility as a big man who can shoot from outside and score in the low post.

Roy Ward Former Australian Boomers and European star Daniel Kickert to come home to Melbourne.

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Sydney Kings sign former NBA player Josh Childress

Josh Childress

TOM DECENT The Sydney Kings have signed former NBA player Josh Childress for the 2014-15 NBL season.

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Boomers struggle on defence in loss to Lithuania

Brock Motum scored 10 points in the Boomers' loss.

Roy Ward Australia's defence couldn't slow a rampant Lithuania as the Boomers fell to their first loss of their European tour.

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New Canberra Capitals boss Lachlan Searle has big plans for basketball in ACT

Lachlan Searle has been appointed as the Canberra Capitals' general manager.

JON TUXWORTH New Canberra Capitals general manager Lachlan Searle wants the club to ''captivate Canberra'' on and off the court as it looks to boost its presence in a crowded sporting marketplace. 

NBA considering a change in draft lottery to take away tanking incentive

Taking action ... NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to eliminate any incentive for teams to field non-competitive line-ups.

Jason Wolf The NBA Competition Committee has yet to determine whether it will recommend altering the draft lottery as early as next season in an attempt to dissuade teams like the Philadelphia 76ers from deliberately fielding a non-competitive roster in order to acquire a high draft pick, a change reportedly being pursued by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, according to a league source.

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Elizabeth Cambage blames arrogance for poor Australian Opals showing at 2010 World Cup

Opals star Liz Cambage is confident Australia won't bomb out at this year's World Cup.

JON TUXWORTH Opals star Elizabeth Cambage believes ''arrogance'' was behind their shock fifth placing at the last world cup

Boomers beat Ukraine on Euro tour

Dante Exum.

Australian basketball team scores a 75-60 win over Ukraine.

Canberra Gunners SEABL finals hopes dashed after road defeats

US import Garlon Green was strong for the Gunners.

JON TUXWORTH The Canberra Gunners flickering finals hopes have been extinguished.

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Caroline Wozniacki's hair gets stuck

Danish tennis star and 2009 US Open runner-up attempts to return a volley but can't because her hair is caught in her racket.

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