Mitchell keeps shuffling deck as Raptors beat CSKA Moscow

TORONTO -- Most coaches will say that National Basketball Association pre-season games have little use, outside of getting your players on the same page at both ends of the court.

Young scores 17 in 76ers' win over Raptors

Seattle Post-Intelligencer 13.10.2008
Young scores 17 in 76ers' win over Raptors

TORONTO -- Thaddeus Young scored 17 points, Andre Igoudala added 13, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 85-79 in an NBA preseason game Sunday.

Bosh scores 20 points in Raptors' 113-111 exhibition win over Knicks

TORONTO — In one of the more forgettable moments of Wednesday's exhibition game against the visiting New York Knicks, Chris Bosh chucked a bounce pass to Jermaine O'Neal that the newest Raptor didn't see coming.

Mitchell to manage stars' minutes in pre-season games

TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors' pre-season opener Tuesday night in Cleveland will not be televised, and it is just as well: There should be very little for fans to take out of the game.

Bargnani remains the Raptors' big 'if'

OTTAWA -- Every team is a team of ifs. If everyone stays healthy; if chemistry can be developed; if all the moving parts knit together, then you can build something good. Sometimes, something great.

Wizards sign G Dixon

National Post 24.09.2008
Wizards sign G Dixon

Juan Dixon is back with the Washington Wizards. The Wizards on Tuesday signed the free agent guard, adding to its backcourt depth in the wake of losing three-time All-Star Gilbert Arenas for at least the first part of the upcoming season due to a ...

Sparks send Storm home in first round again, 71-64

SEATTLE: The Seattle Storm acquired all the players they could before this season to try to end their habit of early playoff exits. They just didn't have the chance to draft Candace Parker.

Parker scores 11 in Sparks' playoff opener

Seattle Post-Intelligencer 20.09.2008
Parker scores 11 in Sparks' playoff opener

LOS ANGELES -- Candace Parker had 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Sparks overcame late turnovers to beat the Seattle Storm 77-69 in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series Friday night.

Sparks downplay absence of Seattle's Lauren Jackson

Dan Arritt Los Angeles Times 19.09.2008
Sparks downplay absence of Seattle's Lauren Jackson

A few days ago, Lisa Leslie was sitting in front of her locker at Staples Center when she was asked about the biggest story of the Sparks' opening-round, best-of-three playoff series against the Seattle Storm.

Playoffs Open With Parker Chasing a Triple Crown

JONATHAN ABRAMS New York Times 18.09.2008
Candace Parker, right, with her teammate and mentor Lisa Leslie, is looking to add a W.N.B.A. title to her list of feats in 2008. Gus Ruelas/Associated Press

If the chips now fall correctly, during a season in which they have not always done so, Candace Parker will soon be celebrating a personal triple crown amid a collaborative backdrop.

Sparks provide a playoff preview against Seattle

Dan Arritt Los Angeles Times 15.09.2008
Sparks provide a playoff preview against Seattle

No need for the Sparks to send a message in a bottle to their opening-round playoff opponent. The Seattle Storm stood directly in front of them Sunday afternoon.

Thunder sell out season tickets in just five days

Oklahoma City's new NBA franchise has sold out its season tickets in just five days. Chairman Clay Bennett said the last of approximately 13,000 Thunder season tickets were sold Friday, and the team has put names on a waiting list for games at the...

US routs host China 101-70 in Olympic opener

Brian Mahoney IBTimes 11.08.2008
US routs host China 101-70 in Olympic opener

BEIJING - This was the stuff a Dream Team is made of. Acrobatic moves, reverse slams and tomahawk dunks. Who needs outside shooting? Just toss it up and throw it down. The United States opened its campaign for Olympic basketball redemption Sunday ...

Safe ride through February should set Raptors up for playoff push

TORONTO - On the night the Toronto Raptors kick off their 14th season in the National Basketball Association, two former all-star power forwards will be making their debut with their new teams.

Judge set to sentence disgraced NBA ref Donaghy

NEW YORK (AP) — Last summer, NBA referee Tim Donaghy stunned the league by pleading guilty to federal charges he took payoffs from a professional gambler for inside tips on games.

Bird scores 24, Storm beats Monarchs 77-71

SEATTLE: Sue Bird scored a season-high 24 points and the Seattle Storm fended off a Sacramento comeback to end the Monarchs' seven-game winning streak Sunday night with a 77-71 victory. Swin Cash added 13 points for Seattle and Tanish Wright had 1...

Taurasi scores 31 to lead Mercury past Storm

PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 31 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury past the Seattle Storm 94-80 Friday, snapping a two-game losing streak. Phoenix led by as much as 20 in the first half, but allowed Seattle to tie the game in the third befo...

Raps sign Ukic to three-year deal 17.07.2008
Raps sign Ukic to three-year deal

TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors signed Croatian guard Roko Ukic to a three-year contract on Wednesday. The six-foot-five, 210-pounder was Toronto's second-round selection (41st overall) in the 2005 NBA draft.

Chinese basketball player Yao Ming touches his left ankle during a media conference in Beijing June 26, 2008.  REUTERS/David Gray

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Yao Ming is likely to play his first competitive game since having surgery on his foot in March at this week's Stankovic Cup pre-Beijing Olympic basketball tournament, local media reported on Tuesday.

Packer Out, Kellogg in as CBS Lead Announcer

Jim O'connell The Washington Post 15.07.2008
Packer Out, Kellogg in as CBS Lead Announcer

NEW YORK -- Billy Packer didn't sound like a man who found out his 34-year run as part of the Final Four broadcast had ended.

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