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French basketball player fined in China for not looking at flag

Bejing - A French former NBA player has been reprimanded and fined $1,400 by sports officials in China for not looking at the Chinese flag during the national anthem before a game.

China blasts 'arrogance and hypocrisy' of US VP Pence speech

Bejing - Beijing slammed US Vice President Mike Pence for his "arrogance and hypocrisy" on Friday after he voiced support for Hong Kong democracy protesters and accused the NBA of kowtowing to China.

Pence slams NBA, urging tougher stance on China

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday sharply denounced the NBA for not speaking out more forcefully on China as he vowed support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters.

China demanded firing of Rockets exec: NBA chief

Washington - China demanded that a Houston Rockets executive be sacked for supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said.

LeBron under fire after blaming China row on 'misinformed' Rockets GM

Los Angeles - Basketball superstar LeBron James was accused of turning a blind eye to Chinese repression on Tuesday after he criticized a Houston Rockets executive for angering China with a "misinformed" tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong.

LeBron blames China mess on Rockets GM's 'misinformed' tweet

Los Angeles - Basketball superstar LeBron James has sharply criticised a Houston Rockets executive for angering China with a tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong, saying the executive was "misinformed" and should have kept his mouth shut.

NBA drops Lakers-Nets media events in China over 'unprecedented' row

Shanghai - The National Basketball Association (NBA) said Friday it had cancelled all remaining press events for its current China tour, citing the "complicated and unprecedented" controversy over Hong Kong protests and free speech.

NBA game to go ahead in China despite free speech row

Shanghai - The NBA confirmed an annual exhibition game in China would go ahead on Thursday, rejecting calls to scrap the event over a free speech row that was ignited by an American basketball executive's pro-democracy tweet.

US lawmakers urge NBA to suspend China activities over boycott

Washington - A bipartisan set of US lawmakers urged the NBA on Wednesday to suspend all activities in China until Chinese firms and broadcasters end their boycott of the league and the Houston Rockets.

China slams NBA, Apple over Hong Kong

Shanghai - China on Wednesday slammed NBA commissioner Adam Silver's defence of free speech, cancelling a basketball fan event and lashing him in the state-run press, as Apple was warned it could be the next Western firm punished for supporting democracy proteste...

Chinese media slams NBA's 'about face' on Hong Kong

Shanghai - Chinese state media slammed the NBA for an "about-face" Tuesday after the body said it would not apologise for a tweet by the Houston Rockets General Manager supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Yao Ming 'extremely hot' over NBA's China crisis: Silver

Saitama - Chinese basketball chief Yao Ming is "extremely hot" over the controversy sparked by a Houston Rockets executive's pro-democracy tweet, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday, adding that he hoped to work with him to cool the escalating dispute.

NBA chief Silver stands firm as China backlash mounts

Apo - The National Basketball Association won't gag its personnel or apologise over a team executive's tweet that ignited a firestorm in China, commissioner Adam Silver insisted Tuesday, standing firm despite a growing backlash that imperils the league's luc...

China punishes NBA as crisis over democracy tweet deepens

Shanghai - China on Tuesday pulled NBA exhibition games from television screens as the league faced an escalating punishment campaign in the lucrative Chinese market ignited by an American basketball executive's pro-democracy tweet.

'South Park' creators issue mock apology over China censorship

Bejing - The creators of "South Park" have issued a mock apology to China after censors scrubbed their popular animation from the Chinese web.

NBA backs free speech after Hong Kong tweet furore

Apo - The NBA has insisted it backs free speech, after US politicians accused it of caving to China in a row over a pro-democracy tweet that has cost the Houston Rockets lucrative Chinese sponsors and airtime.

NBA chief backs 'free expression' after Hong Kong tweet furore

Apo - The NBA backs "freedom of expression," its commissioner has insisted, after the organisation was criticised for its response to a pro-democracy tweet by a Houston Rockets executive that angered China.

'We love China': Rockets' Harden 'sorry' over GM's Hong Kong tweet

Apo - Houston Rockets star James Harden on Monday apologised to China over a tweet by the team's general manager backing Hong Kong's democracy protests that cost the franchise TV exposure and sponsorship in the lucrative Chinese market.

NBA star Gasol slams Mediterranean migrant inaction

Rome - Spanish NBA star and former Mediterranean rescue volunteer Marc Gasol called Tuesday for action to help migrants making the "almost suicidal" journey from Africa to Europe.

Turkish basketballer's father denies Gulen links in court: report

Istanbul - The father of Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter on Tuesday denied accusations he had links to the group blamed for a 2016 failed coup aimed at overthrowing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reported.

Melania Trump praises LeBron James after president's insult

Washington - After Donald Trump sniped back at LeBron James' suggestion that he fuels American racial divides, support has flooded in for the NBA great -- including from the US president's own wife, Melania.

US police chief apologizes for arrest of NBA player, releases video

Chicago - The police chief in the Midwestern US city of Milwaukee apologized Wednesday for the tasing and arrest of a black professional basketball player over a parking violation, as his department released video of the incident.

Indonesia basketball players fixed games 'to pay their salaries'

Jakarta - Eight Indonesian pro-basketball players and a team official have been banned for life over match fixing, the league said Thursday, reportedly to help their cash-strapped squad pay salaries.

Trump: I should have left UCLA players in jail

Washington - Donald Trump on Sunday said he was sorry for helping secure the release of three college basketball players caught shoplifting in China, after one of their fathers downplayed the president's role.

Trump tells UCLA players 'you're welcome,' credits Xi

Washington - US President Donald Trump credited China's President Xi Jinping Thursday with the release of three UCLA basketball players who had been held on suspicion of shoplifting.

Syria national basketball team hoops against the odds

Damascus - Khalil Khoury dribbles a basketball deftly down the dilapidated gym where he and the rest of the Syrian national team train, passing it through his legs before a silky-smooth lay-up.

Rodman says trying to 'open doors' between US, North Korea

Seoul - Flamboyant basketball star Dennis Rodman says his mission to Pyongyang is an attempt to "open doors" with the isolated country, as the US focuses on the release from North Korean custody of a comatose student.

Rodman says trying to 'open doors' between US, North Korea

Seoul - Flamboyant basketball star Dennis Rodman says his mission to Pyongyang is an attempt to "open doors" with the isolated country, as the US focuses on the release from North Korean custody of a comatose student.

Rodman says trying to 'open doors' between US, North Korea

Seoul - Flamboyant basketball star Dennis Rodman says his mission to Pyongyang is an attempt to "open doors" with the isolated country, as the US focuses on the release from North Korean custody of a comatose student.

Rodman gives North Korea a copy of Trump's 'The Art of the Deal'

Seoul - Flamboyant basketball star Dennis Rodman handed over a copy of Donald Trump's "The Art of the Deal" to a North Korean minister on Thursday, along with a whole host of other off-the-wall goodies.
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