Friday's Sports in Brief

PRO BASKETBALL BEIJING (AP) — China denied NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's claim that it demanded the firing of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a tweet that supported...

Harden caps preseason with a scoring flourish

MIAMI (AP) — James Harden sure seems in midseason form. Russell Westbrook isn't there yet. Harden, the reigning NBA scoring champion, scored 44 points in 35 minutes...

Fans support Hong Kong, Tibet at Nets' 1st game since China

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of fans held signs, wore shirts and chanted support for Hong Kong and Tibet in the Brooklyn Nets' first game since returning from China. The fans sat behind t...

Back from China, Nets steer clear of controversy in remarks

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets played well and ate great on their trip to China. That was the tenor of their comments Wednesday after their first practice back home, downplaying t...

NBA Commissioner says league will support freedom of speech

TOKYO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government prote...

Taiwan-born Nets owner parrots CCP line over pro-Hong Kong tweet

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwanese-Canadian owner of the Brooklyn Nets, Joseph Tsai (蔡崇信), on Monday (Oct. 7) posted an open letter on Facebook criticizing Houston Rockets manager Daryl Morey ...

Tsai completes purchase of Nets, arena, hires Levy as CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have a new owner and a new CEO. Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai completed his purchase of the team and Barclays Center on Wednesday, then announced that...

Popularity of NBA in China seems to create endless options

BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant went to China for the first time in 1998, making the trip to Beijing to help operate an instructional basketball clinic for about a dozen kids. The local coaches working wit...

Liberty owner Joe Tsai wants to help grow US-China relations

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Liberty's new owner Joe Tsai saw the team's exhibition game against the Chinese national team Thursday night as a chance to grow relations between the two countries. ...

Taiwanese billionaire Joe Tsai buys 49% stake in NBA Brooklyn Nets basketball team

TAIPEI(Taiwan News)- Brooklyn Nets owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov sold a 49-percent stake in the Brooklyn Nets basketball team to Taiwanese billionaire Joe Tsai(蔡崇信). Taiwanese descen...

Prokhorov completes sale of 49 percent of Nets to Tsai

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has completed the sale of a 49 percent interest in the team to Joe Tsai, who could become the controlling owner in three years. The NBA&#...

Alibaba Group Launches 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 20, 2016--Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) today announced the launch of its 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, unveiling more than three weeks of marketing promotions, ent...

Business Highlights

___Apple beats earnings estimates, issues healthy forecastSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Defying skeptics on Wall Street, Apple says it plans to keep setting records for selling new iPhones around the world.Th...