Warriors romp past Lakers, 76ers shoot down Rockets

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Klay Thompson’s blistering performance from three-point range propelled the Golden State Warriors to a 130-111 NBA victory over the injury-depleted Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. Thompson joined former Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson as the only NBA players to make their first 10 attempts from three-point range, finishing 10-for-11 from beyond the arc and 17-of-20 overall for 44 points before sitting out the fourth quarter. By then the […]

76ers shoot down Rockets, George leads Thunder romp

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Philadelphia big man Joel Embiid scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Monday as the 76ers withstood a 37-point performance from James Harden in a 121-93 NBA victory over the Houston Rockets. Harden notched his 20th straight game with 30 or more points, but the Rockets were no match for the 76ers in a sometimes testy encounter. Embiid added two assists, two steals, and three blocked shots, provoking the […]

Pacquiao on the mend after scratched cornea

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The eye injury Manny Pacquiao suffered in a unanimous-decision win over Adrian Broner is a scratched cornea, and the Filipino ring icon is already on the mend, a spokesman for Pacquiao’s camp said Monday. The New York Daily News had reported that some in Pacquiao’s camp feared he had suffered a potentially career-threatening detached retina in beating Broner to retain the World Boxing Association “regular” welterweight world title — […]

George leads Thunder romp, NBA-best Bucks blast Mavs

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Oklahoma City’s Paul George scored 31 points while Russell Westbrook added 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists Monday as the Thunder routed New York 127-109. Germany’s Dennis Schroder added 17 points off the bench while Jerami Grant and reserve Abdel Nader each contributed 16 points for Oklahoma City (28-18) in the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday romp. “This is my first time playing on Martin Luther King Jr. […]

NBA Fines Boston’s Smart $35K after Bembry altercation

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Monday after multiple attempts at rushing Atlanta’s DeAndre Bembry after being ejected from a Saturday road victory. Kiki VanDeWeghe, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations, said Smart was punished for aggressively pursuing an opponent in an attempt to escalate a physical altercation and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection. Smart […]

David Warner to undergo surgery on injured elbow

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Banned former Australian vice-captain David Warner is expected to undergo minor surgery on his elbow Tuesday after returning home from the Bangladesh Premier League with an injury. Warner, alongside former skipper Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft, was suspended from international cricket over a ball-tampering scandal during a Test match in South Africa last March. The 32-year-old returned to Australia last week following a stint with the Sylhet Sixers in the […]

Rose and Towns combine as ‘Wolves edge Suns

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Derrick Rose nailed a three pointer from 18 feet with just 0.6 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 116-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. “It was about damn time I hit a shot like that,” said Rose. Rose and Karl-Anthony Towns took turns carrying the ‘Wolves on their backs as they combined for 61 points. Towns scored 28 of his 30 points in the […]

Japanese fourth seed Osaka battles into Open quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Japanese fourth seed Naomi Osaka edged past 13th seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in three sets Monday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals. The US Open champion triumphed 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to set up a last eight clash with Ukrainian sixth seed Elina Svitolina and keep alive her dream of a second successive Grand Slam title. It is the second time in a row the 21-year-old had been forced to come […]

Lakers’ Ball to miss 4-6 weeks with sprained ankle

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained left ankle, the NBA team said Sunday. Ball was carried off the court by teammates Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson on Saturday night in the third quarter of the Lakers’ overtime loss to the Rockets in Houston. He had turned his ankle in a collision with Houston’s James Ennis, falling to the […]

Mavs rookie Doncic vows to learn from first ejection

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Dallas rookie Luka Doncic admits he let frustration get the better of him in the Mavericks’ 111-99 loss against the Indiana Pacers, earning his first ejection from an NBA game. The 19-year-old Slovenian, who arrived in the NBA after starring in the EuroLeague, has earned praise for his maturity as well as his skills and basketball savvy. But his exasperation with the officiating on Saturday night saw him tossed […]

Pacquiao batters Broner in lopsided welterweight bout

Manny Pacquiao put on a master class in elite boxing Saturday with a 12-round demolition of Adrien Broner, defending his welterweight title in his first fight on US soil in two years — and his first as a 40-year-old. Pacquiao easily won with an impressive display of superior hand speed and destructive power that landed him a unanimous decision victory over the much younger American at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The Filipino star almost knocked […]

Pacquiao defeats Broner by unanimous decision; retains WBA title

(Eagle News)–Manny Pacquiao retained the WBA welterweight title on Sunday, after beating Adrien Broner in the much-anticipated fight in Las Vegas. The forty-year-old Pacquiao, who was aggressive from the start, was declared the winner by unanimous decision: 116-112, 116-112 and 117-111. In an interview, Pacquiao said his journey as a boxer continued, and said he would fight Floyd Mayweather should he agree to do so. Mayweather, however, who watched the match, did not comment. Interviewed […]