‘Treachery’ or ‘transparency’? Russian athletes to return as WADA lifts doping ban

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AFP) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday lifted a ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency, paving the way for Russian athletes to return to competition but also sparking claims of “treachery” and “dark shadows” cast over the fight against drugs in sport. “Today, the great majority of WADA’s Executive Committee decided to reinstate RUSADA as compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code subject to strict conditions,” WADA president Craig Reedie said. Reedie said […]

Ronaldo sent off but 10-man Juventus ease past Valencia

  by Thomas Allnut Agence France Presse VALENCIA, Spain (AFP) — Juventus believe they can win the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo, but they had to start by beating Valencia without him after he was controversially sent off on his debut in the competition for the Italian champions on Wednesday. A tearful Ronaldo left the pitch in disbelief in the 29th minute, having aimed a petulant, but seemingly harmless, kick at Valencia defender Jeison Murillo. […]

LeBron teams with ‘Black Panther’ director for ‘Space Jam 2’

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Two months ago, basketball superstar LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, he’s taking on Hollywood in a big way. The long-awaited sequel to “Space Jam” — the 1996 live action-animated film starring NBA legends Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing — is finally moving forward. King James’s production company, SpringHill Entertainment, on Wednesday tweeted an image of a locker room featuring the names of […]

Japanese MMA star Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto dies at 41

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Tributes flowed Wednesday for charismatic Japanese mixed martial artist Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, who died at age 41, three weeks after announcing a battle with cancer. Born to a family of wrestlers and martial artists, the wiry, tattoo-covered Yamamoto took on larger opponents in a wide range of MMA events, including the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He won fans with a beaming, confident smile — a rarity in Japan where many fighters […]

Wade returns to Miami for ‘Last Dance’ with Heat

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade will play a final season for the Miami Heat, announcing his decision in a YouTube video entitled “One Last Dance.” The 36-year-old star guard played his first 13 seasons with Miami, joining forces with Shaquille O’Neal to bring the Heat their first NBA crown in 2006 and with LeBron James for further titles in 2012 and 2013. Wade departed for a season with his hometown […]

Gilas PHL defeats Qatar, 92-81, in closed door FIBA World Cup qualifiers match

MANILA (PNA) — Gilas Pilipinas went ablaze in the second half to bludgeon Qatar, 92-81, in a closed-door FIBA World Cup Qualifiers battle at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Monday night. Despite struggling once again from beyond the arc which highlighted a slow first half that saw Qatar leading by as much as 17 in the second quarter, Gilas banked on its transition game and a better defensive showing in the final […]

Golovkin, Alvarez prepare for rematch ‘war’

LAS VEGAS, United States (AFP) — Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez were preparing for a middleweight “war” here Saturday as the final countdown to their acrimonious rematch began. Undefeated Kazakh world champion Golovkin and Mexican idol Alvarez will climb into the ring at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena at around 8pm local time (0300 GMT), a year after battling to a controversial draw at the same venue. The 12-round contest is the most eagerly anticipated […]

Mayweather says Pacquiao rematch on cards this year

LAS VEGAS, United States (AFP) — Former world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather said Saturday he will face Manny Pacquiao later this year in a rematch of their 2015 superfight. In a posting on Instagram, Mayweather said he will come out of retirement to fight Pacquiao, three years after scoring a comfortable points victory over the veteran Filipino. “I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year another 9 figure pay day on the way,” Mayweather […]

Canelo dethrones Golovkin via close majority decision

  By Vivem Soriano Eagle News Service Saul Canelo Alvarez won enough rounds early in the bout to deal Gennady Golovkin the first loss of his career and wrest away the WBA, WBC and WBO middleweight belts, allowing him to capture the vacant Ring Magazine title. Alvarez won via a 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114 majority decision to become the new and undisputed boxing middleweight king at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Judge Glenn […]

UAAP suspends games scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 16

(Eagle News)–The University¬†Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) on Saturday, Sept. 15, announced the suspension of UAAP games scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 16. In a social media post, UAAP President Nilo Ocampo said the suspension was due to heavy rains brought about by “Ompong,” which continues to ravage Metro Manila. Ocampo said the games will be reset to another date. “Thank you and stay safe!” he said. Earlier, the UAAP suspended events scheduled on Saturday, […]

Serena cartoon fuels debate about ‘racist’ Australia

by Andrew Beatty Agence France Presse SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Australia is by most measures one of the world’s most successful multicultural societies, but a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams has rekindled accusations it is also inveterately racist. Australia should be a poster-child for diversity: One-in-two Australians has a parent born abroad. The economy has been growing for 27 straight years. Crime is barely a worry. Melbourne and Sydney dominate rankings of the best places […]

UAAP games slated on Saturday, Sept. 15, cancelled

(Eagle News) — The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) on Friday, Sept. 14, announced the suspension of UAAP games scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 15. UAAP Season 81 Nilo Ocampo said the decision to suspend was made “after due consultation and considering what appears to be a severe weather disturbance.” Scheduled on Saturday were the Ateneo vs. FEU and the Adamson vs. La Salle men’s basketball games at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. […]