NBA: Knicks down Nets despite early exit for Porzingis

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The New York Knicks lost star forward Kristaps Porzingis to a left knee injury in the second half, but held on for a 111-104 NBA victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. Courtney Lee scored a season-high 27 points for the Knicks, who notched a third straight win. Porzingis scored 13 points before departing with 9:25 to play in the third quarter. With their Latvian star off the floor, […]

NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall, Florida post wins at 2017 Never Forget Tribute Classic

By Tennie Sumague  EBC Sports International New York Bureau NEWARK, New Jersey (Eagle News) — Four of the nation’s elite college basketball programs participated in the second annual Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on December 9th. In the first matchup, No. 19 Seton Hall Pirates displayed unselfish teamwork as all starting five players scored in double digits to cruise past the Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) Rams 90-67. Desi Rodriguez […]

Porzingis, Beasley lift Knicks over Lakers in overtime

By Tennie Sumague EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) — Round one of the Kristaps Porzingis-Lonzo Ball showdown ended in dramatic fashion where the “unicorn” outdueled the “big baller,” as the New York Knicks pulled a nail biting 113-109 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. It was a back and forth battle throughout until the Knicks gained momentum late in the fourth when Frank Ntilikina buried a three […]

Roger Goodell signs extension as NFL Commissioner

By Adrian Manguit EBC Florida Bureau IRVING, Texas (Eagle News) – Which NFL player made the humongous $200 million dollars, 5-year extension recently? Is it 5-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady? Maybe it’s one of the most electrifying players in the league, wide receiver Antonio Brown. What about the defensive sack-artist of the Denver Broncos, Von Miller? It is none of those players mentioned above. Roger Goodell, the NFL’s commissioner, signed the massive extension during […]

NFL: Tommy Nobis ‘Mr. Falcon’ dies at 74

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Tommy Nobis, the first player drafted by the NFL’s expansion Atlanta Falcons in 1966, died on Wednesday at the age of 74, the team said. The Falcons said Nobis died at his suburban Atlanta home after an extended illness with his wife, Lynn, by his side. “Tommy’s legacy began as the first Falcons player in team history, was built over 40 years with the organization and will live on […]

NBA: Leonard returns but Spurs stumble; James leads Cavs rout

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard made his long-awaited return from injury but could not stop San Antonio from an upset defeat in Dallas on Tuesday as LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a ninth straight win. Leonard, who missed the first 27 games of the season due to a thigh muscle injury, made an impressive cameo in his 15 minutes on court, scoring 13 points and pulling down six rebounds. But when Leonard exited […]

NBA: Van Gundy laments ’embarrassing’ Pistons after loss

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy lamented his team’s “embarrassing” performance after they slid to a seventh straight defeat in a 103-84 rout against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. The Pistons have tumbled down the Eastern Conference standings after a losing streak that has left them with 14-13 record for the season. On Tuesday, the Pistons were outgunned by Nuggets star Jamal Murray who poured on 28 points while […]

NBA: James leads Cavs in romp over Hawks

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James produced 17 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a ninth straight home victory in a 123-114 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. James’ tally of assists matched the best single-game total of his career, with the Cleveland star also leading the scoring with 25 points. The Cavs’ all-round offensive power and prowess from three-point range proved too much for Atlanta, who slumped to 6-21 with […]

Tokyo airport to be ‘scattered’ with robots for 2020 Olympics

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics can expect to arrive at an airport “scattered” with robots to help them, an official said Tuesday as he unveiled seven new machines to perform tasks from helping with luggage to language assistance. Among the seven robots on show was a fluffy cat mascot that can carry out simultaneous interpretation in four different languages. Visitors speak into a furry microphone, and translations appear instantly on […]

NBA: Leonard to return for Spurs

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard will make his season debut when the San Antonio Spurs take on the Dallas Mavericks later Tuesday, coach Gregg Popovich confirmed. Leonard has not played for the Spurs since game one of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, when he suffered a sprained ankle. The 26-year-old has since been sidelined with quadriceps tendinopathy. Leonard is likely to be eased back into the fray, with […]

NBA: Bulls trample depleted Celtics

CHICAGO, United States (AFP) — The Chicago Bulls took full advantage of Kyrie Irving’s absence to romp to a 108-85 blowout against the Boston Celtics on Monday. Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points while Bobby Portis added 23 as the Bulls (6-20) stunned the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics. Boston’s preparations had been jolted after star point guard Irving was ruled out with a thigh injury just before the game in Chicago. With forward Marcus Morris also missing with a […]

NBA: Irving out of Celtics-Bulls clash

CHICAGO, United States (AFP) — Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving will miss Monday’s game against the Chicago Bulls with a thigh injury, the team confirmed. Irving is suffering from a left quadricep contusion, the Celtics said, adding that forward Marcus Morris, who is battling a sore left knee, is also out. Center Al Horford is rated as questionable to start as he nurses a right knee contusion suffered in Sunday’s 91-81 win over Detroit. Irving has missed […]