Nuggets sign Young, waive Goodwin

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Denver Nuggets signed veteran guard Nick Young on Monday after being granted an exemption following an escalating injury crisis. Young, who played for the Golden State Warriors last season during their championship-winning campaign, had been a free agent since the offseason. The 33-year-old arrives at the Nuggets with the franchise struggling to plug gaps in their roster following injuries to Will Barton, Gary Harris and Paul Millsap. Young […]

Spurs face make-or-break Barcelona clash

by John WEAVER Agence France-Presse LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Tottenham are sitting pretty in the Premier League but face a potentially season-defining match against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have amassed 36 points from 16 Premier League matches, with 12 wins, leaving them in third place behind Liverpool and Manchester City. That they have managed that despite playing in their temporary home of Wembley and after a World Cup […]

Green to return for Warriors on Monday

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is set to return against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday after missing 11 straight games with a sprained toe. Green’s return will give the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors their “core four” along with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson for the first time in more than a month. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in comments reported by ESPN that he’s hoping […]

Bucks edge Raptors in battle of top Eastern teams

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Milwaukee Bucks bounced back from a disappointing defeat with a big win in Toronto on Sunday, edging the Raptors 104-99 in a battle of the NBA’s top Eastern Conference teams. The Raptors still own the best record in the league at 21-7, but they suffered a second straight defeat after falling 106-105 to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. Malcolm Brogdon’s back-to-back three-pointers with 1:07 remaining first tied the […]

Mayweather to stage “entertainment” spectacle in Japan

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Boxer Floyd Mayweather says his New Year’s Eve bout with Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa will be “all about the entertainment”. The nine-minute exhibition in Japan will have no official winner or loser if it goes the distance, and Mayweather said at a press availability at his training base in Las Vegas on Thursday that he was looking forward to the event as a chance to sample “something different”. The […]

Cavs’ Thompson fined $15,000 for ‘gesture’ toward fan

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Cleveland center Tristan Thompson has been fined $15,000 for his “inappropriate gesture” toward a fan after the Cavaliers’ 99-97 victory over the Nets in Brooklyn, the NBA said Thursday. Thompson raised his middle finger toward hecklers Monday as he left the court immediately after the final buzzer. He had scored 19 points and 14 rebounds, and denied Spencer Dinwiddie’s attempt at a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer. “Cleveland […]

Red-hot Curry carries Warriors over Cavs

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Stephen Curry scored 42 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 129-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday in an NBA Finals rematch in name only. Curry drained nine three-pointers and Kevin Durant added 25 points on nine of 16 shooting as the Warriors pulled away in the second half against a Cleveland team that bears little resemblance to the LeBron James-led Cavs that battled the […]

Noah signs for Grizzlies

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Free agent Joakim Noah signed for the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday for the remainder of the season, the team announced. The 33-year-old former NBA defensive player of the year joins Memphis after being waived by the New York Knicks in the preseason. Noah was left out in the cold at the Knicks last season after a bust-up with coach Jeff Hornacek. He was placed on indefinite leave from the […]

Canadian boxer Stevenson suffered ‘severe traumatic brain injury’: hospital

MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson suffered a “severe traumatic brain injury” and remains in intensive care, his doctors said Wednesday, days after the fighter lost his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title to Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk. The 41-year-old underwent surgery after the Saturday fight, and “his situation is still stable under the circumstances, but critical,” said doctor Alexis Turgeon. Turgeon noted that Stevenson requires “mechanical respiratory assistance, deep sedation and specialized neurological […]

Serena, Nadal and Murray all confirmed for Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Serena Williams will make her return to the Australian Open for the first time since winning in 2017 when eight-weeks pregnant, it was confirmed Wednesday, with virtually all the world’s top 100 players due at Melbourne Park. That includes injury-prone Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Williams returned from giving birth to her first child to reach the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open finals, but suffered upset losses in both to leave […]

UP’s Bright Akhuetie named MVP; Ateneo’s Kouame is Rookie of the Year

(Eagle News)–University of the Philippines’ Bright Akhuetie was named the Most Valuable Player by the  University Athletic Association of the Philippines. The UAAP also named Ateneo’s Angelo Kouame  as Rookie of the Year, with statistical points of 76.21. According to the UAAP,  the Mythical Five is comprised of  Akhuetie (UP), Justine Baltazar (Dela Salle University), Alvin Pasaol (University of the East), Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson University), and Juan Gomez De Liaño (UP). Named Rookie of the Year […]

Curry leads charge as Warriors cruise past Hawks

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combined for 85 points as the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors used a balanced offense to roll over the Atlanta Hawks 128-111 on Monday. Curry was playing just his second game after missing 11 contests with a groin injury. That meant in order to keep all their big guns happy, the Warriors needed to spread the offense around. Curry finished with […]