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James tops NBA rich list: Forbes

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James remains the top-earning player in the NBA while an increasing number of stars have boosted their income through off-field activities, a Forbes survey revealed Tuesday. Forbes said that Los Angeles Lakers star James was the highest-paid player in basketball for a fifth straight year, pocketing an estimated $88.7 million in 2018-2019. Around $35.7 million of James’s earnings came from salary and bonuses, while $53 million was generated […]

No tampering in Johnson-Simmons link – NBA

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The NBA said Tuesday it had found no evidence of tampering following an investigation into remarks involving Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons and Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson. The league announced on Monday it was probing reports of possible contact between Simmons and Johnson. Simmons had reportedly requested talks with the Lakers president, who in turn talked enthusiastically about the Sixers star’s talent. “I love his game. I […]

Harden keeps streak alive, Leonard fires Raptors

by Rob Woollard Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — James Harden produced a scintillating late burst of scoring to extend his remarkable 30-point scoring streak to 30 games on Monday as the Houston Rockets defeated the Dallas Mavericks 120-104. The reigning NBA MVP had been bidding to become only the second player in history after Wilt Chamberlain to score at least 30 points in 30 consecutive games as the Rockets hosted the […]

NBA looking into Aussie Simmons talk with Lakers: report

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — NBA officials are investigating whether any tampering rules were violated following reports of the Philadelphia 76ers’ Australian star Ben Simmons seeking a meeting with Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson, ESPN said Monday. Sixers general manager Elton Brand said Simmons had expressed an interest in talking to Johnson, but the team will not allow a workout for the Lakers. Simmons shares an agent with Lakers star LeBron James. “He […]

NHL: Blue Jackets break Golden Knights’ hearts in homecoming

By: Aljamin Santos, EBC Las Vegas Bureau LAS VEGAS, NV (Eagle News) – The energy of 18,301 fans in attendance at the T-Mobile Arena created an electrifying fortress for the Vegas Golden Knights as they hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets in their homecoming game on Saturday evening. Both teams are sitting third in their respective divisions, and Columbus gained some ground winning 4-3 over the defending Western Conference champions. The Blue Jackets began with the […]

Warriors take the Heat, Embiid leads 76ers over LeBron’s Lakers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant scored a game-high 39 points as the NBA champion Golden State Warriors rallied from an early 19-point deficit to edge the Miami Heat 120-118 on Sunday. DeMarcus Cousins sank two free throws with 5.4 seconds left to play to help the Warriors hold off the Heat, who fell eight behind in the fourth quarter but took a 118-115 lead with 51.5 seconds left after back-to-back steals and […]

Rondo, James star as Lakers stun Celtics

by Rob Woollard Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Rajon Rondo returned to haunt the Boston Celtics with a game-winning buzzer-beater as the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from a thrashing to score a dramatic 129-128 victory on Thursday. A roller coaster battle at the TD Garden Arena was settled in the final seconds when Rondo’s fadeaway jump shot dropped into the hoop to silence a raucous Boston crowd. It was a […]

JUST IN: Body in Channel wreckage identified as footballer Sala

by Katharyn Gillam Agence France Presse PORTLAND, United Kingdom (AFP) — A body recovered by British investigators from the submerged wreckage of a plane that went down in the Channel has been identified as that of footballer Emiliano Sala, police said on Thursday. The Argentine striker’s body was first spotted by rescuers with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) on Sunday close to where the plane went missing near the British island of Guernsey. It was […]

James picks Durant first for All-Star game

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James opted for Golden State star Kevin Durant with the first pick of the All-Star draft on Thursday. James, who will lead a team against fellow All-Star captain Giannis Antetokounmpo’s line-up on February 17, assembled a formidable looking starting line-up. After choosing Durant first, James then added former Cleveland team-mate Kyrie Irving to his line-up. In-form Toronto star Kawhi Leonard was picked third by James before he selected […]

LeBron not ‘chasing’ Lakers rebuild

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James rejected suggestions Thursday he was the driving force behind the rebuilding of the Los Angeles Lakers after a week of intrigue surrounding the franchise’s attempts to lure Anthony Davis from New Orleans. Speaking ahead of the Lakers’ visit to the Boston Celtics later Thursday, James suggested he was in no hurry to assemble a Lakers side capable of challenging for championships. “There’s nothing I need to get […]

Gasol, Fultz on move but Davis staying as trade deadline expires

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Marc Gasol and Markelle Fultz were reported to be on the move on Thursday as the NBA’s trade deadline expired with no deal for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis. Memphis Grizzlies star Gasol was reportedly headed for the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a 2024 draft pick, ESPN reported. Fultz, the number one pick in the 2017 draft, meanwhile was being […]

Warriors thump Spurs, Harden extends scoring streak

by Rob Woollard Agence France-Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Golden State Warriors eased to the top of the Western Conference on Wednesday, outclassing an under-strength San Antonio Spurs to score a comprehensive 141-102 win at the Oracle Arena. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich rested star players LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan citing “load management”, and could only watch as the powerful Warriors romped away with an emphatic win. The reigning NBA champions […]