Murray double fires Brighton into FA Cup fifth round

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Glenn Murray blasted Brighton into the FA Cup fifth round as the veteran striker’s extra-time double sealed a 3-1 win at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday. Murray came off the bench to lift Brighton past their Championship opponents in a dramatic fourth round replay at the Hawthorns. Kyle Bartley’s late goal, when the defender hooked in from an acute angle, had put West Brom on course for a victory over their […]

Pacers thump Lakers in James’s most lopsided loss

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Indiana Pacers humbled the Los Angeles Lakers 136-94 on Tuesday, handing Lakers superstar LeBron James the biggest margin of defeat of his NBA career. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points for the Pacers, who tied a franchise record with 10 three-pointers. Myles Turner added 22 points and Thaddeus Young chipped in 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for an Indian team that notched a third straight victory. James, […]

NBA Wizards lose Wall for year with ruptured left tendon

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Five-time NBA All-Star guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards will be sidelined for a year after suffering a ruptured left Achilles tendon, the team announced Tuesday. The 28-year-old playmaker, the first overall choice in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Wizards, slipped and fell in his home to rupture the tendon. Wall underwent an initial surgery upon the tendon last month aimed at preventing a tear and was to […]

Lakers end Davis talks over ‘outrageous’ demands: report

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have withdrawn from negotiations with the New Orleans Pelicans over Anthony Davis after complaining of “outrageous” trade requests, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The Times said the Lakers had “pulled out” of talks with the Pelicans aimed at acquiring Davis after offering multiple players and draft picks for the All-Star. Davis, who announced his desire to leave New Orleans earlier this month, is reportedly […]

History for Brady as Patriots down Rams to win Super Bowl

ATLANTA, United States (AFP) — Tom Brady wrote his name into the NFL record books here Sunday, winning the Super Bowl for a sixth time as the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a defense-dominated finale. Brady, 41, became the first player ever to win six Super Bowls, 17 years after leading the Patriots to his first title in 2002. Rookie running back Sony Michel scored the game’s winning touchdown for […]

Irving scores 30 as Celtics snap Thunder NBA win streak

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Kyrie Irving scored 30 points and passed out 11 assists on Sunday as the Boston Celtics snapped Oklahoma City’s seven-game NBA win streak with a 134-129 home triumph. Marcus Morris added 19 points and Marcus Smart netted 18 as eight of nine players taking the court for Boston scored in double figures and the Celtics improved to 34-19, matching Philadelphia for third in the Eastern Conference. “We have great […]

Super Bowl records to fall as Brady chases sixth crown

ATLANTA, United States (AFP) — Tom Brady chases an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl crown here Sunday as the New England Patriots face the Los Angeles Rams in a clash of the generations set to rewrite the NFL record books. Brady, 41, will become the only player in history to win six Super Bowls if he leads the Patriots to victory, 17 years after he clinched his first title in 2002. A capacity crowd of 75,324 […]

Porzingis tells NBA Knicks fans to ‘Stay Woke!’

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Kristaps Porzingis, the Latvian center traded from New York to Dallas last Thursday, had a farewell message Sunday for Knicks fans after the NBA deal — “Stay Woke!” The 23-year-old European 7-foot-3 (2.21m) giant, the NBA’s tallest active player, has not played since suffering a torn left knee ligament last February. Three days after he was sent to the Mavericks in a trade involving seven players and two draft […]

Milwaukee Bucks keep status quo; beat Raptors 105-92

By Jeremiah Balingit EBC Southern Ontario Bureau TORONTO (Eagle News) – In a game that highlighted the East’s best teams and forwards in Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks delivered in a heavyweight match. Each team showcased why they are the best in the East. Milwaukee ran away with the game in third quarter building a 24-point lead Despite a short comeback in the fourth, the Raptors couldn’t capitalize […]

Knicks fans react to Porzingis trade to Mavs

By Tennie Sumague EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK, NY (Eagle News) – It is news more colder than Thursday’s frigid New York weather. A trade that no one saw coming and moreso, shocking to many beloved New York Knicks fans as the ‘unicorn’ will no longer create magic at the world’s famous arena in a blue and orange uniform. The Knicks organization made a surprising move by dealing All-Star Forward Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway […]

James gets green light to return against Clippers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James, who missed 17 games with an injury, will make his return to the struggling Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night against the cross-town rival Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA team announced. James is returning from one of the longest injury absences of his hall of fame career and it couldn’t come soon enough for the Lakers, who have gone into a tailspin without him. The Lakers have lost […]

Westbrook, Lowry named NBA all-star reserves

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP)Former most valuable player Russell Westbrook and Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry head the list of reserves announced on Thursday for the NBA all-star game. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook received his eighth all-star selection while Lowry was chosen to his fifth straight game. Westbrook was the MVP of the 2015 and 2016 all-star games. The other reserves named Thursday include four first-time all-stars comprising Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, Orlando […]