Mavs topple Clippers, Lakers ease past Suns

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The short-handed Dallas Mavericks denied the Los Angeles Clippers a fifth straight NBA victory Sunday, dropping the Clippers from first place in the Western Conference with a 114-110 win. Harrison Barnes scored 30 points to lead the Mavericks, who were without star rookie Luka Doncic. But DeAndre Jordan, playing his first game against his former team, chipped in 16 points and 23 rebounds for Dallas, who notched a fourth […]

Westbrook ties Kidd for third-most NBA triple-doubles

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook posted the 107th triple-double of his NBA career on Wednesday to tie Jason Kidd for third on the league’s all-time list. Westbrook scored 23 points, pulled down 19 rebounds and handed out 15 assists in a 100-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was the third time this season he notched a “triple-double” — by reaching double digits in three key statistical […]

Cavaliers reportedly trade guard Korver to Utah Jazz

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Veteran sharpshooting guard Kyle Korver is headed back to the Utah Jazz after being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers, US media reported on Wednesday. Korver, who helped the Cavaliers reach the last two NBA Finals, has been traded for Alec Burks and two future second-round draft picks, The Salt Lake Tribune, the Akron Beacon Journal and other outlets reported. Korver, 37, arrived in Cleveland in January of 2017 in […]

Warriors’ injured star Curry to return in Detroit: coach

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will make his return from injury against the Pistons in Detroit on Saturday, coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday. Kerr ruled Curry out of the two-time defending champions’ marquee matchup against the league-leading Raptors in Toronto on Thursday, despite the fact that Curry himself is “dying to play”. He said Curry, recovering from a left groin strain suffered in a loss to Milwaukee on […]

Wizards overcome Harden’s 54 points to beat Rockets

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — John Wall scored six of his 36 points in overtime as the Washington Wizards outlasted the Houston Rockets 135-131 in overtime on Monday despite James Harden’s season-high 54 points. Bradley Beal equalled his season-best with 32 points and Markieff Morris finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Wall had two baskets in the extra period and dished out 11 assists. Harden scored 12 points in the first quarter, 11 […]

Khabib adds fire to Mayweather bout flame

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said on Monday his potential fight with undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. would be twice as interesting as Conor McGregor’s bout with the American. “Our fight will be twice as interesting. Two unbeaten fighters, it will be interesting to see which one falls or takes a step back,” he said in a press conference in Moscow to launch his autobiography. The Russian widely known as […]

Teen driver who survived horror crash flying home after surgery

HONG KONG, China (AFP) — A teenage racing driver who fractured her spine in a horrifying crash at the Macau Grand Prix said Monday she was flying home to Germany for further treatment. Seventeen-year-old Sophia Floersch’s car flew off the track in the Formula Three race earlier this month, catapulting spectacularly over safety barriers before hurtling backwards into a hut housing media and officials. She underwent marathon surgery when doctors battled for more than nine […]

Vucevic scores 31 as Magic cool off Lakers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Nikola Vucevic finished with 31 points and 15 rebounds as the Orlando Magic snapped the Los Angeles Lakers’ three-game winning streak with a 108-104 victory on Sunday. Terrence Ross had 16 points including a clutch layup with 34 seconds left as the Magic beat the Lakers for the second time in eight days. On November 17, Orlando defeated Los Angeles 130-117. Aaron Gordon had 17 points and D.J. Augustin […]

NBA star Curry escapes serious injury in multi-car crash

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry escaped serious injury Friday morning after being involved in a multi-car smash while en route to the Golden State Warriors’ practice facility. The Warriors guard was westbound on Highway 24 near Oakland at around 9 a.m. PST when his black Porsche Panamera collided with two other vehicles, damaging both the front and back end of his vehicle, US media reported. An Oakland television […]

Ronaldo gets back to business for Juventus

by Emmeline MOORE Agence France Presse ROME, Italy (AFP) — Cristiano Ronaldo gets back to business for Italian champions Juventus against SPAL on Saturday after missing Portugal’s qualification for the Nations League semi-finals amid reports he has been snubbed for the final three in the Ballon d’Or award. The 33-year-old Ronaldo has won the prestigious Ballon d’Or five times but could be excluded from the top three, with the winner to be revealed in Paris […]