Sports — International

NHL: Rookie Brock Boeser lifts Vancouver Canucks past the Philadelphia Flyers on the road.

  By Anthony Sevilla EBC Sports International, Canada Bureau PHILADELPHIA (Eagle News)— The Vancouver Canucks started their road trip with a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night. Vancouver was led by their rookie Brock Boeser, who had a stellar performance leading the game with two goals. The Flyers opened the first period with goal by Ivan Provorov, but the Canucks tied up the game two minutes after […]

Pacquiao calls out McGregor for #realboxingmatch

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — Manny Pacquiao threw down the gauntlet to Conor McGregor — and took a dig at Floyd Mayweather — as he promised to give the mixed martial arts star a “real boxing match.” McGregor lost a megabucks fight in August against the unbeaten Mayweather, who defeated Pacquiao in their disappointing ‘Fight of the Century’ in 2015. “Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma,” Pacquiao posted on Twitter and Instagram, using […]

NBA: LaVar Ball, eccentric patriarch of basketball prodigies

by Rob Woollard Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Whether it’s about Donald Trump, legends of the NBA or conventional wisdom, LaVar Ball is happy picking a fight with anyone over anything at any time. In the space of two years, the larger-than-life hoops fanatic has risen from obscurity to prominence as the eccentric father of basketball prodigies Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball. Lonzo signed this year for the Los Angeles Lakers. […]

Knicks win; hand Clippers ninth straight loss

By Tennie Sumague EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) – After a tough road loss last Friday against the Toronto Raptors, the New York Knicks regained their winning form with an easy 107-85 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Clippers Monday night. Kristaps Porzingis led the way for the Knicks with 25 points in 29 minutes and dominated defensively alongside Enes Kanter, frustrating Clippers’ big men Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan throughout the […]

Fifties for Vince, Stoneman as England defy pace attack

BRISBANE, Australia (AFP) — James Vince and Mark Stoneman scored half-centuries as England blunted Australia’s vaunted pace attack on an unresponsive Gabba pitch in the first Ashes Test on Thursday. The pair had few problems mastering Australia’s fast bowling trio as they recovered the tourists’ innings after the early loss of senior opener Alastair Cook. But nearing the tea interval, Stoneman was bowled between his bat and pad by Pat Cummins for 53 in a […]

NBA: Dragic gores Celtics as Heat pull off upset

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Goran Dragic scored 27 points as the Miami Heat ended Boston’s 16-game winning streak on Wednesday with an upset 104-98 victory. Dion Waiters added 26 points for Miami as the Heat improved to 8-9 to stun the Celtics, who had not lost since the opening two games of the season. Slovenian star Dragic contributed five assists and five rebounds while Waiters had six assists. Tyler Johnson was the only other […]

NBA: James hits 33 as Cavs down Nets

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James scored 33 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to their sixth straight victory with a 119-109 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. James made four three-pointers with six rebounds and five assists as the Cavs improved to 11-7 to continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings. The two sides had been evenly matched at 77-77 heading into the final quarter before James produced a late […]

Formula One: Hamilton targets win as pack scramble for points

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team will be aiming to end an already-triumphant season on a high while the chasing pack scrap for points, positions and prize money at this weekend’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Much more than pride will be at stake for the middle and lower order teams, as they seek to finish strongly and boost their 2018 budgets, in the twilight showdown at the […]

Football: Messi on bench but Barcelona advance to last 16

by Emmeline Moore Agence France-Presse TURIN, Italy (AFP) — Lionel Messi started on the bench but Barcelona advanced to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday and clinched top spot in Group D after drawing 0-0 with Juventus in Turin. Last season’s finalists Juventus remain second in the group following the stalemate, a point ahead of third-place Sporting Lisbon, and can secure their qualification with victory at Olympiakos on December 5. Five-time European champions Barca came into […]

FIFA panel bans 3 former soccer officials for life

NEW YORK, United States (Reuters) — FIFA’s ethics watchdogs have banned three former soccer officials from Guam, Nicaragua and Venezuela for life as part of efforts to address widespread corruption in the sport, the world football governing body said on Tuesday (November 21). The latest officials to be hit by FIFA bans are Richard Lai, the former Guam Football Association president and a former member of the FIFA audit and compliance committee; Julio Rocha, the former […]

NBA: Late Laker show as Bulls stumble

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma led the way as the Los Angeles Lakers staged a late rally to down the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. In the only NBA game of the day as the United States prepares for Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, the Lakers fought back to win 103-94 at the Staples Center. The win saw the Lakers improve to 8-10, lifting them into the playoff places in the Western […]

NBA: Durant unfazed by Thunder return

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant insists he is unfazed by the prospect of facing his former team as the NBA champions prepare to take on Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. Durant, who is battling to recover from a left ankle sprain, left Oklahoma City for Golden State after eight seasons in 2016. In his return to Oklahoma City last season, Durant put up 40 points, and blocked out […]