Sports — International

NBA: LeBron James fires back at conservative critics

by Greg Heakes © Agence France-Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — A defiant LeBron James said Saturday he would continue to speak up about social issues and racism in America despite criticism this week from conservative commentators. The NBA superstar says it is his duty as a parent and role model to use his platform to come to the defense of those that don’t have a voice. “To be an African-American kid and growing up in […]

Volleyball: Photo Highlights of Festival Fiesta Tournament

Kristoffer Maglunog EBC Arizona Bureau PHOENIX, Arizona (Eagle News) – One of the most popular volleyball tournaments in the U.S., the Festival Fiesta Tournament features 424 girls teams from 10 states and Canada. Girls from ages 12-18 are competing in a two-day tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Photo Credit: Kristoffer Maglunog, EBC Arizona Bureau

Ice Prince’ Hanyu defies injury to retain skate crown

by Nick Reeves  © Agence France-Presse GANGNEUNG, South Korea  (AFP) — Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu disclosed he had never “fully healed” from the serious injury that almost scuppered his Olympics after clinching the first back-to-back men’s figure skating title in more than six decades on Saturday. The 23-year-old cemented his status as the modern day ‘ice prince’ when overcoming a three-month injury hiatus to add Pyeongchang gold to his Sochi 2014 success and emulate American Dick Button, Olympic […]

NBA: World trounces USA to jump start all-star weekend

by Greg Heakes © Agence France-Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Team World attacked the rim and dominated from three-point range as the internationals kicked off the NBA 2018 All-Star Weekend festivities with a 155-124 victory over Team USA on Friday. Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and drained seven of 13 from beyond the arc and his Sacramento Kings teammate Buddy Hield tallied a team-high 29 points in the Rising Stars Game at Staples […]

Oh my quad! US skater Chen makes history with six quads

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AFP) — American prodigy Nathan Chen became the first figure skater to land six quads as he set an Olympic record in the free skate at the Pyeongchang Winter Games on Saturday. Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu clinched the title with compatriot Shoma Uno second and Javier Fernandez of Spain third. Chen, 18, was out of contention for a medal after bombing on Friday in a nervy short programme that left him languishing in 17th place […]

Flynn, the Bichon Frise wins Best in Show at 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show competition

Tennie Sumague and Abigail Vital EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) — It was a night to remember at Madison Square Garden where one dog was chosen Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Dog Show competition. The winner of the coveted title belonged to Flynn, the Bichon Frise of the Non-Sporting group. The adorable and cuddly five-year-old dog beat out six dogs of different groups: Ty the Giant Schnauzer (Working) , […]

Beal sparked largest comeback of the season as Wizards hand Knicks their eighth straight loss

Tennie Sumague EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) — On the 50th anniversary of their first game at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks were looking to take command against the Washington Wizards. Up by as many as 27, the Knicks were on fire led by Tim Hardaway Jr’s 32 of his game high 37 points in the first half. But Bradley Beal and the Wizards sparked a magical comeback – the […]

The dominance of Chloe Kim and USA snowboarding

Norman Castro EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK — The Winter Olympics is when obscurity becomes mainstream. Baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and alike get put in the backburner for other sports. Hockey, ice skating, skiing, curling, and snowboarding are among these sports that take center stage during the two-week event held every four years. South Korea plays host at this year’s Olympics, where the athletes of these sports take the spotlight. Snowboarding has grown in […]

Imperious Hanyu on brink Olympic title

by Nick Reeves © Agence France-Presse GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AFP) — Japan’s  Yuzuru Hanyu took a giant step towards retaining his Olympic figure skating title with a flawless short program on Friday as arch-rival Nathan Chen’s challenge came disastrously unstuck. The Japanese star showed no ill effects from the right ankle injury that sidelined him for three months as he surged into a four-point lead with a score of 111.68. Six-time European champion Javier Fernandez of Spain […]

Filipino skate pioneer in ‘miracle’ Olympic bid after late call-up

by Nick Reeves © Agence France-Presse GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AFP) — Filipino skating pioneer Michael Christian Martinez took to the Olympic ice on Friday — barely three weeks after coming out of retirement. The 21-year-old, who at Sochi 2014 became the first skater from the Philippines to compete at a Winter Games, had been resigned to missing out on South Korea. “I was sixth of seven at the qualifying event in Germany so I said to myself, it’s […]

NBA: Jokic triple makes history as Nuggets sink Bucks

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Nikola Jokic grabbed the fastest triple double in NBA history on Thursday as the Denver Nuggets boosted their play-off hopes with a 134-123 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Rising Serbian star Jokic bagged 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in 14 minutes and 33 seconds to give Denver the perfect send-off as the team heads into the All-Star break. Jokic, who eventually finished with 30 points, 15 rebounds […]

Fans stay away as Napoli slump to Leipzig in Europa League

NAPLES, Italy (AFP) — Timo Werner scored a brace as RB Leipzig took a big step towards the Europa League last-16 on Thursday with a 3-1 comeback win at Serie A leaders Napoli. Algerian international Adam Ounas had put Napoli ahead after 52 minutes at a sparsely-attended San Paolo Stadium only for Ralph Hasenhuettl’s side to battle back with three late goals in the last 32, first leg tie. German international Werner equalised after 61 minutes with […]