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Spurs on brink of elimination after emotional loss to Warriors

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant scored 26 points as the Golden State Warriors beat San Antonio, 110-97, to take a 3-0 lead over the Spurs who were playing with heavy hearts after the death of Gregg Popovich’s wife. Head coach Popovich did not attend Thursday’s game which took place just a day after the passing of his wife Erin Popovich who died from a long-term illness. The couple had been married for […]

Pacquiao says age no barrier to success

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AFP) — Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao insisted Friday that his advancing years were no barrier to success as he gears up for a showdown against world champion Lucas Matthysse. Pacquiao, 39, will fight the Argentine — four years his junior — for the World Boxing Association welterweight belt on July 15 in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. The Filipino has won an unprecedented eight world titles in different weight classes but some have […]

No Williams sisters, no problem as USA target Fed Cup final return

PARIS, France (AFP) — The United States aims to prove again that they can thrive without Serena and Venus Williams when they tackle France for a place in a second consecutive Fed Cup final this weekend. In 2017, the US won the tournament for the 18th time with a nerve-racking 3-2 victory over Belarus which was only decided in the last doubles rubber when CoCo Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers claimed the winning point. The Williams […]

Popovich to miss Warriors clash after death of wife

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will miss Thursday’s playoff clash with the Golden State Warriors following the death of his wife after a long illness, the team confirmed. Popovich’s assistant Ettore Messina will take over the coaching duties for Thursday’s game three, which comes a day after Erin Popovich passed away at the age of 67. “We’re all suffering a profound loss to a really important member of […]

Spurs coach Popovich loses wife to illness

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died Wednesday after a long illness, the NBA team announced. She was 67. “We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said in a statement. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support, and humor to all of us.” Erin Popovich is survived by her husband, two children, and two […]

NBA: James’ epic start carries Cavs past Pacers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James crystalized his reputation as one of the best playoff performers in NBA history on Wednesday as the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounded from a game one rout with a 100-97 win over the Indiana Pacers. James scored 20 of his 46 points in the opening quarter, getting off to a torrid start in which he outscored the Pacers 13-0 and 16-1 to start game two of the first round […]

Barcelona hold on for draw at Celta Vigo after Roberto sent off

by Thomas Allnutt Agence France Presse MADRID,Spain (AFP) — Lionel Messi was thrown on as a substitute but 10-man Barcelona was relieved to escape with a draw as Celta Vigo came within a whisker of inflicting the Catalans’ first league defeat of the season on Tuesday. Messi was introduced after an hour at the Stade Balaidos and looked to have inspired another Barca victory when Paulinho gave the visitors a 2-1 lead four minutes later. […]

Sixers, Mavericks to play NBA pre-season games in China

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A Philadelphia 76ers squad powered by Cameroon’s Joel Embiid and Australian Ben Simmons will face the Dirk Nowitzki-led Dallas Mavericks in China in two NBA pre-season games, the league announced Tuesday. The 2018 NBA China Games on October 5 in Shanghai and October 8 at Shenzhen will be the 25th and 26th league contests in China and feature two clubs that will be playing in China for the first […]

Wizards spellbound by rampant Raptors

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points as the Toronto Raptors overwhelmed the Washington Wizards 130-119 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference NBA playoff series on Tuesday. A record-breaking first-half performance laid the foundations for the Raptors, who had surged into a 76-58 lead at half-time to leave Washington chasing an 18-point deficit after the break. DeRozan, who also contributed four assists and five rebounds, spearheaded a […]

Durant, Thompson star as Warriors sink Spurs

OAKLAND, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson produced 30-point games as the Golden State Warriors took a stranglehold on their Western Conference playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs with a 116-101 victory on Monday. The Warriors moved into a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series after overcoming a determined Spurs team determined to bounce back after being outclassed in game one. San Antonio started strongly, with LaMarcus Aldridge — who finished […]

Wade on fire as Heat burn 76ers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Dwayne Wade rolled back the years with a vintage performance as the Miami Heat ended Philadelphia’s 17-game winning streak to level their Eastern Conference playoff series on Monday. The 36-year-old Wade scored 28 points in 25 minutes from the bench as Miami stunned the 76ers’ home crowd into silence with a 113-103 victory. It was a superb performance from Wade, a three-time NBA champion who started this season with […]

Lue seeks more aggressive LeBron after NBA playoff loss

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says he wants to see the more aggressive play from LeBron James after a blowout loss to Indiana to open the NBA playoffs. James had a triple-double against the Pacers in a 98-80 game-one home loss Sunday, but the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player went 10 minutes at the start of the game before taking his first shot and by then Indiana led 25-8. Lue […]