Sports — International

Bolt offered contract with Malta football club: reports

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Sprint king Usain Bolt could be making his way to Europe after being offered a two-year professional football contract in Malta, reports said Tuesday, following his goal-scoring exploits in Australia. Bolt, 32, has been on trial with A-League club the Central Coast Mariners since arriving in Australia in August in his bid to pursue a boyhood dream of becoming a footballer after retiring from athletics last year. The 100 meters world […]

Kerr prepared for slow start as Warriors tip-off

OAKLAND, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is prepared for his team to make a slow start to the season as they open the defense of their NBA crown against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. They tip-off their 2018-2019 season at Oracle Arena with the traditional banner-raising ceremony to salute their third NBA Finals crown in four seasons. The Warriors will be chasing a rare hat-trick of NBA titles this […]

Slovakia coach Kozak quits after Czech defeat

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AFP) — Slovakia coach Jan Kozak resigned on Sunday following a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic in the Nations League, the country’s football federation said. “We reached an agreement today with the coach Jan Kozak to end our cooperation at his request,” the federation said in a statement. Saturday’s loss at home to the Czechs left Slovakia bottom of their group and without a point after two matches. The 64-year-old Kozak, a […]

Nurmagomedov challenges Mayweather to clash

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Mixed martial arts fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has taken a page out of Conor McGregor’s playbook and issued a challenge to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather. Nurmagomedov’s challenge came in a video posted on Instagram by Mayweather’s promoter Leonard Ellerbe who indicated he ran into the UFC fighter at a fight card in Russia. “Let’s go Floyd. We have to fight now: 50-0 versus 27-0,” Nurmagomedov said with Ellerbe standing next […]

Warriors seek more NBA glory as title-hungry rivals lurk

by Jim SLATER Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry will enjoy watching the Golden State Warriors hoist another championship banner Tuesday when they open the 2018-19 NBA campaign against Oklahoma City. But the 3-point sharpshooter doesn’t need to look to the rafters to know the Warriors remain the team to beat as they begin the quest for a third consecutive NBA title and fourth crown in […]

Can James, Lakers deliver Hollywood ending?

by Rob Woollard Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James embarks on the latest and possibly final chapter of his glittering career with the basketball world watching and wondering if the greatest player of his generation can deliver a Hollywood ending. Ever since James confirmed his blockbuster move to the Los Angeles Lakers in July, sceptics have asked whether the 33-year-old’s move to California was motivated by basketball or his budding […]

Cavaliers bullish on future without LeBron James

  by Greg Heakes Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Life without LeBron James won’t be easy for the rebuilding Cleveland Cavaliers, who are expected to take a significant step back after their native son’s departure to California. After carrying the Cavs to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, including a memorable first championship win in 2016, James joined the Los Angeles Lakers to create a gaping hole in the team he left […]

Record or not, Vonn to retire after 2018-19 season

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP0 — Lindsey Vonn says the 2018-19 World Cup ski season will be her last, whether she breaks the all-time record for victories or not. Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion and three-time Olympic medalist has 82 World Cup victories — four shy of Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86. “If I get it, that would be a dream come true,” Vonn told NBC Sports on Thursday in New […]

United Soccer League: Sacramento Republic FC finishes strong, defeats Swope Park Rangers

SACRAMENTO, CA (Eagle News) — Despite the inclement weather, Sacramento Republic FC fans showed their support at Papa Murphy’s Park in Cal Expo with music and excitement against the Swope Park Rangers. Among them was Esteban Nava who mentioned that it was a very special night because it celebrated Hispanic Heritage Night in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Nava expressed how, “we should be more respectful of everything that everybody brings to the table,” […]

Cameroon’s Embiid signs shoe deal with Under Armour

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid has signed a shoe deal with Under Armour that will reportedly make the Cameroonian the highest paid center in the NBA. Embiid, whose contract with adidas ended on September 30, confirmed the deal with a Twitter post and penned a first-person announcement released by Under Armour recalling his relatively late introduction to organized basketball in Cameroon. He wrote about his younger brother, Arthur, who was […]

NBA knee injury fears for Rockets’ Chinese forward Zhou

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Houston Rockets forward Zhou Qi is uncertain to be ready for next week’s start of the NBA season after the Chinese center left the court in a wheelchair with a left knee injury. The 22-year-old 7-footer (2.17m) suffered the injury after playing only four minutes in Houston’s 128-86 rout of the Shanghai Sharks in a pre-season exhibition contest Tuesday night. Zhou, who played 18 games for the Rockets last season, […]

Butler makes emotional return to Timberwolves practice

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The saga of disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler shows no sign of ending with the start of the NBA season less than a week away. Timberwolves players confirmed Wednesday that Butler, still technically part of the team since requesting a trade almost a month ago, practiced with the team for the first time since then — although they shied away from commenting on an ESPN report that Butler […]