Sports — International

NBA: Harden’s double-double powers Rockets over Magic

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — James Harden scored 25 points and passed off 12 assists to spark the Houston Rockets over visiting Orlando 128-104 in one of only three NBA games played Tuesday. Harden, who ranks third in NBA scoring with 28.9 points a game and first in assists with 11.4 per contest, achieved his 43rd double double of the season as the Rockets cracked 100 points for the 41st consecutive game, third-longest run in […]

NBA: Kings’ Cousins hit with one-game ban, $25,000 fine

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was suspended one game without pay Tuesday for accumulating his 16th technical foul of the season and fined $25,000 for inappropriate conduct in a separate incident. NBA rules provide a one-game ban for any player or coach after a 16th technical foul in a season. For every two additional technical fouls this season, Cousins will be suspended for an additional game. Cousins received his […]

NBA: LeBron jaw-dropper, Irving’s grit spark Cavs thriller win

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — LeBron James sank an astonishing 3-pointer to force overtime and Kyrie Irving sparkled late as the Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted Washington 140-135 on Monday in an epic NBA thriller. A game featuring playoff-level intensity from tip-off to last shot saw the defending champions rally in overtime after James had fouled out while the Wizards, who saw their 17-game home win streak snapped, served notice they will be a formidable foe when […]

NBA: Warriors coach Kerr fined $25,000 for verbal abuse

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A profanity-laced tirade brought Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr a $25,000 (23,300 euros) fine from the NBA on Monday for verbal abuse of referees and delaying leaving the court. Kerr aroused the ire of official Bill Spooner with 3:34 remaining in the third quarter of Golden State’s 109-106 overtime loss at Sacramento on Saturday. Kerr, the 2016 NBA Coach of the Year, was ejected with the Warriors trailing […]

NFL: Brady fairytale as Patriots fightback seals Super Bowl

by Rob Woollard Agence France Presse HOUSTON, United States (AFP) — Tom Brady inspired the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history on Sunday as the New England Patriots stunned the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in an epic overtime duel. In an extraordinary finale to the most challenging season of his career, Brady confirmed his right to be regarded as the best quarterback gridiron has ever seen with a fifth Super Bowl crown. Brady rallied the Patriots […]

Still photographs as Patriots rally to stun Falcons in Super Bowl thriller

TEXAS, United States (Reuters) — The New England Patriots stormed back from a 25-point deficit to win their fifth Super Bowl with a stunning 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday (February 5) in the National Football League’s championship game. The Patriots, who seemed to have nothing go their way all night, came alive with a 19-point fourth quarter to force overtime where they put the finishing touches on their record comeback when […]

NBA: Pierce makes emotional farewell Boston appearance

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Retiring NBA star Paul Pierce made an emotional farewell appearance in Boston on Sunday, sinking the final basket for the Los Angeles Clippers in their 107-102 loss to the Celtics. Pierce, a 10-time NBA All-Star, played 15 seasons for the Celtics and was the 2008 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in leading Boston to the title. The 39-year-old forward kissed the middle of the Boston Garden court before making […]

NBA: Kings topple Warriors, James hits milestone in Cavs win

Los Angeles, United States (AFP)– The Sacramento Kings stunned the Golden State Warriors 109-106 in overtime on Saturday to snap a 13-game skid against their league-leading Western Conference rivals. Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins scored six of his 32 points in overtime and also contributed 12 rebounds and nine assists. Matt Barnes produced a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds as Sacramento handed the Warriors their eighth defeat of the season against 43 victories. Stephen […]

NBA: Lakers legend Johnson returns in advisor’s role

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson is back with the NBA club as an advisor, assisting co-owner Jeanie Buss “in all areas of basketball and business,” the club said Thursday. The team said Johnson’s duties will include advising ownership on all business and basketball matters, collaborating with coaches, mentoring and evaluating players, assessing future franchise needs and helping determine the best path for growth and success. “Everyone knows my […]

NBA: Hardaway’s heroics lift Hawks in Howard’s return to Houston

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Tim Hardaway Jr. erupted for 23 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter on Thursday as the Atlanta Hawks rallied to shock the Rockets 113-108 in Houston. The Hawks erased a 20-point deficit in the final period as Hardaway’s heroics ensured that teammate Dwight Howard came away with a win in his first return to Houston, where he played three years for the Rockets. Rockets guard Eric Gordon’s […]