Sports — International

Thunder’s Noel out of hospital after suffering concussion

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Oklahoma City center Nerlens Noel was released from hospital Wednesday after suffering a concussion when he took an elbow to the head in an NBA game the night before. Noel was hit in the face by the arm of Andrew Wiggins as the Minnesota star drove to the basket for a dunk and crashed to the court in a frightening fall late in the third quarter. In an update […]

Murray’s talent undimmed, but fitness factor clouds Open return

by Daniel HICKS Agence France Presse MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Former world number one Andy Murray’s ranking dropped as low as 839 during 2018 as he played only six tournaments, with the Scot arriving in Melbourne looking to prove he can compete again at the top level. The three-time major winner and double Olympic champion pulled out of last year’s Australian Open to have hip surgery and only returned in June on grass at Queen’s […]

Thunder’s Noel stretchered off after scary fall

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Oklahoma City center Nerlens Noel was stretchered off the court on Tuesday after a hard fall in the third quarter of the Thunder’s NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Noel, 24, took an elbow to the face as he tried to defend Minnesota’s driving Andrew Wiggins and crashed to the court. As he lay motionless, medical personnel were called. His teammates and fans at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena […]

Durant dodges free agent discussion ahead of Knicks game

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted Tuesday he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season. “I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination. “I can’t control what people say […]

Late surge lifts Lakers over Mavs, Bucks down Jazz

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Young stars Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball answered Los Angeles coach Luke Walton’s call for more fire on Monday, leading the Lakers to a 107-97 NBA victory over the Mavericks in Dallas. Ingram scored 29 points, Ball added 21 and the Lakers erased a 13-point halftime deficit to halt a three-game skid and post just their second victory in seven games since superstar LeBron James suffered a groin injury […]

Ex-NBA player Turkoglu calls Kanter fears ‘smear campaign’

  New York, United States (AFP) — Former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu, now a chief advisor to Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, rebuked New York Knicks center Enes Kanter’s fears about his homeland Monday as a “smear campaign.” Kanter said last week he would not join the Knicks for a game against the Milwaukee Bucks in London on January 17 because he fears he might be murdered by Turkish spies for his criticism of Erdogan, […]

Lakers to visit China for NBA pre-season games against Nets

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers are set to play NBA pre-season games in China next October, facing the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai and Shenzhen, the league announced Monday. The 13th edition of NBA China Games will mark the 27th and 28th league contests in the nation since 2004, with the Lakers and Nets meeting October 10 at Shanghai and October 12 at Shenzhen. It will mark the second […]

Raptors cool off red-hot Pacers in Lowry’s return

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Norman Powell scored 23 points and Kyle Lowry returned from injury to tally 12 as the Toronto Raptors snapped the Indiana Pacer’s six-game NBA win streak with a 121-105 victory on Sunday. Pascal Siakam finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Serge Ibaka scored 18 as the Raptors won — despite missing Kawhi Leonard, who sat out to get some rest. The four-time all-star Lowry also dished out […]

Timberwolves dominate depleted Lakers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton bemoaned a lack of passion from his players Sunday after they took a 108-86 beating from the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. The Lakers have now lost five of six games since superstar LeBron James suffered a groin injury in December 25 victory over two-time defending NBA champions Golden State. The three-time NBA champion is due to be reevaluated on Friday, and the Lakers […]

Spurs extend Alderweireld contract

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Tottenham Hotspur have triggered an extension clause in veteran Belgian international Toby Alderweireld’s contract which ties him to the Premier League high-flyers until the summer of 2020. The 29-year-old central defender — capped 88 times and an integral part of Belgium’s best ever performance at the World Cup last year where they finished third — has a £25-million ($31.7m) release clause should a suitor come in for him. “The club […]

DeRozan tallies triple-double, Leonard hears boos in return

SAN ANTONIO, United States (AFP) — DeMar DeRozan delivered his first career triple double as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Toronto Raptors 125-107 on Thursday to spoil the return of Kawhi Leonard to the Alamo City. DeRozan finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists as he dominated the battle against Leonard, who was making his first trip back since being traded to Toronto in the off-season. “I just wanted to go out […]

Despite offensive struggles Raptors close out 2018 with win against defensively-minded Bulls

By Jeremiah Balingit Toronto Bureau TORONTO, Canada (Eagle News) — The Toronto Raptors ended 2018 with a win, fending off the defensively minded Chicago Bulls 95-89 on Sunday. Kawhi Leonard finished the game with 27 points and one rebound shy of a double-double, while Pascal Siakam added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors. Lauri Markkanen led the way for the Bulls with a double-double himself, with 18 points to go along with 10 […]