Knicks fall to Celtics despite Brunson’s valiant effort

By Pierce Hughes Eagle News Service NEW YORK (Eagle News) — Post All-star break, one would hope to witness a more tightly contested battle between the Eastern Conferences’ top tier teams. That wasn’t the case Saturday when the fourth place New York Knicks fell to the first place Boston Celtics, 116-102. The loss, however, was not without a valiant effort by team leader and first time All-Star Jalen Brunson. Brunson led all scorers with 34 […]

Celtics, Mavs stretch win streaks, triple-double milestone for Jokic

The Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks picked up where they left off when the NBA resumed following the All-Star break on Thursday as both notched their seventh straight NBA victories. Luka Doncic scored 41 points with nine rebounds and 11 assists and Kyrie Irving added 29 points for the Mavs in a 123-113 home victory over the Phoenix Suns. Derrick White scored 28 points and Jayson Tatum scored 25 to lead the Celtics, who used […]

Age barrier ends Pacquiao’s olympic hope; boxing icon bows out gracefully

MANILA, Feb 19, 2024 (AFP) – A “saddened and disappointed” Manny Pacquiao conceded Monday his Olympic boxing dream was over after the ring great was denied a berth at this year’s Paris games. The International Olympic Committee rejected a special request for Pacquiao to take part, the Philippine Olympic Committee announced Sunday. Pacquiao, 45, who hung up his gloves in 2021 before an unsuccessful presidential run, said he respected the decision of the IOC, which […]

Woods withdraws with ‘flu-like’ illness at Riviera, Cantlay leads

By Rebecca BRYAN LOS ANGELES, Feb 17, 2024 (AFP) – Ailing superstar Tiger Woods withdrew in the second round of the Genesis Invitational on Friday in the latest setback for the 15-time major champion. Woods’s longtime business partner Rob McNamara said Woods had felt “flu-like symptoms” on Thursday night and his condition worsened until he called it quits after hitting his tee shot at the seventh hole. “He had a little bit of a fever […]

Lue fined $35,000 over ref ‘cheating’ outburst

LOS ANGELES, Feb 16, 2024 (AFP) – Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue has been fined $35,000 after accusing referees of “cheating” following his team’s win over the Golden State Warriors, the NBA said Friday. League official Joe Dumars said in a statement Lue had been fined for “public criticism of the officiating” and “questioning the integrity” of game officials in Wednesday’s 130-125 victory over the Warriors in San Francisco. Lue was ejected in […]

Ailing Woods pulls out of Genesis Invitational in 2nd round

By Rebecca BRYAN LOS ANGELES, Feb 16, 2024 (AFP) – Golf superstar Tiger Woods withdrew in the second round of the Genesis Invitational because of illness on Friday in the latest setback for the 15-time major champion. The US PGA Tour said Woods pulled out after hitting his tee shot at the seventh hole because of illness. Woods’s longtime business partner Rob McNamara said Woods had felt “flu-like symptoms” on Thursday night. “Woke up this […]

Thompson sizzles as NBA reserve to spark Warriors over Jazz

Klay Thompson came off the bench for the first time in 12 years and scored a season-high 35 points on Thursday to lead Golden State over Utah 140-137. The 34-year-old American guard, who has helped the Warriors capture four NBA titles, also reached the NBA career 15,000-point milestone as Golden State (27-26) won for the eighth time in 10 games. “Klay coming off the bench gives us a lot of firepower,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr […]

NBA-best Celtics stretch win streak to six by crushing Nets

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 15, 2024 (AFP) – Derrick White scored 27 points and Jayson Tatum added 20 to spark the NBA-best Boston Celtics over Brooklyn 136-86 on Wednesday, the fifth-largest blowout win in club history. The Celtics won their sixth consecutive game, with Payton Pritchard adding 28 points off the bench. Boston, which had beaten Indiana 155-104 in November, became only the third club in NBA history with multiple 50-point or better wins in a […]

Ex-fiance of S. Korean Olympic fencing star jailed 12 years for fraud

SEOUL, Feb 14, 2024 (AFP) – The former fiance of South Korean Olympic fencing medallist Nam Hyun-hee was sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud Wednesday over a scandal that reverberated across the country last year. The former fiance, Jeon Cheong-jo, was arrested last year on charges of stealing over 3 billion won ($2.2 million) from 27 people between April 2022 and last October, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. Jeon on Wednesday […]

Heat scorch Bucks in blowout; Tatum scores 41 in Celtics romp

An under-strength Miami Heat thrashed the struggling Milwaukee Bucks 123-97 on Tuesday while Jayson Tatum scored a 41-point double-double as the Boston Celtics cruised past the Brooklyn Nets. Miami shrugged off the injury absences of Jimmy Butler, Terry Rozier and Josh Richardson to produce a shooting clinic in a one-sided rout on the road at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum. Nikola Jovic led the Miami scorers with 24 points including five three-pointers while Duncan Robinson poured in […]

Timberwolves dominate Clippers despite Paul George’s franchise record

By Jaina Pallasigui Eagle News Service LOS ANGELES (Eagle News) — In an anticipated matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Clippers, the Timberwolves emerged with a commanding 121-100 victory. Amidst the defeat, a significant milestone was achieved as Paul George etched his name into Clippers history by becoming the all-time leader in three-pointers made for the franchise. The Clippers entered the contest with high aspirations, looking to reclaim the top spot in […]

Historic NBA night for Wemby while T-Wolves grab West lead

Victor Wembanyama posted an epic NBA triple-double with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocked shots on Monday to power San Antonio to a 122-99 victory at Toronto. The 20-year-old, seven-foot-four-inch (2.24-metre) French rookie star, the top pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, had the most blocks in a game by any NBA player in more than three years in his second career NBA triple-double. “We felt great today, had a great rhythm,” Wembanyama said. […]