Sixers beat East-leading Bucks to clinch postseason spot

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Joel Embiid scored 40 points and 15 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers overcame Giannis Antetokounmpo’s career-high 52 points with a playoff berth-clinchingg 130-125 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. It was Embiid’s 52nd double-double and the 25th time he has scored at least 30 points and seized 10 rebounds in a NBA game. Embiid’s best quarter was the fourth when he tallied 18 points as the Sixers earned […]

Knicks stun LeBron, Lakers with late rally

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — LeBron James scored 33 points but it was not enough to prevent the Los Angeles Lakers sliding to an embarrassing 124-123 defeat to the league-worst New York Knicks on Sunday. The Lakers, who are all but out of contention for the playoffs, blew a 122-111 lead late in the fourth quarter as the Knicks ended a run of eight consecutive defeats with an upset win at Madison Square Garden. […]

Raptors defeat Lakers 111-98

TORONTO, Ontario (Eagle News) — The King’s reign seems to be over as he and the visiting L.A. Lakers are on the brink of elimination from the playoffs. If LeBron James misses the playoffs this season, it will mark the first time that he has missed the NBA finals in eight seasons. Although James up and left the eastern conference, Raptor fans can breathe easy knowing they helped in ensuring James has an even slimmer […]

Harden powers Rockets to victory over Suns

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — James Harden flirted with a triple double as the Houston Rockets beat the Phoenix Suns for the 10th straight game with a 108-102 win on Friday. Harden had 41 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds finishing just one rebound short of a triple double. He also had six steals. Houston was behind for much of the game and shot poorly from beyond the arc but their ability to finish […]

Pacers overcome Westbrook’s triple double to edge Thunder

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Wesley Matthews scored the winning basket with two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as the Indiana Pacers rallied in the second half to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-106 on Thursday. Matthews put back the winner with two seconds left, capping a 16 point night with seven rebounds for the Pacers who were down by 18 points at one stage. Domantas Sabonis, who used to play for the […]

Shiffrin wins first World Cup Super-G globe she ‘dreamed of’

By Peter BERLIN Agence France-Presse (AFP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup Super-G crystal globe for the first time Thursday, adding it to the overall title and the slalom globe she has already won this ski season. The American, who turned 24 on Wednesday, clinched the title when she tied for fourth with Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer, 0.44sec behind winner Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany in Soldeu, Andorra. It was enough to ensure that her only […]

NBA Warriors snap 9-game Houston win streak, avoid sweep

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Playing without injured Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors snapped Houston’s nine-game win streak and avoided being swept this season by the Rockets with a 106-104 road victory Wednesday. Klay Thompson scored a game-high 30 points while DeMarcus Cousins netted a season-high 27 points plus team-highs of eight rebounds and seven assists and Stephen Curry contributed 24 points in a crucial victory for the defending champions. “When Kevin is out, […]

Thompson tweets apology to low-energy NBA Warriors fans

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson apologized Wednesday to fans of the reigning NBA champions after ripping supporters for a lack of energy in a home loss to struggling Phoenix. With a 115-111 defeat Sunday at Oakland, the Warriors fell to 24-10 this season at Oracle Arena in their final campaign at the venue before moving to a new San Francisco arena in September. “I expect our crowd to […]

Ronaldo crushes old enemy Atletico to put Juventus in Champions League quarter-finals

by Emmeline MOORE TURIN, Italy (AFP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a spectacular hat-trick to fire Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw his side claim a thrilling tie 3-2 on aggregate. The Portuguese superstar scored two headers either side of half-time and a late penalty to clinch a place in Friday’s last-eight draw with a dominant display by the Italian champions in Turin. Diego Simeone’s […]

Giannis, LeBron spark NBA road wins while Sixers beat Cavs

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and Khris Middleton added 23 as the NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks improved to 51-17 Tuesday with a 130-113 victory at New Orleans. The “Greek Freak” was greeted with chants of “M-V-P” by Pelicans supporters, signaling their support of his being named NBA Most Valuable Player for his outstanding season — averaging 27.0 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.4 blocked shots and 1.2 steals […]

Ibaka, Chriss suspended over brawl: NBA

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka has been suspended for three games while Cleveland Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss was handed a one-game ban following their on-court bust-up, the NBA said Tuesday. Ibaka and Chriss scuffled during the Cavs’ 126-101 win over the Raptors at the Quicken Loans Arena on Monday. The two players were quickly separated after the incident at the end of the third quarter. Both players were ejected […]

Sacramento Republic FC kick off 2019 USL with a tie against Real Monarchs SLC

By Macy Membrere and Jason Tajima EBC Sacramento Bureau SACRAMENTO, California (Eagle News) — The 2019 United Soccer League (USL) regular season officially kicked off for the Sacramento Republic FC and Real Monarchs SLC. Team captain Cameron Iwasa of Sac Republic made a plea to the crowd before the start of the match, saying “We come out for you every night. Keep bringing the noise!” In the past, the Republic FC and Real Monarchs have played […]