Boxing legend Duran leaves hospital after COVID-19 scare

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AFP) — Panamanian Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran was released from hospital Thursday after being treated for coronavirus, the six-time boxing world champion announced via social media. “Today, with the blessing of God, I returned home after battling the COVID-19 virus. It was a World Championship fight,” Duran wrote on his Instagram account. The message included a video showing him leaving the hospital in a wheelchair and wearing a face mask, as […]

Lakers ink JR Smith for NBA restart

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Free agent guard JR Smith has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA’s season restart, a move that reunited him with superstar LeBron James. “OFFICIAL: Welcome to the squad,” the Lakers tweeted over a photo of Smith in a Lakers uniform on Wednesday. Smith, winner of the NBA’s Sixth Man Award as top reserve in 2013 with the Knicks, teamed with James to win an NBA title […]

Bryant will be featured on special NBA video game cover

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kobe Bryant, the late Los Angeles Lakers star killed in a January helicopter crash, will be among three NBA standouts featured on the NBA 2K21 video game cover, manufacturer 2K said Thursday. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star guard who won two Olympic gold medals, died at age 41 along with his daughter Gianna and seven others in the California crash. Bryant will be on the cover […]

76ers’s Aussie guard Simmons at full strength heading into NBA restart

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Philadelphia’s All-Star guard Ben Simmons says he’s at full strength heading into the NBA restart, having used the coronavirus shutdown to recover from injury. “I’m feeling better than I was when I started this season,” the 23-year-old told reporters on a Zoom call on Thursday. The NBA season has been suspended since March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Simmons hasn’t played since February 22 when he suffered a […]

Silver says, NBA no-risk free way to play but bubble safest

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — NBA commissioner Adam Silver says there are no risk-free options to finishing the season in a coronavirus pandemic but the league’s bubble plan is the safest, most responsible way. In a Time 100 online talk Tuesday, Silver addressed the NBA’s restart plan, with 22 teams playing games without spectators in Orlando under quarantine starting July 30, and said NBA relations with China have improved since last year. The league […]

Two Nets players positive for COVID ahead of NBA restart

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan will not play again this season and teammate Spencer Dinwiddie’s participation is also in doubt after both tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday. The NBA is planning to go ahead with its restart plans at Disney World in Orlando on July 30, despite Florida is battling a surge in coronavirus cases in the past few days. “Found out last night and confirmed again […]

Nets ace Chandler to skip NBA restart

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler ruled himself out of the NBA’s restarted season on Sunday, citing safety fears because of the coronavirus. Chandler told ESPN he had opted to skip the restart in Orlando in order to spend more time with his family. “As difficult as it will be to not be with my teammates, the health and well-being of my family has to come first,” Chandler told ESPN. […]

Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Duran hospitalized with COVID-19

  PANAMA CITY, Panama (AFP) — Panamanian Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran, six-time boxing world champion, was hospitalized in non-life-threatening condition Thursday with the novel coronavirus, his children said on the same day that Panama hit a new record of daily cases. “Test results have just arrived for my dad, and they confirm he is positive for COVID-19,” the legendary fighter’s son Robin Duran said on Instagram. “Thank God for now he doesn’t have symptoms […]

Brogdon positive for virus but vows he’ll play in NBA restart

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Indiana Pacers playmaker Malcolm Brogdon said Tuesday he has tested positive for COVID-19, but he expects to join his teammates when the NBA resumes play in Florida next month. “I recently tested positive for the COVID virus and am currently in quarantine,” he said in a statement issued through the team. “I’m doing well, feeling well and progressing well. I plan to join my teammates in Orlando for the […]

Lakers guard Bradley opts out of NBA return for family

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has opted out of playing when the NBA resumes the 2019-20 season, telling ESPN he doesn’t want to risk his family’s health. Powered by four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James, the Lakers led the Western Conference at 49-14 when the league shut down March 11 after Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. The season is expected to resume next month in […]

Nuggets center Jokic reportedly positive for coronavirus in Serbia

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has tested positive for the coronavirus and is currently back in Serbia, the Denver Post reported Tuesday as the NBA begins ramping up preparations for a resumption of play. The Nuggets declined to comment, citing medical privacy. With the NBA planning to resume play after a coronavirus hiatus that began on March 11, players were to be back in their teams’ market on June 22, […]

Novak Djokovic, Grand Slam superstar but never the people’s champion

by Dave JAMES PARIS, France (AFP) — From growing up with NATO bombs raining down on Serbia to securing his place amongst the Grand Slam greats, Novak Djokovic never fails to both divide and unite. The 33-year-old world number one has seemingly everything he needs. Seventeen Grand Slam titles is just three behind the all-time record of Roger Federer who is five years older. He boasts $143 million in prize money alone. Despite his achievements, […]