At six, Russian snowboarding prodigy is flying high

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Vasilisa Ermakova may be too young for school, but the six-year-old Russian girl has already made a name for herself as a snowboarding prodigy. Vasilisa spends five hours a day barrelling down slopes outside Moscow and has even smashed a number of national records. “She wants to go train every day and she asks for snow, even in summer,” says her mother Natalia. Coached by her father — himself a former […]

NBA-best Bucks continue dominance of sputtering Pistons

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Milwaukee Bucks, who have the NBA’s best record, continued their drive to clinch home-court advantage in the playoffs with a 126-106 win over the struggling Detroit Pistons on Thursday. Reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 33 points and 16 rebounds as the visiting Bucks disposed of their Central Division rivals for the 11th straight time. Khris Middleton tallied 28 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who […]

Nets’ Irving to have shoulder surgery, miss rest of NBA season

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving will have surgery on his right shoulder and miss the remainder of the NBA season, the team said Thursday. Point guard Irving tried to play through a shoulder impingement first diagnosed in November, but eventually missed 26 games. In hoping to avoid surgery he received a cortisone injection on December 24 that allowed him to return to action on January 12. He played in […]

China withdraw from Romania Davis Cup tie due to coronavirus worries

PARIS, France (AFP) — China have been forced to pull out of next month’s Davis Cup play-off with Romania due to the ongoing deadly coronavirus outbreak, the International Tennis Federation announced (ITF) on Tuesday. They were due to travel to the Romanian city of Piatra Nemat for qualifying matches in the second-tier competition in March. “The Davis Cup Committee has accepted the withdrawal of China, P.R. from their Davis Cup World Group I Play-off against […]

EBC commemorates EBC Sports International, 100th episode

By Alexandra Megia Eagle Broadcasting Corporation QUEZON CITY, Philippines (EBC) — Since 2018, EBC Sports International (EBCSI) has been giving insight and highlights to some of sport’s biggest and brightest stages. Starting as volunteers and growing into professional reporters, “it’s been a great journey to cover various sporting events that truly inspire us,’ says Rob Potes, EBCSI corespondent. Being fans and interacting with professionals creates a unique opportunity Potes also states. Creating an opportunity, to […]

NBA loses ‘hundreds of millions’ in China over Hong Kong tweet

  NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday the league expects to lose “several hundred million dollars” due to a row with China over a tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supporting Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. The NBA’s Chinese sponsors cut ties in a fierce mainland backlash following Morey’s tweet in October, just before two NBA teams played pre-season exhibition matches in China. State broadcaster CCTV also stopped […]

Tatum powers Celtics over Clippers in double overtime

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Jayson Tatum scored 39 points, two off his career-high, and Marcus Smart added 31 on Thursday to lift the Boston Celtics over the Los Angeles Clippers 141-133 in double overtime. Tatum hit 14-of-23 from the floor, 5-of-10 from three-point range, and grabbed nine rebounds in more than 47 minutes while playing tough defense against Kawhi Leonard to send the Celtics into the NBA All-Star Game break as winners. “This was […]

Fury ready for ‘war’ in Wilder heavyweight title rematch

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Britain’s Tyson Fury vowed to deliver a career-best performance in his upcoming heavyweight title rematch with American Deontay Wilder, expecting a “war” in their February 22 showdown at Las Vegas. The 12-round battle of unbeaten fighters for Wilder’s World Boxing Council crown is a rematch of a thrilling 2018 draw at Los Angeles. Fury was knocked down twice by Wilder in the first fight but the 31-year-old Englishman plans […]

Aussie Simmons scores triple double to power Sixers past Clippers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Australia’s Ben Simmons delivered his sixth triple-double of the season as the Philadelphia 76ers won their 25th home game with a 110-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. Simmons, of Melbourne, finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and American center Joel Embiid had 26 points and nine rebounds for the Sixers, who extended their win streak to three straight. Embiid shook off some boos […]

Woods weighs in on golf’s distance dilemma

by Rebecca BRYAN LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Tiger Woods says “bifurcation” in the rules of golf to allow recreational players to use different equipment from professionals should be considered in the quest to curb ever-increasing hitting distance in the game. “It’s on the table whether we bifurcate or not,” Woods said, noting that differing equipment rules could keep the game more enjoyable for the less-skilled while still limiting the distance professionals could hit […]

James, Durant, Curry in US basketball Olympic pool

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James and injured superstars Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were named on Monday in a 44-strong pool of players in contention for spots on the United States Olympic basketball team. A statement from USA Basketball named three-time Olympic champion James and Los Angeles Lakers team-mate Anthony Davis in the player group, which will eventually be whittled down to a 12-man roster. “This is the first step in USA […]

Number one defense in NBA smothers Magic; Bucks win 112-95

By Robert Beltran EBC Florida Bureau ORLANDO, Fla. (Eagle News) – The number one defense, Milwaukee Bucks proved to be too much for the Orlando Magic, defeating them 112-95. The Bucks out-rebounded the Magic 52 to 36 and held them to only 37.8% field goal shooting and 25% from beyond the arc. “You know overall, I think the defense for four quarters to hold them to 95 is what we want to do. We had […]