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, […]

NBA sets dates for virus return with October finals: reports

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The NBA has settled upon key dates for the upcoming resumption of its coronavirus-halted 2019-20 season, including an October NBA Finals and NBA Draft, according to multiple reports Saturday. ESPN and The Athletic said a league memo to clubs set August 25 for the NBA Draft Lottery, October 16 for the 2020 NBA Draft and October 18 for the start of free agency, although no signings can start until […]

Croatia’s Borna Coric tests positive for coronavirus

PARIS, France (AFP) — Croatia’s Borna Coric announced on Monday he has tested positive for coronavirus after playing in an exhibition tournament featuring world number one Novak Djokovic. “Hi everyone, I wanted to inform you all that I tested positive for COVID-19,” the top 50 player posted on Twitter. On Sunday, another player, Grigor Dimitrov, said he had tested positive after pulling out of the exhibition event. © Agence France-Presse

I’m so sorry’: Dimitrov tests positive for coronavirus after playing in Djokovic event

PARIS, France (AFP) — Grigor Dimitrov said on Sunday he has tested positive for coronavirus after pulling out of an exhibition tournament which also featured world number one Novak Djokovic. “I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19,” world number 19 Dimitrov wrote on Instagram. “I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused. I am back home now and […]

NBA players who skip the restart will have their pay docked

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The NBA says that players who decline to play in the restarted season in Florida next month must let their clubs know by June 24 and will face having their pay docked by up to 14 games. reported that the NBA Players Association informed its members on Tuesday that they have until June 24 to make a decision whether to take part in the games at the Walt […]

Australia set to allow 10,000-strong sporting crowds

  SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Crowds of up 10,000 people will be allowed into Australian sports stadiums from next month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday, as COVID-19 restrictions are further relaxed. The announcement comes a day before New Zealand prepares to welcome back fans at its Super Rugby Aotearoa tournament, which kicks off on Saturday. Morrison said it would only apply to stadiums with a capacity of 40,000 or under, ruling out the likes […]

Basketball star LeBron James looks to promote African-American voting rights

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Basketball star LeBron James announced Wednesday that he and several other professional athletes plan to found a charitable organization to protect black Americans’ voting rights, five months ahead of the country’s presidential election, The New York Times reported. The move also comes as mammoth protests have swept the United States and the world calling for an end to hundreds of years of racial discrimination against black people. “We feel like […]

UFC superstar Conor McGregor announces retirement

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor announced his retirement from the sport on Sunday. The two-division Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) World Champion said his fighting days were over in a Twitter message posted on his verified account, alongside a picture with his mother, Margaret. “Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting. Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been!” he wrote. “Here is a picture […]

NBA legend Jordan donating $100 million to social justice groups

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Michael Jordan said Friday he is making a record $100 million donation to groups fighting for racial equality and social justice amid a wave of protests across the United States. The NBA legend said in a statement his Jordan Brand would distribute the money over 10 years to different organizations in a bid to stamp out “ingrained racism.” The pledge is believed to be the largest financial contribution to […]