Leonard shines as Raptors dominate Magic

TORONTO, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points and Pascal Siakam delivered a double-double as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 111-82 to level their Eastern Conference playoff series on Tuesday. The Raptors, who were jolted by shock defeat in game one on Saturday, came roaring back to dominate the Magic throughout on their way to a convincing victory in the best-of-seven series. After opening up a 51-39 lead at half-time, the […]

Ajax stun Ronaldo’s Juventus to reach Champions League semis

by Emmeline MOORE TURIN, Italy (AFP) — Ajax stunned Juventus to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1997 as Matthijs de Ligt’s thumping second-half header secured a 2-1 second-leg victory in the last eight in Turin on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo, bidding for his sixth Champions League title, scored a 28th-minute header to put Juve ahead after a 1-1 first-leg draw, but Donny van de Beek leveled for Ajax before half-time. Teenage […]

Cousins out indefinitely after muscle tear: Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins faces an indefinite injury layoff after suffering a torn quadriceps muscle in the NBA champions’ defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers, it was confirmed Tuesday. Cousins exited Monday’s game-two loss in the first quarter clutching his left quad. An MRI scan on Tuesday confirmed a torn muscle. “The injury will sideline Cousins indefinitely and he will begin rehabilitation immediately,” a Warriors statement said. […]

Blazers end losing streak with defeat of Thunder

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Portland Trail Blazers snapped their 10-game postseason losing streak on Sunday, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-99 to claim their first playoff win in three years. The Blazers have endured a miserable record in the playoffs in recent years, suffering back-to-back first-round sweeps in 2017 and 2018 against Golden State and New Orleans. On Sunday however, Portland’s three-year wait for a postseason win came to an end, as […]

Irving, Morris fire Celtics over Pacers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kyrie Irving scored 20 points as the Boston Celtics shrugged off the injury absence of Marcus Smart to defeat the Indiana Pacers 84-74 in their opening playoff game on Sunday. Irving was among five players to make double figures as Boston drew first blood in the best-of-seven series opener at the TD Garden. Boston had gone into the game reeling from the news that Smart is set to miss […]

Perez heads Newcastle closer to Premier League safety

LEICESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Newcastle took a huge step towards securing their Premier League survival as Ayoze Perez sealed a 1-0 win against Leicester on Friday. Rafael Benitez’s side moved 10 points clear of the relegation zone thanks to Perez’s first half header at the King Power Stadium. Newcastle’s first away league win since December ended a run of four games without a victory which had threatened to drag them into the relegation dogfight. […]

Filipino marathoner Rafael Poliquit Jr. passes away

(Eagle News) — Filipino marathoner Rafael Poliquit Jr. has passed away. The Philippine Sports Commission made the announcement in a Facebook post on Thursday, April 11. “You ran a good race,” the PSC said of Poliquit, who was 30 years old when he passed due to “complications from subdural emphyema.” “Thank you for all you did for Philippine sports,” the PSC said. Poliquit, who won the Milo Marathon three times, was supposed to represent the […]

Davis unfazed by Lakers drama after Magic exit

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis said Magic Johnson’s shock departure had not changed his view of the Los Angeles Lakers as he mulls his options for next season. Davis was at the center of one of this season’s most acrimonious NBA soap operas after submitting a trade request in January with the Lakers believed to be his preferred destination. The move stalled however after negotiations between the Lakers […]

Dallas star Nowitzki confirms NBA retirement

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki confirmed his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday, calling time on a 21-season career that saw him become the greatest European player ever to grace the league. The 40-year-old German had left the door open to extending his career for another season, but finally confirmed his retirement after the Mavericks’ 120-109 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. “As you guys might expect, this […]

Miami exit spoils Wade farewell as Detroit edge closer

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Dwyane Wade was given an emotional send-off in his final home game with the Miami Heat on Tuesday but results elsewhere eliminated the Florida team from playoff contention. The 37-year-old three-time NBA champion delivered a 30-point display as the Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by 122-99 at the American Airlines Arena. But the Detroit Pistons’ 100-93 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies ended Miami’s slender hopes of progressing to the […]

Magic Johnson steps down as Los Angeles Lakers chief

by Rob Woollard LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) –Magic Johnson stunned the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday after resigning from his role as president of basketball operations at the struggling NBA franchise. “Today, I’m gonna step down as the president,” Johnson told reporters at an impromptu press conference. Johnson’s resignation comes after a disappointing season which saw the once-mighty Lakers fail to reach the playoffs for a sixth straight season. The Lakers legend was appointed […]

NCAA: Baylor holds off Notre Dame, wins national title

By Jay Rosquites EBC Florida Bureau TAMPA, Florida (Eagle News) – The NCAA women’s national title game lived up to expectations. The Lady Bears went full throttle in the first quarter with 12 unanswered fast-break points and three combined blocks by Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox. Chloe Jackson went 5-for-5 in field goals and contributed to the team’s 25 points in the first quarter, the third-highest output for a single quarter in an NCAA championship […]