Pelicans rookie Williamson returns to practice

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Number one draft pick Zion Williamson could make his NBA debut soon after taking part in full practice with the New Orleans Pelicans for the first time since having knee surgery in October. “If it was up to me, I would have been out there two weeks ago,” Williamson said after returning to practice on Thursday. “It was just good to get back out there.” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry […]

Doncic edges Giannis for early NBA All-Star voting lead

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Dallas’ Slovenian guard Luka Doncic edged reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee for the overall lead in early NBA All-Star Game voting results released on Thursday. Doncic, last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year, topped all players with 1,073,957 fan votes with “Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo trailing by only 599 votes and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James third on 1,020,851. Fans have 50 percent of the […]

Greek star Tsitsipas ready for the top

  BRISBANE, Australia (AFP) — With wins over the big three of world tennis already under his belt in 2019, Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas said Thursday he believed he had the ammunition to take the world number one ranking. Tsitsipas became the youngest player to beat Rafael Nadal on clay and the youngest to record wins over Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic during a stellar 2019 which saw him rise to world number five. […]

Magic beat Wizards to end four-game losing streak

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — DJ Augustin and Nikola Vucevic combined for 45 points as the Orlando Magic snapped a four-game losing skid with a 122-101 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. The Magic, who have the league’s worst offense, grabbed the lead halfway through the second quarter for a four-point advantage at the half, 62-58. They built on that in the second half to put the game away. Augustin finished with a […]

Former NBA commissioner David Stern dead at 77: NBA

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — David Stern, who masterminded the NBA’s growth into a global sports powerhouse while serving as commissioner from 1984 to 2014, died Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage last month. He was 77. The NBA, whose championship games were not televised live in the United States when Stern’s 30-year tenure began, announced his passing, which came with his family at his bedside. Stern, who underwent emergency surgery after he was […]

Dolphins stun Pats as Chiefs win for bye, Eagles advance

Los Angeles, United State  (AFP)-The Miami Dolphins stunned the New England Patriots 27-24 on Sunday, allowing the Kansas City Chiefs to seize an NFL first-round playoff bye with a 31-21 triumph over the Los Angeles Chargers. The heavily favored Patriots’ loss on their home field at Gillette Stadium, coupled with the Chiefs’ win, means Tom Brady and the reigning Super Bowl champions will play in the wild card round for the first time since 2009 — […]

Doncic scores 24 in NBA return as Mavericks down Spurs

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Luka Doncic made a winning return from a four-game injury absence on Thursday, scoring 24 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 102-98 NBA victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Doncic, whose eight triple-doubles are the most in the NBA this season, added 10 rebounds and eight assists in his first game since he sprained his right ankle in a December 14 game against Miami. “Felt good,” a […]

Leonard leads Clippers over Lakers, 76ers impress with win over Bucks

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points as the Clippers rallied to beat the Lakers 111-106 in an all-Los Angeles NBA showdown on Wednesday. The Western Conference heavyweight clash was part of the NBA’s five-game Christmas extravaganza, which saw the Philadelphia 76ers make a statement with a 121-109 victory over the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks. Cameroonian big man Joel Embiid scored 31 points as the Sixers ran roughshod over the league’s top-rated […]

Embiid leads 76ers to big win over Bucks

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Philadelphia 76ers celebrated a holiday with a rout of the NBA’s top team, thumping Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks 121-109 on Wednesday. Cameroonian big man Joel Embiid scored 31 points as the Sixers ran roughshod over the league’s top-rated defense. Embiid pulled down 11 rebounds and played a key role in neutralizing reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Antetokounmpo — who was held to 18 points on eight-of-23 […]

James expected to play against Clippers

Los Angeles, United States  (AFP) – LeBron James is expected to return on December 25 to the lineup of the Los Angeles Lakers, who are coming off their most one-sided defeat of the NBA season. James missed a 128-104 loss to the visiting Denver Nuggets on Sunday because of a strained chest muscle. The defeat was the third straight loss for the first place Lakers, who are also hoping that Anthony Davis can suit up on Wednesday when […]

Two-game ban for Wizards guard Thomas over fan incident

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas was suspended two games without pay by the NBA on Sunday for entering the spectator stands to confront hecklers, the league announced. Thomas was ejected with 2:53 remaining in the fourth quarter of Washington’s 125-108 loss at Philadelphia on Saturday after confronting the 76ers’ fans in the stands for what he later said were obscene comments and gestures. NBA rules dictate ejections and potential […]

Giannis triple double leads NBA-best Bucks over Knicks

  NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered his third triple-double of the season and Khris Middleton scored a game-high 23 points to power the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks over New York 123-102 on Saturday. Greek star Antetokounmpo had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Bucks, who improved their league-best record to 26-4 with an eighth consecutive road victory. Antetokounmpo made 8-of-10 shots from the floor, 2-of-4 from 3-point range and went […]