Nets beat Lakers to bring merciful end to tense China tour

by Dan Martin SHANGHAI, China (AFP) — The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 91-77 on Saturday to conclude a pre-season China tour that leaves behind big questions over the future of a key market worth billions of dollars to the NBA. The two-game tour was thrown into disarray, with all public appearances canceled other than the matches, after the league found itself at the center of a raging US-China dispute over democracy and […]

19-year old Yulo wins historic gold for the PHL at world artistic gymnastics championship in Germany

  (Eagle News) Filipino teenager Carlos Edriel Yulo made history as the first Filipino to win a gold medal at the world gymnastics championship on Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany. With the win, the Philippine national anthem was played for the first time at the podium during awarding ceremonies at the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships late Saturday, Oct. 12. Earlier this week, Yulo had also qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He is also […]

US fighter Day in coma after vicious KO: report

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — American Patrick Day was in a coma after suffering a serious head injury Saturday night following a vicious knockout by unbeaten Charles Conwell during a boxing card in Chicago, US media reported. The 27-year-old Day was unconscious when he was taken from the ring in a stretcher and loaded onto a waiting ambulance at the Wintrust Arena. Fight broadcaster DAZN said Day suffered a seizure in the ambulance and […]

Crunch Japan-Scotland World Cup match gets go-ahead after typhoon

by Richard Carter Agence France Presse Rugby World Cup organisers gave the go-ahead for Japan’s crunch match against Scotland on Sunday despite the fall-out from Typhoon Hagibis, which swept through Japan causing widespread flooding and left at least seven people dead. The crucial game in Yokohama near Tokyo will determine the eighth and last quarter-final place and had been at the centre of an ugly war of words between organisers and Scotland who threatened to […]

FIFA to organize ‘big event’ in fight against AIDS, malaria and TB

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AFP) — FIFA are organizing an event to raise funds and awareness to tackle AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, their president Gianni Infantino told AFP on Friday. Infantino said the idea was in response to Thursday’s announcement that governments, philanthropists and private firms had pledged just over $14 billion for a plan to save 16 million lives. The money was promised at a replenishment meeting in Lyon, France, of the Global Fund to Fight […]

Turkey within Trump red line, US seeking ceasefire: official

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Turkey’s assault on Syrian Kurdish forces has not breached a red line declared by President Donald Trump, a US official said Thursday, as he added that Washington wanted to broker a ceasefire. Trump, in a week of mixed messages, initially voiced understanding for Turkey before criticizing the offensive and warning of sanctions if the operation is not “humane.” Asked to define what actions would violate Trump’s vague warning, the US […]

Hail King James: sport reigns for a night at China NBA game

by Dan Martin SHANGHAI, China (AFP) — For two raucous hours on Thursday night, Chinese fans and US basketball stars called a timeout on the increasingly bitter clash of values between their countries and let sport take over. In stark contrast to the war of words over an NBA executive’s support for Hong Kong democracy protests, Chinese fans filled an 18,000-seat Shanghai arena to revel in the NBA’s high-flying razzle-dazzle. The exhibition game between the […]

Two World Cup games axed as super typhoon bears down on Japan

  by Richard CARTER Agence France Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Rugby World Cup organisers took the unprecedented step Thursday of cancelling two games — England v France and New Zealand v Italy — as Japan braces for Super Typhoon Hagibis, likely the biggest storm to hit the country this year. Both games were in the projected path of the large and powerful typhoon, which currently has a “violent” rating — the highest category by […]

NBA won’t regulate speech, apologise over tweet: commissioner

  SAITAMA, Japan (AFP) — The NBA will not regulate speech and won’t apologise for a controversial tweet from a Houston Rockets executive that has sparked a Chinese backlash, the organisation’s commissioner said Tuesday. The tweet by the Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong has infuriated fans in China, a major market for the NBA. But commissioner Adam Silver said the organisation would continue to “support freedom of expression and […]

China punishes NBA as crisis over democracy tweet deepens

  by Dan Martin Agence France Presse SHANGHAI, China (AFP) — China on Tuesday scrapped plans to air NBA exhibition games as the league faced an escalating punishment campaign in the lucrative Chinese market ignited by an American basketball executive’s pro-democracy tweet. The National Basketball Association also faced a counter-attack in the United States, where presidential candidates, influential senators, and fans accused it of kowtowing to authoritarian China. The crisis erupted Friday when Houston Rockets […]

NBA, Nets cancel Shanghai media event

SHANGHAI, China (AFP) — The NBA and Brooklyn Nets abruptly canceled a media event in Shanghai on Tuesday as the American basketball league struggles with a public relations crisis sparked by a tweet from a Houston Rockets executive backing Hong Kong democracy protesters. Nets players, the team’s Taiwanese-Canadian owner Joseph Tsai, and NBA China officials were scheduled to be on hand for the publicity event, ahead of a pair of exhibition games in China against […]

Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Andy Murray will make his Grand Slam return at the Australian Open in January, a year after career-saving hip surgery, the organizers announced Tuesday. The British three-time major winner has been slowly working his way back to fitness and is now ranked 289th, up from 503rd just a week ago. Murray, 32, won his opening match at the Shanghai Masters on Monday, beating Argentine qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero in three sets, […]