NBA: Thunder’s Westbrook inks $85 mn extension

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — All-star point guard Russell Westbrook signed a three-year, $85 million contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, one month after the team lost Kevin Durant to Golden State. “I am grateful to extend my contract with the Thunder and continue to play with the only organization that I have played for and have loved being a part of since I was drafted into the NBA,” Westbrook said. […]

Protests darken mood for Rio Olympic opening ceremony

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – by Sebastian Smith Protesters will take to Rio’s streets Friday during the Olympics opening ceremony and heckle Brazil’s unpopular acting president in the stadium, setting an angry backdrop to South America’s first Games. With the eyes of the world on Rio, Brazilians furious over the country’s political crisis, crippling recession and what they see as an Olympics favoring the rich will seize the limelight. Protests are scheduled in the morning […]

Olympics: Russia says 271 cleared for Rio after drugs probe

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – by Talek HARRIS A top Russian official said Thursday that at least 271 athletes would compete in the Rio Olympics after clearing a doping probe which has slashed their team to its smallest size in more than a century. Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov said some other cases remained unresolved after investigations prompted by the discovery of a state-orchestrated plot to dupe drugs testers. “As of now 271 athletes […]

Pacquiao plans to fight Vargas in November, report

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring later this year to fight World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, the Filipino boxing star’s manager said on Wednesday. “Retirement doesn’t suit Manny right now,” Michael Koncz told the Los Angeles Times. “It is amazing what training and fighting does for him.” After Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley on April 9, he announced he was retiring from the sport to devote more […]

Baseball, surfing among sports approved for Tokyo 2020 – IOC

Five sports, including baseball, skateboarding and surfing, will feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the IOC voted them in on Wednesday (August 3) in an attempt to revamp the Games programme to attract a younger audience. The International Olympic Committee unanimously rubber-stamped the decision taken by its executive board in June, approving the inclusion of skateboarding, surfing, sports climbing, karate and a joint baseball/softball bid, which is expected to significantly boost local support for […]

PBA: Mahindra beats Alaska in fourth quarter comeback

By Diego de la Paz CUBAO, Philippines (Eagle News) – Mahindra continues its surprising run to the top of the standings in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup, this time defeating Alaska in a come-from-behind, 101-95 victory on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. After trailing by as much as 16 points down through the first three periods, Mahindra mounted a huge comeback in the fourth quarter led by import James White and unsung hero Keith […]

PBA: TNT KaTropa survives NLEX, goes four-and-oh

CUBAO, PHILIPPINES – TNT KaTropa guard Jayson Castro drives to the basket against NLEX guard Jonas Villanueva (11) in their PBA Governors’ Cup game on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy: Peter Baltazar / Sports On Air, Eagle News) By Diego de la Paz CUBAO, Philippines (Eagle News) – TNT KaTropa mounted a fourth quarter comeback to continue the endgame frustration for NLEX, putting up a 101-95 victory in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup action on Wednesday night […]

Olympics: IOC chief slams ‘contemptuous’ doping as Russia appeals mount

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – Russian appeals against Olympic bans were piling up Tuesday as IOC president Thomas Bach slammed what he called the “contemptuous” doping system blamed on the Moscow government. Bach said the Russia scandal along with Brazil’s political and economic crises had made the runup to the first Olympics in South America “challenging”. An investigation by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren which revealed state-organised doping in Russia, has overshadowed the buildup to […]

NBA: Stoudemire un-retires to continue career in Israel

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Less than a week after announcing his retirement, former National Basketball Association star Amar’e Stoudemire said Monday he is continuing his career in Israel. “I may be retiring from the NBA, but I’m not saying goodbye to basketball just yet. My next step is playing for Hapoel Jerusalem, one of the top teams in Europe. This isn’t about collecting a paycheck overseas though; it’s a spiritual journey, too,” Stoudemire […]

Olympics: Brits bring own plumber to leaky athletes’ village

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – Record-seeking Britain have pulled out all the stops for their Rio Olympics campaign — to the extent of employing their own plumber for the leaky athletes’ village. Water leaks and even a small fire have been among the problems reported at the newly built tower blocks, along with blocked toilets, exposed wiring and unlit stairwells. Australia had to delay moving in because of concerns over the accommodation, and the […]

Pilipinas 3×3 team wins silver in the 2016 FIBA 3×3 U18 Asian Championships

It was a great run for the  Pilipinas 3×3 team in the  2016 FIBA 3×3 u18 Asian championships held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last (July 22-24) The Pilipinas 3×3 u18 men’s team was composed of Kyle Christian tan, John Lloyd Clemente, Rhayyan Amsali, John Martin Galinato took silver medal. 12 mens and womens team competed in a tournament organized by FIBA, the Malaysian Basketball Association (MABA) and the NBL ASIA. The first edition of the […]