Basketball: France off to perfect start in Olympic qualifiers

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — France, led by NBA star Tony Parker, got off to a perfect start Tuesday as the world’s fifth-ranked basketball team threw off the Philippines 93-84 in their bid to win a slot at the Rio Olympics. The veteran San Antonio Spurs point guard added 21 points and six assists to Nando De Colo’s 27 points and six rebounds as the French backcourt led a fightback from an early 10-point deficit to […]

FIBA OQT: De Colo, Parker leads France to conquer the Philippines on opening night

  Pasay City, Philippines – The day of reckoning is finally here for Gilas Pilipinas as they finally face France in the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in Manila at the Mall of Asia Arena. Playing inside a sold out arena, Gilas Pilipinas came out scorching as Andray Blatche came up big in the first quarter with 14 points to electrify the crowd as they lead France, 30-22. The same intensity was brought by Gilas Pilipinas in […]

FIBA OQT: Canada beats Turkey behind Joseph’s hot shooting night

Pasay City, Philippines – The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Olympic Qualifiers in Manila kicked off at the SM Mall of Asia Arena with Canada beating Turkey, 77-69, putting their team with a foot inside the door of the semi-final round. Canada went off to a very hot start and they were led by their team captain, Cory Joseph, who had 10 points in the first half while Tristan Thompson chipped in with 7 points to […]

Gilas Pilipinas at Team France, maghaharap mamaya

Mamaya na ang pinaka-aabangang laban sa pagitan ng pambansang koponan na Gilas Pilipinas kontra naman sa powerhouse team na France para sa 2016 Olympic qualifying tournament. Batay sa ulat, tatangkain umanong makuha  ng Gilas Pilipinas ang nasabing laban upang hindi umabot sa do-or-die game kontra naman sa koponan ng New Zealand. Sinasabing mistulang dadaan sa butas ng karayom ang pambansang koponan lalu na’t anim sa mga manlalaro ng France ay kasalukuyan at dating NBA player […]

Tennis: Serena and Venus eye final reunion

by Steven GRIFFITHS LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Serena and Venus Williams can move closer to a nostalgic Wimbledon final reunion when the sisters take part in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. The Williams siblings have reigned supreme at the All England Club for over 15 years, collecting 11 titles between them and appearing in a combined 16 finals. Four of those finals have been all-Williams affairs, but the last came in 2009. World number one […]

NBA: Pau Gasol poised to join Spurs, Duncan to retire?

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Paul Gasol has agreed to join San Antonio on a two-year deal worth $30 million as Spurs legend Tim Duncan mulled retirement, reports said Monday. Spanish star Gasol has verbally agreed to join San Antonio after spending the past two seasons with the Chicago Bulls. The former Los Angeles Lakers player averaged a double-double (16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds) per game last season but was unable to lead the […]

NBA: Durant confirms Golden State move

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) – Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant confirmed Monday he is joining the Golden State Warriors, adding another potent weapon to an already formidable offense spearheaded by Stephen Curry. Durant, the most coveted NBA free agent, announced his move on the Players’ Tribune website after what he described as the “most challenging few weeks in my professional life.” The 27-year-old forward said he was joining the Warriors to enhance his growth as […]

Blackwater Forward Bulawan pumanaw sa gitna ng ensayo

MANILA, Philippines (Eagle News) — Pumanaw na ang forward player ng Blackwater elite na si Gilbert Bulawan matapos itong matumba habang nag-eensayo. Kinumpirma ni Team Owner Dioceldo Sy na bigla na lamang nag-collapse ang 6 foot 5 player mula sa Legazpi Albay sa kalagitnaan ng ensayo. Napayakap pa ito sa kaniyang team mate na si Reil Cervantes bago tuluyang nahiga sa sahig. Agad na tinakbo sa pagamutan pero naideklara ito na ‘dead on arrival’ dahil […]

NBA: Ginobili says he will return for 15th season

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Argentina guard Manu Ginobili said Sunday he will return to the NBA for a 15th campaign next season after considering retirement. Ginobili is expected to play for Argentina next month in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and to return to the San Antonio Spurs, the club for which he has played his entire NBA career. But Ginobili, who turns 39 on July 28, did not say what club he […]

NBA: Cavaliers take hefty tax hit

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The champion Cleveland Cavaliers will pay a league-high $54 million luxury tax for last season for going over salary cap limits on their title-team payroll, ESPN said Sunday. Owner Dan Gilbert will have to send the league a check for salary overruns in the championship season that brought Cleveland its first sports champion since 1964. Seven teams in all exceeded the $84.7 million tax threshold for last season, the […]

Football: Giroud and France eye Germany revenge

by Guy JACKSON PARIS, France (AFP) — France will have the perfect opportunity to avenge their defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup when they take on their old foes in the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday, according to star striker Olivier Giroud. “It will be a great match, we have a lot of desire to get our own back for the World Cup,” Giroud said after his two goals helped France thrash Iceland […]

Tennis: Serena hails Djokovic ‘extreme history’

by Dave JAMES LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Serena Williams hailed Novak Djokovic for making “extreme history” despite her fellow number one having suffered his earliest Grand Slam exit in seven years. Two-time defending champion Djokovic suffered a shock defeat to the unheralded Sam Querrey of the United States in the Wimbledon third round on Saturday. It ended his hopes of going on to secure the first calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969. […]