PBA: Meralco beats Phoenix, spoils Vanguardia’s coaching debut

By Diego de la Paz CUBAO, Philippines (Eagle News) – Meralco proved its mettle down the wire, as it pulled off a close victory over Phoenix Petroleum, 108-103, in the opening game of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Allen Durham, who recently played 24 games with NBA Development League team Texas Legends last season, topped all scorers with 32 points, 22 rebounds, and five assists. Jimmy Alapag […]

NBA: Green court date moved up to avoid Olympic clash

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — A Michigan judge agreed on Wednesday to bring forward a pre-trial conference for Draymond Green, the NBA star and US Olympic team member accused of striking a university football player at a restaurant at the weekend. Documents posted on Thursday on the webpage of the 54B District Court in East Lansing, Michigan, showed that Green’s conference was brought forward from August 4, the day before the Rio de Janeiro […]

Daredevil skydiver attempts highest jump without parachute

LOS Angeles, California, USA (Reuters) — To many, doing a parachute jump is their greatest fear. However, renowned American skydiver Luke Aikins is about to go one further and jump out of a plane without a parachute. Speaking at a media event on Monday (July 11), Aikins said, “Well, we’re jumping from 25,000 feet, we’re going to free-fall for about two minutes before we land and I’m going to land without a parachute, I’m going […]

Rugby ball made of pure gold goes on sale in Japan

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — A rugby ball made out of pure gold went on sale for the first time on Wednesday (July 13), at one of Japan’s oldest department store chains, Mitsukoshi, in downtown Tokyo. Customers flocked to the exhibition hall from Wednesday morning to get a glimpse of the shining ball, weighing approximately 2.8 kilograms. The exhibition organizer said the product was made to pay homage to Japan’s national rugby team’s victory over South […]

NBA: Silver wants more balance after Durant move

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that the league might look at ways of maintaining competitive balance following Kevin Durant’s blockbuster move to join the Golden State Warriors. Silver expressed concern at the signing which creates another super team and indicated that the NBA’s parity might be better served if changes were made to the collective bargaining agreement. “Just to be absolutely clear, I do not think that’s ideal […]

Rio 2016 launches 13 official posters, where most Olympics have only one

RIO De Janeiro, Brazil (Reuters) — Rio 2016 launched on Tuesday (July 12) the 13 official posters aimed at representing the diversity of Latin America’s largest nation, where most Olympic Games have only one. The posters were unveiled at a scenic exhibition at the new Museum of Tomorrow jutting out over the Guanabara Bay as a centrepiece of the recently renovated port area and Maua Square. The collection was created by 12 Brazilian artists and […]

NBA: Spurs coach Popovich bids farewell to Duncan

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — San Antonio Spurs long time coach Gregg Popovich described five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan on Tuesday as the best example of a leader any coach in the NBA could hope for. “He’s the most real, consistent and true person I’ve met in my life,” Popovich said. “When he speaks it’s for a purpose. He led by example.” Popovich was speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, 24 hours after […]

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao plans to fight again this year – promoter

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao plans to come out of retirement to fight an as yet to be named opponent later this year, his promoter said Tuesday, though the boxer said no fight has yet been set. Bob Arum told American sports broadcaster ESPN that the former welterweight champion plans to fight on either October 29 or November 5 as a main event bout in Las Vegas as long […]

NBA: Warriors’ Green arrested for minor assault – report

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green, who is expected to represent the United States in the Rio Olympics, has been arrested for an alleged misdemeanor assault. According to court documents obtained by ESPN, the 26-year-old Green was detained on Sunday in East Lansing, Michigan where he played four seasons of college basketball. Police said that Green was arrested on a misdemeanor assault and battery charge in the early morning […]

NBA: Five-time champ Duncan retires after 19 glorious seasons

by Greg Heakes LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — San Antonio Spurs star power forward Tim Duncan, one of the best players in NBA history, announced his retirement Monday, ending a brilliant 19-season career that included five league titles. The 40-year-old Duncan, who was selected as the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft, spent his entire career with the Spurs — an anomaly in a league where players often change teams. The Spurs […]

Tennis: Sharapova out of Rio as CAS delays doping decision

LAUSSANE, Switzerland (AFP) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Monday it has put back its ruling on the two-year doping ban for Maria Sharapova for two months to September, ruling the tennis superstar out of the Rio Olympics. The 29-year-old Russian tested positive for the banned medication meldonium during January’s Australian Open, in a severe blow to her reputation. If the ban — which Sharapova has called “unfairly harsh” — is upheld it […]