Boxing: Heavyweight champion Fury sorry for video rant

LONDON , United Kingdom (AFP) — World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury insists he is “in no way a racist or bigot” after apologising on Monday for comments he made in an hour-long video rant. Fury caused controversy after making homophobic, sexist and anti-Semitic remarks in the interview last week, which led to widespread calls for him to be banned from boxing. “I apologise to anyone who may have taken offence at any of my comments,” […]

Boxing: Wilder promoter opens door for fights with British rivals

NEW YORK , United States (AFP) — Unbeaten heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder could be in line to face rival undefeated British ring kings Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua after a planned bout next Saturday in Moscow was canceled. Lou DiBella, Wilder’s promoter, said that any talk of rescheduling a new fight date for Wilder to meet Russian Alexander Povetkin, who tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, was “unfounded and premature.” The World Boxing Council […]

Olympics: Hayne Olympic dream may be shot down

SYDNEY , Australia (AFP) — Former Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne’s hopes of chasing an Olympic dream after ditching a career in American football may be scuttled by anti-doping protocols, it emerged Monday. Hayne announced Sunday he was abandoning playing NFL with the San Francisco 49ers to pursue a spot on Fiji’s rugby sevens squad for this year’s Rio Games. But the switch may have struck an obstacle with former head of the Australian […]

Last surviving ‘Casablanca’ actor dies aged 92

PARIS, France (AFP) — French actress Madeleine LeBeau, the last surviving member of the cast of “Casablanca”, has died at the age of 92, her family said on Sunday. LeBeau, who died on May 1, played the role of Yvonne, the spurned girlfriend of Humphrey Bogart’s character Rick Blaine in the classic 1942 movie that also starred Ingrid Bergman. Born in June 1923 in Antony near Paris, LeBeau fled Paris in 1940 after the German occupation […]

NBA: Lowry stars as Raptors down Miami to make history

LOS ANGELES , United States (AFP) — Kyle Lowry scored 35 points as the Toronto Raptors clinched a playoff series victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday, sending the Canadian franchise to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in their history. Lowry and teammate DeMar DeRozan stole the show as Toronto completed a 116-89 victory to win the best-of-seven series 4-3 and set up a conference championship showdown with LeBron James and the […]

PBA: Alaska survives another do-or-die, defeats Rain or Shine in Game 5

By Diego de la Paz QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES (Eagle News) – Alaska foiled another Rain or Shine title attempt, scoring an 86-78 result to move within a win of levelling its best-of-seven PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals series on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. In a fierce battle until the final buzzer, neither team led more than nine points in the match. But late in the ballgame, best player of the conference awardee Calvin […]

PBA: Calvin Abueva teary-eyed in receiving Best Player of the Conference citation

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) – Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva finally showed he was human behind his beastly exterior. The former San Sebastian College standout bagged his second individual trophy in the PBA as the Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the conference awardee. Right before the crucial Game 4 of their finals series on Wednesday, the 28-year old Abueva admitted he was teary-eyed as his name was called to receive the trophy. However, he […]

PBA: Alaska thumps Rain or Shine in Game 4, avoids finals sweep

By Diego de la Paz QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) – Alaska made sure Rain or Shine stashed its broom in the closet for another day, avoiding a series sweep via a 111-99 victory in Game 4 of the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals series on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Alaska managed to gain cruise control in the first three quarters, thanks to its stingy defense and a revised game plan that pushed […]

Football: FIFA congress seeks to clean up mess

MEXICO City (AFP) — FIFA’s new president Gianni Infantino will preside over world football’s annual congress in Mexico City on Friday to push through reforms aimed at rehabilitating the scandal-tarred organization. Infantino — who was elected in February after his predecessor Sepp Blatter was brought down by the corruption crisis — wants to turn the page and put the focus back on football. “We will show to the world we are serious with the reforms, […]

NBA: Durant the spur as Thunder roll San Antonio

LOS ANGELES , United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant scored 37 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a 4-2 series victory over the San Antonio Spurs to advance to a Western Conference finals showdown with the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Durant left the game to a standing ovation after a superb personal contribution which also included nine rebounds and two assists. The Thunder’s 113-99 victory means they will advance to the Western Conference […]

NBA: Skiles resigns as Magic coach

MIAMI , United States (AFP) — Orlando Magic head coach Scott Skiles resigned on Thursday, stepping down after a single season in charge that saw his team fail to reach the playoffs. A statement from Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan said the team had reluctantly accepted Skiles resignation. “After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team,” Skiles […]

Pregnant women should avoid Rio Olympics due to Zika risk: WHO

GENEVA , Switzerland (AFP) — The World Health Organization on Thursday urged pregnant women not to travel to Rio for the Olympics and urged athletes and visitors to the Games to take precautions to avoid Zika infection. Acknowledging the widespread anxiety surrounding the threat of mosquito-borne Zika, which is rampant in Brazil and which experts agree causes the birth defect microcephaly in babies born to women infected with the virus, WHO issued its first guidelines […]