NBA: Healthy help could bring LeBron win in Finals rematch

by Jim SLATER OAKLAND, United States (AFP) — LeBron James, in his sixth consecutive NBA Finals, leads the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch with defending champion Golden State starting Thursday, but this time the superstar has a healthy supporting cast. Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry sparks the Warriors’ quest for a title repeat against four-time MVP “King” James, who is trying to bring Cleveland a major sports crown for the first time since […]

NBA: Kings’ Collison facing domestic assault charge

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison is facing a felony domestic violence charge, the NBA team confirmed on Tuesday. According to a police report, Collison faces one count of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant, a felony, and two misdemeanor charges for driving on a suspended license after his arrest on Monday in Placer County, California. He was arrested Monday after police were called to a home by […]

NBA: Five keys to the NBA Finals

OAKLAND, United States (AFP)  6/1/2016 – Five keys to the best-of-seven NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors that begin Thursday: 1. The MVPs: Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James for Cleveland and two-time reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry for Golden State bring emotional and physical strengths as the sport’s top stars. James has more versatile ways to impact a game but Curry’s 3-point sharpshooting is a wonder and can be […]

NBA: Durant to take his time amid free agent frenzy

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant was still digesting Oklahoma City’s Western Conference finals defeat when the simmering subject of his free agent future reached full boiling point. “I’m just embracing my team-mates and just reflecting on the season,” Durant said Monday night after the Golden State Warriors rallied to eliminate the Thunder — who had led the best-of-seven series three games to one. “I’ll think about that stuff, I don’t know when. […]

Mexico footballer Pulido freed after fighting kidnapper

by Laurent THOMET MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) — Mexican football player Alan Pulido was rescued after he untied himself, punched one of his kidnappers and took away his phone to call police hours after his abduction, authorities said Monday. Pulido, 25, cut his right wrist when he punched a glass pane on a door as he tried to flee before police found him at a home in his northeastern hometown of Ciudad Victoria late Sunday, […]

NBA: Golden State beat Oklahoma City to reach NBA finals

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Stephen Curry scored 36 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 96-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday and into an NBA title rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors, trying to cap a sensational season that included a record 73 regular-season victories with a second straight title, sealed the 4-3 series victory in the Western Conference finals on their home floor in Oakland, California — […]

Pau Gasol could skip Rio over Zika fears

MADRID,Spain (AFP) — Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol said Monday he is considering skipping the Olympic Games in Brazil in August due to fears over the Zika virus. “I’m considering it, like anyone. I think it is a sufficiently important issue that it should be considered,” the Chicago Bulls player told reporters at an event for one of his sponsors in Madrid. “I hope that national Olympic committees and international health organisations provide real information […]

Absalon and Neff secure wins in Cross Country event at La Bresse

Double Olympic Champion Julien Absalon of France clinched victory in the men’s mountain bike cross country race in La Bresse on Sunday (May 29), the third event of the World Cup series. The 35-year-old Absalon, who won Olympic golds in 2004 and in 2008, secured his 31st World Cup win in front of his home crowd. His compatriots Maxime Marotte and Victor Koretzky finished second and third respectively to complete a clean sweep of podium […]

Warriors vs Thunder Do or Die Game 7

The Golden State Warriors became the 31st team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors will hoist the Thunder in a Do or Die Game 7 (Monday night).  The winner of the game will advance to play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. The Warriors avoided elimination, using a fourth quarter comeback to tie series 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6.  The splash brothers unleash their fire […]

NBA: Grizzlies name heat assistant Fizdale as new coach

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — David Fizdale, an assistant coach for the Miami Heat for the past eight seasons, was named on Sunday as the new coach of the NBA Memphis Grizzlies. It will be the first head coaching post for Fizdale, who replaces the fired Dave Joerger, now coach of the Sacramento Kings. “I’m extremely excited to be in Memphis and really looking forward to building a legacy with this talented group of players,” […]

NBA’s Thunder targeted by deceased McClendon’s creditors

(Reuters)  This weekend, the Oklahoma City Thunder stands one game away from clinching a surprising spot in the NBA finals. But away from the roar of fans and the glare of cameras, another battle involving the basketball team is brewing in a probate courtroom in its home city. At stake is a roughly 20 percent interest in the Thunder held by Aubrey McClendon, the indebted Oklahoma energy magnate who died in a car crash on […]

Estonian ‘Trio to Rio’ marathon triplets vye for Olympic gold

Tartu, Estonia (AFP) –Three sisters from Estonia will make history at the Rio Olympics by just showing up: the marathon-runners are the first identical triple threat to vye for gold. The 30-year-old triplets — Leila, Liina and Lily Luik — have come a long way since kicking off their running career in 2010 at Tartu University after a sporty childhood of dance and swimming. “We do know we’ve qualified for Rio but surely the real […]