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. […]

Jubilant fans honk, celebrate Iceland victory on Arc de Triomphe

France supporters drove by the capital’s historic Arc de Triomphe as they celebrated their team’s 5-2 victory against underdogs Iceland in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Sunday (July 3). Waving France’s red, white and blue flags and honking their horns, the motorists drove through the rain and past police and soldiers lined along Paris’ Champs Elysee avenue. Security has been tight during the month-long tournament as the capital is still reeling from the aftermath of […]

Johnson pleased, Day disappointed after WGC Bridgestone Invitational

Dustin Johnson followed up his U.S. Open victory in style, taking advantage of a late stumble by Jason Day to secure a one-stroke victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Sunday (July 3). Suddenly the hottest player in the game, long-hitting Johnson stormed home with a 66 on the demanding Firestone course to finish at six-under-par 274, while fellow American Scott Piercy (70) birdied the last to claim second place on five-under. Piercy […]

NBA: Durant mega-deal near – reports

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant will decide on his NBA future by Monday, according to reports, after the much-wanted star forward held talks with a number of teams chasing his prized signature. ESPN said Sunday that Durant, the top free agent player available since the signing period began Friday, has told the six teams that made presentations to him. Teams can agree to contract terms with players but no official contracts can […]

NBA: Noah reportedly eyes Knicks as Thunder ponder Horford

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — In Thursday’s final hours before the NBA’s free agency period began, Joakim Noah was reportedly being eyed by the New York Knicks while Oklahoma City looked at Al Horford to help keep Kevin Durant with the Thunder. Players whose contracts expire become free agents and can start talks with other clubs at one minute after midnight Friday morning on the US East Coast, with Durant among the top players […]

NBA: LeBron declines option but expected to stay with Cavs

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James, fresh off guiding the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA title, is headed for free agency after officially declining the $24 million player option on his contract. While the move frees James to talk to other teams, he isn’t expected to leave Cleveland but to negotiate a new contract with them. “I love it here. I love being here,” Ohio native James told the Cleveland Plain Dealer […]

Tennis: Banned Sharapova to sharpen business skills at Harvard

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Maria Sharapova plans to make good use of the time on her hands thanks to a two-year doping ban from tennis. The Russian star, a savvy businesswoman whose commercial interests include her Sugarpova brand of candy, indicated on social media on Monday that she would be attending a Harvard Business School course. Sharapova posted a photo of herself in front of a sign for the prestigious school on her […]

NBA: Durant, Wade, Duncan make first moves to future

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — NBA stars Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and Tim Duncan have made their first steps toward deciding where they will play next season, or in Duncan’s case if he will play at all. Oklahoma City forward Durant, set to play for the US Olympic squad in Rio in August, was expected to meet with the Thunder before becoming a free agent on Friday and he becomes eligible to meet with other […]

USA to head to Rio without James

NEW YORK, United States (Reuters) — LeBron James was a glaring absentee from the United States Olympic lineup as USA Basketball unveiled its squad for the Rio Games on Monday (June 27). U.S. media reported last week that James, who led the Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in a seven-game NBA Finals series, had asked USA Basketball to remove his name from Olympic consideration. The three-times NBA champion and four-times league Most […]