Yao Ming selected for the Basketball Hall of Fame

BEIJING, China (Reuters) – Yao Ming,Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson headline the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class announced Monday (APRIL 4). Longtime Chicago Bulls owner and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf will be enshrined and posthumous inductees are NBA referee Darrell Garretson, John McLendon, the first African-American coach in professional basketball, and former stars Zelmo Beaty and Cumberland Posey. O’Neal was an unstoppable force as a 7-foot-1 dunking machine who was named a 15-time […]

Rio’s Olympic authorities confident in facility progress

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – Olympic authorities said on Monday (April 4) they were confident of progress in the Olympic Park in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca zone, where 15 competition venues will stage 23 sport disciplines in August. The Future Arena in the Olympic Park was shown off as part of a guided tour of the facilities led by Olympic authorities keen to demonstrate the progress, four months before the start of the Games. […]

Only half of tickets sold so far for Rio Olympics: Organizing committee

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters)  – Only half of the tickets have been sold so far, though it is four months to go before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, said Philip Wilkinson, spokesman for 2016 Rio Olympics, on Saturday. He also said that the ticket sales for the Paralympic Games is worse, with only 12 percent being sold. Brazil’s new Sports Minister Ricardo Leyser, who just took office last week, said they were […]

NBA: Bulls rally to shock Rockets, boost playoff bid

The Chicago Bulls rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to shock the Houston Rockets 103-100 on Thursday and boost their NBA playoff hopes. Nikola Mirotic drained a go-ahead three-pointer with less than three minutes to play and Houston’s Trevor Ariza saw an attempted game-tying three-pointer fail at the buzzer. Mirotic scored a game-high 28 points. His three-pointer from the corner with 2:56 remaining put the Bulls up 92-91 and was followed by a dunk from […]

Pacquiao gets ready for final fight

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States (Reuters) — Manny Pacquiao has helped make headlines for the sport of boxing over his long and illustrious career, a career that the eight-time world champion says will end after his upcoming fight with Tim Bradley. “I’m not tired with boxing,” Pacquiao said, when asked why and if he was really calling it quits. “But I made the decision to retire after this fight and focus on serving the people. […]

Qatar is unfit to host the 2022 World Cup, says Amnesty International

DOHA, Qatar (Reuters) — Migrant workers in Qatar renovating a 2022 World Cup stadium have been subjected to human rights abuses, in some cases forced labor, two years after the tournament’s organizers introduced worker welfare standards in the wake of widespread criticism, according to a report by Amnesty International. Dozens of construction workers from Nepal and India rebuilding the Khalifa stadium, a vast sporting complex in Doha that will host a World Cup quarter-final in […]

Mexico’s Olympic delegation to take specialists to Rio Olympics due to Zika fears

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) — The Mexican delegation that will attend the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be accompanied by medical specialists in epidemiology to advise athletes before, during and after the sporting event due to the Zika virus outbreak. Brazil is the country most affected by the virus, which has spread rapidly through the rest of the continent. “There will be work done during the Olympic Games, I repeat, two doctors specializing […]

Boxing: Pacquiao leaves door open to retirement U-turn

by Rob Woollard LOS Angeles, United States (AFP) — Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday he intends to stick to his plan to retire after a farewell fight against Timothy Bradley next week — but admits he could be tempted into a rethink once he has hung up his gloves. The 37-year-old is preparing to bring the curtain down on one of the greatest careers boxing has ever seen when he fights Bradley for the third time […]

Philippine poll body says no block on broadcast cover of Pacquiao bout

MANILA, Philippines (Reuters) — The Philippine election commission said on Tuesday (March 27) that it cannot block TV and radio coverage of Manny Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight fight against Timothy Bradley because nobody has filed a formal complaint against the Filipino boxer, who is currently running for a seat in the Senate. A rival politician last month wanted the poll body to declare the boxing match a violation of election rules as it would give the […]

Philippine Sports Stadium, new venue for Suzuki Cup

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Football Federation chose the Philippine Sports Stadium in Ciudad de Victoria in Bocaue, Bulacan as one of the venue for the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup which will be held on November 2016. (Eagle News Service Described by Jay Paul Carlos, Video Editing by Dexter Magno, Uploaded by MRFaith Bonalos)

Rio’s international airport will complete developments one month before the Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (Reuters) — A new pier at Rio de Janeiro’s international airport will open fully just a month before the start of the Olympic Games, authorities said on Thursday (March 10), after a series of setbacks. The new Southern pier at the Tom Jobim airport, otherwise known as Galeao, was initially set to be completed by April, authorities responsible for the developments said in November. The 2-billion-real (500-million-U.S.-dollar) project to expand the […]