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NBA: Clippers’ Griffin likely to miss Rio Olympics

LOS ANGELES , United States (AFP) — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin had a bone-marrow procedure on his left thigh injury and will miss the USA team’s preparations for the Rio Olympics making it unlikely he’ll play in the 2016 Games. Griffin has started rehabilitation since undergoing the procedure on April 27 to address his left quadriceps tendon injury. The Clippers said in a statement on Friday that he would miss Team USA’s training […]

NBA: Warriors’ Curry improving, but still likely to sit Saturday

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Golden State guard Stephen Curry looked strong in training on Friday, but coach Steve Kerr said it was still unlikely his injured star would be in uniform for the Warriors in their playoff game at Portland on Saturday. On Friday morning Kerr indicated on “The Dan Patrick Show” radio broadcast that Curry would definitely miss Saturday’s game three of the best-of-seven Western Conference second-round series. After watching Curry, who […]

NBA: Raptors turn up heat in overtime to beat Miami

WASHINGTON , United States (AFP) — DeMarre Carroll finished with a team-high 21 points as the Toronto Raptors evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series at 1-1 with a 96-92 overtime win over the Miami Heat on Thursday. DeMar DeRozan tallied 20 points and eight rebounds and Kyle Lowry finished with 18 points and six assists for the host Raptors, who scored six consecutive points to start the overtime then held on for the second round […]

Football: Argentina stay top, Philippines reach new heights in FIFA rankings

PARIS , France (AFP) — Argentina remain top as the Philippines reached new heights in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday. With no international matches in April all teams in the top 50 held their positions. The Philippines, meanwhile, may have failed to advance to the next round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers for the AFC region, but the Azkals moved up one spot to their best-ever position of 115th. FIFA Rankings as […]

Rain or Shine forward Beau Belga (left) and Raymond Almazan (right) poses for photos with Alaska Aces forward Calvin Abueva during the PBA Commissioner's Cup press conference at the PBA Cafe Metrowalk. (Photo courtesy: Diego de la Paz / Sports On Air, Eagle News Service)

PBA: Alaska, Rain or Shine ready ahead of Commissioner’s Cup finals

By Diego de la Paz PASIG, Philippines (Eagle News) – The Alaska Aces, although banged and bruised throughout the season is ready to face a well-rested and energized Rain or Shine Elasto Painters squad when the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals tips off. Coming off a five-game set against the Meralco Bolts, the Aces will once again have to make-do with a shorter rotation without key veterans JV Casio (knee), Vic Manuel (calf), and Eric Menk. […]

NBA: Cavs use long-range 3 point onslaught to pound Hawks

LOS ANGELES , United States (AFP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers fired a record-setting 25 three pointers as they pummelled the Atlanta Hawks 123-98 to seize a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference playoff series on Wednesday. Cleveland produced 18 first half three pointers which propelled them to a 74-38 halftime lead. JR Smith led the barrage from beyond the arc with seven overall as 10 Cleveland players made three pointers in the second round postseason game. […]

Boxing: Khan ready for ‘dream’ showdown with Alvarez

LOS ANGELES , United States (AFP) — Amir Khan insisted Wednesday he is ready for the fight of his life when he steps up two divisions to take on Mexican world middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Las Vegas this weekend. The British boxer, who normally boxes at welterweight, faces a daunting battle against the hard-hitting Alvarez on Saturday in a fight which many believe is a risk too far for the 29-year-old from Bolton. […]

Tennis: Refreshed Djokovic makes winning return to Madrid

by Scott WILLIAMS MADRID , Spain (AFP) — Novak Djokovic stepped up his preparations for the French Open as the top seed beat teenager Borna Coric 6-2, 6-4 in his opening match at the Madrid Masters on Wednesday. The world number one, who lifted the trophy in the Spanish capital five years ago, has not played in Madrid since 2013 when he lost his opening match to Grigor Dimitrov. The Serb’s success over Croatian youngster […]

NBA: Heat’s Bosh out for rest of playoffs

MIAMI , United States (AFP) — Veteran big man Chris Bosh, reportedly in a standoff with the Miami Heat over his health, won’t return for the Heat in this NBA post-season, the player and team said on Wednesday. “The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh announce that Chris will not be playing in the remainder of the 2016 NBA Playoffs,” a joint statement from player and club said. “The Heat, Chris, the doctors and medical team […]

Football: Philippines boost as coach Dooley extends contract

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — American Thomas Dooley will lead the Philippines’ football team for another two years after maintaining their top ranking in Southeast Asia, the national federation said. The deal means Dooley, a former captain of the US national team, will lead the Philippines as they target success in the AFF Suzuki Cup, which they are co-hosting with Myanmar in November and December. Dooley, 54, who took charge in 2014, will now stay at […]

PBA: Alaska outlasts Meralco, meets Rain or Shine in finals

By Diego de la Paz QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) – Alaska survived a huge scare from second-seed Meralco late in the ballgame and managed to emerge victorious via a 76-70 count to book the last seat in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Calvin Abueva, seen as the leading Best Player of the Conference candidate, topped all scorers with 19 points and eight rebounds, followed by Chris Banchero […]

Football: Philippines boost as coach Dooley extends contract

MANILA , Philippines (AFP) — American Thomas Dooley will lead the Philippines’ football team for another two years after maintaining their top ranking in Southeast Asia, the national federation said. The deal means Dooley, a former captain of the US national team, will lead the Philippines as they target success in the AFF Suzuki Cup, which they are co-hosting with Myanmar in November and December. Dooley, 54, who took charge in 2014, will now stay […]