Pacquiao arrives in Las Vegas ahead of his fight with Bradley

LAS Vegas (Eagle News) — Manny Pacquiao and timothy Bradley arrived in Las Vegas on Tuesday (April 5) ahead of their third fight which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden. Saturday’s fight will be the third meeting between the two at the same venue as their two previous encounters. American Bradley, 32, controversially beat Pacquiao when they first met in 2012 but the Filipino gained revenge in their 2014 re-match, scoring a unanimous […]

Fraud investigation will not slow Olympic construction, Rio official says

  RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – Olympic authorities in Rio de Janeiro said they are confident sporting venues will be delivered on time for the 2016 Olympics when they kick-off here in August despite the opening of an investigation into supposed irregularities at a venue under suspicion of corruption. The director of the Municipal Olympic Company, Roberto Ainbinder, on Monday (April 4) said the venues were on schedule even though a federal court has […]

NBA’s LeBron tops Power 100 list for third straight year

(Courtesy Reuters) — LeBron James and Stephen Curry grabbed the top spots on the Horrow Sports/MVPindex Power 100 as the NBA dominated the rankings released on Tuesday with 24 players on the list that evaluates an athlete’s brand and marketability. It marked the third consecutive year that James, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, topped the list while Curry, who led the Golden State Warriors to an NBA title last year, shot into second place […]

FIFA President denies links to “Panama Papers” scandal

  ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (Reuters) – FIFA President Gianni Infantino released a statement on Tuesday (April 5) denying involvement with companies implicated in the Panama leaks shortly after an article by Britain’s Guardian newspaper said the leaks showed contracts co-signed by Infantino in his role as director of legal services at UEFA, with an Argentine firm that bought TV rights for European continental competitions. “As I previously stated, I never personally dealt with Cross Trading nor […]

Football: Infantino implicated in Panama Papers – report

  BERLIN, Germany (AFP) —  The signature of new FIFA president Gianni Infantino has cropped up in the so-called “Panama Papers” in connection with questionable TV rights sales in South America, the German newspaper behind the mass leaks reported on Tuesday. Swiss-Italian lawyer Infantino, 46, succeeded the suspended Sepp Blatter in February as the head of FIFA, which is reeling from the arrests of leading officials last year, as well as the clouds over the […]

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 […]