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 […]

Ateneo guard Thirdy Ravena puts up a shot against Lyceum during their Filoil Flying V Hanes Pre-Season Premier Cup game on Friday. (Photo courtesy: Prince Coz / Sports On Air, Eagle News Service)

College Basketball: Ateneo, Arellano pick up important summer league wins

By Diego de la Paz SAN JUAN, Philippines (Eagle News) – Ateneo de Manila University and Arellano University bolstered its respective quarterfinal bids with all-important wins in Friday’s Filoil Flying V Hanes Pre-Season Premier Cup action at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The Blue Eagles, playing its second of three consecutive matches in four days, scored a 65-58 win over National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) squad Lyceum of the Philippines University. Thirdy Ravena led the […]

Philippines’ gold dream fades as Pacquiao rules out Rio

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said Friday he would skip the Rio Olympics even if professionals were allowed to compete, knocking out the Philippines’ best chance of winning its first gold medal. Pacquiao, who was this month elected to his nation’s Senate and harbours dreams of becoming president, said he wanted to instead focus on his political career. “I have decided to prioritise my legislative duty as I owe it to the […]

NBA: Desperate Warriors beat Thunder to stay alive

OAKLAND, United States (AFP) –Stephen Curry scored 31 points as the defending champion Golden State Warriors kept their record-setting season alive with a 120-111 win over Oklahoma City in game five of their Western Conference playoff. Curry, who has been plagued by injuries throughout the postseason, saved his best game of the series for Thursday night as he also had seven rebounds and six assists. “We did what we are supposed to the do — […]

NBA: MVP Curry, LeBron pace All-NBA First Team lineup

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James led selections named Thursday for the All-NBA First Team announced by the league. Curry, who sparked the Warriors to last year’s NBA crown and the best record in league history this season at 73-9, was a unanimous pick with all 129 voters in a media panel that decided the lineup. James, trying […]

Emilio Aguinaldo College guard Raymund Pascua drives against Benilde forwards Fons Saavedra and Edward Dixon in their Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup game on Thursday. (Photo courtesy: Ariane Joy Sabale / Sports On Air, Eagle News Service)

College Basketball: San Beda, Ateneo notches wins in pre-season action

By Diego de la Paz SAN JUAN, Philippines (Eagle News) – San Beda College vented its ire on a shorthanded Mapua Institute of Technology squad, pulling off a masterful 106-80 victory in Group B of the 2016 Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup action at the Filoil Flying V Centre on Thursday. Coming off a stinging loss at the hands of De La Salle University last Sunday, San Beda – the tournament’s defending champion – […]

NBA: Cavaliers rebound at home to rout Raptors

WASHINGTON , United States (AFP) — LeBron James tallied 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one victory of reaching the NBA finals with a 116-78 blowout home triumph over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. James, who is seeking his sixth straight appearance in the NBA championship series, also had six rebounds and eight assists for the Cavaliers, who lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals three games to two. “I am a very experienced […]

NBA: Spurs’ Leonard unanimous pick for All-Defensive Team

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs was a unanimous selection to the 2015-16 NBA All-Defensive First Team announced Wednesday. The 24-year-old US forward was the only player to receive all 130 votes onto the elite squad from a media poll. Also on the All-Defensive top lineup was forward Draymond Green of the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, center DeAndre Jordan and […]

NBA: Noah tells teammates he’s done with Bulls: report

CHICAGO, United States(AFP) — Joakim Noah has told teammates in recent weeks that he is finished playing for the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday, saying he has no faith in team executives. The newspaper reported Noah plans to take advantage of free agency because, as one unidentified player told the Sun-Times, he “has no trust in the front office getting this in the right direction.” This past season, the Bulls went 42-40, two […]