Green shoots of recovery lifts Spurs over Heat

(Reuters) – Some torrid fourth-quarter shooting led by Danny Green lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a come-from-behind 110-95 victory over the Miami Heat in the opening game of the on Thursday. Green scored 11 of his 13 points in the final period as the Spurs hit 14-of-16 shots, including all six from beyond the arc, turning a seven-point deficit into a runaway victory. In the final quarter, Green made all three of three-point attempts […]

Heat and Spurs ready to rumble in Finals opener

(Reuters) – Now that the verbal sparring is over, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are ready to get down to business on Thursday with the opening game of the best-of-seven NBA Finals. San Antonio power forward Tim Duncan has all-but guaranteed a victory after the team suffered a heartbreaking, seven-game loss to Miami in the finals a year ago. Heat forward LeBron James knows San Antonio is inspired but doesn’t believe that matters […]

Spurs seeking redemption versus Heat in the finals

(Reuters) – The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to avenge last year’s agonizing loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals when the two teams return for a best-of-seven showdown that Hall of Famer Jerry West compares to an all-out brawl. “It’s going to be a knockdown, tough battle for both teams,” the former Los Angeles Lakers guard and 14-time All-Star told Reuters. “It’s just a remarkable effort by both teams to get […]

Donaire wins WBA featherweight title in headbutt-marred fight

MANILA, June 1 (PNA) – Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire survived an accidental headbutt to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title against South African Simpiwe Vetyeka via a fifth-round technical decision at the Venetian Resort in Macau Saturday night. The two fighters accidentally butted heads toward the end of the first round, causing a nasty cut in the left eye of Donaire. In the second round, the South African fighter targeted the wound […]

Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer to buy NBA’s LA Clippers for $2 billion: source

(Reuters) – Former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer won the bidding war for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers franchise with a $2 billion offer, a record for a professional basketball team, a source with knowledge of the bidding said on Thursday.  Ballmer outbid two groups, one led by media mogul David Geffen that offered $1.6 billion that included TV talk show maven Oprah Winfrey and Oracle Corp CEO Larry Ellison, the source said. […]

Pacers’ George fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

(Reuters) – George said his team had suffered from “home cooking” while speaking to reporters after the Pacers had been beaten 102-90 to trail 1-3 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. “I thought we outplayed them,” the 24-year-old, an NBA All-Star for the past two seasons, said after Monday’s game at AmericanAirlines Arena. “It’s just demoralizing when a game is lopsided, I’m sorry to say but that was the case again. How rare is it […]

Wawrinka woe, Djokovic lifts mood at damp open

(Reuters) – The Swiss third seed threw away a 3-1 lead in the first set and even though he pulled level by winning the second set he capitulated to a 6-4 5-7 6-2 6-0 defeat against a man who has never gone past the third round at Roland Garros. Dealing with expectation has never been a problem for Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal and they both raced into the second round on a damp day […]