Heat fight back to secure Eastern final spot

(Reuters) – The Miami Heat fought back from eight points down in the final three minutes to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 and secure a place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals for the fourth straight year. Reigning champions Miami claimed the series 4-1 but for a long time it looked as if they were going to suffer their first home loss of the postseason as Joe Johnson inspired the Nets with a game-high 34 […]

Magic Johnson shrugs off criticism from embattled Clippers owner

(Reuters) – “He’s reaching. He’s trying to find something that he can grab on to help him save his team, and it’s not going to happen,” Johnson told CNN on Tuesday, a day after Sterling accused him of being a poor role model for children and of doing little to help the black community. Sterling’s comments about Johnson, one of the most revered figures in U.S. sports, left many scratching their heads. NBA Commissioner Adam […]

James scores 49 to lead Heat over Nets for 3-1 series lead

(Reuters) – A three-point shot from the corner by Chris Bosh, set up by a pass from James to Mario Chalmers, snapped a 94-94 tie with 57 seconds to go in a see-saw struggle of a fourth quarter and Ray Allen made four critical free throws to ice the win. The tense fourth quarter featured six lead changes and four ties before the visiting Heat pulled away in the final minute. The victory gave Miami […]

Former Time Warner chief named interim CEO of Los Angeles Clippers

(Reuters) – The National Basketball Association on Friday installed former Time Warner CEO and chairman Richard Parsons as interim chief executive of the Los Angeles Clippers while preparing for an unprecedented bid to force out the team’s owner, Donald Sterling. Parsons was named chief executive officer three days after Sterling’s longtime top lieutenant, Andy Roeser, was placed on indefinite leave as team president, and more than a week after the NBA banned Sterling over racist comments that […]

Pacers take 2-1 lead after ugly road win at Wizards

(The Sports Xchange) – May 9 (The Sports Xchange) – The Indiana Pacers acknowledged the unsightly nature of their latest win against the Washington Wizards, but All-Star forward Paul George will be happy if the remainder of the series continues in a similar slogging manner. The Pacers held the Wizards to 30 points in the second half, pulling away to win 85-63 on Friday and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-finals. […]

Durant helps Thunder storm to victory over Clippers

Forward Kevin Durant scored 36 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 118-112 in Game Three of their Western Conference semi-finals series on Friday. The victory moved the Thunder into a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and after being blown out by 17 points in the opener, Oklahoma City have rallied well to take the initiative going into Sunday’s Game Four in […]

Texans take DE Clowney with first pick in NFL Draft

    (Reuters) – The Texans, picking first after a league-worst 2-14 season, kicked off the annual selection party at Radio City Music Hall by taking defensive end Clowney to partner with two-time All-Pro DE J.J. Watt. “I’m going to do everything I can to help the program,” said Clowney, who registered 24 sacks and 130 tackles in three seasons and became the first sophomore to win the Hendricks Award as the nation’s most outstanding […]

Beckham in Miami to pursue soccer stadium deal

(Reuters) – Retired English soccer captain David Beckham lobbied Miami lawmakers on Wednesday to approve his proposed 25,000-seat soccer stadium on the city’s prized bayfront real estate. Beckham, wearing a tailored dark suit, went door-to-door in Miami-Dade lawmakers’ offices in downtown Miami throughout the morning and afternoon, meeting with commissioners and posing for pictures. Beckham’s plan for a futuristic, waterfront stadium near the port of Miami to house a new Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise […]

Olympic relay medals in jeopardy after Tyson Gay’s ban

(Reuters) – The International Olympics Committee (IOC) will have the final say on whether Tyson Gay’s 4×100 meters relay team mates will be stripped of their London Games medals in the wake of the sprinter’s doping ban, the IAAF told Reuters. Gay received a one-year suspension on Friday after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid in 2013. All his results from July 2012 onwards have been annulled and he has already returned his relay […]

Violence in Rome mars Napoli win in Italian Cup final

Napoli claimed their fifth Italian Cup in Rome on Saturday night, but the 3-1 win over Fiorentina was overshadowed by a shooting on the outskirts of the capital. One fan was in a serious condition in hospital afterwards. Napoli’s Italian Cup win on Saturday night was delayed by around 45 minutes, and briefly looked set for outright cancellation, after three club supporters sustained bullet wounds before kick-off. Fans in the stadium, pictured above, released flares […]