Nadal on cloud nine after soaring to new heights

(Reuters) – One man’s despair was another man’s ecstasy as the most inopportune of double faults propelled a world-beating Rafa Nadal into a nine-times on Sunday. Waiting to launch into a second serve on match point down, a yell from the stands, followed by another, left a distracted Novak Djokovic to fire down the most costly of double faults and see his hopes of completing a career grand slam pounded into the red dust. While […]

Djokovic sets up another tilt at career slam in Paris

(Reuters) – Novak Djokovic eventually wore down mercurial Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-3 6-3 3-6 6-3 in the French Open semi-finals on Friday but only after suffering a sudden loss of form in the process. The Serbian world No.2 was cruising at two sets ahead but his level dipped suddenly allowing Gulbis to make a real match of it before he managed to finish the job and remain on course for the only grand slam title to elude […]

Spurs rally for 110-95 win over Heat in Game One of NBA Finals

(Reuters) — Danny Green scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to spark the San Antonio Spurs to a 110-95 come-from-behind victory over the Miami Heat in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Thursday (June 5). San Antonio trailed by seven in the final period but out-scored the Miami 31-9 over the last nine-plus minutes. The Spurs drained six three-pointers, including three by Green, over the last six minutes. San Antonio were led in scoring by Tim […]

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. […]