Cousins to be waived by struggling NBA Rockets: reports

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Houston Rockets are reportedly set to part ways with journeyman center DeMarcus Cousins, who is expected to try and sign with another NBA team as a free agent. Cousins, 30, was averaging 9.6 points per game this season with the Rockets, who are prepared to waive him after a 25 game stint, US media reported Tuesday. Cousins was not happy with his role as a backup to Christian […]

Williams exits in tears as Osaka, Djokovic reach finals

by Martin PARRY Agence France Presse MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Japan’s Naomi Osaka brutally halted Serena Williams’s latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title on Thursday, as Novak Djokovic wrote the final chapter of qualifier Aslan Karatsev’s fairy-tale run. Fans returned after a five-day coronavirus lockdown in time to see an emotional exit from Williams, Jennifer Brady’s win over Karolina Muchova and top-ranked Djokovic preserving his perfect semi-final record at Karatsev’s expense. Triple […]

Davis facing injury layoff despite scan boost

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis faces a lengthy injury layoff despite a scan revealing he had not suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, ESPN reported Monday. ESPN said Davis was unlikely to return to action before the NBA’s All-Star break, due to take place from March 5-10. Concern mounted for the 27-year-old’s fitness after he limped out of Sunday’s defeat to the Denver Nuggets with a recurrence of his […]

Nets’ Durant sidelined by hamstring strain

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant will miss at least two games with a strained left hamstring, the NBA team said Sunday. Durant scored 20 points in 33 minutes Saturday at Golden State — his first return to the home court of the Warriors team he helped to NBA titles in 2017 and 2018. He suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the 2019 championship series and then departed Golden State […]

Durant will return for Nets at former club Golden State

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant returned to practice Friday after missing three games under Covid-19 safety protocols and will play on Saturday against his former club, the Golden State Warriors. Durant will be “a full go” for his first NBA game back in the Bay Area since leaving Golden State in the opener of a five-game Brooklyn road trip, Nets coach Steve Nash said. The All-Star forward was forced […]

Tokyo 2020 chief to resign, but successor choice criticized

  by Kyoko HASEGAWA Agence France Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori is expected to resign Friday over a sexism row, but his apparently hand-picked successor — an 84-year-old sports administrator — is already coming under fire. Mori is expected to formally step down later Friday at a gathering called by Olympic organisers to address his claims last week that women talk too much in meetings. The comments sparked a firestorm […]

Butler records triple-double as Heat beat Rockets to start road trip

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Jimmy Butler’s triple-double of 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists propelled the Miami Heat to a fourth straight NBA victory on Thursday, a 101-94 win over the Houston Rockets. Butler registered his 10th career triple-double and his sixth with the Heat — surpassing Dwyane Wade for the second most in Miami history. Max Strus came off the bench to score 21 points and Bam Adebayo finished with 10 […]

Doncic posts triple-double in Mavs’ narrow win, Clippers rally

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Luka Doncic scored 28 points with 10 assists and 10 rebounds Wednesday as the Dallas Mavericks rallied for a 118-117 NBA victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Doncic notched his league-leading seventh triple-double of the season and the Mavericks rallied from a nine-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter as they continue to try to fight their way up from the depths of the Western Conference. A Doncic three-pointer gave […]

LeBron shines as injury-hit Lakers leave it late

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James scored a 28-point triple-double as the injury-depleted Los Angeles Lakers bagged a fifth consecutive win on Monday in a 119-112 overtime defeat of the Oklahoma City Thunder. For a second straight game, James and the Lakers were forced to dig deep in overtime, overturning a double-digit deficit early in the fourth quarter to grind out their 19th win of the season. With the Lakers missing Anthony Davis […]

Durant, LeBron lead early NBA All-Star Game voting

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Lakers playmaker LeBron James are the leading vote-getters in early balloting announced Thursday for the NBA All-Star Game. No showdown of elite Eastern and Western conference squads is on the schedule due to Covid-19 issues that have shortened the season, but talks are ongoing between the league and players about staging such a game in March. Durant — who set the […]

George rebounds from tough loss as Clippers cruise past Cavaliers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Paul George bounced back from a subpar contest and used it for motivation as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday to avoid what would have been a season-first in back-to-back losses. George drained a season-high eight threes en route to 36 points as the Clippers crushed the Cavaliers 121-99 to remain the only team in the NBA not to have lost consecutive games. On Wednesday, the […]

Simmons among nine NBA stars on Australia Olympicsquad

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Two-time NBA All-Star Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles and San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills were included Wednesday in Australia’s Tokyo Olympic squad as they target an elusive gold medal. They are among nine NBA players on the team, although new head coach Brian Goorjian also opted for some young blood as Australia look to challenge basketball powers United States, Serbia and Spain for the podium. […]