NBA: Magic demolish Hawks, lock in on playoffs

By Melissa Potes EBC Florida Bureau ORLANDO, Florida (Eagle News) — Playing to a frenzied sell-out crowd, the Orlando Magic were on fire and in total control from start to finish, winning 149 to 113 against the Atlanta Hawks. Not only did they have a season high in points scored but also set a franchise record for the most points in a first half with 81. “Everybody just got hot as they got into the […]

Notre Dame Brianna Turner seeks first championship despite injury-riddled past

By Jay Rosquites EBC Florida Bureau TAMPA, Florida (Eagle News) – Just a day after the stunning comeback to beat the UConn Huskies, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are making their final preparations for their second consecutive national championship appearance on Sunday. Though most of the team members have hoisted the national trophy in last year’s win, one player in particular still has yet to taste the victory of a champion. Briana Turner, who has […]

NCAA: Notre Dame returns to finals, defeats UConn 81-76

By: Jay Rosquites EBC Florida Bureau TAMPA, Florida (Eagle News) – The storied rivalry between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the UConn Huskies has long dominated women’s college basketball, with UConn leading their head-to head series with 37 wins. But for the second consecutive year in the Final Four in their 50th meeting, the Fighting Irish came up top with an 81-76 come from behind victory, denying the Huskies once again to compete for […]

NCAA: Lady Bears shut down Ducks, make third finals appearance in team history

By Jay Rosquites EBC Florida Bureau TAMPA, FL (Eagle News) – The road to the NCAA championship title began Friday night at Amalie Arena with the first Final Four  showdown between the overall number-one seed, the Baylor Lady Bears and the Oregon Ducks.  Aiming for their third championship title, the Lady Bears hold the best record, losing one game during the regular season. The Ducks, led by their point guard, Sabrina Ionescu, made their first […]

Nets lose critical game against Raptors 115-105

By Carlo Valdez EBC New Jersey Bureau BROOKLYN, New York (Eagle News) — A playoff contention preview, or maybe not. The Brooklyn Nets tried to rally to beat the second best team in the NBA, the Toronto Raptors, but fell short losing 115-105 to their Atlantic Division rivals on Wednesday. D’Angelo Russell led the Nets with 27 points but it wasn’t enough against All-Star Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors. Russell heated up in the fourth […]

Bucks beat 76ers to secure top seed in East

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 45 points and had 13 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference with a 128-122 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. It is the first time in franchise history that the Bucks head into the playoffs as the top seed in the East. “I was just trying to make plays and trying to find the opportunity to attack,” Antetokounmpo […]

NBA: Magic defense stifles Knicks, keeps playoff hopes alive

By Melissa Potes EBC Florida Bureau ORLANDO, Florida (Eagle News) — The atmosphere was electric at Amway Center as the Magic defeated the New York Knicks 114-100. Led by center Nikola Vucevic’s 29 points and 13 rebounds, his 58th double-double this season, the Magic stifled the young Knicks team. “I think for our team, we’ve been talking about this going forward,” said Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford, “the offensive rebound game, as a whole, is […]

Lipscomb shocks Wichita State in final minutes; faces Texas for NIT championship title

By Tennie Sumague EBC New York Bureau NEW YORK (Eagle News) – The Lipscomb Bisons, a Mid-major NCAA Division I team from the Atlantic Sun Conference, rallied in the final eight minutes to shock the Wichita State Shockers 71-64 in the first semifinal game of the National Invitational Tournament at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Down by 11, the Bisons erupted on a 21-3 run, including a 14-0 run in the final three minutes of […]

Arizona Hotshots deliver payback to San Antonio Commanders, both teams tied for top of West

By Jane Kathleen Gregorio EBC Texas Bureau SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Eagle News) — After rising to the top rank of the Alliance of American Football Western Conference, the San Antonio Commanders were dominated by the Arizona Hotshots in week 8 with Arizona winning 23-6, payback for their loss to San Antonio in Week 5 at Sun Devil Stadium. Both teams are tied for top of the West with five wins and three losses each. The […]

Westbrook becomes NBA’s second 20-20-20 man

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook posted an astonishing triple-double of 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists on Tuesday in another historic display of all-around excellence. Westbrook was already closing in on a third straight season averaging a triple-double — achieving double digits in three key statistical categories in a game. In the 2016-17 season he set the record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42, averaging […]

NBA fines Warriors’ Durant, Curry and Green for ref rants

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green have issued fines Tuesday for comments criticizing the integrity of NBA officials during and after a loss at Minnesota. Green was fined $35,000 for social media statements while Curry was fined $25,000 — both for impugning the integrity of NBA officiating. Durant was fined $15,000 for public criticism of officials. The NBA investigation reviewed player conduct at various […]

Danny Green season-high 29 points leads Raptors to victory over Magic

TORONTO, Ontario (Eagle News) – With just five games left until the playoffs, the Toronto Raptors took on the Orlando Magic, who continue their quest for an NBA playoff berth. Despite a slow start in the first quarter, the Raptors came out on top, defeating the Magic 121-109. Danny Green started off the first quarter red hot with 16 points.  Green finished with a season-high 29 points, going 7-for-10 from beyond the arc. With the […]