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NBA great Ewing out of hospital

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — NBA great Patrick Ewing has left hospital and is recovering at home after being diagnosed with COVID-19, his son said on Monday. The 57-year-old Hall-of-Famer was hospitalized last week after announcing he had tested positive for the coronavirus. However the former New York Knicks star and current Georgetown University coach is now on the mend at home, his son Patrick Ewing Jr. said on Twitter. “I want to thank […]

NBA to issue guidelines around June 1 on recalling players – report

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — NBA teams expect the league office to issue guidelines around June 1 allowing teams to begin recalling far-flung players in anticipation of resuming the coronavirus-disrupted season, ESPN reported Wednesday. The US sports broadcaster said teams expect to be told about the same time when they can expand individual workouts — already underway at some clubs — to include more team personnel. And ESPN said, citing unnamed sources, many owners […]

Jordan: ‘Maddening’ Bulls dynasty couldn’t seek ’99 crown

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Michael Jordan believes the Chicago Bulls 1990s NBA dynasty would have stayed together for at least one more season if team chiefs had backed coach Phil Jackson. The retired legend made his comments in the last chapter of hit documentary “The Last Dance”, saying he would have re-signed a one-year deal had management kept the team together, including Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen and Jackson. “If you asked all the […]

Kai Sotto signs with G-League club

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Filipino prospect Kai Sotto has decided to bypass US college basketball and sign with a development G-League team for next season. The 2.18 meter (7-foot-2) center has signed with a new G-League team that is unaffiliated with any NBA franchise. The new club does not have a name yet. Sotto joins other high school recruits Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix on the new team. Sotto is trying […]

NBA to wait 2-4 weeks before deciding on return: reports

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — NBA commissioner Adam Silver will study coronavirus outbreak and testing developments for another two to four weeks before the league decides about a return to competition, according to multiple reports. The timetable, shared in a conference call between Silver and club owners, was the first indication about when the league might return from the coronavirus shutdown that began March 12, The Athletic and ESPN reported. “Health is number 1. […]

Smash hit Jordan documentary fills TV void for NBA fans

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A new Michael Jordan television documentary has become a smash hit for NBA fans whose hope of watching the playoffs these days was scuttled by the coronavirus pandemic. “The Last Dance” details the career of the NBA legend who led the Chicago Bulls to six titles in the 1990s, with editions three and four of the 10-part saga telecast on Sunday. It was the top ESPN telecast in the […]

Japan virus expert ‘pessimistic’ Olympics can be held in 2021

by Sara HUSSEIN Agence France Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — A Japanese expert who has criticised the country’s response to the coronavirus warned Monday that he is “pessimistic” that the postponed Olympics can be held even in 2021. “To be honest with you I don’t think the Olympics is likely to be held next year,” said Kentaro Iwata, a professor of infectious diseases at Kobe University. Japan and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed last […]

Celtics’ Brown pens message of unity amid COVID-19 crisis

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown urged people to “come together” amid the coronavirus pandemic, even as he used an essay in The Guardian to point out that the virus has highlighted inequality in America. Noting that more than 30,000 have died from COVID-19 in the United States — it was 40,000 by Sunday afternoon — the Georgia native added that of “those heart-wrenching numbers, the percentage of African Americans […]

Hemmed in by sofa instead of hills, Dumoulin takes on Amstel in living room

Paris, France (AFP) — Former Giro d’Italia cycling champion Tom Dumoulin took on the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, hemmed in by his sofa rather than the one-day classic’s standout lung-busting hills. A virtual version of the race took place with amateurs testing themselves against Dutch ace Dumoulin and other professionals over a 26km section of the race. Sunday’s real Amstel Gold was postponed due to the coronavirus to be replaced by an online version. […]

Celtics’ Brown pens message of unity amid COVID-19 crisis

Los Angeles, United States (AFP) — Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown urged people to “come together” amid the coronavirus pandemic, even as he used an essay in The Guardian to point out that the virus has highlighted inequality in America. Noting that more than 30,000 have died from COVID-19 in the United States — it was 40,000 by Sunday afternoon — the Georgia native added that of “those heart-wrenching numbers, the percentage of African Americans […]

Mother of Timberwolves’ Towns dies after virus battle

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Jacqueline Towns, mother of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, died Monday of complications of the coronavirus, the NBA team announced. “Jackie, as she was affectionately known among family and friends, had been battling the virus for more than a month when she succumbed on April 13th,” the Timberwolves said in a statement released on Monday. “Jackie was many things to many people — a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, […]

Rockets’ Westbrook donates 650 computers to needy kids

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Houston Rockets star guard Russell Westbrook has donated 650 computers to children who need the devices with schools shut down because of COVID-19. Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation teamed with non-profit Comp-U-Dopt to provide computers to children who might other not have access to them. “The generous gift from the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation will allow us to significantly increase our inventory and ensure we can continue to close […]