Thurman on Pacquiao: He is truly a legendary boxer

(Eagle News)–Keith Thurman heaped praises on Manny Pacquiao, after he suffered his first defeat in the hands of the Filipino boxer who was ten years his senior. “Pacquiao is truly a legendary boxer,” Thurman told Fox Sports after the historic match at the MGM Arena. According to Thurman,going into the match he knew Pacquiao had the “momentum” after the Filipino boxer scored a knockdown in the first round. “My output was just behind Pacquiao’s..Tonight has […]

Updated: Pacquiao beats Thurman by split decision, gains WBA welterweight crown

-Pacquiao: “I was blessed tonight”- (Eagle News) – Filipino senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao outclassed American boxer Keith Thurman, beating the former undefeated US boxer and welterweight champion by a split decision. With the win, the 40-year old Pacquiao gains the WBA welterweight crown, and dismissed critics that his age may weigh him down.  He proved that his style, strength, and years of experience in the boxing ring made the world of a difference. […]

NEU Hunters bag BBI championship after beating Ateneo Blue Eagles, 93-84

(Eagle News) — The new Era University Hunters bagged the 2019 Breakdown Basketball Invitiational (BBI) Alcatel Summer League after beating Ateneo De Manila University’s Blue Eagles, 93-84. The win at the game’s overtime at the Ateneo’s homecourt avenged a prior loss at the hands of the Blue Eagles. During the July 13 championship game, NEU forced a tie at the end of regulation time against Ateneo after Finals MVP Jefferson Comia of NEU made a […]

Sixers star Simmons out of Aussie World Cup bid

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Ben Simmons, newly signed to a five-year, $170 million contract extension with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, confirmed Tuesday he won’t play for Australia at the World Cup. In a statement posted on Twitter, the Melbourne-born star said he wouldn’t make the trip to the FIBA championship that tips off in China on August 31. “I wanted to let everyone know that after consulting with my representation, I’ve made the difficult decision […]

Record-breaker Peaty leads British charge in Korea

  by Kieran Canning  LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Virtually untouchable when on song, breaststroke king Adam Peaty spearheads a potent British team when the world swimming championships begin on Sunday in Gwangju, South Korea. The world record holder over 50 and 100 metres, Peaty will be the red-hot favourite to retain his world titles but Britain’s supporting cast also contains plenty of quality. Duncan Scott is a sure-fire medal contender after backing up his […]

NBA’s Cavs waive veteran JR Smith

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers waived JR Smith on Monday, gaining salary cap space after failing to trade the NBA veteran. The Cavs released Smith before his $15.6 million contract for next season became guaranteed, bringing down the curtain on his tenure in Cleveland. Smith, 33, played just 11 games for the Cavaliers last season. The player and club agreed that he would step away after he voiced his discontent after […]

Simmons, Sixers agree to five-year, $170 million deal: reports

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and Australian star Ben Simmons have agreed to a five-year, $170 million maximum contract extension, US media reported Monday. ESPN said Simmons’ agent Rich Paul had confirmed the deal, although the parties had until mid-October to finalize the extension of Simmons’ rookie contract. Simmons, 22, was the number one overall draft pick in 2016 and after injury saw him miss the 2016-17 season he was […]

Djokovic vows to win fans’ love with Federer record in view

by Dave JAMES LONDON, United States (AFP) — Novak Djokovic has vowed to convince fans that he is not public enemy number one even if he surpasses people’s champion Roger Federer as the greatest Grand Slam title winner of all time. The world number one saved two match points to clinch a fifth Wimbledon title and 16th major on Sunday, shattering Federer’s bid to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in the longest final ever […]

Thunder to deal Westbrook to Houston for Paul, picks: reports

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Russell Westbrook will be traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and two first-round NBA draft picks, according to multiple reports Thursday. The Houston Chronicle and ESPN, each citing unnamed sources, reported the deal, which becomes the latest blockbuster move in an off-season of major changes for NBA stars and clubs. Eight-time All-Star Westbrook, the 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player, will be reunited […]

Roach eager for Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch

by Rob Woollard LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Trainer Freddie Roach said Wednesday he hopes Manny Pacquiao can set up a rematch with Floyd Mayweather after the Filipino legend takes care of business against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas this month. Roach told reporters he was still bothered by Pacquiao’s defeat to Mayweather in their 2015 clash, which was hyped as the “Fight of the Century” but ultimately left boxing fans disappointed. Pacquiao later […]

Horford signs with 76ers as Harris rejoins

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Five-time NBA All-Star center Al Horford signed with the Philadelphia 76ers as forward Tobias Harris rejoined the team on Wednesday to complete deals that were revealed last week. The moves give the 76ers a powerhouse frontline, adding former Boston star Horford as the player who gave returning Philadelphia star center Joel Embiid the most trouble of any rival next season. Toegether with Australian guard Ben Simmons directing the attack, […]

NBA Clippers sign Kawhi, finalize trade deal for George

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George made their move to the Los Angeles Clippers official on Wednesday, with the NBA team announcing Leonard’s signing and George’s trade deal with Oklahoma City. Details of Leonard’s contract were not revealed by the Clippers, but ESPN and The Athletic website said Leonard’s deal was for three years and not four as originally thought when the decisions were unveiled last week. The reported three-year […]