Sports — International

Mbappe’s title, but PSG need to breathe new life into Qatari project

by Andy SCOTT PARIS, France (AFP) — After being the star of France’s 2018 World Cup triumph, Kylian Mbappe has been the standout player for Paris Saint-Germain in a Ligue 1 title-winning campaign that has been slightly marred by the manner in which they limped over the line. PSG finally wrapped up the title on Sunday after second-placed Lille failed to beat Toulouse, having not won any of their previous three games when the opportunity […]

NHL Playoffs: Sharks, Tomas Hertl’s game winning goal in double OT even series with Golden Knights

Henry Nery EBC Las Vegas Bureau LAS VEGAS (Eagle News) – Game 6 between the defending Western Conference champions Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks did not disappoint fans as the game went to double overtime.  However, the outcome of the game went in favor of the Sharks, as Center, Tomas Hertl’s short-handed goal silenced T-Mobile Arena, a 2-1 final that sends the series back to San Jose, tied at three games a […]

NBA Hawks coach Pierce joins USA national team staff

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Lloyd Pierce, coach of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, was named Monday as an assistant coach on the United States national team, a replacement for departing Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan. Pierce will work on the staff of US coach Gregg Popovich, who guides the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, directing NBA players in this year’s Basketball World Cup in China and next year’s Tokyo Olympics if they qualify. Other assistants include […]

Reserves help Celtics sweep Pacers out of NBA playoffs

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 20 points as the Boston Celtics defeated Indiana 110-106 on Sunday to complete a first-round NBA playoff sweep of the host Pacers. The Celtics captured their first best-of-seven series sweep since 2011 and advanced to a second-round matchup with either the Milwaukee Bucks or Detroit Pistons. “Any time you 4-0 a team, you feel great,” Hayward said. “We’re going to heal up a little […]

NBA fines Spurs guard DeRozan $25,000 for ball toss

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday for recklessly throwing the basketball toward a referee and into the stands during a playoff loss. DeRozan was whistled for a technical foul and ejected for the incident, which came with 5:01 remaining in the fourth quarter of San Antonio’s 117-103 home loss to Denver on Saturday. DeRozan, who flipped the ball in frustration after […]

NBA: Magic lose close game and home-court advantage

By Melissa Potes EBC Florida Bureau  ORLANDO, Florida (Eagle News) – Playing to the second largest crowd in its franchise history, the Orlando Magic played well but still lost 98-93 to the Toronto Raptors in the third game of a best-in-seven series. A slow start, turnovers and a strong dose of forward Pascal Siakam contributed to the loss. Siakam shot 65 percent from the floor with 30 points and 11 rebounds, allowing Toronto to reclaim […]

American boxer Miller fails second drugs test

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Jarrell Miller, who was denied a license by New York boxing officials over a failed test on Wednesday, has failed a second drugs test, the US media reported on Friday. Miller recently tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH) which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned list. Miller’s planned June 1 fight against world heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua had already been scuppered by the first failed drug test […]

Leonard shines as Raptors dominate Magic

TORONTO, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points and Pascal Siakam delivered a double-double as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 111-82 to level their Eastern Conference playoff series on Tuesday. The Raptors, who were jolted by shock defeat in game one on Saturday, came roaring back to dominate the Magic throughout on their way to a convincing victory in the best-of-seven series. After opening up a 51-39 lead at half-time, the […]

Ajax stun Ronaldo’s Juventus to reach Champions League semis

by Emmeline MOORE TURIN, Italy (AFP) — Ajax stunned Juventus to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1997 as Matthijs de Ligt’s thumping second-half header secured a 2-1 second-leg victory in the last eight in Turin on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo, bidding for his sixth Champions League title, scored a 28th-minute header to put Juve ahead after a 1-1 first-leg draw, but Donny van de Beek leveled for Ajax before half-time. Teenage […]

Cousins out indefinitely after muscle tear: Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins faces an indefinite injury layoff after suffering a torn quadriceps muscle in the NBA champions’ defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers, it was confirmed Tuesday. Cousins exited Monday’s game-two loss in the first quarter clutching his left quad. An MRI scan on Tuesday confirmed a torn muscle. “The injury will sideline Cousins indefinitely and he will begin rehabilitation immediately,” a Warriors statement said. […]

Blazers end losing streak with defeat of Thunder

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Portland Trail Blazers snapped their 10-game postseason losing streak on Sunday, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-99 to claim their first playoff win in three years. The Blazers have endured a miserable record in the playoffs in recent years, suffering back-to-back first-round sweeps in 2017 and 2018 against Golden State and New Orleans. On Sunday however, Portland’s three-year wait for a postseason win came to an end, as […]

Irving, Morris fire Celtics over Pacers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kyrie Irving scored 20 points as the Boston Celtics shrugged off the injury absence of Marcus Smart to defeat the Indiana Pacers 84-74 in their opening playoff game on Sunday. Irving was among five players to make double figures as Boston drew first blood in the best-of-seven series opener at the TD Garden. Boston had gone into the game reeling from the news that Smart is set to miss […]