Sports — International

Lakers beat Nets in Davis’ return, Clippers rally to stun Wizards

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James scored a team-high 33 points and Anthony Davis returned to spark the offense as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the short-handed Brooklyn Nets 106-96 on Tuesday in New York. James shot 14-of-21 from the floor and added seven rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who have lost five of their last eight and are struggling to maintain a .500 win-loss record this season in the Western […]

Eight dead, 50 injured in Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon stadium crush

by Emmanuel BARRANGUET YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AFP) — Eight people were killed and about 50 injured in a crush outside a Cameroonian football stadium Monday ahead of an Africa Cup of Nations match. Crowds attempted to enter through a southern entrance at Olembe stadium in the capital Yaounde to watch the host nation play Comoros. Although the stadium’s capacity of 60,000 has been limited over coronavirus fears, the 60 percent cap is raised to 80 percent […]

NBA suspends Bucks Allen for hard foul on Alex Caruso

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen has been suspended for one game for breaking the wrist of Alex Caruso of the Chicago Bulls in Friday night’s NBA game in Milwaukee. The league’s disciplinary officials decided to suspend Allen after he was slapped with a flagrant two foul call by officials during the third quarter of the Bucks 94-90 win. Allen was ejected after the penalty call. Caruso went up for […]

Filipino Magsayo captures WBC featherweight title

Filipino Mark Magsayo dethroned WBC featherweight champ Gary Russell on Saturday with a majority decision to end the longest championship reign in professional boxing. The 26-year-old undefeated Magsayo won on points on two of the three judges’ scorecards as he handed Russell his first defeat since 2015. Two judges had 115-113 for Magsayo while the other scored it even, 114-114. “This is my dream since I was a kid,” said Magsayo. “I am so proud […]

Djokovic plans 2023 Australian Open return: tournament chief

Novak Djokovic intends to play the Australian Open in 2023, tournament chief Craig Tiley said Sunday while blaming “miscommunication” for his deportation ahead of this year’s event. The world number one’s visa was cancelled ahead of the season-opening Grand Slam over his Covid-19 vaccination status, an incident that tarred the lead-up. He flew out of Melbourne a week ago after failing in a last-gasp bid to stay and target a record 21st major title following […]

James overtakes Curry in All-Star voting

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has overtaken Golden State’s three-point king Stephen Curry in the third round of voting for the NBA All-Star Game, released Friday by the league. The Lakers’ recent struggles haven’t dimmed the appeal of James, who with 28.8 points per game is second in the league in scoring behind injured Brooklyn star Kevin Durant. James trailed Curry in the first two rounds of fan […]

Durant faces layoff after spraining knee ligaments

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant suffered sprained ligaments in his left knee during the Brooklyn Nets’ win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday and reportedly faces up to six weeks on the sidelines. Nets star Durant limped out of the second quarter of Saturday’s 120-105 win over the Pelicans shortly after a collision with teammate Bruce Brown. The Nets said in a statement on Sunday an MRI scan had revealed damage […]

Djokovic visa move protects Australian ‘sacrifices’: PM

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday his government cancelled Novak Djokovic’s visa to protect Australia’s hard-won gains against the Covid-19 pandemic. “Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected,” Morrison said in a statement. © Agence France-Presse

Djokovic admits meeting journalist when he had Covid

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic on Wednesday admitted meeting a journalist when he knew he had Covid-19, describing it as an “error of judgement”. Djokovic also conceded he submitted a false declaration to the Australian government about his travel history between flying to Melbourne, though he blamed it on his agent. The comments were in a statement posted to Instagram aimed at addressing the controversies surrounding his efforts to play at the […]

Japanese gymnastics legend Uchimura retires at 33

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Two-time Olympic gymnastics all-around champion Kohei Uchimura has retired aged 33, his management said Tuesday, ending the career of one of the sport’s all-time greats. Uchimura claimed gold at the 2012 and 2016 Games, won the Olympic team title with Japan in Rio and was crowned all-around world champion six times. But he suffered disappointment in his Olympic swansong, falling off the horizontal bar and failing to reach the final at […]

Embiid helps Sixers win 7th straight, Hornets sting Bucks again

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Joel Embiid had 31 points and eight rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers won their seventh straight game with a 111-91 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night. Embiid recorded his seventh straight 30-point game. He also had six assists and made all 13 of his free throws in front of a crowd of 13,600 at Toyota Center arena in Houston. Embiid is the second NBA player in history […]

Warriors celebrate Thompson’s long-awaited NBA return with win

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Three-time NBA champion Klay Thompson returned from a 31-month injury absence on Sunday as the Golden State Warriors celebrated “Klay Day” with a 96-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thompson — who won titles with the Warriors in 2015, 2017 and 2018 — received a rapturous welcome at Chase Center in San Francisco. It was his first game in the arena, which the Warriors have only called home since […]