Sports — International

NBA: San Antonio eases past Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard tallied a game-high 32 points as the San Antonio Spurs once again avoided back-to-back losses with a 110-106 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points, and Danny Green, David Lee and Tony Parker each scored 12 for the Spurs, who were coming off a surprising 94-90 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday. The Spurs have lost two in a row only […]

NBA: Love seeks second opinion on knee injury

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love is to seek a second opinion on his left knee after undergoing a scan at the weekend, coach Tyronn Lue said Monday. Love, 28, underwent a scan on the knee on Sunday after experiencing pain in the joint during Saturday’s 125-109 win over Denver. The four-time NBA All-Star had already been ruled out of Tuesday’s road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. But Lue said […]

NBA: Knicks stop the rot with win over Spurs

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The New York Knicks’s latest tough week ended on a high note on Sunday as Carmelo Anthony and company shocked the San Antonio Spurs 94-90 at Madison Square Garden. A victory over the second-best team in the NBA was a welcome change of fortune for the Knicks, who are languishing well out of playoff contention in the Eastern Conference amid tensions between Anthony and club president Phil Jackson. A […]

NBA: Westbrook’s Thunder topple Cavs

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The relentless Russell Westbrook produced his 26th triple-double of the season Thursday to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 118-109 triumph over the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Westbrook poured in 29 points with 11 assists and 12 rebounds. Victor Oladipo added 23 points and seven rebounds and center Steven Adams of New Zealand added 21 points and 13 rebounds for Oklahoma City, who improved to 31-23. Kyrie Irving […]

NBA: Bucks’ Parker out for rest of season with torn knee ligament

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker tore a ligament in his left knee and will miss the rest of the NBA season, the team said Thursday. The extent of the injury was confirmed in an MRI exam on Thursday. Parker will require surgery and is expected to be sidelined for approximately 12 months. It’s the second time the 21-year-old has torn his left anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. […]

NBA: Korver finds his rhythm, Cavs dominate Pacers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kyle Korver is finding his feet with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The reigning NBA champion Cavs beat the Indiana Pacers 132-117 in Indianapolis on Wednesday with a key contribution from Korver, who arrived in Cleveland last month from the Atlanta Hawks, where he had played since 2012. Korver scored 29 points — his most in a game since February 21, 2007 — connecting on eight of his nine three-pont attempts […]

NBA: Harden’s double-double powers Rockets over Magic

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — James Harden scored 25 points and passed off 12 assists to spark the Houston Rockets over visiting Orlando 128-104 in one of only three NBA games played Tuesday. Harden, who ranks third in NBA scoring with 28.9 points a game and first in assists with 11.4 per contest, achieved his 43rd double double of the season as the Rockets cracked 100 points for the 41st consecutive game, third-longest run in […]

NBA: Kings’ Cousins hit with one-game ban, $25,000 fine

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was suspended one game without pay Tuesday for accumulating his 16th technical foul of the season and fined $25,000 for inappropriate conduct in a separate incident. NBA rules provide a one-game ban for any player or coach after a 16th technical foul in a season. For every two additional technical fouls this season, Cousins will be suspended for an additional game. Cousins received his […]

NBA: LeBron jaw-dropper, Irving’s grit spark Cavs thriller win

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — LeBron James sank an astonishing 3-pointer to force overtime and Kyrie Irving sparkled late as the Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted Washington 140-135 on Monday in an epic NBA thriller. A game featuring playoff-level intensity from tip-off to last shot saw the defending champions rally in overtime after James had fouled out while the Wizards, who saw their 17-game home win streak snapped, served notice they will be a formidable foe when […]

NBA: Warriors coach Kerr fined $25,000 for verbal abuse

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A profanity-laced tirade brought Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr a $25,000 (23,300 euros) fine from the NBA on Monday for verbal abuse of referees and delaying leaving the court. Kerr aroused the ire of official Bill Spooner with 3:34 remaining in the third quarter of Golden State’s 109-106 overtime loss at Sacramento on Saturday. Kerr, the 2016 NBA Coach of the Year, was ejected with the Warriors trailing […]

NFL: Brady fairytale as Patriots fightback seals Super Bowl

by Rob Woollard Agence France Presse HOUSTON, United States (AFP) — Tom Brady inspired the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history on Sunday as the New England Patriots stunned the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in an epic overtime duel. In an extraordinary finale to the most challenging season of his career, Brady confirmed his right to be regarded as the best quarterback gridiron has ever seen with a fifth Super Bowl crown. Brady rallied the Patriots […]

Still photographs as Patriots rally to stun Falcons in Super Bowl thriller

TEXAS, United States (Reuters) — The New England Patriots stormed back from a 25-point deficit to win their fifth Super Bowl with a stunning 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday (February 5) in the National Football League’s championship game. The Patriots, who seemed to have nothing go their way all night, came alive with a 19-point fourth quarter to force overtime where they put the finishing touches on their record comeback when […]