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NBA: Blockbuster Cousins to Pelicans deal made official

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Star center DeMarcus Cousins was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday in a blockbuster NBA trade deal involving five players and two draft picks. Cousins and forward Omri Casspi will join the Pelicans while New Orleans sent rookie guard Buddy Hield, swingman Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round NBA Draft pick and a 2017 second-round selection to the Kings. Cousins, averaging […]

NBA: LeBron’s Cavs, Warriors set sights on Finals rematch

by Jim SLATER Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — LeBron James resumes his bid for a seventh consecutive NBA Finals appearance Thursday while the Golden State Warriors plan their third consecutive finals trip and Russell Westbrook takes aim at history. And with the NBA trade deadline Thursday along with the resumption of play following the mid-season NBA All-Star Game break, the championship chase swings into high gear. Only six players have reached the […]

Atlanta Hawks vs. Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers (35-11) led a well-balanced attack against the Atlanta Hawks (32-24) for an easy 99-84 win at the Staples Center. The Clippers seemed glad to be home from their Annual Grammy Road Trip as they had help from both the starters and the bench to secure the victory. The bench pulled together 42 points and helped the home team build a 22-point lead in the third quarter. Griffin’s unselfish ways were showcased […]

NBA: Wizards rout Pacers while Bulls edge Celtics

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) –With a host of scoring threats, the Washington Wizards have become one of the NBA’s hottest teams, showing their scoring depth Thursday in a 111-98 rout of struggling Indiana. Otto Porter Jr had 25 points and eight rebounds, Markieff Morris added 21 points and seven rebounds, all-star John Wall contributed 20 points and 12 assists while Bradley Beal had 19 points as the Wizards led all the way. “We have a […]

NBA: Wade to miss third straight game for Bulls

CHICAGO, United States (AFP) — Chicago Bulls shooting guard Dwyane Wade will miss his third consecutive NBA game Thursday against the Boston Celtics, this time with an illness after missing two with a wrist injury. The 35-year-old backcourt star, a three-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat and top scorer for the 2008 US Olympic gold medal squad, was absent from Thursday’s practice. Wade, who joined the Bulls this season, will have another week to […]

Tokyo collects old phones to recycle into 2020 Olympics medals

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — Over a hundred of people gathered at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building on Thursday (February 16) to donate their old mobile phones, which will be recycled into medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee hopes to gather as much as eight tonnes of metal from outdated mobile phones and small appliances. This effort, the first of its kind for the Olympics, will extract 40 kg of gold, 2,930 […]

Boxing: Mayweather quashes rumors of McGregor fight

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Floyd Mayweather has shot down rumors of a deal to fight martial arts star Conor McGregor, insisting he is content to remain retired. The 39-year old American took to his social media Instagram account late Tuesday, telling his fans that he wanted to set the record straight. “There seems to be several rumors floating around media recently however, let the record show, there hasn’t been any deals made in […]

NBA: James shines as Cavs withstand big night from Wiggins

MINNEAPOLIS, United States (AFP) — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a huge night from Andrew Wiggins to record a 116-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Canada’s Wiggins finished with a game-high 41 points for the Timberwolves which equalled his second-highest point total this NBA season. James also had 14 assists for Cleveland who sealed their 38th win of the season with 1:39 remaining when ex-Timberwolves player […]

NBA: Ibaka heading to Raptors after Magic deal

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Orlando Magic star Serge Ibaka is to join the Toronto Raptors in a trade deal which will see Terrence Ross head in the opposite direction, it was confirmed Tuesday. The Magic will also acquire a 2017 first-round draft pick as part of the deal which delighted Raptors star Kyle Lowry. “I think he’s a great addition to any team, especially ours where we add some shot-blocking, some outside shooting, some […]

NBA: Wizards rout Thunder for third straight victory

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Markieff Morris scored 23 points as the Washington Wizards took advantage of an off night by Russell Westbrook to crush the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-98 on Monday. John Wall had 15 points and 14 assists and Bradley Beal scored 22 points as all five starters scored in double figures for the Wizards, who led by as many as 34 points. The Wizards also made 13 of 21 three-point attempts and […]

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 […]