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NBA: Westbrook brings up 30th triple double of season

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) –Russell Westbrook bagged his 30th triple double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder edged the Utah Jazz 109-106 on Tuesday. Westbrook now stands third on the all-time list of players with the most triple-doubles in a single season, one adrift of Wilt Chamberlain who finished with 31 in the 1973-74 season. The record remains Oscar Robertson’s 41 in 1961-62, a benchmark Westbrook could well threaten with the Thunder […]

NBA: Injury scare for Durant as Warriors fall to Wizards

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant suffered an injury scare as the Golden State Warriors slumped to a 112-108 defeat against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. Warriors star Durant limped out of the game in the first quarter at Washington’s Verizon Center after team-mate Zaza Pachulia fell awkwardly onto his left leg. The Warriors later confirmed Durant had suffered a hyperextended left knee and that an MRI scan had been scheduled. There was no […]

One-game ban for Cousins over 18th technical – NBA

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — DeMarcus Cousins was hit with a one-game suspension on Tuesday following his 18th technical foul of the season in New Orleans’ weekend defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA said. Cousins’ suspension means he will miss the Pelicans clash with the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. He was given a technical after a clash with Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams just 32 seconds into a game his team eventually lost […]

NBA: James leads Cavs over Bucks

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) –LeBron James shrugged off his recent illness to post 24 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted the Milwaukee Bucks 102-95 on Monday. Reigning NBA finals MVP James added 10 rebounds and six assists as Cleveland bounced back from Saturday’s defeat to Chicago to cement their place at the top of the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers improved to 41-17 with the win as Cleveland completed a strong February which saw them […]

NBA: Durant back as Warriors overpower 76ers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant returned from injury with a bang on Monday, scoring 27 points as the Golden State Warriors overpowered the Philadelphia 76ers 119-108. Durant, who missed the Warriors previous game with a bruised left hand, showed no sign of lingering after-effects to help power the Dubs to their fourth straight victory. The Warriors, who are already assured of a place in the playoffs, improved to a league best 50-9 […]

Lowry out of regular season due to wrist injury

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry will miss the rest of the regular season because of a wrist injury, the NBA team announced on Monday. The Raptors announced on Twitter that Lowry would undergo surgery on Tuesday morning on his right wrist to remove “loose bodies.” “Aim to return for playoffs,” the team added in its Tweet without providing further information. The Toronto Raptors are currently fourth in the Eastern […]

Tennis: Federer fires on return from Melbourne heroics

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) – Roger Federer showed few signs of rust after a month off following his Australian Open heroics in sending Benoit Paire packing at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Monday. Federer, chasing a record eighth title at the Dubai showpiece, outclassed the tetchy Frenchman 6-1, 6-3 in what was his first match since winning an 18th Grand Slam in January in Melbourne against Rafael Nadal. The timeless Swiss, who had been […]

NBA: Pistons retire Hamilton’s No. 32

DETROIT, United States (AFP) — Richard Hamilton promised himself that he wasn’t going to cry, but when the time came to raise his Detroit Pistons’ No. 32 jersey to the rafters he was overcome with emotion. The retired former NBA scoring star returned to The Palace arena on Sunday, as the Pistons retired his number at halftime of a 104-98 loss to the Boston Celtics. Speaking to reporters before the game, Hamilton said it had […]

NBA: Hayward powers Jazz past Wizards

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 30 points as the Utah Jazz handed the Washington Wizards a rare home loss at the Verizon Center arena with a 102-92 victory on Sunday. The Jazz led by as many as 24 points en route to their third consecutive win in the battle between the two first place NBA teams. Rudy Gobert finished with 15 points and 20 rebounds and George Hill tallied 21 […]

Red Bull show off RB13 for first time

Reuters — Former world champions Red Bull unveiled their 13th Formula One car on Sunday, applying an innovative tweak to the nose and laughing in the face of superstition. “Stroke that rabbit’s foot, grab that four-leaf clover, fling that horseshoe and crank up the Stevie Wonder, because after a long winter’s wait our 2017 challenger, the RB13, is here,” the team said in a short video on their website. ( Wonder had a hit with […]

Boxing: Pacquiao to fight Britain’s Khan in April

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and British fighter Amir Khan confirmed separately on Sunday that they would face each other on April 23 after weeks of conflicting reports. Pacquiao tweeted: “Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted.#PacquiaoKhan”. Khan, 30, a few minutes later posted on his official Twitter feed: “My team and I have agreed […]