Sports — International

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. (www.redbullracing.com) 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 […]

Football: Zidane hails impact subs in Madrid comeback

MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hailed the impact of Isco and Alvaro Morata off the bench as the European champions came from 2-0 down at Villarreal on Sunday to win 3-2. Morata completed the comeback after Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo had hauled Madrid level to ensure Zidane’s men move back ahead of Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Real hold a one-point lead over their title rivals, who won […]

NBA: Westbrook shines as Thunder roll over Lakers

OKLAHOMA CITY, United States (AFP) — Russell Westbrook earned his 28th triple double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder eased past the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 late Friday. Westbrook scored 17 points on four-of-17 shooting from the field to go with 17 assists and 19 rebounds at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Alex Abrines and Andre Roberson each had 19 points and combined to hit eight three-pointers. Steven Adams collected 15 points and 10 rebounds […]

NBA: Heat fire 17 three pointers in victory over Atlanta

MIAMI, United States (AFP) –The Miami Heat opened the second half of the season on a winning note late Friday, scoring a season high 17 three pointers to beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-90. Guard Tyler Johnson scored 23 points off the bench for the Heat, who improved to 26-32 on the season and have won 15 of their last 17 games. Luke Babbitt led Miami’s three-point assault with four while Johnson and Wayne Ellington made […]

NBA: Hawks suspend Schroder for tardy return after All-Star break

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Atlanta Hawks suspended German guard Dennis Schroder for one game without pay for failure to report to the team on time after the NBA All-Star break. Schroder was to serve his one-game suspension on Friday when the Hawks hosted the Miami Heat. “Dennis has played an important role for our team and been a significant contributor to our success this season,” president of basketball operations and head coach Mike […]

NBA: James triple-double lifts Cavs over Knicks

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James recorded his sixth triple-double of the season on Thursday as the Cleveland Cavaliers maintained their mastery over the New York Knicks with a 119-104 NBA triumph. James scored 18 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and handed out 15 assists for the 48th regular-season triple-double of his career. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 23 points, while Kyle Korver added 20 off the bench to help the Cavs get […]

NBA: Mavericks send Bogut to 76ers in Noel deal: reports

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Australian center Andrew Bogut has been traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA deal sending forward Nerlens Noel to Dallas, according to multiple reports Thursday. As the league’s transfer window slammed shut ahead of the resumption of games after the NBA All-Star Game break, teams made final moves to tweak rosters for playoff runs or reduce payrolls in hopes of free agency spending next […]

NBA legend Yao Ming named Chinese basketball chief

BEJING, China (AFP) –NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming called for “urgent” reform and said he was facing a multitude of problems as he was elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on Thursday. The giant former Houston Rockets centre, 36, arrives at the post as China searches for new superstars and more glory days for its national team, which has largely stalled since his retirement in 2011. Yao, the first league head not […]

The Best of the Best from the NBA All-Star Weekend

(NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA) Smoothie King Arena was the host of this year’s NBA All-Star Game. Won by the Western Conference 190-182 over the Eastern Conference, the festivities provided record breaking performances, entertainment and even top ratings on television, its highest since 2013. Before the second half of the NBA season begins, let’s take a look back on some of the most memorable performances. Big Man Has the Skills New York Knicks center, Kristaps Porzingis, one […]

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 […]