Sports — International

FSkate: Emotional Chinese win world pairs gold

by Emmeline MOORE Agence France-Presse China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong capped their comeback from injury by claiming a first pairs gold with a high-flying display of acrobatics at the world figure skating championships on Thursday. The two-time world silver medallists survived a fall to snatch gold ahead of Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot after the free skating final at Hartwall Arena. Skating to Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” the Chinese scored […]

NFL: Panthers star Newton undergoes shoulder surgery

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton, who led the NFL team into last year’s Super Bowl, underwent surgery Thursday to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The Panthers announced following the operation by surgeon Pat Connor that a rehabilitation plan under which Newton will not be cleared to throw a football for at least 12 weeks and will be unable to throw during team drills for at […]

NBA: Nets Fall To The Short-handed Sixers

By: Tennie Sumague, Eagle News Service US, New York Bureau BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – The two worst teams in the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia and Brooklyn went head to head last Tuesday night where the short handed Sixers came from behind to beat the Nets 106-101 at the Barclays Center. The Sixers ended the fourth quarter on a 10-5 run and sealed the victory. Dario Saric led the team with 23 points and Robert Covington added […]

Second seed Nishikori beaten by Fognini in Miami quarters

MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) — Fabio Fognini of Italy beat second seed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Miami Open on Wednesday (March 29). The unseeded Italian, ranked 40th in the world, broke the world number four’s serve in the fourth game to lead 3-1. Despite Nishikori breaking back when Fognini served for the set at 5-3, Fognini broke again to take the set 6-4 in 34 minutes. Fognini produced […]

Schweinsteiger asked about new team’s World Cup chances in awkward moment

CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) — A brief moment of confusion for Bastian Schweinsteiger on Wednesday (March 29) at his introduction as the newest member of the Chicago Fire of the MLS. The German midfielder was asked by a confused reporter if he felt the Fire might make it to the World Cup with his addition to the squad. Schweinsteiger, Coach Veljko Paunovic and General Manager Nelson Rodriguez scrambled at first to understand the question with a […]

Doping: Progress being made in doping battle: WADA chief

by Pirate IRWIN Agence France-Presse LONDON, United Kingdom – Progress is being made in the war on doping with educational programmes among the measures targetting the prevention of cases such as the ‘institutionalised doping’ in Russia, World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) chief Craig Reedie told AFP. The 75-year-old Scot — who has been in his post since January 2014 — added improved science in detecting doping offences quicker than had been anticipated had also had […]

NBA: Warriors hold off Rockets despite Harden triple-double

LOS ANGELES, United states (AFP) — Stephen Curry scored 32 points as the Golden State Warriors withstood Houston star James Harden’s 20th triple-double of the season in a 113-106 NBA victory over the Rockets on Tuesday. The league-leading Warriors stretched their winning streak to eight games, thwarting the Rockets’ comeback bid and sending fans in Houston home unhappy. Curry drained a three-pointer with 1:46 remaining as the Warriors stretched their lead back to double digits […]

NBA: Hawks snap skid with win over Suns

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Atlanta Hawks squandered an early 18-point lead but came back late for a 95-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday to end their seven-game NBA losing streak. German guard Dennis Schroder scored 17 of his 27 points in the first quarter then went quiet until the final period when he drained a brace of three-pointers in a 17-1 scoring run that finally put the Hawks ahead for good. […]

NBA: Knicks’ Noah banned for 20 games for testing positive for drugs

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — New York Knicks center Joakim Noah apologized on Tuesday for the failed drug test that resulted in a 20-game ban, vowing to bounce back from what he called a “mistake” that “backfired.” Noah, the son of French tennis legend Yannick, was suspended by the NBA on Saturday after testing positive for an illicit substance reputed to have effects similar to anabolic steroids. Noah has said he ingested the drug […]

NBA: Jeanie Buss thwarts family coup; maintains control of Lakers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Jeanie Buss will remain the controlling owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers under an agreement reached with her brothers, her lawyer confirmed on Monday. Attorney Adam Streisand also said that Jeanie Buss has removed one of her siblings, Jim Buss, as a trustee and replaced him with her younger sister, Janie Buss. The agreement ends a dispute that surfaced in court this month after Buss brothers Jim and […]

NFL: Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas

By: Adrian Manguit, Eagle News Service US, Florida Bureau (Phoenix) – The NFL has done some rearranging these past few years. First, the St. Louis Rams went to Los Angeles, then the city of Angels received its second NFL team in the Chargers from San Diego, and now the Raiders move from the city of Oakland to Las Vegas. The NFL owners met today in Phoenix, AZ and voted 31 to 1 to move the […]

NBA: Kings triumph as Clippers collapse

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — One day after clinching an NBA post-season berth, the Los Angeles Clippers looked anything but playoff-ready in a shocking 98-97 loss to the Sacramento Kings. Willie Cauley-Stein scored on a put-back basket with 1.8 seconds remaining to lift the Kings to their victory over a Clippers team that led by 18 points in the fourth quarter. “They started tripping each other, and we were able to see them collapse,” […]