Sports — International

NBA Warriors vow to retire Iguodala number, trade him

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Andre Iguodala will have his number nine jersey retired by the Golden State Warriors, the NBA club announced Sunday in confirming his trade to the Memphis Grizzlies. The 35-year-old US swingman and a projected first-round NBA Draft pick were sent to Memphis in exchange for forward Julian Washburn and a traded player exception, giving them future help under NBA salary cap rules. Iguodala helped the Warriors reach the past […]

KICKBOXING: Glory 67 rumbles onto Florida soil

By Jay Rosquites EBC Florida Bureau KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Eagle News Service) – Glory, the world-renowned kickboxing promotion, continued to make its benchmark in the U.S. by descending upon Florida’s soil, giving long awaiting fans a taste of elite kickboxing. The event, Glory 67 Orlando, marks the first time that the organization hosted an event in the state of Florida. Held at Silver Spurs Arena, Glory 67 pitted some of the best fighters in the world […]

As Leonard ponders, free agency moves shake NBA landscape

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard’s uncertain NBA free agency fate kept three teams in limbo Monday as players continued to make deals to shake the league landscape. Players and teams began agreeing to terms on new deals Sunday even though no contracts can be signed until next Saturday. Leonard, who led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title last month, was expected to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles […]

Kevin Durant to depart Warriors for Nets as NBA free agent

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant announced Sunday that he will depart the Golden State Warriors, his team since 2016, for the Brooklyn Nets. The 30-year-old star forward made his announcement on social media moments after the start of the NBA’s free agency period, saying he will sign a maximum-level deal with the Nets. Durant commands top dollar despite the fact that he suffered a ruptured Achilles […]

Lebron James gives 23 to Davis as Lakers eye NBA free agency: report

LOS ANGLES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James will give up his number 23 jersey to new Los Angeles Lakers teammate Anthony Davis, who will sacrifice a trade bonus to help finance NBA free agency moves, ESPN reported Thursday. James has worn number 23 during both stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and with the Lakers last season after he departed his hometown club a year ago in free agency. Davis wore number 23 for seven […]

Durant opts out of Warriors deal for NBA free agency: report

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant has declined a $31.5 million option for next season and will become an unrestricted NBA free agent, ESPN reported Wednesday. Durant, the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and 2014 NBA MVP, ruptured his right Achilles tendon in the second quarter of game five of the NBA Finals earlier this month and underwent surgery to repair the injury. The 30-year-old […]

Gasol takes $25.6 mil option, returns to NBA champ Raptors

MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — Spanish center Marc Gasol has exercised his $25.6 million one-season contract option to return to the NBA champion Toronto Raptors next season, the Canadian club announced Wednesday. Gasol, obtained by the Raptors from Memphis at the NBA trade deadline last season, averaged 9.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.1 blocked shots a game during Toronto’s playoff run to the NBA crown, the first for any non-US franchise. The 34-year-old seven-footer […]

South Korean Olympians in sexual harassment incident

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — A South Korean Olympic short-track medallist sexually harassed another male Games podium-finisher, officials said Tuesday — prompting them to suspend the entire team. The offender — who has not been identified — reportedly forcibly pulled down the victim’s trousers, leaving him standing in his underwear in front of team-mates at the national training centre in Jincheon. In response coaches collectively punished the entire team — seven men and seven women […]

Bucks’ Antetokounmpo named NBA Most Valuable Player

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 regular season on Monday. The 24-year-old from Greece wept as he accepted the honor at the glitzy NBA Awards show broadcast from Santa Monica, California, becoming the youngest MVP since Derrick Rose was the youngest winner ever in 2011. Antetokounmpo beat out 2018 MVP James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City […]

NBA superstar Curry targets Tokyo Olympic challenge

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Three-time NBA champion Steph Curry looks to have his sights on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — and a gold medal that would complete his career set. The Golden State Warriors sharp-shooter, who has captured world titles with Team USA, pulled out of the 2016 Rio Olympic squad with injury but appears set to join a Dream Team at next year’s Games that could also boast the likes of LeBron James and […]

Raptors’ coach Nurse to guide Canada at Basketball World Cup

MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — Fresh off coaching the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title, Nick Nurse confirmed Sunday that he plans to coach the Canadian national team at the upcoming Basketball World Cup. “It’s just about done and something I’m really looking forward to doing,” Nurse said of a deal to coach Canada in the global showdown in China this coming September. Jay Triano coached Canada to a 27-5 record over the past four years […]

Davis heading to Lakers in blockbuster trade: reports

Anthony Davis will form a high-powered NBA strikeforce alongside LeBron James next season after the New Orleans Pelicans agreed to a trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, US media reports said Saturday. ESPN and the Los Angeles Times said unsettled star Davis will join the Lakers in a move which will see the Pelicans receive multiple players and draft picks in return. The Pelicans roster will be bolstered by the arrival of Lakers players […]