Sports — International

Thompson tweets apology to low-energy NBA Warriors fans

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson apologized Wednesday to fans of the reigning NBA champions after ripping supporters for a lack of energy in a home loss to struggling Phoenix. With a 115-111 defeat Sunday at Oakland, the Warriors fell to 24-10 this season at Oracle Arena in their final campaign at the venue before moving to a new San Francisco arena in September. “I expect our crowd to […]

Ronaldo crushes old enemy Atletico to put Juventus in Champions League quarter-finals

by Emmeline MOORE TURIN, Italy (AFP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a spectacular hat-trick to fire Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw his side claim a thrilling tie 3-2 on aggregate. The Portuguese superstar scored two headers either side of half-time and a late penalty to clinch a place in Friday’s last-eight draw with a dominant display by the Italian champions in Turin. Diego Simeone’s […]

Giannis, LeBron spark NBA road wins while Sixers beat Cavs

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and Khris Middleton added 23 as the NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks improved to 51-17 Tuesday with a 130-113 victory at New Orleans. The “Greek Freak” was greeted with chants of “M-V-P” by Pelicans supporters, signaling their support of his being named NBA Most Valuable Player for his outstanding season — averaging 27.0 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.4 blocked shots and 1.2 steals […]

Ibaka, Chriss suspended over brawl: NBA

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka has been suspended for three games while Cleveland Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss was handed a one-game ban following their on-court bust-up, the NBA said Tuesday. Ibaka and Chriss scuffled during the Cavs’ 126-101 win over the Raptors at the Quicken Loans Arena on Monday. The two players were quickly separated after the incident at the end of the third quarter. Both players were ejected […]

Sacramento Republic FC kick off 2019 USL with a tie against Real Monarchs SLC

By Macy Membrere and Jason Tajima EBC Sacramento Bureau SACRAMENTO, California (Eagle News) — The 2019 United Soccer League (USL) regular season officially kicked off for the Sacramento Republic FC and Real Monarchs SLC. Team captain Cameron Iwasa of Sac Republic made a plea to the crowd before the start of the match, saying “We come out for you every night. Keep bringing the noise!” In the past, the Republic FC and Real Monarchs have played […]

Man City launch child sex abuse compensation scheme

  LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Manchester City have launched a compensation scheme for survivors of historical child sex abuse in football, the Premier League club have announced. The scale of abuse among youth teams in Britain came to light in 2016, when a string of ex-footballers, including England internationals, told of the crimes inflicted upon them, including years of being repeatedly raped. Former football coach Barry Bennell was last year sentenced to 30 years in […]

Collin Sexton scores 28 as Cavaliers rout Raptors

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Collin Sexton scored 28 points and Kevin Love tallied 16 points and 18 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers used a balanced attack to upset the Toronto Raptors 126-101 on Monday. Cedi Osman scored 19 points and Ante Zizic had 17 for Cleveland, who had a half dozen players in double figure scoring. “That was a great win for us,” Love said. “Especially against a real good team at home. […]

McGregor arrested in Miami after run-in with fan

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor was arrested Monday by American police for allegedly smashing a fan’s cell phone outside a Florida nightclub. The 30-year-old Irishman was charged with criminal mischief and strong-armed robbery after Miami police said he allegedly slapped the phone out of the fan’s hand and then stomped on it. Miami Beach police said they were called to the scene outside the LIV Nightclub at 5:00 am […]

Kerr laughs off lipreading criticism of Green

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Monday laughed off suggestions of a rift with Draymond Green in the wake of the NBA champions’ shock loss to the Phoenix Suns. Video of Kerr appearing to criticize Green went viral on social media on Sunday after the Warriors slumped to a 115-111 loss to the Suns, who are bottom of the Western Conference with 16 wins and 52 defeats. Although […]

USA’s three-time cycling world champ Catlin dead at 23

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — American cyclist Kelly Catlin, a three-time world champion and 2016 Rio Olympic runner-up in team pursuit, has died at age 23, USA Cycling confirmed Sunday. Catlin was part of the US team pursuit squads that captured world titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018 but she withdrew from the American team that failed to defend the title February 27-28 at the 2019 worlds in Poland. “The US cycling community suffered a […]

Lowly Suns shock Warriors, Lowry shines for Raptors

by Greg Heakes LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Phoenix guard Devin Booker scored 37 points as the Suns snapped an 18-game losing streak to the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors with a 115-111 victory on Sunday. Golden State had no answer for Booker’s late charge as the American scored 13 consecutive points during a key fourth quarter stretch for the Suns. The win ended the league’s longest active losing streak to one […]

Past champions Nadal, Federer advance at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, United States (AFP) — World number two Rafael Nadal raced into the third round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters as Roger Federer made a less speedy but still successful start to his quest for a sixth title on Sunday. Nadal, a three-time Indian Wells winner, needed just 72 minutes to get past overmatched Jared Donaldson 6-1, 6-1. Federer, who is seeking to break out of a tie with top seed Novak Djokovic […]