Sports — International

Cavs’ forward Love pledges $100,000 to support idled arena workers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has committed $100,000 to help workers at the team’s arena and support staff impacted by the suspension of the NBA season. The league, already considering contingencies for the coronavirus pandemic including playing in empty arenas, suspended play on Wednesday night after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The NHL and Major League Soccer followed suit on Thursday when Major League Baseball […]

NBA Jazz guard Mitchell tests positive for coronavirus: report

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus, ESPN reported Thursday, hours after the network identified team-mate Rudy Gobert as the first NBA player to test positive for the virus. The report said Mitchell, who averaged 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists a game, tested positive in the wake of Gobert’s positive case just before Wednesday’s schedule tip-off in Oklahoma City. The ESPN report said […]

‘Don’t worry, I’m fine,’ insists Juve coronavirus victim Rugani

MILAN, Italy (AFP) — Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani told fans ‘don’t worry, I’m fine’ on Wednesday after becoming the first Serie A footballer to test positive for the new coronavirus. The 25-year-old “is currently asymptomatic,” the Italian champions said, but the Turin-based club are “currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him.” “I want to reassure all those who are worried about me, I’m […]

Two more Haas F1 staff isolated over virus fears

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Two more staff from the Haas Formula One team have been isolated while they are tested for the new coronavirus, taking the total to four, team officials said Thursday. McLaren also has a staff member in isolation at a hotel pending test results. Both teams are in Melbourne for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, whose first practice sessions are on Friday. “It’s four in total, one engineer and three mechanics,” team […]

LeBron, Davis off-target as Nets stun Lakers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James missed a game-tying layup with just seconds remaining as the Los Angeles Lakers suffered an upset 104-102 defeat to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. James looked poised to force overtime at the Staples Center as he drove towards the basket with the Nets holding a two-point lead. But James fluffed his effort and then Anthony Davis missed an open three-pointer as Brooklyn held on for a win […]

Tatum, Hayward star as Celtics book playoffs berth

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Jayson Tatum scored 30 points and Gordon Hayward finished with a double-double as the Boston Celtics punched their ticket to the playoffs with a 114-111 win over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. Tatum made 11 of 22 shots from the field including a trio of three-pointers as Boston dug in for the win after twice letting big leads slip late in the game. The Celtics looked to be cruising […]

James and Davis combine for 58 as Lakers defeat Clippers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James and Anthony Davis combined for 58 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time this season with a 112-104 NBA victory on Sunday. James scored 28 points and dished out nine assists while Davis finished with a team-high 30 points in the showdown between the two best teams in the NBA’s Western Conference. “These are two teams gearing up for […]

Bucks’ Antetokounmpo to miss at least two games with knee sprain

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss at least two games with a mild knee sprain, the Milwaukee Bucks said Sunday. In a statement posted on their website, the team said Antetokounmpo would sit out the remaining two games of the Bucks’ current road trip, with his status for a March 12 home game against Boston to be updated later in the week. Antetokounmpo will miss the […]

NBA mulls games without fans over virus fears: report

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The NBA has reportedly told teams to look into strategies on how to play games without fans in the arena amid concerns over the new coronavirus outbreak. As fears grow over the spread of the virus, and sports leagues formulate contingency plans, the NBA on Friday sent a memo to its teams telling them to start “developing” plans on how to play games with only “essential staff” in […]

Japan bars children from Olympic torch ceremonies over virus

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japan has been forced to scrap plans to involve children in the Olympic torch handover and arrival ceremonies because of fears over the new coronavirus, Tokyo 2020’s chief organizer said on Friday. Organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori called it a “heartbreaking decision” to cancel a performance of 140 children at the handover ceremony in Athens. The announcement comes after organizers said they may have to scale back the torch relay and […]

Solskjaer frustrated over scheduling ahead of Manchester derby

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has voiced his frustration over how Manchester United’s preparations for their derby against Manchester City have been impeded by the scheduling of their midweek FA Cup tie. United cruised through to the quarter-finals at second-tier Derby on Thursday, when Luke Shaw’s second career goal and two strikes from January signing Odion Ighalo wrapped up a 3-0 win. Europa League football this season means United are used to […]

Curry returns as Raptors beat Warriors, Clippers topple Rockets

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Norm Powell scored a career-high 37 points as the reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors spoiled the return of Stephen Curry with a 121-113 win over Golden State on Thursday that clinched them a playoff spot for the seventh straight season. After missing four months with a broken hand, Curry was back in the Warriors’ lineup as they faced Toronto for the first time since the NBA finals. “We knew […]