Sports — International

Harden’s vision better but still dealing with pain

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — NBA scoring champion James Harden continues to deal with pain after being hit in the face but expects to start in Saturday’s playoff game when his Houston Rockets face Golden State. Harden was struck in the face by Draymond Green in the first quarter of Houston’s game two loss to the Warriors, which left them trailing the reigning NBA champions 2-0 in the best-of-seven Western Conference second-round series. “Still there, […]

Blazers hold off Nuggets to level playoff series

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — C.J. McCollum scored 20 points as the Portland Trail Blazers held off a late rally from the Denver Nuggets to score a series-leveling victory in their NBA Western Conference playoff duel on Wednesday. McCollum led the scorers in a hard-fought 97-90 victory on the road at Denver’s Pepsi Center to tie the best-of-seven series at 1-1. Portland talisman Damian Lillard had a relatively quiet night, restricted to just 14 […]

Hawks’ Carter ‘coming back’ for record 22nd NBA season

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Vince Carter says he will return next season for a record 22nd NBA campaign at age 42, although it might not be with his current club, the Atlanta Hawks. Once among the NBA’s elite players, eight-time NBA All-Star swingman Carter will find himself alone in NBA endurance if he can sign a contract for another season. Retiring Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, former Boston star centers Kevin Garnett and Robert […]

Butler scores 30 as 76ers level NBA series with Raptors

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Jimmy Butler scored 30 points as the Philadelphia 76ers turned the tables on the Raptors in Toronto on Monday with a 94-89 victory that knotted their NBA playoff series at one game each. The 76ers, beaten 108-95 in the Eastern Conference second-round series opener, thwarted the Raptors’ second-half comeback bid and will head home for game three on even terms. Butler added 11 rebounds and handed out five assists […]

How Senna’s death made Formula One safer

Paris, France (AFP) — The death of Ayrton Senna 25 years ago changed Formula One’s attitude to safety to such an extent that only one driver, Jules Bianchi in 2014, has since suffered a fatal accident. In 1994, Formula One had gone eight years without a death. After 10 drivers died in the 1970s, only four were killed in the 1980s, the last was Elio de Angelis in 1986. Then came the black weekend at […]

Kerr ‘disappointed’ after Rockets fury at officiating

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr hit back at criticism of NBA officiating on Monday after the Houston Rockets complained of a series of missed calls in their game one playoff loss. Rockets star James Harden claimed officials missed a series of foul calls on Sunday as Houston slid to a 104-100 defeat against the Warriors in Oakland. Harden — a vocal critic of the officiating all season […]

Westbrook shrugs off critics after playoff exit

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Russell Westbrook hit back at critics on Thursday as the Oklahoma City Thunder licked their wounds after another playoff failure. Westbrook and the Thunder bowed out of the postseason on Tuesday, beaten in five games by the Portland Trail Blazers to exit in the first round for a third straight season. Oklahoma City’s latest postseason disappointment left some observers questioning Westbrook’s credentials despite another dazzling season which saw him […]

Harden leads Rockets past Jazz to book NBA semi-final bert

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — James Harden scored 26 points as the Houston Rockets booked their place in the NBA playoff Western Conference semi-finals on Wednesday with a 100-93 victory over the Utah Jazz. Harden, the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player, led the scoring as the Rockets overcame an improved Utah defensive effort to clinch a 4-1 series victory at Houston’s Toyota Center. The win means Houston face a potential blockbuster meeting with the […]

Sixers demolish Nets to win series; face Raptors next

  By Tennie Sumague EBC New York Bureau PHILADELPHIA (Eagle News) — Game 1 seemed to be a distant memory for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Jared Dudley soap opera hoopla came to a closing end. The Sixers schooled the Nets on their home court, demolishing their Atlantic Division rivals 122-100 to win their first-round series 4-1 Tuesday night. The Sixers opened the first quarter on a 26-3 run, built a 39-point lead and continued […]

Sixers crush Nets to advance

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Joel Embiid led the Philadelphia 76ers into the NBA Eastern Conference playoff semi-finals on Tuesday with 23 points in a 122-120 blowout against the Brooklyn Nets. After an ill-tempered Game Four where Embiid was at the centre of a mass brawl, the Sixers ruthlessly dispatched Brooklyn to claim a 4-1 series victory at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers, who will now face the Toronto Raptors in the next […]

Leonard leads Raptors romp over Magic

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points as the Toronto Raptors powered into the NBA Eastern Conference playoff semi-finals with a 115-96 demolition of the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. The Raptors sealed a 4-1 victory in the best-of-seven series to set up a meeting with either the Philadelphia 76ers or Brooklyn Nets in the next round, with the Sixers leading their series 3-1. Leonard once again proved to be the talisman […]

Bucks sweep Pistons to snap long playoff win drought

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Milwaukee Bucks wiped away 18 years of frustration on Monday by beating the Detroit Pistons 127-104 to complete a four-game sweep of their first round Eastern Conference playoff series. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points as the Bucks reached the second round of the postseason for the first time since 2000-01 season when they made it all the way to the NBA semi-finals. The top-seeded Milwaukee cruised through the […]