Sports — International

‘Emotion to one side’ as Ferrari youngster Leclerc steps into big time

by Raphaëlle PELTIER PARIS, Frace (AFP) — Ferrari’s new driver Charles Leclerc is only 21 and the second youngest driver in the history of Formula One’s most famous stable. But he is already making waves as he embarks on his second Grand Prix season with a growing maturity that was on display in his rookie performance for Sauber last year. He finished the year in 13th place overall in the drivers’ championship with one top […]

Lowry shines as Raptors rout Miami Heat

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kyle Lowry finished with 24 points and 10 assists as the Toronto Raptors snapped the Miami Heat’s win streak at four games with a 125-104 blowout victory on Sunday. Lowry also drained six three pointers and Pascal Siakam added 20 points for the Raptors, who have swept all three meetings with the Heat this NBA season. Raptors star Kawhi Leonard did not play and the team did not give […]

Bucks bounce back from losses to punish Pacers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and made 12 rebounds as the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks regained their swagger by cruising to a 117-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday. The Bucks season had hit a snag as they were coming off losing back-to-back games for the first time this season when they failed to hold big leads against the Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz. The mini slump didn’t […]

Venus out-lasts Petkovic to advance at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, United States (AFP) — Former world number one Venus Williams emerged from a back-and-forth battle with a 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 victory over German Andrea Petkovic to reach the second round at Indian Wells on Thursday. The US veteran said she wasn’t feeling her best, and was at a loss for words to explain the win. “I don’t know honestly. I’m still trying to figure it out,” said Williams, who closed out the first […]

Aussie veteran Bogut rejoining Warriors

OAKLAND, United States (AFP) — Australian veteran Andrew Bogut rejoined the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday as the NBA champions bolster their roster with the postseason looming, the team announced. The 34-year-old center was given the green light to return to the NBA after completing the 2018-2019 season with the Sydney Kings in Australia’s National Basketball League. Bogut told a press conference in Sydney he had few illusions his NBA return would mean serious playing […]

LeBron James passes Jordan for fourth in NBA career points

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James overtook Michael Jordan to move into fourth place on the NBA all-time scoring list Wednesday with a driving layup in the second quarter against visiting Denver. The Los Angeles Lakers playmaker, who had matched the Chicago Bulls legend’s career total of 32,292 with his first 12 points, made history on the layup with 5:38 remaining in the quarter and sank a free throw to complete a 3-point […]

‘Nothing is impossible’ as reinvigorated Lorenzo eyes Marquez crown

by Martyn WOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — Jorge Lorenzo concedes he could have “thrown in the towel” after a frustrating two-year spell at Ducati, but the three-time MotoGP champion feels rejuvenated and once again ready to challenge the supremacy of title-holder Marc Marquez — his new Honda stablemate. Marquez has taken the sport by storm since his 2013 debut in the top category, winning the championship in five of the past six seasons, with fellow […]

Adidas executive sentenced to jail for bribing basketball players

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A former Adidas executive was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in prison for bribing young basketball players in a case illustrating the excesses of amateur sports in the US. Jim Gatto, who was Adidas marketing director at the time, was convicted of making the payments to star high school basketball players in a bid to tie them to the sportswear company later in their careers. The payments had three […]

James ‘not sitting’ games as Lakers hopes fade

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — LeBron James has ruled out scaling back his playing time for the remainder of the season in the wake of the Los Angeles Lakers’ latest defeat which has dealt another blow to their playoff hopes. James faces missing the postseason for the first time since 2005 with the Lakers mired in a form slump which has seen them lose nine of their last 12 games. The Lakers are now […]

Vegas Golden Knights blank Vancouver Canucks 3-0; extend winning streak to four games.

  By Henry Nery EBC Las Vegas Bureau LAS VEGAS, Nevada (Eagle News) — It was another great Sunday afternoon for Vegas hockey fans as the Golden Knights came back home from a one-game road trip in Anaheim, California to face off the Vancouver Canucks. In front of a raucous crowd of 18,303, the Golden Knights blanked the Canucks 3-0, extending their winning streak to four games. With the game scoreless after the first period, […]

Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer over neck problem

LOS ANGELES, California (AFP) — Former world number one Tiger Woods withdrew from this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational on Monday after failing to shake off a neck strain. In a post on Twitter, Woods said the problem was unrelated to the lower back issues which sidelined him for nearly two years, and added he had no concern over his long-term fitness. “Unfortunately due to a neck strain that I’ve had for a few weeks, I’m […]

Spanish star big man Gasol thrilled to join NBA Bucks

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Spanish center Pau Gasol, twice an NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, said Sunday he was thrilled to sign with the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks, who boast the NBA’s top record at 48-15, announced Sunday they have signed the six-time all-star center after he was waived by San Antonio last week. Combined with Greek star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 7-footer (2.13m) adds a solid inside presence on the […]