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Raptors rip injury-hit Warriors to regain NBA Finals lead

by Jim Slater Agence France Presse Upstart Toronto moved halfway to a first-ever title Wednesday with Kawhi Leonard scoring 30 points to lead the Raptors over the injury-hit Golden State Warriors 123-109 in the NBA Finals. Kyle Lowry added 23 points and nine assists while Danny Green and Pascal Siakam each contributed 18 points as the Raptors seized a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, which continues Friday in Oakland. “It feels good,” Leonard said. […]

Unity Games held in Spain by INC members

  BARCELONA, Spain — Promoting unity through sportsmanship, the first ever Unity Games in Spain for this this year was recently held by members of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo), a religious organization with membership in over 150 countries. The Unity Games, which included different sports activities, was held in Barcelona. Participants came from different parts of Spain such as Marbella, Fuengirola, Cadiz, Gibraltar, Sevilla, Las Palmas, Tenerife, Argeniguin, Ibiza, Mallorca, Bilbao, Madrid […]

Low-key superstar Leonard sets mellow tone for Raptors

by Jim SLATER OAKLAND, United StatesYou couldn’t tell from looking at his stone-faced manner or listening to his monotone remarks, but Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard is having fun in the NBA Finals. And his poise under pressure and composure in tense moments has set the tone in lifting the Canadian club into a contender for its first NBA crown against defending champion Golden State. “Until we win the game or it’s all done, then […]

Thompson questionable, Looney out for injury-hit Warriors

by Jim SLATER OAKLAND, United States (AFP) — Golden State guard Klay Thompson is questionable for Wednesday’s third game of the NBA Finals with a left hamstring strain while reserve forward Kevon Looney is out indefinitely, the Warriors announced Monday. The setbacks are the latest bad news for the injury-hit defending NBA champions, who are level with Toronto at 1-1 in the best-of-seven final entering games three and four this week in California. An MRI […]

Injury-hit Warriors battered and bruised in NBA Finals

by Jim SLATER OAKLAND, United States (AFP) — If the injury-hit Golden State Warriors manage to win their third straight NBA Finals and fourth in five years, the trainers and medical staff might deserve Most Valuable Player consideration. The reigning champions are level with Toronto at 1-1 entering Wednesday’s third game of the best-of-seven series, but injuries to key players have the Warriors uncertain just who will suit up against the Raptors. “We’ll see about […]

NBA Finals: Warriors dominant third quarter even series against Raptors

By Tennie Sumague EBC New York Bureau TORONTO (Eagle News) – The Golden State Warriors mantra, “Strength in Numbers” took effect during their third quarter rampage, which helped even their series against the Toronto Raptors with a 109-104 win at Scotiabank Arena Sunday night. Up by five to open the second half, the Raptors offensive struggles began, missing eight straight shots, compiled with five turnovers, and the Warriors soared to an 18-0 run. The double-digit […]

JUST IN: Golden State beats Toronto to pull level in NBA Finals

by Jim SLATER TORONTO, Canada (AFP) — Andre Iguodala sank the game-clinching 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining and defending champion Golden State pulled level in the NBA Finals by defeating Toronto 109-104 on Sunday. The Warriors, seeking a third consecutive title and fourth in five seasons, held off a late Raptors charge to even the best-of-seven series at 1-1 as the scene shifts to California for games three and four on Wednesday and Friday. Klay Thompson […]

Purged no more: North Korean official appears at show

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — A senior North Korean official reportedly purged after talks collapsed between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump appeared at an arts performance with the country’s top brass, official media reported Monday. Kim Yong Chol, the North’s counterpart to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in nuclear talks, was sent to a labour camp following the collapse of the Kim-Trump summit in Hanoi in February, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo […]

Gasol adjusts quickly to make big impact for NBA Raptors

by Jim SLATER TORONTO, Canada (AFP) — Marc Gasol dislikes speaking about himself, but the Spaniard is the talk of the NBA Finals for how well he’s playing only four months after joining the Toronto Raptors. The 34-year-old center, whose older brother Pau won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Toronto’s 118-109 victory over Golden State in the best-of-seven opener. “There’s always a sort of […]

JUST IN: Toronto Raptors defeat Golden State in NBA Finals opener

TORONTO, Canada (AFP) — Toronto forward Pascal Siakam scored 32 points and the upstart Raptors defeated the defending champion Golden State Warriors 118-109 in Thursday’s opening game of the NBA Finals. The 25-year-old Cameroonian forward made 14-of-17 shots from the floor while Kawhi Leonard added 23 points and both players pulled down eight rebounds and passed out five assists. Spanish center Marc Gasol added 20 points and Kyle Lowry had nine assists for the Raptors, […]

US-China political tensions, tariffs don’t worry NBA boss

by Jim SLATER TORONTO, Canada (AFP) — NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he is unconcerned about US-China political tensions and tariffs as league players prepare for China trips later this year to grow the sport globally. Minutes before the first NBA Finals game outside the United States tipped off, Silver said he and former NBA star Yao Ming, now chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, have spoken about issues and hope “basketball diplomacy” might […]