Sports — International

Portland’s Nurkic has surgery in wake of horror injury

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic had surgery Tuesday and is expected to make a “full recovery” after breaking two bones in his lower left leg against Brooklyn on Monday. The 24-year-old Bosnian broke his left tibia and fibula in the second period of overtime in the Blazers’ 148-144 victory over the Nets at the Moda Center in Portland which clinched a playoff berth. “While Nurkic is expected to […]

Clippers, Celtics clinch playoff berths

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The red-hot Los Angeles Clippers clinched an NBA playoff berth on Tuesday with their sixth win in a row, Danilo Gallinari scoring 25 points in a 122-111 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Clippers are back in the post-season after missing out last year, becoming the fifth Western Conference team to punch their ticket. In the East the Boston Celtics’ playoff spot was confirmed with a 116-106 win over […]

Vegas Golden Knights shutout Winnipeg Jets 5-0

By Henry Nery EBC Las Vegas Bureau LAS VEGAS (Eagle News) — Another sold-out crowd packed the T- Mobile Arena Thursday night to witness the Vegas Golden Knights battle the Winnipeg Jets in a pivotal Western Conference showdown. Both teams entered this game on winning streaks with hopes to solidify their spots in the playoffs. The game was a one-sided matchup where the Golden Knights blanked the Winnipeg Jets 5-0.  The first line of the […]

NBA: Magic dominate 76ers, win fifth game in a row

By Melissa Potes EBC Florida Bureau ORLANDO, Florida (Eagle News)  — Fighting to secure a playoff spot, the Orlando Magic defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 119-98. The win marks their fifth in a row. Center Nikola Vucevic led the magic with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and his 54th double-double this season. He said the Magic played with purpose. “[We] were prepared and focused and really brought it tonight. They’re [76ers] a great team. We played a […]

Brilliant Booker bags 59 but Suns eclipsed in Utah

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Devin Booker exploded for 59 points on Monday but could not prevent the Phoenix Suns suffering a blowout 125-92 defeat against the Utah Jazz. Booker’s brilliant half century of points included five three pointers as he drained 19 of 34 field goal attempts at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. The 22-year-old Booker is only the fourth player in NBA history to post multiple 50-point games before […]

Magic man Vucevic casts a 28-point spell to stun Sixers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Nikola Vucevic led the scoring with 28 points as the Orlando Magic sent the Philadelphia 76ers spinning to a second straight defeat in a 119-98 upset on Monday. Vucevic dominated a Sixers line-up missing Ben Simmons through illness to finish with 11 rebounds and four assists as well as a double-digit points tally. The victory left the Sixers in third place in the Eastern Conference standings with 47 wins […]

Federer wary of Medvedev after Miami victory

by Steve Brenner MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Roger Federer admits he faces a real battle to land the 101st title of his career with the in-form Daniil Medvedev next up after Serbian Filip Krajinovic was dispatched 7-5 6-3 on Monday at the ATP and WTA Miami Open. The Swiss superstar produced an excellent all-round performance despite being tested by the world number 103 who belied his lowly ranking by producing some excellent tennis during […]

Harden’s Rockets beat Pelicans to clinch playoff spot

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — James Harden delivered 28 points as the Houston Rockets punched their ticket to the NBA postseason with a 113-90 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Harden, who scored a combined 118 points in his previous two games, didn’t need to maintain his torrid pace against the Pelicans. The Rockets led by 19 at the half and Harden’s supporting cast did their job by shutting down the Pelicans […]

Antetokounmpo scores 26 as Bucks clobber Cavaliers

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds as the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks avenged a loss to Cleveland earlier in the week by beating the Cavaliers 127-105 on Monday. Antetokounmpo missed two of the three previous games with an ankle injury and did not play four days ago when the Cavaliers beat the Bucks 107-102. He had a big impact on Sunday, adding seven assists, blocking four shots and […]

NBA Timberwolves lose Rose, Covington, Teague for season

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Minnesota Timberwolves’s slim NBA playoffs hopes suffered a major setback Thursday with the announcement that guards Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague and forward Robert Covington were ruled out for the rest of the season. The T-Wolves are 32-39 after dropping seven of their past 10 games and would need to win at least 10 of their final 11 to reach the post-season. Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, […]

NBA fines Boston guard Smart $50K for shoving Embiid

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Thursday after forcefully shoving Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid to the floor in a loss a night earlier. Smart received a flagrant foul and automatic ejection for the shove, which took place with 7:06 remaining in the third quarter of Philadelphia’s 118-115 home victory over Boston on Wednesday. Cameroonian center Embiid was sent sprawling to the court […]

New York Red Bulls four-goal second half shakes San Jose Earthquakes to defeat

By Tennie Sumague EBC New York Bureau HARRISON, NJ (Eagle News) – Defending Supporters Shield winners, the New York Red Bulls shook things up against the San Jose Earthquakes thanks to Alex Muyl’s two-goal performance plus goals from Bradley-Wright Phillips and Daniel Royer en route to a 4-1 come from behind victory in Saturday’s season home opener. San Jose struck first with a goal from Cristian Espinosa in the fifth minute and the Quakes shut […]