• Heat take 2-0 series lead over Bobcats

    Heat take 2-0 series lead over Bobcats

    7 hours ago
    Heat take 2-0 series lead over Bobcats

    LeBron James scored 32 points and Chris Bosh tallied 20 points as the host Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 to take a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series. The Bobcats cut Miami's lead to 10 points at halftime Wednesday after shooting 50 percent from the field in the second quarter. But the Heat led by seven heading into the fourth and then held on for the victory. Miami now takes a comfortable series lead into game three on Saturday in Charlotte. …

  • Mavericks beat mistake-prone Spurs to level series

    7 hours ago
    Mavericks beat mistake-prone Spurs to level series

    Monta Ellis tallied 21 points and Shawn Marion scored 20 as the Dallas Mavericks routed the error-prone San Antonio Spurs 113-92 to level their opening round NBA playoff series at 1-1. Dallas took advantage of some sloppy play by the Spurs and could easily be ahead two games to none in the Western Conference series. San Antonio turned the ball over 24 times Wednesday, leading to 33 Dallas points. "That's the been the weak link for us throughout the year and it showed up tonight," Spurs coach …

  • Salud summons Guiao and Hodge for altercation, clarifies expansion process

    Salud summons Guiao and Hodge for altercation, clarifies expansion process

    4 hours ago
    Salud summons Guiao and Hodge for altercation, clarifies expansion process

    PBA Commissioner Chito Salud will not take the latest altercation sitting down. After Cliff Hodge hit Raymond Almazan in Game 2 of the quarterfinals series, Rain or Shine head coach waited for the Meralco forward near the dugout. The two got into a shouting match but cooler heads prevented it from escalating. …

  • San Mig gets back at Alaska in Game 2

    15 hours ago

    Philippine Cup champion San Mig Super Coffee used a big fourth run to beat defending champion Alaska, 70-65, in Game 2 of their quarterfinal series, thus forcing a do-or-die match in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Down by six points, 57-51, with less than six minutes left to play, the Mixers unleashed a 16-0 blast as import James Mays joined hands with Mark Barroca, Marc Pingris, James Yap and Joe Devance, giving them a 67-57 lead with 1:16 left to …

  • Rain or Shine beats Meralco to force sudden death match

    21 hours ago
    Rain or Shine beats Meralco to force sudden death match

    Falling back to its usual sharp form, Rain or Shine got back at Meralco Wednesday night 102-93 to take their best-of-three PBA Commissioners Cup quarterfinals series to a do-or-die showdown at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. …

  • Belgium confirms bid to host Euro 2020 matches

    Belgium confirms bid to host Euro 2020 matches

    17 minutes ago
    Belgium confirms bid to host Euro 2020 matches

    The Belgian football federation (URBSFA) confirmed on Thursday that Brussels will be officially presented as one of the candidate cities to host matches during Euro 2020. Federation president Francois De Keersmacker announced that a dossier had been passed onto governing body UEFA with the deadline for proposals set to expire on Friday. UEFA will announce the 13 cities set to play host to the tournament in September as president Michel Platini puts into place the unprecedented new format …

  • Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger

    1 hour 5 minutes ago
    Obama rejects notion that trade deal is in danger

    TOKYO (AP) — As negotiators struggle, President Barack Obama is rejecting suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger and says the U.S. and Japan must take bold steps to overcome differences that are threatening completion of the cornerstone of his strategic rebalance to the region. …

  • 5 things about the English Premier League

    1 hour 6 minutes ago
    5 things about the English Premier League

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It takes something pretty special to overshadow Ryan Giggs' first game as manager of Manchester United. …

  • Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    10 hours ago
    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao has lost a step and that the Filipino's superstar slide has coincided with his decision to split from former strength trainer Alex Ariza. The 37-year-old undefeated welterweight champ Mayweather weighed in Wednesday on the latest performance by Pacquiao who beat Timothy Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas in a rematch of their first bout in June 2012. "Actually, I did watch the fight," said Mayweather who is training to fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana in a …

  • 10 options for Manny Pacquiao in the welterweight division

    21 hours ago
    10 options for Manny Pacquiao in the welterweight division

    If Manny Pacquiao decides to keep his WBO title and stay in the welterweight division, these ten fighters are all possible opponents for him. (Words by Carlo Pamintuan) …

  • Super fights open up for Pacquiao as Golden Boy and Top Rank aim to end boxing’s cold war

    Wed, Apr 23, 2014 12:33 PM PHT
    Super fights open up for Pacquiao as Golden Boy and Top Rank aim to end boxing’s cold war

    For the longest time, the biggest hurdle in making boxing’s biggest fight is the rift between the competing Golden Boy Promotions of Oscar De La Hoya and Top Rank Promotions of Bob Arum. …

  • Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    15 hours ago
    Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    (Reuters) - Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he will take his time and "be smart" when he faces Marcos Maidana of Argentina for their welterweight title unification in Las Vegas next week. Mayweather, who has a 45-0 record with 26 knockouts, is widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters of all time while slugger Maidana is known for his all-round skill and blistering power. "Maidana deserves the opportunity," Mayweather told reporters at his boxing club in Las …

  • Nonito Donaire ready to bounce back after a nightmarish 2013

    Tue, Apr 22, 2014 8:49 PM PHT
    Nonito Donaire ready to bounce back after a nightmarish 2013

    Big time boxing will be making it’s way back to the Cotai Arena in Macau and another Filipino star will be in the main event. …

  • Baseball star stands accused in journey from Cuba to big leagues

    Tue, Apr 22, 2014 6:52 AM PHT
    Baseball star stands accused in journey from Cuba to big leagues

    As young Cuban slugger Yasiel Puig is earning millions on the baseball field with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a bizarre story of how the talented player escaped from the Communist-ruled island country is unfolding in U.S. court documents. Puig ran a gauntlet of fast boats, Mexican drug smugglers and even death threats in his 2012 flight from Cuba, according to a $12 million lawsuit filed by a man who accuses the ballplayer of informing on him to Cuban authorities. Puig has declined to comment on …

  • Teen Chinese golfer getting used to attention

    1 hour 20 minutes ago

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) — One year after his stunning debut at the Masters, Chinese 15-year-old golfer Guan Tianlang is growing accustomed to being in the spotlight. …

  • Quiros, Dyson share lead at China Open

    1 hour 32 minutes ago

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Alvaro Quiros and Simon Dyson each shot a 5-under 67 to share the lead after the first round of the China Open on Thursday. …

  • Michael Phelps launches comeback in 100 butterfly

    6 hours ago
    Michael Phelps launches comeback in 100 butterfly

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, Michael Phelps is easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events. …

  • Kvitova beaten in 1st major upset at Stuttgart

    14 hours ago

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Alisa Kleybanova defeated third-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (3) to provide the first major upset at the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday. …

  • Ivanovic beats Lisicki in 1st round at Stuttgart

    17 hours ago

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Ana Ivanovic defeated Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-3 to send the Wimbledon finalist out in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday. …

  • Hantuchova, Peng reach quarters in Morocco

    17 hours ago

    MARRAKESH, Morocco (AP) — Top-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia beat last year's runner-up Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix SAR. …