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Ricky Hatton, one of the five common opponents of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, said that he’s giving the American the…

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  • Thunder's Durant needs surgery, out for season

    Thunder's Durant needs surgery, out for season

    Sat, Mar 28, 2015 4:26 AM PHT
    Thunder's Durant needs surgery, out for season

    (Reuters) - Kevin Durant, the NBA's reigning most valuable player, will miss the rest of the season as he needs another foot surgery, dealing a blow to the Oklahoma City Thunder's playoff hopes, the team said on Friday. The six-time All-Star will have surgery on his ailing right foot next week and is expected to return to basketball activities in four to six months, according to the Thunder. His loss is a massive blow for a Thunder team hanging onto the final playoff seed in the Western …

  • NBA, Pacers issue joint statement against Indiana 'religious freedom' law

    4 hours ago
    NBA, Pacers issue joint statement against Indiana 'religious freedom' law

    The NCAA and Pacers legend Reggie Miller had previously expressed their dissatisfaction with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. …

  • NBA: League urges 'inclusion' as Indiana law sparks gay rights concern

    4 hours ago

    The NBA reaffirmed the league's commitment to diversity Saturday, after Indiana passed a law that activists fear allows discrimination against homosexuals in the state. "The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect," the league said in a statement issued jointly with the Indiana Pacers and their WNBA sister club the Indiana Fever. "We will continue to ensure that all fans, players and employees feel welcome at all NBA and WNBA events in …

  • Fajardo leads derby

    12 hours ago

    San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo topped the Best Player of the Conference (BPC) derby after the elimination round ahead of guards Jayson Castro of Talk ’N Text and Paul Lee of Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Despite the failure of Philippine Cup champion SMB to make the playoff round, the 6-foot-10 Fajardo managed to lead all players in the Statistical Points (SP) category with 33.9 SPs.Fajardo, who won his second BPC plum in the previous Philippine Cup, averaged 16.5 points, …

  • Guiao expects tough game

    Sat, Mar 28, 2015 8:05 AM PHT

    Rain or Shine may have defeated Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in an emotionally-charged game two weeks ago, but Elasto Painters Coach Yeng Guiao expects things to be a little bit tougher when they seek a semifinals berth against the crowd darlings. In that game, ROS had to survive an 18-point second deficit aside from heated exchanges by both teams and even the fans to end up on the winning side. …

  • Bolts, Hotshots victorious

    Sat, Mar 28, 2015 8:00 AM PHT

    Games Today (Mall of Asia Arena) 3 p.m. – Talk ’N Text vs Barako Bull 5:15 p.m. – Rain or Shine vs Ginebra It was a power surge delivered to the Meralco Bolts at precisely the right moment. In 19 quick minutes, Mark Macapagal reintroduced himself to NLEX and what he is all about by connecting on 5-of-10 three-point shots in carrying the Bolts past the dazed Road Warriors, 97-82, last night in the opener of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-3 playoffs at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The …

  • Djokovic survives tricky test, Nishikori off to flying start

    Djokovic survives tricky test, Nishikori off to flying start

    1 hour 17 minutes ago
    Djokovic survives tricky test, Nishikori off to flying start

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic survived a second set fightback from Slovak Martin Klizan before winning his opening match at the Miami Open 6-0 5-7 6-1. Djokovic, who is aiming to follow up last week's win at Indian Wells with his fifth triumph at Key Biscayne, took care of the first set in just 22 minutes but was broken when serving for the match at 5-3 in the second. Klizan went on to turn the set around in his favor and had the packed crowd sensing an …

  • Serena deals with Niculescu but Bouchard upset

    3 hours ago
    Serena deals with Niculescu but Bouchard upset

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - Serena Williams put aside her knee injury to begin her bid for an eighth Miami Open title with a 6-3 6-1 win over Romania's Monica Niculescu at Key Biscayne on Saturday but sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard was upset by German qualifier Tatjana Maria. Williams withdrew from her semi-final at Indian Wells last week with the injury and said upon arriving in Miami that this tournament would involve "managing pain". Niculescu made ample use of her effective slice and …

  • Nishikori off to flying start, Tsonga wins on return

    5 hours ago
    Nishikori off to flying start, Tsonga wins on return

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori made a confident start to his Miami Open bid on Saturday, beating Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-1 in 69 minutes in their second round meeting. Nishikori, the fourth seed at Key Biscayne, won 70 percent of his service points and converted five of his 16 break point chances. Everything was good," Nishikori said. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga enjoyed victory in his first match back from injury with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory over American Tim Smyczek. …

  • Two Green Archers reportedly leaving DLSU

    Two Green Archers reportedly leaving DLSU

    Thu, Jan 22, 2015 11:54 PM PHT
    Two Green Archers reportedly leaving DLSU

    De La Salle second stringers Robert Bolick and Terence Mustre are reportedly looking for a new school after deciding to leave the Green Archers camp following their reported demotion to the Green Archers’ Team B. …

  • Joining La Salle a dream come true for Batang Gilas standout Jollo Go

    Wed, Jan 7, 2015 3:57 PM PHT
    Joining La Salle a dream come true for Batang Gilas standout Jollo Go

    Coming off a heart-breaking UAAP season where they failed to defend their basketball title, the De La Salle Green Archers began their offseason chores on a high note by striking early in the recruitment wars as they landed current Hope Christian High School and Batang Gilas standout Jollo Go into the mix. …

  • Four collegiate players cop special citations

    Tue, Dec 2, 2014 5:55 PM PHT
    Four collegiate players cop special citations

    Troy Rosario, Jiovani Jalalon, Gelo Alolino, and Baser Amer will be given special awards by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps and SMART in the 2014 Collegiate Basketball Awards to be held on Thursday at the Saisaki-Kamayan EDSA. …

  • Argentina manage without Messi in win over El Salvador

    Argentina manage without Messi in win over El Salvador

    3 hours ago
    Argentina manage without Messi in win over El Salvador

    Argentina rested superstar Lionel Messi but were still too powerful for El Salvador in a 2-0 friendly win over the Central American minnows at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland. A deflected Ever Banega strike on 54 minutes and a curling free-kick from debutant Federico Mancuello three minutes from time secured a straightforward win for the World Cup finalists as they build towards June's Copa America in Chile. Although Argentina football officials said early this week that tests showed Messi …

  • Henderson channels Gerrard for club and country

    5 hours ago
    Henderson channels Gerrard for club and country

    Liverpool's England midfielder Jordan Henderson believes "there will never be another Steven Gerrard", but he is determined to ensure that his club-mate's legacy lives on through his own performances. Gerrard retired from international duty last year and will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, with Henderson, 24, the leading candidate to succeed him as captain at Anfield. The former Sunderland midfielder is now a central figure for both club and country, and while he is dismissive of …

  • Al Sadd deny deal done to sign Xavi

    5 hours ago
    Al Sadd deny deal done to sign Xavi

    Qatari side Al Sadd released a statement on Saturday denying that a deal had been concluded to sign Barcelona and Spain great Xavi Hernandez. In a statement on their website, Al Sadd said the deal was "still under negotiation", adding that "the FC Barcelona player is currently in Doha with his family to know more about the country he would live in if he were to decide to join the club." Al Sadd also said they "would make any further and official announcements only if further developments take …