• Grizzlies beat Thunder to take 2-1 series lead

    Grizzlies beat Thunder to take 2-1 series lead

    11 minutes ago
    Grizzlies beat Thunder to take 2-1 series lead

    Mike Conley tallied 20 points, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen had 16 points apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies held on to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in their playoff series. Randolph also added 10 rebounds and a half dozen assists for the Grizzlies, who never trailed in the second half of the first-round playoff contest. Oklahoma City had to come back from a 17-point deficit as point guard Russell Westbrook forced overtime with a four-point play in the …

  • NBA: Grizzlies beat Thunder in overtime

    22 minutes ago

    Mike Conley tallied 20 points, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen had 16 points apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies held on to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in their playoff series. Randolph also added 10 rebounds and a half dozen assists for the Grizzlies, who never trailed in the second half of the first-round playoff contest. Oklahoma City had to come back from a 17-point deficit as point guard Russell Westbrook forced overtime with a four-point play in the …

  • Pool widens for 3 new PBA teams

    12 hours ago

    The three new teams accepted by the PBA recently will have more players to choose from after the board of governors decided to allow the old members to “protect” 12 players instead of 14 as formulated earlier. Currently, the 10 members of the PBA keep 14 players plus two reserves. By asking the teams to give up more than two players each, the PBA board allows new teams NLEX, Blackwater and Kia Motors a bigger pool to choose from when they form their teams in time for the next season. “The …

  • Slaughter no comment on Caguioa’s tirade

    12 hours ago
    Slaughter no comment on Caguioa’s tirade

    Barangay Ginebra’s prized rookie Greg Slaughter is keeping his opinion close to his heart after his teammate Mark Caguioa lambasted the rest of the Gin Kings in a bitterly-worded Twitter tirade following their team’s exit in the PBA Commisioner’s Cup last Tuesday. The Gin Kings were sent packing by Talk ‘N Text in their quarterfinal match, 97-84, and the loss did not sit well with Caguioa who labeled his teammates “soft” and “lazy.” [caption id="attachment_133079" align="alignright" …

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

    20 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. …

  • Former Dutch midfielder Boateng gets coaching debut in Malaysia

    Former Dutch midfielder Boateng gets coaching debut in Malaysia

    14 minutes ago
    Former Dutch midfielder Boateng gets coaching debut in Malaysia

    (Reuters) - Former Netherlands midfielder George Boateng has been handed his first managerial role in football, taking over as head coach at struggling Malaysian side Kelantan. Boateng, 38, made his name in the English Premier League with playing stints at Coventry City, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Hull City before moving to Malaysian Super League side T Team last year. His playing career ended in July and he had been working as a television pundit before signing a six-month contract to …

  • Maracana stadium -- from populist temple to elitist arena

    2 hours 12 minutes ago
    Maracana stadium -- from populist temple to elitist arena

    The Maracana stadium, a footballing theatre which every fan dreams of visiting, has morphed into an ultra-modern, sustainable and safe arena, albeit one with elitist traits, compared to the populist temple it once was. Though the stadium has twice been extensively remodeled since, all Brazilians know it as the place where a nation's dreams died on July 16, 1950, when Uruguay wrecked the party, a 2-1 win giving them in that year's World Cup trophy match. Alcides Ghiggia's 79th-minute winner …

  • Rio violence does not threaten World Cup: FIFA

    2 hours 38 minutes ago
    Rio violence does not threaten World Cup: FIFA

    Deadly violence in Rio which saw tourist areas turned into battle grounds does not affect Brazil's hosting of the World Cup, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Thursday. Rio, which will stage seven matches including the July 13 final, was the scene Tuesday of angry protests and clashes between residents of a slum district a short walk from the popular Copacabana Beach and police. "I have received several messages asking me if there is a civil war in Brazil and I have replied no," …

  • Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 11:00 AM PHT
    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

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 12:11 AM PHT
    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

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 5:48 AM PHT
    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 …

  • 11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

    11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

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    11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, authorities said. …

  • France's Icher leads suspended Swinging Skirts golf

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    France's Icher leads suspended Swinging Skirts golf

    Karine Icher fired a bogey-free six-under 66 to seize the early first-round lead at the inaugural LPGA Tour's Swinging Skirts Classic which was suspended because of darkness. The $1.8 million event debuts at 6,507-yard, par-72 Lake Merced course with 18 of the world's 20 top players in the field of 144 seeking a $255,000 top prize. New Zealand's Lydia Ko, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Lee Il-Hee, Jenny Shin and Maria McBride shot matching four-under 68s to share second place. World number three …

  • Martin shoots course record 62, leads by two in New Orleans

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    (Reuters) - Ben Martin fired a course record 10-under-par 62 to take a two-stroke lead in the opening round of the $6.8 million Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday. Martin made light of gusting afternoon winds to reel off 10 birdies, capped off by a chip-in from 55 feet at the 17th hole at the TPC Louisiana. He leads by two shots from fellow American Andrew Svoboda and holds a three-shot edge over Swede Peter Hanson and South Korean Noh Seung-yul. “Awesome way to start,” Martin told …

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

    8 hours ago

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinal with top seed Agnieszka Radwanska. …

  • Nadal cruises into Barcelona quarterfinals

    10 hours ago
    Nadal cruises into Barcelona quarterfinals

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal looked more like his confident self on the clay in passing Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-3, 6-3, to reach the Barcelona Open quarterfinals on Thursday. …

  • 3rd seed Monfils through to quarters in Bucharest

    10 hours ago

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Third-seeded Gaels Monfils opened his Nastase Tiriac Trophy account with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis on Thursday. …