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  • Curry nets 51 as NBA champions Golden State Warriors beat Wizards
    Curry nets 51 as NBA champions Golden State Warriors beat Wizards AFP News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 4:37 PM SGT

    Stephen Curry scored 51 points, including an NBA season-high 11 3-pointers, to power the defending league champion Golden State Warriors past host Washington 134-121. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry on Wednesday scored 25 points in the first quarter as the Warriors improved to 45-4 with their eighth consecutive victory. Curry went 11-of-16 from beyond the arc, finishing one 3-pointer shy of matching the one-game NBA record of 12 3-pointers shared by Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and former NBA standout Donyell Marshall. More »

  • Curry lights up Wizards for Warriors' 8th straight win
    Curry lights up Wizards for Warriors' 8th straight win Associated Press - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 1:05 PM SGT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Following one of his worst offensive games this season, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry stopped thinking about basketball and recalibrated his mind. It worked out just fine. More »

  • Red-hot Curry helps Warriors run through Wizards
    Red-hot Curry helps Warriors run through Wizards Reuters - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 12:22 PM SGT

    (The Sports Xchange) - Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 51 points in the first quarter and sank 11 three-pointers as the Golden State Warriors downed the Washington Wizards 134-121 for their eighth straight win on Wednesday. Golden State (45-4) obliterated Washington early with Curry providing the firepower, including 36 points in the first half on 13-of-14 shot attempts with eight from beyond the arc. After the Wizards closed to 81-79 midway through the third quarter, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player helped fend off Washington with a pair of three-pointers. More »

  • NBA Mavericks owner Cuban buys into US Futsal League
    NBA Mavericks owner Cuban buys into US Futsal League AFP News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 7:46 AM SGT

    Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and an investor on the US television show "Shark Tank," is backing a new American sports venture, the Professional Futsal League (PFL). While futsal has made little US impact, an indoor version of football, arena soccer, is played using artificial turf inside ice hockey boards. More »

  • Kobe Bryant scores 38 as LA Lakers snap NBA skid
    Kobe Bryant scores 38 as LA Lakers snap NBA skid AFP News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 9:05 PM SGT

    Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 38 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 119-115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves that halted the Lakers' 10-game losing streak. With Tuesday's victory, the Lakers avoided the humiliation of setting a franchise record for consecutive defeats. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion with the Lakers who will retire after this season, scored 14 of the Lakers' last 18 points. More »

  • NBA Rockets center Howard suspended, coach fined for criticizing refs
    NBA Rockets center Howard suspended, coach fined for criticizing refs AFP News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 4:46 AM SGT

    The NBA suspended Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard for one game on Tuesday for striking the arm of a referee, and his coach J.B. Bickerstaff was fined $10,000 for criticizing officiating after the same game. Howard was to miss Tuesday night's home game against the Miami Heat over the incident in the fourth quarter of the Rockets' 123-122 loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday. Howard scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the game but was ejected for the second straight contest after tangling with Wizards center Nene. More »

  • Spurs' Parker might miss Olympics in Rio
    Spurs' Parker might miss Olympics in Rio Reuters - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 2:06 AM SGT

    (The Sports Xchange) - San Antonio guard Tony Parker, a four-time NBA champion with the Spurs, told a French radio station on Tuesday that he could miss the Summer Olympics because his wife is due to give birth to the couple's second son at the end of July. Both president Jean-Pierre Siutat and technical director Patrick Beesley said they had not been told of Parker's situation. More »

  • Slumping Suns fire head coach Hornacek
    Slumping Suns fire head coach Hornacek Reuters - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 11:41 AM SGT

    (Reuters) - The slumping Phoenix Suns have fired head coach Jeff Hornacek and named assistant Earl Watson as the interim coach, the National Basketball Association team said on Monday. The Suns began the 2015-16 NBA season with hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2010 but have lost 19 of their past 21 games, a stretch that has seen the team without several key players. "The Phoenix Suns have relieved Jeff Hornacek of his duties as head coach following his two-plus seasons in the position," the team said in a statement. More »

  • Video game featuring LeBron James, Kobe Bryant tattoos sparks lawsuit
    Video game featuring LeBron James, Kobe Bryant tattoos sparks lawsuit Reuters - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 9:37 AM SGT

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Take-Two Interactive Software Inc has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over its depiction of tattoos belonging to National Basketball Association stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in a popular video game. In a complaint filed on Monday in Manhattan federal court, Solid Oak Sketches LLC said Take-Two should pay damages for incorporating eight tattoo designs, which the plaintiff had licensed from various artists, into its NBA 2K16 game. More »

  • Warriors down Knicks for seventh straight NBA win
    Warriors down Knicks for seventh straight NBA win AFP News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 1:27 PM SGT

    The NBA champion Golden State Warriors dominated the New York Knicks 116-95 at Madison Square Garden with the help of forward Draymond Green's ninth triple-double of the season. Green scored 20 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and handed out 10 assists Sunday as the Warriors notched their seventh straight victory to improve their league-leading record to 44-4. Green admitted after that game that in chasing a triple-double against Philadelphia he made too many turnovers -- an confession that drew praise from coach Steve Kerr. More »

  • Mighty Warriors squeak past 76ers, Cavaliers down Spurs
    Mighty Warriors squeak past 76ers, Cavaliers down Spurs AFP News - Sun, Jan 31, 2016 1:08 PM SGT

    Golden State's Harrison Barnes drained a three-pointer with two-tenths of a second left Saturday to lift the Warriors to a 108-105 victory over the 76ers in a duel of the NBA's best and worst in Philadelphia. Up by 24 midway through the third period and by 15 with 5:42 remaining, the reigning champion Warriors appeared headed for a predictable win over the lowly 76ers. More »

  • James reaches milestone in win over Pistons
    James reaches milestone in win over Pistons AFP News - Sat, Jan 30, 2016 2:46 PM SGT

    Kevin Love tallied 29 points and LeBron James reached 26,000 career points as the Cleveland Cavaliers dumped the Detroit Pistons 114-106 in a NBA Central Division contest. Love, who was passed over by the Eastern Conference coaches for the upcoming all-star game, enjoyed his second-highest scoring game this season. "Anytime I accomplish something like that, I give thanks to my teammates and all my former teammates," James said. More »

  • Yao among teachers at NBA All-Star Game's global camp
    Yao among teachers at NBA All-Star Game's global camp AFP News - Sat, Jan 30, 2016 1:32 AM SGT

    Retired Chinese NBA icon Yao Ming will be among the instructors at a Basketball Without Borders camp for top global teen players to be staged over the NBA All-Star Game weekend. Elite players from the Eastern and Western conferences will meet February 14 in the 65th NBA All-Star Game, the first to be staged outside the United States. Yao, a 7-foot-6 (2.29m) center, was the first pick of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets after playing five seasons in China. More »

  • Western All-Stars bolstered by Warrior reinforcements
    Western All-Stars bolstered by Warrior reinforcements Reuters - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 1:22 PM SGT

    (Reuters) - Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will join Golden State team mate Stephen Curry as Western Conference All-Stars when the NBA announced the reserves for next month's game on Thursday. The defending champion Warriors have dominated the headlines this season with their record winning pace and they were rewarded by sending three players to the NBA's showcase of stars on Feb. 14 in Toronto. In addition, Western conference coach Gregg Popovich also named guards Chris Paul and James Harden along with big men DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and LaMarcus Aldridge to his squad. ... More »

  • Green, Butler headline NBA all-star reserves
    Green, Butler headline NBA all-star reserves AFP News - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 12:03 PM SGT

    First time choice Draymond Green and sweet shooting swingman Klay Thompson will join Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry as reserves for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. Green and Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler highlight the selections for the reserves for each conference who were chosen by the 30 coaches. The starters, who are voted for by the fans, were named earlier this month and Thursday's announcement filled out the rosters for the February 14 mid-season showcase in Toronto, Canada. More »

  • New WNBA playoff format for 20th season of women's pro league
    New WNBA playoff format for 20th season of women's pro league AFP News - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 6:31 AM SGT

    The Women's NBA is changing the playoff format for its upcoming 20th season, hoping to add excitement for a league that hasn't grabbed the imagination of US sports fans as its creators had hoped. In 2016, the top eight teams in the 12-team league will make the playoffs, regardless of whether they are in the Eastern or Western Conference, a change from the current four teams from each. The semi-finals feature a best-of-five format, and the WNBA Finals remain a best-of-five series. More »

  • Aussie college star in NBA shop window
    Aussie college star in NBA shop window AFP News - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 4:58 AM SGT

    Ben Simmons, an Australian college basketball star playing for Louisiana State University, resists comparisons to NBA legend Magic Johnson even as he considers superstar LeBron James "like a brother." But the 19-year-old freshman power forward from Melbourne will have the chance to show his skills Saturday against second-ranked Oklahoma and a major rival for the Wooden Award as the US college Player of the Year. Simmons and the Tigers play host to 16-2 Oklahoma, ranked second in this week's USA Today poll of college coaches, and Sooners' junior guard Buddy Hield. Both Simmons and Hield figure to be among top choices in June's NBA Draft, with Simmons already drawing comparisons to such legends as former Los Angeles Lakers great Johnson. More »

  • Shaq statue to grace home arena of NBA Lakers
    Shaq statue to grace home arena of NBA Lakers AFP News - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 4:13 AM SGT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal is to be honored with a statue outside the NBA team's Staples Center arena. O'Neal will join former Lakers greats Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, NHL icon Wayne Gretzky -- who put the Los Angeles Kings on the map -- boxer Oscar De La Hoya and broadcaster Chick Hearn in being immortalized in bronze at the downtown Los Angeles arena. More »

  • Canadians cry foul as Sting, not Drake, to perform at All-Star Game
    Canadians cry foul as Sting, not Drake, to perform at All-Star Game Reuters - Fri, Jan 29, 2016 3:37 AM SGT

    Canadian sports fans cried foul on Friday after the National Basketball Association snubbed local rap star Drake in favor of the British singer Sting to headline the halftime show at its upcoming All-Star Game in Toronto. Within minutes of the announcement, Twitter posts mocking the league's decision to go with Sting, a 64-year-old, Grammy Award-winner, since Drake, 29, is the Toronto Raptors' global ambassador, and will be in his hometown for All-Star Weekend, from Feb. 12-14. "Canadians have six of the top 10 songs on the Billboard charts right now - and the NBA hires Sting to perform halftime. More »

  • Sting to headline NBA All-Star Game halftime show
    Sting to headline NBA All-Star Game halftime show AFP News - Thu, Jan 28, 2016 10:57 PM SGT

    British musician Sting, a 16-time Grammy Award winner, will headline the halftime show at next month's 65th NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, the league announced Thursday. The former frontman for The Police will perform a compilation of his greatest hits such as "Every Breath You Take," "Roxanne" and "Fields Of Gold" at the February 14 showdown of elite Eastern Conference and Western Conference players. Sting, 64, and compatriot Peter Gabriel, the 65-year-old former frontman for Genesis, will unite for a North American tour later this year. More »