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Washington Wizards end 10-year rot with win over San Antonio Spurs

John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards celebrates in front of Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs after the Wizards defeated the Spurs 101-93 at Verizon Centre on January 13, 2015 in Washington

John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards celebrates in front of Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs after the Wizards defeated the Spurs 101-93 at Verizon Centre on January 13, 2015 in Washington

The Washington Wizards ended nearly a decade of frustration on Tuesday with a 101-93 NBA triumph over San Antonio, their first win over the Spurs since 2005.

John Wall scored 25 points and handed out eight assists for the Wizards, who had lost 17 straight encounters against the Texas team.

Wall, drafted first overall in 2010, was a personal 0-7 against the Spurs. Washington’s last win over San Antonio came on November 12, 2005.

French big man Kevin Seraphin scored 11 of his season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Wizards.

Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce added 13 points apiece for the hosts, and Marcin Gortat pulled down 11 rebounds.

French point guard Tony Parker led the reigning NBA champion Spurs with 14 points. Tim Duncan added 11 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double since December.

SPURS AT WHITE HOUSE

A day after the Spurs received a warm welcome at the White House from US President Barack Obama, in honour of their fifth NBA title, the Wizards were less hospitable.

Wall got off to a hot start, netting 12 points on five shots in the first quarter. The Wizards hit five of six from three-point range to seize a 31-24 lead.

The Spurs trailed until Boris Diaw’s hook shot early in the fourth quarter gave them a 76-75 advantage, and it was a back-and-forth battle early in the final period.

Seraphin’s layup with 5:44 remaining put the Wizards ahead for good with the 10th lead change of the quarter.

January 15, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Hail the king! LeBron James still rules jersey sales

LeBron James' Number 23 Cleveland Cavaliers jersey is once again the NBA's top seller among US fans.

LeBron James’ Number 23 Cleveland Cavaliers jersey is once again the NBA’s top seller among US fans.

Without releasing sales figures, the NBA said Monday that the four-time Most Valuable Player’s wine and gold jersey was the biggest-seller from adidas and NBAStore.com from October 2014 through December 2014 — the period including the holiday shopping rush.

James had topped the list for the four prior reporting periods, but at that time he was wearing number six for the Miami Heat.

James returned this season to his home state and his first NBA club, the Cavaliers, after winning two NBA titles with the Heat.

His Cavs jersey had also topped the popularity list back in 2004, in his rookie season.

His homecoming has also sparked a surge in Cavaliers merchandise sales that has brought the club to the top of the list for the first time, despite their erratic start to the season.

Golden State Warriors sensation Stephen Curry’s jersey is the second-best seller, up from number seven on the previous list issued last June.

Oklahoma City’s NBA MVP Kevin Durant, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and Chicago’s Derrick Rose round out the top five.

January 14, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

Barack Obama toasts, teases NBA champion Spurs

San Antonio Spurs players Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and others pose with US President Barack Obama during an event in the East Room of the White house January 12, 2015 in Washington; DC

San Antonio Spurs players Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and others pose with US President Barack Obama during an event in the East Room of the White house January 12, 2015 in Washington; DC

US President Barack Obama welcomed NBA champions San Antonio to the White House on Monday, and said he’d be glad to offer advice as they pursue a title repeat.

“If you guys need any tips on winning back-to-back, you know where to find me,” quipped the second-term president, no doubt aware that the Spurs’ five NBA titles don’t include any in successive years.

As a passionate fan of the Chicago Bulls, who won all six of their NBA titles to date in the 1990s, Obama admitted it was bittersweet to yet again congratulate another team.

“It’s never easy celebrating a non-Bulls team in the White House,” he said. “That’s all I’ve been able to do — so far.”

Despite the demands of his Bulls fandom, however, the President admitted the Spurs were “hard to dislike.”

“First of all, they’re old,” he said of the squad led by 38-year-old Tim Duncan.

“For an old guy, it makes me feel good to see — where’s Tim? Tim’s got some gray. There’s a few others with a little sprinkles around here. There’s a reason why the uniform is black and silver.”

FIRST WOMAN ASSISTANT COACH

As a father of two daughters, one of whom plays basketball, Obama praised the Spurs as the first NBA team to hire a woman assistant coach, and welcomed the wealth of international talent the team has brought to the league.

“It’s the UN of basketball teams,” he said of a squad that features French players Tony Parker and Boris Diaw along with Argentina’s Manu Ginobili.

Italy, Brazil, Australia and Canada are also represented on their roster.

“They find folks who didn’t have a chance someplace else and suddenly they figure out a way to make them shine as part of a team. In that sense, they’re a great metaphor for what America should be all about,” said Obama, who was presented with a Spurs jersey with “POTUS” written over its number one.

The keen basketball fan also offered some serious analysis of the Spurs’ style and its influence on the league, and praise for their bounce back from a crushing NBA finals loss to Miami in 2013, to beat the Heat in 2014.

But he couldn’t resist poking some fun at notoriously taciturn coach Gregg Popovich.

“I want the coach to know that he is not contractually obligated to take questions after the first quarter of my remarks,” Obama said.

January 14, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Hornets, Clippers cruise to comfortable wins

Hornets, Clippers cruise to comfortable wins

Blake Griffin

Hornets 110, Knicks 82

Kemba Walker scored 28 points in 28 minutes as Charlotte cruised past New York 110-82 at Madison Square Garden.

The third-year guard was 8-of-13 from the field but did not play in the fourth quarter when Charlotte led by as many as 40 points at 95-55.

The Knicks dropped their franchise-worst 15th straight game and have lost 25 of the last 26. Their last win was at Boston on December 12.

Clippers 120, Mavericks 100

Forward Blake Griffin had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Los Angeles used a strong second half to blow past Dallas at the Staples Center.

All five starters reached double figures for the Clippers in their fifth win in six games.

Pistons 98, Nets 93

Brandon Jennings scored 20 points, all in the second half, and had 11 assists to lead Detroit to a victory over a slumping Brooklyn.

 

Power forward Greg Monroe supplied 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won eight of their last nine games. Center Andre Drummond added 14 points and nine rebounds.

Raptors 109, Celtics 96

Guard Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and dished out seven assists as Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Boston.

 

Reserve guard Lou Williams also scored 19 points for the Raptors, who avoided losing five in a row for the first time since December 2013.

Bulls 95, Bucks 87

Forward Pau Gasol scored a career-high 46 points and tallied 18 rebounds to lead the Chicago to victory against Milwaukee.

Guard Kirk Hinrich added 16 points for the Bulls, who improved to 7-4 without Derrick Rose, the guard sitting out because of a sore left knee.

76ers 93, Pacers 92

Point guard Michael Carter-Williams hit the go-ahead layup with 9.2 seconds left as Philadelphia 76ers topped Indiana.

 

Guard Tony Wroten had 20 points and nine assists to lead Philadelphia, who won back-to-back games for only the second time this season.

Spurs 108, Timberwolves 93

Forward Austin Daye scored a season-high 22 points as San Antonio Spurs handed Minnesota a 15th straight loss.

Fourteen of Daye’s points came in the first half, including 2-of-3 three-pointers. Six Spurs scored in double figures.

Rockets 97, Jazz 82

James Harden hit two fourth-quarter three-pointers to help lift the Houston Rockets to a victory over Utah.

Harden finished with a game-high 30 points, with his late-game bombs finally staving off the persistent Jazz.

January 13, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Owners of Hawks approve plan to sell team

Owners of Hawks approve plan to sell teamOwners of Hawks approve plan to sell team

Thabo Sefolosha

The owners of the Atlanta Hawks said on Thursday they have unanimously approved a plan to sell the franchise, a move triggered last year by a racism controversy.

Bruce Levenson vowed to sell his majority interest in the club last September after his email became public in which he made racist remarks that included “the black crowd scared away the whites” at Phillips Arena.

The Hawks announcement comes less than a year after the National Basketball League forced owner Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers because of racial comments he made.

Several groups are interested in buying the Hawks and Goldman Sachs and Inner Circle Sportswill advice the team owners on the sale of the franchise and other assets.

“The Atlanta Hawks today announced that its owners have unanimously approved a plan to sell the franchise and the Philips Arena operating rights,” the team said in a statement. “The sale will commence immediately.”

Among the interested groups, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, are former NBA star Grant Hill, former Toronto Raptors President Bryan Colangelo and billionaire businessman Sheldon Adelson.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the team will remain in Atlanta, regardless of buys the team.

“The Atlanta Hawks are not moving to another market,” Bass told Reuters.

An investigation that uncovered Levinson’s email began after Hawks general manager Danny Ferry made racist remarks about African-born British NBA forward Luol Deng.

During a conference call discussing the team’s free agent options, Ferry said Deng “has a little African in him” and “he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.”

In the wake of the controversy, Levinson said he would sell the team.

 

Former Microsoft official Steve Ballmer bought the Clippers last year for $2 billion after Sterling was forced to sell the team for making racist comments.

The Hawks’ price tag is expected to be appreciably lower despite a nine-year, $24 billion broadcast and digital rights package that the NBA struck last year with ESPN and TNT.

Anne Torres, a spokesperson for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, called Thursday’s announcement to sell the team “an important milestone.”

“The mayor is confident that a well-qualified group will purchase the team and bring an end to this unfortunate chapter for the Hawks organisation,” she said.

January 9, 2015 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment

Indiana’s CJ Watson fined $5 000

Indiana’s CJ Watson fined $5 000

Indiana Pacers guard CJ Watson has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season.

The incident occurred with 7:07 remaining in the first quarter of Indiana’s 105-101 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday, January 5, at EnergySolutions Arena.

January 8, 2015 By : Category : English featured 0 Comment

Heroes’basketball tourney set for January 24

Heroes’basketball tourney set for January 24

Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) is planning to host the second edition of the Heroes basketball tournament from January 24 to February 1 at Amahoro stadium.

Confirming the development on Tuesday, Ferwaba secretary general Richard Mutabazi said that the federation has partnered with APR Basketball Club to revive competitive tournament.

Mutabazi said that, “We want to create a culture where clubs host tournaments and where they meet financial constraints, we can come on board and partner with them.

For example, the first edition of the Heroes tournament was hosted by APR so we encouraged them to host it again and make it an annual event.”

“Espoir hosts the annual Gisembe memorial tournament while CSK used to host the Kigali Challenge tournament and we want to encourage them to revive it once again and make it an annual event,” added Mutabazi.

Different local clubs have been invited for the two-weekend competition including 12 men’s teams and six women’s clubs.

The preliminary round will be played from January 23-25 and the quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals will be played during the weekend of January 30-February 1.

January 8, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured Tags:
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Lowry, Harden named players of the month

 

  Lowry, Harden named players of the month

Kyle Lowry

The Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden were on Monday named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.

Lowry ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference in scoring (22.3 ppg) and second assists (8.9 apg), as the Raptors went 11-4 to remain comfortably atop the Atlantic Division.

He posted six point-assist double-doubles, the third most in the NBA in December. He scored at least 30 points in three contests, and averaged 25.8 points in nine road games.

He was named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week after averaging 29.3 points and 8.7 assists over three games from December 1-7. He also scored a career-high 39 points in a 123-104 win at Utah on December 3.

Harden led the NBA in scoring (30.6 ppg) for the month, as the Rockets went 9-5, while dealing with injuries to key players and some roster changes. He led the NBA with eight 30-point games and three 40-point games.

He was twice named the Western Conference’s Player of the Week (weeks ending December 14 and December 28). He hit eight three-pointers against Charlotte on December 31, and dished out 14 assists against Atlanta on December 20.

Harden ranked 11th in the NBA in assists (7.1 apg) for the month and ninth in the West in steals (1.9 spg).

Here is a closer look at the month for Lowry and Harden:

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

December 3 @ Utah: Scored a career-high 39 points and added five rebounds and four assists in a 123-104 win over the Jazz.

December 27 @ L.A. Clippers: Finished with 25 points, seven assists and three steals in a 110-98 win over the L.A. Clippers.

December 28 @ Denver: Tallied 30 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in a 116-102 win over the Nuggets.

James Harden, Houston Rockets

December 11 @ Sacramento: Scored 44 points and added eight assists and three steals in a 113-109 win over the Kings.

December 17 @ Denver: Went 18-for-21 from the free throw line en route to 41 points in a 115-111 win over the Nuggets.

December 22 @ Portland: Finished with 44 points, seven assists and five steals in only 32 minutes in a 110-95 win over the Trail Blazers.

Other nominees for Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Memphis’ Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic, Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, and Washington’s John Wall.

January 8, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players Tags:
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Basketball body in Rwf 20m boost from IOC

Basketball body in Rwf 20m boost from IOC

Ferwaba Technical Director Shema Maboko Didier

Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) has received a financial boost worth Rwf. 20,670,000 from the International Olympic Committee to steer the development of the sport from the grassroots this year.

The financial boost has been agreed by the Oympic Solidarity was channeled through the Rwanda National Olympic Committee following a successful drafted project by the local basketball body.

Confirming the development, Ferwaba Secretary General Richard Mutabazi said “Late last year we sent our project aimed at developing the sport from the grassroots and on January 5 this year, they gave us a notification that our project would be funded wholly,”

“It’s a six-month project which will go directly in identifying potential young players in schools and academies,” added Mutabazi.

The Ferwaba Technical Director Shema Maboko Didier further added that the income will help in developing the sport and will leave the country with many potential players for the future.

“The last time we last had such a project was way back in 2005. This project left us with many talented players; some went to US while others are currently featuring for our national team,”

“We have high hopes that this time right now will leave us with many more talented players for U16 who will compete in the qualifiers for Zone V championship and world cup qualifiers,” added Shema.

The talent identification project will cover ten schools (Male and female) in different districts across the country.

These schools include; Lycee de Kigali (Kigali),College Saint Andre (Kigali),IFAK Kimihurura (Kigali),Green Hills (Kigali),GS St Ignace Kibagabaga (Kigali),College de Gisenyi-Inyemeramihigo (Uburengerazuba),GSO Butare (Amajyepfo),GS St Joseph Kabgayi (Amajyepfo),St Aloys-Rwamagana (Iburasirazuba) and Regina Pacis Secondary School-Musanze (Amajyaruguru) in boys category.

In girls category, schools which will be targeted include; St Vincent Muhoza-Musanze (Amajyaruguru), GS du Bon Conseil-Byumba (Amajyaruguru),LNDC Kigali (Kigali)

Lycee de Kigali (Kigali),Ecole Notre Dame de la Providence-Karubanda (Amajyepfo),St Joseph Kabgayi (Amajyepfo),College ADEGI (I Burasirazuba),College St Andre (Kigali)

Green Hills (Kigali) and GS St Joseph de Birambo (I Burengerazuba).

January 7, 2015 By : Category : Afrobasket English featured 0 Comment

Hawks keep rolling on road with win

Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap scored 27 points to lead a balanced attack on Saturday night and the red-hot Atlanta Hawks won their sixth straight road game with a 115-107 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Jeff Teague added 22 points for the Hawks (25-8), who have won four in a row and 18 of 20 overall to surge to the top of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta has lost once on the road since November 15.

Millsap and Teague scored 10 points each in the third quarter as the Hawks widened a three-point halftime lead to as much as 20 points before taking an 83-75 advantage into the final period.

A jumper by Kyle Korver extended the margin to 104-89 with 4:16 to play before Atlanta held off a late rally by Portland.

Korver scored 14 points and Al Horford of the Dominican Republic and Thabo Sefolosha of Switzerland added 13 apiece for the Hawks, who shot 51 percent (43-of-84) from the field and had seven players in double figures.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds and Wesley Matthews scored 19 points for the Trail Blazers (26-8), who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Portland lost at home for the first time since November 28.

Elsewhere:

San Antonio Spurs 101, Washington Wizards 92: Canada’s Cory Joseph scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack as the host Spurs beat the Wizards for the 17th straight time. John Wall and Bradley Beal scored 15 points apiece for the Wizards, who have lost a season-high three in a row.

In other games, the host Chicago Bulls edged the Boston Celtics, 109-104 in overtime; the Houston Rockets clobbered the visiting Miami Heat, 115-79; the host Los Angeles Clippers trounced the Philadelphia 76ers, 127-91; the Denver Nuggets routed the visiting Memphis Grizzlies, 114-85; the Charlotte Hornets trimmed the host Orlando Magic, 98-90: and the visiting Utah Jazz defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 101-89.

Supersport

January 5, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment