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Golden State Warriors sweep into second round of playoffs
Golden State Warriors sweep into second round of playoffs

The Golden State Warriors became the first team to punch their ticket to the second round of the NBA playoffs on Saturday with a 109-98 victory over New Orleans.

NBA: Bucks fend off Bulls, Nets claw back in East
NBA: Bucks fend off Bulls, Nets claw back in East

Jerryd Bayless made a buzzer-beating layup to lift Milwaukee to a 92-90 victory over Chicago on Saturday that kept the Bucks alive in their NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

With the win, the Bucks pulled within 3-1 of the Bulls in the best-of-seven set.

Kawhi Leonard nets career-high 32 in Spurs' win over Clippers
Kawhi Leonard nets career-high 32 in Spurs' win over Clippers

Kawhi Leonard showed why he is worthy of being named the defensive player of the year, putting his complete game on display for the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

Tiger Woods plays golf with Yao Ming
Tiger Woods plays golf with Yao Ming

American golfer Tiger Woods met former NBA Rockets center Yao Ming and the two stars exchanged skills on their respective specialised sport here.

Cleveland moves to within one victory of series sweep
Cleveland moves to within one victory of series sweep

LeBron James` Cleveland Cavaliers moved to within one win of advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 103-95 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday. 

Chinese soccer faces ping pong challenge, says Sven-Goran Eriksson
Chinese soccer faces ping pong challenge, says Sven-Goran Eriksson

Chinese football could struggle to attract youngsters away from table tennis and badminton and needs a home-grown star playing in Europe before it really takes off, ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson told AFP.

Scott Brooks out as coach of Oklahoma City Thunder
Scott Brooks out as coach of Oklahoma City Thunder

Scott Brooks has stepped down as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the National Basketball Association team announced Wednesday.

NBA stars to play in Johannesburg in first Africa game
NBA stars to play in Johannesburg in first Africa game

The NBA announced plans Wednesday for its first game in Africa, an August exhibition that will feature basketball players from the continent in the latest effort to develop the league`s global fan base.

Hawks' Mike Budenholzer named 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year
Hawks' Mike Budenholzer named 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year

Mike Budenholzer, who led the Atlanta Hawks to a franchise-record 60 wins this season, has been named the NBA`s coach of the year, the league announced Tuesday.

Butler takes charge as Bulls beat the Bucks
Butler takes charge as Bulls beat the Bucks

Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career high 31 points as the Chicago Bulls took a 2-0 first round playoff series lead with a 91-82 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.

NBA: Cavaliers, Clippers cruise to series opening wins
NBA: Cavaliers, Clippers cruise to series opening wins

Kyrie Irving made the most of his playoff debut Sunday, scoring 30 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 113-100 in the opening game of their first round series.

LA Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recovering after heart op
LA Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recovering after heart op

Legendary former Lakers center and NBA Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is expected to make a full recovery after quadruple coronary-bypass surgery, hospital officials said Friday.

Players to be tested for HGH next NBA season
Players to be tested for HGH next NBA season

National Basketball Association is stepping up its drug testing programme by having the players undergo blood testing for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) beginning next season, the league announced on Thursday.

Atlanta Hawks` Thabo Sefolosha says police caused season-ending injury
Atlanta Hawks` Thabo Sefolosha says police caused season-ending injury

Atlanta Hawks reserve forward Thabo Sefolosha on Tuesday said New York City police caused his season-ending broken leg when he was arrested in Manhattan last week.

Westbrook makes most of reprieve to spark Thunder to win
Westbrook makes most of reprieve to spark Thunder to win

Russell Westbrook carried the Oklahoma City on his back again, finishing with 36 points and 11 rebounds as the Thunder toppled the Portland Trail Blazers 101-90 on Monday.

NBA: Heat stay alive in playoff race
NBA: Heat stay alive in playoff race

Hassan Whiteside tallied 24 points and 13 rebounds and the Miami Heat kept their postseason hopes alive with a 100-93 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday.

Milwaukee Bucks seal bounce-back season with playoff berth
Milwaukee Bucks seal bounce-back season with playoff berth

The Milwaukee Bucks completed a remarkable turnaround on Sunday, clinching an NBA playoff berth a year season after posting the league`s worst record.

Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha arrest and injury spark concerns
Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha arrest and injury spark concerns

The NBA Players Association and reportedly the league itself are looking into the arrest of Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha in New York.

Dallas Mavericks outlast Denver Nuggets in double overtime
Dallas Mavericks outlast Denver Nuggets in double overtime

Raymond Felton scored the winning basket with 1.5 seconds left in the second overtime as the Dallas Mavericks outlasted Denver 144-143, spoiling a 47-point performance by Nuggets` Danilo Gallinari.

Indiana Pacers` Chris Copeland stable after surgery for stab wounds
Indiana Pacers` Chris Copeland stable after surgery for stab wounds

 Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was in stable condition on Thursday after surgery for stab wounds to his abdomen and elbow, the NBA team said.