Magic Johnson takes charge in major Lakers shake-up

This file photo taken on February 8, 2017, shows NBA legend Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson (in black) during the game between the UCLA Bruins and the Oregon Ducks at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California.

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, who sparked the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s, was yesterday named president of basketball operations for the struggling NBA squad. Lakers president and part-owner Jeanie Buss also announced the firing ... Read More

Glenn Robinson (airborne) of Indiana Pacers competes in the 2017 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at Smoothie King Center on Saturday in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo: AFP) Glenn Robinson wins NBA slam dunk contest
NEW ORLEANS, United States (AFP) — Glenn Robinson scored a perfect 50 on his final dunk to cap ... Read More

Myles Turner, #33 of Indiana Pacers, shoots the ball against Washington Wizards during the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday in Indianapolis. (Photo: AFP) Wizards rout Pacers while Bulls edge Celtics
WASHINGTON, United States — With a host of scoring threats, the Washington Wizards have become ... Read More

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes for the dunk during their game against the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday night.  The Cavaliers won 113-104. (Photo: AFP) LeBron leads Cavaliers into break with win over Pacers
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving added 26 and Kyl ... Read More

Calabar capture basketball double

BY GERALD REID Observer Writer | Wednesday, February 15, 2017    

Members of the Calabar Under-19 team pose with the winning trophy after defeating St Catherine High 68-55 points in the ISSA All-island National Basketball Championship final at GC Foster College on Monday. (Simon Brown)

CALABAR High produced two top-class performances to crown themelves national champions as they captured both the Boys’ Under-16 and Under-19 titles at the 2016-2017 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) All-island National Basketball Championships finals at the GC Foster College in St Catherine. In the Boys’ Under-16 final, Calabar defeated Jamaica College 51-44 points, in what was a repeat of the Southern Conference final played last month, while Calabar Under-19 defeat ... Read More

Wizards solve Westbrook, Spurs post 20th-straight winning season

Wednesday, February 15, 2017    

Manu Ginobili (left) of San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Monday. (Photo: AFP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Markieff Morris scored 23 points as the Washington Wizards took advantage of an off night by Russell Westbrook to crush the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-98 on Monday. John Wall had 15 points and 14 assists and Bradley Beal scored 22 points as all five starters scored in double figures for the Wizards, who led by as many as 34 points. Washington has won three straight, 10 of 11 overall, and are an Eastern Conference-best 17-5 since New Year’s Day. &ld ... Read More

St Catherine through to U-19 all-island basketball final

Tuesday, February 14, 2017    

Daniel Jones (front) of St Catherine High dribbles past Herbert Morrison’s Nicholas Minott in Friday’s ISSA Boys Under-19 basketball semi-finals at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. St Catherine High won the game 48-47 to advance to Monday’s final against Calabar High. (Photo: Paul Reid)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former champions St Catherine High will contest the final of the ISSA Boys Under-19 basketball for the first time since winning the all-island title since 2006 after scoring a dramatic 47-46 win over Western Conference champions Herbert Morrison Technical in their semi-final at the Montego Bay Cricket Club on Friday. St Catherine High, who overcame a double-digit deficit in the third quarter to score the winning basket with three seconds left in regulation time, we ... Read More

Knicks stop the rot with win over Spurs

Tuesday, February 14, 2017    

David Lee (centre) of San Antonio Spurs goes up for a layup against New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo: AFP)

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — New York Knicks’s latest tough week ended on a high note on Sunday as Carmelo Anthony and company shocked San Antonio Spurs 94-90 at Madison Square Garden. A victory over the second-best team in the NBA was a welcome change of fortune for the Knicks, who are languishing well out of play-off contention in the Eastern Conference amid tensions between Anthony and Club President Phil Jackson. A feud between owner James Dolan and popular ex-Knick Charles ... Read More

Durant shakes off jeers to lead Warriors to win

Monday, February 13, 2017    

Kevin Durant (left) of the Golden State Warriors goes for a dunk during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder  at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Saturday. Golden State Warriors won 130-114. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Kevin Durant was in hostile territory as he returned to Oklahoma City on Saturday, but shut out the noise to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 130-114 victory over his former team, the Thunder. Durant scored 34 points and pulled down nine rebounds in his first game in Oklahoma City since he departed as a free agent for Golden State after last season. The jeers and catcalls greeted him at pre-game warm-ups and didn’t let up until the Warriors had ... Read More

Herbert Morrison into ISSA All-Island basketball semis

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Wednesday, February 08, 2017    


MONTEGO BAY, St James — Western Conference champions Herbert Morrison Technical advanced to Thursday’s semi-final of the ISSA all-island boys Under 19 basketball competition after cruising to a big 43-point (85-42) win over Christiana High at the Montego Bay Cricket Club on Monday. This was the Montego Bay school’s second win in the play-offs after beating Southern Conference runners-up Camperdown High 37-34 in their earlier Zone Two play-off game and will face St Catherine Hi ... Read More

ISSA All-Island Basketball Championships semis on today

BY GERALD REID Observer writer | Wednesday, February 08, 2017    

DEFENDING champions St George’s College and Calabar High will continue the respective defence of their Under-16 and Under-19 titles, as the 2017 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) National High Schoolboys Basketball Championships semi-finals will be played today at the G C Foster College in Spanish Town. Calabar will face Under-16 champions St George’s at 2:00 pm, while Calabar will go up against Ardenne High in the Under-19 semi-finals at 5:00 pm. Jamaica College and ... Read More

Double blow for Cornwall College in basketball play-offs

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, February 02, 2017    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Cornwall College suffered a double loss as they started the all-island ISSA basketball play-offs on Monday, going down to St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) and Manchester High respectively, in the Under-16 and Under-19 sections at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. Cornwall College, who were runners-up in both sections of the Western Conference last season, lost 42-51 to Central champions STETHS in the Under-16 game and 40-69 to Manchester High in the Under-19 sectio ... Read More

Calabar secure double ISSA High Schoolboys Basketball titles

BY GERALD REID Observer writer | Tuesday, January 31, 2017    

Members of Calabar High’s Under-19 team that captured the ISSA Southern Conference High Schoolboys Under-19 title after defeating Camperdown High 2-1 in the three-game series at the G C Foster College of Physical Education and Sports on Wednesday. At right is Kirk Stewart, assistant coach of the team.

DEFENDING champions Calabar High held off a late surge from Camperdown High to win a close and exciting Game Three 64-61 and retain their ISSA Southern Conference High Schoolboys Under-19 basketball league title at the GC Foster College last Wednesday. Calabar won the best-of-three series finals 2-1. They won Game One 61-50 and Camperdown took Game Two 69-50. Meanwhile, their Under-16 team defeated Jamaica College 2-0 in the best-of-three game, to capture the double. Calabar again took Game ... Read More

Hawks soar in OT epic

Tuesday, January 31, 2017    

Kevin Durant (left) of Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Damian Lillard (centre) of Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Looking on is Draymond Green of the Warriors. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Atlanta Hawks edged the New York Knicks in an unexpected NBA epic on Sunday, emerging after four overtimes and almost four hours with a 142-139 victory. “That was fun. I don’t want to do that again ever, but it was fun,” said Paul Millsap, whose 37 points included the go-ahead basket in the fourth extra period as the Hawks withstood 45 points from Carmelo Anthony to win on their home floor. Millsap added 19 rebounds and seven assis ... Read More



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