Benching Harper sends Williams’s right message the wrong way
Matt Williams, the Washington Nationals manager, made the biggest move of his 18-game tenure on Saturday, benching rising star Bryce Harper for his “lack of hustle”.
Houston Astros are still earth-bound but help is on the way
As harbingers of a new era go, the Houston Astros could have done worse than misspelling their new phenom’s name on his major-league debut.
Sterling and Suarez inpire Liverpool to win over Norwich City
The win takes the Premier League table-toppers to 80 points from 35 games.
Arsenal maintain push for top-four finish with victory at Hull
Hull could end up in Europe regardless of the FA Cup final result if Arsenal finish in the Uefa Champions League places
Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL
But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.
Wawrinka backhands Federer aside at Monte Carlo Masters
Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final.
April 17, 2014
Overtime thrillers in Memphis and Charlotte, and then a go-ahead dunk in Oklahoma City to win a game and cap another scoring title for Kevin Durant on the final night of the season before this season’s NBA playoffs could be decided.
April 16, 2014
Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for Los Angeles, who must beat Portland on Wednesday and have Detroit beat Oklahoma City to earn the second seed behind San Antonio in Western Conference playoffs.
April 15, 2014
The no-contest game guaranteed the Eastern Conference’s top seed for the Indiana Pacers while the Heat get the No. 2 seed and either the Wizards or Bobcats in the first round of the NBA play-offs.
April 14, 2014
It has been argued the NBA play-offs are too long, too big, too inclusive, simply too unwieldy. But those who make such an argument protest a bit too much. The NBA play-offs are a showcase for basketball. If you like basketball, more of the sport...
April 14, 2014
Marco Belinelli was not among the prominent NBA free agents last summer. When he signed a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs in July, it attracted little attention. Tom Thibodeau knew better.
April 14, 2014
DeMar DeRozan scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter during the Raptors' win while Memphis pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers.
April 9, 2014
'He's an original. He's a generational player' said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle on Wednesday after Dirk Nowitzki reached 26,714 career points to enter the NBA's top-10 all time in a 95-83 win over Utah.
April 7, 2014
For the first time since the 2009/10 season, and only the second time in the 10 years since the NBA returned to the state of North Carolina in a 2004/05 reboot, the Charlotte Bobcats will appear in the play-offs.
April 7, 2014
These are not the first words printed in an attempt to properly hail the breakout second season by Anthony Davis, but the New Orleans Pelicans’ budding star deserves a chorus of praise. His numbers are remarkable.
April 5, 2014
Kevin Durant scored at least 25 points for the 40th game on Friday, matching a stretch last accomplished by Michael Jordan in 1986/87, but his Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Houston Rockets 111-107.
April 3, 2014
The lead investor in the group that attempted to bring the Sacramento Kings to Seattle last year, Chris Hansen, says the goal of a Seattle NBA team remains the group's only objective.
April 2, 2014
Since falling to 10-21 on December 31, the Brooklyn Nets have gone 30-12, culminating in a win over the Rockets on Tuesday night that booked their place in the 2013/14 NBA play-offs.
April 1, 2014
'I think he'll be happy if we lose anytime soon' joked Tony Parker about coach Gregg Popovich after San Antonio extended their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games on Monday night. 'He's going to rest like half the team.'
March 31, 2014
Despite Kevin Love's elite scoring, it is a lacklustre defence from the Minnesota Timberwolves that has them on the outside looking in when it comes to the Western Conference play-offs, writes Jonathan Raymond.