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The Philippine Patriots' Jerwin Gaco squeezes past two Thailand Tigers defenders during their ASEAN Basketball League game Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The Philippine Patriots used a blistering 20-5 run at the start of the fourth period to secure their fifth straight win, a 77-61 thrashing of the Thailand Tigers, in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Championship Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena...

Basketball: Bahrain down Thailand 80-60

Gulf Daily News 24.11.2009
Basketball: Bahrain down Thailand 80-60

BAHRAIN trounced Thailand 80-60 yesterday to claim their second win in as many games in placement group three of the Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, reports PATRICK SALOMON.

Iran beats Thailand in FIBA Asia U-16 Championship

JOHOR - Iran defeated Thailand in the FIBA Asia U-16 Championship on Friday. Iran, which had edged Taiwan in its opening on Thursday, overcame Thailand 71-36 in Group D.

China beat Thailand at Asia's women's basketball championship

Another basketball tournament title is up for grabs in Asia. Asia's women's basketball championship tipped-off on Thursday night. China beat Thailand 115-51 in the first round.

Sparks center Lisa Leslie cleared to play

Mark Medina Los Angeles Times 03.08.2009
Sparks center Lisa Leslie, right, goes up to shoot as Detroit Shock forward Barbara Farris defends during a game on June 6.

She resumes full-contact workouts, but Coach Michael Cooper isn't sure she'll be ready to play Tuesday against San Antonio.

In China, a Rocky Ascent for Basketball

DAN LEVIN The New York Times 22.07.2009
Bonzi Wells, a former N.B.A. player who signed with the Chinese team Shanxi Zhongyu in 2008, rested during a game against the Beijing Ducks in Taiyuan, China, in January.

With 1.3 billion potential fans, China is increasingly seen as a financial promised land for N.B.A. stars through endorsement deals, and the league itself has established a robust organization here valued at $2 billion.

Mystics can't catch up with Fever's furor

Mike Fratto The Washington Times 21.07.2009
Mystics can't catch up with Fever's furor

The Washington Mystics looked forward to Tuesday night's visit from the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Fever as a measuring stick of their progress this season. What they found out is that they still have some growing to do.

Lakers-Lamar Odom talks produce mood swings

Broderick Turner Los Angeles Times 13.07.2009
Free-agent forward Lamar Odom is a little perplexed at how contract negotiations have been proceeding with the Lakers.

The free agent says he's frustrated but hopeful a deal will get done despite lengthy negotiations, but Kupchak says he isn't as optimistic as he was. Rumors of interest from Miami swirl.

Lakers make the wrong move going with Ron Artest

Bill Plaschke Los Angeles Times 02.07.2009
Houston Rockets forward Ron Artest, right, has words for Lakers guard Kobe Bryant during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on May 6. The Lakers reached a deal with Artest on Thursday.

The champs should have spent more time negotiating with Trevor Ariza and passed on the forward with a volatile past.

Candace Parker, shown in 2008, practiced for the first time this season on Tuesday and expects to return to the court within five weeks.

It is Parker's first since her maternity leave; she had a daughter, Lailaa, on May 13. Leslie, recovering from a knee sprain, is cleared to shoot but is not taking part in running drills.

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming pauses during a press conference while talking about a stress fracture he suffered to his left foot in Game 3 of Western Conference semifinals on May 10.

The Houston Rockets team physician says the 7-foot-6 center could miss next season, and reports state that representatives are concerned Yao will never play again.

Candace Parker says she'll return to action within six weeks

Mark Medina Los Angeles Times 23.06.2009
Candace Parker says she'll return to action within six weeks

The WNBA's MVP and rookie of the year from last season gave birth to her first child on May 13. She says she'll be practicing within two weeks.

More than 100,000 turn out for Lakers parade

Dan Whitcomb and Laura Isensee Reuters 17.06.2009
More than 100,000 turn out for Lakers parade

More than 100,000 joyous Lakers fans filled the streets of downtown Los Angeles and jammed the Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday for a parade marking the team's 15th NBA championship.

Athletes turn to Twitter to get their message out

Diane Pucin Los Angeles Times 17.06.2009
Kevin Love, right, was the first one to let people know that Kevin McHale would not be returning as coach.

Whether it's breaking news by Kevin Love or an update from Shaq, the sports world has never been the same.

Rutgers Basketball Star to Turn Pro in Europe

GREG BISHOP BBC Sport 16.06.2009
Rutgers' Epiphanny Prince in action last year against DePaul.

Epiphanny Prince, a third-team all-American guard for Rutgers who once scored 113 points in a high school game, plans to skip her senior season and play basketball professionally in Europe before entering the 2010 W.N.B.A. draft.

Lakers primed for another title run next year

Steve Ginsburg Reuters 15.06.2009
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy after they defeated the Orlando Magic to win the NBA championship in Orlando, Florida June 14, 2009.

The Los Angeles Lakers basked in the glow of their 15th championship on Monday knowing that additional titles may be on the way.

Slow Start, but Lakers Win With the 3

HOWARD BECK The New York Times 11.06.2009
Derek Fisher, left, of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a game-tying three-point shot over Jameer Nelson of the Orlando Magic in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the 2009 N.B.A. finals.

Experience is the Los Angeles Lakers’ calling card, their security blanket and, on nights like this, their protective sheen. It glistens on their fingertips when the air grows thick and nerves become raw.

Magic stun Lakers 108-104, trim deficit to 2-1

Steve Ginsburg Reuters 09.06.2009
Magic stun Lakers 108-104, trim deficit to 2-1

The Orlando Magic stormed back into contention in the NBA Finals by knocking off the Los Angeles Lakers 108-104 on Tuesday, trimming the deficit in their best-of-seven series to 2-1.

Lakers need overtime but still take 2-0 lead

Mike Jones The New York Times 08.06.2009
Lakers need overtime but still take 2-0 lead

Refusing to put much emphasis on the Orlando Magic's atrocious performance in their NBA Finals-opening blowout Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers predicted Sunday's Game 2 would be much more of a challenge.

Lakers' Game 2 overtime win is a little over the top

Mike Bresnahan Los Angeles Times 08.06.2009
Lakers' Game 2 overtime win is a little over the top

They dodge a bullet when Magic barely misfires on a lob pass at end of regulation, then persevere down the stretch to gain a 2-0 series lead in NBA Finals.

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