Indian Wells: Maria Sharapova loses to Naomi Osaka in first round

Former world number one Maria Sharapova fell 6-4 6-4 against Japanese number one Naomi Osaka in the first round at Indian Wells. It is a second opening round loss in succession for the 30-year-old after she was knocked out of the Qatar Open last month. Sharapova made six double faults, won only 25% of her […]

Serena Williams loses in doubles, US advances in Fed Cup

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The first step in Serena Williams’ comeback underscored how far she has to go after spending over a year away from the game. In Williams’ first competition since giving birth five months ago, she and sister Venus lost 6-2, 6-3 to Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands in a […]

Houston Rockets keep their mini-slump in proper perspective

Five-game slide — which ended Sunday — an eye-opener of sorts for Rockets The vagaries of an NBA season make almost every team look like Sasquatch one week and a Who in Whoville the next. The Houston Rockets looked invincible in November, winning 12 of 13, and snapped off 14 straight over the end of November and […]

LeBron James: I want to ‘break the mold’ of a players’ prime ending early

CLEVELAND — As Cavaliers star LeBron James continues to rack up numbers in another potential MVP season, the future Hall of Famer acknowledges he is playing for something more than just another individual trophy at this point in his career. But when discussing the possibility of winning another MVP award in his 15th season prior to Saturday night’s 109-100 win over […]

Stephen Curry: ‘Very likely’ that Warriors, Celtics face off in Finals

Stephen Curry knows who has owned the Eastern Conference for the last three years. After seeing the Boston Celtics snap his Warriors’ seven-game winning streak– and run their own win streak to a league-best 14 straight — the All-Star guard was forced to admit the possibility that a new NBA Finals contender could be coming. “Very, […]

Kevin Durant Leads Warriors to Decisive Win over Spurs; Gregg Popovich Ejected

The Golden State Warriors (6-3) handed the San Antonio Spurs (4-4) their fourth straight loss as they erased a 19-point first-quarter deficit to snare a 112-92 road win at AT&T Center on Thursday night behind Kevin Durant’s strong second-half showing. Durant, who started 0-of-8 from the field, finished with 24 points (9-of-18 shooting)—including 15 in a tide-turning third quarter that saw the Warriors […]