Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo used NBA great Shaquille O'Neal as a prop to record a perfect score and capture the NBA Slam Dunk title on Saturday. The high-flying rookie put out a call over the loudspeaker for the "biggest person in the building" and out strolled the 7-foot-1 O'Neal who is considered one of the greatest players in league history. Diallo positioned O'Neal four feet from the basket, and sailed over the former Los Angeles Laker to finish with his right arm stuffed inside the rim. He brought the crowd at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina to its feet and the judges responded by giving him a perfect 50 score. The Slam Dunk event was one of several skills contests featured on Saturday night as part of the build-up to Sunday's 2019 NBA All-Star game. "The atmosphere was great," Diallo said. "I just came out and gave the crowd what they were looking for." Diallo needed a 43 to win on his second and last dunk of the finals to beat New York Knicks … [Read more...] about Diallo shows off high-flying skills to win NBA dunk crown
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Scott Gleeson and Tom Schad USA TODAY Published 10:00 AM EST Jan 5, 2019 One of the highlights of the sports year is the unpredictability — like an NCAA tournament No. 16 seed knocking off a No. 1, or an offseason transaction that shakes the sports world (LeBron James to the Lakers). What will 2019 bring? USA TODAY Sports offers some serious and not-so-serious predictions. 1. Kevin Durant to the Lakers. LeBron James going to Hollywood seemed far-fetched last year around this time, and then his summer free-agency made one of our bold predictions for 2018 come true. But why would Durant leave, especially if the two-time Finals MVP can guide the Warriors to a three-peat? Durant's recent flap with Draymond Green and an ongoing need to quiet doubters on social media could be major factors. 2. Le'Veon Bell signs with the New York Jets. Bell sat out 2018 with hopes of landing a massive free-agent … [Read more...] about 2019 sports predictions: 19 serious, not-so-serious theories for year
Colin Sheridan's A to Z of 2019A is for Anybody but the DubsWe get it. Yiz are good at football. But this is getting ridiculous. So ridiculous that Damien Dempsey is struggling to make miserable music anymore. There was once something tragically romantic about the Dubs — Jayo, as a young whippersnapper, leaving Mark O’Connor on his arse and bagging an onion... ‘Pillar’ lifting the entire family over the advertising hoardings before the final whistle... Mark Vaughan’s hair. Now? Now they are like some master-race, steamrolling teams for fun. And God help us all if Connolly comes back. This coming year, whether by accident (Ebola outbreak) or design, we need anybody but Dublin to prevail. Anybody except Galway.B is for Brady, TomNotwithstanding his vintage performance against a woeful New York Jets on Sunday night, TB12 is falling foul to the one condition that catches every mortal being bar Bruce Springsteen; father time. Brady, 41, has long claimed he … [Read more...] about 2019: A year of plastic protest and Liverpool celebration?
HOCKEY FANS get ready, EA Sports is set to release a brand new NHL game. And here's everything you need to know... By James Wright / Published 30th August 2018 EA SPORTS NHL 19: Release Date, Player Ratings, HUT news, and new features for new PS4, Xbox game DS EA Sports has revealed thetop 50 overall rated players in NHL 19 ahead of the games release.You'll find the full list of 50 below, however if you head over to official NHL 19 page you'll be able to get more details on the players individual attributes:50. Jonathan Toews (Overall 87)Keep reading for everything else you need to know about EA Sports NHL 19... DS NHL 19 - OverviewPublisher: EA SportsDeveloper: EA CanadaPlatform: PS4, Xbox One.Genre: Hockey SimNHL 19 - What is it?NHL 19 is the latest in EA Sports long-running Ice Hockey game series.Working together with theNational Hockey League Players' Association, EA Canada utilises an official license to recreate the leagues … [Read more...] about NHL 19: Release Date, Player Ratings, HUT news, and new features for new PS4, Xbox game
Sport by Press Association July 2 2018, 1.30pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1 a week LeBron James has agreed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers worth 154millon us dollars (£116million). The 33-year-old’s sports management group confirmed the three-time NBA champion has agreed to the deal, seeing the world’s greatest player leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second time and make his debut in the Western Conference. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the top 10 highest-paid sports stars, including salaries, bonuses and prize money between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, according to Forbes. Forbes’ Top 10: 1 Floyd Mayweather, USD285million (£212.8million) Retired boxer Mayweather reclaimed first place from Cristiano Ronaldo after the 41-year-old American’s significant earnings from last year’s fight with Irishman … [Read more...] about Top 10 highest-paid sports stars in the world