August 19, 2019
Latest News

Toronto Raptors acquire veteran center Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

Toronto, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- The Toronto Raptors on Thursday sought to bolster their roster heading into the playoffs by acquiring veteran center Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies, who received three players and the rights to a second-round draft pick in return.

The 34-year-old Gasol, the 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and a three-time All-Star, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists thus far this season.

The Spanish center, the younger brother of two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol, leaves the Grizzlies after 10 1/2 seasons as that franchise's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocked shots and field goals made.

In return for Gasol, the rebuilding Grizzlies acquired center Jonas Valanciunas, point guard Delon Wright, forward C.J. Miles and the rights to a second-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

Gasol is moving from a struggling team with a record of 22-33 (second to last in the Western Conference) to a Raptors squad that is 39-16 and has the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

The veteran center will be counted on to play a key supporting role for a line-up that includes superstar small forward Kawhi Leonard and power forward Serge Ibaka, who like Gasol has competed in recent years for Spain's national basketball team.

The Raptors made the deal in hopes of upgrading their line-up and keeping pace with their main competitors in the Eastern Conference: the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics.

The Bucks, who boast NBA MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and lead the league with a record of 40-13, reportedly made a splash on Thursday by acquiring sharp-shooting power forward Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans.

The 76ers (34-20) acquired a deadly 3-point shooter of their own before Thursday's trade deadline by sending rookie Landry Shamet, forward Wilson Chandler, big man Mike Muscala and draft picks to the Los Angeles Clippers for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott.

The 26-year-old Harris, who has transformed himself into one of the NBA's best long-range shooters, averaged 20.9 points per game and shot 43 percent from 3-point range for the Clippers this season.

Although the Celtics stood pat before the trade deadline, they have won nine of their last 10 games, boast a deep line-up headlined by star point guard Kyrie Irving and are one of the NBA's top teams defensively.

The Eastern Conference is up for grabs in 2019 after an eight-year stretch in which superstar LeBron James (now in the West as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers) played in the NBA Finals in each of those seasons with either the Miami Heat or the Cleveland Cavaliers.

News history
Djokovic still leads ATP rankings, Bautista reaches Top-10 for 1st time

Madrid, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- Serbia tennis star Novak Djokovic - winner of 16 grand slams- maintained the No. 1 spot of the men's Association of Tennis...

Paola Espinosa, miracle worker in platform diving going for medal in Tokyo

By Gustavo Borges

Justin Thomas wins BMW Championship, climbs to No. 1 in FedEX Cup standings

Medinah, USA, Aug 18 (efe-epa).- American golfer Justin Thomas won the BMW Championship at the Medinah Country Club near Chicago on Sunday, finishing with a...

Atletico Madrid starts off La Liga season by blanking Getafe 1-0

By Iñaki Dufour

Chelsea's winless drought under Lampard goes on with 1-1 draw vs. Leicester

London, Aug 18 (efe-epa).- Frank Lampard's Chelsea on Sunday went winless for the third encounter in a row as the London side played to a 1-1 draw at home...

Ramos on same path as Casillas, Raul, Sanchis after 283 wins

Madrid, Aug 18 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has achieved 283 victories with the La Liga side, equaling Paco Gento, and is en route to...

Manchester City settle for 2-2 draw against visiting Tottenham

Manchester, England, Aug 17 (efe-epa).- Manchester City stumbled at home against Tottenham here Saturday night, squandering leads on a pair of occasions...

Bale makes strong showing in Real Madrid's convincing 3-1 win over Celta Vigo

Vigo, Spain, Aug 17 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid cruised past Celta Vigo 3-1 on Saturday in their La Liga opener thanks in large part to the play of Gareth Bale,...

Mane, Firmino lead Liverpool to narrow 2-1 win over Southampton

Southampton, England, Aug 17 (efe-epa).- Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino provided the offensive firepower in Liverpool's 2-1 road victory Saturday over...

Arsenal beats Burnley 2-1 in 2nd consecutive Premier League win

London, Aug 17 (efe-epa).- Arsenal defeated Burnley 2-1 on Saturday to open the 2019-20 Premier League season with two successive wins.

Athletic upset Barcelona 1-0 in LaLiga opener

Bilbao, Spain, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Aritz Aduriz began what he says will be his final professional season here Friday with a spectacular goal to lead Athletic...

Alibaba co-founder acquires full ownership of Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center

New York, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- The co-founder and executive vice chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has acquired full ownership of the Brooklyn Nets...

Real Madrid faces 1st test without Hazard

Vigo/Madrid, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid will take on its first test of the season without Eden Hazard of Belgium who sustained a last-minute injury that...

Vinicius, Neymar called up for Brazil’s friendlies vs Colombia, Peru

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Brazil national team coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, best known as Tite, on Friday called up Real Madrid’s winger Vinicius...

Zidane: I count on James and Bale

Madrid, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Friday said he counts on James Rodriguez of Colombia and Gareth Bale of Wales, in contrast...

Japanese soccer rises in value in Spain

Madrid, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Japanese soccer has been thriving over the past few years, which led to an increase in the number of Japanese players in Spain,...

Leg injury postpones Hazard’s La Liga debut

Madrid, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Belgian forward Eden Hazard, Real Madrid’s major signing for the upcoming season, is set to be sidelined during his club’s...

Manchester City ready for tough Tottenham test

London, Aug 16 (efe-epa).- Manchester City will take on Tottenham Hotspur in its first home game of the new Premier League home season on Saturday, a...

Tokyo, Aug 16 (EFE).- Andres Iniesta – the skilled midfielder who scored the decisive goal in Spain's 2010 World Cup victory and now plays in the Japanese...

A stroll through New York's iconic Madison Square Garden

By Alvaro Celorio

Barcelona coach: I'm happy with the squad I have

Barcelona, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said Thursday that he is satisfied with the players he has as the team prepares for the...

Messi, Ronaldo among nominees for UEFA Player of the Year Award

Madrid, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- Argentina forward Lionel Messi, Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk were nominated on Thursday...

New keeper Adrian is the hero as Liverpool wins 4th Super Cup

Istanbul, Aug 15 (efe-epa).- Days after joining the club, Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian saved a Chelsea penalty here early Thursday to secure victory for the...

Kipchoge: Running sub-2-hour marathon is about making history

Patricia Martinez

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.