Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James during the Western Conference semi-final playoff game five against the Houston Rockets. Photograph: EPA

LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated the Houston Rockets from the NBA playoffs with a 119-9(...)

 Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James scores on a pass from guard Rajon Rondo against Houston Rockets. Photograph: EPA

The Los Angeles Lakers used their size advantage to bully the Houston Rockets in a 110-100 victory which has the Caliornians just one game away from t(...)

 Houston Rockets guard James Harden  during the Western Conference playoff game against Oklahoma City Thunder. Photograph: EPA

James Harden and Russell Westbrook came back to haunt their old side the Oklahoma City Thunder as the Houston Rockets snuck into the NBA Western Confe(...)

 Jonathan Isaac stands as his team mates kneel before the start of a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic. Photograph: Getty Images

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, an ordained minister, became the first NBA player not to kneel during the national anthem since the league resta(...)

Kawhi Leonard, seen here playing for the  Toronto Raptors in game six of last season’s NBA Finals  against the Golden State Warriors, has signed for the Los Angeles Clippers for the new season. Photograph:  Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The new NBA season begins on Wednesday (1am, Sky Sports Arena) as the Toronto Raptors launch their title defence in the opening game against the New O(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and  Simon Zebo. “He’s moved to the periphery. But he’s still there . . .,” the Irish coach said this week with regard to Zebo’s situation with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

On Black Tuesday Joe Schmidt almost convinced us Simon Zebo had not been dropped at all.   “I was asked would Simon be in the mix,” went Schmidt(...)

Stephen Curry top scored with 36 points to guide the Golden State Warriors to the NBA finals. Photograph: Reuters

The Golden State Warriors came from behind to topple the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 in Monday’s Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, completing a(...)

Klay Thompson scored 41 points as the Golden State Warriors forced a seventh play-off tie with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Photograph: Epa

On the verge of elimination, Klay Thompson would not let the Golden State Warriors’ season to die. And so he shot and he shot and he shot. Normally he(...)

Ellie Day, wife of golfer Jason, is taken away on a stretcher after a collision with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James. Photograph: AP

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James apologised to the wife of Australian golfer Jason Day after a court-side collision forced her out of the Qui(...)

Michael Darragh Macauley in action against Cork: “If you don’t have the belly for the fight, and the talent as well, it is not going to be good enough.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Imagine if Michael Darragh Macauley slipped through the cracks of Dublin’s soaring dynasty. “I still give Pat(...)