Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.
The 27-year-old, who set a single-season record for three-pointers made, was quick to praise his father, a former professional basketball player himself.
Stephen Curry: “This hasn’t sunk in at all. I’m on cloud nine for sure. Obviously we’re in the middle of a playoff run and that’s the most important thing but today is a celebration for sure. Thank you dad, you are the example of what a true professional is on and off the court. I remember a lot of your career and to be able to follow in your footsteps…it means a lot to me.”
The Golden State Warriors are currently tied 1-1 in their playoff series with the Memphis Grizzlies after suffering a 97-90 loss in Oakland on Tuesday.
Curry and team-mate Klay Thompson, usually clinical, connected with just three of 17 three-point attempts and finished with 19 and 13 points respectively.
The series moves to Memphis on Saturday
Ma Long clinches men’s singles at world championships
China’s Ma Long produced a stunning performance to outclass compatriot Fang Bo 4-2 in a close fought match to clinch the men’s singles title at the world table tennis championships.
In the final moments of the fifth-set, the players were levelled at 10-all, with Ma needing two more points to clinch the match but his opponent held his nerve and showed he wouldn’t go down without a fight.
The Chinese number one admitted feeling under pressure to win the title, all of which was released as he smashed home the winner.
In the women’s singles category, China’s Ding Ning downed compatriot Liu Shiwei to take gold.
SAP in control
SAP Extreme Sailing Team kept their composure to clinch their maiden Act win in China.
The Danish contingent got off to a strong start and were able to capitalise on their outstanding performance over the three days of racing that included 14 podiums and 5 race wins.
Needing to keep a four-boat gap on the leaders, Gazprom Team Russia looked set to cross the finish-line first but a penalty at the windward mark meant they eventually had to settle for third place while the Wave, Muscat staged a valiant comeback to come home second.
Extreme Sailing Team now lead the overall standings with 28 points, giving them a major boost ahead of Act 4, which gets underway in Cardiff on June 18.
11 years on from 2004 Games
Eleven years after the Athens Games, many of the Olympic venues Greece built at great expense remain abandoned or rarely used.
Shortly after the event, the country plunged into a deep economic recession which led to the abandonment of the world-class Athens arenas being abandoned.
While some sites, which took years and cost billions to construct, are expected to be used for future sporting events and concerts, others sit idle as private developers struggle to secure financing for their redevelopment plans.
The aquatics center, beach volleyball arena, and softball arena are all literally falling apart. These abandoned sites are the focus of great public anger as the country struggles with poverty and unemployment, sending out a stern message to future host cities over the importance of long-term planning.
Bingham claims world snooker title in classic
That’s all what we have time for in this week’s edition of Sports United. We wrap it up with the highlights of the gripping final of the 2015 World Snooker Championship, where Englishman Stuart Bingham beat compatriot Shaun Murphy to win his first world title.