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Whistle-blowers on the back page, too

Tim Donaghy

You don't have to look too far around this publication to know it has been a big week for whistle-blowers. Up front American Edward Snowden has blown the lid off the US National Security Agency's mass surveillance programme in an exclusive interview. Snowden emerged from hiding in Hong Kong long enough to start spilling the beans on some seriously disturbing and illegal snooping around here on folks like you and I.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 9:51am

Miami Heat beat Indiana Pacers to set up NBA finals with San Antonio Spurs

The Heat's Dwyane Wade shoots under pressure from the Pacers' Roy Hibbert during the Eastern Conference finals play-off decider. Photo: AP

David Stern can rest easy now, because the last championship series he will preside over as commissioner won't be the ratings bust that a Spurs-Pacers final would have been. Miami and San Antonio is about as good as the league could have hoped for.

5 Jun 2013 - 4:52am

Pacers set up series decider with 91-77 win over Heat

Indiana Pacers centre Roy Hibbert shoots a hook shot over Miami Heat centre Joel Anthony in the fourth quarter. Photo: EPA

Roy Hibbert did everything but pull out the boxing gloves in game six, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and continually contesting Miami's shots to help Indiana stave off elimination.

3 Jun 2013 - 3:40am

San Antonio Spurs back in NBA finals after sweeping Memphis Grizzlies

San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili of Argentina (top) goes to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol. Photo: EPA

It may seem as if the San Antonio Spurs are playing for an NBA title every year. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker know only too well how very long it has been since their last chance.

29 May 2013 - 5:46am

Pacers gain edge over Miami 97-93 in Eastern Conference final series

Pacers' Roy Hibbert dunks the ball on his way to postseason career-high of 29. Photo: AP

David West was more than a little disappointed when the Indiana Pacers failed to make a defensive play at the end to win game one of the Eastern Conference finals. So in game two, he made those plays himself. Twice, in fact.

26 May 2013 - 5:54am

The joke's on Sacramento

A deal was signed to sell a controlling 65 per cent stake in the Kings to a group led by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive. Photo: AFP

It would be to easy to say the NBA deserves the fiasco surrounding the Sacramento Kings and their on-again, off-again move to Seattle. It would also be easy to revel in the irony of the presence of Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett on the NBA's seven-man relocation committee. And it would be way too easy to say both Sacramento and Seattle deserve better than this. Yeah, it would all be too easy. But who says easy is bad?

19 May 2013 - 5:03am

Gasol helps Grizzlies down Thunder, Pacers outrun Nicks in Indianapolis

The Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant and the Grizzlies' Tony Allen tussle during their Western Conference semi-final. Photo: AP

Marc Gasol scored 20 points and Memphis made all six of their free-throw attempts in the final 63 seconds to beat Oklahoma City 87-81 in game three of their NBA play-off second-round series.

13 May 2013 - 3:52am

San Antonio Spurs beat Golden State Warriors to regain play-off series lead

The San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan strips the ball from Golden State Warriors' Jarrett Jack during their game. Photo: AP

The victory gave the Spurs a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference second-round series. They regained home-court advantage after the Warriors had come away from the first two games in San Antonio with a 1-1 split.

12 May 2013 - 4:21am

Chicago Bulls beat Brooklyn Nets 99-93 to win first-round series

Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (left) drives around Brooklyn Nets' Chris Humphries. Photo: EPA

Injured, ill and just as determined as ever, the Chicago Bulls beat the Nets 99-93 on Saturday night to win the first-round series.

5 May 2013 - 2:31pm

Kobe declares season over with 'probable' torn Achilles

Kobe Bryant, the fifth leading scorer in NBA history, lies on the court in pain during the Laker's game against the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers won 118-116.Photo: EPA

Kobe Bryant declared his season over after scoring 34 points before leaving the game with a likely torn Achilles tendon, as the Los Angeles Lakers kept their play-off hopes alive with a 118-116 win over Golden State.

14 Apr 2013 - 4:44am

Spoelstra deserves more respect

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. Photo: AP

There are worse places to be these days than in Erik Spoelstra's shoes. In fact there are few places better. At 42, the coach of the Miami Heat is in charge of the reigning NBA champions and has his star-studded team playing better this year than last. 

31 Mar 2013 - 4:57am

NBA players union oust executive director in vote

Billy Hunter has been fired as executive director of the NBA players union. Photo: AP

The National Basketball Players Association assembled a new executive committee after player representatives axed executive director Billy Hunter following a review of his tenure released in January.

17 Feb 2013 - 1:04pm

Clippers 99-93 win over Mavericks extends home streak to 13 games

Fans hold up pictures of Clippers guard Chris Paul during the first half of LA's 99-93 win. Photo: AP

The Los Angeles Clippers looked like the team with the NBA's best record in stretches. They were flat and sloppy at other times, and still pulled out the win.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:30am

Boston Celtics draw first blood over Knicks in NBA

The Celtics-Knicks clash was a scrap all night on the New York home court and this play was no exception. Photo: EPA

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett clashed verbally from baseline to mid-court, and Anthony still had more to say.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Short Sport, January 8, 2013

The Lakers' Steve Nash is double-teamed by the Nuggets.

Shane Warne hit with fine and suspension

8 Jan 2013 - 3:04am