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IRVING, US: Adam Scott will overtake injured Tiger Woods in next week’s rankings to become golf’s world number one for the first time, even though the Australian will not play this week. Scott, who won his first major title at last year’s Masters, will become the first Aussie to claim…

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MIAMI: The Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth consecutive year by beating the Brooklyn Nets, 96-94, on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to win their NBA playoff series four games to one. LeBron James worked both ends of the floor in game five, scoring 20 of…

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Filipino super Grandmaster Wesley So kept the lead despite settling for a draw in the six round of the 49th Capablanca Memorial Elite tournament currently being held in Cuba. So offered Grandmaster Lazaro Batista Bruzon a draw after 22 moves of English opening, which the Cuban readily accepted. The Philippine…

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will hold seven seniors game a week instead of its usual six-game per week schedule in Season 90. The NCAA added one Saturday game apart from its regular two-game slate every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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ROME: Frenchman Jeremy Chardy ousted Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had to fight to survive in Wednesday’s (Thursday in Manila) second round of the ATP-WTA Rome Masters. Federer fell to Chardy, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6), while Nadal defeated Gilles Simon, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (4), 6-2. AFP

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OAKLAND, US: Steve Kerr, who has no coaching experience at any level, has reached a tentative agreement to be the next head coach of the Golden State Warriors, the NBA team said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Kerr takes over from former coach Mark Jackson and if it becomes official…

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Donnie “Ahas” Nietes has been a world boxing champion since 2007, but it was not until he humbled Mexican challenger Moises Fuentes last Saturday that he finally looked the part. Nietes finally delivered a breakthrough performance, stopping a game Fuentes to retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight (108…

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OKLAHOMA CITY: Russell Westbrook sank three clutch free throws with six seconds left as Oklahoma City rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-104 in game five of their second round playoff series. “I just try to take my time, take a deep breath and knock them down,” Westbrook said.…

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Basketball icon Magic Johnson said on Tuesday that disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is “living in the stone ages” and deserves to lose his coveted NBA franchise. Johnson, who won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper that he believed Sterling’s attack…