Sunday , 22 April 2018

National Sports

Stephens gives 2-1 lead to US Fed Cup team against France

Sloane Stephens gave a 2-1 lead to defending champion United States over France in their Fed Cup semifinal on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Kristina Mladenovic. The U.S. Open champion delivered a ruthless display against the 20th-ranked Mladenovic and prevailed in 54 minutes. Stephens hit 16 winners and converted five of six break chances at the 6,700-capacity Arena …

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Kipchoge wins 3rd London Marathon; Cheruiyot gets 1st title

Eliud Kipchoge swept to a third London Marathon victory and Vivian Cheruiyot won the event for the first time as Kenyans triumphed in sweltering conditions on Sunday. The 33-year-old Kipchoge ran the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) course in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 27 seconds to add to his wins in the British capital in 2015 and 2016. Shura Kitata Tola of Ethiopia …

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LEADING OFF: Farquhar status, Yanks add top prospect Torres

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ——— FARQUHAR STATUS The Chicago White Sox will continue to monitor pitcher Danny Farquhar, who was hospitalized in stable but critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage. The reliever fell ill Friday night in the dugout after pitching against Houston. The White Sox announced Saturday that additional testing revealed the brain …

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High-scoring Lightning showing they play defense, too

The highest-scoring team in the NHL is playing a stingy brand of defense in the playoffs. Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning know ultimately that will be the key to the chances for a deep run for the third time in four years. The top seed in the Eastern Conference won its opening round series 4-1 over the New …

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Pujols homers for hit No. 2,992 in Angels' 4-3 win vs Giants

It took a milestone hit by Albert Pujols to give the Los Angeles Angels their first lead of the week. Pujols drove a go-ahead, two-run homer into the seats in right-center in the sixth inning for career hit No. 2,992 and the Angels beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Saturday night to snap an ugly four-game losing streak. Mike …

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Dominant Davis wills Pelicans into 2nd round of playoffs

Now that five-time All-Star Anthony Davis has his first taste of a playoff triumph, he sounds eager to see what’s next. Davis’ Pelicans looked like anything but a shoo-in for the postseason after fellow All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season in late January with an Achilles tear. They needed 81 games just to clinch a playoff spot. They …

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Rubio's triple-double leads Jazz past Thunder 115-102

Ricky Rubio waited seven years for a night like this. Rubio, who never reached the playoffs in his first six seasons with Minnesota, had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Utah’s first playoff triple-double in 17 years to help lead the Jazz to a 115-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. “We were down by …

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Lee bloodies, beats Barboza by TKO in UFC lightweight bout

Kevin Lee missed weight but was on the mark with injecting himself back into the UFC lightweight title picture. Lee pounded Edson Barboza until blood streamed down his face and won a 155-pound bout when the fight was stopped via TKO in the fifth round on Saturday night. Lee kept the fight on the ground at Boardwalk Hall and — …

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Tale of two bouts: Adrien Broner, Jessie Vargas fight to majority draw

And they both fought well in an action-packed welterweight fight Saturday night — at a contract weight of 144 pounds — before 13,964 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. But after 12 rounds, neither was happy to hear the fight was called a majority draw. Judge Julie Lederman favored Broner 115-113, but she was overruled by Eric Marlinski and Kevin Morgan, …

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Dodgers back Ryu with 3 HRs in 4-0 win over Nationals

Cody Bellinger’s Bobblehead Night and Joc Pederson’s birthday took a back seat to the night Hyun-Jin Ryu had. Ryu threw seven dominant innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night. “Just the way he was mixing his pitches, changing eye levels, in and out with the fastball, cutter and the …

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