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Smith bats Aussies to World Cup final

Australia ended the reiging champions’ unbeaten run at the World Cup with a 95-run victory yesterday that ensured the tournament co-hosts will meet in the final. Steve Smith scored 105 and shared a 182-run partnership with Aaron Finch (81) to help Australia post 328-7 against India,FULL STORY

Bulls down the Raptors to tighten grip on third seed

The Chicago Bulls strengthened their grip on the NBA’s Eastern Conference third seed on Wednesday with a 116-103 come-from-behind triumph over the Toronto Raptors, who nevertheless secured their own playoff berth. Jimmy Butler, making his second start since missing 11 games with an elbow injury, hadFULL STORY

Lu Yen-hsun’s Miami bid cut short by injury

By Dave Carroll

A neck injury saw Lu Yen-hsun’s Miami Open challenge end almost before it had begun on Wednesday as the Taiwanese No. 1 crashed out of the first round of the men’s singles. World No. 62 Lu was trailing 1-5 to world No. 44 Donald Young whenFULL STORY

Stars douse Flames in shootout

Ales Hemsky scored twice in regulation and Tyler Seguin had the only goal in the shootout as the Dallas Stars beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Wednesday for their seventh win in eight games. Seguin got a shot past Karri Ramo in the first round ofFULL STORY

US judge refuses to dismiss concussion lawsuit filed by former NHL players

A US District judge in Minnesota on Wednesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former players accusing the National Hockey League of knowingly withholding information about the long-term effect of concussions. The players have “adequately alleged that the NHL negligently or fraudulently omitted information” aboutFULL STORY

NBA to play in Shenzhen

The NBA on Wednesday announced that two games are to be played in China this fall, in the US pro basketball league’s latest effort to mine a massive market with an insatiable taste for hoops. The Charlotte Hornets are to go up against the Los AngelesFULL STORY

Cricket win gives NZ boost for Hong Kong Sevens

Defending champions New Zealand go into the Hong Kong Sevens today with an extra spring in their step after the Black Caps’ stunning victory in the cricket World Cup semi-finals. Veteran New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens said their compatriots’ dramatic win over South Africa onFULL STORY

Hurricanes safe on top in Super 15

The Wellington Hurricanes are poised to open up a huge lead in the Super 15 competition this weekend, despite resting a galaxy of stars when they tackle the struggling Melbourne Rebels. However, there is the prospect of a shake-up in the chasing pack with the ACTFULL STORY

Podolski’s late strike rescues Germany

Lukas Podolski came off the bench to save Germany’s blushes with a late equalizer which secured the world champions a 2-2 draw in Wednesday’s international friendly against Asian champions Australia. The match had started on a sombre note with a minute’s silence in tribute to theFULL STORY

Bendtner nets hat-trick as Denmark rally to down US

Nicklas Bendtner scored twice in the final seven minutes to complete a superb hat-trick as Denmark came from behind to beat the US 3-2 in a friendly international in Aarhus, Denmark, on Wednesday. It turned out to be a double celebration for captain Christian Eriksen asFULL STORY

Pozzovivo wins stage 3, Rolland takes the lead

Italian Domenico Pozzovivo won the third stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya on Wednesday as France’s Pierre Rolland took the overall lead. AG2R-La Mondiale’s Pozzovivo made a solo dart for home from a seven-man breakaway group about 2km from the finish and held off hisFULL STORY

Spain, England banking on fresh faces

A rejuvenated Spain recommence their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign at home to Ukraine in Seville today, while the prospect of seeing Harry Kane make his debut is the main attraction as England face Lithuania. In their first outing since a 1-0 friendly loss to Germany inFULL STORY

SOCCER SHORTS

GERMANY Khedira to leave Madrid Midfielder Sami Khedira on Wednesday said he would leave Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the season. “There is nothing more to say than what I told the sports magazine [Kicker], when there’s anything more I’ll say it,”FULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

RUGBY UNION SANZAR challenges ruling Super rugby’s governing body has taken the unusual step of challenging a ruling by its own judicial committee after Coastal Sharks star Francois Steyn was cleared of a dangerous play charge. The South Africa center was red-carded in the first half ofFULL STORY

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