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Unbreakable Lu makes semi-finals

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun was one win away from reaching his second ATP Tour final of the year on Thursday after the ninth seed defeated 14th seed Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4 in the Winston-Salem Open quarter-finals. World No. 38 Lu has yet to be broken in 29FULL STORY

Spurs rally to win in Cyprus; Tigers lose in Belgium

Tottenham Hotspur closed in on a place in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday after coming from behind to win 2-1 away to AEL in Cyprus in their playoff first leg. The north London side are looking to reach the group stageFULL STORY

McEvoy stuns a star-studded field

Australia’s Cameron McEvoy upset a star-studded field to win the men’s 100m freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships yesterday as Michael Phelps claimed his first international gold medal since coming out of retirement. McEvoy swam the race of his life to hit the wall in theFULL STORY

Few tears as Mario Balotelli leaves AC Milan for Liverpool

Mario Balotelli’s departure from AC Milan for Liverpool provoked few tears among Italian soccer fans, with many saying “good riddance” to the controversial striker. Balotelli, 24, left Italy in a private jet at lunchtime yesterday and, provided he passed a medical, was due to be unveiledFULL STORY

De Kock leads S Africa to series sweep

Quinton de Kock’s quickfire 84 lead South Africa to a crushing 3-0 series victory over Zimbabwe as they won the third one-day international by seven wickets on Thursday. De Kock wasted little time in his 75-ball innings, and was aided by 40 off 33 deliveries byFULL STORY

Lavillenie’s win streak ends in Stockholm

Olympic pole vault champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie suffered a surprise defeat at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Thursday, just five days after the Frenchman wrapped up a third consecutive European title. On a cold night in the Swedish capital, Lavillenie failed threeFULL STORY

Kershaw pitches Dodgers to victory

MAJOR LEAGUES Los Angeles pitcher Clayton Kershaw moved into a tie for the most wins in the majors this season, notching victory No. 15 as he led the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over San Diego on Thursday, maintaining the team’s 3.5-game lead atop the NationalFULL STORY

Van Pelt leads logjam, McIlroy struggles

Bo van Pelt chipped in for eagle at the par-five 17th hole for a 65 that pushed him past a crowd of eight players and into the first-round lead at The Barclays on Thursday, while Rory McIlroy played poorly. The Northern Irishman, winner in his pastFULL STORY

Ryu So-yeon sinks nine birdies, grabs Canadian Open lead

South Korea’s Ryu So-yeon fired a bogey-free opening round of 9-under-par 63 on Thursday to seize a one-stroke lead over compatriot Choi Na-yeon at the LPGA Canadian Women’s Open. Ryu, the 2011 US Women’s Open champion, hit all 14 fairways and needed only 25 putts, reachingFULL STORY

Donaldson boosts Ryder Cup bid with Czech Masters lead

Jamie Donaldson boosted his hopes of a maiden Ryder Cup appearance by taking a one-shot lead after the first round of the Czech Masters on Thursday. The Welshman carded a 6-under-par 66 at Prague’s Albatross Golf Resort to lead by one from Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg, whileFULL STORY

Carlin clinches gold; treble for Hosszu

Jazmin Carlin launched herself into the upper realms of distance swimming with victory in the 800m freestyle, while “Iron Lady” Katinka Hosszu won three medals on a night of quality racing at the European Championships in Berlin on Thursday. Only Katie Ledecky of the US, onFULL STORY

Kvitova downs fellow Czech to make the semis

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved into the semi-finals of the Connecticut Open with a 6-4, 6-1 win on Thursday over fellow Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Kvitova went down by a service break in the third game of the match, but avoided the upset bug that hasFULL STORY

Elia Viviani wins sprint after tiring Jens Voigt denied

Elia Viviani led a stream of sprinters past a tiring Jens Voigt to win the fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge on Thursday, while Tejay van Garderen kept the overall lead. German Trek Factory Racing veteran Voigt, who says the seven-stage race in the mountainsFULL STORY

Froome, Quintana to go head-to-head

Chris Froome will go head-to-head with in-form Colombian rider Nairo Quintana when the final Grand Tour of the season, the Vuelta a Espana, gets underway in Jerez, Spain, today. Froome’s defense of the Tour de France was ended by hand injuries after a series of nastyFULL STORY

Arsenal’s Cazorla eyes more goals

Santi Cazorla wants to return to his scoring consistency of two seasons ago and strengthen Arsenal’s challenge for honors this season. The Spain midfielder struck seven goals last season and will hope to open his Premier League account this term when Arsene Wenger’s side face EvertonFULL STORY

SOCCER SHORTS

ENGLAND Malky Mackay apologizes Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has apologized for sending text messages that were “disrespectful of other cultures” after he was ruled out of the running to take over at Premier League Crystal Palace on Thursday. The League Managers Association (LMA) issued theFULL STORY

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