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Hurricanes win confirms playoff spot

The Wellington Hurricanes became the first side to confirm a Super Rugby playoff spot when they downed the Auckland Blues 29-5 on a wet and windy Auckland night yesterday. Points were difficult to come by amid limited opportunities for much of the first half, but onceFULL STORY

Williamson leads way at Lord’s

Kane Williamson became just the 13th New Zealand batsman to score a Test hundred at Lord’s when he reached triple figures against England on the third day of the first Test yesterday. His innings was the 14th Test century by a New Zealander at Lord’s, withFULL STORY

Bellucci advances to Geneva final

Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil advanced to the Geneva Open final on Friday and was to play Joao Sousa of Portugal for the title. Bellucci, twice a champion at Switzerland’s other clay-court event in Gstaad, eased past Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3, 6-4. The 60th-ranked Bellucci said: “ThisFULL STORY

Hamilton secures maiden Monaco pole for Mercedes

Defending world champion and current series leader Lewis Hamilton secured his maiden pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix when he topped yesterday’s qualifying times ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. It was the 30-year-old Briton’s first success on the streets of his favorite circuit andFULL STORY

Taichung City edge Hualien County to make second round

By Paul Huang

Taichung City edged Hualien County in a 3-2 baseball thriller in the E Sun Cup’s loser’s bracket of the Group A preliminaries at the National Taiwan University of Sport in Taichung yesterday afternoon to qualify for the fourth and final spot in the second roundFULL STORY

James leads Cavs past Hawks 94-82

Cleveland’s LeBron James scored 30 points as the Cavaliers won 94-82 at Atlanta on Friday even without injured star Kyrie Irving, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavaliers pulled away with a dominant third quarter. James scored 11 points, theFULL STORY

Aoki retains title, Dejdamrong claims belt

By Adrian Hardie

Japanese submissions expert Shinya Aoki retained his lightweight title with a unanimous decision over countryman Koji Ando in the main event of ONE Championship 27 in Singapore on Friday night. The co-main event saw three-time former Lumpini Stadium Muay Thai champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke of ThailandFULL STORY

Rangers outshine Lightning

New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist reverted to his reliable ways after two poor performances, and helped the Rangers beat Tampa Bay 5-1 on Friday to square the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2. Lundqvist stopped 38 shots after allowing 12 goals while losing the previous twoFULL STORY

Royals reign supreme over Cardinals in 5-0 drubbing

Kendrys Morales hit two home runs and had five RBIs, and Chris Young gave up six hits in six innings as the Kansas City Royals defeated the St Louis Cardinals 5-0 on Friday. The Royals improved to 27-14, the best record in the majors, while theFULL STORY

Molinari maintains lead at Wentworth, McIlroy misses cut

Francesco Molinari recovered from a shaky start to maintain his lead at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday while title holder Rory McIlroy missed the cut for only the third time in 45 events. McIlroy’s back-nine 42 was riddled with errors and a miserable three-putt effortFULL STORY

Na shoots 66 to move two strokes clear at Colonial

Kevin Na had a hot hand with the putter on another wet day at the Crowne Plaza Invitational to shoot a four-under 66 on Friday for a two-shot lead at the halfway mark at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Na had four birdies onFULL STORY

Contador hits strife as Aru takes lead

Italian Astana rider Fabio Aru took over as leader of the Giro d’Italia from crash victim Alberto Contador on Friday after the rain-hit 13th stage was won by Sacha Modolo. Italian Modolo hung on in a sprint finish on his home stage to edge compatriots GiacomoFULL STORY

Pakistan coach says team missing Ajmal

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said the team were missing offspinner Saeed Ajmal as they make a return to playing international fixtures at home. Ajmal was overlooked for the groundbreaking series of two Twenty20 games at home against Zimbabwe, having struggled last month against Bangladesh as heFULL STORY

American Pharoah’s name has a mysterious history

Two major questions hang over American Pharoah heading into the Belmont Stakes next month: Can he become the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown and why is his name misspelled? The first will be answered on June 6 at Belmont Park, while theFULL STORY

Russia’s Grigory Drozd beats Janik to keep WBC title

Russia’s Grigory Drozd defended his WBC cruiserweight title for the first time on Friday, defeating Poland’s Lukasz Janik with a ninth-round technical knockout. Cheered on by a raucous and nationalist home crowd in the Russian capital, Drozd weakened Janik with a succession of body shots beforeFULL STORY

Reports say FIFA candidates targeted in blackmail scam

Two men who launched challenges to Sepp Blatter for the leadership of world soccer body FIFA have been targeted in an attempted blackmail scam, a report said yesterday. Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and Michael van Praag, who has now pulled out of the race, were bothFULL STORY

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