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Ranieri focused only on Leicester City

All eyes were likely to be on Stamford Bridge last night as the English Premier League title race moved to the home of Chelsea — except those of Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri. Leicester, who drew 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday, were to complete theirFULL STORY

Warriors keep cruising; Heat, Raptors to clash

Klay Thompson and Draymond Green made sure the Golden State Warriors barely missed injured superstar Stephen Curry on Sunday in a 118-106 victory over Portland in the first game of their NBA Western Conference second-round playoff series. Thompson scored 37 points and Green notched the firstFULL STORY

Sharks, Blues win playoff games

The San Jose Sharks beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 series lead in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs after the St Louis Blues defeated the Dallas Stars 4-3 in overtime to level their Western Conference semi-final at 1-1. Joe PavelskiFULL STORY

Reds end six-game skid, beat Pirates

Scott Schebler’s first turn at deciding the game did not stick. So he did it again. Schebler hit a go-ahead double in the ninth inning, then delivered another RBI double in the 11th as the Cincinnati Reds broke a six-game losing streak by beating the PittsburghFULL STORY

HK cricket teams play Taiwan sides to promote sport

By Duane Christie

Hong Kong’s Craigengower Cricket Club faced Chang Jung Christian University women’s and Shih Hu Junior High School’s boys teams at the university in Tainan at the weekend in a bid to encourage cricket development. Craigengower men won their series against Shih Hu 3-0 in only theFULL STORY

Juve celebrate as Milan’s hopes fade

Coach Massimiliano Allegri watched Juventus celebrate winning a fifth consecutive title in Turin as his former club AC Milan slipped into the Serie A doldrums and further out of contention for a place in Europe. Brazilian midfielder Hernanes hit his maiden goal for Juve to giveFULL STORY

Villarreal win to seal fourth place

Villarreal warmed up for their decisive UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg at Liverpool by clinching a berth in Europe’s top competition on Sunday. Villarreal’s comfortable 2-0 win at regional rivals Valencia guaranteed they would finish in fourth place in La Liga, giving the club aFULL STORY

Vegas grabs share of lead in rainy Louisiana

Jhonattan Vegas birdied two of five holes he was able to play in the rain-delayed third round of the Zurich Classic on Sunday, giving him a share of the lead with Brian Stuard. Tournament officials cut the event to 54 holes in an attempt to finishFULL STORY

Jenny Shin claims maiden LPGA title at Texas Shootout

Jenny Shin won the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory, pulling away for a two-stroke victory at Las Colinas. Making her 135th LPGA Tour start, Shin closed with a four-under 67 to finish at 14-under 270. The 23-year-old SouthFULL STORY

Top seeds Radwanska, Kerber ousted in Madrid

Top seeds Agnieszka Radwanska and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber crashed out of the Mutua Madrid Open in the first round on Sunday in major setbacks ahead of Roland Garros. Poland’s Radwanska, the top seed in the absence of Serena Williams, lost 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3FULL STORY

Almagro ends title drought at Estoril

Nicolas Almagro ended a title drought lasting four years on Sunday when the experienced Spanish clay-court player defeated younger compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to win the Estoril Open. The victory in nearly three hours of struggle, marked the first title forFULL STORY

Racing 92 end Clermont’s winning streak

France international scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud kicked Racing 92 to a 26-20 victory over Clermont on Sunday, snapping the Top 14 leaders’ winning run at eight games. Machenaud racked up 21 points with the boot, while Albert Vulivuli added a late try to give European Rugby ChampionsFULL STORY

South Korean swimmer begs for Olympic chance

South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan yesterday got down on his knees and begged for a chance to compete at the Rio Olympics, as the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) shows no signs of lifting the additional doping sanctions it has imposed on the swimmer. Park was banned forFULL STORY

Pill cocktail behind NZ rugby players’ suspension: report

A group of Auckland-based rugby league players has been stood down from international duties for abusing prescription drugs during a night out, reports said yesterday. Six players last week were dropped from the Auckland Warriors, who play in the Australian National Rugby League, and subsequently barredFULL STORY

China’s Ding Junhui falls behind 10-7 in world final

Ding Junhui’s bid to become the first Asian to win the Snooker World Championship was on a knife-edge on Sunday when he trailed former champion Mark Selby 10-7 in the best-of-35 frame final. The opening day of the two-day final at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre saw 29-year-oldFULL STORY

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SOCCER Marseille avoid relegation Nine-time Ligue 1 champions Olympique de Marseille secured their top-flight status with a 1-0 victory at Angers SCO on Sunday. Marseille, the only French side to win the UEFA Champions League after lifting the trophy in 1993, had previously gone 11 league gamesFULL STORY

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