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Leonard scores 32 as Spurs take lead

Kawhi Leonard showed why he is worthy of being named the defensive player of the year, putting his complete game on display for the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. Leonard scored a career-high 32 points to carry the Spurs to a 100-73 win over the LosFULL STORY

Clouded Leopards close door on Bears in Taipei

By Grant Dexter and Ian Kuo

The Clouded Leopards staged a comeback from 0-3 down to snare the Taipei Ice Hockey League championship title at the Iceland Arena on Friday night. They entered Game 3 coming off a 7-2 thrashing to the Black Bears in the previous matchup and failed in theFULL STORY

Monkeys outdo Brothers

By Paul Huang

Kuo Yen-wen’s three-run homer off starter Cheng Chi-hung in the top of the first gave the Lamigo Monkeys a quick 3-0 lead as the Primates went on to defeat the Chinatrust Brothers 6-4 at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night for their third straightFULL STORY

S Korea hold on to beat Hong Kong in Asian rugby

South Korea withstood a second-half fightback to defeat Hong Kong 33-26 and earn their first victory of the inaugural Asia Rugby Championship yesterday. After a competitive showing against Japan last week, a match-hardened South Korea had the answers in a game that was one-sided early beforeFULL STORY

Levy in four-way tie for lead in China

Defending champion Alexander Levy failed to capitalize on a super start to his third round and was forced to settle for a four-way share of the lead at the European Tour’s China Open yesterday. The Frenchman began the day as joint leader with compatriot Julien Quesne,FULL STORY

Crusaders defeat Blues, lose McCaw after concussion

The Canterbury Crusaders snapped a two-match losing streak to beat the Auckland Blues 29-15 yesterday, giving some hope to their faltering Super Rugby campaign. The Crusaders chalked up their fifth win in 10 matches this season and earned a vital bonus point for scoring four triesFULL STORY

Lorient battle Marseille for 5-3 victory

Lowly Lorient lifted themselves out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone on Friday with a hard-fought and unexpected 5-3 win away at high-flying Olympique de Marseille. The architect of the victory was striker Jordan Ayew, a man with a point to prove against his old club,FULL STORY

Cordoba near relegation after 1-0 defeat to Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Benat Etxebarria scored with a deflected shot to secure a 1-0 win at last-place Cordoba in the Spanish league on Friday. Cordoba’s 15th straight game without a win left it eight points from safety before the rest of the teams play this round. Etxebarria’sFULL STORY

Rangers beat Penguins to advance

The New York Rangers used Carl Hagelin’s overtime goal and spectacular goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist to beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Friday night to advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Hagelin skated out from behind the net and put a wrist shot on the short side behindFULL STORY

Mariners beat Minnesota Twins 2-0

Felix Hernandez pitched a five hit game and Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading ninth home run as the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Friday night. Cruz led off the second inning with a drive that traveled into the second deck above theFULL STORY

Mainz dash Schalke hopes with 2-0 win

Schalke 04’s Europa League qualifying hopes were hit when they slumped to a 2-0 Bundesliga defeat at FSV Mainz 05 with central defender Stefan Bell scoring twice in three minutes on Friday. The 23-year-old former German youth international first tapped in after Schalke, without a winFULL STORY

Jack outpoints Dirrell for super-middleweight title

Badou Jack outpointed Anthony Dirrell on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion to take the WBC super-middleweight title. Jack (19-1-1) received winning scores from two judges of 116-112 and 115-113, while the third had it even at 114-114. Jack, a Las Vegas-based Swede who fights under theFULL STORY

Brathwaite century frustrates England

Kraigg Brathwaite’s determined century led West Indies to 202-2 at the close of the fourth day of the second Test, leaving the hosts with a lead of 37 runs. There is still plenty of work to do for the hosts to save the Test, but EnglandFULL STORY

Henderson upstages birthday girl Lydia Ko

Canadian Brooke Henderson upstaged fellow teenager and birthday girl Lydia Ko by firing a tournament record seven-under 65 on Friday to take a two-shot lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. The 17-year-old Henderson, a long hitter who still needs sponsor exemptions to enter tournaments, reeledFULL STORY

Ben Askren-Luis Santos bout ends in no contest

By Adrian Hardie

A highly anticipated ONE Championship main event welterweight bout between undefeated “Funky” Ben Askren and Luis Santos began with fireworks, but ended in a disappointing no contest in Pasay City, Philippines, on Friday night after Santos was accidentally thumbed in the eye and was unableFULL STORY

Kei Nishikori raises level to defeat Bautista Agut

Reigning champion Kei Nishikori moved into the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open with 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday. The Japanese is the heavy favorite to retain his title after Rafael Nadal’s shock defeat to Fabio Fognini on Thursday and impressivelyFULL STORY

Halep ignores death threat to advance to Stuttgart semis

Romania’s Simona Halep shrugged off death threats from a stalker to take her place in the semi-finals at the WTA tournament in Stuttgart by beating Italy’s Sara Errani on Friday. The 23-year-old Halep, ranked third in the world, had received a death threat via Twitter onFULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

GOLF Swafford ties for Zurich lead Hudson Swafford shot a six-under-par 66 in the second round on Friday to move into a tie for the lead as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended for the second straight day. Swafford ended 36 holes at an 11-under-parFULL STORY

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