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Blazers hand Spurs second triple-OT loss

Damian Lillard scored a career-high 43 points, including 16 after regulation, as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the San Antonio Spurs their second straight defeat in triple overtime by rallying for a 129-119 victory on Friday night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 16 rebounds, andFULL STORY

Aussies win by four wickets to take 2-0 series lead

Steve Smith claimed the victory he craved in his first Test as Australia’s captain, even though he had to leave it to Mitchell Johnson to complete a nervous run chase in the second Test against India yesterday. Chasing 128, the Australians reached 130-6 to win byFULL STORY

Bank of Taiwan stage rally, edge Yulon Luxgens 75-74

By Paul Huang

James Tyler’s buzzer-beating tip-in off a desperation miss by Chen Hsuan-hsiang rallied Bank of Taiwan from as much as 13 down in the second half to top the Yulon Luxgens in a 75-74 thriller at the Hsinchu Municipal Gymnasium yesterday afternoon. “I’m really happy that weFULL STORY

Steyn rips through Windies, Proteas post huge win

Dale Steyn ripped through the West Indies top order to claim his 25th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and give South Africa an innings and 220-run victory on the fourth morning of the first Test yesterday. The West Indies’ frailties with the bat were cruelly exposedFULL STORY

FIFA agrees to release redacted report on ethics

FIFA on Friday said that it would release a redacted version of the 430-page report compiled by Michael Garcia, the former chief investigator for the governing body of soccer’s ethics committee, who spent more than a year digging into allegations of corruption in the WorldFULL STORY

Ji outslugs Song in ONE FC China debut

By Adrian Hardie

Ji Xian battled his way to a unanimous decision over Song Yadong in a fiercely contested slugfest between China’s top two bantamweight mixed martial artists in the main event of ONE FC 24 in Beijing on Friday night. The event, held in the Olympic Sports CenterFULL STORY

Steven Nyman flies for victory in Saslong

With performances like this, Steven Nyman should have no problem regaining his funding from the US Ski Team. He may even find a helmet sponsor, too. Nyman showed off his complete mastery of the Saslong course by winning a World Cup downhill at the classic venue onFULL STORY

New York Islanders beat Detroit Red Wings 2-1

Anders Lee knocked the puck over the goal line for a split-second in the second period as the New York Islanders went on to a 2-1 victory over Detroit on Friday night. Lee was credited with a tiebreaking goal after a replay review, and the IslandersFULL STORY

Adonis Stevenson KOs challenger Sukhotsky

Canada’s Adonis Stevenson easily retained his WBC light heavyweight title on Friday night, knocking out challenger Dmitry Sukhotsky in the fifth round at the Colisee arena in Quebec City. The 37-year-old southpaw Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) dropped Sukhotsky with a straight left hand on the chinFULL STORY

First 2016 Olympic venues ready next summer: Rio mayor

The first venues for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be completed by August or September next year, the city’s mayor promised on Friday during a site visit. “In our heads, the Olympics start next year. We will start to deliver the venues in August-September,”FULL STORY

Bayern set more league records in Mainz victory

Bayern Munich claimed two Bundesliga records on Friday as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben scored in a 2-1 comeback win at FSV Mainz 05 that left die Roten 14 points clear. Pep Guardiola’s Bayern have conceded only four goals for the first half of the seasonFULL STORY

NZ clinch series with Pakistan in 68-run ODI win

Inexperienced seamer Matt Henry grabbed 5-30 as New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 68 runs in the fifth one-day international (ODI) on Friday to clinch the series 3-2. Henry, 23, knocked off the top order and then accounted for the key wickets of Sarfraz Ahmed and captainFULL STORY

Loew eyes Euro 2016 with new-look Germany

FIFA World Cup winners Germany have suffered something of a hangover since their triumph in Brazil, but coach Joachim Loew is hoping a new-look side can go on to claim more glory at Euro 2016. After claiming their fourth World Cup in July, retirements and injuriesFULL STORY

Pardew bids to avoid record for derby defeats today

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has set his sights on avoiding an unwanted record in the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland today. Pardew’s side have been beaten by hated local rivals Sunderland in each of their past three meetings and no Newcastle boss has ever lost fourFULL STORY

Cook ‘gutted’ to be axed as England’s World Cup captain

Eoin Morgan has replaced Alistair Cook as England’s Cricket World Cup captain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced yesterday. Cook has scored just one fifty in his past 22 one-day innings for England and he has paid the price for failing to stop theFULL STORY

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SOCCER Almeria edges Celta Vigo 1-0 A first-half goal by Tomer Hemed gave UD Almeria a 1-0 win over RC Celta Vigo in Vigo, Spain, on Friday for their third win this season in the Spanish league. The Israel forward raced toward goal to tap in theFULL STORY

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