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Chan sisters cruise into quarter-finals

By Dave Carroll

Taiwanese sisters Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan eased into the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at the French Open yesterday. The third seeds defeated Madison Brengle of the US and Tatjana Maria of Germany 6-2, 6-4 on Court 17 at Roland Garros in Paris. The Taiwanese duoFULL STORY

Hamilton holds off Ricciardo to win in wet Monaco

World champion Lewis Hamilton yesterday ended his six-month wait for a victory when he secured an unexpected and skillful victory for Mercedes in an incident-filled Monaco Grand Prix. Taking full advantage of a bungled pit stop for his nearest rival, Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull,FULL STORY

Sri Lanka show signs of life in massive 339-run chase

Sri Lanka made unwanted history as they were forced to follow-on in the second Test against England, before at last showing some fight with the bat at the Riverside yesterday. At lunch on the third day, Sri Lanka were 58-1 in their second innings. That left themFULL STORY

Calling London Olympics dirtiest ‘delusional’: Coe

London Olympics chief Sebastian Coe said it would be “delusional” to think the 2012 Games in the British capital might have been the dirtiest in history in the wake of more positive drug tests. A total of 23 positive results came from 265 retested samples, onFULL STORY

Sefanaia Naivalu’s tries carry Rebels over Force 27-22

Powerful winger Sefanaia Naivalu yesterday scored a two tries to get the Melbourne Rebels home 27-22 in a closely fought Australian Super Rugby derby with Western Force in Melbourne. The Fijian right-winger sealed the Rebels’ win when he hurtled through two tackles off a Nic StirzakerFULL STORY

Real Madrid crowned kings of Europe

Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday added the finishing touches as Real Madrid were crowned kings of Europe for an 11th time with a 5-3 penalties victory over Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final. Two years after reviving Real’s bid for a 10th title, captain SergioFULL STORY

Hull promoted to Premier League

Hull City on Saturday hit the promotion jackpot as Mohamed Diame’s stunning strike sent them back to the English Premier League with a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship play-off final. Exactly 370 days after being relegated from the Premier League, Steve Bruce’s sideFULL STORY

Pulisic scores first goal as US thrash Bolivia in friendly

Six weeks after becoming the youngest foreigner to score in the Bundesliga, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic became the youngest American in the modern era to score a goal for the national team. Pulisic on Saturday capped the match by scoring in his third national team appearance, whileFULL STORY

Nibali snatches pink jersey on penultimate Giro stage

Vincenzo Nibali on Saturday all but secured a second Giro d’Italia success with a brave ride to sixth place in the 20th and penultimate stage. Starting the day second 44 seconds behind leader Esteban Chaves, Italian Nibali made up 1 minute, 36 seconds on the ColombianFULL STORY

Harrison storms to victory in women’s hurdles; Gatlin wins

Keni Harrison on Saturday equaled the second-fastest 100m hurdles ever run, while fellow American Justin Gatlin breezed to a sparkling, but wind-assisted, 100m victory at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting. Harrison, who has never made a global podium, stormed to victory in a US recordFULL STORY

Warriors rally to stun Thunder 108-101

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry saved the season for defending NBA champions Golden State, sparking a stunning fourth-quarter rally to beat hosts Oklahoma City 108-101 and avoid playoff elimination. Thompson scored a career playoff high 41 points, including an NBA one-game playoff record 11 three-pointers inFULL STORY

Spieth takes one-shot Dean & Deluca lead

World No. 2 Jordan Spieth fired a five-under-par 65 to seize a one-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Spieth, who defends his US Open title next month at Oakmont, found only four fairways, but suffered his only bogey in 29FULL STORY

Hend pulls clear of Willett after dealing with hecklers

Australia’s Scott Hend had the backing of Masters champion Danny Willett in confronting a drunken spectator en route to eagling the last for a second day running to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Hend, 43, hadFULL STORY

Eagle helps Ariya retain one-stroke lead at Volvik

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn eagled the 18th hole and clung to a one-stroke lead over the US’ Jessica Korda and Christina Kim after Saturday’s third round of the LPGA Volvik Championship. Ariya, trying to win her third consecutive event, struggled to a one-over-par 73, but her finalFULL STORY

Kimbrel’s stumble costs Boston game against Blue Jays

On his 28th birthday, usually reliable Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel was perfectly positioned to kick off the celebrations with his first win of the season on Saturday. David Ortiz had wrestled back the lead with a ninth-inning home run, and with two out inFULL STORY


BASEBALL Rangers to start Darvish Texas right-hander Yu Darvish has been activated from the disabled list to make his first major league start in nearly 22 months. The Rangers reinstated Darvish before Saturday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Third baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo was optioned to Triple-AFULL STORY

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