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Bryant on Sina livestream

Kobe Bryant, who has won five NBA championships, was to be part of Sina’s pre-game and post-game livestream of Game 3 of the NBA Finals in China last night. The Lakers superstar was to provide analysis before and after the game, joining host Huang Shuo remotely from Los Angeles. Bryant remains one of the most popular players in Asia and played for the US Olympic team in the Beijing Games in 2008. He first traveled to China for a clinic in 1998 and has returned nearly every year since. He has almost 3.5 million followers on Weibo, a social media site and on Monday posted that he would be talking about the game and making an announcement about what’s coming this summer. Sina is an online media community serving China and Chinese communities.


Petherick dies at 72

Former New Zealand off-spinner Peter Petherick, a late-bloomer who became one of only three cricketers to take a hat-trick on his Test debut, has died. He was 72. Petherick died in Perth, Australia, on Sunday, New Zealand Cricket said. The cause of death was not disclosed. Petherick made his first-class debut for New Zealand’s Otago province in 1975 aged 33 and his Test debut against Pakistan the following year. He had 0-96 and Pakistan was 336-4 when Petherick achieved one of cricket’s rarest feats. Javed Miandad and Asif Iqbal had added 281 for the fifth wicket when Petherick dismissed Miandad (163), Wasim Raja (0) and Intikhab Alam (0) with consecutive deliveries. Petherick went on to take 16 wickets in six Tests at 42.56 and 189 first class wickets at 24.47.


Brazilians allocated 35%

Only 35 percent of the tickets initially available for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been allocated to Brazilian fans after the first phase of sales ended. Rio organizers on Monday said that almost 1.6 million tickets — of a total of about 4.5 million — have been awarded to fans after the first random draw happened this month. Brazilian residents made 5.2 million requests for tickets, but most were duplicated for the most popular sessions. Only 121 of the Games’ 694 sessions have sold out, including the opening and closing ceremonies, the men’s soccer final and both men’s and women’s volleyball finals.


Triple Crown tickets kept

Thousands of punters left more than US$315,000 on the table after declining to cash in their US$2 tickets following American Pharoah’s historic Triple Crown triumph. The majority of the horse racing fans who bet on American Pharoah to win at the Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack simply walked away without cashing in their tickets, reported on Monday. American Pharoah roared to victory in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, snapping a 37-year drought by becoming the first horse to sweep the Triple Crown since Affirmed. Belmont Park sold 94,128 US$2 win tickets, but after the bay colt — who is owned by Egyptian Ahmed Zayat — won, 90,237 of those tickets were not claimed. The winning tickets are worth US$3.50. Some of the tickets have appeared on eBay, where they have been selling for the most part between US$20 and US$30. Zayat on Sunday said the three-year-old Triple Crown winner would continue to race until the end of the year.


Woman hit by bat improving

The condition of a woman hit by a broken bat at Boston’s Fenway Park has been upgraded to fair. The family of Tonya Carpenter issued a statement on Monday that said: “Tonya is responsive, and her condition has been upgraded from serious to fair.” Carpenter, 44, of Paxton, Massachusetts, suffered what police initially said were life-threatening injuries during Friday night’s game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics. She was struck on the head in the second inning when the bat of Oakland’s Brett Lawrie broke and sailed into the seats along the third-base line when he hit a ground ball. She was being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where her condition was listed as serious on Saturday and Sunday. The Red Sox on Monday said her well-being is “forefront in our minds.” The team said Major League Baseball would re-examine fan safety and that it would “fully participate.”

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