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SPORTS BRIEFS

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FORMULA ONE

Rosberg extends contract

Nico Rosberg has signed a contract extension with Mercedes that will take the current championship leader through the 2018 season, the Formula One team said yesterday. Rosberg, runner-up for the past two years in the drivers’ championship behind teammate Lewis Hamilton, has 19 wins and 25 pole positions since starting his Formula One career as a test driver for Williams in 2005. “A special moment for me, of course ... signing that piece of paper,” Rosberg said. “I look forward to the future.” Rosberg joined Mercedes AMG Petronas in 2010 and leads the championship with five wins and 168 points. Hamilton has 167 points. Mercedes has won nine of the first 10 races this season and 41 of the last 48.

CRICKET

Kohli puts India in charge

Virat Kohli stroked a commanding 12th Test century to put India in control at 302-4 when stumps were drawn on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies on Thursday. Having chosen to bat first on winning the toss, the Indian captain led the way with a thoroughly authoritative innings of 143 not out, decorated with 16 fours that has so far occupied just over four hours off 197 deliveries. He put on 105 for the third wicket with Shikhar Dhawan, the opening batsman missing out on a three-figure innings of his own when he fell LBW for 84 sweeping at Devendra Bishoo on the stroke of the tea interval. Bishoo’s mixture of leg-breaks and googlies were the greatest threat to the Indians throughout a long, tiring day for the home side at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

NBA

All-Star Game moved

Next Year’s NBA All-Star Game is being moved out of Charlotte, North Carolina, given the NBA’s objections to a state law decried as discriminatory against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the league said on Thursday. The NBA has been opposed to House Bill 2, or HB2, since it was passed in March and tried to work with local governments to change the law before ultimately making a decision of relocating its mid-February exhibition. “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2,” the league said in a statement. The NBA also said a new location for next year’s All-Star Game will be made in the coming weeks.

TENNIS

Johnson upsets Harrison

Fifth-seeded Steve Johnson ended qualifier Ryan Harrison’s season-best run in the Citi Open’s third round, winning the all-American matchup 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday. Johnson broke Harrison once in each set, did not face a break point himself and ended the match with a 209kph ace. Johnson next faces top-seeded John Isner or No. 15 Marcos Baghdatis in the quarter-finals. Last year, Isner beat Johnson in the Citi Open semi-finals. Also on Thursday, No. 13 Ivo Karlovic hit 21 aces and eliminated No. 3 Bernard Tomic 7-6 (4), 6-3. In the women’s action, third-seeded Monica Puig lost to Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-2, while fourth-seeded Kristina Mladenovic beat 2013 Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 6-3.

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