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Hamilton’s 34th pole eclipses record

Lewis Hamilton put himself in line yesterday to win a third race in a row for the first time in his career when he convincingly took pole position for today’s Chinese Grand Prix. Under steady rain, the British Mercedes driver was untouchable as he powered toFULL STORY

Yang leads Rhinos over Monkeys

By Paul Haung

Yang Guan-wei’s opposite-field single with men at the corners scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh and Cheng Da-hung followed with an RBI groundout on the ensuing play, leading the EDA Rhinos to defeat the Lamigo Monkeys 5-3 at the Cheng ChingFULL STORY

Spurs’ win keeps Cottagers in the relegation zone

Tottenham Hotspur strengthened their push for a European place and kept Fulham trapped in the Premier League relegation zone with a 3-1 home victory yesterday. Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell canceled out Paulinho’s 35th-minute opener for Tottenham, but second-half goals from Harry Kane and Younes Kaboul gaveFULL STORY

Slade kicks Crusaders to narrow win over Chiefs

Colin Slade kicked the Canterbury Crusaders to a cliffhanger 18-17 victory over the Waikato Chiefs yesterday in a physically demanding clash between New Zealand’s two glamor Super 15 sides. It is the second loss of the year for the defending champions Chiefs, but they remain atFULL STORY

Moores returns to England cricket fold, Pietersen not

Peter Moores was named England coach for the second time yesterday as the cricket board continued its overhaul following the humiliating 5-0 Ashes rout in Australia at the start of the year. The 51-year-old succeeds Zimbabwean Andy Flower, who stepped down after five years in chargeFULL STORY

Ferrer shocks Nadal in quarters

Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal slumped to a shock Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final defeat to compatriot David Ferrer on Friday, while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic struggled into a semi-final showdown. Ferrer claimed a famous 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 win to hand the top seed only his thirdFULL STORY

Lohse pitches leaders Brewers to victory

MAJOR LEAGUES Milwaukee pitcher Kyle Lohse built on his impressive record against Pittsburgh by pitching the majors-leading Brewers to a 5-3 win over the Pirates on Friday. The Brewers moved two games clear atop the National League (NL) Central division, as nearest rival St Louis lost atFULL STORY

Sullivan cuts Westwood’s Malaysia lead to one shot

Englishman Andy Sullivan fired a six-under-par 66 to cut Lee Westwood’s lead to one shot after the third round of the European Tour’s Malaysian Open yesterday. Former world No. 1 Westwood led by four strokes overnight, but could only manage a 71 in sweltering conditions atFULL STORY

South Korea’s Choi beats weather to take Heritage lead

South Korea’s K.J. Choi wielded a hot putter to vault into the clubhouse lead during the second round at the US$5.8 million RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Friday. Choi made use of his advantageous early tee time, holing several long shots on his way toFULL STORY

Stanford rides the wind in Hawaii for a four-stroke lead

Angela Stanford, seeking her sixth career victory, fired a five-under-par 67 on Friday to seize a four-stroke lead after the third round of the US$1.7 million US LPGA Lotte Championship. The veteran US player stood on 13-under-par 203 after 54 holes, with South Korea’s Kim Hyo-jooFULL STORY

Ducks, Canadiens take 2-0 series leads

Anaheim and Montreal both won on Friday to take 2-0 leads in their NHL first-round playoff series, while Detroit took first blood at Boston in the opening game of their clash. Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf — wearing a facemask over his lacerated jaw — had a goalFULL STORY

Atletico beat Elche, close on title

Atletico Madrid stayed firmly on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph when a Miranda header and Diego Costa’s late penalty secured an unconvincing 2-0 win for the leaders at home to Elche on Friday. David Villa had a penalty saved shortly after halftime atFULL STORY

FEATURE: No sand, no beach: Snow volleyball takes Alps by storm

Beach shorts over thermal underwear, wool hats instead of bikinis and not a grain of sand in sight: A new sport has emerged in the Alps and it is called snow volleyball. Think of it as beach volleyball at 2,000m, played on white powder with skiersFULL STORY

Germany leads Australia 2-0 in semi

Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber had straight-set wins on Saturday to give Germany a 2-0 lead over Australia in their Fed Cup semi-final and primed to reach their first final in 21 years. Petkovic opened with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) win over Sam Stosur, while top-rankedFULL STORY

Costs of hosting Asian Games are too high: Malaysia

Malaysia will consider replacing Vietnam as hosts of the 2019 Asian Games only if the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) helps foot the bill, a top official at the country’s Olympic body has said. Vietnam withdrew Hanoi as hosts of the multisport event in a surpriseFULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

ICE HOCKEY Blackhawks coach fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has been fined US$25,000 by the National Hockey League for inappropriate conduct during Game One of their first-round playoff series against the St Louis Blues on Thursday. Quenneville made an angry gesture during the second overtimeFULL STORY

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