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Grizzlies squeeze past Spurs 117-116

The Memphis Grizzlies followed up their victory over the league-leading Golden State Warriors with a 117-116 triumph over reigning NBA champions San Antonio in a triple-overtime thriller on Wednesday. Zach Randolph scored all six of the Grizzlies’ points in the third overtime, finishing with 21 pointsFULL STORY

Sterling shines as Reds win place in semi-final

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling netted a sharply-taken brace in a 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday to set up a League Cup semi-final with Chelsea as Tottenham Hotspur strolled into the last four with a 4-0 rout of Newcastle United. Sterling, who wasted chances in theFULL STORY

Anti-doping body decides against swim star appeal

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday that it would not appeal against a three-month ban imposed on China’s controversial double Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang, but would warn China over the case. The agency had considered action after Sun failed a doping test inFULL STORY

All Black Carter France-bound after World Cup

World leading points scorer Daniel Carter is to join French club Racing Metro 92 on a three-year contract after next year’s Rugby World Cup, a move that will almost certainly bring an end to his storied international career. The 32-year-old had been widely expected to leaveFULL STORY

Braves’ Townes again named SBL Player of the Week

By Paul Huang

For the second straight week, Darian Townes was named SBL Player of the Week for his outstanding performances on both sides of the ball to help extend the Fubon Braves’ winning streak to five games. The Virginia native, who played college basketball for the University ofFULL STORY

FIFA’s ethics investigator quits in protest over report

The credibility of FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, took another severe hit on Wednesday when the organization’s chief ethics investigator resigned in protest over the smothering of his report about corruption in the much-criticized bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. In his resignationFULL STORY

San Lorenzo make Club World Cup final

Libertadores Cup winners Atletico San Lorenzo de Almagro gave their No. 1 fan, Pope Francis, something to celebrate on his 78th birthday on Wednesday by booking their place in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup. The Argentine side needed extra-time to see off theFULL STORY

Wolfsburg hold Dortmund, ’Gladbach third

Borussia Dortmund conceded a late goal and had to settle for a 2-2 draw at home against VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Wednesday. Naldo scored in the 85th minute for Wolfsburg, who are now 11 points behind Bayern Munich in second place. Ciro Immobile had givenFULL STORY

Zhang tipped to be Bundesliga’s next big Asian star

Chinese international midfielder Zhang Xizhe, whose transfer to VfL Wolfsburg has attracted huge interest back in China, has been tipped to become the Bundesliga’s next big Asian star. The 23-year-old, who has signed for die Wolfe until 2017, is set to become the fourth Chinese toFULL STORY

PSG stage rally to overcome second-tier AC Ajaccio 3-1

Paris Saint-Germain rallied from a goal down for a labored 3-1 win at second-division AC Ajaccio on Wednesday as the holders reached the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue, while LOSC Lille Metropole and AS Monaco advanced on penalties. Despite a run of two successiveFULL STORY

Aussies fight back as debutant shines

Josh Hazlewood’s 5-68 on debut helped Australia battle back into the second Test against India yesterday, but the contest remained in the balance when the hosts finished the second day in Brisbane on 221-4. India, who had been looking to drive home their advantage afterFULL STORY

Williamson ton enough against tough Pakistan

Kane Williamson hit a brilliant 123 as New Zealand staved off Pakistan’s spirited challenge to eke out a series-leveling seven-run victory in the fourth one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Williamson’s fourth ODI century helped New Zealand post 299-5, but Younus Khan hit 103 andFULL STORY

Amla double-ton has South Africa on top against West Indies

Hashim Amla fashioned a third double-ton for South Africa and Stiaan van Zyl clobbered an unbeaten century on debut against the West Indies as they declared on 5-552 at tea on day two of the first Test yesterday. The tourists were spared a tough 20-minute spellFULL STORY

Harden scores 41 as Houston beat Denver

James Harden scored 41 points, including eight in overtime, to lead the Houston Rockets to a 115-111 win over the Denver Nuggets, after Arron Afflalo tied the game on a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of regulation. Patrick Beverley sealed Houston’s seventh win in eight gamesFULL STORY

Bruins take 3-2 win over Wild in overtime

Loui Eriksson’s goal 1 minute, 30 seconds into overtime gave Boston a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, only the second victory for the Bruins in eight games and the fourth loss for the Wild in the past six. Carl Soderberg, who set up theFULL STORY

Crosby back after mumps diagnosis

Sidney Crosby, one of the latest National Hockey League players diagnosed with the mumps, returned to the ice on Wednesday, but it was uncertain as to when the Pittsburgh Penguins captain would be cleared to play. The NHL’s reigning Most Valuable Player, who has missed hisFULL STORY

Wallabies coach unfazed by overseas player drain

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is unfazed about a possible mass exodus of players after next year’s Rugby World Cup, following the departures of veterans James Horwill and Adam Ashley-Cooper. Lock James Horwill, Australia’s captain at the last World Cup, on Wednesday agreed a three-year contract withFULL STORY

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ATHLETICS Drummond gets doping ban US track coach Jon Drummond has received an eight-year doping ban after arbitrators found he possessed, trafficked, administered and assisted in the use and cover-up of banned substances. The US Anti-Doping Agency announced the ban on Wednesday against the man who wasFULL STORY

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