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Gameiro fires Sevilla into semi-finals

Holders Sevilla sealed their place in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday after a dramatic 2-2 draw with Zenit St Petersburg in Russia saw them progress 4-3 on aggregate. The Spanish side threw away a commanding lead in the tie by conceding twoFULL STORY

Joe Root century puts England on top in Grenada

Joe Root’s sixth Test century piloted England to a position of control at 373-6 in reply to the West Indies first innings total of 299 at stumps on the third day of the second Test on Thursday. Coming in the wake of half-centuries in the drawnFULL STORY

Marlon Samuels salutes Stokes’ meager offering

West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels conjured up a new twist to his feud with Ben Stokes when he stood to attention and gave a military-style salute to his England rival on Thursday. Samuels stood bolt upright and mockingly raised his right hand to his forehead asFULL STORY

Taiwan’s Chan outclassed in Stuttgart doubles

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Chan Chin-wei and Liang Chen of China were outclassed by second seeds Caroline Garcia of France and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia in the quarter-finals of the doubles at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, on Thursday. The cross-strait duo fell to a 6-1,FULL STORY

Quesne and Levy lead French charge in China

Julien Quesne of France stormed to the top of the leaderboard halfway through the Volvo China Open yesterday, with compatriot and defending champion Alexander Levy in second place. Quesne fired a blistering five-under-par on the second day of the US$3.2 million tournament, with six birdies andFULL STORY

Waikato Chiefs hold off late surge by Western Force

Center Charlie Ngatai scored two first-half tries to lift the Waikato Chiefs to a 35-27 win over the Western Force and to a temporary position atop the table in Super Rugby yesterday. Ngatai’s double helped the Chiefs to a 23-8 halftime lead, which they extended toFULL STORY

Cleveland defeat Boston Celtics 103-95

LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers moved to within one win of advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 103-95 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday. James finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds for the second-seeded Cavaliers, who took a 3-0 leadFULL STORY

Basketball greats teach at training camp in Havana

Basketball great Dikembe Mutombo sank baskets from seemingly every position on the court on Thursday as a half-dozen Cuban players watched admiringly on the first day of an NBA training camp aimed at boosting the game’s popularity on the communist-run island following the declaration ofFULL STORY

Murphy’s four help Mets defeat Atlanta Braves 6-3

The New York Mets matched a franchise record with their 11th straight win on Thursday, beating Atlanta 6-3, thanks chiefly to Daniel Murphy, who drove in four runs. It is the fifth time the Mets have won 11 on the run — with the most recentFULL STORY

Capitals beat Islanders 5-1 for lead

Washington rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice to lead the Capitals to a 5-1 win against the New York Islanders on Thursday to take a 3-2 lead in their NHL first-round playoff series. Nashville and Vancouver both staved off elimination with must-win victories over Chicago and CalgaryFULL STORY

Pacquiao skipping MGM ceremony in sign of displeasure

Manny Pacquiao is not feeling much love for the hotel where he is to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr in boxing’s richest fight ever. Pacquiao plans to skip a ceremony on Tuesday at the MGM Grand marking formal fighter arrivals, an event that has been standard atFULL STORY

Nadal loses to Fognini in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal’s clay-court woes mounted on Thursday at the Barcelona Open with another loss. The eight-time champion fell to Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) in the third round, a year after his 41-match winning streak in Barcelona ended in the quarter-finals. After dropping the first set, NadalFULL STORY

De Jonge, Boo Weekley share lead

Brendon de Jonge had two runs of three straight birdies on Thursday en route to an eight-under 64 for a share of the lead in a rain-suspended opening round at the Zurich Classic. The 34-year-old from Zimbabwe, who is searching for his first win on theFULL STORY

Lydia Ko grabs one-shot lead at Swinging Skirts

Defending champion Lydia Ko shot a five-under 67 to seize the early lead at the LPGA Tour’s Swinging Skirts Classic tournament on Thursday. The world No. 1 from New Zealand looked confident and comfortable in the first round, much like she did last year when sheFULL STORY

Visit fuels talk of Indian Olympic bid

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach is to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday amid growing expectations that one of the Olympics’ perennial underachievers might make its first bid to host the Games. Even if hosting the Olympics in 2024 appears unlikely, observersFULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

SOCCER Denmark striker sentenced Denmark striker Nicki Bille Nielsen, who plays his for Evian Thonon Gaillard in France, was handed a 60-day suspended sentence on Thursday for assaulting a police officer, Danish media reported. Public television station DR reported that Nielson had been handed the sentence alongFULL STORY

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