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India scrape past Windies to quarters

Defending champions India survived a scare to beat the West Indies by four wickets at Perth’s WACA Ground yesterday to remain unbeaten in the World Cup and so secure a place in the quarter-finals. Set a modest 183 to win by the West Indies inFULL STORY

Hsieh advances to Malaysia semis

By Dave Carroll

Former champion Hsieh Su-wei advanced to the semi-finals of the BMW Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Taiwanese world No. 181 Hsieh, whose match was moved from Centre Court to Court 2 following a rain delay, rallied from a break down in the first set toFULL STORY

Luxgens and Bankers square off as SBL playoffs begin

By Paul Huang

Post-season action in the Super Basketball League (SBL) will commence this afternoon with the fourth-seeded Yulon Luxgens taking on fifth-seeded Bank of Taiwan and the third-seeded Taiwan Beer squaring off against sixth-seeded Kinmen Kaoliang at the University of Taipei Gymnasium in Tianmu. With the new six-teamFULL STORY

Highlanders beat Chiefs, Brumbies roll over Force

Replacement flyhalf Marty Banks kicked two late penalties to give the Highlanders a 20-17 win over the Chiefs in an all-New Zealand Super Rugby match in Hamilton yesterday. The Highlanders had only 18 percent of territory in the first half, but led 14-3 at halftime afterFULL STORY

Taiwan cruise to 2-0 Davis Cup lead over Lebanon

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan cruised to a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup Asian/Oceania Group II tie against Lebanon in Kaohsiung yesterday. Taiwanese No. 1 Lu Yen-hsun opened the tie by crushing Ibrahim Abou Chahine 6-0, 6-0, 6-1 in the opening singles rubber at the Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis CourtsFULL STORY

Ciganda fires 66 to grab share of lead at HSBC Champions

Carlota Ciganda shot a 6-under 66 yesterday to move into a tie for the lead with Inbee Park after the second round of the HSBC Women’s Champions. Ciganda offset a pair of bogeys with eight birdies at Sentosa Golf Club to finish even with Park (69)FULL STORY

Blazers beat Mavericks to extend lead

Portland pulled away in the second half to beat Dallas 94-75 on Thursday, as the Trail Blazers extended their lead in the NBA Northwest Division. The Blazers widened their advantage over Oklahoma City, who lost a close contest against Chicago in the day’s other game. LaMarcus AldridgeFULL STORY

Flyers rally to beat Blues 3-1

Michael Del Zotto and Wayne Simmonds scored third-period goals to rally the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the St Louis Blues on Thursday night. Del Zotto and Simmonds helped the Flyers erase a 1-0 hole and give them an important two points in theFULL STORY

China’s Zou fighting for world title

Zou Shiming waited until his 30s to begin his professional boxing career, and he has been in a hurry ever since. In just his seventh pro fight, China’s double Olympic gold medalist will attempt to claim the IBF flyweight title belt this weekend. Although Zou is anFULL STORY

Pacquiao trainer makes noise from afar

Armed guards patrolling the gym where Manny Pacquiao trains. Stealthy attempts to disrupt Pacquiao’s sparring. And a bit of trash talking just to spice things up two months before the big fight. Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach may be in Macau for a title fight involving China’sFULL STORY

F1 driver Van der Garde takes Sauber F1 team to court

Dutch Formula One driver Giedo van der Garde is seeking an urgent hearing in an Australian court to force the Sauber team to reinstate him as a driver ahead of next weekend’s season-opening race. His lawyers lodged papers with the Victoria Supreme Court yesterday seeking aFULL STORY

Some betting heavily boxing is not dead

By William C. Rhoden

Al Haymon makes a habit of not speaking to reporters, but that is fine. What Haymon is attempting speaks louder than anything he might say anyway. Haymon, a Harvard-educated boxing manager and adviser, is challenging the pay-per-view model that has enriched a few people atFULL STORY

Salah brace guides Fiorentina

Raising his tally to six goals in seven matches since arriving on loan from Chelsea, Mohamed Salah scored twice in ACF Fiorentina’s 2-1 win over Juventus in the opening leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals on Thursday. Juventus suffered their first loss at home since fallingFULL STORY

Papiss Cisse, Evans charged over spitting incident

Manchester United center-back Jonny Evans and Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse have been charged over allegations that they spat at each other, the Football Association (FA) said on Thursday. The incident occurred during United’s 1-0 Premier League win over Newcastle at St James’ Park on Wednesday. EvansFULL STORY

Beckham effect ‘significant’ in US

As Major League Soccer (MLS) prepares to open its 20th season, the impact made on the league by former England captain David Beckham during his six years with LA Galaxy is widely viewed as “pretty significant.” Though Beckham’s time in the US began unpromisingly, as heFULL STORY

Beauvue strike shatters Concarneau fans’ hopes

An injury-time wonder strike from Claudio Beauvue broke fourth-division US Concarneau’s hearts in the Coupe de France quarter-finals as holders En Avant de Guingamp claimed a narrow 2-1 victory on Thursday. The match’s denouement followed a clumsy tackle that led to a free-kick. Beauvue stepped upFULL STORY

Phelan, Ford share first-round lead at EPGA Africa Open

Kevin Phelan and Matt Ford made 5-under 67s to share the first-round lead at the Africa Open on Thursday. Phelan had six birdies and just one bogey at East London Golf Course. Ford made five birdies and was bogey-free. They were ahead of a five-way tie forFULL STORY

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BADMINTON Lin, Chen win in England Five-time champion Lin Dan said he had been learning from his younger rivals as the Chinese kept alive his bid for a sixth All-England Championship title on Thursday. The 31-year-old, who has played irregularly since 2012, showed the mental strength thatFULL STORY

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