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Big-hitting Cuba power past Taiwan

By Jason Pan

Cuba players delivered long balls and crucial hits with men in scoring position to defeat Taiwan 6-2 in Taichung last night, the first warm-up ahead of next month’s World Baseball Classic. Left-handed pitcher Chen Kuan-yu, of the Chiba Lotte Marines, started the game for Taiwan, whileFULL STORY

Enrique blasts Barcelona boo-boys

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique labeled harsh treatment dished out to his players by Barca fans nonsensical as the Spanish champions squeezed past CD Leganes 2-1 on Sunday. Following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain last week, Barca needed a last-minute Lionel Messi penaltyFULL STORY

Matthews nets wonder goal as Leafs thrash Hurricanes

Carolina’s Phil Di Giuseppe did everything he could to stop Toronto wunderkind Auston Matthews from getting to the net, going so far as to hook the young Toronto rookie down to the ice. It did not matter. Matthews still found a way to put the puck inFULL STORY

Westbrook, Durant in All-Star highlight

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant played together for only 81 seconds in the All-Star Game, just one very early stint. It was enough for a signature highlight. A give-and-go — Westbrook to Durant, back to Westbrook for a dunk, a rekindling their Oklahoma City magic for aFULL STORY

Dolgopolov stuns top seed Nishikori in Buenos Aires

Unseeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov upset favorite Kei Nishikori 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to win the Argentina Open on Sunday and lift his first title in five years. The 28-year-old Dolgopolov, who took 1 hour, 40 minutes to win the final at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club,FULL STORY

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SOCCER Roma win to stay second Edin Dzeko struck his 19th Serie A goal and Francesco Totti came off the bench with an assist as AS Roma kept their scudetto hopes alive with a 4-1 win over Torino on Sunday. Roma’s 18th win of the campaign sawFULL STORY

Robinson wins dunk title with snazzy reverse slam2017-02-20

Indiana Pacers guard Glenn Robinson III on Saturday night won the Slam Dunk title over Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr by leaping over teammate Paul George, the Pacers mascot and a Pacers dance team member for a reverse slam that merited a perfect 50FULL STORY

Jang secures Australia title with eagle-birdie finish2017-02-20

South Korea’s Jang Ha-na yesterday stormed to a three-shot victory in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club with a blistering eagle-birdie finish. The world No. 6 claimed her fourth LPGA tournament win with a sensational flourish to her final round. Jang,FULL STORY

Pliskova defeats Wozniacki for first time in Qatar final2017-02-20

Karolina Pliskova on Saturday beat Caroline Wozniacki for the first time in her career to claim the Qatar Ladies Open title. The powerful Czech won in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 for her eighth WTA title and her second of the year, after her victory at theFULL STORY

Calm De Villiers leads South Africa over New Zealand2017-02-20

Captain A.B. de Villiers yesterday calmly guided his side to a tense four-wicket victory over New Zealand with one ball to spare in a rain-affected first one-day international at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand. De Villiers scored 37 not out and ensured No. 8 batsmanFULL STORY

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