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Chiefs survive Sharks attack to stay top

The Waikato Chiefs yesterday held on grimly to stave off a late assault by the visiting Coastal Sharks and maintain top spot in the Super Rugby standings after an energy-sapping 24-22 win in New Plymouth. The Waikato side were outscored three tries to two, but costlyFULL STORY

Battling Hsieh Su-wei crashes out in Prague

By Dave Carroll

Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei battled and made it tough, but she could not stop second seed Lucie Safarova advancing to the semi-finals of the Prague Open on Thursday. Going into the tournament, the Czech world No. 16 had not won a match this season andFULL STORY

HK’s Kary Chan set to blast Taiwan’s bowlers

By Grant Dexter

After blazing her way to 132 in a women’s Twenty20 match in Hong Kong last month, Kary Chan is in Tainan to play local teams at Chang Jung Christian University today and tomorrow. The Craigengower Cricket Club are to play a university team, Shih Hu JuniorFULL STORY

Platini appears before top tribunal to appeal his ban

Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini yesterday appeared before sport’s highest tribunal to appeal against his six-year ban from soccer and said he was optimistic he would win his case, with FIFA ex-president Sepp Blatter among the witnesses. Platini, who arrived in a taxi for the hearingFULL STORY

Hawks eliminate Celtics in six games

Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Boston Celtics with a 104-92 win in Game 6 of the first-round playoff series on Thursday. Al Horford and Kent Bazemore each scored 15 points, Kyle Korver had 14 points and JeffFULL STORY

Chile’s Aguilar out in front at weather-affected China Open

Chile’s Felipe Aguilar yesterday leapt to the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard with a seven-under-par 65 before the second round was suspended because of bad weather in Beijing. The world No. 477 was 11-under overall, one stroke ahead of Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and SwedeFULL STORY

Oshie completes hat-trick in OT for win

Washington’s T.J. Oshie completed his hat-trick in overtime to give the Capitals a 4-3 win against Pittsburgh on Thursday in a classic start to their NHL second-round playoff series. The Capitals snatched victory in a series billed as a clash between star players Alex Ovechkin ofFULL STORY

Marlins complete Dodgers sweep

Dee Gordon and Martin Prado drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with consecutive two-out singles in the seventh inning, and the Miami Marlins got home runs from Giancarlo Stanton and J.T. Realmuto to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Thursday night to completeFULL STORY

Philippines’ Pacquiao is now a political heavyweight

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao smiles as he soaks up the sounds of adoring fans screaming his name, their cheers heralding a new career as one of the Philippines’ most powerful politicians. After winning his farewell fight against Tim Bradley, the eight-time world champion hit the campaignFULL STORY

Brian Stuard shoots 64 to take Zurich lead

Brian Stuard shot an eight-under 64 on Thursday to top the leaderboard in the suspended first round of the Zurich Classic. The 33-year-old Stuard had only 21 putts in his bogey-free round at TPC Louisiana, finishing his final hole after a rain delay of nearly fiveFULL STORY

Hur leads South Korean assault at Texas Shootout

Hur Mi-jung posted five consecutive birdies around the turn en route to a five-under 66 on Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour’s Texas Shootout. The 26-year-old Hur started on the back nine and needed just 27 putts for aFULL STORY

Sex tape of Bangkok orgy a turning point for Foxes

A sex tape of a racially charged orgy in a Bangkok hotel was a public relations catastrophe for Thai-owned Leicester City, but it proved an unlikely turning point in their journey to the top of the English Premier League. The offending video featured three young playersFULL STORY

Liverpool suffer extra-time loss to Villarreal

Liverpool conceded in injury time as they lost 1-0 to Villarreal in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday. The match looked set for a draw until the second minute of added time, when Adrian Lopez scored for the host after a quickFULL STORY

Lower costs fuel Everest safety fears

After 17 years of helping climbers reach the roof of the world, Argentinian Damian Benegas will not be returning to Everest this year, frozen out of the business by cheaper, and some say more dangerous, operators. “It’s impossible to convince clients to pay us US$65,000 forFULL STORY

Japan’s Taro Daniel knocked out of Estoril Open

Japan’s Taro Daniel on Thursday succumbed 6-4, 7-5 to Spanish eighth seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round of the ATP Estoril Open. Daniel was twice made to pay for losing his serve at crucial moments in both sets as Carreno Busta moved into hisFULL STORY

Cricket player who tortured child maid looks for comeback

A Bangladeshi Test cricketer banned from the game after he was charged with torturing an 11-year-old girl he employed as a maid on Thursday apologized for his crime and appealed to be allowed to return to the game. Shahadat Hossain, who has denied abusing the girlFULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

NFL Rams pick quarterback Goff The Los Angeles Rams on Thursday selected quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. The No. 2 selection for the Philadelphia Eagles was Carson Wentz, making it the second straight year that two quarterbacks were the firstFULL STORY

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