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US rout Puerto Rico for first WBC title

The eagle has landed on top. The US on Wednesday night routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win their first World Baseball Classic (WBC) in four tries behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman. The US planted their eagle statue mascot on the mound in celebration, a blueFULL STORY

Eugenie Bouchard crashes out of Miami

Eugenie Bouchard’s poor run of form continued on Wednesday as the Canadian suffered a first-round exit at the hands of Australia’s Ashleigh Barty at the Miami Open. Wild card Barty’s 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win sets up an all-Australian clash in the second round of the hard-courtFULL STORY

Jason Day exits Match Play to be with his sick mother

Australian star Jason Day on Wednesday made a tearful withdrawal from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play to be with his cancer-stricken mother, while Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth lost their openers. Day, the defending champion, broke down in tears in Austin, Texas, after withdrawing from hisFULL STORY

Ladd leads Islanders to 3-2 victory over Rangers

Andrew Ladd on Wednesday scored the tiebreaking goal with about seven-and-a-half minutes remaining in the third period as the New York Islanders rallied for 3-2 victory over crosstown-rivals the Rangers. Anders Lee had a goal and an assist, while Nikolay Kulemin also scored for the Islanders,FULL STORY

Westbrook carries Thunder to victory with triple-double

Russell Westbrook on Wednesday night recorded his 35th triple-double of the season with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 122-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Westbrook, who made all six of his field-goal attempts and all sixFULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

CYCLING Valverde wins third stage Spain’s Alejandro Valverde of Movistar on Wednesday brushed off a one-minute overnight penalty to claim a mountain summit win on stage three of the Volta a Catalunya. US rider Tejay Van Garderen of BMC is the new overall leader of the week-longFULL STORY

US oust Japan to reach first WBC final2017-03-23

Adam Jones on Tuesday delivered the game-winning RBI in the eighth inning as the US toppled Japan 2-1 to reach their first World Baseball Classic (WBC) final, where they are to face undefeated Puerto Rico. The US made the final by knocking off a Japanese teamFULL STORY

Taiwan hang on to draw 1-1 with Vietnam2017-03-23

By Jason Pan

Taiwan last night fought off a tough challenge from Vietnam to hold on for a 1-1 draw in an international friendly at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium, with the result likely to bolster the national squad’s confidence ahead of their home clash against Turkmenistan in anFULL STORY

Warriors win ‘Curry Bowl’ 112-87 at Dallas2017-03-23

Stephen Curry on Tuesday scored 17 points to win his latest on-court duel with elder brother Seth as the Golden State Warriors notched a fifth straight victory with a rout of the Dallas Mavericks. The Western Conference leaders were rarely in trouble as they romped toFULL STORY

Paris tells IOC it does not want to host 2028 Games2017-03-23

The Paris bid team on Tuesday issued an ultimatum to the International Olympic Committee (IOC): It is the 2024 Olympics or nothing. With only Paris and Los Angeles left as 2024 bidders after rivals dropped out, committee president Thomas Bach has raised the prospect of oneFULL STORY

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