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Oklahoma win playoff opener

OKLAHOMA CITY: Kevin Durant scored 33 points on Saturday to lead Oklahoma City to a 100-86 triumph over Memphis in game one of their NBA Western Conference playoff series.

Durant connected on five of six shots from the field as he delivered 13 points in the fourth quarter, when the Thunder thwa...ReadMore

Gritty Liverpool close in on title

LONDON: Liverpool moved closer to a first league title since 1990 with a 3-2 win at Norwich City yesterday that sent them five points clear in the Premier League.

Mercedes a class apart

SHANGHAI: Lewis Hamilton raced to a hat-trick of wins in yesterday's Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, cruising unchallenged to the flag ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg as a dominant Mercedes claimed a third straight one-two finish.

Busafar races to endurance victory

AL Khalidiya Stables rider Ali Busafar finished on top in the Final Endurance Race of the Season for the Crown Prince Night Endurance Cup.

Shaikh Nasser to attend GCC meet

SUPREME Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa will today chair the 28th meeting of GCC National Olympic Committees' Presidents in Kuwait.

Crowne Plaza score easy win over Regency

CROWNE Plaza scored a convincing 27-run victory over Regency 'B' in the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel and Spa's third Inter-Hotels Seven-a-side Cricket Tournament at the Staff Recreation Area.

Barca down Athletic to revive hopes

MADRID: Barcelona maintained their slim chances of retaining their La Liga title as they came from behind to beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 at the Camp Nou early this morning.

Shaikh Isa thanks King on appointment

HIS Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, son of His Royal Highness Prince Salman, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, yesterday extended sincerest thanks to His Majesty King Hamad for appointing him as deputy president of the Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club High Committee.

Zwolle stun Ajax to win Dutch Cup

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: PEC Zwolle secured a sensational 5-1 upset triumph over hot favourites Ajax Amsterdam in a drama-filled Dutch Cup final in Rotterdam yesterday which was twice halted after fans threw fireworks on to the pitch.

Pit stop fiasco ruins Massa's race

SHANGHA: Felipe Massa called for his Williams team to investigate the disastrous pit stop which cost him a chance of a strong finish in yesterday's Chinese Grand Prix, won by Lewis Hamilton.

Indians set up panel to probe IPL fixing

MUMBAI: A three-member panel has been approved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India working committee to probe matters relating to corruption in the IPL. Indian cricket's apex body will propose the names of CBI director RK Raghavan, JN Patel and former India captain Ravi Shastri to the Supreme Court, which convenes tomorrow.

Punjab edge out Rajasthan

SHARJAH: Cheteshwar Pujara had the best seat in the house as the Maxwell-Miller roadshow continued to sparkle and helped Kings XI Punjab defeat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets with eight balls to spare in the Pepsi Indian Premier League season seven last night.

Vekic clinches crown in style

KUALA LUMPUR: Seventh-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia clinched her first WTA title yesterday after beating top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the Malaysian Open final.

Germany and Czech enter Fed Cup final

PARIS: Germany reached their first Fed Cup final since 1992 yesterday where they will face the Czech Republic who have featured in three of the last four title matches.

Harper pulled out as Nationals tumble

MONTE CARLO: Stanislas Wawrinka signalled his French Open ambitions when he beat Roger Federer 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-2 in an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final yesterday.

Westwood ends winless drought

KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Westwood ended a two-year winless drought with a seven-shot victory at the Malaysian Open yesterday.

Harper pulled out as Nationals tumble

WASHINGTON: Washington star Bryce Harper was taken out of the game by first-year manager Matt Williams for failing to run hard to first base on a routine out during a 4-3 loss to St Louis on Saturday.

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