• F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges
    F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges

    MUNICH (AP) — Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone rejected accusations of bribery as he went on trial Thursday in a case that could threaten his grip on the sport, telling a Munich court that he was blackmailed by a German banker who received a disputed $44 million payment. …

  • Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes?
    Can anyone stop Hamilton and Mercedes?

    A clean-sweep for Mercedes including a Lewis Hamilton hat-trick has left the rest of Formula One wondering whether they can keep up this year, even after only four races. The opening exchanges have all been won by Mercedes, who have dropped just 18 points so far -- after a broken spark plug forced Hamilton out of the season-opener in Melbourne. Since then, Mercedes have enjoyed three consecutive one-two finishes with 2008 world champion Hamilton leading team-mate Nico Rosberg, the winner in …

  • Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP
    Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix. …

  • Grizzlies beat Thunder in OT, go up 2-1
    Grizzlies beat Thunder in OT, go up 2-1

    Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 Thursday night in taking a 2-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference series. The Grizzlies won their second straight overtime game after blowing a fourth-quarter lead. Courtney Lee clinched the win, hitting three of four free throws in the final 10.9 seconds of OT. Game 4 is Saturday night in Memphis. …

  • Hawks take 2-1 lead on top-seeded Pacers
    Hawks take 2-1 lead on top-seeded Pacers

    As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Atlanta Hawks celebrated and their fans serenaded the Indiana Pacers with chants of ''Overrated!'' Game 3 did nothing to change that perception. The top-seeded Pacers are on the ropes again at the hands of the eighth-seeded Hawks, who finished six games below .500 during the regular season but truly believe they can pull off a major upset in the opening round of the playoffs. Atlanta is playing with confidence and swagger - and even got a crucial …

  • Blazers return home with 2-0 series lead
    Blazers return home with 2-0 series lead

    Houston has a LaMarcus Aldridge problem. The Trail Blazers' All-Star forward has been dominating with more than 40 points in each of the opening two playoff games with the Rockets in Houston. Portland is up 2-0 as the series moves to Rip City on Friday night, giving the Rockets little time to figure out how to defend Aldridge. He opened the playoffs with a franchise postseason-best 46 points in the Blazers' 122-120 overtime victory, then followed it up with 43 points in the 112-105 win on …

  • Stenson slams China Open course, Poulter in the hunt
    Stenson slams China Open course, Poulter in the hunt

    Flu-stricken Henrik Stenson branded the rough "silly" and the greens "slow" after an inconsistent first round Thursday at the $3.2 million Volvo China Open left him four shots off the pace. The big Swede cut a frustrated figure at the Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen, even throwing his club towards his bag on the eighteenth hole before signing for a one-under-par 71. Chinese prodigy Guan Tianlang carded the same score but was much happier with his efforts while Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter …

  • Shaky start for Dubuisson in Indonesian Masters
    Shaky start for Dubuisson in Indonesian Masters

    Rising French star Victor Dubuisson got off to a shaky start at the Indonesian Masters Thursday with a two-over-par 74 first round, while Malaysia's Nicholas Fung and American Anthony Kang shared the lead. Expectations are high that Dubuisson, the highest ranked player in the tournament at number 23 in the world, will be the star performer at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club after winning his maiden European Tour title last year. However the 24-year-old failed to shine in the first round of the …

Tennis

  • Sharapova into last eight in Stuttgart WTA
    Sharapova into last eight in Stuttgart WTA

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova reached the last eight of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Thursday with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow-Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The 27-year-old Sharapova needed just one hour, 32 minutes to see off Pavlyuchenkova to pick up her tenth straight win in Stuttgart, having won the 2012 and 2013 titles, and faces Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska in Friday's quarter-finals. Her victory was in stark contrast to her struggles of Tuesday when she …

MotoGP

  • Marquez cruises to 'boring' Texas triumph for second win
    Marquez cruises to 'boring' Texas triumph for second win

    World champion Marc Marquez cruised to victory in the Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday to register his second win in two races this season but he admitted it was a boring triumph. The Spaniard repeated his maiden Texas MotoGP success from 2013 when he also won from pole position. Marquez, who won the season-opener in Qatar last month despite breaking his leg four weeks earlier, finished 4.174sec ahead of Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso taking third place, a huge …

  • World champ Marquez takes pole in Texas
    World champ Marquez takes pole in Texas

    World champion Marc Marquez set a new lap record on his way to securing pole position for the second race in succession at the Grand Prix of the Americas. The Spaniard, who took pole in the season-opener in Qatar and then went on to win the race under the desert floodlights, clocked a record 2min 02.886sec on the factory Honda at the circuit where he celebrated his maiden MotoGP win last season. Marquez's Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second-fastest while Stefan Bradl ensured a Honda …

  • Marquez takes pole in Texas
    Marquez takes pole in Texas

    World champion Marc Marquez set a new lap record on his way to securing pole position for the second race in succession on Saturday at the Grand Prix of the Americas. The Spaniard, who took pole in the season-opener in Qatar and then went on to win the race under the desert floodlights, clocked a record 2min 02.886sec on the factory Honda at the circuit where he celebrated his maiden MotoGP win last season. Marquez's Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second-fastest while Stefan Bradl ensured a …

  • Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs
    Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits. …

  • Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet
    Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is 0 for 1 in his comeback to the pool. …

  • Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team
    Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team

    PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that set the team apart from many of its rivals — he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel. …

  • Heat take 2-0 series lead over Bobcats
    Heat take 2-0 series lead over Bobcats

    LeBron James scored 32 points and Chris Bosh tallied 20 points as the host Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 to take a 2-0 lead in their first round playoff series. The Bobcats cut Miami's lead to 10 points at halftime Wednesday after shooting 50 percent from the field in the second quarter. But the Heat led by seven heading into the fourth and then held on for the victory. Miami now takes a comfortable series lead into game three on Saturday in Charlotte. …

  • 'Chosen One' banner removed after Moyes sacking
    'Chosen One' banner removed after Moyes sacking

    The last visible evidence of David Moyes' miserable reign at Manchester United was removed on Thursday as the infamous 'The Chosen One' banner was taken down from the Stretford End at Old Trafford. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after just 10 months in charge of United and the much-maligned Scot is quickly being erased from the club's history. After being hand-picked by his predecessor Alex Ferguson to take over at United, Moyes was hailed by supporters as the chosen one, a reference to Chelsea …

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