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Fernando Alonso rejects McLaren offer to buy him into Indy 500

Former F1 world champion failed to qualify for Sunday’s raceSpaniard did not want to deprive another driver of a placeMcLaren offered to buy Fernando Alonso a seat in the Indianapolis 500, but the two-time Formula One world champion told the team he wa…

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NBA playoffs: Raptors strike back against Bucks in double-overtime thriller

Milwaukee lead Eastern Conference finals 2-1 despite lossBrilliant Kawhi Leonard leads way for Toronto with 36 pointsKawhi Leonard scored 36 points, including eight in the second overtime, and the Toronto Raptors beat Milwaukee 118-112 on Sunday night …

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Curry leads second-half blitz as Warriors move within one game of NBA finals

Golden State beat Portland 110-99 to go 3-0 up in seriesBlazers led by 13 points at half-time before comebackDraymond Green notches triple-double; Curry scores 36 pointsDraymond Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Golden State Warr…

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War of Will gets ‘fair shot’ and wins Preakness featuring riderless horse

War of Will captures Preakness Stakes from the inside No 1 postEverfast finishes a nose ahead of Owendale for second at PimlicoBodexpress keeps running after ejecting jockey John VelazquezMark Casse completed a lifelong quest two weeks after the scare …

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Johanna Konta reaches Italian Open final after victory over Kiki Bertens

• Win is best in Briton’s clay-court career • Dutchwoman won Madrid Open last weekJohanna Konta defeated the sixth-seeded, Kiki Bertens 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in nearly three hours to reach the Italian Open final for the biggest clay-court result of her career….

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Bucks inch closer to NBA finals with dominant Game 2 win over Raptors

Bucks defeat Raptors 125-103 for 2-0 lead in East finalsAntetokounmpo leads way with 30 points, 17 reboundsGiannis Antetokounmpo started the game with an emphatic dunk. The next possession, a sprawling block to deny Marc Gasol. The next possession, ano…

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Bucks inch closer to NBA finals with dominant Game 2 win over Raptors

Bucks defeat Raptors 125-103 for 2-0 lead in East finalsAntetokounmpo leads way with 30 points, 17 reboundsGiannis Antetokounmpo started the game with an emphatic dunk. The next possession, a sprawling block to deny Marc Gasol. The next possession, ano…

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Curry soars as Warriors rally from 15-point deficit to Trail Blazers in Game 2

Curry pours in 37 points as Warriors take 2-0 series leadCJ McCollum misses driving jumper with 32 seconds leftThese Golden State Warriors have long been able to score in fabulous, jaw-dropping flurries. Down by eight to the Portland Trail Blazers at h…

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal win first of two Italian Open matches of day

Federer beat Coric, Nadal thrashed ChardyWednesday’s washout forces two matches in dayRoger Federer and Rafael Nadal advanced with routine wins in the first of their two matches at the Italian Open on Thursday.A washout on Wednesday backed up play, cau…

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Bucks rally late to take Game 1 of NBA Eastern Conference finals over Raptors

Toronto Raptors 100-108 Milwaukee BucksBrook Lopez scores 13 of his 29 points in final quarterBrook Lopez scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied in the final minutes to beat the …

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Warriors thrash ‘terrible’ Blazers in NBA Western Conference finals opener

Portland Trail Blazers 94-116 Golden State WarriorsSteph Curry finds shooting touch and scores 36 pointsWarriors win easily despite continued absence of Kevin DurantStephen Curry had all kinds of room for a change and capitalized, finding his shooting …

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Pelicans primed for Zion Williamson after winning No 1 pick in NBA draft

Pelicans buck odds to win No 1 overall pick in June’s NBA draftGrizzlies, Knicks and Lakers to pick second, third and fourthNew Orleans have bucked the odds and won the NBA draft lottery, and now will have the first chance at choosing Zion Williamson n…

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Athletics South Africa to appeal against Caster Semenya ruling

South African sports ministry confirm challenge to rulingClaim made two of three judges in case were ‘conflicted’South Africa’s track federation will appeal against the recent Caster Semenya ruling, the country’s sports ministry has confirmed.The gover…

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Serena Williams overcomes slow start to make smooth progress in Italian Open

• Williams beats qualifier in comeback game from injury• Konta eases through, but Edmund out in first roundSerena Williams fell behind 3-1 in the first set before opening her clay court season with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca …

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NBA playoffs: Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer beater wins Game 7 for Raptors over 76ers

Toronto will face Milwaukee Bucks in Eastern Conference finalsPhiladelphia 76ers 90-92 Toronto RaptorsKawhi Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling in to give the Toronto Rapt…

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Mewis scores two as US start World Cup warm-ups with win over South Africa

Samantha Mewis scores twice in USWNT’s 3-0 win Carli Lloyd’s late goal takes her to fourth on all-time listSamantha Mewis scored goals in both halves and the US women’s national team began their World Cup send-off series with a 3-0 victory over South A…

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Trail Blazers beat Nuggets to set up NBA Western Conference final with Warriors

Portland win Game 7 on road in Denver to take seriesNuggets miss 11 free-throws and blow 17-point leadCJ McCollum scored 37 points and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets 100-96 on Sunday to adva…

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LA Lakers to hire Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as assistant, report says

AP report says Vogel to coach Lakers with Kidd as assistantVogel, 45, led Indiana Pacers to East finals in 2013 and ‘14Lakers have missed playoffs for six consecutive seasonsA person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank…

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Slumping Ben Simmons comes to life as Sixers force Game 7 against Raptors

Butler scores 25 in leading 76ers past Raptors to force Game 7Lillard pours in 32 to help Trail Blazers stave off eliminationJimmy Butler lived up to his Jimmy Buckets nickname.With “Jimmy! Butler!” chants ringing from the rafters, he helped Philadelph…

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Warriors’ Kevin Durant to miss rest of Rockets series with strained calf

MRI exam confirms injury suffered during Wednesday’s Game 5Golden State had feared more series achilles tear in aftermathDurant leads all postseason scorers with 34.2 points per gameKevin Durant will miss the remainder of the Golden State Warriors’ Wes…