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Celtics breeze past slumping Pistons

The Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics avenged a November loss to Detroit on Sunday, handing the slumping Pistons a sixth straight NBA defeat 91-81. Al Horford scored 18 points, handed out six assists and pulled down nine rebounds for the Celti…

James carries Cavs, Clippers edge Wizards

LeBron James posted his third triple double of the season and 58th of his career as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 105-98 on Saturday night. James had a hand in Cleveland’s final 22 points of the game as he finished with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists in 39 minutes

Baseball – Angels celebrate Japan star Ohtani’s arrival

– The Los Angeles Angels rolled out the red carpet for prized Japanese acquisition Shohei Ohtani. In an introductory press conference worthy of nearby Hollywood, the 23-year-old two-way threat was feted by Angels manager Mike Scioscia and general mana…

Basket – Clippers edge Wizards on late Williams three-pointer

– Lou Williams’ three-pointer was the final dagger in the Los Angeles Clippers’ wild 113-112 NBA triumph over the Washington Wizards. A frenetic finish saw the lead change hands three times in the final 13 seconds, but Williams had the last word with a 30-foot jump shot made over the outstretched

Lowry-McDowell grab share of Shootout lead

Irish golfers Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell fired an eight-under par 64 on Saturday to join Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker atop the leaderboard.

Pacers halt Cavs win streak, Durant rises again

Victor Oladipo tallied 33 points as the Indiana Pacers snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA-leading 13-game win streak with a 106-102 victory on Friday. The Pacers drained 15 three point shots to end the run by the Cavaliers, who were trying to set a franchise record with 14 straight wins. Oladipo

Basket – NBA: Pacers halt Cavaliers lengthy win streak

– Victor Oladipo tallied 33 points as the Indiana Pacers snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA-leading 13-game win streak with a 106-102 victory on Friday. The Pacers drained 15 three point shots to end the streak of the Cavaliers, who were trying to set a franchise record with 14 straight wins.

‘Japanese Babe Ruth’ set to take MLB by storm

Shohei Ohtani is a 100-mile-an-hour fastball pitcher and home-run slugger who once dreamed of skipping the Japanese leagues to head straight for the big time stateside. Hailed in the US media as “Japan’s Babe Ruth”, the 23-year-old is the hottest Japanese export since Hideki Matsui and

Saints coach Payton slams officiating in Falcons defeat

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was still steamed on Friday over “extremely poor” officiating in his team’s NFL loss to the Atlanta Falcons. While the league reviewed Payton’s behavior toward the officiating crew — a standard procedure after he drew an unsportsmanlike conduct