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Bayern celebrate with closing win, Hamburg play-off bound BERLIN: Bayern Munich celebrated their 24th Bundesliga title, which they secured on March 25, with a closing win on Saturday while Hamburg's hopes of remaining in the Bundesliga now hinge on the play-offs.Bayern rounded off their Bundesliga campaign with a 1-0 win over Stuttgart, their 29th victory of the season coming courtesy of an injury time goal from Claudio Pizarro.Pep Guardiola's titleholders, knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals by Real Madrid, will now focus on next Saturday's German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund.Hamburg, on the other hand, face a nervy play-off before their record-breaking Bundesliga status is assured.The only side never to have been relegated in the Bundesliga's 51-year history will play the team which finishes third in the second division in a two-legged play-off.Hamburg, crowned European champions 31 years ago, assured their place in the play-offs despite a 3-2 loss at Mainz 05.They finished the regular season on ...

Nets cool off Heat NEW YORK: The Brooklyn Nets handed the Miami Heat their first defeat of the NBA playoffs on Saturday, beating the two-time defending NBA champions 104-90.The Nets trimmed their deficit in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference second-round series to 2-1, and have a chance to pull even when they host game four on Monday.Joe Johnson led a balanced Brooklyn attack with 19 points, one of six Nets players to score in double figures. But it was the ...

Nadal sweeps past Bautista into Madrid final MADRID: Rafa Nadal continued his serene progress in pursuit of consecutive Madrid Open crowns when he swept past Spanish compatriot Roberto Bautista 6-4 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final.The world number one, chasing a 63rd career title and a 44th on clay, has not been on top form on his favoured surface this year, losing in the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.However, he has shown glimpses of his dominant best in front of ...

Hamilton on pole for Spanish Grand Prix BARCELONA: Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday with a fourth successive win and the overall championship lead beckoning on Sunday.Team mate Nico Rosberg, who is four points clear of Hamilton but has finished runner-up in the last three races, qualified second with Australian Daniel Ricciardo starting third for champions Red Bull.Hamilton, celebrating his fourth pole of the season and 35th of his career with a time 0.168 ...

Sharapova ousts Radwanska to reach Madrid final MADRID: Maria Sharapova recovered from a second-set wobble to dispatch third seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 6-4 on Saturday and set up a Madrid Open final clash against rising talent Simona Halep.Sharapova, a former world number one now ranked ninth who has had a poor year by her high standards, has shown glimpses of her dominant best on the clay in the Spanish capital this week with the French Open starting in Paris later this month.Pole ...

Thunder rally to beat Clippers, take 2-1 lead LOS ANGELES: Kevin Durant scored 36 points as Oklahoma City rallied to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 118-112 in game three of their second round NBA playoff series on Friday.Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 59 points for the Thunder who now lead the Western Conference series 2-1."We competed all game. We started out hot," Durant said. "We just weathered the storm. Every run they made we kept fighting and we were able to make ...

Rosberg on top as Hamilton eases off BARCELONA: Nico Rosberg responded to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton's supremacy on Friday by topping the times in Saturday morning's third and final free practice session ahead of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.On a warm spring day at the Circuit de Catalunya, where the temperature rose past 22 degrees celsius, the championship-leading 28-year-old German clocked a best lap in one minute and 25.887 seconds.Hamilton, winner of the last three races and second behind Rosberg in the title ...


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