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Another win for Raptors, the beasts of the East TORONTO: Kyle Lowry scored 20 points and handed out 12 assists Wednesday to lead Toronto to a 105-89 NBA victory over Brooklyn that made the Raptors the first Eastern Conference team to 20 wins this season.Patrick Patterson and Lou Williams contributed eight points apiece in the fourth quarter and Lowry scored six as the Raptors out-scored the Nets 29-16 in the final frame to pull away for their fourth straight win.Toronto improved to 20-6 and have enjoyed three winning streaks of at least four games this season.Mason Plumlee had 23 points to lead Brooklyn, Joe Johnson scored 17 and Mirza Teletovic added 14 in the first meeting between the Atlantic Division rivals since the Nets' seven-game win in the first round of last season's playoffs.While the Raptors' star remained on the rise, the Cleveland Cavaliers and superstar LeBron James endured an embarrassing 127-98 pounding at the hands of the Atlanta ...

Armitage banned for 12 weeks after abusive rant LONDON: Former England international Delon Armitage has been banned for 12 weeks for abusing spectators after Toulon's European Cup clash with Leicester earlier this month. The 31-year-old wing/fullback will be eligible to play again from March 8, 2015, a European rugby disciplinary hearing said late on Wednesday. "The committee was satisfied that Armitage had directed abusive language at Leicester Tigers supporters after the match, and while it found that his comments were provoked, the committee ...

Liverpool to face Chelsea in League Cup semis LONDON: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is relishing the prospect of facing Chelsea in the League Cup semi-finals.Rodgers' side moved into the last four with a much-needed 3-1 win at Championship side Bournemouth on Wednesday and they were paired with Chelsea in the last four draw just minutes after the final whistle at Dean Court.Taking on Chelsea will bring back bad memories for Rodgers after Liverpool famously blew their chance to win the Premier ...

Sterling lifts Rodgers as Liverpool make semis LONDON: Raheem Sterling eased the pressure on under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool swept into the League Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Championship leaders Bournemouth on Wednesday.Rodgers has endured stinging criticism in recent weeks after Liverpool dropped down the Premier League table and crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages.A dismal 3-0 defeat at arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday prompted Rodgers to admit Liverpool's squad lacked the unity that almost ...

San Lorenzo give Pope something to cheer at Club World Cup MARRAKECH: Libertadores Cup winners San Lorenzo gave their number one fan Pope Francis something to celebrate on his 78th birthday by booking their place in the final of the World Club Cup on Wednesday.The Argentine side needed extra time to see off the hearty challenge of the competition's surprise package Auckland City of New Zealand 2-1 in Marrakech, and now face star-studded European champions Real Madrid in Saturday's final.Auckland, the Oceania club champions, had already ...

Unimpressive PSG reach League Cup last eight PARIS: French champions Paris Saint Germain ended a run of two defeats with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over second tier AC Ajaccio to reach the French League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.PSG, who had lost to Barcelona in their Champions League group match last week and then in the league to Guingamp at the weekend, went behind early on to a penalty by captain Johan Cavalli.A tense PSG coach Laurent Blanc said, however, that going behind ...

Aussie Horwill to join Harlequins LONDON: Australia lock James Horwill will join Harlequins from Queensland Rugby after the 2015 World Cup, the English Premiership club announced on Wednesday.The 29-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with Harlequins as he prepares for his first spell in English rugby.Horwill has played 58 times for Australia, captaining the side on 16 of those occasions, including during the 2011 World Cup campaign.He also captained the Australian side which faced the British and Irish Lions in ...


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