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Butler betters a Jordan record in Bulls victory       LOS ANGELES: Jimmy Butler broke Michael Jordan's franchise record for the most points in a half with 40 as the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Toronto Raptors 115-113 on Sunday.Butler, who scored two points in the first half before exploding for 40 in the second, surpassed Jordan's mark of 39 which the NBA icon set against the Milwaukee Bucks in February 1988.The 26-year-old shooting guard rattled in a clutch three pointer with 30 seconds left as the Bulls beat the Raptors for the second time in six days.Asked about breaking Jordan's record, Butler said, "Do not compare me to him."Butler's superb second half allowed the Bulls to come from behind after trailing by as many as 15 points at the Air Canada Centre arena. "He just couldn't miss. It was unbelievable," teammate Taj Gibson said of Butler.The Bulls have now won seven straight over the Raptors, including a 104-97 ...

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Williams out of Hopman opener with swollen knee       PERTH: World number one Serena Williams suffered an early season injury setback Monday as she withdrew from the United States' opening Hopman Cup tie with inflammation in her knee.Her withdrawal helped the Ukraine pairing of Elina Svitolina and Alexandr Dolgopolov record a 2-1 round robin opening win over the US in the mixed teams tournament.Williams was replaced by American youngster Vicky Duval, on the comeback trail after being diagnosed with cancer in 2014, and the ...

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Toulouse beaten as Nonu's Toulon edge Smith's Pau PARIS: Champions Stade Francais scored a dramatic late try in an 18-17 win over Toulouse in France's Top 14 on Sunday after Ma'a Nonu's Toulon had beaten Conrad Smith's Pau earlier in the day.The defeat denied Toulouse a chance to go clear at the summit of the Top 14, although they left Paris with a losing bonus point that leaves them locked in a three-way tie on 38 points at the top of the table ...

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French Top 14 table PARIS: French Top 14 table after Sunday's afternoon match (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points):Racing 92 12 9 1 2 244 222 38Clermont 12 7 1 4 325 215 8 38Toulouse 12 8 4 309 173 6 38Toulon 12 7 5 381 241 8 36Bordeaux 12 7 1 4 266 234 3 33Brive 12 7 5 224 205 4 32Montpellier 12 7 5 313 ...

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Steelers snag playoff spot as Jets squander chance LOS ANGELES: The New York Jets let an NFL playoff berth slip through their fingers on Sunday, ex-coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills playing spoiler with a win that opened the door for the Pittsburgh Steelers.On the final day of the regular-season, the Jets needed only to win to end a four-season playoff drought.But quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three fourth-quarter interceptions, including two in the final two minutes as the Bills triumphed 22-17 in ...

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French Top 14 results - collated PARIS: French Top 14 results on Saturday:Agen 16 Clermont 33Brive 19 Montpellier 18Grenoble 42 Oyonnax 17La Rochelle 25 Castres 21Racing92 23 Bordeaux-Begles 18Sunday (all times GMT)Toulon v Pau (1645), Stade Francais v Toulouse (2000)Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Fans vote Coyotes enforcer Scott to all-star game LOS ANGELES: Arizona Coyotes enforcer John Scott, who has just one point while playing part time in the NHL this season, has been voted into the all-star game.Scott, who will captain the Pacific Division team, benefitted from a ballot stuffing campaign by Coyote fans in what critics say makes a mockery of the NHL's decision to allow fans to vote for players.Three other team captains were elected by fans, comprising Chicago Blackhawks top scorer Patrick ...