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Alonso anchors victory in first Rolex 24 stopped for rain

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fernando Alonso deftly maneuvered through some of the most dangerous driving conditions of his career to grab another victory in a bucket-list event. Alonso drove a Cadillac DPi to the front of the field in each of his three stints in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, including the final pass for the lead in a heavy rain, on a slick track, with almost no visibility. The race was red-flagged minutes after Alonso put Wayne Taylor Racing out front, and IMSA pulled the plug about two…

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Ronaldo recovers from difficult week in Juve’s comeback win

ROME (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo bounced back from a difficult week by scoring a decisive penalty to help Juventus complete a 2-1 comeback win at Lazio on Sunday. Juventus was overwhelmed for more than an hour at the Stadio Olimpico but two late goals enabled the Serie A leader to avoid its first loss of the season. Ronaldo confidently struck his spot kick into the roof of the net three minutes from time — a week after he had a penalty saved during a win over Chievo Verona. Also this…

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Ellington scores 19 as Heat beat Knicks 106-97

NEW YORK (AP) — Wayne Ellington scored each of his 19 points in the second half, and the Miami Heat handed the New York Knicks their ninth straight loss with a 106-97 victory on Sunday night. Miami had seven players score in double figures in its second straight win. Dwyane Wade had 15 points and 10 assists, and Hassan Whiteside finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Wade, who plans to retire at the end of the season, received a standing ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd when he…

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Zubac, Caldwell-Pope lead short-handed Lakers past Suns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ivica Zubac and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scored 24 points and the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers led throughout in a 116-102 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. Brandon Ingram added 22 points as Los Angeles was missing Kyle Kuzma (hip) and Tyson Chandler (rest), along with LeBron James and Lonzo Ball. Still, the Lakers dominated the inside against a small Phoenix lineup as it had a 70-46 advantage in points in the paint. Devin Booker scored 21 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 and Mikal…

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Henry’s Monaco draws 1-1 with Vieira’s Nice in French league

PARIS (AP) — Old friends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira had to split the points as Monaco drew 1-1 with French Riviera rival Nice on Wednesday in a scrappy match featuring three video reviews. Winger Allan Saint-Maximin put Nice ahead in the 30th minute and 17-year-old defender Benoit Badiashile equalized shortly after halftime, becoming the youngest scorer in the French top flight this season. Badiashile’s header from a corner was deemed to have crossed the line by the use of goal-line technology. Henry and Vieira are in their first seasons…

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Rose makes 2019 debut with the No. 1 ranking

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — The timing couldn’t be better for Justin Rose, or for the Desert Classic. Rose played so much golf toward the end of last year that he wasn’t quite ready to fly from his home in the Bahamas to Hawaii to start 2019 against a winners-only field at Kapalua. Instead, he decided to start at the Desert Classic, an event he has not played since 2010. Because of the tight race at the top of the ranking, Rose returned to No. 1 in the world two…

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Pats’ Brady, Chiefs’ Mahomes achieve success different ways

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of them is a sixth-round pick who married a supermodel, became one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history and is still going strong well past his 41st birthday. The other is a first-round pick who is still dating his high school sweetheart, has exactly one season as an NFL starter on his resume and just turned 23 earlier this season. Indeed, few similarities exist when it comes to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Chiefs counterpart Patrick Mahomes, whose teams will meet for the…

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Son Heung-min helps South Korea beat China 2-0 at Asian Cup

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Son Heung-min was just the player South Korea needed to really get its Asian Cup campaign going. In his first game since arriving from Tottenham, Son earned a penalty and then assisted on his team’s second goal to help South Korea beat China 2-0 in Group C on Wednesday. With both teams already qualified, South Korea dominated possession and bombarded China’s goal in a more confident performance than its dour 1-0 wins over the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan. Son won the penalty in the…

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Antetokounmpo leads the way, Bucks win Budenholzer’s return

ATLANTA (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, Eric Bledsoe added 24 points and 10 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Hawks 133-114 on Sunday in Mike Budenholzer’s return to Atlanta. Khris Middleton finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Bucks improve to 30-12, second-best in the NBA. Coming off a loss at Washington that Antetokounmpo missed with injuries, Milwaukee is 12-0 following a defeat and remained the league’s only team not to drop consecutive games. Budenholzer, making his first appearance at State Farm Arena since…

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Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory

HONOLULU (AP) — Matt Kuchar overcame three early bogeys that cost him the lead with flawless golf and two key birdies on the back nine to close with a 4-under 66 and win the Sony Open for his second PGA Tour title this season. It wasn’t as easy as his four-shot victory over Andrew Putnam might indicate. Having made only one bogey through 54 holes to build a two-shot lead, Kuchar had three bogeys in his opening five holes Sunday and fell one shot behind Putnam. Tied for the lead…

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