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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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Curry scores 48, hits 11 3s as Warriors beat Mavs 119-114

DALLAS (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 48 points, making 11 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Dallas Mavericks 119-114 Sunday night. Kevin Durant added 28 points for the Warriors, and Klay Thompson had nine of his 16 in the fourth quarter as the Warriors received a valiant battle from a Dallas team playing without its top two point guards. Curry’s 11th three-pointer of the game —tying a season-high — gave the Warriors a 117-114 lead after a see-saw fourth quarter. Draymond Green blocked Jalen Brunson’s drive at…

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Magic rally in fourth quarter to beat Rockets 116-109

ORLANDO (AP) — Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon each scored 22 points, Evan Fournier had 17 and the Orlando Magic rallied past the injury-depleted Houston Rockets 116-109 on Sunday night. Houston’s James Harden scored 38 points to push his run of 30-point games to 16, but at a high price. The Rockets star was just 1-for-17 on three-pointers. He had 12 assists and nine rebounds. Austin Rivers scored 25 points and Clint Capela 17 points and 10 rebounds for Houston, which lost for only the fourth time in its last…

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Foden understands Diaz and Sancho’s Man City exits but sees no reason to follow

Manchester City prospect Phil Foden is adamant his future is at the Premier League champions and has no plans to follow Jadon Sancho and Brahim Diaz in seeking first-team football elsewhere. England Under-21 international Foden made his senior City debut as a 17-year-old last season and has gone on to make 16 appearances across all competitions this term, including a goal-scoring outing in their 7-0 FA Cup hammering of Rotherham United on Sunday. The creative midfielder signed a new long-term contract towards the end of 2018 and Pep Guardiola is known to…

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Salah set to retain African Player of the Year title

Johannesburg (AFP) – Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is set to be named 2018 African Player of the Year for a second successive time at a gala awards ceremony in Senegal Tuesday. The sharpshooter is competing against fellow English Premier League stars, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane from Senegal and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal. Consistent scorer Salah has already won the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year prize and it would be a shock if he did not add to his collection of individual honours in Dakar. Should he be…

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Cavs’ Love progressing, no timetable for return

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love might be a little closer to helping the needy Cavaliers. The All-Star forward was cleared to begin “select basketball activities” following left foot surgery, but there is still no clear timetable when he’ll play again for the NBA’s worst team. Love played in just four games before having surgery on Nov. 2 to repair an injury sustained during Cleveland’s exhibition opener. He had cartilage removed and fluid drained from the base of his large toe — an injury that made it difficult to walk. The…

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LeBron James out at least 1 more week with groin injury

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James will miss at least four more games with the Los Angeles Lakers while he recovers from a left groin strain. The Lakers on Friday said James’ injury will be re-evaluated in one week. The four-time NBA MVP already has missed four games after getting hurt during the Lakers’ victory at Golden State on Christmas. His recovery schedule will keep him out of the Lakers’ upcoming two-game road trip and a home game against Detroit next week. The Lakers are 1-3 without James in their…

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Sanchez set for United return and tipped to flourish under Solskjaer

Alexis Sanchez is in line to make his Manchester United return at Newcastle United on Wednesday and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident of getting the best out of him. The Chile international has been sidelined since sustaining a hamstring injury in November, the latest setback in a faltering start to life at Old Trafford since his move from Arsenal in January 2018. There were fears at the time from Jose Mourinho that Sanchez was set to be out “for a long time”, but fortunately for the 30-year-old he has made…

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Liverpool goes 6 points clear after Man City slips again

Rafael Benitez has little doubt Liverpool is ready to end a 28-year wait to win the English title. While Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp refused to get carried away after his team surged six points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday, Benitez was certain his former club had the quality to stay in first place for the rest of the season. “They showed they are good enough to win the title,” Benitez said after watching his Newcastle side being dismantled at…

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