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Jokic’s big night helps Nuggets hold off Mavericks 105—102

DENVER — Michael Malone wasn’t all that thrilled about the lack of composure in the final quarter. Or all the turnovers. Or the shot selection. Or even the defence. Still, he won’t quibble with the outcome. “We survived,” Denver’s coach said. Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds, Gary Harris hit …

Canadian Milos Raonic stunned in first round of Australian Open by Lukas Lacko

MELBOURNE, Australia — Canadian Milos Raonic is out at the Australian Open. The 22nd seed in the men’s tournament, Raonic was stunned by unseeded Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Tuesday in the first round of the Grand Slam event. The Thornhill, Ont., product is coming off an injury-filled season …

Durant’s 32 points send Warriors past LeBron, Cavs 118 108

CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 23 and the Golden State Warriors extended their road winning streak to 13 games with a 118-108 Martin Luther King holiday victory Monday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, their struggling NBA Finals foes. Durant scored 16 in the third quarter for the defending champions, who …

Clippers beat Paul, Rockets 113 102 for 5th win in a row

LOS ANGELES — Lou Williams scored 31 points, Blake Griffin added 29 before his ejection, and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets 113-102 on Monday night in Chris Paul’s heated return to Staples Center against his old team. Buoyed by Williams’ 13th straight game of 20 or more points, the Clippers won their …

Shanahan, Blues owner who brought in Brett Hull, dead at 78

LOUIS — Mike Shanahan, who owned the St. Louis Blues from 1986-91 and oversaw the acquisition of Hall of Famer Brett Hull, has died. He was 78. Blues Chairman Tom Stillman confirmed Shanahan’s death Monday night in a statement. Stillman said Shanahan “set a shining example of leadership both on and off the ice” and …

Greipel wins stage 1 of Tour Down Under

ADELAIDE, Australia — Germany’s Andre Greipel claimed his 17th stage victory in the Tour Down Under cycle race when he won the 145-kilometre (90-mile) stage of the 2018 World Tour opener to take an early lead on general classification. The 35-year-old Greipel, who won the Australian tour in 2008 and 2010, beat Australian sprint star …

Kizzire outlasts Hahn on 6th hole of Sony Open playoff

HONOLULU— Patton Kizzire figured he was in for a long day when his putting stroke wasn’t up to his standards. He just wasn’t expecting the Sony Open to go this long. The longest playoff in more than five years on the PGA Tour finally ended Sunday when Kizzire two-putted for par from just off the …

Clark outlasts VanZant; Stephens stops Choi

LOUIS— Jessica-Rose Clark ended a difficult week with a unanimous decision over Paige VanZant on Sunday in the UFC Fight Night card. The 30-year-old Australian improved to 9-4, receiving winning scores of 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 from the judges. Clark’s Las Vegas home was broken into Thursday while she was in St. Louis for the flyweight …

Sutter gets overtime winner, Canucks beat Wild 3 2

PAUL, Minn.— Brandon Sutter made a triumphant return to the Vancouver Canucks lineup. Back after missing 21 games with a lower body injury, Sutter scored 2:50 into overtime to lift Vancouver to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. Sutter took a pass from Alexander Edler just inside the Wild blue line, …

Butler scores 24 points, Timberwolves beat Blazers 120 103

MINNEAPOLIS— As Jamal Crawford talked about how the Minnesota Timberwolves must continue improving, next-locker neighbour Jimmy Butler couldn’t help himself. “Blah, blah, blah,” Butler playfully jabbed while Crawford spoke with reporters after the Timberwolves’ 120-103 victory over Portland on Sunday night. The Wolves know they need to keep their second 5-0 homestand in franchise history …

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