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NBA roundup: Klay Thompson scores season-high 41 in Warriors win
Klay Thompson scored a season-high 41 points and led a 3-point shooting barrage as the visiting Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 128-107 in the regular season finale for both teams Sunday night. Thompson, playing in just his 32nd game after returning from Achilles surgery, scored over 30 points for the fourth time in his last six games and surpassed his previous record of 38 points. He made 7 of 14 3-pointers as the Warriors (53-29) made 19 of 33 from beyond the arc.
NHL roundup: Sidney Crosby’s OT heroics end Penguins skid
Sidney Crosby scored 2:21 into overtime Sunday for his 1,400th career point as the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Crosby, playing his 1,100th game, tipped a pass from Rickard Rakell inside the left post. It was Crosby’s third point of the game, with an earlier goal and an assist.
Golf-Major victory cements Scheffler as the best player in the world
Scottie Scheffler held steady and picked up a three-stroke victory at the Masters on Sunday to win the coveted “green jacket” and cement his status as the best golfer in the world. From his first PGA Tour win at the Phoenix Open just two months ago to his first major title at Augusta National, Schleffer’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric.
Italy seizes properties belonging to Russian racer Mazepin – law enforcement sources
Italy has seized properties worth around 105 million euros ($114.45 million) belonging to former Russian Formula One driver Nikita Dmitrievich Mazepin and his oligarch father, the newspaper said on Monday. Reuters two police sources. The operation targeted a villa – known as Rocky Ram – located in the north of the island of Sardinia. It is part of wider efforts to penalize wealthy Russians linked to President Vladimir Putin after Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Motor racing title defense is already a big task, says Verstappen
Max Verstappen says two things need to happen for him to have a chance of successfully defending his Formula 1 title and Red Bull is not succeeding either at the moment. The 24-year-old Dutchman has delivered his verdict after suffering a second retirement in three races on Sunday, with the Australian Grand Prix leaving him a whopping 46 points behind dominant Ferrari winner Charles Leclerc.
Football-UEFA orders partial closure of Atletico stadium for Man City clash
UEFA on Monday ordered the partial closure of Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium for their Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City on Wednesday due to “discriminatory behaviour” by its fans. Kevin De Bruyne’s 70th-minute goal earned City a 1-0 home win in the first leg last Tuesday, after which the Spanish side were charged with fan offenses including throwing objects .
MLB roundup: Hunter Greene shines on Reds debut
Hunter Greene was strong in his major league debut on Sunday, and teammate Tyler Stephenson homered in his hometown as the visiting Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 to win a game of their four-game weekend series. One of baseball’s most heralded pitching prospects, Greene has exceeded 100 mph on 20 of his 92 pitches in five innings.
Grand National, Man City-Liverpool clash covers busy weekend for sports betting
UK bookmakers had one of their busiest times this weekend with punters around the world betting on major sporting events as the Grand National, Masters and Premier League clash between title hunters Manchester City and Liverpool. 888, a pure online sportsbook player, said the National, which welcomed fans for the first time in three years on Saturday, was its biggest ever horseracing event, with “customers placing bets from all over the world “, helping the bookmaker attract a record number of new customers.
Tennis-Returning Wawrinka knocked out by Bublik in Monte Carlo opener
Stan Wawrinka marked his return to Tour-level competition for the first time in 13 months by showing glimpses of his old form, but the Swiss failed to pass Alexander Bublik in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters, losing 3-6 7-5 6 -2 on Monday. The three-time Grand Slam champion suffered a foot injury at the start of 2021 and had surgery in March last year before another operation three months later, only returning to action at a Challenger tournament Tour to Marbella last month.
Motor racing – A teenage Russian karter investigated by the FIA for a salute on the podium
A 15-year-old Russian go-karter is being investigated by motor racing’s world governing body after giving an apparent fascist-style salute on the podium at a race in Portugal last weekend . The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement on Monday that it had launched an immediate investigation into Artem Severiukhin’s “unacceptable conduct”.
(With agency contributions.)