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Thunder Holds on Beat Clippers as Leaders Clash

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant scored 35 points as the Thunder held off a late rally by the Los Angeles Clippers to win 108-104 in Sunday's clash of NBA divisional leaders.

Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists as the Thunder ended a three-game road skid, bouncing back less than 48 hours after losing at Denver. They also completed a season sweep of Los Angeles.

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Kagawa Tweets Thank to Fans after Hat-Trick

A modest Shinji Kagawa has credited his fans for his weekend hat-trick for Manchester United, the first Asian player to achieve the feat in the history of England's Premier League.

The Japanese midfielder helped secure United a 4-0 victory over Norwich City on Saturday, a result that opened up a 15-point gap for them over Manchester City at the top of the league.

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Nadal Routs Ferrer to Win Mexican Open

Rafael Nadal destroyed David Ferrer to win the Mexican Open on Saturday, losing just two games as he claimed his second title in three events since returning from a lengthy injury lay-off.

The former world number one, who has never lost to a fellow Spaniard in a final, kept his perfect record intact by routing reigning three-time champion Ferrer 6-0, 6-2 to win his 38th clay court title.

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Suarez is Player of Year, Insists Liverpool Boss

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes in-form striker Luis Suarez should be named player of the year after the Uruguayan grabbed a hat-trick in the 4-0 win at Wigan.

Suarez took his Premier League goal tally for the season to 21 -- and 28 in all competitions -- as the Merseysiders moved into seventh spot in the table.

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Benitez Tries to Make Peace after Stormy Week

Rafael Benitez tried to end his war with Chelsea's fans after the Blues interim manager ended a turbulent week by leading his side to a 1-0 victory at home to West Bromwich Albion.

Since arriving at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, Benitez has been barracked by a section of the home support, who have never forgiven him for comments made about the club when he was in charge of Liverpool.

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Djokovic Beats Berdych to Win Fourth Dubai Open

Novak Djokovic won his fifth title in six tournaments and extended an unbeaten run to 18 matches as he clinched a fourth Dubai Open title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Tomas Berdych on Saturday.

The world number one from Serbia underlined his pre-eminence in the world game with an athletically aggressive performance against the world number six from the Czech Republic, who knocked out Roger Federer, the titleholder, in the semi-finals.

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Ramos Heads Real Madrid to Clasico Victory

Barcelona's recent slump continued as Sergio Ramos' header nine minutes from time handed Real Madrid a 2-1 success for their second win over the Catalans in five days Saturday.

Karim Benzema had given the hosts the perfect start as he stabbed home Alvaro Morata's cross after just six minutes, but Barca were level just 12 minutes later when Lionel Messi equaled Alfredo di Stefano's record for goals scored in Clasicos as he rifled in his 18th strike in clashes between the two.

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Stormy Finish as Na Snatches Joint Champions Lead

World number two Choi Na-Yeon emerged from a two-and-a-half-hour storm delay to birdie the last hole and dramatically snatch a share of the HSBC Women's Champions lead alongside Stacy Lewis on Saturday.

Choi, who is eyeing the number one ranking of Taiwan's Tseng Yani, holed a 10-footer in front of a big gallery on the damp 18th green to card five-under-par 67 for a total of 14-under 202 at Singapore's par-72 Sentosa Golf Club.

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Record-Breaking Maze Wins Garmisch Downhill

Tina Maze won the women's downhill here on Saturday to break Hermann Maier's 13-year-old record for the most World Cup points collected in a season.

Maze's tally of 2024 bettered Maier's record of 2000 points, set by the Austrian legend in the 1999-2000 season, for the highest tally of World Cup points having already been confirmed as the season's overall winner.

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Troubled Ranger Quits Newcastle

Nile Ranger has left Newcastle after his contract was canceled by mutual consent, the English Premier League club announced on Friday.

The 21-year-old striker was released on bail in late January after being arrested on suspicion of rape.

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