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Russian boxer fails doping test, loses title shot
Council president Mauricio
Sulaiman says Alexander Pov-
etkin has failed a doping test
and sanctioning for the Rus-
sian heavyweight’s title bout
against Bermane Stiverne has
Povetkin had been due to take
on Stiverne for the WBC interim
world title Saturday in Russia but
the fight has now been called off.
In a post on Twitter, Sulaiman
says Povetkin tested positive for the
banned muscle-building substance
It was Povetkin’s second failed
doping test this year.
He lost another title shot in May
when he tested positive for mel-
donium shortly before a bout with
On that occasion, the WBC
accepted Povetkin’s explanation
that he had stopped taking the
substance before it was banned
for this year. (AP)
Harden, Rockets set records
in win over Pelicans
had his sixth triple-double of
the season and the Houston
Rockets made an NBA-record
24 3-pointers in a 122-100 win
over the New Orleans Pelicans
Harden had 29 points, 13 assists
and 11 rebounds for his 15th career
triple-double, passing Hakeem
Olajuwon for the most in fran-
Ryan Anderson made Hou-
ston’s 24th 3-pointer with 32
seconds remaining, and the
crowd roared in celebration of
In picking up its ninth straight
win, the Rockets attempted 61 3s
— making 39.3 percent — to shat-
ter their own record of 50 tries
set earlier this season. They broke
the NBA record for 3s made in a
game, shared by Houston in 2013
and Orlando in 2009.
Eric Gordon added 29 points
on 7-for-12 shooting from 3 for
Anthony Davis scored 19 points
in 22 minutes for New Orleans.
HAWKS 125, RAPTORS 121
had 27 points and 15 rebounds,
Dennis Schroder scored 24 points
and Atlanta snapped Toronto’s
four-game win streak.
Kyle Korver had a season-high
19 points, including a season-best
six 3-pointers, for Atlanta. How-
ard’s double-double was his 17th
of the season.
DeMar DeRozan had 34 points
for the Raptors, while Kyle Lowry
Down 113-97 with 7:10 to go,
the Raptors went on a 14-4 run
to get within six points on DeRo-
zan’s dunk with 3:47 to play. The
teams then exchanged the next
six baskets. Schroder converted
a free throw with 6.7 seconds left
to re-establish a four-point At-
lanta edge, and Lowry’s miss on
a 3 with 1.9 seconds left ended
Toronto’s comeback effort.
BUCKS 95, BULLS 69
CHICAGO — Giannis Antetok-
ounmpo had 22 points, 11 assists
and seven rebounds, and Milwau-
kee routed Chicago for a sweep
of their home-and-home series.
Greg Monroe added 14 points
and 12 rebounds, and fellow re-
serve Mirza Teletovic finished
with 13 points. The Bucks (13-12)
had dropped four of five before
the pair of wins against the Bulls.
Chicago (13-13) shot 30 per-
cent and lost for the sixth time
in eight games in the opener of a
three-game homestand. Nikola
Mirotic did not play for the sec-
ond straight night after he missed
the pregame walkthrough, and
Taj Gibson exited in the third
quarter with a bruised hip.
Dwyane Wade scored 12 points
for the Bulls, booed off the floor
as the final seconds ticked off.
Jimmy Butler was held to seven
on 3-for-14 shooting.
CLIPPERS 102, HEAT 98
MIAMI—Blake Griffin scored 20
points, Chris Paul and JJ Redick
each added 17 and Los Angeles
held off Miami for its fourth con-
DeAndre Jordan had an offen-
sive rebound off a missed free
throw and scored the clinching
basket with 7.7 seconds left for
the Clippers, finishing off his
12-point, 19-rebound night.
Goran Dragic had 21 points and
11 assists, Justise Winslow scored
15 and Wayne Ellington added 13
points before leaving injured for
the Heat. Hassan Whiteside had
11 points and 17 rebounds. (AP)
New Orleans Pelicans’ E’Twaun Moore (55) defends against Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) during the
first half of an NBA basketball game Friday night in Houston. Rockets won 122-100. AP PHOTO
Ramos set for return
in Club W Cup final
YOKOHAMA—Sergio Ramos is set
to return for Real Madrid in the
Club World Cup final.
The Spain international wasn’t fully
fit for Thursday’s 2-0 semifinal win
over Club America of Mexico, but has
declared himself ready for today’s clash
against Japanese champion Kashima
“Today my condition is very good,”
Ramos said Saturday. “I had a full ses-
sion with the other players today so
if the coach needs me I would like to
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane made
clear the 30-year-old Ramos is in his
“Yes, he is our captain and his con-
dition is getting better,” the former
France great said.
“He was able to participate in the
training today, therefore yes, he should
be in the team tomorrow, no problem.
I hope that he will be able to play the
Ramos scored a 92nd-minute win-
ner in the 3-2 victory over Deportivo La
Coruna in the Spanish league on Dec.
10 and a 90th-minute equalizer in the
1-1 draw with Barcelona a week earlier.
But Ramos is hoping that no late
heroics will be needed on Sunday.
“Of course if I can score a goal I will
be very happy, but I don’t want to wait
until the last minute like in previous
matches,” he said. “I would like to be-
come a champion, that is all.”
Ramos opened the scoring when
Madrid won the 2014 Club World Cup
title, beating San Lorenzo of Argen-
Madrid is unbeaten in any compe-
tition since April 6, a run which has
stretched to 36 matches.
Kashima is the first Asian side to
progress to the final, and coach Ma-
satada Ishii is looking forward to his
team’s big day.
“For me, participating in the final
has a very special and significant
meaning,” the 49-year-old Ishii said.
“Regardless of who we are playing
against, advancing to the final is a very
big thing to motivate my players. The
final is a very special match so I’m sure
my players are excited.” (AP)
Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos smiles
during a press conference at the FIFA
Club World Cup footballtournament in
Yokohama, near Tokyo, yesterday.
n Wizards 122, Pistons 108
n Lakers 100, 76ers 89
n Celtics 96, Hornets 88
n Magic 118, Nets 111
n Kings 96, Grizzlies 92
n Jazz 103, Mavericks 100
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