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Sharapova wins again
STUTTGART, Germany (AP)---Maria
Sharapova advanced to the semifinals
of the Porsche Grand Prix by beating
Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-4
In her third match following a 15-month
doping ban, Sharapova converted five of
her six break points.
The Russian, who tested positive for
meldonium at last year's Australian Open,
will next face either Kristina Mladenovic
or Carla Suarez Navarro.
Kontaveit had only five unforced errors
in the first set, but Sharapova broke for a
4-3 lead and won the next two games. The
Russian broke early in the second set, too,
and then again for a 4-2 lead.
Sharapova finished the match with four
aces to raise her total for the tournament
The five-time Grand Slam champion and
former No. 1 entered the Stuttgart event on
a wild card after losing her ranking because
of the suspension, which had been reduced
Murray beats Ramos-Vinolas
to reach semis
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) --- Andy Murray
came from behind to beat Albert Ramos-Vi-
nolas of Spain 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) and reach
the Barcelona Open semifinals yesterday.
Ramos-Vinolas had chances to beat
Murray for the second straight time, but
the top-ranked British player controlled
the decisive points to close out the match
in three hours.
The 19th-ranked Ramos-Vinolas elimi-
nated Murray in the third round at the Mon-
te Carlo Masters last week before eventually
losing to Rafael Nadal in the final.
Murray will next face fourth-seeded
Dominic Thiem of Austria, who defeated
lucky loser Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-1, 6-2.
Spurs beat Grizzlies 103-96 for series win
NASHVILLE, Tennessee(AP)---The San An-
tonio Spurs wanted no part of playing a
seventh game against the Grizzlies, not
with the Houston Rockets looming in the
Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, helping
the Spurs advance to the Western Conference
semifinals by beating Memphis 103-96 on
Thursday night to take the series 4-2.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich congratulated
Memphis on a great year, especially rookie
coach David Fizdale.
"I'm seriously thrilled that we were able to
get through that first round," Popovich said.
"That's the good news. The bad news is that
now we have to go play Houston."
The Spurs now have beaten Memphis four
of the five playoff series between these teams,
and this was San Antonio's second straight
win over the Grizzlies in the first round. But
this was the first time all season that the vis-
iting team won.
Parker added 27 points on 11-of-14 shoot-
ing, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points
and 12 rebounds. San Antonio outrebounded
Memphis 46-28, with 16 of those offensive
boards. That led to 17 second-chance points.
The Spurs' semifinal series with Houston
will start Monday night in San Antonio.
Mike Conley scored 26 points, leading the
five Memphis starters in double digits. Marc
Gasol added 18.
Raptors beat Bucks 92-89
MILWAUKEE (AP) --- DeMar DeRozan scored
32 points and the Toronto Raptors squandered
a 25-point lead late in the third quarter before
holding on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night
over the Milwaukee Bucks to take their first-
round playoff series in six games.
Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run
in the final 2 minutes, including a 3-point-
er with 1:27 left, to help stave off the pesky
The Raptors move on to face the Cleveland
Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifi-
nals in a series that starts Monday. They'll
need to work on finishing off opponents in
the second half.
No 'Fright' anticipated
Firefright is high on
a 'cert' for an 'aged'
Maiden Stakes over
seven furlongs of
'good to firm' Don-
caster today, defeat
is out of the question,
After reading that
opening paragraph I'm
there to be shot at but
Firefright ticks every box
(and more!) following five
all on grade one tracks.
None of eleven rivals
can match anything like
marks achieved; Fire-
fright is much more ex-
perienced than any and
his recent effort, when
third under Ryan Moore,
over a similar distance on
the Newmarket Rowley
Mile course, should give
Jeremy Noseda's charge a
James Doyle replaces
the ex-champion and be-
comes the fourth jockey
to partner Firefright.
Good, solid, bets don't
grow on trees but Fire-
fright will surely blossom
against the background of
a picturesque Town Moor
rurality and rates 'best
bet' of yet another over-
We're not fazed by
SEVEN meetings, mine
is to sort out a daily pat-
ent knowing that readers,
not to mention myself,
will benefit from a ded-
icated modus operandi;
it's easier to concentrate
on a 'speciality' format
than peruse hundreds of
thoroughbreds racing all
over the United Kingdom
on different surfaces.
Secret is to keep it
tight, rule out specula-
tion and rely on genuine
TH findings over dis-
tances less than a mile,
if possible. Races run
over further tend to be
tactical and times too
often indicate they are
slowly-run, impossible to
compute with any degree
Primanora, one of
two four-year-olds, will
carry my 'wedge' in the
concluding 'aged' Maiden
Stakes over five furlongs.
ra carries several pounds
more than Liquid and Re-
becca Rocks, in respect
of weight-for-age, but
sprinting isn't about bur-
dens moreso physicality.
Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates her
victory against Estonia's Anett Kontaveit
during their quarterfinal match at the WTA
tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany,
yesterday. (AP) PHOTO: (Bernd Weissbrod)
Doncaster, 3.00 Firefright
4.20 Cape Peninsular (e.w)
Jan to Mar Jan to Dec
Jan to Mar
Jan to Dec
Balance at beginning of period
91,436 104,446 104,446 (4,899) (4,874) (4,874)
Currency translation gain/(loss)
Other comprehensive loss
Profit/(loss) after taxation
1,152 (627) (8,936)
Balance at end of period
92,588 103,851 91,436 (4,899) (4,916) (4,899)
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